SAIC COVID-19 FAQs

If you don't see answers to your questions below, please visit the student, faculty, or staff FAQ pages. If you still need assistance, email saicinfo@saic.edu.

CURRENT STATUS

On March 27, we learned of the first positive test of COVID-19 among our campus community. Given the prevalence of COVID-19 in the Chicago area and our first positive test, it is imperative that we act with prudence by assuming that there are additional cases of COVID-19 in our community and beyond. Those you encounter may be carriers of the virus, even if they do not present symptoms. You may be, too. At the recommendation of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), we will not send campus-wide alerts for each positive case, given that all of us should already be exercising maximum caution.

SAIC is following guidelines from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization, and Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) on our response protocols. Given the prevalence of COVID-19 in the Chicago area and our first positive test on March 27, it is imperative that we act with prudence by assuming that there are additional cases of COVID-19 in our community and beyond. At the recommendation of the CDPH, we will not send campus-wide alerts for each positive case, given that all of us should already be exercising maximum caution.

 

OPERATIONS

SAIC is following guidelines from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization, and Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) on our screening and response protocols. We have taken the following actions: 

  • Spring Break was extended to prepare for remote teaching, taking place from March 16–April 3, 2020, meaning no in-person, on-campus classes were held during this time. Classes resumed on April 6, and Critique Week took place April 20-24.
  • The School has decided to move the first three sessions of summer classes, those taking place May 26–July 2, online. A selection of studio courses will be moved to later in the summer, in the hopes that we will be able to return to campus in July.
  • We closed residence halls and campus buildings to all but essential staff and students who successfully appealed to remain in their dorm. This includes all shops, faculty and non-essential staff offices, and computer labs.
  • Summer Continuing Studies classes have been moved online, rescheduled to take place later in the summer, or canceled.
  • SAIC has suspended all on-campus events, exhibitions, and programming until further notice.
  • We’ve increased our campus housekeeping efforts, particularly for high-usage rooms, high-traffic spaces, and frequently touched objects. 
  • All non-essential travel sponsored by SAIC has been suspended for all faculty, staff, and students. 

All campus buildings, with the exception of residence halls, are only accessible to essential staff.

Wellness Center staff are providing services remotely. Please contact the Wellness Center services at the following emails and phone numbers:  
 
Counseling Services: counselingservices@saic.edu and 312.499.4271
Health Services: healthservices@saic.edu and 312.499.4288
Disability and Learning Resource Center: dlrc@saic.edu and 312.499.4278

We are moving the summer 2020 residency online. Click here for Director of the Low-Residency MFA Program Gregg Bordowitz’s full update. If you have any questions, please contact graduate coordinators Kelly F. Kaczynski at kkaczynski@saic.edu or John D. Neff at jneff1@saic.edu, or Senior Administrator Director Celeste Collins at ccollins11@saic.edu.

 

In planning for summer instruction, we are balancing a commitment to keeping everyone in our community safe with the strong desire to return to the in-person instruction we so value. As always, our decisions are shaped by guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Ultimately, the School has decided to move the first three sessions of summer classes, those taking place May 26–July 2, online. A selection of studio courses will be moved to later in the summer, in the hopes that we will be able to return to campus in July.

Below you’ll find greater detail about our plans for summer instruction, in terms of both schedule and method of delivery, so that students can finalize their plans for the summer.

  • The first three sessions of summer classes (3W1, 3W2, and 6W1), taking place May 26–July 2, will be conducted remotely. Working with departments and faculty, we have reviewed all of our first-half of summer courses to determine those that will move online.
  • At this time, the final three sessions of summer classes (3W3, 3W4, and 6W2), running from July 6–August 14, are scheduled to take place on campus.
  • Certain summer courses previously scheduled for the first half of summer will be shifted to a session in the second half of the summer. Such courses will move to a slot (3W3, 3W4, and 6W2) running from July 6–August 14.

