Frequently Asked Questions

Please know that the answers below reflect the university’s current plans and expectations.  The university is making decisions based on federal, state, and city public-health guidance and the actual circumstances occurring on the campus. As public health guidance is revised and/or circumstances change, the university may need to modify its plans and expectations.


At present there are no plans to shift the academic calendar.

At present all scheduled breaks will proceed as planned. 

We continue to seek to develop appropriate classroom operating protocols based on guidance from the CDC, the state, and the city. At present, our intention is to provide students with the opportunity for as many in-person classes as possible, should they wish this. In-person classes will operate in accordance with applicable guidance, including social distancing protocols and maximum attendance limits. Some classes will be offered online but with opportunities, to the extent possible, for direct student-to-student and student-to-faculty interaction. Many classes will be hybrid with options for both.

We are planning for courses that will be capped at smaller than typical sizes and that will also operate at lower densities than usual, to follow expected social-distancing guidelines. At this time we believe that online courses, with opportunities for direct student-to-student and student-to-faculty interaction, will not be significantly impacted by such limits.

Most courses will have a remote component, and students will be able to participate fully in those courses. In some cases, such as some (but not all) lab and experiential courses, live participation is important, and our aim is to provide these courses to the extent allowed by applicable state and city guidance, including, but not limited to, public health social-distancing protocols, but any student who does not want to participate will be provided alternative courses in fall 2020 so that they can maintain equivalent progress toward their degrees. Students should speak to their academic advisers about this.

We anticipate the state guidelines will require social distancing in class. Currently, the state’s general social distancing guideline is set at 6 feet of separation, but the state may modify this with respect to classroom social distancing.


Yes, tuition and fees will be the same regardless of the means by which instruction is delivered. (The university operates some distinct, online-only graduate programs that are only available to residents of certain foreign countries. These programs have specific tuition and/or scholarship arrangements, and these programs will remain subject to these arrangements regardless of any change in circumstances.) Most students will have the ability, if they wish, to take all or some classes in-person and/or online. The university shall have no obligation to adjust tuition and fees or to provide refunds or credits in the event circumstances arise that result in a change to the means of instruction during the semester. A course’s number of associated credit hours will be the same regardless of the means of instruction.

In the event that the state or city issues a “shelter-in-place” or a stay-at-home order, the university will fully transition to online instruction.

The university will seek to monitor infections on campuses and make shutdown decisions based on the particular circumstances of the infections and consistent with state and city public-health guidelines.

Should the need arise for such a decision, we will make it in conformity with public health guidance, including Chicago Department of Public Health and Illinois Department of Public Health guidance. In making the decision, we will bear in mind that current guidance states transmission occurs most likely with close contact, defined as 15 minutes within six feet. Therefore, it may be that only those students who are in the classroom at the same time as the infected student, and within six feet of them for more than 15 minutes, will need to quarantine, while students who have used the same classroom but not at the same time will not be required to quarantine.

We are currently studying this issue.

Once students submit their deposit and sign up for a virtual SOAR session, they can meet with their academic advisers, who will help them select their fall courses. Students who plan to attend online classes this fall can participate in SOAR remotely and also set up remote appointments to meet with their advisers for one-on-one guidance.

Because Illinois Tech is a small, private university, our faculty have always been especially accessible to our students. Once a student submits their deposit and signs up for a virtual SOAR session, they can begin meeting with their academic advisers. Consistent with applicable public health protocols, students attending classes on campus can meet one-on-one with their other professors to receive mentorship and guidance on everything from which courses to take to class projects and other learning opportunities such as undergraduate research programs. Our Blackboard learning module enables students who are studying remotely to connect with faculty for personalized communication and one-on-one guidance. Some professors also offer additional, virtual office hour sessions.

