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.


Return to Campus Plan - Fall 2020

On July 7, the University released its comprehensive fall return to campus plan. The plan outlines necessary procedures to ensure a safe return to campus, while maintaining academic excellence and prioritizing the health and safety of all members of the University community.

CUC’s operations will remain flexible through the coming academic year, giving us 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.

Download the Full Return to Campus Plan

Campus Operations - Through August 14

General Overview

  • The University remains operational, with limited on campus staff, as we continue to provide support to our students and all members of the CUC community.
  • All courses--undergraduate, ADP and graduate--have been moved to an e-learning environment through the end of the Summer 2020 term.
  • All campus buildings and facilities remain closed to the public.
  • Pursuant to Illinois Phase 4 Guidelines, employees have returned to campus at an office capacity not exceeding 50 percent, with teleworking options still encourage as applicable.
  • Athletic facilities, including outdoor fields and indoor gymnasiums remain closed. The Fitness Center is open with amended operations for current faculty, staff and students only.

Traditional Undergraduate Students

  • All undergraduate courses that meet face-to-face (including hybrid courses) will move to an e-learning format from through the end of the Summer 2020 term. Individual faculty members will inform students of the specific e-learning technologies to be employed.
  • All future traditional undergraduate students should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission with any questions or concerns regarding Fall 2020 or future term enrollment.

ADP Students

  • All ADP courses are already in an e-learning format and will continue without interruption through the end of the Summer 2020 term.

Graduate Students

  • All graduate courses that meet face-to-face (including hybrid courses) have moved to an e-learning format through the end of the Summer 2020 term. This includes courses taught at off-campus cohort and extension sites.
  • Graduate courses that currently meet online will continue without interruption.

Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC)

  • The ECEC re-opened on June 15 with limited capacity.
  • The Center is operating with strict safety protocols 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 follow protocols of the partner sites. 

University Events, Athletics, and Extracurriculars

  • All on campus, face-to-face events and activities scheduled through the end of the current term have been cancelled.
  • Plans for the Fall 2020 athletic season are forthcoming in consultation with the NCAA and NACC conference officials.
  • Limited student events are being presented in an online or virtual format. See the Events Calendar for details.

Residence Halls and Foodservice

  • Foodservice will be provided to students who remain on campus.
  • Any necessary refunds for residential students will be calculated on a pro-rated basis, adjusted for financial aid if appropriate. Please be patient as this will take some time.

Bookstore

  • The campus Barnes & Noble Bookstore is closed to the public.
  • Textbooks rented from the Barnes & Noble campus bookstore are still due the last week of classes.
  • Textbooks may be returned by UPS for free. Barnes & Noble has emailed students with a link to print a UPS return label.
  • Students who did not receive a return label via email should call the campus bookstore at 708-209-3173.

Employees

  • Pursuant to Illinois Phase 4 Guidelines, employees have returned to campus at an office capacity not exceeding 50 percent, with teleworking options still encourage as applicable.
  • Campus operations plans for the Fall 2020 semester are forthcoming.

Track and Field Access

  • The track and field facility remains closed to the public until further notice.

 

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
  • Employees notify the Office of Human resources in writing (hr@CUChicago.edu)
  • Students notify the Dean of Students office in writing (dos@CUChicago.edu)
  • 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 Mandatory Reporting

In order to ensure the health and safety of all members of the CUC community, the students, faculty and staff are required to report all international AND domestic travel. This procedure also extends to travel undertaken by family, friends, roommates and/or other individuals with whom faculty, staff and students share a household with.

  • All individuals are required to report all domestic AND international travel, whether it is University-sponsored or for personal reasons. Travel must be reported via CUC’s Travel Self-Reporting Form.
  • All University-sponsored international travel is prohibited until further notice.
  • All other University-related travel is cancelled unless such travel is directly associated directly with future revenue generation or is required by the LCMS/CUS.
  • University-sponsored, essential travel must be pre-approved by the Risk and Travel Management Coordinator.

COVID-19 Overview and General Information

Prevention

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.

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