Planning the Resumption of Programs and Operations on Campus

COVID-19 Health Requirements

In the coming months we will 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 form that they will comply with the University’s COVID-19 health requirements.


Versions of the training program are currently available for faculty and staff. A student version will be available prior to Autumn Quarter.Anyone returning to campus (faculty, other academic appointees, staff and students) will be required to complete either the COVID-19 General Safety or COVID-19 Controlled Resumption of Research Activities training program in advance.

COVID-19 Health Requirements Affirmation

Following the COVID-19 training, all individuals returning to campus are required to sign an electronic form affirming that they will comply with the required safety precautions, including reporting of positive cases, and that they will self-monitor for symptoms related to COVID-19. Versions of the electronic form are currently available for faculty and staff. A student version will be available prior to Autumn Quarter.

Required Daily Health Protocols

The following measures 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 pertain to the early stages of returning to on-campus activities and 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, and on the campus grounds when others are present.

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

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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.

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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.

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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
  • 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 72 hours have passed since recovery. Recovery is defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath).

Anyone with symptoms should not go to their University destination and should consult their healthcare provider and inform their supervisor. Any employee or student who is experiencing symptoms can contact the UChicago Medicine COVID-19 triage hotline for screening, at 773.702.2800.

For additional information please refer to Protocol for COVID-19 Exposures.

COVID-19 Case Reporting

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 and has been in a University owned or operated facility must contact so that the health and safety of others in our facilities can be addressed.

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 or via the University of Chicago Accident Incident Reporting (UCAIR).


The U.S. State Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are continuing to advise avoiding all nonessential international travel due to widespread ongoing transmission. The University is continuing the suspension of university-sponsored international and domestic travel until further notice. Travelers returning from international travel should not come to campus for 14 days.

On Monday, July 6, a Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) emergency order went into effect that directs travelers arriving in Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for 14 days. According to the CDPH, travelers who have spent longer than 24 hours in a designated state and arrive in Chicago on or after July 6 must quarantine for 14 days from the time of last contact within the designated state. For a list of designated states, criteria for states to be designated under the Order, and more information on the Order, please visit CDPH’s website. All faculty, other academic appointees, postdoctoral researchers, staff, and students who have traveled to the identified states and return to Chicago on or after July 6 must quarantine for 14 days and not return to campus before the quarantine period is completed. CDPH defines quarantine as “staying at a single designated home or dwelling for 14 days before doing any activities outside of the home or dwelling. People in quarantine should separate themselves from others as much as possible and check themselves for symptoms.”