Massmail: SHIELD CU testing available April 8 for university family members

University family members and households are invited to participate in COVID-19 testing through SHIELD CU beginning this Thursday, April 8

The previous program launch was delayed due to an unexpected minor technical issue with the Safer Community app. The issue has been fixed for both Apple and Android users. Several successful tests have now been performed, and we are pleased to extend testing at the State Farm Center to all family and household members of faculty, staff and students 8 years of age and older. 

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Massmail: All faculty, staff & students now eligible for vaccine appointments

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) has announced that there are a select number of COVID-19 vaccine appointments available for individuals 16 years of age or older who live or work in Champaign County. This means that all University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign faculty, staff and students are now eligible to make an appointment.

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Massmail: Important update on COVID-19 testing for university family members

To ensure the best experience for university family and household members, the SHIELD CU program is delayed to launch until a later date.

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Alternative COVID-19 Testing Option Available for Individuals Observing Ramadan

Ramadan is expected to begin on the evening of April 12 and observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, contemplation and reflection. Individuals fasting during Ramadan who may be concerned about producing a saliva sample for COVID-19 testing can request a nasal swab test to satisfy testing requirements. This option will be available between April 12 and May 12, 2021.

Faculty/staff should contact the Office for Access & Equity at 217-333-0885. Students should call McKinley Health Center at 217-244-5661 to make an appointment. Please state that you are requesting the nasal swab test because you are fasting to observe Ramadan.

Weekly update from Chancellor Jones (Week of March 29)

We are sharing guidance about on-campus events and summer camps.

The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has recently released updated Phase 4 guidance for in-person events and camps. Learn more on the Events page.

We are offering alternative COVID-19 testing for individuals observing Ramadan. 

If you will be fasting during Ramadan and concerned about producing a saliva sample for COVID-19 testing, you can request a nasal swab test. Faculty/staff should contact the Office for Access & Equity at 217-333-0885. Students should call McKinley Health Center at 217-244-5661. Please state that you are requesting the nasal swab test because you are fasting to observe Ramadan. The testing option will be available to from April 12 – May 12.

We are continuing to share updated vaccine information.

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) has shared that higher education employees, including student employees, are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. If you are eligible and have not yet been able to make an appointment, please be patient until more appointments are available, and please check your university email account every day for updates on additional vaccination opportunities.

We are reminding students, faculty and staff to maintain their regular testing schedule and follow COVID-19 safety protocols.

Continue to check the testing locations page or your Safer Illinois app before testing at your usual location. Mandatory testing requirements are still in place for individuals who are fully vaccinated.

I am very grateful for your continued efforts as we work to maximize the safety of our university community. Please feel free to direct questions to covid-19@illinois.edu.

Sincerely,

Robert J. Jones

Chancellor

Massmail: Vaccine appointments

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) has announced that there are a select number of COVID-19 vaccine appointments available tomorrow and next Wednesday and Thursday, and student employees of the university are eligible. Individuals in 1A and 1B categories, including students age 18 and older with certain health conditions as defined by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) or disabilities are also still eligible. 

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Planning for Academic Year 21-22

As we navigate the remaining challenges of COVID-19, we are confident that our SHIELD safety protocols, the State of Illinois’ mitigation efforts and the increased availability of the vaccine will allow us to operate the Fall 2021 semester in ways that will continue to provide the experience that undergraduate students, in-residence graduate students, faculty, staff and others anticipated when they chose Illinois. COVID-19 has challenged us to develop new ways of providing basic instruction, student services, research collaborations and administrative support functions. We will draw on that experience as we return to in-person instruction, advising, student support, large-scale student events and research. We must all work together to deliver the world-class Illinois experience our students and other stakeholders expect. To that end, we have re-engaged our Return to Campus Operations work teams, who will finalize operational details by the end of this spring semester.

Planning for Academic Year 21-22

  • Based on our understanding of current public health guidance, we expect that by fall, COVID-19 health risks to our faculty, staff and students will be greatly minimized. Assuming that current projections of large-scale vaccinations and decreased infection rates are realized, our expectation is that campus will be safe for in-person service by the start of AY21-22.
  • This should allow the vast majority of faculty, staff and student employees who have been working remotely to return to campus.
  • We anticipate that local K-12 schools and daycare centers will be open, removing a significant challenge for many of our university community members in transitioning back to campus.
  • In anticipation of a return to in-person instruction and other activities in Academic Year 21-22, our Return to Campus Operations teams are revising and developing new processes, policies and guidelines in areas such as business, IT, HR, space utilization, operations and research.
  • This work complements our operational excellence initiative and will guide us in re-envisioning our workforce in ways that support a world-class, research-focused residential university fulfilling its land-grant mission.
  • This policy does not affect new or existing accommodations for a disability or medical condition. Such accommodations will continue to be handled by the Office for Access and Equity (OAE) under CAM policy HR-67. The ADA division of the Office of Access and Equity can be contacted via phone number at 217-333-0885 or more information can be found at oae.illinois.edu.
  • For AY 21-22, staff who have a need to initiate or continue remote work options not associated with a disability or personal health condition must work with their unit and submit a telecommuting request for approval. NOTE: We are not asking for new or updated Telecommuting Agreements at this time.
  • A new single, campus-wide electronic telecommuting request is being finalized and Illinois Human Resources (IHR) will provide more information prior to the start of AY21-22. Not every request for remote work will be granted. If a request for remote work cannot be granted, IHR can assist units and employees with the various leave options available.
  • Please click here for a summary of our AY21-22 guidance to shape your planning efforts.

Our goal is to provide students the experience they envisioned when they chose Illinois, to provide scholars the collaborative settings they need to conduct their work and to share the knowledge created at this university with the state, the nation and the world. While some of that work can be done remotely, we can leverage our strengths and serve our stakeholders best when we are able to access our facilities and our connections to each other in person. These efforts will be a key pillar of our organization for the next 150 years, and, together, we will continue to fulfill our land-grant mission of learning, discovery and engagement. 

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Massmail: University COVID-19 Vaccination Guidance

Currently the university is not requiring employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19. We encourage members of the university community to be vaccinated if and when they are able to do so. We also acknowledge that some individuals have health conditions or other reasons why they cannot be vaccinated.

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Summer camps guidance

The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has recently released updated Phase 4 guidance to allow camps under certain conditions. We have used this information to provide guidelines for university-sponsored camps this summer.

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New event guidance

As we continue to navigate the impacts of COVID-19, the safety and well-being of our entire community remains our number one priority.

The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has recently released updated Phase 4 guidance to expand capacity limits for some in-person events. View the events page.

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