These changes are being made based on the best information available to us at this time. Please be aware that conditions may necessitate further changes to the schedule, but know that any future changes will only be made for reasons of safety. We plan to share updated information regarding the status of courses running in the second half of the summer term on June 1.

If you are a student currently enrolled in one of the courses being moved, you will be auto-enrolled into the rescheduled version. You will receive a message directly from the Office of Registration and Records alerting you to the new dates and times for the course. Students who are unable to take the course during the new timeframe will be directed to drop it from their schedules.

Students who have questions about the status of their 3W1, 3W2, or 6W1 classes should contact the Office of Registration and Records at saic.registrar@saic.edu or administrative staff in their department for assistance.

Students with questions about their summer schedule plan, degree requirements, or who need assistance re-evaluating their schedule based on class changes should contact their academic advisor or the Office of Academic Advising at 312.629.6800 or studenthelp@saic.edu.

SAIC residence halls will remain closed while classes continue to be taught remotely. Any students who had planned to live in the residence halls during the first half of the summer and need assistance with alternate housing should contact stulife@saic.edu.

The John M. Flaxman Library, Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, Fashion Resource Center, Roger Brown Study Collection, and Video Data Bank spaces have closed their physical locations. Students must return any equipment and resources that belong to SAIC by June 7. Items that have been checked out from any of the following locations can be returned to the lobby of any campus building.

  • Media Centers
  • Fabrication facilities
  • John M. Flaxman Library and Special Collections
  • Individual department labs or checkout centers

Students should click here to schedule an appointment to return items.

Many library resources and services are available remotely. If you have questions about library services, please direct them to the appropriate contact shared below.

Flaxman Library: flaxman@saic.edu
Fashion Resource Center: FRC@saic.edu
Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection: jfabc@saic.edu
Roger Brown Study Collection: rbsc@saic.edu
Video Data Bank: info@vdb.org

The following resources and services are available remotely to students, faculty, and staff.

Academic Advising
Academic Advisors are available to meet with students remotely. You can email your advisor to schedule a phone conversation or Google Hangouts meeting. If you have general advising questions or do not know who to contact, email studenthelp@saic.edu or call 312.629.6800.

Career and Professional Experience (CAPX)
CAPX is offering remote programming and support. Students can schedule virtual advisor appointments, search for internships, attend remote information sessions, and look for jobs on Handshake. Visit the CAPX page for more information.

Library and Special Collections
The John M. Flaxman Library, Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, Fashion Resource Center, Roger Brown Study Collection, and Video Data Bank spaces are closed. All due dates for library materials have been extended, and no overdue fines will accrue during this time. Though the physical locations are not accessible, many resources and services are available remotely. Please use the contact information shared below if you have questions.

Wellness Center
Wellness Center staff are providing counseling, health, and Disability and Learning Resource Center services remotely. If you need support, please use the contact information shared below.

Writing Center
The Writing Center is open and tutors are available online to help students with their writing and brainstorming. Tutors can assist with artist statements, application materials, essays, presentation texts, thesis drafts, proposals, and creative projects. Learn more about their services and tutors’ particular specialties and sign up for an appointment here. To prepare for your appointment, please make sure that you have a functional internet connection; Google Hangouts ready to use; and writing ready to share with your tutor in a Google doc. If you have any questions, email wcenter@saic.edu.

Visiting Artists Program Lectures
Over 1,000 video and audio recordings of past lectures from 1977 through the present are available to students, faculty, and staff for online streaming (requires ARTIC login). Video recorded lectures from 2014 through the present have closed captions available. Recordings may be found at saic.edu/video or via the John M. Flaxman Library. Please direct any inquiries to events@saic.edu.

Media Centers and Production Facilities
While all Media Center locations on campus are closed until further notice, all current equipment loans have been extended. Click here for more info.

