SAIC COVID-19 Faculty FAQs

If you don’t see answers to your questions below, please visit the General FAQ page or email There are also many useful resources on the Remote Learning Resources page.

This information was last updated on Friday, February 12.

SAIC will again utilize a standard process for faculty teaching in the fall 2021 semester who are requesting a workplace accommodation or modified teaching arrangements specific to their individual needs. Given the condensed time frame for fall 2021 planning (students begin registering on Monday, April 12), faculty were asked to submit new or modified requests by Friday, February 19. Click here to learn more.

In addition to the pack of five face masks we are providing all community members, we are also able to provide face shields and medical-grade masks for faculty members upon request. The masks are one-time use only and the face shields will need to be cleaned by the faculty member after each use. If you would like to request masks or face shields, please email For the face masks, we will be able to issue a two-week supply at a time.

No, as long as that classroom is applying physical distancing practices and everyone is wearing face coverings. A close contact is defined by the CDC as someone who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before the person began feeling sick until the time they were isolated. Examples of close contacts may include roommates, those who have had physical contact (e.g., hugging, kissing), or those who have shared a long meal with an individual who tested positive. You can find more details here. 

The Dean’s Office and the Computer Resources and Information Technologies (CRIT) staff are your co-facilitators in this curricular pivot. Our goal is to ensure you have both agency and assistance in delivering a remote-instruction version of your course content. Questions about remote teaching platforms (i.e., Canvas) can be emailed to General questions can be addressed to the CRIT HelpDesk at 312.345.3535 or

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 Blue Cross Blue Shield at 855.418.9393. 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.

Any additional questions about benefits and leave can be sent to 

Advisors are working remotely and available via phone, email, and Google Hangouts Meet. If you do not know your student's assigned academic advisor, please contact or call 312.620.6800. Advisors are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. CT. If you’re concerned that a student has not engaged with your class and has not responded to your outreach, you can email the Dean on Call at If your concerns are more urgent in nature, please call Campus Security at 312.899.1230.

SAIC administrators will not use any of the user tracking tools that Zoom offers.

During this time when we are navigating remote learning, if a student in your class has not been participating and has not responded to your outreach, you can contact SAIC’s dean on call at Please include in your email the name of the student, course, and issue you are experiencing. Staff from the Office of Student Affairs will respond as soon as possible and asks for your patience during this transition.

If you have reason to believe that there is an emergency involving a student, as always, the dean on call is available via phone 24/7 at 312.768.8485.

First, collect the student’s contact information and instruct them to self-isolate. You should then contact the dean on call at 312.768.8485, who will reach out to Health Services. Health Services will then connect directly with the student to discuss symptoms and exposure and will contact the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH). Health Services will also update the dean on call regarding recommendations for the student, who will then notify the appropriate staff members at the School. 
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 

The Dean’s Office recommends that faculty and TAs plan to interact with each student in the class at least once a week during the semester. These interactions could include work being assigned and then submitted, participation in discussion boards, one-on-one correspondence, participation in virtual office hours, or virtual course activities.

We understand that student interaction will vary from week to week and from class to class, but we ask all faculty to consider how they can most sustainably continue to be in dialogue with each student on a weekly basis and proceed accordingly.

The Instructional Support Spaces/IRFM team has developed some basic guidelines for students making art in a home studio environment, for the health and safety of the artist and anyone else living in the home. Faculty should keep these guidelines in mind when assigning students work and guiding them as they develop course-related projects. Click here to view the guidelines.

The General Counsel's Office has affirmed that faculty teaching online courses will maintain the exact same intellectual property rights that they currently possess for their in-person classes.

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.

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

Unfortunately, the School cannot reimburse faculty for parking expenses.