COVID-19 Policies & Procedures for Fall 2021

This document is a supplement to the university’s reopening site and provides policies and procedures specific to Chicago-Kent. If you have any questions or concerns about plans for the Fall 2021 semester, please email Assistant Dean Stephen Sowle at

Vaccination Requirement

The university currently requires that all students, faculty, and staff be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Individuals who are in the United States on or before August 2 will be expected to receive their first COVID-19 vaccine shot by August 15, 2021. Individuals who come to the United States after August 2 will be required to receive their first shot by September 17. Second shots, if required, are to follow as prescribed. For more information on the vaccination requirement and how to submit documentation of your vaccination status, see the full university policy available here.

There are three limited exceptions  to  the requirement, for (1) health  reasons (permanent  or  temporary), (2) a  deeply-held religious belief, or (3) concerns about receiving currently available vaccines while they are under FDA emergency use authorization (EUA) status. For more information on these exceptions and how to seek an exemption, see the full university policy available here.

Anyone who remains unvaccinated by August 15 due to an exception, who is not yet fully vaccinated by August 15, or who has not reported their vaccination status by August 15, is required to:

(1) participate in increased levels of COVID-19 testing as and when determined by the university, 

(2) wear a face mask in all shared indoor settings, and 

(3) practice social distancing in all shared indoor settings.

Entering the Building

Students, faculty, and staff are required to tap their ID card on the scanner at the security desk when entering the building. If you are an upper-level student or a faculty member or staff member, and you do not have an ID card, please show the security guard alternative identification and fill out the form here and upload a picture using these instructions. Fall 2021 entering students will receive their ID cards during Orientation Week as long as they have uploaded their student ID photos (see instructions available here).  be  contacted about obtaining their ID cards and should receive them during Orientation.

Wearing Masks

In conformity with university policy and City of Chicago requirements, everyone is required to wear masks in the building, including in classrooms. For everyone's safety, please ensure that your mask is covering your mouth and your nose at all times.

You may remove your mask only while consuming food or beverages, which is permitted only in the cafeteria and in the recently-opened seating space on the 6th floor (just off the elevator lobby). We have set the tables in all of these spaces (including the main 3d floor cafeteria area) to maintain social distancing. Please do not move the seats or the tables in these areas. 

If you witness any member of the community violating these policies, and you do not feel comfortable requesting that the person put a mask on, please either email Dean Sowle ( or, if you prefer to remain anonymous, please complete this form. You should also contact Dean Sowle (or use the form) to report any other safety issues you observe in the building.

Students who would like to request an exception to the mask requirement as an accommodation should contact Gary Walley ( in the Office of Disability Resources.

COVID-19 Diagnoses

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

Faculty, staff and students who (i) have tested positive for COVID-19, regardless  of vaccination status, (ii) are not fully vaccinated and have had close contact  with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or (iii) are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, should not come to work, class, or the campus. [Students in any of these categories should contact Dean Abhijeet at to discuss remote attendance options.]

In the case of (i), such individuals may return to work, class, or the campus 10 days after the date of their positive test; provided they are not then still exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. In the case of (ii), such individuals may return to work, class or the campus either (a) 10 days after the date of contact; provided they are not then exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, or (b) upon receipt of a negative COVID-19 test taken at least 5 days after the date of contact, provided they have not exhibited any COVID-19 symptoms. In the case of (iii), such individuals may return to work, class or the campus after receipt of a negative COVID-19 test.

Students who test positive for Covid-19 should immediately notify the Office of the Dean of Students on the Mies Campus by emailing and; please also copy Dean Abhijeet at

Visitors to the Building

Visitors to the building, including alumni, must present their driver's license or other valid government-issued ID and sign in at the security desk in the front lobby. All visitors must wear masks while in the building, whether vaccinated or not. In addition, If a visitor is not fully vaccinated, he or she should maintain social distancing while in the building. 

Visitors do not need to provide proof of immunization or receive advance approval to enter the building. However, prospective visitors must comply with the policies specified in the previous section if they have recently tested positive for COVID-19; have had close contact with someone who has tested positive; or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.  

Please note that the Law Library is open only to current Illinois Tech students, faculty, and staff.


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 encourage you to wash your hands and use sanitizer frequently and to disinfect your seating and desk areas in the classrooms. We will do enhanced cleaning throughout the day and at night for high-traffic and high-touch areas throughout the building.

Chicago Travel Advisory

In accordance with the requirements of the City of Chicago, please note that any unvaccinated individuals traveling from the states and territories listed online here are advised to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago or quarantine for a 10-day period upon arrival. Vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine or receive a negative test.

Recording of Classes

We want to remind students that as we return to normal classroom proceedings, recordings for your classes this semester are not automatic, as they have been.  If you have specific questions regarding the recording of your classes and the accessibility of any recordings, please contact your professors directly.