Fabrication and Instructional Resources: General Access Facilities
All general access fabrication facilities are closed until further notice. This includes Columbus Wood and Metal Shops, and the Columbus Digital Fabrication Studio. During the campus closure, information about facilities, individual contacts, and other online resources made available for students and faculty can be found on the Instructional Fabrication Canvas page.

Departmental Production Facilities
Academic and departmental production facilities are closed until further notice. Departmental tech staff are available for consultation on art making practices. Contact department-specific liaisons for more information.

On-Campus Printing and Service Bureau
Campus printing is available to essential staff still on campus. Please continue to report issues or outages with the CRIT Help Desk by creating a case at square.saic.edu, emailing crithelpdesk@saic.edu, or by calling 312.345.3535. The Service Bureau is closed until further notice, though staff are on hand to provide online consultations and offer assistance on proper file setup with off-site printing projects. Visit the Service Bureau website or email servicebureau@saic.edu with questions.

Advanced Output Center
The Advanced Output Center is closed until further notice, though staff are on hand to provide remote assistance with questions and provide guidance on projects. More information can be found on the Advanced Output website or via email at advancedoutput@saic.edu.

Material Source
All Material Source locations are closed until further notice. If you have questions, contact them at saicmaterials@saic.edu.

Computer Resources and Information Technologies (CRIT) Computer Labs and Help Desk
All CRIT Computer Labs are closed until further notice, but the CRIT Help Desk will maintain a virtual presence Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT, and are able to assist with technology needs and related questions. Contact CRIT by emailing crithelpdesk@saic.edu or by calling 312.345.3535. More information can be found at the CRIT website.

All non-essential travel sponsored by SAIC has been suspended for all faculty, staff, and students. Additionally, we ask that you reconsider personal travel given how quickly guidance from health officials is changing. If you decide to travel, please ensure you have essential items such as medications, laptops, or items related to your coursework or job duties, as you might need them if you are not able to return immediately given changing travel advisories and possible quarantines.

The museum is closed as of March 14, and will reopen on a to-be-determined date.

The Gene Siskel Film Center is closed as of Monday, March 16. For the most up-to-date information on a reopen date, please visit their website. If you have tickets to an upcoming event or screening, you may exchange or receive a refund of your ticket at the Box Office or Main Office when the Gene Siskel Film Center reopens. Or if you wish to support their mission as a nonprofit program, you may also donate the value of the ticket purchase. The Gene Siskel Film Center’s staff will continue to be available during normal office hours (9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. CT, Monday-Friday) and can be reached at filmcenter@saic.edu or 312.846.2600. 

While the campus is closed, we will take a pause on planning meetings related to the Strategic Plan. These meetings will resume at a later date.

In an effort to keep our community as safe as possible, and to reduce potential for exposure to COVID-19, SAIC has suspended all campus-sponsored events, including the Spring Undergraduate Exhibition, until further notice in accordance with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A dedicated group of faculty and staff, in consultation with departments and deans, are hard at work reimagining ways to showcase end-of-programs virtually, which includes the MFA and Design shows and other end-of-program events.

Faculty are working with the Dean’s Office to identify appropriate alternative formats the following programs:

  • ArtBash
  • Design Show
  • Fashion Show
  • Film, Video, New Media, Animation, and Sound Festival
  • IMPACT Performance Festival
  • MA in Visual and Critical Studies Exhibition at Co-Prosperity Sphere
  • MakeWork Showcase
  • MFA Thesis Exhibition
  • Senior Expo Exhibition
  • All BFAW, MFAW, BA, MA, and MS readings and symposia

Programs that are canceled for spring 2020 include:

  • Art Sale
  • Conversations at the Edge
  • SITE Galleries Exhibitions
  • Visiting Artists Program Lectures

The following shows have been announced:

Visual and Critical Studies Graduate Thesis Symposium
Through May 2
View presentations now
Live Panel Discussions and Q&A:
Saturday, May 2, 1:00–4:00 p.m. CT

