Working Together to Protect our Community and Advance our Academic Mission

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.

Thank you for adapting to these challenges, and for your dedication to safeguarding our University community while continuing to advance our educational mission.

Before Returning To Campus

In order to return to campus, each member of our community is required to attend an online COVID-19 training program and acknowledge via an online attestation form that they will comply with the University’s COVID-19 health requirements.

Training, Acknowledgement and Attestation Regarding COVID-19

Anyone returning to campus (students, faculty, other academic appointees, postdoctoral researchers, and staff) will be required to complete one of the following online training courses in advance:  

  • Students: Campus and Student Life – COVID-19 General Safety Training (cvd-03W)
  • Employees and Non-lab Based Researchers:  COVID-19 General Safety Training (cvd-02W)
  • Lab Based Researchers: COVID-19 Controlled Resumption of Research Activities (cvd-01W) 

The training is accessible via the EHSA safety management system.  In order to access EHSA you must have an active Cnet ID (the prefix of your UChicago email). 

If you are unfamiliar with EHSA, please see the resources listed below for tips and tricks.

EHSA Online Training User Guide (pdf) (video)

All members of the University community, whether they will be on campus or not, are required to complete the online attestation form for the Spring Quarter, which acknowledges they have completed the University’s COVID-19 Safety Training and will comply with the University’s COVID-19 health requirements. The attestation must be completed as an online form by April 5. 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
  • Accessing University Facilities
  • Travel and Guests
  • Ongoing Commitment, Inherent Risk and Non-Compliance

The UChicago Health Pact

When back on campus, we ask that everyone commit to protecting our community by following the UChicago Health Pact – a brief reminder of our commitment to uphold public health requirements. As announced in an email to the University community on February 10, the University requires everyone on campus to wear a face covering that fully covers their nose and mouth and has ear loops to securely hold it in place. We advise that individuals wear medical masks or multiple-layer cloth masks; it is not sufficient to wear masks that are loose-fitting, such as neck gaiters, bandanas, or scarves.

Download UChicago Health Pact PDF

Required Health Protocols

The following measures outlined in the UChicago Health Pact 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.

Universal Face Coverings

Everyone is expected to wear a face covering over the nose and the mouth at all times while in University buildings, with narrow exceptions. Individuals can remove face coverings if they are in a private room/office alone with the door shut or while eating indoors with at least 8 feet of social distance. Face coverings must also be worn while on campus grounds when others are within 6 feet.

The University requires everyone on campus to wear a face covering that fully covers their nose and mouth and is securely held in place by ear loops or cords that tie around the back of the head. It is important that face coverings do not have gaps in the nose, sides, or chin, and that you do not drop the face covering below your nose when wearing it.

The face covering should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face and allow for breathing without restrictions. It is not sufficient to wear masks that are loose-fitting, such as neck gaiters, bandanas, or scarves, and such coverings do not meet the University’s new requirement.

We advise that individuals wear medical masks or multiple-layer cloth masks similar to the ones that were provided in the mask and thermometer package given to all students and University employees who are on campus. For more information on face coverings, please visit this FAQ.

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

– Image Courtesy of UChicago Medicine

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


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

Social Distancing

Limiting contact among people on campus is critical. Campus work, classroom and study spaces are being reconfigured to provide 6 feet of distance between people, and while on campus, everyone is expected to maintain 6 feet of physical distance from others where possible. When walking in corridors and entries where you must pass someone close than 6 feet away, move with purpose. The University has begun to post signs to facilitate social distancing, including specifying the number of people allowed in a particular area at one time.

– Image Courtesy of UChicago Medicine

Restrictions on Gatherings

To maintain social distancing requirements, all members of our community must follow city and state restrictions on gatherings, including parties. The City of Chicago has prohibited gatherings and parties in private residences with more than 6 people who do not live in the household. Members of our campus community who attend any gathering are expected to wear a face covering and maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing.


Anyone coming to campus is expected to self-monitor for symptoms and stay home if you have potentially been exposed to COVID-19 or have had any symptoms, including:

  • Cough
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Body aches
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
COVID-19 Exposure

Individuals who are symptomatic or have tested positive for COVID-19 should not come to campus for at least 10 days since the symptoms first appeared AND 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and other symptoms have improved.

Additional guidance, including directives for individuals who have been informed by the University and/or a medical or public health entity or have reason to believe that they had close contact with a COVID-19 positive person, is available in the Protocol for COVID-19 Exposures.

COVID-19 Case Reporting

According to the protocol, any University community member who has a confirmed case, symptoms, or exposure must promptly self-report via 

COVID-19 Safety Incident Reporting

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

While some of the measures for Autumn Quarter call for our community’s adherence to health and safety requirements, they must be combined with institutional measures to testtraceisolate, and treat COVID-19 cases that may emerge. These procedures include provisions for mandatory and voluntary testing, a Contact Tracing Team, guidelines for isolation and quarantine, and resources for treatment of COVID-19 cases. FAQs are available with further information.

The University’s testing approach includes three programs: (1) A Symptomatic Testing Program for individuals who have potential symptoms of COVID-19 or may have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19; (2) A Mandatory Surveillance Testing Program for asymptomatic students and other members of our campus community living in University residence halls, as well as in-season student-athletes who live off campus; and (3) A Voluntary Surveillance Testing Program for faculty, other academic appointees, postdoctoral researchers, and staff who will regularly be on our campus. For more information, see our COVID-19 Testing Program page.

If you have been exposed to or test positive for COVID-19, promptly report to, even if you have not been on campus.