Message from President Cramb and Provost Kilpatrick: June 11, 2021
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
As you may know, both the city and state have announced a full reopening and the resumption of normal activities. In light of this, we are sharing new campus policies aligned with federal, state, and city guidance that will help allow for a full return to normal campus operations on August 2.
Masking and Social Distancing Policy Updates
In summary, members of the Illinois Tech community who have been vaccinated will no longer be required to follow masking and social distancing requirements. However, individuals who have not yet been vaccinated must maintain all masking and social distancing requirements. More detailed policy information can be found at the links below:
- COVID-19 Vaccination and Reopening Policy
- Policies and Procedures Handbook: COVID-19 Vaccination and Reopening Policy
It’s important to emphasize that this reopening and the lessening of restrictions for vaccinated individuals is due to the effectiveness of vaccines. Each of the vaccines has been shown to be safe and highly effective in preventing illness, hospitalization, and the spread of COVID-19. For questions regarding the safety and efficacy of any of the vaccines, please visit the CDC’s vaccine page.
To the extent practical, the university will strive to provide classroom, working, and common spaces to allow those who have not been vaccinated to socially distance.
Per the accommodation sections of the above-referenced, if you have a disability or medical condition that you believe necessitates an accommodation, please contact the Office of Human Resources (email@example.com) if you are an employee or the Center for Disability Resources (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are a student; if you are not fully vaccinated and wish to discuss physical distancing matters, please contact the Office of Human Resources if you are an employee or the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs (email@example.com) if you are a student.
In the interest of equity to your fellow colleagues, we will not grant accommodations for other matters including, but not limited to, transportation, children’s school schedules, and caregiver duties. Of course, for Illinois Tech employees, the university’s FMLA policy may be an option, depending on the circumstances.
Returning to Campus
As a reminder, we are planning to return to full, on-campus, in-person operations on Monday, August 2, 2021. This includes a full return to the normal classroom and student experience at Illinois Tech.
We thank you for your continued support and patience during the last year, and we look forward to welcoming you back to campus in August.
Alan W. Cramb
President, Illinois Institute of Technology
Provost, Illinois Institute of Technology