The University of Illinois increases COVID-19 safety guidelines

By: Mariah Guzman

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — On Wednesday afternoon, The University of Illinois announced in a mass email to students, that there will be increased enforcement of COVID-19 safety guidelines for undergraduate students.

The enforcement comes after the the university identified more than 400 new positive cases of COVID-19 since the first day of instruction on Aug. 24, and the university said about twice of those positive individuals are in quarantine.

In the mass-mail, Chancellor Jones stated, “Recent unacceptable behavior by a small number of students has resulted in some concerning increases in undergraduate COVID-19 positive cases. Real-time dare from our Shield testing program allowed us to quickly detect this rapidly emerging trend and gives us the opportunity to act quickly to break that cycle.”

Jones continued on to say that for two weeks, starting now, the university is increasing its efforts to rapidly identify and remove the individuals who have created a risk to the campus and Champaign-Urbana community.

The statement continued saying, “Students who continue to violate our safety policies, who fail to comply with directions from our public health officials and who engage in unsafe activities that risk spreading the virus will be asked to leave this university.”

Starting today at 5 p.m., the University expects all undergraduate student to limit their in-person activities to only essential activities such as grocery shopping, attending class, working, and the university required twice weekly COVID-19 tests.

Below includes the details of what the University has seen and done to discipline students address non-compliance.

Here you can read an article published on our site earlier this fall, including the COVID-19 regulations that were announced before in-person instruction began.