U Of I: Fewer COVID-19 Cases Compared To The Fall, But Officials Advise Vigilance

URBANA – Within three weeks of having tens of thousands of students return to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the spring semester, the campus had identified more than 450 cases of COVID-19.  This is fewer than half the number of cases identified by the same time last fall — and lower than U of […]

U Of I Admins Urge Students To Stay Vigilant As They Return To Campus

URBANA – As University of Illinois students return to the Urbana campus this month, administrators urge them to remain vigilant as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on.  Campus leaders said during a virtual COVID-19 briefing yesterday that many of the same precautions that were enacted in the fall semester will remain in place during the spring, […]

U Of I Officials: Urbana Students Cannot Get Tested For COVID-19 At UIC Or UIS

URBANA — Coronavirus testing sites at the University of Illinois’ Chicago and Springfield campuses will not be available to students who are enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, according to U of I spokeswoman Robin Kaler. Recent social media posts from U of I students suggest that some were under the impression that […]

U.S. Dept. Of Education Opens Investigation Into Alleged Anti-Semitism At U Of I

URBANA – The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating the University of Illinois’ response to reports of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionist incidents on its Urbana campus. Three Jewish organizations — including the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights, the Jewish United Fund and Hillel International — filed a complaint earlier this […]

A Tale Of Two Schools: COVID-19 Testing On Illinois Campuses

URBANA – Marisa Hardwick isn’t surprised there are now more than twice as many cases of COVID-19 on the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus than previously predicted by university researchers.  Hardwick is a senior at the U of I studying kinesiology. She’s also a resident advisor in a campus dormitory.  “The type of school this […]

U Of I System Enrollment Surpasses 90K Students

Enrollment at the University of Illinois system this year exceeded 90,000 students for the first time. University officials say the increase marks the eighth year in a row of record breaking enrollment numbers. This year’s enrollment gains come in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn.  Combined enrollment at the Urbana, Chicago and […]

Checking In With The Shield Team: How’s The U Of I Doing Handling COVID-19?

URBANA – Since Aug. 16, when twice-a-week COVID-19 testing was made mandatory for students arriving back to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 679 positive COVID-19 cases have been identified among students, faculty and staff, according to the U of I’s public database. Most of these are among students who arrived back to campus already […]

U Of I Launches COVID-19 Database, Reports More Than 300 Positive Cases In Past Week

URBANA – The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign launched a public database Monday, which reports how many saliva-based COVID-19 tests are being performed on the campus each day — and how many positive cases have been identified. Out of 50,945 tests run on students, faculty and staff from Aug. 17 through Aug. 23, 311 positive […]

U Of I Officials Urge Students, Employees To Use COVID-19 ‘Safer Illinois’ App

CHAMPAIGN – Twice-a-week COVID-19 testing is mandatory for all students, faculty and staff at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who intend to participate in campus life. Campus officials are now encouraging everyone on the Urbana campus to download and use the “Safer Illinois” app, which provides testing results, reminders and other personalized information. “We […]

U Of I Scientists Use COVID-19 Data To Make Predictions, Inform Action For Campus, State

CHAMPAIGN – Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been analyzing COVID-19 data to help the state — and campus — make decisions throughout the pandemic. Nigel Goldenfeld, professor of physics, and Sergei Maslov, professor of bioengineering and physics, spoke at a live-streamed COVID-19 briefing Thursday. Goldenfeld said that at the start of […]

Students Demand University Of Illinois Defund And Disarm Campus Police

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students are calling on the institution to sever ties with the college town’s local police departments and dissolve the university’s own police force. Following the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis and the protests that followed, students at both the U of I’s Urbana and Chicago campuses are […]