U of I Chancellor Robert Jones says that all faculty, staff, and students will be required to undergo on-campus testing for COVID-19 in order to return to the university.

And, if you're planning on visiting the University of Illinois campus in Champaign-Urbana, you'll have to get one, too. Visitors will have to visit a testing center of their choosing and the results must not be older than 4 days before the visit.

According to a release by the Chancellor's office, these are some other protocols and requirements for this academic year at U of I:

  • Contact tracing for all COVID-19 cases in Champaign County that are related to the university, in partnership with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.


  • Quarantine and isolation of any faculty members, staff or students who test positive for COVID-19, per CUPHD guidelines.


  • Online COVID-19 training for all faculty members, staff and students, regardless of whether they intend to go to campus, must be completed before Aug. 24.


  • Face coverings and social distancing are required on campus, though face coverings are not required in private spaces.


  • An app for faculty members, staff and students that will display an individual's building-entry status. The use of the Safer in Illinois app is recommended for members of the university community

Having put two kids through college, I thought the enrollment process, class selection, and housing questions were confusing enough. I'm glad to be missing out on all the new variables that COVID-19 has added to the mix for both parents and students.



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