Testing

Location and Hours of Operation: The UIS SHIELD Testing Site will be open Mondays through Thursdays in the Public Affairs Center lower level (first floor) for the Fall 2021 semester beginning Aug. 16. Hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and are posted on the Testing website.

Testing Policy: Fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing. Fully vaccinated individuals still may participate in testing if they wish, and that decision is completely supported. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated and have an approved or pending exemption or alternate work arrangement must continue to test twice per week.

Targeted Testing: At any given time, the CRRT may require additional testing of certain groups based on increased risk of spread such as campus or community health data, infection outbreaks, increased level of interaction (including group travel) and/or number of unvaccinated individuals with approved exemptions. Anyone traveling together as part of a university-related activity, including intercollegiate athletics, must test the day before traveling to competition and have a negative result to be able to travel.

Exemption/Extension Mitigations: Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals on campus with approved exemptions or extensions must test twice per week, with at least 48 hours between testing periods, unless otherwise directed, per the student and employee vaccination policies.

Isolation & Quarantine

Fully vaccinated individuals will not be directed to quarantine following a known exposure if they are asymptomatic but will be asked to test at prescriptive intervals (days 5 and 10 post exposure) for two weeks. Any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been identified as a close contact must promptly comply with directives from the UIS Testing Team.

Individuals who test positive will be directed to isolate for approximately 10 days by the UIS Testing Team, the appropriate public health department or their medical care provider.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals who are deemed a close contact will be directed to quarantine for up to 14 days by the UIS Testing Team, the appropriate public health department or their medical care provider.

UIS has procedures in place to support students who need to isolate or quarantine on campus or at their off-campus residence. Students must strictly adhere to isolation and quarantine directives. Students will need to communicate with UIS Health Services before returning to non-quarantine activity on campus.

Employees who have been directed to quarantine or isolate should immediately inform their supervisor about their absence and contact Human Resources.

UIS employees (faculty/staff) who are exhibiting signs of COVID-19 but have not received a positive test result should remain at home and follow guidance from their primary care physician regarding testing.

If an employee begins showing signs/symptoms of COVID-19 while on-site at work, they should leave work immediately and inform their supervisor of their absence.

UIS students who are exhibiting signs of COVID-19 should remain in their residence, avoid attending classes or visiting any public space, and call UIS Health Services or their personal physician to be screened to determine the need for testing and other health-related directives. UIS Health Services and Counseling Center will provide health-care services to students via in-person and telehealth (Doxy.me) meetings.

Mitigations

Beyond mitigation measures issued to unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals with an approved exemption or extension, the CRRT may issue targeted or campus-wide mitigations based on campus and/or community health statistics.

Capacity Limits & Gathering Requests

Maintaining 6 feet of physical distance between individuals is the most critical factor when determining capacity limits, especially in indoor spaces and when the vaccination status of attendees is not known or is mixed. If maintaining distance is not feasible for an event, organizers must submit a Gathering Request Form for CRRT approval. Any gathering exceeding 100 attendees must be reviewed by the CRRT via a Gathering Request Form.

Teaching & Learning Guidelines

Face coverings are required for everyone in all on-campus classroom settings during substantial or high transmission. During times of low or moderate transmission, the CRRT will issue, via the Provost’s Office, classroom guidance for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. The university will notify instructors if they have students in their courses with assigned mitigations.

Students will not be allowed to attend class without a face covering that properly covers their nose and mouth. Students who are not medically able to tolerate a face covering need to contact the Office of Disability Services prior to the start of classes.

Non-compliance will result in the student being asked by the instructor to obtain a disposable face covering from a designated office in the building and returning to class. In the extreme or unlikely event that someone refuses to leave the class immediately when instructed to do so, the entire class will be dismissed using appropriate physical distancing guidelines. The UIS Dean of Students will be informed, and student disciplinary action will follow.

Human Resources Guidelines

Guidance for employees during the COVID-19 pandemic is on the Human Resources website.

