COVID-19 CUPPA Student UPDATE 3/12/2020
From Dean Pagano
March 12, 2020
Dear CUPPA Students,
I write to extend my deepest gratitude to you for your patience and flexibility as we move to online courses until further notice at UIC.
The entire CUPPA team of faculty and staff is working very hard to help our community be healthy and safe. It is vitally important that we look out for one another and the only real way ALL of us have to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at this point is through social distancing and continuous hand washing. The health, safety and welfare of our students, as well as staff and faculty, are of the highest priority.
CUPPA’s academic advising will continue during this period. Please be sure to contact your advisor to set up a meeting in a way that best fits - whether virtual, telephone, email, skype, etc.
Residence halls and dining services will remain open to students who choose to remain on campus and will not be affected by the move to online class instruction. Students living in residences will be receiving further guidance from Campus Housing.
The libraries at UIC will remain open. All student support services, including the student health center, counseling center, cultural centers, etc., will continue to operate, although these units may shift the way in which they deliver their services.
Our CUPPA Hall computer labs on the 1st and 2nd floors will remain open. We have instituted practices of social distancing in the Lab and Lab Suburbs (by closing 15 computers to create social distance) along with cleaning wipe stations available upon entrance and use before touching the keyboards. Purell is located on each floor near the elevators and near the Lab and Lab Suburbs. The campus custodial crew will be paying extra attention to sanitizing frequently used services and higher traffic areas.
We highly encourage you to read the information linked below and to remember to stay safe and to help protect others from the COVID-19 virus.
- What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)pdf icon
- What to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Stop the spread of germs – help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like COVID-19pdf icon
- Share facts about COVID-19 to help prevent stigma
And we can’t remind each other enough:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Remember the ‘6 foot’ rule – social distancing-- whenever possible.
Thank you and stay well!
Michael A. Pagano
Dean, UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs http://cuppa.uic.edu
412 S. Peoria St. (MC 350)
Chicago, IL 60607
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