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Step 1: Essential Staff Only

Primary Goal: Adhere to state and federal guidance and stay-at-home order to ensure the safety of our community.

Estimated Dates: March through the end of the IL stay-at-home order.

Key Conditions:

  • Essential staff only on campus
  • Classes delivered remotely
  • Essential and COVID-19 research only onsite
  • No travel, visitors or events

People Involved in this Step

Research Faculty, Staff and Students

Who is allowed on campus:

  • COVID-19 or other essential research as deemed by VPR

Other Faculty

Who is allowed on campus:

  • If required to be onsite in order to teach remotely
  • If required due to research status above


  • All other faculty teaching remotely until further notice

Other Staff

Who is allowed on campus:

  • Essential on-site staff, if instructed by supervisor


  •  All other staff continue to work remotely until further notice

Undergraduate Students

Who is allowed on campus:

  • Only students remaining in campus housing for spring quarter

Graduate Students

 Who is allowed on campus:

  • Only students remaining in campus housing for spring quarter
  • Students involved in research labs as outlined above, only on a voluntary basis


Who is allowed on campus:

  • Only if supporting essential operations


No visitors are allowed on campus

Key Definitions

Essential On-site Staff (“EOS”):

  • Essential On-site Staff are positions that are deemed essential to be physically present at one or more locations within the perimeters of the University’s campuses or physically present, on a continuous or intermittent basis, at other University owned or leased facilities during a campus emergency or crisis, including a closure or a partial or total shift to virtual operations, pursuant to the policy on Employees in Essential Functions and Positions.
  • Essential On-site Staff preserve and protect the security, safety and integrity of members of the community, the physical infrastructure and the integrity of the University Critical Infrastructure.
  • Essential On-site Staff include staff who are required to work in any location designated as an Emergency Operations Center.