Campus Guests

Please refer to the UIS Guest Policy for Fall 2021.

Guidance for Operations & Events:

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention provides data on the level of community transmission for each county. The below chart outlines guidelines for UIS operations and events based on the level of community transmission as well as campus transmission. UIS will communicate which level it is operating under on the UIS.edu website. In most cases, UIS will operate based on the highest level of transmission if community and campus transmission rates differ.

When planning any event, activity or meeting or otherwise using campus space, organizers must take into consideration the mitigations for unvaccinated individuals or people who want to maintain mitigations for their own safety. Plan to have options for remote engagement if it’s not possible to maintain 6 feet of distance.

Events involving off-campus guests should refer to the UIS Guest Policy for Fall 2021.

 
Transmission Rates in past 7 days per county and UIS data
Based on number of new cases per 100,000 or % of new cases per number of testsLowModerateSubstantialHigh
Community0-9 or below 5%10-49 or between 5-7%50-99 or between 8-9%100+ or above 10%
Campus0-9 or below 5%  10-49 or between 5-7%50-99 or between 8-9%100+ or above 10%
     
TestingTesting is required of only unvaccinated individuals.Testing is required of only unvaccinated individuals.  Targeted testing approach as directed by the CRRT.  Targeted testing approach as directed by the CRRT.  
Face CoveringsNo face coverings required for vaccinated individuals.   Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals must wear a face covering indoors in all common areas and maintain six feet of distance from others at all times, and when outdoors, they must wear a face covering when six feet of distance cannot be maintained from others.  No face coverings required for vaccinated individuals.   Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals must wear a face covering indoors in all common areas and maintain six feet of distance from others at all times, and when outdoors, they must wear a face covering when six feet of distance cannot be maintained from others.  Everyone is required to wear a face covering indoors unless alone in a private office/residence.   When outdoors, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals must wear a face covering when six feet of distance cannot be maintained from others.Everyone is required to wear a face covering indoors unless alone in a private office/residence.   When outdoors, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals must wear a face covering when six feet of distance cannot be maintained from others.
Indoor Scenarios    
Meeting with 0-20 people and vaccine status of attendees is unknown or mixed vaccine statusUnvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals must wear face coverings and maintain a 6-foot distance from others.   No limitations on food.Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals must wear face coverings and maintain a 6-foot distance from others.   No limitations on food.Virtual options should be considered. If meeting in person, everyone should wear a face covering and maintain a safe distance as much as possible.   Limit food options depending on spacing.  Virtual options should be considered. If meeting in person, everyone should wear a face covering and maintain a safe distance as much as possible.   Limit food options to outdoor dining or grab n’ go options.
Meeting with 20+ people and vaccine status of attendees is unknown or mixed vaccine statusUnvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals must wear face coverings and maintain a 6-foot distance from others.   No limitations on food.Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals must wear face coverings and maintain a 6-foot distance from others.   No limitations on food.Virtual options should be considered. Everyone should wear face coverings and must distance.   Limit food options to outdoor dining or grab n’ go options.  Virtual options should be considered. Everyone should wear face coverings and must distance.   Limit food options to outdoor dining or grab n’ go options.
Meeting with 0-20 people and everyone is fully vaccinatedNo mitigationsNo mitigationsEveryone should wear a face covering and distance as much as possible.   Limit food options depending on spacing.  Everyone should wear a face covering and distance as much as possible.    Limit food options depending on spacing.
Meeting with 20+ people and everyone is fully vaccinatedNo mitigationsNo mitigationsEveryone should wear a face covering and distance as much as possible.   Limit food options depending on spacing.  Everyone should wear a face covering and distance as much as possible.    Limit food options depending on spacing.
Student Union DiningNo mitigationsNo mitigationsStaff should create less density in sitting areas and encourage outside dining if feasible.  Staff should create less density in sitting areas and encourage outside dining if feasible.
