Fall Update 2020_Health and Safety_What Happens If

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.

It is also important to note that during the 2020-21 academic year students will always have the option to participate remotely in any Harris course if they are unable to attend due to illness or the need to self-quarantine after COVID exposure. This extends to courses that meet primarily in person. 

Fall Update_2020_Health and Safety_Insurance

If I am taking courses remotely, will I have to have health insurance?

The University is actively working to determine health insurance policies for Autumn Quarter. We know these are important considerations for students, and we anticipate that more information will be forthcoming soon. 

Fall Update 2020_Health and Safety_Capacity

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.

There will be additional guidance on access and protocols at Keller forthcoming later this summer.

Fall Update 2020_Health and Safety_Protect

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. We will call upon every member of our on-campus community to uphold a new commitment to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Specifically, every person on campus must adhere to these requirements – universal face coverings, social distancing, self-monitoring, COVID-19 reporting, and training and attestation.

Fall Update_2020_Health and Safety_Immunization

If I am taking courses remotely, will there be any changes to immunization requirements?

The University is actively working to determine immunization requirements for Autumn Quarter. We will share an update as more information is available, which we expect to be soon.

Fall Update 2020_Health and Safety_More Info

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

The UChicago Forward 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.