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. The health and well-being of the campus community remains the University's top priority.
Illinois Phase 5 Operations Announced
Concordia University Chicago announced changes to its COVID-19 response and operations pursuant to Illinois Phase 5 guidelines.
The University also intends to offer face-to-face instruction, support full occupancy in the residence halls, and provide students with a wide range of meaningful on-campus experiences. A comprehensive return to campus plan will be available this summer.
Our first priority remains the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.
Campus Operations Highlights - Spring 2021
CUC’s operations will remain flexible through the academic year, providing the ability to pivot, as necessary, to an ever-changing situation. We look forward to the participation of all students, faculty and staff in the cooperative effort to implement and comply with the plan. With God as our refuge and strength, we will continue to deliver an exceptional Christian-based education for all students.
- The University remains fully operational, with most offices providing support to students both in-person and online.
- Undergraduate courses are being offered in several teaching modalities, including Hyflex and fully remote.
- Graduate-level and ADP courses will be offered fully online.
- All campus buildings and facilities remain closed to the general public but are available to students, faculty and staff.
- The University’s Fitness Center will be open for use by individual students, faculty, and staff and will also be used for athletic team training activities.
- Pursuant to Illinois Phase 4 Guidelines, employees have returned to campus at a level not exceeding 50 percent, with teleworking options still encouraged as applicable.
- The track and field facility remains closed to the public until further notice.
Traditional Undergraduate Students
- Undergraduate courses are being offered either a Hyflex or fully remote format. The Hyflex teaching model combines both online and face-to-face elements, and provides students with the ability to decide how they would like to participate in those classes.
- Individual faculty members will inform students of the specific e-learning technologies to be employed for each course.
- All future traditional undergraduate students should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission with any questions or concerns regarding Fall 2021 or future term enrollment.
- All ADP courses remain in an online/remote format and will proceed as scheduled.
- All graduate courses are being offered in a 100% online/remote format.
- Graduate courses that currently meet online will proceed as scheduled.
Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC)
- The ECEC remains open with limited capacity 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.
Internships/Practica/Student Teaching/Field Work
- Participants should work directly with their program directors to determine additional details for their individual opportunities.
- Students are expected to adhere to the specific safety protocols developed by individual, off-campus partner sites, with the understanding that they may differ from those exercised on the CUC campus.
- CUC is preparing to move forward with gameplay for all fall and spring sports during the spring semester.
- All student athletes and members of the athletics staff are required to strictly adhere to all applicable NCAA and NACC regulations including those related to practice, gameplay, COVID-19 testing protocols, travel and more.
- Waivers by NCAA Division III continue to support exceptionally flexible yet focused training, practice and playing seasons throughout the academic year.
- Student-athletes will participate in non-traditional seasons that will include unique and engaging new opportunities for skills enhancement, strength and conditioning, personal development, practice, and game play.
- The Athletics Department has developed a highly detailed plan specific to its operations and in coordination with NACC and NCAA guidelines and best practices.
University Events and Extracurriculars
- Most major University events will occur, but many will be offered in a virtual format.
- The arts will move forward in various formats, with innovative virtual theatre performances, online art shows in the Ferguson Gallery, and limited local tours by the Kapelle and Wind Symphony.
- In-person student events and activities will be offered in a modified format in adherence to State of Illinois Phase 4 guidelines, which allows gatherings of up to 50 people.
- Some events will be provided in a virtual format while others will include multiple in-person sessions to maximize attendance and participation.
- All students attending classes on-campus, whether living on campus or not, are required to get tested for COVID-19 at the start of the semester, as well as after Spring Break and Easter Weekend.
- This mandatory testing will be conducted on campus and will be available at no cost. All records will be kept confidential in adherence to HIPAA regulations.
- Residence halls will be open to students who choose to live on-campus.
- A majority of CUC's residential students will be placed into single rooms (with a few exceptions for doubles).
- Meal plans will not change, as on-campus dining offerings will remain virtually the same.
