Building Access

To maximize the safety of our entire community, the university is limiting access to on-campus facilities to individuals who are in-compliance with safety requirements.

Building access process

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

All students, faculty and staff participating in on-campus activities start with their building access status set to Access Denied. To initially have your status changed to Access Granted, you must have a negative COVID-19 on-campus test result.

Individuals must continue to participate in the on-campus testing program to retain Access Granted status.

Vaccination status

In the future, the university plans to use an individual’s verified proof of being fully vaccinated (defined as 14 days after final dose) to replace regular COVID-19 testing for compliance and building access. This is a science-based recommendation from the Shield team based on what the vaccine research has shown so far. This is expected to be in place before Aug. 23, the first day of the Fall 2021 semester. 

Please note that until this goes into effect, all university COVID-19 testing requirements will remain. Failure to comply may result in disciplinary action, and vaccination status will not be a valid excuse for failing to meet testing expectations.

See the Vaccination page for more information.

How to show building access status

The university is providing a number of ways for verifying your building access status.

Safer Illinois app

The Safer Illinois app is the recommended method for displaying your building access status. More information about the Safer Illinois app, including screenshots of the building access status screens, can be found on the Safer Illinois app page.

COVID-19 Boarding Pass

As an alternative method for verifying building access status, the university has created a COVID-19 Boarding Pass system.

Students, faculty and staff with an active NetID can log in to the COVID-19 Boarding Pass page and click “Get Status.”

The website will display the individual’s Building Access status as either Access Granted or Access Denied. The webpage with this information can be physically printed out and shown during a building access check, or the individual can log in to the Boarding Pass website on their phone at the check.

Log in to the COVID-19 Boarding Pass site.

Buildings with in-person classes

A specially trained employee called a Wellness Support Associate (WSA) may be placed inside one or two entrances to many facilities where in-person classes are being held. In those facilities, all other doors and entrances will be locked.

At each WSA-staffed entrance, any individual (faculty, staff or students) who wishes to enter must show the WSA their building entry status. This status shows that an individual is up-to-date for on-campus testing, does not have a positive COVID-19 test and has not been instructed by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District to quarantine or isolate for any reason.

Individuals should wait their turn to display their Access Granted status to the WSA in a line. Everyone should plan to arrive early, wear a face covering and practice social distancing (at least six feet away from the person in front of and behind you) to ensure a smooth process.

Building access for other facilities

Other university facilities may also check building entry status for individuals who plan to work on-campus. There may be different mechanisms to check for building entry status at non-instructional facilities. Students will receive more information about building entrance status as it relates to residence halls, dining halls and other student services. Units in non-instructional buildings should clearly communicate to their employees about the building access protocols they will use.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will building access status be checked?

Wellness Support Associates may be posted just inside one or two entrances at many facilities where in-person courses are being held. In those facilities, all other doors and entrances will be locked.

What if there is no one checking access at the door of my building?

If there is no WSA on duty at your building, and if you are current on your testing and not supposed to be in isolation or quarantine, please head to your class as you usually would. WSAs will not necessarily be at every building every day.

What happens if someone causes a disruption at a building entrance?

Our Wellness Support Associates undergo training to deal with conflict. If someone causes a disruption, they will be trained to reach out to a supervisor to deal with the issue.

What if waiting in line to verify my building access status makes me late for class?

It is the responsibility of the student to allow sufficient time to pass the WSA station without being late to class. Please leave sufficient time to have your entry status reviewed prior to entering your classroom building.

How will contracted employees and vendors gain entry to buildings?

Contractors doing work in buildings where WSAs are present can be escorted into the building by the facility manager, unit head or other designated person by the unit head. Contractors can be given access permissions into the building via an alternate entry point as long as the facility manager, unit head or other person designated by the unit head ensures they are wearing a face covering and utilizing proper social distancing.

How will business visitors gain entry to buildings?

Visitors (non-faculty, staff, students) who have business in the building where Wellness Support Associates are present will need to be escorted into the building at the WSA screening area by the person having business with the visitor. The person hosting the visitor will be responsible for ensuring the visitor is wearing a face covering and is utilizing proper social distancing.

If my unit or department previously had a card-swipe mechanism for gaining access to my building, can I use my card-swipe to verify my building access status?

No, our Card Access system is not tied in any way to the Safer Illinois app. At this time, our system does not ask the app for any information on any users and because of that, our card access system cannot tell when someone has been deemed ineligible to enter campus buildings due to COVID-19 concerns.



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