Campus Visitor Information
The University’s Efforts to Promote a Culture of Health and Safety
The University is committed to maintaining the UChicago community’s distinctive academic and intellectual qualities and values, while working to protect the health of students, faculty, other academic appointees, postdoctoral researchers, staff, visitors, and our broader community. In close collaboration with public health experts and UChicago Medicine, we’re implementing a wide range of health and well-being practices, and we’re committed to creating a campus culture focused on shared responsibility for protecting the health and safety of every member of our community.
A key objective is to protect the health of students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the University. We rely extensively on guidance from the University of Chicago Medicine (UCM), which has some of the world’s leading experts in infectious disease and maintaining public health. Some of the relevant issues continuously under discussion include the availability of widespread testing and its interpretation, use of face coverings and personal protective equipment (PPE), the level of population density on campus in various campus environments and the relationship to the potential spread of COVID-19, social distancing, quarantine when necessary, protecting vulnerable populations, and building a campus culture in which each individual recognizes our individual and collective responsibility for maintaining a healthy environment.
We act in accordance with the guidelines of public health agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. This includes alignment with the state’s “Restore Illinois” plan, and Chicago’s framework consistent with that plan.
Campus Visitors & COVID-19
As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, visitors to University of Chicago facilities, campuses, and centers in Hyde Park, greater Chicago, nationally and internationally are restricted to those explicitly invited and hosted by a faculty or staff member, division or unit, or authorized affiliate of UChicago. Visitors must also sign an attestation acknowledging and accepting the potential risks posed to them by COVID-19 before entering inside University facilities. Completed attestations should be turned into the individual/unit hosting your visit.
Additional information and form for vendors is available below.
Visitors to University museums, exhibition spaces, theaters, and certain units may be additionally required to register for an appointment to visit those facilities.
Visitors who will remain outdoors for the entirety of their time on campus for the purpose of traveling through or viewing public art installations are not required to sign an attestation, but are required to adhere to safety precautions including wearing a face covering outdoors when in the presence of others and maintaining social distance of at least 6 feet at all times.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created substantial individual and community health risks that likely will remain until there is an effective vaccine widely distributed to the public. Even with extensive planning and focus on the community’s health and safety, the University of Chicago cannot eliminate these risks. Together we can try to reduce risk, but only if each of us commits to fostering a culture of shared responsibility for our individual and collective health and safety. The University thus expects every person who comes to a University facility, whether as an academic appointee, postdoctoral researcher, staff member, student, volunteer, contractor, or visitor, to adopt precautions designed to mitigate the risk of viral transmission. The University has outlined these safety precautions on this website.
Before You Visit:
- Reviewed required safety precautions
- Completed and signed a Visitor Attestation, and submitted it to your University host
- Conducted a personal health assessment on the day of your visit and prior to visiting
- Packed a face covering and hand sanitizer to use while visiting
- Consumed food and beverages before visiting. Note that many University cafes are closed to the public. Check with your University host to see if a personal water bottle may be brought into the facility that you are visiting.
On-Site Vendor Access
In keeping with the University’s expectation that every person who comes to a University facility adopt precautions designed to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission, UChicago has created a process – including a required form – for units that need to have vendors who are critical to University operations (e.g. contracted services, those repairing or installing equipment) onsite. The vendors must have a designated University sponsor, be approved by unit leaders, and complete a COVID-19 Vendor Access form.
What forms or waivers are required of vendors or contractors?
The health and safety of our community is the University’s highest priority. The University expects every person who comes to a University facility, whether as an employee, faculty member, other academic appointee, student, postdoctoral researcher, vendor/contractor (“Vendor”), volunteer, or other visitor, to adopt precautions designed to mitigate the risk of viral transmission. The University of Chicago has outlined safety precautions that can be found on goforward.uchicago.edu.
Vendors that are critical to University operations (e.g. contracted services, those repairing or installing equipment) may enter University facilities provided that they are sponsored by a designated University Sponsor and approved by unit leaders (Deans and Officers or their delegates). These Vendors will be subject to the same precautions as the University community and must complete the following COVID-19 Vendor Access Form, which includes requirements for working in University buildings, Vendor attestation and a Vendor access log.
The University Sponsor is responsible for collecting the executed COVID-19 Vendor Access Form, providing building access to the Vendor, and ensuring that the Vendor follows the University’s safety precautions.
*University facility includes all buildings owned by the University, including offices, laboratories, classrooms, libraries, cafes, residence halls, or other University facility in Hyde Park and greater Chicago, and the Howard T. Ricketts Laboratory in Lemont, Illinois, and all other premises occupied by University personnel in buildings owned by other parties. This does not include the National Laboratories and does not include property leased to third parties by the University’s Commercial Real Estate Operations.
prior to their arrival. The University sponsor is responsible for collecting the completed COVID-19 Vendor Access Form, providing building access to the vendor, and monitoring the vendor’s compliance with the University’s safety precautions.
Does the University require vendors or contactors to take a COVID-19 test before coming to a University facility?
The University does not require vendors or contractors to take a COVID-19 test before coming to a University facility. However, testing may be a requirement of the vendor’s or contractor’s company.
If a vendor or contractor tests positive for COVID-19, where should this be reported?
The vendor or contractor must report positive COVID-19 cases to the University Sponsor. The University Sponsor will then inform the University Contact Tracing team at C19HealthReport@uchicago.edu.
Will the University conduct contact tracing for vendors and contractors?
The University Contact Tracing Team will reach out to a vendor or contractor to gather information about the type of symptoms and time the person was infectious to determine if other people affiliated with the University may have been exposed; however, the University is not responsible for conducting contact tracing for vendors or contractors with COVID-19.
If the University Contact Tracing Team determines that a vendor or contractor was potentially in close contact with a University affiliate who had COVID-19, the vendor or contractor will be notified via the University Sponsor and/or University Contact Tracing team, as appropriate. Notification will occur ONLY in cases where a vendor or contractor was potentially in close contact with a positive case. Relevant information will be shared to the extent possible while protecting the medical privacy of all personnel.