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OIS NEWS - 8/6/2020

Self-Quarantine FAQs for the UIC International Community

Please see below for a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to UIC self-quarantine recommendations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These recommendations apply to individuals newly arriving or returning to campus from locations outside the state of Illinois.

New information regarding self-quarantine recommendations will be posted here as they become available. For complete details on UIC’s COVID-19 response for the fall 2020 semester, please read the Circle Back to Campus plan.

What does it mean to self-quarantine?
People in self-quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that individuals in self-quarantine only leave for essential services.

Will I be required to self-quarantine upon arrival to campus?
The University instructs all individuals to follow the CDCRestore Illinois and City of Chicago Reopening guidance for protecting yourself and others from contracting COVID-19. If you enter the United States from another country, the CDC requires that you self-quarantine for 14 days. The City of Chicago requires anyone entering the state from abroad or certain U.S. states with high rates of infection self-quarantine. During your self-quarantine the University recommends you monitor your health using this guide.

Entry to the U.S. is prohibited for individuals who have been present in certain countries for the past 14 days. As I am from one of these countries, I will spend 14 days in another country before entering the U.S. Does this count as my self-quarantine?
No. You will still be entering the U.S. from another country and therefore will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Is the self-quarantine requirement just for international students?
The requirement to self-quarantine applies to anyone who has traveled outside the U.S. or to many U.S. states outside of Illinois and has nothing to do with the individual themselves. The CDC and City of Chicago require anyone entering Chicago from outside of the U.S. or many U.S. states self-quarantine for 14 days.

Do I need to arrive early to self-quarantine?
We recommend that you complete your 14-day self-quarantine before the start of any in-person or blended classes when the semester begins on August 24. If you will not be able to do so, you should communicate with each your professors as well as the Office of International Services that you will not be able to attend in person until you have completed your self-quarantine.

Do I need to present COVID-19 test information to Customs and Border Patrol?
The United States is not currently requiring this.

Will I be quarantined by the government when arriving?
No, self-quarantining is done on your own and is not enforced by the federal, state or city governments.

Where and how should do I self-quarantine?
Students may choose to self-quarantine off-campus. If a student decides to self-quarantine off campus, they will need to provide documentation to Campus Housing demonstrating that they met the self-quarantine requirements prior to being approved to move into Campus Housing.   

For students who will live in Campus Housing, they will have access to quarantine accommodation from August 8. Students living in SSR may be allowed to quarantine in their assigned apartment, all others will be asked to drop their items in their fall assigned space and move to an assigned temporary quarantine space in SSR.  

The University may decide to charge students a per night fee for the days in the residence hall before the official opening of campus housing during August 19-22.  Students must arrange for their arrival in advance by contacting the University through

What will I be allowed to do during my self-quarantine in Campus Housing?
Campus Housing residents in self-quarantine in their assigned apartment must follow the CDC guidelines. Current UIC guidance stipulates that students assigned to self-quarantine must arrange for their own supply of food. SSR units do include refrigerators, microwaves and stoves. Restaurant deliveries will not be accepted on behalf of the student. On the other hand, grocery deliveries are allowed once per day per resident as long as they are scheduled in advance. Some common grocery delivery services include InstacartMercatoJewel and Whole Foods. additionally, contactless box meal delivery to your room will also be an option at a cost of $8 per meal. A sign-up sheet will be made available upon your arrival to campus for your consideration.

What COVID-19 testing will occur during the self-quarantine?
COVID-19 testing is available to students, but Students who are feeling ill or suspect that they could have COVID-19 should first call Student Health Services at 312-996-2901. The clinicians will then advise you to your next steps. You may also contact your CampusCare primary care provider or primary care provider through your health insurance.

Who should I contact if I still have questions?
The following resources are available:

  • General Health and Quarantine Questions: Student Health Services at University Village (312) 996-2901 for guidance or your CampusCare primary care provider or primary care provider through your health insurance.
  • Campus Housing Quarantine Questions: University Housing, (312) 355-6300. 
  • Office of International Services: Student Services Building, Suite 2160, 1200 W Harrison St., (312) 996-3121,