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

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…
Oct 07, 2022
The SHIELD COVID-19 testing site on campus will be closed Monday, Oct. 10, due to a lab closure. The site will re-open at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11.
Sep 16, 2022
COVID-19 Flexible Work Arrangements for Employees The University of Illinois System COVID-19 Flexible Work Arrangements for Employees has been updated.
Sep 09, 2022
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff — Our approach to managing COVID-19 at UIS this semester is going well, and we appreciate everyone’s efforts to be United…
Sep 02, 2022
Due to the Labor Day holiday on Monday, Sept. 5, the SHIELD testing site in WUIS 28 will be closed. The site will reopen at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6. Thank…