COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

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 Spring 2021 semester, please email Assistant Dean Sowle at ssowle@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
Classroom Configuration and Usage
Food and Drink
Hand Sanitizing
Restroom Use
Elevators
Stairwells
Grading System
Updated Academic Calendar
Event Programming

Entering the Building

(1) ID Cards: As in the Fall, you will need to tap your ID card on a scanner at the security desk when you enter the building. If you do not have an ID card, please show the security guard alternative identification, and contact Jenna Abhijeet (jabhijeet@kentlaw.iit.edu) immediately to arrange for an ID card. 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 will continue using the temperature scanner located 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). 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. This includes situations when you may be alone in a 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 not mandating that all members of the IIT community be tested for Covid-19 prior to the start of the Spring semester, but will continue the spot testing program initiated in the Fall. If you are chosen for spot testing, you may be tested at any facility you choose; you are not required to go to Main Campus to be tested. Loop Medical Center (locations on S. Michigan and in Streeterville; free testing if not insured) and Innovative Express Care (located in Lakeview) are two options. In addition, the following websites have links to a number of additional testing site options: the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Chicago Department of Public Health.
 

COVID-19 Diagnoses

The follow is the university's latest guidance on what to do if you test positive or have symptoms consistent with COVID-19:

If a student, faculty, or staff member believes they are sick with COVID-19 symptoms, university policy requires that they either (i) get tested and self-quarantine until they have received their test results, or (ii) remain in self-quarantine for 10 days from the date of symptom onset. (A student, faculty, or staff member who tests positive must self-isolate for 10 days.) Accordingly, students, faculty, or staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19, have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not attend class or work until they have satisfied either criteria (i) or (ii) above. 

If you test positive for Covid-19, please immediately notify the Office of the Dean of Students on the Mies Campus by emailing dos@iit.edu and contacttracing@iit.edu; please also copy Dean Sowle at ssowle@kentlaw.iit.edu.


Classroom Configuration and Usage

As in the Fall, 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 and Sundays, when the library is closed, students can use the following common area 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.


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 for self-checkout of prepared cold foods, snacks, and beverages.

Food from the cafeteria, or food you bring from home, should be consumed only in the 2d and 3d floor cafeteria areas. Seating on the 2nd floor and in the 3rd floor cafeteria, and all other student lounges and open seating areas, are configured 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 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

Spring 2021 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 announced previously, the Spring academic calendar does not contain a traditional week-long Spring Break. Several Study Days have been added to the calendar in place of Spring Break. The revised calendar is available here. 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.