Important Fall 2021 COVID-19 Requirements
August 18, 2021 8:02 AM

Dear students,

As we approach the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester, I’m writing to remind you about some important COVID-19 policies the university will have in place to maximize the safety of our entire community.

Important On-Campus COVID-19 Requirements

  • You are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 if you are able. OR You are required to participate in the on-campus COVID-19 testing program if you are not able to be vaccinated or if your vaccination record card has not yet been verified by the university.
    • If you have not yet been vaccinated and you are able to do so, there will be walk-in COVID-19 vaccines available this week (Aug. 17-19) at State Farm Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
  • You are required to wear a face covering indoors in all university spaces.
  • If you have been vaccinated, you are required to upload a photo of your Vaccination Record Card to the MyMcKinley Portal. Once it is verified, you will receive “Granted” building access status. (A recent negative on-campus test also gives you “Granted” building access status.)
  • You are required to have “Granted” building access status in either the Safer Illinois app (recommended) or the Boarding Pass.
  • If asked, you are required to show your building access status to your professors, supervisor, advisor, Wellness Support Associates and university healthcare professionals.
    • You are not required to show the vaccination status screen in your app to anyone. This is your private health information.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, you are required to follow instructions from the university and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.

Though people who are fully vaccinated are not required to participate in the COVID-19 testing program for building access, the university encourages every student to get tested immediately if they experience any symptoms.

We continue to take guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Champaign Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD), and we are actively monitoring COVID-19 on campus and in the local community. We will make modifications to our approach for the semester if necessary. For more information about the university’s COVID-19 policies, visit If you have questions, please email

We have confidence in our approach for this semester, and we are delighted to welcome you all back to campus for the start of the academic year. Thanks to COVID-19 vaccines and our unmatched on-campus COVID-19 testing ecosystem, I am very optimistic about this semester, and I look forward to seeing you back on campus.


Robert J. Jones

This mailing approved by:
Office of the Chancellor

sent to:
Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Incoming Graduate Students & Incoming Undergraduate Students
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