Building Access

In order 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

All students, faculty and staff participating in on-campus activities start with their building access status set to Access Denied.

In order to initially have your status changed to Access Granted, for at least the first few weeks of the semester, 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.

The SHIELD: Target, Test, Tell team researchers have determined that to help reduce the chance of exposure during this initial period when a larger volume of people are returning to campus at once, students, faculty and staff are required to have completed an on-campus COVID-19 test and received a negative result to access university facilities.

More information is available about the On-Campus COVID-19 Testing program, including the locations of On-Campus COVID-19 Testing Locations.


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 to practice social distancing (at least six feet away from the person in front of and behind you) in order 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 also be different mechanisms to check for building entry status in place 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 for the Fall 2020 semester. 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 are undergoing 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. Especially at the start of the semester, please leave sufficient time to have your entry status reviewed prior to entering your classroom building.

Contracted employees and vendors are not able to participate in the on-campus testing program. How will they gain entry to buildings?

Contractors doing work in buildings where WSAs are present can either be escorted into the building by the facility manager or 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 or unit head or other person designated by the unit head ensures they are wearing a face covering and utilizing proper social distancing.

Visitors are not able to participate in the on-campus testing program. How will they gain entry to buildings?

The university is discouraging non-business visitors at this time. 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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