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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.
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@example.com or to Harris at HarrisCovidInfo@uchicago.edu.
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).
As the University of Chicago continues to assess the situation ahead of the 2020-2021 academic year, UChicago President Robert J. Zimmer provided update on planning efforts underway at the University for the resumption of campus activities. You can read the full message here.
Planning will be 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.
A decision will be communicated by the end of June concerning plans for the Autumn Quarter.
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.
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.
The Staff and Faculty Assistance Program (SFAP) is a confidential program that provides support, counseling, and other resources for challenges that may arise.
See the COVID-19 Resources page for up-to-date information and resources for faculty and staff.