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Coronavirus Information

SIU Carbondale is committed to protecting our community as we approach the future with cautious optimism. In compliance with the Gov. Pritzker’s executive order, students and employees must be fully vaccinated or submit to testing at least once a week. Everyone on campus is required to wear face masks in shared indoor spaces. Please do your part to protect the health and safety of the Saluki community.

On campus vaccination clinic

The vaccination clinic dates are below. The clinic location is Renaissance Room, within the Student Center. Students can also make an appointment at the Student Health Center.

1st and 2nd dose available Time 2nd dose and
one-dose J&J available
Monday, September 13 8am – 6pm Monday, October 4
Tuesday, September 14 8am–6pm Tuesday, October 5
Wednesday, September 15 6am–3pm Wednesday, October 6
Thursday, September 16 8am–6pm Thursday, October 7
Friday, September 17 8am–3pm Friday, October 8

Protect the Pack!

Show proof of vaccination and receive a $5 Starbucks gift card.

Show proof of a 10 day, 8 week, or 15 week vaccination and be entered to win prizes including a $1000 voucher!

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Mask update

Consistent with the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Illinois Department of Public Health and in compliance with Gov. Pritzker’s order, we are requiring face masks be worn in shared spaces indoors such as lobbies, hallways and classrooms, regardless of vaccination status. This applies to everyone on our campus – students, faculty, staff, visitors, contractors and volunteers.

COVID data trackerAccording to the CDC, we are in an area with high transmission of the virus. We believe this step is necessary to keep everyone safe and have the in-person fall semester we all want.
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The following FAQs address SIU Carbondale’s response to COVID. Information is subject to change. Please revisit this site regularly. Submit additional questions to pandemicinfo@siu.edu. (updated 6-11-21)

General Information

Yes. Regarding masks in indoor spaces, we are following the governor’s order, which applies throughout the state.

You can read the executive order on the governor’s website.

According to Gov. Pritzker’s order, “An individual is ‘fully vaccinated against COVID-19’ two weeks after receiving the second dose in a two-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use, licensed, or otherwise approved by the FDA, or two weeks after receiving a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use, licensed, or otherwise approved by the FDA.”

For employees: We have set up a mechanism for employees to confidentially notify the university of their vaccination status. All employees are required to attest to their vaccination status by filling out the online form.

If you are fully vaccinated, you must also upload proof such as a photo of your CDC COVID-19 vaccination card provided to you when you received the vaccine. We will keep your information confidential, as required by law.

You have three options for proof:

  • CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card or photograph of the card. This is preferred. If you need a replacement vaccination card, you can contact the organization that gave the immunization to obtain proof of vaccination.
  • Documentation of vaccination from a health care provider or electronic health record.
  • State immunization records.

For students: If you’ve already uploaded your vaccination information to participate in the Protect the Pack vaccine incentive program, you don’t need to do anything else. If have yet to do so, you can upload your vaccination information at the Student Health Center portal (view instructions) and receive a $5 Starbucks gift card and be entered into a drawing for substantial prizes.

If a document is no longer visible to you, that means it’s been processed. If it’s a COVID vaccine card or record, you can check by looking under “Immunizations” in the Saluki Health Portal and see your doses recorded. (Be aware you must be fully vaccinated to be exempt from testing, which is two weeks after a one-dose vaccine or two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine.) Test results, once processed, won’t be visible to you. Be aware that if your test results don’t contain dates or names, you will receive an email about non-compliance and will need to submit the test result with the date and your name. You will be contacted by the dean of students (if you’re a student) or Human Resources (if you’re an employee). If you test on campus, there is no need to upload the result – that will be done automatically.

We are doing everything we can to deliver the in-person experience most students want and to do so safely. Please keep in mind that not all students have the reliable internet connections required for successful remote learning. If shifting to remote learning becomes necessary, we will pivot. As we have since the start of the pandemic, we will continue to rely on guidance from the CDC, IDPH and local public health experts. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our plans as needed.

