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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This website contains up-to-date information regarding university plans and policies as well as important information regarding COVID-19 from government authorities.

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Illinois Tech COVID-19 Contact Information


At Illinois Tech our top priority is always the health, well-being, and support of all our community members. As public health officials continue to monitor developments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), university leaders are working closely with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) to actively monitor and plan for contingencies on a day-to-day, hour-to-hour basis.

—Alan W. Cramb, President, Illinois Institute of Technology

This website contains up-to-date information regarding university plans and policies as well as important information regarding COVID-19 from government authorities.

Call 312.567.5810 for university updates regarding COVID-19. Calls are monitored from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. CST

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University Travel Policy

*Updated January 15, 2021

Considerations for Out-of-State Students and the Travel Order

In response to the changing dynamics of COVID-19 transmission across the United States, and to support Chicago’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, the City has issued a Travel Order applicable to anyone coming into the City of Chicago from designated states with a significant degree of community-wide spread of COVID-19.

Anyone traveling from a state on the Orange list is directed to

  • Obtain a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago, OR
  • Quarantine for a 10-day period (or the duration of their time in Chicago, whichever is shorter).

For those traveling from a state on the Yellow list

  • No quarantine or pre-arrival test is required,
  • Maintain strict masking and social distancing, AND
  • Avoid non-essential travel

Steps to Follow the Order

  • When planning, review the CDPH Travel Order state list. Avoid all non-essential travel.
  • Prior to arrival, Orange list travelers must:
    • Receive a negative COVID-19 test result no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival and have proof of negative results, OR
    • Plan to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival.
  • Upon arrival in Chicago, Orange list travelers should:
    • Maintain a copy of negative test result with them while in Chicago, OR
    • Quarantine for 10 days if they chose not to take a test.

University Coronavirus (COVID-19) Contact Policy

If a student, faculty or staff member believes they are sick with COVID-19 symptoms, university policy requires that they either (i) get tested and self-quarantine until they have received their test results, or (ii) remain in self-quarantine for 10 days from the date of symptom onset. (A student, faculty or staff who tests positive must self-isolate for 10 days.) Accordingly, students, faculty or staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19, been in contact with someone who has tested positive, or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not attend class or work until they have satisfied either criteria (i) or (ii) above. In such circumstances, students are expected to work with their professors to request extensions on coursework and/or to reschedule exams if their illness impacts attendance, the ability to participate in the course, and/or the ability to complete assignments and exams as per the established schedule. 

Watch On-Demand: Webinar on New Safety Guidelines for Re-opening IFSH Labs

Illinois Tech’s Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) hosted a special webinar on “Workplace Safety Considerations During an Emergent Infectious Disease” on April 23.

The online seminar is available here on-demand, and features a behind the scenes walk-through of the decision-making and strategies used in developing new safety guidelines for re-opening IFSH labs for critical work during a novel viral pandemic.

Featured Speakers

Deena Awad, Senior Support Scientist, Microbiology, IFSH
Awad has a degree in Food Science with a focus on Food Microbiology from Michigan State University, where she worked in aflatoxin research as an undergraduate. She comes to the Illinois Tech side of IFSH after almost five years with FDA as an ORISE Fellow focusing on leafy greens and sprouts safety research. In her free time, Deena works with shelter dogs and runs the Big Dog Program for a Chicago-area dog rescue.

Yun Wang, Ph.D., Senior Scientist/Biosafety officer, IFSH
Yun Wang is currently a Senior Scientist and Biosafety Officer at the Institute for Food Safety and Health. She was a Research Biochemist at U.S. Food and Drug Administration from 2013 to 2019. She received her Ph.D. in Biosystems Engineering from the Michigan State University in 2014. The major goal of her research is to ensure public health through novel detection and diagnosis approaches. Her research mainly focuses on pathogen and toxin detection, rapid disease diagnosis, and genetic study of food-borne pathogens.