Information on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Update on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working to meet every new challenge with responses that value safety and try to preserve the greatest possible portion of the educational experience for our community. 

  • We anticipate a return to on-campus learning and living this September. Over the past two months, 128 faculty and staff members from the School have been working in CEOP groups to develop our approach, outlined in Make Ready: A Framework for Returning to SAIC's Campus. The majority of our classes will be offered on campus, through both entirely in-person and hybrid courses, featuring a blend of in-person and online instruction. Additionally, many courses will be offered online, and students unable to return to campus in the fall due to visa, health, or other personal reasons may choose to continue their studies entirely online. 
  • 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. 
  • Summer classes are taking place online. 
  • SAIC's campus is closed to all but essential staff and students who successfully appealed to remain in their residence hall.
  • The Gene Siskel Film Center is closed. 
  • Summer Continuing Studies classes have been moved online, rescheduled to take place later in the summer, or canceled. 
  • Students are able to seek support from either the Student Emergency Relief Fund and/or the Butler Loan by completing this form. Each request will be considered in relation to all requests, with priority consideration given to students of greatest need.

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