As we prepare for Autumn Quarter, the Harris School of Public Policy is committed to our distinctive environment for education, research, and impact, and being responsible participants in the collective global public health challenge.

The following web page provides updates and resources for the Harris community related to our schools' plans for Autumn Quarter. Our dual-modality plan is designed to accommodate a wide range of circumstances for individual students and an evolving public health landscape while ensuring that we deliver an excellent, dynamic educational environment. 

As we approach fall, the University of Chicago has developed and maintains an information hub, UChicago Forward, which provides the latest updates on the University's planning for the resumption of programs and operations on campus. This framework guides the decisions of each school and division on campus in meeting its unique instructional needs. Planning has been guided by several priorities, including: academic quality, public health considerations, government guidance (including the state’s “Restore Illinois” plan and Chicago’s framework consistent with that plan), and financial sustainability. The University and Harris will continue to communicate plans and expectations to ensure that we have a common understanding of what is ahead of us.


The latest updates and FAQs specific to the Harris community follow below along with links to campus-wide resources related to support services, public health, and more. 

Fall 2021 Program Details: Students may find information specific to their degree programs on this site, which will be updated as details are available.

Harris graduate students may submit questions regarding Autumn Quarter 2021 using this Harris Student Questions form.  

Fall Planning Updates 

Upcoming Events

Town Halls: A number of campus-wide Town Halls will be scheduled throughout the summer on various topics relevant to the broader University community. Check this site for updates on upcoming events. 


June 30, 2021: Fall Instructional Plan: The University of Chicago announced that it will hold a combination of in-person and remote classes for Autumn Quarter in accordance with public health guidelines. Within this framework, Harris plans to deliver a dual-modality educational experience for next academic year that is designed to provide a consistent, high standard of excellence regardless of whether students pursue coursework on-campus or remotely.  We recognize that many Harris students may need to pursue their coursework remotely, and we have ensured that that those who need to complete some or all of the 2020-21 academic year from off-campus will be able to do so while also providing the opportunity for students to engage in live coursework, co-curricular programming, and personal interaction on-campus, where possible.  While there will be nuances depending on the requirements of each degree program, all of Harris' graduate programs will be operating within this overarching structure: 

  • The autumn “core” classes for incoming students in all of our graduate programs will be primarily delivered remotely. 
  • All remote courses, including the core, will include real-time sections and interaction. 
  • All Harris classes with in-person components, including electives for returning students, will have a parallel remote component to fully engage students who are off-campus. 
  • Harris students will also continue to have the ability to take courses from other schools and divisions at the University. 
  • We are as committed to continuing to offer an engaging and stimulating student experience for both students who are able to be with us in person and students who are not. 
  • New student orientation will be held remotely. 
  • Students will be permitted access to the Keller Center in accordance with public health guidelines. Details on timing and access protocols are forthcoming later this summer.
  • Courses in the winter and spring quarters will have more in-person components if public health guidelines allow.  

Health, Support & COVID-19 Updates

Harris is working closely with the University to monitor and respond to the new and evolving situation brought on by COVID-19. Our collective goal is to protect the health, safety, and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and the broader community of which we are a part. 

General resources for University Community: 

The University is providing updated information for the entire University community on its Coronavirus Updates site. The site includes extensive information about public health, how to protect yourself, travel advisories and guidelines, and support resources. 

Health information is available from UChicago Medicine, CDPH, and the CDC.

For questions and concerns related to COVID-19, you can contact the university’s call center at 773.795.5374.

You may also email COVID-19 questions to the university at or to Harris at

For students:

Questions or concerns: Any student who is not feeling well or who has questions or concerns to contact the Student Health Service at 773.702.4156. Students who need immediate counseling care should call 773.702.9800.

Testing: The Student Health Service now has the capability of swabbing patients for COVID-19 and sending the sample for testing through the University of Chicago Medicine. Test results are typically available within 24-72 hours. In order to maintain the ability to test patients as needed, and to avoid unnecessarily testing those who are not indicated for testing, please note that COVID-19 testing will only be performed on those individuals who meet appropriate clinical guidelines. The medical team in the Student Health Service, in conjunction with UChicago Medicine and following public health guidelines, will determine the appropriateness of COVID-19 testing on a case-by-case basis. At this time, it is not indicated to test all patients who have flu-like symptoms.

If you are concerned about whether you should isolate yourself, please review this helpful chart.

Counseling services: Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS), UChicago HELP, and the Dean-on-Call and Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call programs will continue to remain available to students.  Outside of regular business hours students can access the Therapist-on-Call at 773.702.3625.

To better accommodate those students who leave Chicago and those who would prefer to avoid in-person meetings due to public health concerns, the University will also offer telehealth options. You can learn about those and other efforts to maintain effective student support on the university's Student Health and Wellness Resources website.

For staff and faculty:  

The Staff and Faculty Assistance Program (SFAP) is a confidential program that provides support, counseling, and other resources for challenges that may arise.

Harris faculty and staff can visit the COVID-19 Resources page on our intranet for information and resources for faculty and staff.