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COVID-19 Policies

The University of Chicago remains committed to fully resuming on-campus activities and in-person instruction in Summer 2022. Our decision to hold in-person programs on campus is informed by national, state, and city public health guidelines, as well as ongoing evaluation from experts at UChicago Medicine. The University’s pandemic response includes layered precautions and protocols designed to promote a safe experience for Summer 2022 program participants.

COVID-19 guidelines will continue to be updated between now and the conclusion of Summer Session programs, and may result in changes to the protocols described below. More detailed information about Summer 2022 COVID protocols will be provided to admitted students and their families as Summer Session approaches. Students will be expected to comply with all University and City of Chicago COVID-19 protocols in place for the duration of their program participation.

The following policies pertain to residential pre-college programs overseen by UChicago’s Summer Session Office for summer 2022. The City of Chicago has its own requirements for quarantine and testing based on vaccination status described further below. Anyone traveling to Chicago should confirm what the current requirements are prior to their departure. Students should bring a copy of their proof of vaccination with them (either a paper or digital copy).


The University of Chicago requires all students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive a booster shot once eligible, unless they have an approved exemption. All students must provide proof of vaccination (through medical records or vaccine certification card) or have a University-approved medical or religious exemption in order to attend and participate in residential pre-college programs. 

More information about how to provide proof of vaccination or request a medical or religious exemption will be provided to participating students in April.

Travel to Chicago

International travel

For international travel, the CDC requires that all travelers, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, get a negative COVID-19 viral test no more than 1 day before travel into the United States.

  • Students who are unvaccinated or not up to date with COVID-19 vaccines are required to self-quarantine off-campus for five days after travel to the US.  
  • Students who are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines are not required to quarantine; however, they may be asked to undergo testing for COVID-19 3-5 days after travel.

Domestic Travel

According to current Chicago city and CDC guidance, all travelers who are traveling from high risk cities and are unvaccinated or not up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations are required to quarantine for five days off-campus upon arrival in Chicago, and must be tested for COVID-19 within the three days before travel, and after their arrival.  

For All Who Must Self-Quarantine Upon Arrival

All students who are subject to a 5-day quarantine must complete their quarantine under the supervision of a parent or guardian at an off-campus location in Chicago before the start of their program and undergo a PCR test 3-5 days after their arrival in Chicago. Written proof of a negative result from this post-arrival test and fulfilment of the quarantine requirement must be submitted to the Summer Session Office in order for students to be permitted to check into the residence hall.

Any costs associated with pre-program quarantine will be the responsibility of the student’s family.


In addition to pre-arrival testing, unvaccinated students or students not up to date with vaccinations in residential programs must undergo weekly surveillance testing. Students up to date with their vaccination will be required to test for COVID-19 if they become symptomatic or are found to have been exposed to COVID-19. Further details about testing will be provided as Summer Session approaches. 


You may review the University’s current guidance on masking for your information, but masks are strongly recommended when social distancing is not available.

Masks are required in the following situations:

  • Any Summer Session student who is exhibiting symptoms of illness, has been identified as a close contact for 10-days, and needs to share a space with others
  • Summer Session transportation, including Arrival Day shuttle buses, field trip buses, etc.
  • Any off-campus location that requires masks (Field Museum, other venues)

Protocols for Students who Test Positive for COVID-19 or Identified as a Close Contact

If a Summer Session student tests positive for COVID-19 while participating in a residential program, they will be moved to a room in the program residence that has been set aside for isolating sick students.  Anyone identified as a close contact of the student who tests positive will be instructed to test for COVID-19 in accordance with the University’s exposure protocols, which follow public health guidance. Students who are not up to date with the vaccination series will be required to quarantine as well as test following an exposure. All students are required to cooperate with contact tracing, whether by the University or other public health agency.

An approved parent or guardian must retrieve a student who tests positive within 48 hours of being notified of the positive test result. Any associated costs are the responsibility of the student’s family. This policy also applies to Stones and Bones students during the field work portion of the program in Wyoming.

Students who must depart campus after a positive COVID-19 test will not be able to participate in their courses remotely. They may request an Incomplete if they have already completed most of the requirements of their course. The outcome of this request depends upon conversations between Summer Session and the instructor(s) about the feasibility of completing the remaining requirements while off-campus. Students who are permitted to take an Incomplete for their course will not receive any refund. Students who are not permitted to take an Incomplete will receive a full tuition refund; fees for room and board will be prorated as described below.