UIS provides a unique, student-focused educational experience that emphasizes learning in and outside of the classroom. Every measure has been taken with the utmost care and consideration to support safety for living, learning, working and training at UIS. We are United In Safety.


Vaccines have been and remain an effective tool for preventing serious illness, especially in those at higher risk for complications. The primary COVID-19 vaccination series, however, is significantly less effective at preventing transmission of the emerging and prevalent subvariants of the virus. For this reason, we do not require the COVID-19 primary vaccine series but strongly recommend that you stay up to date with the most recent vaccination available as a barrier to serious illness.

Face Coverings

Face coverings are not required on campus. However, any individual who makes the personal decision to wear a face covering will be fully supported. No additional requirements for face coverings should be implemented at the unit, facility or event level. If you contract COVID-19 and return to work or school after your five-day isolation period, the CDC strongly recommends wearing a face covering if in meetings or group settings until 10 days have passed since symptoms began or you received a positive test result.


Testing is not required. The SHIELD COVID-19 testing station on the UIS campus permanently closed on April 27, 2023.

Exposure & Isolation

UIS follows the CDC guidance for exposure and isolation.

Campus Operations

All of the UIS health and safety guidelines are subject to change based on the nature of the pandemic, university and community transmission rates, policy changes, and other relevant factors.

COVID-19 Contacts

Student inquiries:

UIS Health Services

General questions: 

Questions for the nurse: 

General questions:
Contact our COVID-19 team


United in Safety News

Aug 21, 2023
UIS continue to monitor community levels for COVID-19 and are in regular consultation with UI System experts regarding current and anticipated infection rates…
Apr 20, 2023
Students, faculty and staff: The SHIELD COVID-19 testing site on campus in the WUIS building will be permanently closing following operations on April 27…
Jan 05, 2023
Dear students, faculty and staff: As we begin the spring semester, it is important to remain vigilant to protect ourselves against COVID-19. Core to this…
Jan 05, 2023
1.5.23 Dear Students, Faculty and Staff — Following President Killeen’s announcement regarding the system’s Spring 2023 COVID-19 approach, I want to…
Dec 21, 2022
Dear students, faculty and staff, As the semester ends and we make plans to travel, gather with family and friends and celebrate the holidays, we ask you…
Dec 13, 2022
The SHIELD COVID-19 testing site in the WUIS building is open regular hours this week (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday/Thursday), closed Dec. 16-Jan. 2 and will…