Students will be able to join the Illinois Tech community as soon as they submit their deposit for the fall 2020 semester. Through our online, collaborative summer programs, students can begin to form connections with fellow classmates and faculty right away, whether on campus or studying remotely, through the Blackboard learning module’s engaging collaboration tools. Illinois Tech has an active student community, and many student groups offer remote participation, including our popular Esports team. Incoming students and their families can also listen to the student-run radio station, WIIT, online, and stay up to date on campus news by reading the online edition of TechNews, the student newspaper.

As the fall semester approaches, the Office of Campus Life will continue to plan and execute social programming opportunities for all students virtually.

Research will continue under public health guidelines this fall. For students who study remotely, research is still an option. For example, several computing and technology research projects have continued remotely during the past several months.

Tools within Blackboard enable collaboration and teamwork. Students can share and discuss their work as they would in an in-person setting, and work remotely outside of class times to complete team projects. Some classes that involve hands-on construction of projects can be conducted remotely. For example, in one course, a professor mailed students hardware packages so they could complete their projects remotely. Design-based courses that require students to use software to complete projects also can be conducted remotely. For more information about Blackboard and how it facilitates student and faculty engagement and remote learning, read this platform overview.

Athletics / Gym Operations

The Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) has made the decision to postpone fall 2020 athletic competition through December 31, 2020, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Unfortunately, we will not allow spectators at Illinois Tech sporting events. The events will be live-streamed. 

We will have intramural sports that stay consistent with the social distancing guidelines. So sports such as tennis, badminton, and 2v2 volleyball, for example, may be allowed. 

Keating will be open to Illinois Tech students, faculty, and staff only.  We will have new guidelines and restrictions in place for the usage of Keating.

The IIT Tower gym space will be open to Illinois Tech faculty, staff, and building tenants only, with new guidelines and restrictions. 

Locker rooms will be cleaned on a regular schedule during hours of operation.

We will have designated locker spaces for patrons in accordance with social distancing guidance.


Illinois Tech students are required to wear face coverings at all times and to maintain social distancing (six feet between individuals) when in public, which includes in traditional classrooms, instructional laboratories, and similar settings. Students who feel ill or are experiencing symptoms such as coughing, sore throat, fatigue or a higher than normal temperature are expected to stay at home. If you start to feel ill after leaving your home, you should immediately return there.

Instructors have the right to ask those who are not complying with these requirements to leave class in the interest of everyone. In the event that a student refuses to comply with instructor directions regarding face coverings and/or social distancing, the instructor has the right to cancel class. A student who refuses to comply with these requirements will be referred to the Office of the Dean of Students for possible disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct.

Additionally, as a reminder, following other simple practices such as frequent and thorough hand washing using soap and water for 20 seconds, wiping down desks and seats using disinfecting cleaning materials when possible, not sharing personal items such as pens and cell phones, and avoiding crowded hallways and other enclosed spaces are advised in and out of the classroom.

Visit for details on Illinois Tech’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19). Students are also welcome to call 312.567.5810 between 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. CST for university-related information regarding COVID-19.

For information from government authorities, please visit or, email, or call 312.746.4835.

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Common Spaces

Individuals will be expected to maintain a 6-foot (or such other distance established by public health protocols) separation as much as possible. However, given that the number of people and degree of movement in these spaces will make constant social distancing difficult, masks will be required in common areas such as lobbies, restrooms, corridors, and elevators for all who can medically wear basic masks.

Individuals should rely on opening push doors with wrists or forearms, and pull doors with a paper towel or cloth, and should always practice hand washing and use of hand sanitizers to reduce their risk of spreading the virus. (Note: recent CDC guidance indicates that surface transmission is not a primary means of spread).

We are developing this policy.

There will be signs on or near each elevator showing the maximum occupancy. Lobby managers in IIT Tower and Conviser Law Center will assist during periods of high traffic. However, we all will need to take responsibility for complying with the maximum elevator capacity. Any issues can be reported to public safety or your building manager. 

Yes. Under current public health guidance, masks will be required on elevators until we enter Restore Illinois Phase 5 (Normalcy).

