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 promote 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, student, or authorized affiliate of UChicago. A visitor’s decision to be present on campus and/or in University facilities serves as their acknowledgment and acceptance of the potential risks posed to them by COVID-19. Visitors and vendors are required to follow the University’s COVID-19 guidance applicable at the time of their visit.
Because of ongoing health risks to the unvaccinated, those who are unvaccinated are expected to adopt the risk mitigation measures advised by public health officials (masking and social distancing, etc.). Public convening may not be safe for all and carries a risk for contracting COVID-19, particularly for those unvaccinated. Visitors will not know the vaccination status of others and should follow appropriate risk mitigation measures. Unvaccinated or at-risk visitors should request of their host or sponsor whether provisions for social distance can be accommodated before arriving on campus.
For certain convenings on campus, such as large attendance events, face coverings may be required of all visitors regardless of vaccination status. Visitors to University museums, exhibition spaces, theaters, and certain units may be additionally required to register for an appointment to visit those facilities. Check with your host or sponsor before arriving on campus, and pack a face covering just in case.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created substantial individual and community health risks that likely will remain for the foreseeable future. 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.
The University encourages everyone to be vaccinated for COVID-19 at their earliest opportunity, including visitors and vendors to campus.
Before You Visit:
- Reviewed required safety precautions
- Conducted a personal health assessment on the day of your visit and prior to visiting
- Packed a face covering and hand sanitizer to use as may be required while 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, vendors admitted to University facilities must have a designated University sponsor, are expected to have robust COVID-19 protocols followed by their employees, and must follow the University’s COVID-19 guidance applicable at the time of their visit.
What is required of vendors or contractors to enter a University facility?
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.
Because of ongoing health risks to the unvaccinated, those who are unvaccinated are expected to adopt the risk mitigation measures advised by the University and public health officials (masking and social distancing, etc.). Public convening may not be safe for all and carries a risk for contracting COVID-19, particularly for those unvaccinated. Vendors will not know the vaccination status of others and should follow appropriate risk mitigation measures. Unvaccinated or at-risk visitors should request of their host or sponsor whether provisions for social distance can be accommodated before arriving on campus.
*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.
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.
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.