Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Campus Housing

Email Sent to Students on January 15, 2021

Dear Students,

We realize that you may have questions about self-quarantine processes, guidance, and campus life leading up to the start of the spring semester, and we appreciate your patience. 

We expect that in the spring the university will operate essentially as it has during the fall semester. Our housing will be open, and based on current indications, we expect more students to return to campus. The university will continue to offer most of its classes either online or in a hybrid fashion, with an increase in the number of in-person classes and labs in order to help students graduate on time. We expect that, as a vaccine becomes generally available, the City of Chicago will reduce the current restrictions, allowing collegiate sports to restart and student clubs to meet more freely, in-person class and study group sizes to increase, and our campus to become more accessible to our students. We also expect greater access of our student body to in-person interactions with our faculty and staff. Of course, we do not know when the city will reduce its public-health restrictions, but our plan is to allow additional activities when the city allows.

Furthermore, as the university's random-testing program has allowed us to track the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community, we plan to continue with this approach as we begin the semester and as needed in the months ahead.

We have included some pertinent and updated information and guidance below to help answer some general questions you might have. If you have any specific questions regarding campus life, please email campus.life@iit.edu

Note that if you have questions about self-quarantine and campus housing, please email housing@iit.edu for the latest guidance.

Additional information specific to Illinois Tech guidance for COVID-19 processes is also below.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 you can contact COVIDconcerns@iit.edu.

Arrival Self-Quarantine Protocol (for Domestic Students)
First, for those who will be traveling back to Illinois from other states within the United States, it is essential that you follow the City of Chicago’s travel guidance, which contains detailed quarantine and testing requirements. Please pay close attention to the color coding that the city designates for your state in order to properly follow the guidelines above. Please also be sure to note guidance from Illinois Tech below immediately following the Considerations for Out-of-State Students and the Travel Order.  
 
The city updates its state designations each week, and further details including the color-coded state map are available here: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/emergency-travel-order.html

The following is a summary of what students need to do, as of today, to comply with the order, but students should consult the order for full details and to ensure no changes have occurred: 
 
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

1. When planning, review the CDPH Travel Order state list. Avoid all non-essential travel.
2. 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.

3. 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.

Arrival Self-Quarantine Protocol for New International Students
For new international students arriving on campus in January 2021, follow the guidance for states on the orange list, and view the City of Chicago’s travel guidance and CDC guidelines for further details.

University Documentation Guidance

For students coming to campus from states on the orange list
Students must provide documentation of a pre-arrival negative diagnostic test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival by uploading your test results to medproctor.com. After uploading the negative test results, it is permissible to return to campus.   

However, if a student chooses to quarantine for 10 days after arrival to Chicago/campus (for example, in an off-campus apartment), they must document adherence and upload documentation to medproctor.com before returning to campus.  

For students from Illinois or a state on the yellow list
Return to campus is allowed, but all students must adhere to all university policies, including but not limited to strict masking and social distancing practices.  

Testing
To schedule a testing appointment with the Student Health and Wellness Center, call 312.567.7550.  

Testing is also available at Loop Medical Center, located at 1921 South Michigan Avenue; Loop Medical offers testing that is covered by health insurance. Visit loopmedicalcenter.com for additional information.

University 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 member who tests positive must self-isolate for 10 days.) Accordingly, students, faculty, or staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19, have 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. 

Sincerely,

Thy Nguyen
Associate Vice Provost for Student Engagement and Career Services

Email Sent to Students on January 6, 2021

Dear Students,

We realize that you may have a number of questions about campus housing, quarantine processes, and campus life leading up to the start of the spring semester, and we appreciate your patience. We also know that you may have questions about your existing housing contracts and other options for the spring semester. The Office of Campus Life will be working closely with Office of Residence Life (housing) in the spring semester to ensure that we offer myriad programs and activities to support you.  

Please know that we’ll do our best to answer any questions you may have. We have included some pertinent information below to help answer any general questions you may have. If you have any specific questions regarding housing, please call 312.567.3025 or email housing@iit.edu
 
Campus Housing Updates

Residence Hall Food Options During Winter Break
Take-out meals will be offered through Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at a cost of $10 per meal. For questions about ordering meals, please email housing@iit.edu.      

Housing Availability and Move-in Process
On-campus housing options are available for new contracts. Students who move into a residence hall will need to reserve a move-in slot between January 4–18. Everyone will be required to wear face coverings and practice social distancing to the greatest extent practicable. Students can bring up to two guests to help with move-in. 
 
Arrival Quarantine Protocol (Domestic)
First, for those who will be traveling back to Illinois from other states, it is essential that you follow the City of Chicago’s travel guidance for colleges and universities, which contains detailed quarantine and testing requirements. Please pay close attention to the color coding (red, orange, or yellow) that the city designates to your state in order to properly follow the guidelines above.
 
