Face Coverings & Physical Distancing

Face coverings are optional on campus except in clinical settings such as UIS Health Services, UIS Counseling Center and SHIELD testing site. 

No additional requirements for face coverings should be implemented for particular units, spaces or events. 

Those who prefer to continue to wear a face covering anywhere on campus are encouraged to do so. Please remember that we are United in Safety and will treat one another with respect and understanding. 

Exposure, Isolation Directives

UIS will follow CDC guidance for exposure and isolation following a positive COVID-19 test. Taking a COVID-19 test to return to school or work following the recommended isolation period is not required. Please refer to this CDC isolation information for specific directives based on your situation:  

Quarantine is no longer required following an exposure, but please watch for symptoms, take a COVID-19 test if symptoms arise and wear a mask for 5-10 days following the exposure. 


This fall, all students, faculty and staff who live, learn or work on campus and are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must test once per week. Testing will be monitored, and those out of compliance may face student or employee discipline.  

Visit the testing page for info about location and hours.

Capacity Limits & Gatherings

At this time, there are no restrictions on capacity limits and gathering sizes. All attendees must follow current COVID-19 policies. Event organizers should make their best attempt to provide opportunities for individuals to maintain space from others if they want or need to do so.