UIS COVID 19 Vaccination & Testing Requirements 2022-23

Contact Information

Website: www.uis.edu/health-services
Email: uishealthservice@uis.edu
Office Phone: (217) 206-6676
Office Location: BSB 20


COVID-19 Saliva Testing Requirements: Until deemed unnecessary, all students who currently learn, live, work, or train on the UIS campus—including UIC and UI System individuals—must participate in weekly COVID-19 testing. Students who are learning or working remotely and are not otherwise scheduled to be on campus do not need to participate in weekly testing. However, any student learning or working remotely who needs to visit the campus for any reason must report to a testing site any day they come to campus, at least once per week. The free saliva-based testing is for non-symptomatic individuals who have not had a known exposure to COVID-19.

Students may use an outside vendor for COVID-19 testing at their own expense and upload their testing documentation to their Patient Portal. Non-compliance will be addressed with the Dean of Students Office for students. Students who do not comply may be asked to learn remotely off-campus.

Additional Saliva Testing Information: More information on testing is available at UIS United in Safety.

All students living, learning, working or training on campus beginning with the Fall 2021 term must be fully vaccinated by their move-in date or the start of classes, whichever is earliest. This includes students who already have had COVID-19 and are past the recommended post-illness waiting period to receive the vaccine.

The UIS vaccination requirement does not apply to students who learn entirely online or remotely and have no on-campus obligations. However, any unvaccinated remote student who comes to the UIS campus must follow UIS campus guidelines for unvaccinated individuals.

Any vaccine authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or World Health Organization will be accepted.

To the extent practical, UIS will work with individual students who are not vaccinated and do not qualify for an exemption to identify a path forward to continue their academic progress off campus. Students are encouraged to work with their academic advisers to map out a plan if they do not intend to comply with the campus vaccine requirement and do not qualify for an exemption.

Due to recent increases in COVID-19 cases and evolving information about the more transmissive Omicron variant, the University of Illinois System is now requiring booster shots as soon as individuals are eligible.

Students who are granted an exemption from taking the COVID-19 vaccination must comply with mitigation measures, which include, but may not be limited to the following:

  1. On-campus COVID-19 testing with negative test results at the frequency required by the University (currently three times per week if not vaccinated and two times per if vaccinated but no booster)
  2. Wearing face coverings inside university facilities at all times, or when unable to maintain six feet of distance from others when outside
  3. Adhering to physical distancing requirements as directed by the university; this includes maintaining six feet of distance from others at all times, both indoors and outdoors
  4. Following any internal or external site-specific requirements (including but not limited to on-campus housing, classrooms, intercollegiate athletics, internships, clinical sites, etc.) if participating in a university-sponsored activity

Students who are eligible but not in compliance with the booster requirement and have permission to be on campus as part of an extension or exemption must follow testing, quarantine and mitigations issued by CRRT.  

Contact: For questions regarding this policy, contact Health Services or call (217) 206-6676. See the UIS Immunization Requirements webpage for a detailed version of this policy .