Coronavirus Gies Faculty and Staff Resources

Last Updated 3/11/20

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign continues to monitor developments with the spread of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and to take action as new information emerges in this rapidly changing situation. Please see campus’ information page on COVID-19 for the latest information from the university.

Our campus medical staff is in constant contact with local, state and national public health officials to take necessary precautions and to share critical and accurate new information as we learn of it. We are also working closely with local and regional emergency planners to ensure we are prepared to respond quickly and effectively until the spread of the disease is controlled.

The University of Illinois is developing plans to both protect the safety and health of our campus community as well as to ensure continuity of our business and academic operations.

This page is intended to serve as a resource for Gies faculty and staff as they talk with students and parents about the impact of the COVID-19 virus on our university.

We hope these resources and links will answer questions you might have and connect you to the departments and units where you will find more detailed information about any specific concerns you might have.


Preparing to Teach Online

If you are teaching this semester
  • Complete training about online teaching
  • Conduct one class meeting online the week after spring break
  • Review syllabi
Three Options to Train Yourself
  1. Online and in-person workshops, register here: March 10-20. Workshops run from 8:30 – 9:30 am, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, or 4:00 – 5:00 pm.
  2. One-on-one consulting in person or via Zoom, daily from 11 am - 2 pm, or on demand. Contact eLearning at to set up a time. Consulting and coaching daily, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm in Zoom.
  3. See the eLearning training site for more information on using this online platform.
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Coronavirus FAQs
How is the University ensuring the compliance of returning travelers with the 14-day self-quarantine protocol?
Any returning student traveler who is required to self-quarantine will have a temporary hold placed on class registration by McKinley Health Center until the quarantine period expires and there is a final check-in with McKinley. Students who are not in compliance will be referred to the Office of the Dean of Students, which will work with any other agency (including, but not limited to the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District) necessary to resolve the situation. Other potential consequences for non-compliant students are: registration hold, interim suspension and/or student disciplinary action including but not limited to dismissal from the university. Please direct inquiries to
How do the returning study abroad travelers prove their compliance with the 14-day self-quarantine protocol?
Student Affairs and McKinley Health Center staff will oversee compliance of returning student travelers.
Will some spring break travelers will be required to quarantine and comply? How will you track them?
Upon entry to the United States, everyone who has been in an at-risk region will be screened at the Port of Entry. The federal government tracks this and alerts state and local public health officials, who notify the university.
Will returning travelers be permitted to return to their residence halls, sorority houses, apartments, etc., during the 14-day self-quarantine?
No, we require that students self-quarantine at an off-campus location. University residence halls and apartments, Private Certified Housing and Greek houses are NOT acceptable self-quarantine locations
Will they be permitted to attend class or to have meals in the dining halls?
No. During the 14-day self-quarantine period, returning student travelers will not be permitted to attend classes or have meals in the dining halls.
Why is the University not asking returning travelers to return to their permanent residence for the 14-day self-quarantine protocol?
The university advises all students in a high-risk (CDC Level 2 or 3) region to return to their permanent home for a 14-day self-quarantine. If students who are U.S. citizens are unable to return to their permanent home, they should contact the Student Assistance Center at +1-217-333-0050.
Can the University please communicate the process which will prevent returning students from unknowingly spreading COVAD-19 to the U of I campus upon their return from overseas?
The protocol for returning students, faculty and staff is being finalized and will be available on the university website later this week.
Will any testing of those individuals be required?
All students returning from high-risk regions will be required to self-quarantine before returning to campus or registering for classes.
Is there information available on travel restrictions during spring break due to Coronavirus? Will students be allowed back on campus if they visit these countries over spring break?
We expect to share more information on spring break programs soon, but upon entry to the United States, everyone who has been in an at-risk region will be screened at the Port of Entry. The federal government tracks this and alerts state and local public health officials, who notify the university.