If you are employed as either a student worker or graduate assistant/teaching assistant/research assistant, please use the student portal to upload your vaccination information at the Student Health Center (view instructions) if you have not already done so. This process will allow you to participate in the Protect the Pack vaccine incentive program.

According to Gov. JB Pritzker’s executive order issued Aug. 26, 2021: “An Institution of Higher Education shall exclude Higher Education Personnel and Higher Education Students who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 from the premises unless they comply with the testing requirements specified in Subsection (d).”

In addition, students who don’t comply will be subject to sanctions as outlined in the Student Conduct Code, and employees will be subject to disciplinary measures.

If you need a replacement vaccination card, you can contact the organization that gave the immunization to obtain proof of vaccination. Illinois resident can access the Illinois Department of Public Health website and set up an account on the Illinois Resident Immunization Portal.

The Jackson County Health Department has a walk in clinic Monday-Friday. This includes SIU students from Illinois and outside our state. You can find out more on the Jackson County Health Department website.

Consistent with the Restore Illinois plan, we are reverting to limitations in place before the pandemic, such as the capacity of a room or venue.

All groups hosting events on campus or for the campus community are required to follow current campus, state and CDC guidelines. Those hosting the events and meetings can determine the optimal approach for their activities in the context of their audience, purpose, format and space as long as the plans align with current guidelines.

Currently, the only requirement is that masks be worn for indoor events. There is currently no COVID-related event approval process in place, no capacity restrictions or social distancing requirements.  Please check this website frequently though as changes are possible due to the ever-changing nature of the situation.

Here are some recommendations to consider as you plan in order to assure events are as safe and healthy as possible for participants:

  • Be thoughtful of your audience and their specific expectations and needs.
  • Consider outdoor, virtual and hybrid options, if appropriate.
  • If possible, have contingency plans in place in case circumstances arise that alter the original plans, such as inclement weather during an outdoor event.
  • Consider set-ups that allow for social distancing.
  • Have extra masks and hand sanitizer on hand.
  • Provide pre-packaged or served food (instead of having people serve themselves).
  • Have people sit, rather than walk around, when eating.
  • Communicate your event/meeting plans in all of your event promotion materials.

Testing Information

Any individual who is not fully vaccinated, regardless of the reason, must undergo weekly testing. State and federal law requires exemptions from vaccinations for certain medical and religious reasons. Employees who are exempted from the vaccine requirement due to a medical or religious reason must still undergo weekly testing, as set out in the order. If you have recently recovered from COVID and are not fully vaccinated, you will still need to be tested but bring the document with clearance from the health department.

If you have tested positive, upload your information to the Saluki Health Portal. You will not be required to retest for 90 days after the positive result. When the 90 days expire, you will be placed back in the testing protocol and required to test weekly.

According to Gov. Pritzker’s executive order, the mandate “does not include individuals who complete their coursework exclusively remotely.”

Testing applies to anyone who is not fully vaccinated, including people who decline vaccination for religious or medical reasons. If you become fully vaccinated after Sept. 5, you will also be exempt from testing then.

For students: If you live on campus or commute to campus, you are required to use the on-campus testing site. If you live outside the Southern Illinois region and need an off-campus testing site, email pandemicinfo@siu.edu for instructions before you do so. Be aware at-home will not be accepted.

For staff: Hourly employees are required to use the on-campus site during their shifts, and supervisors must make reasonable accommodations to work schedules accordingly. We strongly recommend employees to use the on-campus testing service unless you are symptomatic, at which point you should contact your health care provider.

For those needing to use off-campus testing options, please send an email to pandemicinfo@siu.edu to request information on the procedures, along with ensuring your test meets the requirements of the governor's executive order. Be aware at-home will not be accepted. DO NOT SEND YOUR TEST RESULTS as part of the email regarding off-campus testing options.

No. If you test on campus, there is no need to upload the result – that will be done automatically.

