For Students, Faculty and Staff who are Fully Vaccinated
In alignment with recommendations from federal, state and local health authorities, UIS students, faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated and upload documentation verifying their vaccination status to their Medicat account are not required to wear a face covering or social distance indoors or outdoors on UIS property or as part of university-sanctioned events effective June 16, 2021, except in certain settings (see special considerations below). An individual is considered fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccination (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson), and it has been two weeks or more since receiving their final dose of vaccine.
Additionally, UIS students, faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated are not required to participate in COVID-19 testing as long as they have uploaded a copy of their vaccination card to their Medicat record confirming they are fully vaccinated.
Fully vaccinated individuals have the option to continue to wear a face covering and social distance, as well as participate in COVID-19 testing, if they so choose, and their decision will be supported.
For Students, Faculty and Staff who are NOT Fully Vaccinated
Students, faculty and staff who are NOT fully vaccinated must continue to wear a face covering, social distance and participate in weekly COVID-19 testing in alignment with United in Safety guidelines.
Dishonesty with following this policy will be addressed as a student code of conduct violation by the Dean of Students Office or an employee disciplinary issue by the Office of Human Resources.
The following behaviors are expected and required of UIS students, faculty and staff who are NOT fully vaccinated:
- Face coverings that cover the nose and mouth must be worn when inside university facilities in all common areas (hallways, lobbies, elevators, break rooms, etc.), including classrooms. When on university property outside of buildings, face coverings must be worn when a six-foot physical distance from others is not possible.
- Students who are medically unable to wear a face covering should contact the Office of Disability Services. Faculty and staff who are medically unable to wear a face covering should contact Human Resources.
- A six-foot physical distance from others must be maintained whenever possible.
- Compliance with the weekly COVID-19 testing program is required and will be monitored.
Guests who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear a face covering or social distance indoors and outdoors except in designated spaces on campus (see special considerations below). Guests who are not fully vaccinated must wear a face covering and social distance indoors at all times and outdoors when six feet of distance from others is not feasible. Failure to comply may result in the individual being asked to leave the premises and may also be restricted from returning.
• Instructional Spaces: All individuals regardless of vaccination status must wear a face covering and social distance in instructional spaces for the Summer 2021 term. Summer instructors who are fully vaccinated have the option to request a one-time review of their class roster to determine if every student is fully vaccinated; if so, the class will be allowed to meet without face coverings or social distancing. In this scenario, fully vaccinated individuals retain the option to continue to wear a face covering and social distance if they so choose, and their decision will be supported. Requests should be submitted directly to Bethany Bilyeu, UIS executive director of Student Support Services, and include the UIN of students in the course. Information will be reported in the aggregate and will not include the vaccination status of individual students.
• Health-care Settings: All individuals regardless of vaccination status, must wear a face covering in health-care delivery spaces, including the UIS COVID-19 Testing Area and UIS Health Services. Signage should be posted accordingly.
• Child-care Settings: Cox Child Care Center, in accordance with IDPH guidance, will continue to require face coverings for all individuals regardless of vaccination status. This includes employees, children older than 2, guardians who pick up/drop off children and delivery persons. Signage should be posted accordingly.
• Youth camps: UIS staff and volunteers running youth summer camps who are fully vaccinated, and camp participants who are fully vaccinated, are not required to wear face coverings indoors or outdoors. UIS staff, volunteers and camp participants who are not fully vaccinated must wear face coverings (1) indoors at all times and (2) outdoors if unable to physically distance and not actively engaged in the sports activity.
• Travel: Masks are required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated students, faculty and staff using public transportation in accordance with local, state and federal guidelines. Fully vaccinated students, faculty and staff are not required to wear a face covering as part of UIS-sponsored travel unless required by state, local or federal guidance; whereas students, faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear face coverings when traveling.
Isolation and Quarantine
- Students, faculty and staff who are NOT fully vaccinated and test positive for COVID-19 or who have been identified as a close contact must promptly comply with directives from the UIS Testing Team to isolate or quarantine.
- Non-vaccinated 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.
- Non-vaccinated individuals 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.
- The UIS COVID-19 Rapid Response Team (CRRT) monitors the number of positive test results within the university community, advises UIS administration regarding any operational decision points related to testing numbers, and deploys resources (cleaning, security, etc.) to support a comprehensive response to known cases on campus.
- All non-vaccinated members of the UIS community diagnosed with or living with a person determined to have COVID-19, or who have been otherwise identified as a close contact to a confirmed COVID-19 case, are expected to follow public health guidance, including directives involving isolation or quarantine, testing and cooperation with contact tracing. According to the CDC, fully vaccinated individuals may refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if they are asymptomatic.
- 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.
Gatherings that conflict with federal, state, local or university guidelines are prohibited on university property. For information on hosting a gathering on campus, please review the UIS Gathering Guidelines and the Summer 2021 Operational Matrix.
Teaching & Learning Guidelines
- Face coverings are required in all on-campus classroom settings, unless all individuals in the classroom have provided proof of vaccination (see special considerations above).
- 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 mask 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.
- UIS is continuing to provide full academic support services with access to academic advisors and student success specialists.
- UIS has assessed the occupancy capacity of each instructional space to comply with physical distancing recommendations from the CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health as well as created cleaning and disinfecting protocols for each instructional space. Students, faculty and staff have access to disinfecting products in each classroom along with signage promoting adherence to health and safety protocols.
Student Life Guidelines
- Measures have been implemented for students living in on-campus housing to prioritize health and safety.
- Students have the option to purchase a single residence hall space.
- Guests are not permitted in residential living spaces of the residence halls, nor in individual residential living spaces.
- The number of move-in days prior to the start of each semester has been extended to limit congestion and follow physical distancing guidelines.
- Regular cleaning and disinfecting of community spaces, high-traffic areas and public restrooms within residential communities occurs Monday through Friday.
- Students are required to wear face coverings in common areas within residential communities.
- Housing, dining and support services are offered to quarantined or isolated on-campus students.
- Dining Services in the Student Union has been adjusted to prioritize safety.
- Seating in designated dining areas is arranged in accordance with public health guidelines, including physical distancing and availability of hand sanitizer.
- Food options have been modified to encourage grab-n-go dining. No self-service is available.
- Campus Recreation and TRAC will comply with all state and university directives for health and fitness centers.
- Student meetings, gatherings and events will comply with all state and university directives for indoor and outdoor gatherings.
- University-sponsored travel for students align with current UI System directives and comply with Illinois Department of Public Health and CDC guidelines. Travel for Athletics competition align with GLVC and University guidance. Study Away programs are postponed until further notice.
Human Resources Guidelines
Guidance for employees during the COVID-19 pandemic is on the Human Resources website.