Yes. We are increasing cleaning of these items. We will follow CDC, state, and city guidance on cleaning frequency.


The university has been using these chemicals for the past number of months and intends to continue to do so.

The current custodial staffing levels planned for the fall 2020 semester are expected to be sufficient to meet the needs of the campus, however, we will monitor workload as the academic year proceeds and decide on additional staffing, if needed.

Yes, it is our current intention to make a reasonable amount of cleaning products available.

Conviser Law Center/Moffett/Rice Campus Operations

Yes. These three campuses are all engaged in university-wide plans for reopening and are developing tailored plans within the overall university plan. 

The Conviser Law Center intends to reopen the bookstore and cafeteria (the “Spakateria”) consistent with applicable guidance, when the building reopens in August.

Mies Campus and Conviser Law Center will follow the stricter of State of Illinois or City of Chicago guidance. A determination is being made whether the Moffett and Rice campuses will follow state guidance or the same protocols as the Mies Campus and Conviser Law Center.


For the summer months dining hours have been adjusted, and food service is provided only in Center Court. Hours of operation are 11 a.m.–7 p.m. and Monday to Friday only.

Fall hours may be adjusted to ensure that all safety guidelines are in line with CDC guidance and state/federal mandates. 

Our Dining Services team takes social distancing seriously. Floor decals, coughing etiquette, and directional signage are posted throughout the dining facilities in use to inform and educate everyone in the spaces. Staff members are also present during meal hours to assist students.

For the summer months, grab-and-go is the only option. At this time, indoor dining is not allowed. Students, faculty, and staff who want to sit with others, consistent with applicable public health guidance, may have limited options throughout the campus, but tables and chairs must be set 6 feet apart. Sandwiches, salads, and hot food from our partners, Asiana and Saffron, along with our grill station, are available daily. 

During the fall semester, grab-and-go service will continue. In addition, we intend to provide mobile ordering and pick-up options.

Our Dining Services team requires pre-shift health screenings including temperature checks in a designated area. There is also a schedule for vendors to arrive for socially distanced drop-offs. Vendors are not allowed to drop off products without the screening and without a set time.

Health and Wellness

Yes. The university is also working in conjunction with several local higher-education consortiums.

Illinois Tech will follow the City of Chicago’s guidance, which can be more restrictive than the state’s guidance but not less. A possible exception may be our campuses in Bedford Park and Wheaton, in which case state guidance may prevail.

All members of the Illinois Tech community are expected to follow city, state, and federal guidelines for social/physical distancing. At a minimum, this currently means that people are expected to keep a 6-foot distance from others and to wear masks when social distancing is not possible.

Yes, this is our current intention, as long as they are over 2 years of age and medically able to tolerate wearing a mask.

Yes, we aim to have hand sanitizers in common areas of all buildings.

As a matter of university policy, if students, faculty, or staff should 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, they must stay home and monitor their health for 14 days. Students who fall into this category should notify the Office of the Dean of Students at 312.567.3081 or Faculty and staff who fall into this category should notify the Office of Human Resources at 312.567.3318 or

You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:

  • - Before, during, and after preparing food
  • - Before eating food
  • - Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • - Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • - After using the toilet
  • - After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet 
  • - After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • - After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • - After handling pet food or pet treats
  • - After touching garbage

The SHWC plans to open for medical appointments and COVID-19 testing beginning August 24, 2020. Students attending appointments will be asked to report to the SHWC screening and check-in area located in the lobby of IIT Tower. The screening and check-in area can be accessed through the northwest entrance of IIT Tower and is located on the west side of the auditorium. Signage will help guide students when they arrive.

Counseling and psychiatry appointments will remain virtual for the duration of the fall semester. If the need for immediate mental health support should arise, students should call 312.567.7550 to schedule a same-day mental health triage appointment.

All of the center’s normal services, both physical and mental, will be available, as well as COVID-19 testing.