Visual and Critical Studies Undergraduate Thesis Symposium
May 7–10
Live Panel Discussions and Q&A:
Friday, May 8, 5:00–6:30 p.m. CT
Saturday, May 9, 5:00–7:00 p.m. CT

ARTBASH
Online Exhibition Launch: Friday, May 8

BFA Writing Program Reading
Saturday, May 9
5:00 p.m. CT

New Arts Journalism MA Symposium
Saturday, May 9
3:00–7:00 p.m. CT

Art History Senior Thesis Symposium
May 11–12
Monday, May 11, 12:30–2:00 p.m. CT
Tuesday, May 12, 12:30–4:00 p.m. CT

Senior Expo
Online Exhibition Launch: Wednesday, May 13

BFA Show
Online Exhibition Launch: Friday, May 15

Links and more information on how to join these events will be added to saic.edu/shows.

All public events beyond May 10 will be evaluated on a three-week rolling basis. Regular updates on any future cancellations will be shared via SAIC’s COVID-19 Event Cancellations and Updates webpage and community emails.

The Commencement ceremony was streamed at saic.edu/commencement on Saturday, May 16, and is available to view on that site. The ceremony included remarks from the commencement speaker, artist Mel Chin, and appearances from honorary doctorate recipients Katherine Sherwood and AFRICOBRA.

While we are committed to nurturing your creative development, the COVID-19 pandemic requires us to continue to be diligent in considering your safety, the health of our campus community, and the well-being of our shared society. With this in mind, we will be canceling the following Adult Continuing Education (ACE) sessions:

Weekend Workshops: May 16–17

  • 1-Week Session: May 18–22
  • 5-Week Session: May 26–June 29
  • 10-Week Session: May 26–August 9

We hope that we will be able to welcome you to campus later in the summer, and have been working to provide you the following options in light of these cancellations:

  • You can shift your enrollment now into courses taking place on campus later in the summer. In addition to those already scheduled beginning in July and August, we will be shifting our weekend workshops to August, as well as offering new sections of popular courses such as: Design Matters, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Digital Drawing: Interior Design, Introduction to Drawing, and Introduction to Digital Photography. Alternative course dates and details can be found at saic.edu/continuing-studies/ace/online.
  • We are excited to have expanded our online classes to include Drawn from Life: Illustrating the Personal Narrative, taking place May 17–July 25; Game Environments, taking place May 31–August 8; and Digital Design: Adobe Illustrator, taking place June 21–August 29, all available for you to swap into now. More online offerings will be available throughout the summer.
  • You can choose to drop your course(s) and receive a full refund (the process will take between 4–6 weeks).

Please contact us at 312.629.6170 or cs@saic.edu and we’ll work with you to make your desired adjustments. If we don’t hear from you by May 4, we will drop you from course(s) taking place during these sessions and process a full refund for you.

We are disappointed that we can’t have you on campus sooner, but very much hope to work with you later this summer. We are carefully monitoring this challenging situation and will notify you by June 1 if conditions require us to cancel the remainder of our summer sessions.

While we are committed to nurturing the creative development of emerging artists, designers, and scholars, the COVID-19 pandemic requires us to be diligent in considering their safety, the health of our campus community, and the well-being of our shared society. With this in mind, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Continuing Studies Children’s Workshops, Family Camps, Middle School Programs, and Early College Program courses scheduled to take place this summer.

Refunds typically take between 4–6 weeks. For students enrolled in the Early College Program between the ages of 15-18, we are offering multiple online summer sessions for college credit. Information on these sessions is available at saic.edu/ecposi. If you are interested in this option, please contact us by Tuesday, May 26, at cs@saic.edu or 312.629.6170, and we will work with you one-on-one to make adjustments.

Contact Theresa Gimpel, assistant director of employer relations, at tgimpel@saic.edu. 

