Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Confirmed Cases

This list represents Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) community members who have known, confirmed cases of COVID-19.  Additional email communications will be sent in the event that a community member has been present on Illinois Tech campuses within 14 days of testing positive.

Reported cases do not include community members who have been off-campus since the governor’s initial stay-at-home order on March 21.

Campus Location Cases
Conviser Law Center
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60661
 
Mies Campus
IIT Tower
10 West 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60616
 
Keating Sports Center
3040 South Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
Stuart School of Business (1)
Conviser Law Center
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60661
Chicago-Kent College of Law (3)

Mies Campus
IIT Tower
10 West 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60616

John T. Rettaliata Engineering Center
10 West 32nd Street
Chicago, IL 60616

Lewis College of Human Sciences (1)

Mies Campus
Patrol West of State Street

Public Safety (2)
Total Cases 7

These figures are solely based on cases reported to Illinois Tech’s Dean of Students or Human Resources.

Patient Privacy

Federal and state law prevents the university from identifying any students, faculty or staff. The university will work to notify anyone who is known to have had direct contact with a diagnosed individual so that they may take appropriate action to self-quarantine.

New COVID-19 Diagnoses

All members of the Illinois Tech community should notify, as provided for below, the university if they are diagnosed with COVID-19.

Consistent with CDPH guidance, university policy states that any student, faculty member, or staff member returning from any country or region with a high incidence of coronavirus should stay home and monitor their health for up to 14 days. Students, faculty, or staff who come into contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 OR have a fever of over 100.5 degrees or other symptoms consistent with COVID-19 must do the same. 
 
Students

Students who meet one of the conditions above must notify the Office of the Dean of Students at 312.567.3081 or dos@iit.edu. During this time, meals will be provided to students who live in  the dorms in a safe and sterile way, but in-person social interaction will be severely limited to help protect the safety of the whole campus community.
 
Faculty and Staff
Faculty and staff who meet one of the conditions above must notify the Office of Human Resources at 312.567.3318 or hr@iit.edu.
 
A temporary policy was enacted that will allow any staff member at a zero balance for time off to go negative and draw down from future accruals (i.e., borrow future time). This policy will be in place between now and June 30, 2020, and will allow staff members at zero balances to go negative up to the maximum accrual they would earn between the time of the request and the end of this calendar year. Any staff member interested in utilizing this policy must reach out to the Office of Human Resources at hr@iit.edu or to any direct member of the human resources team for support in understanding the options available to you and to elect any such option.
 
The university has also enacted a second temporary policy that applies to staff members who are diagnosed with COVID-19, who need to take time off to care for a family member diagnosed with COVID-19, or who are directed by their health care provider to self-quarantine. Eligible individuals will be allowed to take up to 10 days off before utilizing any of their current time off balances or leveraging the policy referenced above, which allows a staff member to go negative on time off balances. This policy is also in place through June 30, 2020. There are specific steps, set forth in the policy, that must be followed in order to take advantage of its benefits.

Campus Deep-Cleaning Procedures

In addition to moving all classroom activity online and implementing social distancing practices, campus facilities and maintenance teams have increased their custodial operations in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, which includes continual deep-cleaning of public, commonly touched spaces. 

Janitorial service increased cleaning beginning in late February, and since March 6, the university directed its custodial vendor to initiate further enhanced and targeted cleaning measures, consistent with CDC guidance for cleaning and disinfecting procedures and use of antiviral products. Among other things, this has resulted in additional and more regular cleaning of bathrooms, elevators, and other commonly touched surfaces.
 
While buildings that house essential services will remain open to support the critical needs of students, we have closed classrooms to ensure that our custodial teams can focus their efforts on spaces that are currently in use.

Critical Communications from Administrators to Our Community

Understanding that this is an evolving situation, the University will continue to communicate any updates to policies and procedures primarily via email, which will then be shared on our COVID-19 website: www.iit.edu/COVID-19. This website contains up-to-date information and communication regarding university plans and policies, as well as important information from government authorities regarding COVID-19.