Weekly Update from Chancellor Jones (Week of Feb. 15)

We are sharing guidance about non-instruction days.

Non-instruction days are intended to provide necessary breaks for our students and are to be left entirely free of any mandatory course obligations. The next non-instruction day is Wednesday, Mar. 24.

We are reminding our university community 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. Please note that this semester, students who are out of compliance may also lose access to university Wi-Fi, Zoom, Compass and other technologies.

We are offering additional study spaces for students through on-campus study halls.

Study halls are opportunities for students to study in select on-campus classrooms. Supported by the Wellness Ambassador program, student ambassadors will maximize well-being by following university safety protocols, including face coverings and adherence to room capacity. View additional study space information.

We are continuing to share updated vaccine information.

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is leading vaccination distribution in our county, and the university will share vaccine information with you as it becomes available.

I am grateful for your 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: Guidance for non-instruction days

Wednesday, Feb. 17 is the first of three non-instruction days in the modified Spring 2021 academic calendar. As a reminder, non-instruction days are to be left entirely free of any mandatory course obligations. These days are intended to provide important and necessary breaks for our students.

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Massmail: Vaccines for Champaign County residents 40-64 with certain conditions

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) has announced that there are a select number of COVID-19 vaccine appointments available for individuals in 1A and 1B categories, as well as Champaign County residents age 40-64 with certain health conditions as defined by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) or disabilities. See the CUPHD press release here.

View the message to students, faculty and staff.

Weekly update from Chancellor Jones (Week of Feb. 8)

We are extending course drop deadlines and offering additional grading options for the Spring 2021 semester.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and with approval by the Academic Senate, we are implementing academic policy modifications effective immediately for the Spring 2021 semester. This includes extended drop deadlines and Pass COVID/No Pass COVID grade mode options. 

We are sharing guidance regarding events.

As part of our region’s transition into Phase IV of the governor’s Restore Illinois Plan, facilities at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign may resume hosting in-person, on-campus events for university faculty, staff and students. The university is still encouraging virtual events when possible. View the updated guidance.

We are reminding our university community 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. Please note that this semester, students who are out of compliance may also lose access to university Wi-Fi, Zoom, Compass and other technologies.

We are continuing to share updated vaccine information.

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is leading vaccination distribution in our county, and the university will share vaccine information with you as it becomes available.

I am grateful for your 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: Updated Spring 2021 academic policy

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and with approval by the Academic Senate, the university is implementing academic policy modifications effective immediately for the Spring 2021 semester.

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In making decisions about courses, consultation with academic advisors, college offices and the Office of Student Financial Aid for students receiving aid is strongly encouraged. As is always the case, students facing exceptionally difficult or unexpected circumstances that may require other accommodations continue to have the option to seek assistance through their college office.

A more detailed FAQ will be available on the Office of the Provost’s policies website within the next few days. 

On-campus events update

As part of our region’s transition into Phase IV of the governor’s Restore Illinois Plan, facilities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign may resume hosting in-person, on-campus events for university faculty, staff and students.

Event organizers will be strongly encouraged to check participants’ building access status in either the Safer Illinois app or Boarding Pass to ensure testing compliance. The university is still encouraging virtual events when possible. Non-business visitors are still discouraged at university events and in university facilities.

Please see the events page for more guidance.

Massmail: Essential Activities Only Lifted – Continue Safe Behaviors

The university has successfully completed our re-entry testing program for the Spring 2021 semester. Beginning today, the essential activities only guidance has been lifted.

Thank you for doing your part to maximize the safety of our entire community.

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Weekly Update from Chancellor Jones (Week of Feb. 1)

We are reminding students to participate in essential activities only until at least Feb 8.

For the first several weeks of the semester, students should limit their in-person interactions to only the most essential activities. The target date for lifting essential activities only is Monday, Feb. 8 but it could be sooner or later depending on what the data shows about the virus.

We are reminding our university community 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. Please note that this semester, students who are out of compliance may also lose access to university Wi-Fi, Zoom, Compass and other technologies.

We are providing students with PPE kits for the new semester.

Students can pick up free PPE kits on the second floor of the Illini Union Bookstore with their i-cards until Feb. 11.

We are continuing to share updated vaccine information.

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is leading vaccination distribution in our county, and the university will share vaccine information with you as it becomes available.

I am grateful for your 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

Vaccines available for select in-person employees

CUPHD has announced that COVID-19 vaccine appointments are now available for select in-person higher education employees. Eligible employees will receive a separate email with additional information.

Eligibility for select in-person higher education employees include:

  • In-person employees at the Childhood Development Lab
  • In-person employees at University High School
  • In-person employees at University Primary School
  • In-person employees at Orchard Downs Preschool
  • Instructors teaching at least one in-person class for the Spring 2021 semester
  • In-person researchers located at sites designated for Shield-related saliva collection, research development and/or COVID response; sites contracted for state and local community engagement
  • In-person Facilities & Services employees
  • In-person Housing/Student Affairs employees
  • In-person Technology Services employees
  • In-person Division of Intercollegiate Athletics employees

For more information, please visit the Vaccine page.

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Weekly Update from Chancellor Jones (1/25 – 1/29)

We are reminding students to participate in essential activities only until Feb 8.

For the first several weeks of the semester, students should limit their in-person interactions to only the most essential activities. The target date for lifting essential activities only is Monday, Feb. 8 but it could be sooner or later depending on what the data shows about the virus.

We are reminding our university community 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. Please note that this semester, students who are out of compliance may also lose access to university Wi-Fi, Zoom, Compass and other technologies.

We are asking instructors and students to continue to work together on absences for in-person classes.

The Office of the Provost is asking instructors to continue to work with students who miss in-person classes due to restricted building access to ensure they can continue to make academic progress. Students should also review each course section’s attendance policies, which should be in the course syllabus, and establish open communication with instructors by asking for clarification on any aspect of these policies. 

We are providing students with PPE kits for the new semester.

Students can pick up free PPE kits on the second floor of the Illini Union Bookstore with their i-Cards until Feb. 11.

We are continuing to share updated vaccine information.

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is leading vaccination distribution in our county, and the university will share vaccine information with you as it becomes available.

I am grateful for your 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