We’ve made the decision to move the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) Early College Program Summer Institute courses online this summer. All students enrolled and their parents received an email on May 22 with information on online class options and details of refunds. Please let us know how you would like to proceed no later than June 1 by clicking here. If you did not receive the email, or would like advice about what is the best option for you, contact us at cs@saic.edu or 312.629.6170.

We’re also very excited to be launching our Early College Program Online Summer Institute, led by our acclaimed faculty who have adapted their course content to a virtual platform. Students will join peers from around the globe to create portfolio-quality work, deepen their understanding of contemporary art making, and earn college credit. They will experience dynamic virtual demos, engage in group critiques, and receive the ideal blend of one-on-one meeting time with faculty and independent exploration. Students who were awarded a Merit Scholarship or need-based financial aid for ECPSI who want to transfer their enrollment to an online course will have their awards prorated and applied towards the cost of the online course(s).

Those who join us online can enjoy these benefits:

  • Engagement with acclaimed visiting artists from around the globe;
  • An additional learning module focused on preparing a digital portfolio and website;
  • A virtual exhibition publicized on SAIC’s main social media channels;
  • Preferred merit scholarship for rising juniors who wish to return to the Early College Program next summer;
  • The opportunity to apply for SAIC’s undergraduate program and learn your admission decision by September 1 (for rising seniors);
  • A guaranteed $1,000 one-time scholarship awarded to students admitted to SAIC’s undergraduate class of 2021 (for those who successfully complete the ECPSI online program); and
  • Robust one-on-one faculty and admissions counselor advising throughout fall 2020.

Visit saic.edu/ecposi to learn more.

If you don't wish to join us in Chicago due to date conflicts, would prefer to participate online, are interested in combining options, wish to drop your classes entirely, or have questions, please contact us at 312.629.6170 or cs@saic.edu to update your enrollment by May 4.

During emergency situations, like that precipitated by COVID-19, SAIC utilizes a Campus Emergency Operations Plan (CEOP), which is a crisis management strategy that all Illinois colleges are state-mandated to follow. Our plan guides our decision-making through the formation of different working groups to address complex problems. 

SAIC, like most colleges in the United States, is a nonprofit institution, and we carefully steward the revenue we receive from tuition, donations, and grants so as not to exceed our operating expenses. Approximately 79 percent of our revenue comes directly from tuition, and nearly 70 percent of every dollar we receive goes directly to fund compensation for faculty and staff, including student employees. Equipment purchases, rent, maintenance, and interest on debt takes up much of the rest. Using the limited funds that remain, we have made commitments to:

  • Pay all faculty; staff; contract services employees, such as security and food service; teaching assistants; and student employees whether they can work remotely or not, through the spring semester so that they can continue to support students;
  • Keep residence halls open to students with extenuating circumstances, now each living in their own room, and providing virtual programming (Residence Life);
  • Continue to support and advocate for international students with visa issues and other concerns (International Affairs, Chinese and Korean Student Advising);
  • Maintain vital student services online, including career services (CAPX); health, counseling, and disability learning services (Wellness Center); and course registration (Academic Advising);
  • Work with student groups to reimagine their planned events for remote presentation; and
  • Establish a new Student Emergency Fund, described below, to help students with immediate hardships, including living expenses, online learning needs, and food assistance.

Making these commitments comes at a cost. This semester, lost revenue and the addition of new costs—which include housing refunds, canceled continuing studies courses, and a significant investment for the move to online teaching—total more than $6 million. If the pandemic continues through the summer, or any part of it, we will have additional, very dramatic summer revenue losses. To pay for tuition refunds, we would be forced to lay off a significant number of faculty and staff. There is no other way we could fund such a sizable expense. Given this reality, we cannot issue tuition refunds.

Assuming that we are able to return to normal operations this fall, we will invite students who are graduating this semester to make use of our facilities such as shops, labs, the Media Center, and libraries and special collections into the first eight weeks of the fall 2020 semester, ending Saturday, October 31. Unfortunately, this cannot include access to graduate studios. Additionally, future facilities access will need to align with all social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines if still in place.