The city updates its state designations each week, and further details including the color-coded state map are available here: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/emergency-travel-order.html

In order to comply with the order, students need to adhere to the following: 
 
For those coming from states on the red list and internationally

1. Quarantine for two weeks prior to coming to Chicago/campus with a method of documenting adherence. You should provide documentation of a negative diagnostic test (antibody tests not acceptable) taken within 72 hours prior to arrival, or arrange for testing within 72 hours after arrival to Chicago/campus. If test results are pending on arrival in Chicago, the student must quarantine until they can show documentation of their test result; OR
 
2. Quarantine for two weeks after arrival to Chicago/campus; OR
 
3. Quarantine at home for one week prior to coming to Chicago/campus with a method of documenting adherence, followed by:
  1. A negative diagnostic test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival, or arrange for testing within 72 hours after arrival on campus; AND
  2. Quarantine for another week in Chicago/on campus
 
If quarantining prior to coming to Chicago, proof of a negative test will be required by uploading test results to medproctor.com before checking in or returning to the residence halls. Students living in campus housing who do not provide prior evidence of a negative diagnostic test are required to self-quarantine at the Hilton at McCormick Place at 123 East Cermak Road, Chicago, Illinois 60616 before checking in or returning to their residence hall on campus. Note: you are strongly advised to quarantine at home and obtain a pre-arrival test result before arriving in Chicago or you may be billed for your stay at the hotel.  

For those coming from states on the orange list
1. Quarantine for two weeks after arrival to Chicago/campus; OR
 
2. Provide documentation of a pre-arrival negative diagnostic test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival, or arrange for testing within 72 hours after arrival on campus. If test results are pending on arrival in Chicago, the student must quarantine until they can show documentation of their negative test result. Strict masking, social distancing, and avoidance of in-person gatherings (excluding going to class) must be adhered to by students choosing this option.
 
Proof of a negative test will be required by uploading test results to medproctor.com before checking in or returning to the residence halls. Students living in campus housing that do not have proof of a pre-arrival negative test result will be required to self-quarantine upon arrival at the Hilton at McCormick Place. Note: you are strongly advised to quarantine at home and obtain a pre-arrival test result before arriving in Chicago or you may be billed for your stay at the hotel.  

Parents from high-incidence states who accompany students to campus to assist with move-in should have documentation of a negative result from a diagnostic test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago (antibody tests not acceptable). In addition, parents from red states should quarantine during their stay, avoid all public settings, and limit exposures to others outside of the scheduled move-in time. Parents from high-incidence states visiting Chicago for a reason other than to assist their child with move-in must follow the same guidelines as anyone else traveling inbound to Chicago from orange or red states under the new order.
 
If you have any questions about campus housing, please call 312.567.3025 or email housing@iit.edu
 
Arrival Quarantine Protocol (New International Students)
For new international students arriving on campus in January 2021, follow the guidance for states on the red list and visit the City of Chicago’s travel guidance for colleges and universities.

Sincerely,

Thy Nguyen
Associate Vice Provost for Student Engagement and Career Services

Abby McGrath 
Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services

Email Sent to Students on July 24, 2020

Dear Students,

As we continue planning for our fall 2020 reopening, we want to provide you with a few resources to help answer your questions regarding the upcoming school year.

Moving in to the Residence Halls
Students moving into a residence hall will need to reserve a three-hour move-in slot between August 17–21. For everyone’s safety, we want to have as few people in the residence halls as possible, and everyone will be required to wear face coverings and practice social distancing to the greatest extent practicable. Students can bring up to two guests to help with move in.

We know some students may have a need to move into the residence halls early. A limited number of early move-in slots will be available beginning August 10. Requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and can be submitted by filling out the Early Arrival Form.

Arrival Quarantine Protocol
At this time, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has issued an Emergency Travel Order directing travelers entering Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine in accordance with Chicago Department of Public Health guidance. Though the states on the list may well change over the next few weeks, it is Illinois Tech’s expectation that the order’s quarantine requirements will be in effect for some number of states when you arrive for move in and the beginning of classes this fall. In order to comply with the order, students may either: 

  1. Quarantine for two weeks prior to coming to campus with a method of documenting adherence;
  2. Quarantine for two weeks after arrival on campus;
  3. Quarantine at home for one week prior to coming to campus with a method of documenting adherence, followed by:

a. A negative test recommended prior to coming to campus or shortly after arrival.
b. Quarantine for another week when arriving to Chicago/campus.

Based on the foregoing, if you do not reside in Illinois and will be living and/or participating in your classes in person on Illinois Tech’s campuses, we need to gather some information from you regarding your plans for arriving on campus, so we can best accommodate your individual needs and circumstances. Please fill out our Illinois Tech Returning Student Arrival and Quarantine Preferences Form to help us identify your needs.

