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.

If you are coming to the University for Summer Quarter and it’s your first time on campus this academic year, or have not previously completed the attestation form, you must complete it by June 17. The form asks you to acknowledge that you have completed the University’s COVID-19 Safety Training and will comply with the University’s COVID-19 health requirements. People who completed the form for Spring Quarter do not need to sign a separate attestation for Summer Quarter. New COVID-19 attestations are being developed for the next academic year for students and separately for faculty, other academic appointees, postdoctoral researchers, and staff. The attestations will reflect this updated guidance and will only be required once for the academic year. More details to follow soon regarding the attestations. .

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

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.

Masking Requirements

The University is updating masking requirements for fully vaccinated individuals as outlined below.  This change is consistent with guidelines from the City of Chicago and State of Illinois. Please note the masking changes apply at the University’s Hyde Park campus and other Chicago area facilities, excluding UChicago Medicine, UChicago Laboratory Schools, and UChicago Charter Schools, or facilities outside of Chicago, which each have separate expectations for members of those respective communities.

Outdoors – As announced in May, the University has eliminated the masking requirement for people who are outdoors on campus grounds, though face coverings may still be required at certain outdoor events and programming.

Indoors –

  • Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear face coverings when indoors. People should continue to carry a face covering with them in the event it is needed when on campus or in a University facility.
  • Unvaccinated 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 unvaccinated individual can remove their face coverings if they are in a private room/office alone with the door closed.
  • Eating and Drinking – An unvaccinated individual may remove their face coverings to eat or drink so long as they maintain six feet of social distance from others.
  • Other exceptions – may apply for certain meetings, events, and programming. These will be documented and communicated for the specific situation.
  • Campus Shuttles – Masks are still required for drivers and passengers on University shuttles. Although the UChicago shuttle system is privately owned, we are following federal guidelines for public transit, which apply to travel on airplanes, trains, subways, buses, taxis, ride-shares, and other forms of transportation.

University masking requirements may evolve based on new guidance from the State of Illinois, City of Chicago, and the number of COVID-19 cases and rates of transmission, increased risk from new COVID-19 variants, or sudden clusters of COVID-19 cases on campus.

We expect many members of our community will choose to maintain distance and use face coverings for various reasons. We ask everyone to respect their decisions, act with consideration and respect regarding these choices and refrain from asking questions about the reasons why others are wearing face coverings.

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

– Image Courtesy of UChicago Medicine

Hygiene
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.

Social Distancing

In alignment with the City of Chicago’s guidance, the University is revising our social distance guidance.

  • Outdoors –  Social distancing restrictions, including capacity and density restrictions, are no longer in effect for outdoor spaces.
  • Indoors – Social distancing restrictions are being 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 no longer in effect for vaccinated individuals while eating or drinking indoors.
  • Moving and Gathering – Members of the University community are encouraged to move with purpose in common and congregate areas with large groups of people.

 

Self-Monitoring

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 C19HealthReport@uchicago.edu. 

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

Our health and safety requirements must be combined with institutional measures to testtraceisolate, 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.

If you have been exposed to or test positive for COVID-19, promptly report to C19HealthReport@uchicago.edu, even if you have not been on campus.