Though many students will have their own masks, and the university strongly encourages them to utilize their own masks, we plan to provide masks for any student who needs one. Disinfectant spray and hand sanitizer will be available throughout the campus, and plexiglass barriers will be in place at cashier/customer service stations and in classrooms, where necessary.

Student health insurance is provided through Aetna. Insurance premiums are set by the insurer based on utilization rates, both by the covered entity (which in our case is the Illinois Tech student body) and across all entities insured by the insurer. In addition to the general increase in utilization rates over the past year, there was also a significant increase in the utilization rate by Illinois Tech students, all of which contributed to this year’s premium increase.

Since March 2020, Illinois has taken concrete action to slow the spread of COVID-19. For example, Executive Orders were issued banning large gatherings as early as March 13, closing K–12 schools as of March 17, and requiring residents to shelter in place beginning on March 21 through much of the summer. Illinois and Chicago have also developed comprehensive, multi-phased reopening plans. Although subject to change, Illinois and Chicago have moved into Phase 4, which states that no gatherings should exceed 50 people or 25 percent of the space's occupancy capacity, whichever is less, so long as public health guidance is followed, including, but not limited to, social distancing protocols and the wearing of face coverings.

No institution—government, corporation, school, or any other entity—can guarantee the complete safety of their employees and those they serve. In short, the pandemic imposes an inherent risk to all that cannot be eliminated. However, there are steps that can be taken to mitigate risks associated with and reduce the likelihood of transmission of the virus, and Illinois Tech has developed plans for our fall 2020 reopening that aim to accomplish this. Information on these plans are outlined on our main Fall 2020 Reopening website. This site covers topics ranging from testing to masks to social distancing guidelines. Of course, in order to be effective, these plans require all individuals—faculty, students, and staff—to take proactive steps to protect themselves and others, including, but not limited to, practicing social distancing, monitoring health, wearing face coverings, staying home when not feeling well, and regularly washing hands.

University leaders are working to prepare for a variety of future contingencies, including future outbreaks. For example, the university has designated space for students who may need to quarantine. From the date of the Illinois governor’s shelter-in-place order to the end of the semester, more than 500 students needed to remain in on-campus housing. The university operated campus housing in accordance with public health protocols, and it educated these students on these safety protocols. These measures—and the students’ compliance with them—helped to prevent an outbreak on campus.

The university has planned, and will continue to plan, for the possibility of another increase in COVID-19 infections throughout the city and state and the effect that increase might have. Illinois Tech will continue to work closely with city and state public health officials. If a future shelter-in-place order is issued, the university will comply with it, and will be able to move classes online for the remainder of the semester so that students are able to continue their studies and earn their credits.

As was the case with the spring 2020 semester, should it become necessary for students to leave the residence halls, housing fees would be prorated based on the time spent in campus housing. However, as instruction will continue to be offered, grades issued, and credit earned, tuition and fees will not be refunded.


First- and second-year students are required to live on campus. Therefore, we plan to make spaces available to this population first. Students will have the ability to choose a single-room accommodation in addition to double and triple rooms. Students will also be able to request a roommate(s). There will be no additional cost for a single room accommodation for the fall 2020. The decision to room with someone will be at the discretion of the students seeking to do so, and both must be willing to assume the responsibilities and risks of having a roommate. Accordingly, students are encouraged to consider carefully whether they prefer to have a roommate.

We will do our best to accommodate students who need to move in prior to August 17, 2020, but we cannot guarantee the ability to do so. There will be no extra fee for early move-in requests this fall.

All students can request a change in room accommodation, but the university cannot guarantee that it will be able to grant the requests. Decisions regarding changes will be made based on individual circumstance and availability of space.

Cancellations fees will be waived during the fall semester to allow students the most flexibility with their health and safety.

General public health guidance states that staff access to student rooms should be limited. Cleaning supplies will be made available to students upon request and will be in common areas.

