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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Campus Housing FAQ’s

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Development and our response to the COVID-19 pandemic are continuous. Please read further for updates and FAQs related to the impact of COVID-19 on Campus Housing communities and operations.

Campus Housing has continued to operations, remaining open to students who utilize Campus Housing as both their home and the environment best suited to their academic success. Additionally, Campus Housing welcomes new students that would like to live on campus to apply today. Applications are available online here.

UIC Campus Housing is monitoring regular updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), city of Chicago and state of Illinois, and our partners with UI Health in developing plans to address the unique needs of our hall communities. For general campus information, visit the UIC COVID-19 web page.

Please check back often as this page is updated frequently.

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Throughout the pandemic, UIC has relied on COVID-19 saliva testing and contact tracing programs to minimize the spread of COVID-19 among our campus community. UIC now offers the SHIELD Illinois saliva-based test on campus. Read updated COVID-19 guidance for the summer and fall.

Who Should Test?

Mandatory COVID-19 testing is required for:

  • All unvaccinated students, faculty and staff who have a medical or religious vaccination exemption and all partially vaccinated students, faculty and staff, twice per 7-day period, 48 or more hours apart.
  • Students in performing arts, once per 7-day period, to allow for unmasked educational performances.
  • Student athletes should follow testing directives from UIC Athletics.

Surveillance testing is strongly encouraged for:

  • All students, faculty and staff not in mandatory testing groups. Specific units and departments will be contacted via email throughout the semester on a rotating basis to participate in saliva testing to inform current and future health and safety measures.

Testing is free to all UIC students, faculty and staff.

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As part of our efforts to provide a safe and secure environment conducive to your success, we are mindful of the communal effort needed to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Residents will be required to participate in social distancing and other prevention measures based on guidelines provided by U of I Hospitals, the State of Illinois, and the CDC. We have taken the recommendations and expertise of these bodies and applied them to the Campus Housing environment. Please see some of these adapted guidelines below.

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