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What happens if I get sick or a loved one gets sick with COVID-19 and I need to take a leave of absence or withdraw?

When a student becomes sick with any illness or experiences a personal or family emergency we have a number of options available to support them. The first thing that a student should always do is reach out to their academic advisor, who can help talk them through options and make outreach to their instructors on their behalf, if needed.

Which options will work best depends on the severity of the illness, the time in the quarter it occurs, how much work the student has missed, and the nature of each course. Some options include: requesting extensions or adjustments to assignments, requesting an incomplete in the course(s) and finishing the work after the end of the quarter, or withdrawing from the course.

When a student needs to withdraw due to a severe illness or personal emergency, the Dean of Students can approve a retroactive withdrawal, which refunds the tuition paid for the course(s). When facing an illness or personal emergency, we want to remove all barriers to allow the student to focus on recovery and will do all that we can to support students in these situations.

Fall 21 Health FAQ: Early insurance

What if I will be enrolled in a summer program and need health insurance in August?

Early arrival coverage for the month of August will be available again as it has been in past years.  Students will enroll and submit premium directly to UnitedHealthcare, and the enrollment site will open mid-July. The coverage periods and premium are as follows:

  • Option 1: August 1 – August 31, 2021; $378/student
  • Option 2: August 16-August 31, 2021; $195/student

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How will I know the capacity limits for campus spaces?

Signage and markers throughout campus including the Keller Center will indicate capacity limits, distancing requirements, and other safe use of space, based on the spatial configuration guidelines.

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What should I do to protect the health of the campus community?

The success of all the University’s planning for the coming academic year rests with each member of the campus community, including those of us at Harris, to consistently take steps to help keep themselves and our community safe. Currently the University requires that all persons wear face coverings in all University buildings, maintain social distancing, and self-monitor for COVID symptoms. The University’s rules may evolve as the public health situation changes. Please see the health requirements page of the University’s GoForward website for details.

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What are the immunization requirements for the 2021-22 academic year?

On May 18, 2021 the University determined that starting with the 2021 Autumn Quarter, all students will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. For the most up-to-date University information, please visit the GoForward website. This FAQ also addresses common vaccination questions. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to the health and safety of our campus and our city.

Information about other immunization requirements is available at https://wellness.uchicago.edu/medical-services/immunizations/.

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Where can I get more information about health and safety preparation for the coming year?

The UChicago GoForward information hub, which provides the latest updates on the University's planning for the resumption of programs and operations on campus, contains a wide range of helpful information about matters related to COVID-19, health, and safety. 

Fall 21 Orientation FAQ: vaccinations

Do I need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in the in-person options of Jumpstart, Math & Coding Camp, or other orientation programming?

Yes, all students interested in participating in the in-person options of any Orientation or pre-orientation programming need to be fully vaccinated. Proof of vaccination needs to be submitted to the University by August 1. Unvaccinated students with an approved exemption, or who are in the process of being fully vaccinated, will be subject to weekly testing and may be required to follow additional mitigation measures. Students who have not been able to get vaccinated due to limited supply in their home countries will be able to be vaccinated on campus. More information about the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements can be found on the UChicago Forward COVID19 Vaccination FAQ page.

Fall 21 Orientation FAQ: Health

What public health precautions is Harris taking for in-person options of Jumpstart, Math & Coding Camp, and other orientation programming?

All in-person options of Jumpstart, Math & Coding Camp, and other Orientation programming will require that students remain fully masked, observe social distancing, and clean their workstation regardless of their vaccination status. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in students being removed from the program(s).

Fall 21 Orientation FAQ: masks

What are the masking requirements at the University?

Effective July 15, 2021, the University is updating masking requirements for fully vaccinated individuals as outlined below.  University masking requirements may evolve based on new guidance from the State of Illinois, City of Chicago, and the number of COVID-19 cases and rates of transmission, increased risk from new COVID-19 variants, or sudden clusters of COVID-19 cases on campus.

  • Indoors –
    • Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear face coverings when indoors. People should continue to carry a face covering with them in the event it is needed when on campus or in a University facility.
    • Unvaccinated individuals are required to wear a face covering over the nose and the mouth at all times while in University buildings, with the following limited exceptions:
      • Private spaces – An unvaccinated individual may remove their face coverings if they are in a private room/office alone with the door closed.
      • Eating and Drinking – An unvaccinated individual may remove their face coverings to eat or drink so long as they maintain six feet of social distance from others.
      • Other exceptions – may apply for certain meetings, events, and programming. These will be documented and communicated for the specific situation.
  • Outdoors – As announced in May, the University has eliminated the masking requirement for people who are outdoors on campus grounds, though face coverings may still be required at certain outdoor events and programming.