- Most foodservice locations will be open for normal operations, including Big Cat's Grill, Starbuck's, Subway and the Library Cafe.
- Crossroads Cafeteria will be undergoing remodeling during the semester, with full dining services provided in a temporary location in the Cougar Den.
- Walk-in dine-in, pre-orders for carry out, and walk-in carry-out options are available.
- Food service operations will incorporate expanded sanitation procedures, improved take-out opportunities and new technology solutions to instill a high level of trust, confidence, flexibility and satisfaction.
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.
- Illinois Phase 5 Operations Memo - June 11, 2021
- Phase 4 Bridge Operations Update - May 20, 2021
- Fall 2021 Return to Campus Details Announced - February 25, 2021
- Spring Operations Update - January 20, 2021
- Spring 2021 Return to Campus Plan - December 11, 2020
- Campus Operations Update - IL Tier 3 Mitigations - November 18, 2020
- Fall Mitigation Memo - October 29, 2020
- Spring 2021 Operations Announcement - October 16, 2020
- #CampusClear App Update - September 4, 2020
- Employee Mask Clarification Memo - August 31, 2020
- First Fall COVID-19 Case - August 24, 2020
- Fall Online Academic Plan + FAQ - August 4, 2020
- Non-Traditional Fall Athletics Season - July 27, 2020
- Fall Return to Campus Plan - July 7, 2020
- Illinois Phase 4 & Return-to-Campus Preview - June 26, 2020
- Return to Work Procedures - June 8, 2020
- Illinois Phase 3: Campus Reopening Plan Preview - May 28, 2020
- President Dawn: Fall Operations Update - May 12, 2020
- Illinois Stay at Home Order Extended Through May - April 23, 2020
- University Update - April 18, 2020
- Commencement Update - April 17, 2020
- Student Assistance Fund - April 6, 2020
- Student Account Adjustments and Refunds - April 6, 2020
- Illinois Stay-at-Home Order Extended - March 31, 2020
- COVID-19: First Confirmed Case - March 30, 2020
- Residential Life Update: Room and Board Credit - March 27, 2020
- Commencement Update - March 26, 2020
- COVID-19 Update: Faculty/Staff - March 20, 2020
- COVID-19 Update: Students - March 20, 2020
- Campus Update: Faculty & Staff - March 19, 2020
- Student Information Update - March 19, 2020
- Undergraduate Student Update - March 18, 2020
- Residential Student Move Out Plan - March 17, 2020
- Staff Telework Communication - March 16, 2020
- Concordia University Chicago Update - March 16, 2020
- Telework and Childcare Update - March 13, 2020
- Athletics Season Cancellation - March 13, 2020
- COVID-19 Update - March 12, 2020
- E-learning Test Date Change and Additional Response Guidance - March 11, 2020
- Academic and Business Continuity Planning - March 9, 2020
- International Travel Reporting Requirements - March 4, 2020
- General Coronavirus Update - March 3, 2020
- General Coronavirus Warning - January 31, 2020
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
In coordination with the state of Illinois' Phase 4 Bridge 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.
COVID-19 Overview and General Information
The CDC recommends the following to reduce your risk of exposure:
COVID-19 is in the same category as other similar virus outbreaks in recent years such as MERS and SARS. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC recommends additional preventive actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, including:
- Learn how the virus spreads
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Maintain appropriate distance between yourself and all other people.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and immediately wash your hands
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.
CUC Cleaning Procedures
Because we are in the midst of the traditional flu virus season, many campus practices to safeguard the health of students, faculty, and staff are already in place. Staff from Housekeeping, Facilities and Sodexo routinely disinfect touch-points such as tables, desks, faucets, doorknobs and handrails – throughout campus. Similarly, officials believe COVID-19 is effectively treated with the cleaning products currently used by the University.
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.
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:
Students and Parents (Current)
Dean of Students Office
Students and Parents
(New for Fall 2020 or later)
Office of Undergraduate Admission
Graduate Admission & Student Services
ADP Advising Office
Office of Human Resources
Early Childhood Education Center