UIC Design COVID-19 Updates

Updated 12 June 2020

The following information reflects the current status of COVID-19 response in the School of Design:

UIC has deep expertise in public health and maintains a UIC coronavirus webpage with frequent updates. The UIC COVID-19 Emergency Grant program has been expanded for Summer 2020. For detailed information visit the FAQ page at Student Financial Aid and Scholarships
The UIC Architecture + Design Studios building is inaccessible until university preparations for a safe return to campus have been completed. In the case of any emergency needs, the ADS building does remain open to staff by swipe access and we are prepared to coordinate with students to retrieve any personal items stored in ADS.
Students need not clean out their lockers. There is no hard deadline for locker clean-out and no late fees will be accessed following the previously issued May 8 deadline.
Design advising services have moved fully into remote mode. Undergraduates should contact Miles Katz with any questions or concerns related to academic progress or for referrals to other campus services. Kevin Strickland, who leads student affairs for the School of Design, is available to students and faculty who have concerns about teaching progress or are in need of instructional guidance or support. 
The Office of the School of Design is now closed. Faculty and staff have begun working remotely. We ask that you contact design@uic.edu with any questions or concerns. Students should continue to follow UIC’s announcements over the break and check their emails for updates from the University and the School.

All School of Design public events for the spring 2020 semester have been cancelled or postponed. We are anticipating a Fall 2020 Closing Reception for As, Not For: Dethroning our Absolutesthe exhibition currently on display in our 3rd floor hallway galleries. Please follow @uic.design for an online exhibition in response to current events and to support our Black communities here in Chicago and across the country.

The School Design will continue to forward email updates as information comes our way.  It is also helpful to monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Finally, in case you haven’t seen it, The Washington Post has a cool visualization that demonstrates positive impact of social distancing.

Students with symptoms should call Student Health at University Village at 312-996-2901 for guidance; faculty and staff should call University Health Service at 312-996-7420 during business hours or the University of Illinois Hospital at 866-600-CARE (2273) after hours. 

As we plan for fall instruction, our highest priority is the health and safety of our students and faculty. The School of Design will adhere to all state and campus safely protocols, once established. Any individuals with compromised immune systems, or the need to protect family members from potential COVID-19 exposure, will not be required to come to campus. We intend to make all undergraduate coursework available online at the start of the fall semester. This does not preclude in-person small group meetings and/or demonstrations, that may be scheduled by individual instructors. All First Year students will have opportunity to meet in-person on campus in small group sessions. 

Our print, project, and fabrication labs will all be fully staffed to service faculty and students. Delivery of these services will require new protocols, now in development. 

More details to come.