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.

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Learn about COVID-19 policies for students

Update your Student Location Address

You should insert and/or update your “Student Location” in Student Self-Service every time your living location changes. Typically, this is at the beginning of each academic year but could change throughout the year. 

Maintaining updated location information enables campus health and wellness units to communicate proper protocols to students that will help us all maximize safety during the pandemic.

Learn about the COVID-19 vaccination requirement

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a mandate that all state employees and university students must be vaccinated against COVID-19. All students, faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated with a university-accepted COVID-19 vaccine.

Learn more on the Vaccines page.

Download the Safer Illinois App or bookmark the COVID-19 Boarding Pass

Safer Illinois app

  • The Safer Illinois app is one of the recommended methods for displaying your building access status, and you should download it before you arrive on campus. Created by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the mobile app helps our students, faculty and staff navigate some of the challenges posed by the pandemic.
  • To log in to the app, you will need your i-Card. If you don’t have your i-Card, you should still download the app ahead of time. The app is available as a free download from both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.
  • Once your vaccination has completed verification by the university, records can take 12-24 hours to appear in the Safer Illinois app. If your status still hasn’t updated, please follow these steps before reaching out to
    • In the meantime, if your vaccination is verified by the university and you need to show your building access status immediately, please use the boarding pass:
  • For more information, visit the Safer Illinois website.

Note: If you are abroad, you may not be able to download the Safer Illinois app. You should download it upon you arrival to campus.

COVID-19 Boarding Pass

Familiarize yourself with building access procedures

Students, faculty and staff are required to have completed an on-campus COVID-19 test and received a negative result OR have university-verified Vaccination Record Card to access university facilities.

All students, faculty and staff start with their building access status set to Access Denied. To initially have your status changed to Access Granted, you must have a recent negative COVID-19 on-campus test result OR a university-verified Vaccination Record Card.

You can show your Building Access in two ways:

Specially trained employees called a Wellness Support Associates (WSAs) will conduct daily spot checks across campus at various classroom buildings. Certain buildings may also choose to hire their own WSAs for the semester.

You are not required to show the vaccination status screen in your app to anyone. Individuals are required to show their building access status to the following individuals:

  • Wellness Support Associates (WSAs)
  • Instructors (including TAs)
  • Supervisors
  • Academic advisors during meeting time
  • McKinley Health Center, Student Counseling Center and Faculty Staff Assistance Services
  • IHR civil service testing locations

The building access status screen only shows if someone is compliant or not – either through vaccination or testing. This is to protect everyone’s private health information. You are not required to share or prove your vaccination status.

For more information, view the Building Access page.

When you arrive to campus

Wear a face covering in university facilities

Consistent with our practice of following CDC and public health COVID-19 guidance, all university students, faculty, staff and visitors must wear a face covering in university spaces indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

For more information, view the Face Coverings page.

Get tested to gain building access if you do not have a university-verified vaccination record card

  • If you do not yet have a university-verified Vaccination Record Card, you will need to test upon your arrival to campus to gain building access.
  • 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 the full list of testing locations and hours.

Read more about COVID-19 policy enforcement.

Get vaccinated

There are COVID-19 vaccine appointments available for students at Campus Recreation Center East (CRCE). Students should make an appointment in their MyMcKinley portal

Individuals can also look for vaccine appointments in the local community by visiting 

Additional information

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Helpful Resources