The university has designated rooms for students who may need to self-isolate or be quarantined. These spaces include private bathrooms and kitchens. Students who self-isolate will be given disposable thermometers, masks, and gloves. A health care provider will also communicate with students in quarantine daily during the allotted time.

Dining Services will prepare food for students in quarantine/self-isolation. The residence hall staff will manage delivery to each student as needed.

Students in self-isolation/quarantine will be given the CDC guidelines to assist them with staying safe and keeping the community safe. Quarantine/self-isolation spaces will be designed to have one person per unit with a private kitchen and bathroom. A health care provider will also monitor each student in quarantine/self-isolation daily by phone health screenings and temperature checks. It is incumbent upon anyone in self-isolation/quarantine to adhere to the guidance for the benefit of the entire campus community.

First- and second-year students are required to live on campus. Contract cancellations for this group of students will be issued if there is appropriate medical documentation to support the request or if the student lives with a family member within 20 miles of the campus. Students should submit a waiver by emailing For those students not required to live on campus, cancellation fees will be waived during the fall 2020 semester to allow students greater flexibility in finalizing their housing arrangement for the upcoming academic year.

Given that the goal of our testing and screening is to evaluate our positivity percentage, we do not plan to require documentation of testing prior to entering student housing. At this point, the expectation is that enough of our students will get tested and report to the website that we will not need to require further testing prior to entering our housing.

Gary Walley and his team in the SHWC will be checking up on all quarantined students on a daily basis.

We are giving students windows for check-in times that start as early as August 7.

Currently, we are expecting approximately 1,200 students to live in our campus housing this fall, not including fraternities. The estimated breakdown by residence hall is 300 students in Kacek Hall, 300 in Rowe Village, 200 in student apartments (Gunsaulus and Carman), and 400 in MSV.

Most on-campus students will be living in two-bed standard double rooms. Students can request to live as a single in a double room at the same cost. Student gatherings in individual rooms will be limited to ensure the university complies with city and state current guidelines.

Sororities and fraternities will be expected to follow the same guidelines as other residence facilities on campus. These include mask wearing in common areas; frequent hand washing; and social distancing in rooms, common areas, hallways, elevators, and other public spaces.

Large Gatherings

Yes. Although subject to change, Illinois and Chicago have moved into Phase 4, which states that no gatherings should exceed 50 people or 25 percent of the space's occupancy capacity, whichever is less, so long as public health guidance is followed, including, but not limited to, social distancing protocols and the wearing of face coverings.

Research and Lab Facilities

Research labs have all developed a socially distant operations protocol. Students engaged in undergraduate research should contact their lab supervisors to discuss whether and how they will be incorporated into these plans.

For specific guidance regarding research operations on campus, please view the guidelines posted on the Office of Research website.


Yes. Checking your temperature, like regularly washing your hands, is one of those actions we can all take to mitigate the spread of the virus. The university plans to follow applicable city and state mandates with regard to temperature checks. These mandates have not yet been finalized.

The university is piloting four devices in four different locations during the summer session. We anticipate increasing the number of locations in the fall to accommodate our students. These devices will be available for self-use so that anyone can check their temperature at any time. Unless the city and state mandates differently, no personal information will be captured by the thermal cameras.

If a student observes that they have a temperature above 100.4 degrees, they will be encouraged to have a telemedicine consultation with a professional in our Student Health and Wellness Center. The student may then be asked to come in for testing. Everyone with such a temperature should also minimize contact with others to the extent possible.

Faculty and staff will be advised to contact their healthcare provider for further guidance.  

To the extent possible, COVID-19 testing will be available through the Student Health and Wellness Center for students who wish or need to be tested. There are several on campus locations open for COVID-19 testing. The university has also established a COVID-19 Care Clinic.

The university will follow all applicable privacy and HIPAA laws to ensure the privacy of our community.

The university will, to the best of its ability, use contact-tracing and reporting methods.

