On-Campus Students

Academic concerns

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.

COVID-19 Vaccines

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 as soon as possible.


  • All students, faculty and staff (except those who are fully remote and never come to campus or university-affiliated buildings) who are not fully vaccinated already are required to receive a first dose of a university-accepted COVID-19 vaccine by Sept. 15.
  • If you have not already done so, you are required to receive a final dose and submit your Vaccination Record Card to the MyMcKinley Portal by Oct. 15. You should submit as soon as you receive your final dose.
  • Get vaccinated at CRCE by making an appointment in your MyMcKinley Portal or find a nearby appointment at vaccines.gov and get vaccinated today.

COVID-19 Testing

Individuals who are not able to be vaccinated and/or who do not have a university-verified vaccination record will be required to participate in the COVID-19 on-campus testing program.

Read more about COVID-19 policy enforcement.

Contact information

Students can update their contact information through Self Service.

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 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.

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.

Face coverings

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.

Additional Resources

On-Campus Students updates