Before Coming to Campus

Students

  • Get vaccinated: Any student who intends to be on campus for any period of time must be vaccinated against COVID-19, and proof of vaccination must be submitted to Health Services. Read more.
  • Monitor your health: If you are ill, even if you’re vaccinated and/or have mild, cold-like symptoms, stay home and contact Health Services at healthservices@saic.edu or 312.499.4288 for guidance.
  • Wear a mask: Following local, state, and national guidelines, SAIC will continue to require masks while indoors on campus. Masks must be worn at all times, unless you are in a room by yourself with the door closed.
  • If you are fully vaccinated, indoor and outdoor activities pose minimal risk, and:
    • With proper mask wearing, physical distancing is not necessary.
    • You may not need to quarantine if you’ve been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.
    • You should continue to practice hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette to reduce the spread of germs.

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Faculty and Staff

  • Get vaccinated: Any employee who will be on campus for any period of time must be vaccinated. Read more.
  • Monitor your health: If you are ill, even if you’re vaccinated and/or have mild, cold-like symptoms, stay home and contact your primary care provider for guidance.
  • Wear a mask: Following local, state, and national guidelines, SAIC will continue to require masks while indoors on campus. Masks must be worn at all times, unless you are in a room by yourself with the door closed.
  • Know your role: Make sure you know your department’s staffing plan.
  • If you are fully vaccinated, indoor and outdoor activities pose minimal risk, and:
    • With proper mask wearing, physical distancing is not necessary.
    • You may not need to quarantine if you’ve been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.
    • You should continue to practice hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette to reduce the spread of germs 
  • Those with an approved exemption may be required to follow additional health and safety protocols. In the event of an outbreak or threatened outbreak, those who are unvaccinated may be temporarily excluded from accessing campus and/or attending off-campus SAIC-sponsored activities. 

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Updates to Policies and Processes

During the course of the pandemic, we adapted policies and processes to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 on our campus. Before coming to campus, please understand the most recent updates to our policies and processes. 
 
On-Campus Classes, Events, and Meetings

  • For classes, events, or meetings that are restricted to the SAIC community, there are no size limitations.
  • On-campus classes may contain a single non-SAIC guest per class session to participate in critique or lecture. The guest must follow the same masking guidelines as other campus visitors.
  • For meetings and events that are open to the SAIC community and non-SAIC participants:
    • All participants––SAIC and non-SAIC participants––must wear masks.
    • Total attendance must be limited to 50 percent of the posted room capacity.
    • Non-SAIC participants must remain below 10 percent of the reduced room capacity.
    • Eating and drinking is not permitted at indoor events.
    • Proof of vaccination is not required for non-SAIC attendees.
  • For classes, events, and meetings taking place outdoors (whether open solely to the SAIC community or including non-SAIC participants), there are no size restrictions, face covering rules, or food restrictions.

Off-Campus Study Programs and Activities

  • SAIC is considering resuming domestic off-campus study programs this spring. We are also considering resuming international study programs to locations for which the US State Department has not issued either a “reconsider travel” or “do not travel” advisory. While we deem it safe to allow such trips to proceed, it will take us time to plan for the resumption of off-campus study programs. Updates on the status of trips will be provided this fall.
  • SAIC departments may resume off-campus field trips, off-site courses, and other learning activities this fall.
  • Attendance at off-campus indoor venues will be limited to 50 percent of room capacity. Specific guidance will be provided by the Dean’s Office.
  • Face coverings and social distancing guidelines should follow those of the venue or city, whichever is stricter.
  • Public transit may be used for travel to and from off-campus activities.

Domestic and International Travel

  • SAIC staff will resume domestic and international business travel as approved by their departments. Faculty may resume domestic and international travel at their discretion.
  • International business travel is not approved for locations for which the US State Department has issued either a “reconsider travel” or “do not travel” advisory.
  • SAIC community members traveling for business must follow local, state, and federal travel guidelines as they travel and upon their return to Chicago. This includes but is not limited to testing, self-monitoring for symptoms, and quarantine, if required. Please visit the Chicago Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites for details.