Undergraduates with questions or concerns should consult with their academic advisors or college office, and graduate students should consult with their advisors or the Graduate College.
Please also consult the Academics guide for more information.
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.
- 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 vaccines.gov 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 will continue to be required.
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.
- 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.
Students can update their contact information through Self Service.
Students entering many buildings to attend in-person classes may be checked at the building entrance to verify their Building Access status.
Please note that you are only required to show your building access screen (which shows if you are compliant via being vaccinated or testing, by using the Safer Illinois app or the Boarding Pass) to WSAs or instructors. You are not required to share or prove your vaccination status.
Feeling ill and absences
Students need to take responsibility for checking their symptoms every day. Students who feel ill must not come to class.
In addition, students who test positive for COVID-19 or have had an exposure that requires testing and/or quarantine must not attend class. The University will provide information to the instructor, in a manner that complies with privacy laws, about students in these latter categories. These students are judged to have excused absences for the class period and should contact the instructor via email about making up the work.
See the Academics Guide for more information about excused absences and COVID-related information.
Learn more about returning to campus after quarantine and isolation.
In the classroom
There will not be additional capacity limits for classrooms due to COVID-19.
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.
- Academics Guide
- On-Campus COVID-19 Testing
- Testing Positive for COVID-19
- Quarantine and Isolation
- Students Returning to Campus after Quarantine and Isolation
- Building Access
- Face Coverings
- Support Resources
- Graduate Students
- International Students
- Office of the Registrar’s Indoor Space Specifications
On-Campus Students updates
- Massmail: Face coverings required in all University facilities beginning July 30
- Massmail: Immediate changes to SHIELD CU community testing locations and hours
- Massmail: Fall 2021 COVID-19 requirements & protocols
- Massmail: COVID-19 Vaccination Expectations for the Fall 2021 Semester
- Massmail: Verified COVID-19 vaccination records now active to replace testing