Massmail: New credit/no credit and drop deadlines

In response to advice and input from our students, and approval by the Academic Senate, the university is implementing academic policy modifications for the Fall 2020 semester. These changes acknowledge the unique and challenging pandemic-related circumstances and the additional stress it has caused for students.

More details will be available on the Office of the Provost’s policies website.

Read the full message to students.

Weekly Update from Chancellor Jones (11/16 – 11/20)

We are updating COVID-19 testing locations and hours.

There will be changes to testing center locations and hours starting Nov. 21.

We are providing study spaces and exam locations after Fall Break.

The locations will be available from Nov. 30 to Dec. 18 for those who must be on campus after Fall Break. 

We are encouraging you to help others maximize safety.

You can report safety concerns and non-compliance at go.illinois.edu/COVID19-report or by emailing conflictresolution@illinois.edu.

We are sharing support resources for students, faculty and staff.

Support resources are available to assist you during these challenging times.

Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate COVID-19. Please feel free to direct questions to covid-19@illinois.edu.

Robert J. Jones

Chancellor

Massmail: Supporting You and Our Students During Stressful Times

Student Affairs shares support resources during this challenging time.

If you become concerned about a student, the Student Assistance Center (SAC) can help. Staff in the SAC is available Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Additionally, the Emergency Dean Program provides a University administrator who is on-call to assist in emergency situations that occur after business hours. To reach the SAC or the Emergency Dean, please call 217-333-0050. You can find additional information about these programs or refer a student for assistance by visiting odos.illinois.edu/community-of-care.

If it is a true safety emergency, please call 911.

View the full massmail for the full list of specialized programs and services offered to support students.

Massmail: Spaces to study or take an exam

If you must be on campus after Fall Break, the university is providing spaces for students who need a location to participate in an online class or to study. The locations below will be available from Nov. 30 to Dec. 18. Please see this website for full details about what days and times they will be available.

The university will also be providing a quiet space for all final exam periods. Lincoln Hall Theater will be available from Dec. 11 to Dec. 18 for each exam timeslot. You must reserve a seat in advance using this form.

Wellness Support Associates will be checking building access status at the entrances. These spaces will be arranged for social distancing, and, of course, face coverings will continue to be required in university facilities. Please disinfect your study area when you leave. Furniture may not be moved in the rooms.

We hope these spaces provide our students with a safe and quiet place to continue to study on campus. If you have any questions, please contact registrar@illinois.edu.

View the full massmail.

Weekly Update from Chancellor Jones (11/9 – 11/13)

We are asking faculty, staff and graduate students to test twice a week.

Faculty, staff and graduate students are asked to take additional safety precautions, including increased testing, working from home if possible, participating in essential activities only and limiting travel and gatherings.

We are sharing Fall Break policies with students.

If you are a student traveling for Fall Break, we are asking you to follow these guidelines so you do not endanger the health of your family and friends back home.

We are reducing student fees for Spring 2021.

More information about the Spring 2021 fee schedule can be found on the Office of the Registrar’s website.

We are updating COVID-19 testing locations and hours.

There will be changes to testing center locations and hours starting Nov. 21.

We are encouraging you to help others maximize safety.

You can report safety concerns and non-compliance at go.illinois.edu/COVID19-report or by emailing conflictresolution@illinois.edu.

We are providing updated information on our COVID-19 response.

The captioned COVID-19 Response Update Briefing from Nov. 6 is available to watch.

We are sharing support resources for students, faculty and staff.

Support resources are available to assist you during these challenging times.

Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate COVID-19. Please feel free to direct questions to covid-19@illinois.edu.

Robert J. Jones

Chancellor

Massmail: Thanksgiving and Fall Break Policies

Everyone needs to do their part to protect themselves and our community. The university is asking students to take precautions starting right now to minimize COVID-19 spread over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Before Fall Break

  • Do not have or attend parties. Parties spread COVID-19. The result is increased transmission, innocent people getting sick or hospitalized and the need for more regional and statewide mitigation steps that affect our local businesses and restaurants. For everyone’s sake, please do not hold or attend parties.
  • Starting Nov. 6 (today) through Nov. 20, students who plan to travel during Fall Break must limit themselves to essential activities only, such as attending in-person class, testing, visiting the pharmacy and buying groceries.
  • You must continue to test during this time.
  • If you test positive, you must comply with Champaign-Urbana Public Health District isolation/quarantine requirements and cooperate with their contact tracing staff.
  • Any students who violate university, state or local health and safety requirements are subject to student discipline.

