This guide will provide students with the key information that they need about the university’s response to COVID-19. Please continue to check this page as it will be updated as more information and resources become available.

Students on campus

Fall Break

Friday, November 20 will be the last day of in-person instruction for the Fall 2020 semester. After this day, Fall 2020 instruction and final exams will utilize alternative delivery methods.

Students who remain in town during Fall Break should participate in essential activities only. For more information, view the On-Campus Students page.


All university faculty, staff and students participating in any on-campus activities are required to participate in the on-campus COVID-19 testing program.

Students living on-campus or residing in Champaign, Urbana or Savoy will need to test, even if they are taking a fully online schedule.
View testing locations and hours.

Building Access

Students entering many buildings to attend in-person classes may be checked at the building entrance to make sure that they are wearing a required face covering and to verify their Building Access status.

You can show your Building Access in two ways:

More information about the Building Access process is available on the Building Access page.

Face Covering and Social Distancing Requirements

To reduce the transmission of COVID-19 infection, all students, employees and visitors must wear a face covering in any university building, facility and classroom unless they are physically isolated in a private space or room.

Face coverings also must be worn in all public places and settings on campus where social distancing of six feet cannot be maintained. This includes outdoor spaces on campus and situations such as traveling to and from classes or events. 

There are more details about face coverings and examples of acceptable face coverings on the Face Coverings Page.

Quarantine, Isolation & Contact Tracing

All students who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate for 10 days per guidance by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.

We are coordinating and partnering closely with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District to support their work to manage contact tracing for all COVID-19 cases in Champaign County that are related to our faculty, staff or students.

More information about quarantine and isolation can be found on the Quarantine page.

Returning to Campus after Quarantine or Isolation

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District provides permission for you to end quarantine or isolation. Learn about what you should do to ease your transition back to full campus participation on the Return to Campus after COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation page.


The Fall 2020 semester is going to be unlike any other in the university’s history, and one of the areas that will have some of the most noticeable adjustments is in the classroom itself.

Learn more about these classroom protocols on the On-Campus Students page.

Study Spaces

The Office of the Registrar maintains a list of classrooms that are available for use between classes and events for students who may need a location to participate in an online class or to study.

Social distancing and face covering requirements apply. Please wipe your own seat with supplies provided. Furniture may not be moved within the room or to another location. Room schedules can be found outside the classroom. Please be courteous to other users and to incoming classes or events and be prepared to exit at building close.

Visit the Registrar’s Indoor Space Specifications page to find a list of some of the available study spaces on campus.

Remote Students

Long before the disruptions of COVID-19, Illinois was a pioneer in the field of online education. Our faculty and staff have been innovators and leaders in leveraging advances in technology into new ways of teaching and learning for the 21st century. We are committed to ensuring that every student, in every mode of delivery, has the transformational educational experience that we promise here at Illinois.

The Fall 2020 semester will see many students taking some or all of their classes online. Even portions of in-person courses may contain online components. Therefore, all students should familiarize themselves with the remote components and services used in their courses.

The university is providing resources to help foster student academic success online.

Find more information on the Remote Students page.

More guidance and resources

Get technology resources

Technology Services has created a Resource Guide for Students to help them access the IT resources that they need.

Whether you are studying remotely or coming to campus, if you do not have access to a functional computer or reliable Internet connectivity in your location, please contact the Student Assistance Center at 217-333-0050 or The Center can work with you to make sure you have access to the technology you need.

Download the Safer Illinois app

The Safer Illinois app is a mobile app created by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to help our students, faculty and staff navigate some of the challenges posed by the pandemic. Please visit the Safer Illinois site for more information about the app. The app is available as a free download from both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

Student Affairs COVID-19 Support Resources

Student Affairs maintains a comprehensive list of COVID-19 resources for students as well as information about hours and availability for a number of resources, offices and on-campus businesses.

Visit the Student Affairs COVID-19 Resources page.

Learn about in-person and virtual events

Working together with the Union Board, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, Illinois Student Government and other RSOs, we are announcing a new series of in-person events for students.

Students can visit to learn more about new events that will be added all semester, as well as the safety rules that will be in place for every event.

Take the Illinois Community pledge

All students are encouraged to take the voluntary Illinois Community pledge as a way to show your Illinois family that you care and that you are going to do your part to help maintain the well-being of yourself and your family, friends, colleagues, classmates, university and community.

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