COVID-19 Policies and Procedures for Fall 2020

This document is a supplement to the IIT COVID-19 FAQ and provides policies and procedures specific to Chicago-Kent. If you have any questions or concerns about plans for the Fall, please email fall2020@kentlaw.iit.edu.

A visual tour of the Conviser Law Center, highlighting changes and signage in response to the pandemic, is available by clicking here.

Entering the Building
Wearing Masks
COVID-19 Testing
COVID-19 Diagnoses
Contact Tracing
Classroom Configuration and Usage
Food and Drink
Hand Sanitizing
Restroom Use
Elevators
Stairwells
Grading System
Updated Academic Calendar
Event Programming
Student Emergency Fund


Entering the Building

(1) ID Cards: Starting the week of September 14, you will need to tap your ID card on a scanner at the security desk when you enter the building.This will allow us to track entrants to the building for the purpose of contact tracing, should it become necessary. It also ensures that only members of our community enter the building, thereby providing another level of protection against the spread of COVID-19.

(2) Temperature Scans: We have installed a temperature scanner next to the security desk in the lobby. Although not required, we strongly encourage you to use the temperature scanner every time you enter the building. The results of the scan won’t be seen by anyone else, but if you show a temperature above 100.4 degrees, you should not come further into the building and should seek testing for the virus.

Many doors will be propped open inside the building. For doors that are not open, please push with your wrists or forearms, or pull with a paper towel or cloth. Please wash your hands and/or use the hands-free sanitizer stations frequently throughout the day.

Please do not plan on coming into the building unless you have class or other academic reason for being on-site.


Wearing Masks

Consistent with public health guidance, all members of the community are required to wear masks in all public areas of the building, including classrooms, the library, and the elevators, and to socially distance from others (a minimum of six feet between individuals)

(1) Types of masks: CDC and IDPH guidelines provide that people can wear manufactured masks or homemade cloth facial coverings (the guidelines contain information on how to make homemade facial coverings). CDC asks the general public not to use the scarce medical-grade N95 masks that are needed for health care workers.

You may not use any mask with valves or openings; these appear to permit respiratory droplets to be released and may actually propel droplets further than normal. Although such masks may protect the person wearing them, they will not protect others and should not be worn in the building.

(2) Mask accommodations: Students wishing to request accommodations to the above policy based on a health condition should reach out to the Center for Disability Resources at 312-567-5744 or by email to disabilities@iit.edu

(3) Masks in the Classroom: As noted above, all members of the community are required to wear masks, including in the classroom. If a student is not wearing a mask in a classroom, and refuses to put one on when requested, the professor will ask the student to leave. If the student refuses to leave, the professor will end the class. A student who refuses to comply with these requirements will be referred Dean Sowle (ssowle@kentlaw.iit.edu) or Jenna Abhijeet (jabhijeet@kentlaw.iit.edu) for possible disciplinary action under the Code of Conduct.


COVID-19 Testing

The university is requiring Covid-19 testing for all faculty, staff, and students, except for those who have been approved for all-remote classes in the Fall and who do not otherwise plan on entering the building. You can obtain a test at any state testing site at no cost. Many urgent and immediate care facilities are also providing testing. Travel costs up to $20 will be reimbursed. Another alternative is to schedule a test at a Chicago Department of Public Health testing site. Again, travel costs up to $20 will be reimbursed.

Once you have your test results, students should report your results to medproctor.com. Faculty and staff should report their results to vrill@iit.edu.


COVID-19 Diagnoses

Students who test positive, or come into contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or who have a fever of over 100.5 degrees or other symptoms consistent with COVID-19, should stay home and monitor their health for up to 14 days. If any of these circumstances applies to you, you must notify the Office of the Dean of Students on the Mies Campus by emailing dos@iit.edu; please also copy Dean Sowle (ssowle@kentlaw.iit.edu).


Contact Tracing

The university will, to the best of its ability, use contact-tracing and reporting methods in response to positive diagnoses of IIT community members.

A. Once someone is confirmed as infected with the virus, contacts are identified by working with the student to help them recall everyone with whom they have had close contact (less than 6 feet away for a period of greater than 15 minutes) during the time that they may have been infectious (starting 48 hours before the onset of the first symptom).

B. Illinois Tech personnel will contact Illinois Tech community members to inform them they may have had contact with a person who has tested positive for the virus. To the extent possible, Illinois Tech personnel will work directly with the affected individuals to assist in making contact with those who are not Illinois Tech community members. Communication to those who may have had contact with an infected person will include information based on applicable public health guidance about common symptoms, a recommended plan of care, and information on seeking medical attention.


Classroom Configuration and Usage

Classrooms have been reconfigured to ensure social distancing. Students will notice that we have removed extra seating in existing classrooms and blocked off seating in the auditorium. It will likely take extra time to enter the classroom while maintaining distance, so please arrive several minutes early for class.