After Fall Break

  • If you travel away from the Champaign-Urbana-Savoy area for Fall Break you should not return to campus until the Spring semester. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health experts tell us that travel in and out of communities presents a high risk of spreading the infection.
  • If you must return to campus or the local community after Fall Break, you should test for COVID-19 as soon as possible after you return to campus and self-quarantine until your results are available. You then must test every other day until Dec. 18, the end of the Fall 2020 semester.
  • Students who return to or have remained in the community after Fall Break must limit themselves to essential activities only, such as testing, visiting the pharmacy and buying groceries through the end of the semester.
  • Some study spaces will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis for those who must return. Wellness Support Associates will be checking for building access status at the entrances of study spaces, fitness centers and other university facilities.
  • Students who will be on-campus or in the community during breaks are required to continue their regular COVID-19 testing schedule. Students who fail to follow our testing policies are subject to student discipline.

View the full massmail.

Weekly Update from Chancellor Jones (11/2 – 11/6)

We are asking our university community to take extra safety precautions.

On Monday, Nov. 2 at 12 a.m., Region 6 went into mitigation. Students, faculty and staff should continue practices that maximize safety.

We are sharing updated COVID-19 testing locations and hours.

There will be changes to testing center locations and hours starting Nov. 21.

We are sharing support resources for students, faculty and staff.

Support resources are available to assist you during these challenging times.

We are encouraging you to help others maximize safety.

You can report safety concerns and non-compliance at go.illinois.edu/COVID19-report or by emailing conflictresolution@illinois.edu.

Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate COVID-19. Please feel free to direct questions to covid-19@illinois.edu.

Robert J. Jones

Chancellor

COVID-19 Testing Locations & Hours for Fall and Winter Break

On-campus testing will continue to be available throughout Fall Break, the rest of the Fall semester and Winter Break. As always, be sure to check the testing location page or your Safer Illinois app before testing at your usual location.

Please stay up-to-date on your testing schedule if you are continuing to reside in the community.

All questions about testing or test results should be directed to the COVID Wellness Answer Center at covidwellness@illinois.edu or 217-333-1900.

Fall Break Hours (Nov. 21-29)

State Farm Center
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 21 and Nov. 28)
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 22 and Nov. 29)
6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 23 and 24)
Closed Wednesday through Friday (Nov. 25-27)

Alice Campbell Alumni Center
Closed Saturday through Tuesday (Nov. 21-24)
6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25
Closed Thursday through Sunday (Nov. 26-29)

Illini Union
Closed Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 21-22)
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 23-24)
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 25)
Closed Thursday through Sunday (Nov. 26-29)

Campus Recreation Center East (CRCE)
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 21-22 and Nov. 28-29)
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday (Nov. 23-25)
Closed Thursday and Friday (Nov. 26-27)

Vet Med
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday (Nov. 23-25)
Closed Thursday through Sunday (Nov. 26-29)

Post-Fall Break Hours (Nov. 30 through Dec. 18)

State Farm Center
6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

Illini Union
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday
Closed Saturday and Sunday

SDRP
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Campus Recreation Center East (CRCE)
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Vet Med
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
Closed Saturday and Sunday

Winter Break Hours (Dec. 19 through Jan. 10)

State Farm Center
6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
CLOSED Dec. 24-31 and Jan. 1

Illini Union
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday (This location will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23)
Closed Saturday and Sunday
CLOSED Dec. 24-31 and Jan. 1

Campus Recreation Center East (CRCE)
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
CLOSED Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1

Vet Med
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
Closed Saturday and Sunday
CLOSED Dec. 24-31 and Jan. 1

Massmail: Increase in COVID-19 cases – take extra precautions

Governor J.B. Pritzker announced today that beginning on Monday, Nov. 2 at 12 a.m., Region 6 will go into mitigation.

Please note these measures will not require us to make any changes to in-person instruction, and we will continue courses as planned. See more information about mitigation restrictions here.

Read the full massmail.