A. Once someone is confirmed as infected with the virus, contacts are identified by working with the student to help them recall everyone with whom they have had close contact (less than 6 feet away for a period of greater than 15 minutes) during the timeframe while they may have been infectious (starting 48 hours before the onset of the first symptom).

B. Illinois Tech personnel will contact Illinois Tech community members to inform them they may have had contact with a person who has tested positive for the virus. To the extent possible, Illinois Tech personnel will work directly with the affected student to assist in making contact with those who are not Illinois Tech community members. Communication to those who may have had contact with an infected person will include information based on applicable public health guidance about common symptoms, a recommended plan of care, and information on seeking medical attention.

Students who have a health request for accommodations should contact the Center of Disability Resources, which will engage and interact with students regarding their circumstances and possible options. Other health and safety concerns can be directed to the Office of Student Affairs at

Those who believe they fall under this category may have the option to work and/or to take classes remotely, if possible, or other possible accommodations to minimize their contacts with other.

To reduce transmission among the Illinois Tech community, the university will, subject to space restrictions, the commercial availability of supplies, and other relevant circumstances, be guided by the following:

1. Sick students/employees should stay home and not come to campus. 
2. Students who live on campus and are ill may be eligible for a temporary living space to self-isolate.
3. Routine cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, and doorknobs will be increased.
4. We will notify individuals of the expectation that they practice social distancing protocols to the extent possible.


Counseling and psychiatry services that can be accessed online will be available through the Student Health and Wellness Center. Services are provided via a HIPAA-compliant video conferencing platform to ensure privacy.

On or before August 24, 2020.

COVID-19 tests are valid only at the time of testing and do not predict the potential for future infection. The aim of this initiative is to establish a baseline positivity rate against which to compare ongoing assessments of our positivity rate. This information will be used in conjunction with other relevant data to determine and evaluate any spread of the virus on campus and to be able to compare that to the infection rate in our larger Chicago community.

The university is currently negotiating with a potential partner to provide the saliva tests to screen all students, faculty, and staff to get baseline positivity. We will also have point of care (POC) testing available for any member of our community who presents symptoms. This is in addition to the state and city testing sites and private testing facilities that are available throughout the Chicago region.

Our current plan is to assemble the “tent tests” (saliva test) every two weeks to assess the positivity rate of our campus community.

We have not yet worked through all the details, but our current plan is to seek to randomly test 500 members of our community using tent testing every two weeks. Our current expectation is that it will take about 5 minutes to take each sample. Based on this, we believe our initial plan will be to provide a one- to two-hour window for individuals to walk in and give their samples.

The SHWC will perform the POC test (nasopharyngeal), and test results will be available in 2 hours (approximately). The POC test is primarily intended for students who are showing symptoms or who have had contact with someone who has tested positive. The university is currently negotiating with a potential partner to provide the saliva tests, but it is estimated to take one to two days for a positive result (a lack of positive result would imply a negative result).

The times given above reflect the time by which we estimate being able to deliver results to students.

No. If VanderCook College of Music staff, faculty, and students, who are not also staff, faculty or students at Illinois Tech, wish to pursue benefits at Illinois Tech, then they will need to have their leadership approach our university and negotiate that.

Illinois Tech  has decided that it will be using part of the most recent generous gift from Board of Trustees Chairman Michael P. Galvin (LAW '78) to cover up to $1 million of student out-of-pocket COVID-19 testing expenses, starting at the beginning of the fall semester. The university will, however, ask any student who is eligible to apply for COVID-19 testing coverage and/or reimbursement through their insurance to do so, particularly for those students who are tested and are symptomatic.

Our cost for POC tests will be roughly $135 per test. As noted above, up to $1 million from Chairman Galvin’s gift will go to support student out-of-pocket costs. Again, any student who is eligible to apply for COVID-19 testing and/or reimbursement through their insurance will be asked to do so.

Faculty/Staff Operations

Staff will be provided with guidance around social distancing specific to their immediate and broader workspaces. Guidance will also be provided relative to the use of kitchenettes, coffee machines, restrooms, schedules, and parking.