Email from the Provost
Provost Peter Kilpatrick provided an update concerning COVID-19 testing and self-quarantine protocols mandated by the City of Chicago. You can view a copy of his email sent to the Illinois Tech community on July 16, 2020, here.

Virtual Town Hall
In partnership with President Alan Cramb and Provost Peter Kilpatrick, the Student Government Association is hosting a town hall meeting for current Illinois Tech students on July 29 from noon to 2 p.m. You can join the town hall remotely by visiting Returning Student Town Hall. To submit questions to be addressed during the meeting, please fill out this form.

Last week, a town hall for new students was also held. You may review the town hall recorded on July 16, 2020, at the following links:

Recording of Virtual Town Hall:

We have received a variety of questions about move in, housing, athletics, tuition and fees, visa requirements, online learning, and more. Detailed information to address the questions will be continually added to the Fall 2020 Reopening web page.

I look forward to your participation in the town hall.
 
Sincerely,
Katherine Stetz
Vice Provost, Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Illinois Institute of Technology

 

Email Sent to Campus Community on July 15, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

As you may know, on July 6, 2020, the City of Chicago issued an Emergency Travel Order. This order directs travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases to self-quarantine for a 14-day period based on the last contact with the identified state. As of today, travelers from the identified states listed below are directed to self-quarantine upon arrival in Chicago. 

Identified States (as of July 14, 2020)
Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah. This list of states will be reviewed and amended (as appropriate) every Tuesday, starting July 14, 2020, with the order effective for those states the following Friday (three days later). For updated information, visit the City of Chicago website

Self-quarantining helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 before a person may know that they are sick. 

Self-Quarantining in Campus Housing 
Students with a current housing contract and room assignment on campus, including sorority or fraternity houses, who have traveled to any of the states listed above are expected to stay in a single, designated room for 14 days before doing any activities on campus. Students in self-quarantine are expected to separate themselves from others and check themselves for symptoms regularly. 

If your current living space has a private bathroom, microwave, refrigerator (or in-unit kitchen), and you are living alone, you can remain in that space during your self-quarantine period. Food will be delivered to you. Please fill out this form if you will need to self-quarantine. 

If you currently have a roommate or live in a community with a shared bathroom, please contact the residence hall director on duty at 312.590.3104 for a temporary room assignment and/or immediate assistance. 

For non-urgent questions, please email dos@iit.edu or call the Student Affairs leadership team at 773.819.5737.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely, 

Katherine Stetz
Vice Provost of Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Email sent to on-campus housing students on March 13, 2020

As you saw yesterday, the university announced that we will be moving all academic instruction online until further notice. Although students are strongly encouraged to make plans not to return to campus, the residence halls and Greek houses will not close. The Commons dining hall will also not close. The hours of operation for all food venues can be found online along with the spring break hours of operation.

Again, any student who can go home for the remainder of the semester is encouraged to do so. If you plan to stay home for the remainder of the semester, please fill out this form. If you are traveling during spring break and do plan to return to your residence hall community, please fill out this form

Student Belongings
For students who are currently living on campus, have not left yet, and do not plan to return: Please box up the belongings you are leaving and place them on your side of your room. Please put your name and current room number on each box. 
For students who have already left campus and do not plan to return for the remainder of the semester: Illinois Tech staff will be boxing up your belongings. All items will be stored by Illinois Tech. 

UPass
As of now, the Chicago Transit Authority has not issued any information indicating that your UPass will not work. You can expect your UPass to work until May 10, 2020.

Student Travel
At this time, as per Chicago Department of Public Health guidance, any student returning to campus from any location with a substantial incidence of the coronavirus (COVID-19)—such as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-designated countries of risk or domestic locations such as greater New York, Seattle, and San Francisco/Sacramento—must stay home and monitor their health for 14 days. If you will be returning to the residence halls or Greek houses, please email dos@iit.edu so we can communicate specific instructions upon your return.

Food Service
The Commons, Global Grounds, and 10 West will be open regularly for the remainder of the semester. The hours of operation for each venue may vary. Please check the Illinois Tech Culinary and Hospitality Services website for up-to-date information.

Family Communication
A message to parents and family members was sent via email yesterday. However, if you are able, please feel free to forward appropriate communication to your parent(s) and/or family members to ensure that they are “in the know.”

Thank you for your patience as we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation from the national to the local level. The university will continue to keep the community updated. For the most up-to-date information regarding Illinois Tech’s response to COVID-19, please visit https://www.iit.edu/COVID-19.

Please send any questions to dos@iit.edu.

Sincerely,
Katherine Stetz
Vice Provost, Student Affairs and Dean of Students