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.

Learn more about the vaccine requirement.

COVID-19 testing and noncompliance

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.

  • 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.
  • Undergraduate students who are out of compliance for COVID-19 testing will lose access to certain university technologies. These technologies include Compass, Canvas and others. See the full list here.
    • This only applies to students who are required to participate in on-campus testing, which includes all students who are not fully vaccinated with a verified record and those who are fully vaccinated who have been asked to test temporarily due to an increase in cases at their residence.
    • You will be notified via email before your technology is restricted. Your access to university email, campus Wi-Fi, and health and safety services will not be affected.
  • Read more about COVID-19 policy enforcement.

Student location address

You should insert and/or update your “Student Location” in Student Self-Service every time your living location changes. Typically, this is at the beginning of each academic year but could change throughout the year. 

Maintaining updated location information enables campus health and wellness units to communicate proper protocols to students that will help us all maximize safety during the pandemic.

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.

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.


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