Student Union & Brookens Library public spacesNo mitigations beyond what is necessary to allow for physical distancing for individuals who are not fully vaccinated.   Face coverings required for those who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.No mitigations beyond what is necessary to allow for physical distancing for individuals who are not fully vaccinated.   Face coverings required for those who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.  Staff should create less density in sitting areas and allow for proper distancing in meeting spaces.   Face coverings required for everyone.Staff should create less density in sitting areas and allow for proper distancing in meeting spaces.   Face coverings required for everyone.
TRACNo restrictions beyond what is recommended by the state for workout facilities.   Fully vaccinated people do not have to wear face coverings or maintain distance. Unvaccinated people need to maintain distance and wear a face covering at all times.No restrictions beyond what is recommended by the state for workout facilities.   Fully vaccinated people do not have to wear face coverings or maintain distance. Unvaccinated people need to maintain distance and wear a face covering at all times.Staff should create less density in classes and machines areas to encourage appropriate spacing.   Everyone wears a face covering while not actively working out. Vaccinated individuals should be encouraged to stay 6 feet apart but is not required. Unvaccinated people need to maintain distance and wear a face covering at all times.  Staff should create less density in classes and machines areas to encourage appropriate spacing.   Everyone wears a face covering while not actively working out. Vaccinated individuals should be encouraged to stay 6 feet apart but is not required. Unvaccinated people need to maintain distance and wear a face covering at all times.  
ClassroomsEveryone must keep six feet of distance.   Face covering guidance to be provided by the CRRT.Everyone must keep six feet of distance.   Face covering guidance to be provided by the CRRT.  Everyone must keep six feet of distance.   Face coverings required for everyone.Everyone must keep six feet of distance.   Face coverings required for everyone.
On-site Work100% capacity allowed if distancing requirements can be met. Face coverings and distancing required for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.100% capacity allowed if distancing requirements can be met. Face coverings and distancing required for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.100% capacity allowed if distancing requirements can be met. Face coverings required for everyone, and distancing required for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.  100% capacity allowed if distancing requirements can be met. Face coverings required for everyone, and distancing required for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.
Outdoor Scenarios    
Activities or events with 0-20 attendees and vaccine status is unknown or mixedUnvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals must keep a 6-foot distance and wear face coverings if distancing isn’t feasible.   No limitations on food.Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals must keep a 6-foot distance and wear face coverings if distancing isn’t feasible.   No limitations on food.Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals must keep a 6-foot distance and wear face coverings if distancing isn’t feasible.   Face coverings are recommended for fully vaccinated individuals if distance cannot be maintained.   Limit food options depending on spacing.  Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals must keep a 6-foot distance and wear face coverings if distancing isn’t feasible.   Face coverings are recommended for fully vaccinated individuals if distance cannot be maintained.   Limit food options to outdoor dining or grab n’ go options.
Activities or events with 20+ attendees and vaccine status is unknown or mixedUnvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals must keep a 6-foot distance when feasible and wear face coverings when within 6 feet of others.   No limitations on food.Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals must keep a 6-foot distance when feasible and wear face coverings when within 6 feet of others.   No limitations on food.Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals must keep a 6-foot distance and wear face coverings if distancing isn’t feasible.   Face coverings are recommended for fully vaccinated individuals if distance cannot be maintained.   Limit food options depending on spacing.  Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals must keep a 6-foot distance and wear face coverings if distancing isn’t feasible.   Face coverings are recommended for fully vaccinated individuals if distance cannot be maintained.       Limit food options to outdoor dining or grab n’ go options.
Activities or events with  
0-20 attendees and all are fully vaccinated
No mitigationsNo mitigationsNo mitigationsNo mitigations but distancing is encouraged.
Activities or events with 20+ attendees and all are fully vaccinatedNo mitigationsNo mitigationsNo mitigations but spacing and face coverings should be encouraged.No mitigations but spacing and face coverings should be encouraged.