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UIC COVID-19 Guidance for Students

All students who will be on campus are required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine if they are able to do so. We acknowledge that some individuals may have medical or religious reasons why they cannot be vaccinated. Students who obtain a COVID-19 vaccination exemption will be required to participate in the COVID-19 saliva testing program, UIC Healthcheck, and continue to wear a face covering on campus to participate in on campus activities, including classes.

For Spring 2022, classes will be online for the first two weeks, Monday, Jan. 10 through Sunday, Jan. 23. Exceptions will be made for the health sciences colleges, labs, clinics, internships and other classes that cannot be offered virtually, including those that start before Jan. 10. These are being handled on a case-by-case basis and are listed here.

Prior to or upon returning to campus, re-entry testing will be required for all members of the UIC community, including those who are vaccinated and boosted. Given the limited availability of testing in the Chicago area and across the country at this time, we strongly recommend that you take advantage of on-campus saliva testing within 72 hours of your first visit to campus for work or study to fulfill your re-entry testing requirement. Exception: If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 90 days you should report this if you have not done so already using the UIC COVID-19 reporting tool you will not be required to test before returning to campus for the spring semester.

Additionally, all students are required to receive a COVID-19 booster shot once they are eligible. There are a few exceptions to the booster requirement:

  • If you have previously received a vaccine exemption, it will be extended for the booster and no further action is necessary.
  • If you have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days, you are not required to receive a booster shot until after 90 days from your infection.

If students do not follow these guidelines, such as not wearing a mask or not complying with testing requirements, they can be reported to the Dean of Students office via the COVID-19 Non-Compliance Reporting Form.


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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.