You should not be receiving a bill for testing. Insurance companies will send explanations of benefits, which specify what they will pay, but those are not bills. If you did receive a bill, please contact the Student Health Service at shcinfo@siu.edu or 618-453-3311, and we will rectify the situation.

Yes. There is no out-of-pocket expense to employees or students who use the on-campus COVID testing service in Grinnell Hall. The university pays a minimal fee for each test conducted but otherwise the vendor bills the health insurance company. The agreement with the testing provider precludes them from billing the employees or the students who use this service.

Students and employees who are on the testing protocol and on campus will need to be tested. If you are off campus for an extended time such as a vacation or holiday break, you will need to have a negative test to return to campus. On the first weekday of your return, go to Grinnell Hall to be tested.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Masks are required by the university, consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

  • Face masks are required in indoor public spaces regardless of the ability to maintain social distance; indoor public places include spaces anyone can access, such as reception areas with walk-in access, lobbies of buildings and restrooms.
  • Masks are required in health care settings and public transportation.
  • Masks must be worn in all locations, including offices, laboratories and classrooms, where multiple people are present and social distancing is variable or not possible.
  • Masks are not required outdoors on campus and are recommended outdoors when social distancing is not possible.
  • Masks are required when multiple individuals share a university vehicle or are traveling on university business.
  • In short, a mask must be worn at all times when you are indoors unless you are alone in a private office.
  • Email pandemicinfo@siu.edu to make a confidential report of mask violations.

The university works closely with the Jackson County Health Department, which is responsible for managing the county’s COVID-19 response. The health department notifies us when cases have been identified and directs decisions related to isolation or quarantining individuals who have been infected or exposed. We assist the department as needed to trace individuals who may have been exposed. If the health department directs isolation or quarantine, employees and students who live off campus would isolate and quarantine at their residences. We have established a location for students who live on campus; the students are provided food and support. All students have access to Student Health Services.

If you are aware that someone who has recently been in your facility has tested positive for COVID-19, fill out the facility exposure notification form and provide details about the potential exposure risk. The Emergency Operations Center and Plant and Service Operations use the report to review and provide services as necessary. Meanwhile, do not go into the office or workspace of the individual.

Face masks should comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guide to face masks.

STUDENTS

Students with disabilities and students who request course accommodations because they are at high risk for serious complications from COVID-19 should contact Disability Support Services at disabilityservices@siu.edu or 618-453-5738. Disability Support Services staff will work directly with instructors on necessary accommodations. If you don’t have a disability or are personally at high risk, you can consult with your academic advisor to review your options.

At this time, we are planning to hold an in-person ceremony, with safety precautions in place. Holding a virtual ceremony is a last resort. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our plans as needed.

We know that many students and families are facing financial challenges due to the pandemic and our shared efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19. Our goal is to minimize the impact of these challenges on your ability to continue your education.

We have increased the amount you can carry on your bursar account in order to be able to register for fall 2021 classes. Previously, if you owed more than $200 on your account you would not be able to register. Continuing a temporary change made for current fall semester, we have raised that amount to $1,500 to minimize barriers to registration for spring. In other words, as long as you owe no more than $1,500 on your account, you will be able to register for spring 2020 classes. This is a temporary measure in recognition of the extraordinary circumstances caused by the pandemic. Please email the bursar’s office at bursar@siu.edu or call 618-453-2221 with questions.

You might consider calling Counseling and Psychological Services, where counselors are available to help students with mental health concerns or coach students with who are dealing with anxiety surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. CAPS staff will be available by phone at 618-453-5371 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Treatment and coaching options have been expanded to accommodate students remotely and now include telehealth appointments, skills coaching or referrals to other providers in your area. All students are advised to call CAPS at 618-453-5371 to determine the treatment options that would best meet their needs.

The following websites offer strategies for people who feel anxiety related to the coronavirus and suggestions on how to take care of your mental health: Coping with Stress During the COVID-19 Outbreak and Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks.

