Spring 2022 Guidelines & Returning to Campus

General Spring 2022 guidelines for students, faculty and staff

Receive an on-campus negative test to gain building access

  • Upon returning to campus for the first time for the Spring semester, all students, faculty and staff (even if they are fully vaccinated) will be required to receive a negative on-campus COVID-19 test result. When you receive a negative test result, your building access status will switch to “granted.”

Get your booster

  • The University of Illinois System is now requiring that all faculty, staff and students get a COVID-19 booster shot as soon as they are eligible.
  • If you have not received a COVID-19 vaccine booster and are eligible, we strongly encourage you to receive a booster before you return to campus if you are able. You can find appointments at pharmacies in your area on this website. (Note: If you are a student and are not able to receive a booster before you return to campus, you can make an appointment in the MyMcKinley Portal.)
  • We plan to provide time for everyone to receive their booster (when they are eligible) to meet this new requirement.

Download the Illinois app

  • The Safer Illinois app has been retired and is no longer usable for building access or COVID-19 testing information. You will need to use the Illinois App (download it from the App Store for iPhone users or Google Play for Android users) or the Boarding Pass to show your building access status. 

Upload off-campus positive test results

  • If you test positive at an off-campus location, you should upload your positive test result to your MyMcKinley Portal prior to ​testing on campus. This is extremely important, so you are not re-isolated if you test positive upon return.


If I receive an off-campus positive test result when I am away from campus, do I need to stay where I am or can I return to campus to isolate?

If you receive a positive off-campus COVID-19 test result while you are away from campus, you should not return until you have finished your isolation. You should follow public health directives from your county.