These charts represent Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) community members who have known, confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Approximately every two weeks, a random sample from across the Illinois Tech community will be selected to be tested. The purpose of this random testing initiative is to monitor the rate of COVID-19 cases among our campus community. The data collected through this initiative will assist the university in making decisions about the future operations of the university.
Since August 1, students, faculty, staff, and community members have been reporting their testing results. The charts below show both the cumulative and random testing results. These figures are solely based on cases reported to Illinois Tech’s Dean of Students or Human Resources.
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 100.4 degrees or other symptoms consistent with COVID-19 must do the same.
Students who meet one of the conditions above must notify the Office of the Dean of Students at 312.567.3081 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.