 

STUDENT EMERGENCY RELIEF 

Inaugurated by Anita Sinha, Chair of the Board of Governors of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and supported by faculty, staff, alums, and friends of SAIC, an emergency relief fund has been established for students. Students may apply to this grant fund to support their emergency needs caused by the COVID-19 health crisis, including living expenses, online learning needs, and food assistance. These awards are not loans; they neither accrue interest or need to be paid back. All monies raised for the Student Emergency Relief Fund will go directly to students.

Click here to support the Student Relief Fund.

Inaugurated by Anita Sinha, Chair of the Board of Governors of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and supported by faculty, staff, alums, and friends of SAIC, an emergency relief fund has been established for students. Students may apply to this grant fund to support their emergency needs caused by the COVID-19 health crisis, including living expenses, online learning needs, and food assistance. These awards are not loans; they neither accrue interest or need to be paid back. All monies raised for the Student Emergency Relief Fund will go directly to students.
 
Additionally, students may be eligible to take out Butler Loans. These interest-free, SAIC-sponsored loans can be used for any living, educational, or crisis-related expenses. Repayment on these loans begins in the fall with a minimum $50/month payment and must be paid in full by June 30, 2021.

Students seeking support from either the Student Emergency Relief Fund and/or the Butler Loan should complete this form. Each request will be considered in relation to all requests, with priority consideration given to students of greatest need.

 

HEALTH, WELLNESS, AND PREVENTION

If you are sick, stay home and away from others for at least seven days since your symptoms first appeared and at least three days (72 hours) with no fever (without using fever-reducing medications) and improving symptoms. 

As with any virus, CDPH recommends taking the following measures to help prevent the spread of viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth;
  • Cover your nose and mouth with tissue when you cough or sneeze; remember to wash your hands afterward;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick; and
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.

Any students who have health-related questions or concerns are encouraged to contact their healthcare provider immediately.  If you would like to discuss any symptoms, the Wellness Center is also providing remote services and can be contacted at healthservices@saic.edu or 312.499.4288. If you need assistance during times Health Services is not available, including nights and weekends, you may utilize the Telehealth benefit that is provided for free to all SAIC student insurance plan members, which will give you access to a face-to-face visit with a doctor through video. Additionally, here is a list of clinics near campus and a 24-hour free nurse advice line available to all students at 877.924.7758.

Staff and faculty with questions about their health are encouraged to reach out to their primary care provider for medical concerns or the employee assistance program for mental health support. Additionally, for questions regarding benefits and coverage, benefits-eligible faculty and staff may contact Cigna at 800.244.6224. Benefits-eligible faculty and staff may also reach out to Telehealth at 855.667.9722 or MDLIVE at 888.726.3171 for questions about their health.

Symptoms related to this coronavirus strain include fever, cough, or shortness of breath. In severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia or other complications. CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear between two to 14 days after exposure.

If you develop symptoms, please stay in your home and contact a medical provider to prevent the spread of infection or possible exposure for yourself. If you are a student, we encourage you to contact your healthcare provider immediately. If you would like to discuss your symptoms, the Wellness Center is also providing remote services and can be contacted at healthservices@saic.edu or 312.499.4288. If you need assistance during times Health Services is not available, including nights and weekends, you may utilize the Telehealth benefit that is provided for free to all SAIC student insurance plan members, which will give you access to a face-to-face visit with a doctor through video. Additionally, here is a list of clinics near campus and a 24-hour free nurse advice line available to all students at 877.924.7758.

Staff and faculty with questions about their health are encouraged to reach out to their primary care provider for medical concerns or the employee assistance program for mental health support. Additionally, for questions regarding benefits and coverage, benefits-eligible faculty and staff may contact Cigna at 800.244.6224. Benefits-eligible faculty and staff may also reach out to Telehealth at 855.667.9722 or MDLIVE at 888.726.3171 for questions about their health.

