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Dear students,

If you have reached this page, it is because you have learned from a text message alert or by checking the McKinley Patient Health Portal that you have had a positive COVID test result. This means that you must immediately isolate and will not be able to attend any in-person activities or classes. For isolation guidance, see Please be aware that you will be contacted by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) by text to invite you to participate in contact tracing. You must opt-in with IDPH to be eligible for any documentation you may require to demonstrate that you isolated and have been released from this status.

The Student Assistance Center (SAC) in the Office of the Dean of Students is here to help ensure that you have the support you need not only at this time when you have tested positive, but at any time during your academic journey while at the University of Illinois. We work closely with students who may be struggling for a variety of reasons and help get them connected with campus and community resources.

You likely have many questions related to your COVID-19 diagnosis, especially as it relates to your academics. You will find many answers at the following links: and

We know that each student’s situation is different, and we want to support your academic progress in the best way that we can. Know, too, that your academic advisor and college dean’s office are both great resources if you’d like to discuss what makes the most sense for your schedule at this time. Please reach out to them as you need.

Please know that our office is here to assist you if you have questions, concerns, or need assistance. You can connect with us by scheduling an appointment, visiting our virtual drop-in hours, or by email at We can be reached during business hours at (217) 333-0050.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns, or if there is anything we can do to assist you.

The Student Assistance Center team

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