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.
Campus Operations - Through May 30
- 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 are closed to the public.
- Employees have been strongly encouraged to take advantage of broad telework options, which limit on campus, face-to-face interactions.
- All athletic facilities, including outdoor fields, indoor gymnasiums and the fitness center are closed.
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.
- All ADP courses are already in an e-learning format and will continue without interruption through the end of the Summer 2020 term.
- 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 remains closed through April 30.
- This closure applies to all full-day and part-day classes for children of all ages.
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.
- Per the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, all remaining athletic competitions for the 2019-2020 academic year are cancelled.
- Limited student events are being presented in an online or virtual format. See the Events Calendar for details.
- Spring Commencement Ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, May 9 have been postponed due to COVID-19.
- We will celebrate Spring graduates with a Virtual Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 9.
- All Spring graduates are invited to take part in the Fall Commencement in December.
- Candidates who have completed all requirements to graduate will receive their diplomas by mail, as regularly scheduled.
- The Service of Praise and Concentration will be livestreamed as scheduled on Friday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m.
- View the Commencement website for the most up-to-date information.
Residence Halls and Foodservice
- The following move-out options are available:
- Immediate check out is available between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on any date from Tuesday, March 17 through Sunday, May 17.
- Student workers approved to continue working on campus may apply to stay in the residence halls through May 10 or through the end of their employment. Students who need to remain in the halls must complete the online Extended Stay Housing Form. Individual student workers will be contacted by their supervisors this week to determine the status of their employment.
- Students who exhibit extenuating circumstances, including those who cannot return home or have no other housing options, may apply to stay in the residence halls through May 10. Students who need to remain in the halls must complete the online Extended Stay Housing Form.
- 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.
- 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.
- Faculty are strongly encouraged to use the extra week to further prepare for a move to a full e-learning environment. An Academic Continuity Resources webpage has been developed to assist with the transition to a complete e-learning environment.
- Faculty may teach in the e-learning environment either from on-campus offices or from external locations.
- Staff are encouraged to work from home after completing the telework protocol. Read the associated memo.
Track and Field Access
- The track and field facility is 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.
- 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
- 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 cancelled through May 31.
- All other Univesity-related travel is cancelled unless such travel is directly associated with bringing in future revenues 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
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