While the classrooms will be cleaned daily, we will also provide disinfectant wipes and sprays for you to clean your desk and chair. As a reminder, you must wear masks in class.

On the weekends, classrooms cannot be reserved as study rooms. However, students may reserve classrooms for organizational functions taking place on the weekends

  • On Saturdays, when the library is closed, students can use the following common areas spaces:
    • The 2nd and 3rd floor cafeteria seating areas
    • The 2nd and 5th floor student lounges
    • Common area seating located on the concourse, 1st floor, 2nd floor and 3rd floors.
  • On Sundays, the Library is open from 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm so the study rooms may be reserved for study groups on Sundays, in addition to using the spaces noted above.


Food and Drink

Food may not be consumed in classrooms. Drinks are permissible if you use a straw and keep your mask on.

Drinking fountains will be equipped with working bottle-filling fixtures only (the non-bottlle filling fixtures on one side of the single sinks have been deactivated). The cafeteria will be open, with revised hours based on the anticipated occupancy and a more limited menu to meet traffic flow and social distancing needs.

Food from the cafeteria, or food you bring from home, should be consumed only in the 2d and 3d floor cafeteria areas. We will have grab-and-go options available in the Cafeteria. In addition, we intend to provide mobile ordering and pick-up options.

Seating on the 2nd floor and in the 3rd floor cafeteria, and all other student lounges and open seating areas, will be set to meet the six-foot social distancing requirements. The cafeteria and student/open lounge areas, and the library when open, will be available for studying. We will do enhanced cleaning throughout the day and at night for high-traffic and high-touch areas throughout the building.


Hand Sanitizing

Hand sanitizer stations will be positioned throughout the building, and cleaning supplies (disinfectant and paper towels) will be available in the classrooms and all reception areas. We strongly encourage you to wash your hands and use sanitizer frequently and to disinfect your seating and desk areas in the classrooms.


Restroom Use

Restrooms will have occupancy limitations.There are plexiglass barriers between the sinks, and every other stall is locked down. In addition, the restroom doors will be propped open so that you will be able to see the number of people already in the restroom area, allowing you to enter the area when it is safe to do so to maintain social distancing. Stalls and sinks will be marked accordingly. Please wait outside the restroom at least six feet apart for an available stall/sink. Restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected by the cleaning service daily.


Elevators

  • Elevator usage will be limited to four people at a time.
  • There are floor stickers on each elevator showing standing spots and signs on or near each elevator showing the maximum occupancy. Lobby managers will assist during periods of high traffic. However, we all will need to take responsibility for complying with the maximum elevator capacity. Any issues can be reported to public safety.
  • Masks will be required on elevators.


Stairwells

As an alternative to using the elevators to reach the 9th floor library, you may travel to and from the library via the enclosed stairwells when the library is open. All student IDs will be programmed to "disarm" the stairwell gates, located on the 7th floor, for this purpose. Similarly, you will be able to use the stairs to travel between floors to and from classrooms and, using the southeast stairwell, can reach the 6th floor to go to the clinics and classroom 660. \


Grading System

Fall 2020 courses will be graded on the regular grading system. (See Section VI of the Student Handbook for information on the Chicago-Kent grading system.)


Updated Academic Calendar

As noted in the academic calendar, courses during the week of November 30 will meet online at the days/times indicated below. Some professors may elect to not meet during this week if they have scheduled additional sessions or asynchronous assignments earlier in the semester.

Exams will be conducted online.


Event Programming

Chicago-Kent strongly encourages that all events, including student events, take place virtually. For on-site events, attendance is limited to no more than 50 people and no more than 25% of room capacity, whichever is less. All attendees must adhere to social distancing guidelines and mask requirements. No one from outside the IIT community may be invited to events, including as speakers, unless they have been pre-approved to attend or participate. More broadly, no one from outside the IIT community may enter the building other than by appointment and with pre-approval to enter.


Student Emergency Fund

Chicago-Kent is committed to meeting the needs of our students in these challenging times. To that end, we have established an emergency fund -- funded by contributions from faculty, staff, and alumni -- to provide resources for those of you experiencing food insecurity or other financial burdens resulting from the effects of the pandemic. We encourage you to ask for what you need, but also for your understanding that our ability to meet students’ needs depends on everyone asking only for what they need.

Assistance is available to any currently-enrolled Chicago-Kent student. We will verify enrollment, but we do not have any financial eligibility requirements. By completing this form, you will sign a statement acknowledging your need for food and/or financial assistance.

The fund consists of two parts:

  • Virtual Food Bank: The Virtual Food Bank allows you to obtain a $50 grocery gift card.
  • Other Emergency Funds Requests: You can select this option if you are struggling with an unexpected financial emergency.

To request assistance under either of these options, please complete the form here.