UIC Commitment to Community

I understand that as a valued member of the UIC Flames family, I play an essential role in helping to keep our community safe. I understand that the public health measures that are being asked of me are essential to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect fellow members of the UIC community. I commit to reviewing this document regularly to ensure that I am practicing what is expected of me. I agree to abide by all federal, state, local and University policies and expectations related to COVID-19, and participate in any required training.

I understand violations of these protocols will be reported to the Office of the Dean of Students and reviewed for accuracy and impact on the community. I acknowledge that if the Office of the Dean of Students determines that my actions put the health and safety of the UIC community at risk, my access to the campus may be restricted. I further understand that repeated violations of these expectations may lead to disciplinary action by the Office of the Dean of Students.

Overall Health & Safety

I will:

  • Monitor myself for symptoms of COVID-19 including, but not limited to, fever or chills, shortness of breath, body aches, and cough. If I am experiencing any of these symptoms, or if I have been around someone who has contracted COVID-19, I will stay home and call Student Health Services for guidance at 312-996-2901. I understand that if I test positive for COVID-19, or have been around others who have tested positive, I may be asked to self-quarantine in my on or off campus residence for a period of not less than 14 days. If I live in the residence halls, I will abide by the expectations around quarantining that are provided to me.
  • Follow instructions about COVID-19 testing and tracing protocols as they become available.
  • Wear face coverings at all times on all university-owned or operated property, including outdoor spaces and within classrooms (reusable masks will be provided to all students). I will only remove my face covering when eating and drinking in designated spaces, while maintaining six feet of distance from others. (Note: exceptions will be made for individuals who are alone in a private office or a residence hall room, or those with a medical condition, disability or other reason that prevents them from safely wearing a face covering.)
  • Maintain at least a 6-foot distance from others whenever possible.
  • Wash my hands regularly – especially after coughing, blowing my nose, sneezing or being in a public place – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitizer in between regular handwashing.
  • Use any provided disinfectant wipes to clean high-contact surfaces as instructed.
  • Limit non-essential travel.
  • Be up to date on my vaccinations, and get a flu shot if I am medically able to do so.

Using Campus Spaces

I will:

  • Follow the safety guidelines presented to me by faculty and staff members for a particular campus space, such as guidelines for entering and exiting a space, or use of disinfectant wipes.
  • Avoid congregating in building hallways.
  • Follow designated procedures for entering and exiting classrooms and campus buildings.
  • Not invite or host guests in the residence halls.
  • Gather with others only in designated campus spaces and abide by any posted occupancy limitations.

Connecting with Others

I will:

  • Connect with my peers and participate in clubs and community activities virtually, as much as possible.
  • Avoid hosting, organizing, or attending on or off campus events or venues where physical distancing and mask wearing is not possible or where people are not complying with these precautions, and where I may risk my safety and that of others.
  • Find support from others if I am concerned about my mental health. There are a number of places to find support on campus, including the Counseling Center, the Wellness Center, and several other campus units that are happy to speak with you and connect you to activities and resources.

Remain Flexible

I recognize that public health recommendations and campus expectations may change as we continue to learn more about COVID-19 and monitor its spread. Accordingly, I will check my campus email regularly to learn about any additional recommendations and policies regarding minimizing the spread of COVID-19.

We acknowledge that some of these expectations may be difficult and ask individuals to behave in ways that may be unfamiliar. Yet, we know the UIC Flames family is up to the challenge. We care about you and we know that you care about one another. It will take all of us working together to keep our community safe. Together, we are confident that we can have a productive, meaningful and public health informed year together.

Stay safe. Care for yourself and others. We are proud of you.

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