For the Fall 2021 semester, it will be required that all students who are able to do so will be fully vaccinated (defined as 14 days after the final dose) with auniversity-accepted vaccine before beginning the fall semester if they plan to be on campus with no additional health and safety obligations. More information about vaccination requirements.
With constant changes and updates due to COVID-19, the Department of Chemistry has created this page with helpful links and resources for students, however the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and resources can be found on the University of Illinois COVID-19 site. The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences also has a COVID-19 information site.
Vaccines & Testing
- If you are able to be vaccinated for COVID-19, you are required to do so. You should be vaccinated as soon as possible with an accepted vaccine to ensure you meet the requirement. Visit vaccines.gov to find appointments in your local community. See more information here.
- If you have already been vaccinated for COVID-19 with a university-accepted vaccine, you should upload your Vaccination Record Card to the MyMcKinley Portal as soon as possible. See more information here. If you have already uploaded your record, you do not need to do it again.
- If you are an international student and you are not able to receive a university-accepted vaccine before you arrive on campus, you will be able to do so when you arrive. There will be on-campus vaccination appointments at the beginning of the semester. Until you are fully vaccinated and have a verified vaccine record, you will be required to continue the on-campus COVID-19 testing program. See more information here.
- If you are not able to be vaccinated, there is NOT an exemption process for the COVID-19 vaccine requirement. Instead, all unvaccinated students are required to participate in the on-campus COVID-19 testing program. See more information about the on-campus COVID-19 testing program here.
The university acknowledges that some individuals have health conditions or other reasons why they cannot be vaccinated. These individuals should NOT submit an exemption form for the COVID-19 vaccine requirement. Please see the policy below. The following requirements apply to all students who are participating in any on-campus activities during any time in the Fall 2021 semester:
- Students who are not able to be vaccinated are required to participate in saliva testing as part of the on-campus COVID-19 testing program.
- Students who are not able to be vaccinated or participate in saliva testing are required to participate in nasal swab testing as part of the on-campus COVID-19 testing program.
- Students who are not able to be vaccinated, participate in saliva testing or participate in nasal swab testing are required to move to a fully online schedule and are expected not to come to campus.
Note: Unvaccinated students who never come to campus and are taking only online courses are not required to follow the policy above.
- If you are arriving to campus unvaccinated, you must begin on-campus COVID-19 testing as soon as you arrive. Testing frequencies have been chosen based on SHIELD team modeling that shows this testing frequency is necessary to maximize the safety of individuals in our community who are unvaccinated:
- If you are an undergraduate student, you will be required to test and receive negative results every other day to maintain compliance and building access. This testing frequency will take effect starting on Aug. 2.
- If you are a graduate/professional student, you will be required to test and receive negative results twice per week to maintain compliance and building access. This testing frequency will take effect starting on Aug. 2.
- If you are not vaccinated, and you are not compliant with the on-campus COVID-19 testing program, you will face student discipline. See more information about COVID-19 policy enforcement here.
- Consistent with the university's practice of following CDC and public health COVID-19 guidance, all university students, faculty, staff and visitors must wear a face covering in university spaces indoors, regardless of vaccination status. For more information, view the Face Coverings page.
The Safer Illinois app is one of the recommended methods for displaying your building access status, and you should download it before you return to campus. Created by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the mobile app helps our students, faculty and staff navigate some of the challenges posed by the pandemic. The app is available as a free download from both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Visit the Safer Illinois website.