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 vaccination series, however, is significantly less effective at preventing transmission of the emerging and prevalent subvariants of the virus. For this reason, we no longer require the COVID-19 primary vaccine series but continue to strongly recommend that you stay up to date with the most recent vaccination available as a barrier to serious illness.

Read our frequently asked questions.

Face Coverings

Face coverings are not required in most locations 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.

Face coverings continue to be required in healthcare settings on campus.

See the full list of locations where masks are required.


Testing is no longer required for students, faculty, staff, contract employees and long-term guests, regardless of vaccination status.

Free SHIELD testing will continue to be offered for active-status students, faculty and staff only. UIS is no longer offering testing to the public.

Testing site location: WUIS Building, Classroom 28. Watch for signage within the building directing you to the testing site.

Learn more about hours of operation and holiday closures.

Isolation & Quarantine

UIS follows the CDC guidance for isolation and quarantine. Recommendations differ based on vaccination status and date of prior infections (if applicable). Learn more

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. Learn about on-campus scenarios on the Approach to Safety page.


Course Delivery

students walking on campus

Course modalities are noted on a students schedule and can be viewed via Student Self-Service. Any changes to modality will be noted on the schedule and communicated to registered students.

Communication Hub

Town Hall Briefings

More Town Hall Briefings on Chancellor Gooch's site

COVID-19 Contacts

UIS Counseling Center


UIS Health Services



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Contact our COVID-19 team

Leaders in Online Learning

Since 1997, the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service (COLRS) has promoted and supported the university’s development of online and blended learning. Our mission is to provide leadership in the development of effective practices, advancement of technologies and the dissemination of research that will improve faculty, student and institutional effectiveness online.

We’ve created a Remote Learning Orientation portal packed with tools and resources to help students better navigate their learning experience. Simply log in with your UIS NetID.

History of Online Learning at UIS


United in Safety News

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…
Nov 02, 2022
Protect those you love and yourself by getting a COVID booster! UIS Health Services and the Sangamon County Department of Public Health are teaming up to…
Oct 25, 2022
Testing hours will be changing at the SHIELD COVID-19 testing site in the WUIS building. This week, testing is available: Today (Monday) until 5 p.m.10…