Faculty and Staff

College and Unit Information

In preparation for return to on-campus operations, colleges and units were asked to prepare plans to maximize safety on-campus, as well as to help prepare their employees. Each unit also named at least one COVID Coordinator to help facilitate the college or unit’s local efforts. We recommend all faculty and staff familiarize themselves with their unit’s plans.

Links to all of the available College and Unit Plans as well as a list of COVID Coordinators can be found on the College and Unit Information page.

COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination

The university will accept an individual’s university-verified Vaccination Record Card to replace regular COVID-19 testing for compliance and building access. Visit the Vaccine page for information and directions for submitting your vaccination information through the MyMcKinley portal.

Individuals who do not submit vaccination records will continue to be required to participate in the COVID-19 on-campus testing program. More information about the on-campus testing program, including requirements and how to receive results, can be found on the On-Campus COVID-19 Testing Page.

Please note that even individuals who have a verified Vaccination Record Card on file will still have full access to the COVID-19 testing program and may continue testing.

View testing locations and hours.


Faculty and staff should take the Division of Research Safety’s COVID-19 online training as part of their individual safety responsibility.


The university is allowing each college and department to determine the appropriate modality for each course, depending on the nature of the course, curricular requirements and faculty availability.  Faculty and graduate students who are unable to return to campus for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic will still have opportunities to teach and engage students remotely. 

More information for instructors can be found on several other pages on this site:


The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation has created an extensive set of resources for researchers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Find more information on the Research page.

Guidance for Employees

Illinois Human Resources has created guidance and resources for university employees. Information is available on the COVID-19 website for employees working in university facilities and for employees working remotely.

Remote work

Employees in special categories (health or childcare-related challenges) will be given flexibility to continue working remotely.

Additional resources