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.

COVID-19 Vaccines

For the Fall 2021 semester, it will be required that all students who are able to do so will be fully vaccinated (defined as 14 days after the final dose) with a university-accepted vaccine before beginning the fall semester if they plan to be on campus with no additional health and safety obligations.

  • Individuals who are not able to be vaccinated and/or who have not had their record submitted and verified will be required to participate in the COVID-19 testing program and to continue wearing a face covering.
  • The university is following Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidance and accepting vaccines currently authorized for emergency use by either the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization. If you are not able to access one of the university-accepted vaccines, you will be able to receive an accepted vaccine upon your arrival to campus.
  • Students should submit their Vaccination Record Card in the MyMcKinley Portal and have it verified before the beginning of the fall semester. View the Vaccine page for more information on uploading your Vaccination Record Card.
  • If you have not been vaccinated for COVID-19 and you are able to do so, you should be vaccinated as soon as possible. Visit to find available appointments or walk-in hours in your local area.

We acknowledge that some individuals have health conditions or other reasons why they cannot be vaccinated. For those individuals, the COVID-19 testing program and face coverings will continue to be required.

See this massmail for more information.

COVID-19 Testing

Individuals who are not able to be vaccinated and/or who do not submit vaccination records will be required to participate in the COVID-19 on-campus testing program and wear a face covering.

Read more about COVID-19 policy enforcement.

Building Access

Students entering many buildings to attend in-person classes may be checked at the building entrance 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

For Summer 2021 in-person classes, 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.

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.

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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.

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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