Concordia University Chicago is closely monitoring information related to the international outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Officials from the University’s Emergency Response Team, Dean of Students Office, Human Resources, Public Safety, Facilities, Campus Health Clinic and other key offices are actively reviewing and updating related procedures, and responding as needed. CUC’s team continues to work in conjunction with federal, state, and local health authorities, to provide information and implement policies intended to ensure the continued health and safety of our community.


Campus Operations - Spring 2022

General

  • Facemasks are NOT REQUIRED to be worn indoors, beginning February 28, mirroring expiration of both state and county mandates.
  • Individuals may still wear facemasks should they choose to do so, and the University recommends all members of our campus community continue exhibiting understanding and kindness in this situation. Additionally, the CDC recommends continued facemask use in limited situations.
  • The University will NOT require COVID-19 testing for those returning to campus after Spring Break (March 7-11).
  • The University requires formal reporting for all individuals who have a confirmed case of COVID-19, have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 or have an assumed case of COVID-19. COMPLETE COVID-19 SELF-REPORTING FORM
  • All students, faculty and staff are required by the State of Illinois to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (see Vaccination Requirements section below).
  • University events and extracurriculars are being held without capacity restrictions.
  • All campus buildings and facilities are open general public.

Vaccination Requirements

  • The State of Illinois mandates that all students, faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated, have not reported their vaccination status or have requested an exemption are required to submit to weekly COVID testing until they are fully vaccinated or the mandate is lifted.
  • Exemptions will be allowed on the basis of a medical contraindication, an ADA accommodation or on the basis of religion.
  • Students: Students who are responsible for meeting the above-stated requirements are defined as individuals enrolled in credit-bearing or non-credit-bearing coursework. This applies to those students present on the University’s main River Forest campus as well as those at off-campus, satellite classroom locations. This requirement does not apply to individuals who complete their coursework fully online.

    • Submit your proof of vaccination through the existing Med+Proctor system; OR

    • Participate in weekly COVID-19 testing (see COVID-19 Testing section below)

    • Results from off-campus testing providers are accepted

  • Employees: Faculty and staff members who are responsible for meeting the above-stated requirements are defined as any person who is employed by CUC (full-time, part-time or contractually) who is in contact with others on campus for more than 15 minutes at least once per week on a regular basis. This applies to those employees present on the University’s main River Forest campus as well as those at off-campus, satellite classroom locations.

    • Submit your proof of vaccination via the Vaccination Status webform; OR

    • Participate in weekly COVID-19 testing

    • Results from off-campus testing providers are accepted

  • Exemptions: Per the Illinois Executive Order, the following vaccine exemptions will be allowed:
    • The vaccine is medically contraindicated or an ADA accommodation exists.
    • The vaccine requires an individual to forgo a religious belief, practice or observance.
    • Students may submit exemption requests by completing the student exemption form; employees may submit exemption requests via the vaccination status webform. Exempted individuals are required to submit to the weekly testing regimen.

COVID-19 Testing

  • The University offers free, on-campus COVID-19 testing as follows:
    Koehneke Community Center (KCC) – Room 10
    Tuesdays & Wednesdays
    11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Walk-ins only; No appointments necessary
  • Individuals testing on campus are required to complete a one-time only testing consent form.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated, have not reported their vaccination status or have requested an exemption are required to submit to weekly COVID testing until they are fully vaccinated or the mandate is lifted.
  • Individuals who test weekly on-campus will consent to having their results automatically submitted to the University; no other reporting is necessary. Individuals who choose to get tested off-campus must submit their test results WEEKLY via the secure COVID-19 Test Result Submission Form.

Academics

  • Most traditional undergraduate courses will be offered in an in-person, on-campus format only.
  • Classroom density will not be limited; classrooms will be configured in a way that best promotes the particular academic learning environment.
  • Graduate-level and ADP courses will be offered in both online and in-person formats.

Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC)

  • The ECEC is open pursuant to State of Illinois and DCFS statutes.
  • The Center is operating with strict safety protocols in place to meet all State of Illinois and DCFS regulations.
  • Contact the ECEC directly at crfecec@CUChicago.edu for enrollment details.

Athletics

  • All sports are taking part in full training, practice and competition schedules.
  • All student-athletes and members of the athletics staff are required to strictly adhere to all forthcoming NCAA and NACC regulations.
  • Coaches for each team/sport are responsible for sharing and implementing the complete athletics plan throughout the semester.

Residence Halls

  • There are currently no room or hall occupancy limits.
  • Students will have roommates. Single rooms are available on a limited basis.
  • Guests will be permitted in residence hall rooms in accordance with existing visitation policies.
  • Lounges and kitchens are open.

Foodservice

  • All foodservice locations will be open for normal operations.
  • Facemasks will continue to be required for all servers/cashiers.
  • Walk-in dine-in, pre-orders for carry out, and walk-in carry-out options are available.
  • Expanded sanitation procedures, improved take-out opportunities and the BiteU smartphone app remain in place.

Communication to the CUC Community

The University is regularly communicating COVID-19 responses and information via email. A comprehensive archive of those communications is available below.


CUC Reporting Requirements

COVID-19 Mandatory Reporting

Employees and students who have been directly exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case or received a positive diagnosis themselves are required to provide a report to the University.

  • Confirm symptoms in accordance with CDC Checklist
  • All notifications should be submitted via the COVID-19 Self Reporting Form
  • Indicate the date that symptoms were first identified and/or that a positive COVID diagnosis was received
  • Indicate all times that they were present on campus during the prior 14 days
  • Indicate all campus locations that they were present at during the prior 14 days
  • Indicate all other employees and/or students with whom they had direct contact on campus during the prior 14 days
  • Return to work in accordance with CUC Guidelines

Travel Procedures/Requirements

In coordination with the state of Illinois' guidelines, the University is now allowing university-related travel as follows:

  • Domestic employee travel is allowed for all business purposes, and is no longer restricted to fundraising or recruitment. Note: ALL travel must adhere to existing University approvals and procedures.
  • International travel, for employees and students, must be submitted to the University’s Emergency Response Team for review on a case-by-case basis to ensure adherence to any applicable CDC guidelines.

Submit an International Travel Request

If you experience symptoms which you believe may be related to the COVID-19 and before seeking face-to-face care, you are strongly encouraged to call an off campus health clinic or your preferred healthcare provider for a preliminary screening and to schedule an appointment.

Any individual experiencing potential symptoms should not come to campus for any reason.

In addition, and to safeguard the campus community, persons traveling to areas that are listed on the CDC travel warning register (see Travel Reporting Requirements above) may be required to report any health issues and/or remain away from the campus for 14 days upon return to the U.S. to ensure that they have not contracted the COVID-19.

Additional information about local healthcare providers is available on the CUC Health Clinic webpage.

The Wold Health Organization has developed a list of Frequently Asked Questions to help assist the public in better understanding the COVID-19 outbreak.


Important Contacts

If you have additional questions or concerns related to your role as a student, faculty or staff member, please direct your inquiry to the following offices:

Traditional Undergraduate 
Students and Parents 
(Current)
Dean of Students Office
dos@CUChicago.edu

Traditional Undergraduate
Students and Parents
(New for Fall 2020 or later)
Office of Undergraduate Admission
Admission@CUChicago.edu
708-209-3100

Graduate Students
Graduate Admission & Student Services
grad.admission@CUChicago.edu
708-209-4093

ADP Students
ADP Advising Office
ADPAdvising@CUChicago.edu

Faculty/Staff
Office of Human Resources
hr@CUChicago.edu
708-209-3512

ECEC Families
Early Childhood Education Center
crfecec@CUChicago.edu
708-209-3099