United Healthcare is taking action to ensure health plan members and patients affected by COVID-19 have the support and resources they need. United Healthcare has an informative FAQ sheet, and students can ask specific follow-up questions at 1-866-948-8472. It is important to note that laboratory testing for COVID-19 will be covered, and cost sharing will be waived, including copays, coinsurance and deductibles, at approved locations in accordance with CDC guidelines. Please call the number above if you have concerns regarding approved locations. If you are an SIU Carbondale student in the Carbondale area, please remember that Student Health Services is open and capable of testing for COVID-19. If you have symptoms and/or a possible exposure to COVID-19, please call the Student Health Center to schedule an appointment at 618-453-4458. If you are at home, please visit www.uhcsr.com/MyAccount to find a network provider near you.

You can contact Gallagher Student Health at 1-888-538-0602 to request a form to petition to add student health insurance due to a qualifying event. The rates will be prorated for the semester.

Students and family members can call the Office of the Dean of Students 618-453-4846 or 1-877-725-0006 between 8 am and 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday. Questions can also be sent to the pandemicinfo@siu.edu email address at any time, including evenings and weekends.

Because recommendations change daily, please contact Student Health Services at 618-453-3311 or shcinfo@siu.edu.The State of Illinois is currently not requiring quarantine of people who come from other states.

The federal CARES Act provides emergency funding to help students cover some expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. Funds can be used toward the cost of attendance, food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, child care or similar expenses directly associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. CARES Act funding available to students in the spring has been distributed.

FACULTY AND STAFF

Vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals must wear face coverings in public indoor settings. Individuals need not wear masks at their private desk, including a cubicle desk.

Please see Saluki Safety for information about health and safety protocols.

Please contact Disability Support Services at 618-615-4492 for private, confidential assistance with requests for accommodation.

Employees who are directed by a health official to quarantine or isolate are required to comply with the order. If you are quarantined or isolated and unable to work because you are ill, you will need to take leave.

Yes, employees exhibiting symptoms will be sent home. The employee's continued presence must pose no risk to the health of the employee, other employees and students in order to remain at work.

Infected employees pose a threat to other employees and students and could spread the virus. If a supervisor believes an employee has COVID-19 symptoms, including a fever, the supervisor will consult with his/her director. Based on that and any other necessary consultation, an employee who is suspected to have COVID-19 will be ordered to go home to protect the campus community. If the employee refuses the directive to go home, that employee may be disciplined for insubordination in accordance with applicable policies, rules, and/or collective bargaining agreements.

Temporary illnesses, such as the flu, are not typically considered a work-related injury under the Illinois Worker's Compensation Act. However, the university encourages employees to consult with Human Resources in order to verify whether the employee's particular situation may be covered.

FMLA may be available with regard to the employee's own serious health condition or for the care of a family member with a serious health condition. Contact Human Resources for more information.

Start with your supervisor with questions related to your status or office. Supervisors will consult with directors and deans as appropriate. Questions may also be sent to pandemicinfo@siu.edu by any employee.

INSTRUCTORS

Where a faculty member tests positive or is instructed to quarantine or isolate, they are advised to contact their school director for guidance. There is a contingency planning committee that is currently considering potential options/scenarios and will provide additional guidance as soon as it becomes available.

Tell the student to self-isolate and call the Student Health Center at 618-453-3311 for further instruction. If the student shows up in class and expresses concern about his or her health or seems to be ill health, ask them to leave, self-isolate and contact the Student Health Center for further instruction.

The Jackson County Health Department is responsible for tracing and notifying individuals who may have had contact with someone exposed to or diagnosed with COVID-19. You may be contacted for your seating chart, but the health department has the responsibility for notifying individuals who may have been exposed. The health status of an individual student is confidential. Decisions related to future classes should be made in consultation with the dean or director based on information provided by the Jackson County Health Department. It also would help greatly if you could fill out a COVID-19 reporting form.

Please consult with your school director and college dean.

Please contact Disability Support Services at 618-615-4492 for private, confidential assistance with requests for accommodation.