COVID-19 Health Requirements

 

We expect all members of the University community to adopt new precautions, developed in conjunction with UChicago Medicine, as a minimum requirement for returning to and engaging on campus.



Attestation Regarding COVID-19

All members of the University community, whether they will be on campus or not, are required to complete the new COVID-19 health requirements attestation. The deadline to complete the annual attestation was September 27. Staff who join the University after September 27 will receive information about completing the attestation. There is no longer a COVID-19 training requirement.

For reference we have also posted the pdf of the attestation for students, and the attestation for all others. Both versions affirm that the signer will comply with safety precautions, including:

  • Health and Wellness
  • Testing, Contact Tracing, Quarantine, and Isolation
  • Ongoing Commitment, Inherent Risk and Non-Compliance

Required Health Protocols

The following measures outlined will help us achieve our goal of providing a safe environment for our entire campus community. Please remember that we are still in a dynamic COVID-19 environment. These required protocols could change as the public health situation evolves.

  • The University has revised its masking requirements, effective August 2, 2021. This change is consistent with recently released guidance for fully vaccinated people from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is also in line with recommendations from the Chicago Department of Public Health, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and experts at UChicago Medicine.

    • Indoors
      • Unvaccinated and fully vaccinated individuals are required to wear a face covering over the nose and the mouth at all times while in University buildings, with the following limited exceptions:
        • Private spaces – An individual may remove their face coverings if they are in a private room/office alone with the door closed.
        • Eating and Drinking – A fully vaccinated individual may remove their face coverings to eat or drink. An unvaccinated individual may remove their face coverings to eat or drink so long as they maintain six feet of social distance from others.
    • Outdoors – Masking is not required for people who are outdoors on campus grounds, though face coverings may still be required at certain outdoor events and programming.
    • Classrooms and Presentations – A fully vaccinated instructor or presenter may choose to lower their face covering temporarily while actively speaking, if they must do so to be heard or understood. When masks are temporarily lowered, the instructor or presenter should maintain at least six feet of distance from others. Unvaccinated instructors or presenters may not remove their masks. Students who are not presenting are not permitted to remove their masks in the classroom.

    Members of the community might choose to wear a mask outdoors or in other situations in which masks are not required, regardless of vaccination status or level of transmission, for various reasons. These reasons may include, according to the CDC, “if you have a weakened immune system or if, because of your age or an underlying medical condition, you are at increased risk for severe disease, or if a member of your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated.” We ask everyone to respect others’ decisions, act with consideration and respect regarding these choices, and refrain from asking questions about the reasons why others are wearing face coverings in cases where they are not required.

    Wear a mask graphic, showing the correct and incorrect way of covering your face.

    – Image Courtesy of UChicago Medicine

  • Students and employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 unless they have an authorized exemption. For more details, see the Vaccination FAQ.

  • Hand Washing

    Everyone is expected to wash their hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, touching surfaces often touched by others, and after nose blowing, coughing, sneezing, or eating. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of the hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

    Wash your hands graphic, providing details on how to correctly wash your hands to kill bacteria.

    – Image Courtesy of UChicago Medicine

    Disinfection

    Workspaces and frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected regularly.

  • The University maintains updated social distancing requirements in alignment with the City of Chicago’s guidance.

    • Outdoors – Social distancing restrictions, including capacity and density restrictions, are not in effect for outdoor spaces.
    • Indoors – Social distancing restrictions have been lifted for indoor spaces as well in the University’s Hyde Park campus and other Chicago area facilities.
    • Dining – Unvaccinated individuals should maintain at least 6 feet distance while eating or drinking indoors; distancing restrictions are not in effect for vaccinated.
    • Moving and Gathering –Members of the University community are encouraged to move with purpose in common and congregate areas with large groups of people.

     


  • Individuals who are tested positive for COVID-19, have COVID-19 related symptoms but have not tested positive or have tested negative, been exposed to a COVID-19 positive person and are currenlty asymptomatic, or recently traveled are to follow the University’s Protocol for Addressing Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 Exposures.

  • If you believe that a required COVID-19 safety policy or practice is not being followed, you should report the incident to your supervisor, academic leader, or via the University of Chicago Accident Incident Reporting (UCAIR).

    University Measures for Testing and Contact Tracing

    Our health and safety requirements must be combined with institutional measures to test, trace, isolate, and treat COVID-19 cases that may emerge. These measures include testing, a contact tracing team, guidelines for isolation and quarantine, and resources for treatment of COVID-19 cases. For more information, read about our COVID-19 contact tracing program and our COVID-19 testing program, or review our FAQs.