Center Court in the MTCC will be open during the summer. It is anticipated that the Commons Dining Hall, 10 West, and Center Court will be open beginning August 17, 2020. Hours will be posted at each venue as appropriate and also be listed online at

Yes. In March 2020 the university adopted a temporary COVID-19 policy that grants faculty and staff two weeks of paid leave in the event they contract COVID-19. This is in addition to any other paid leave that they may have accrued.

Like any employee, faculty members will, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, be provided a reasonable accommodation, should they require one due to a personal health condition. They need to request an accommodation through the Department of Human Resources. Other administrative considerations may be made by the faculty member’s chairperson or dean.  We are also taking measures to ensure that the classroom environment is such so as to minimize the risks associated with COVID-19, including upgrading classrooms to MERV-13 filtration to remove human-generated aerosols from the air, as well as installing portable HEPA filtration units in some classrooms. We have also been inspecting and servicing our HVAC systems over the summer to make necessary repairs/adjustments and achieve a good supply of outdoor air in keeping with ASHRAE guidelines. This, coupled with masks required in every classroom, social distancing, good hygiene, and self-monitoring of symptoms, will serve to minimize the risk of viral transmission.

The University will consider, to the extent that it can, accommodations for personnel who are members of a vulnerable population and will engage in an interactive process with such personnel in an effort to develop such accommodations. Otherwise, vulnerable individuals should continue to shelter in place. Members of households with vulnerable residents should be aware that, no matter how cautiously protocols are followed, by returning to work there is some increased risk that they could carry the virus back home. Precautions should be taken to isolate from vulnerable individuals. 

Student Community

Although subject to change, Illinois and Chicago have moved into Phase 4, which states that no gatherings should exceed 50 people or 25 percent of the space's occupancy capacity, whichever is less, so long as public health guidance is followed, including, but not limited to, social distancing protocols and the wearing of face coverings. The university is currently developing plans to proceed with events such as these in the fall semester consistent with public health guidelines, and planning information will be shared on the Illinois Tech Fall 2020 Reopening website.

Virtual SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration) sessions have been running all summer. Students who were unable to participate will be able to connect with a SOAR leader and view sessions on-demand.

Students can anticipate scheduling a specific time for their residence hall move-in time in August. This will allow us to ensure that social distancing is easier to achieve.

We also currently expect to have a hybrid of virtual and in-person Welcome Week and Convocation activities. Planning is underway, and details will be released at a later date.

Students can begin to make connections with fellow students as soon as they submit their deposit for the fall 2020 semester. Students can then sign up for a virtual SOAR session, which allows them to meet friends and start forming a social network from the comfort of home. Once students are on campus, the small-group, suite-style living of our residence halls will facilitate their ability to build friendships while maintaining social distance and complying with other public health guidelines. They will also meet students through their courses, which will be offered in accordance with public health guidelines. For students who enroll in online courses for the fall, our collaborative Blackboard learning module will allow them to engage and collaborate with fellow students on class projects.

The Student Government Association will continue to webcast meetings and is planning to offer the opportunity for students to participate via Zoom. All student organizations, in general, are being encouraged to conduct virtual meetings through Google Hangouts or another online meeting software.

Department/Office Signage

Please fill out this google form and you will be contacted by a member of the Return to Campus Signage Committee to answer any questions you have and to provide signs for your workspace.

Additional Communications

Yes. Please visit for up-to-date information.

You are welcome to call 312.567.5810 between 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. CST for university-related information regarding COVID-19. We also encourage you to contact the below offices:

- Current students: Office of Student Affairs at
- Current parents: Office of Student Affairs at
- Prospective students/parents: Office of Undergraduate Admission at
- Staff: Office of Human Resources at
- Faculty: University Faculty Council at
- Alumni: Office of Advancement at

For additional links to the Chicago Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization, please visit our Additional Resources page