The Harris School of Public Policy is working closely with the University to monitor and respond to the new and evolving situation. 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. At Harris we remain committed to our distinctive environment for education, research, and impact, and being responsible participants in the collective global public health challenge.

The University of Chicago has developed and maintains a Coronavirus Updates webpage, which includes campus updates, information about public health and how to protect yourself, health and travel guidance, and other relevant information and resources. More health information is available from UChicago Medicine, CDPH, and the CDC.

The University is moving to remote learning for Spring Quarter to help prevent and slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The quarter will begin on Monday, April 6. This transition requires extensive preparations and ongoing information and support for students, faculty, other academic appointees, and staff. See the University's Spring Quarter 2020 page for more information.

The latest updates and FAQs specific to the Harris community follow below.

Questions and Concerns?

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 [email protected] or to Harris at [email protected].

Latest Harris Updates

As the health and well-being of the Harris community is a paramount priority, this page is designed to keep members and guests of our community informed about the public health situation related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

March 21:

As a result of Governor J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order in Illinois, the Keller Center will remain closed through April 7 or until the Governor’s order is lifted. The only individuals with access to the building during this time are those who provide critical services or maintain critical operations and infrastructure and are unable to do their work remotely.

March 19:

A student at the Harris School of Public Policy has notified school administrators of a positive test status for coronavirus COVID-19. The whole Harris community wishes for a quick and complete recovery.

Effective immediately, Harris has taken additional steps to mitigate community spread, including the immediate closure of the Keller Center for specialized cleaning. We will send updates on the status of the Keller Center as soon as we have additional information. 

Additionally, following CDC and CDPH guidance, Harris is working with CDPH and the University to identify individuals who have had close contact with this student. CDPH is the agency authorized to follow up with contacts as needed. Our advice for everyone is to self-monitor for symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, difficulty breathing), and work remotely if possible. Self-isolation guidance is attached for those who are identified as close contacts. If you experience fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, please call ahead before visiting your physician.

Spring Quarter start

Consistent with the University Message from March 16, Harris Spring Quarter will be delayed one week and start Monday, April 6th. This delayed start means Spring Quarter will have nine weeks of instruction.

Health and Support

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.

Additional Information


See this page on Canvas for up-to-date information and resources for students.

Faculty & Staff

See the COVID-19 Resources page for up-to-date information and resources for faculty and staff.


We have decided in accordance with University guidance and for the safety of our community and visitors to postpone Harris Connect Weekend 2020 until the Fall. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to announcing a new date soon.