This guide provides students with key information 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.

Spring 2021 semester

The Spring 2021 semester will include a blend of in-person and remote instruction.

Important spring dates:

  • The first day of classes will now be Monday, January 25.
  • There will be no Spring Break. Three additional non-instruction break days are being added: February 17, March 24 and April 13. 
  • The last day of instruction will be Wednesday, May 5 with finals taking place May 7-14.

View the Academics page.


If you are an undergraduate or graduate student coming to campus for the first time this Spring 2021 semester, it is required that you receive two negative on-campus test results, no sooner than three days apart. A student’s Safer Illinois app and Boarding Pass will show “Building Access Denied” until they receive their second negative result.

All university students, faculty and staff 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. Read more about COVID-19 policy enforcement.

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 they are wearing a required face covering and to verify their Building Access status.

You can show your Building Access in two ways:

View the Building Access page.

Face Covering and Social Distancing Requirements

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 must also 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. 

View the Face Coverings page.

Quarantine, Isolation & Contact Tracing

The university is 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. Isolation or quarantine as directed by CUPHD, University Housing, Private Certified Housing and Certified Greek Housing is mandatory. 

Quarantine helps prevent the spread of disease by separating and restricting the movement of people who were exposed to COVID-19. It is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others to reduce the potential risk of transmission.

Isolation is used when someone has actually tested positive for COVID-19.It is used to keep someone known to be contagious with COVID-19 away from others.

View the Quarantine and Isolation 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.

View the Return to Campus after COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation 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.

View the Registrar’s Indoor Space Specifications page.

Remote Students

Long before the disruptions of COVID-19, Illinois was a pioneer in the field of online education.

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

View the Remote Students page.

More guidance and resources

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. The app is available as a free download from both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

Visit the Safer Illinois website.

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.

Vsit the Student Affairs COVID-19 Resources page.

In-person and virtual events

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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