If you’re a student with the SAIC insurance plan, COVID-19 testing will be completely covered. The treatment for COVID-19 will be covered like any other medical condition. The benefits that are provided by the SAIC student insurance plan are the same for all members. 

Staff and faculty with questions about their benefits and coverage may contact Cigna at 800.244.6224. Benefits-eligible faculty and staff may also reach out to Telehealth at 855.667.9722 or MDLIVE at 888.726.3171 for questions about their health. They can also contact benefits@artic.edu with questions about their current enrollment.

Screenings are not currently available on campus. Any students who have health-related questions or concerns are encouraged to contact their healthcare provider immediately. If you would like to discuss your symptoms, the Wellness Center is also providing remote services and can be contacted at healthservices@saic.edu or 312.499.4288. If you need assistance during times Health Services is not available, including nights and weekends, you may utilize the Telehealth benefit that is provided for free to all SAIC student insurance plan members, which will give you access to a face-to-face visit with a doctor through video. Additionally, here is a list of clinics near campus and a 24-hour free nurse advice line available to all students at 877.924.7758.

First, it’s essential that you follow advice from your doctor and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you are a student, please contact Health Services at healthservices@saic.edu or 312.499.4288. If you are a staff or faculty member, please notify Irina Melnik, director of employee benefits, at imelnik@artic.edu or 312.629.3382. Human Resources and Health Services will consult with the School and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) on next steps for treatment, containment, and outreach.

Though individual identities will be protected in accordance with CDPH guidelines and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the CDPH and CDC will announce new cases publicly. We will also share statistical information with the School community on saic.edu/alerts

As with any virus, CDPH recommends taking the following measures to help prevent the spread of viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth;
  • Cover your nose and mouth with tissue when you cough or sneeze; remember to wash your hands afterward;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs; and
  • If you are sick, stay home from school or work for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.

Yes. SAIC has increased our campus housekeeping efforts, particularly for high-usage rooms, high-traffic spaces, and frequently touched objects. For instructions on how to properly clean and disinfect surfaces, visit the CDC’s site.

 

ABOUT COVID-19

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.

Symptoms related to this coronavirus strain include fever, cough, or shortness of breath. A full list of symptoms can be found on the CDC’s site. In severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia or other complications. The CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear between two to 14 days after exposure.

Any students who have health-related questions or concerns are encouraged to contact their healthcare provider immediately. If you would like to discuss your symptoms, the Wellness Center is also providing remote services and can be contacted at healthservices@saic.edu or 312.499.4288. If you need assistance during times Health Services is not available, including nights and weekends, you may utilize the Telehealth benefit that is provided for free to all SAIC student insurance plan members, which will give you access to a face-to-face visit with a doctor through video. Additionally, here is a list of clinics near campus and a 24-hour free nurse advice line available to all students at 877.924.7758.

Staff and faculty with questions about their health are encouraged to reach out to their primary care provider for medical concerns or the employee assistance program for mental health support. Additionally, for questions regarding benefits and coverage, benefits-eligible faculty and staff may contact Cigna at 800.244.6224. Benefits-eligible faculty and staff may also reach out to Telehealth at 855.667.9722 or MDLIVE at 888.726.3171 for questions about their health.

According to the CDC, current understanding of how COVID-19 spreads is based on what is known about similar coronaviruses. Spreading from person-to-person can happen among close contacts (about six feet) when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how the flu spreads. It may be possible for a person to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes.

Risk levels are dependent upon an individual’s situation, so we recommend visiting the CDC’s and CDPH’s websites for the latest updates.

Updates will be sent frequently to students, faculty, staff, and parents via email. These updates will also be posted on saic.edu/alerts

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

For more information on symptoms, guidance for traveling, available treatments, testing information, and more please visit CDC’s coronavirus page.