College Archived Updates

Correspondence from the College

An archive of updates about COVID-19 and Spring Quarter 2020 from the College.

Dear Students in the College:

With the start of the Spring Quarter now one week away, the University of Chicago College wants to ensure all students have sufficient technology equipment and internet connectivity for remote learning before classes begin.

To help determine this, the College asks that all students prepare their hardware and software to successfully learn remotely, and contact the College if financial assistance is needed. Following is guidance.

To prepare for remote learning:

1 This quarter, students will learn remotely with Zoom and Canvas.

2 For guidance, the University’s Learning Remotely – Getting Started website has information about hardware and software students will need, including a computer and, ideally, a camera and microphone.

3 A reliable internet connection also will be helpful for attending classes remotely and the site has information about how students should test their connection and what to do.

4 To test these items, students should create a Zoom account by Signing In to, installing the Zoom software, and then Joining a Practice Session to check the function and clarity of the camera and microphone. 

5 Before class, students should join a Zoom test session to check their audio and webcam. After Starting Video, look to see that the image is clear and that the green microphone button in the lower left lights up when speaking into the microphone.

For financial assistance, the University recognizes that the sudden transition to online learning due to COVID-19 has found many students unprepared for the technical demands of online coursework. For students who need financial support to update outdated technology that limits access to broadband or systems unable to support video and streaming capabilities, the University will provide assistance. Students with crucial technology needs should access the College’s Technology Request Form.

The University understands the demands of remote learning on students. We remain deeply committed to helping students to be poised for success.

Jay Ellison, PhD
Dean of Students in the College
The University of Chicago

As you know, efforts to slow down the spread of COVID-19 at the local, national and global levels have led to significant changes at the University of Chicago. I write to remind you that important student services and resources continue to be available to all enrolled students regardless of where you are during the Spring Quarter.

Student Health and Counseling Services, in addition to responding to concerns related to COVID-19, is increasing capacity to provide remote options to deliver medical and mental health care. The Dean-on-Call and Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call can be accessed by calling 773-834-HELP (4357) 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Staff at Student Disability Services and the Office of International Affairs have transitioned to virtual offices and can work with students using a variety of remote methods in the weeks ahead. In the Spring Quarter, the Center for Leadership and Involvement will be collaborating with student leaders and campus partners such as UChicagoGRAD, the Center for Identity + Inclusion and Spiritual Life to sustain student communities and support RSOs and other student-led initiatives that can take place remotely.

Although the University does not anticipate any interruption of these critical student services and resources in the Spring Quarter, current restrictions do limit Campus and Student Life’s ability to deliver other normally available resources and programs which are supported by the quarterly Student Services Fee. Therefore, we are reducing the quarterly Student Services Fee to a flat $125 rate for the Spring Quarter.

In keeping with University policy, students living more than fifty miles from the Hyde Park campus in the Spring Quarter will not be required to pay the Student Services Fee. This includes students who were not assessed the Fee in the Autumn or Winter Quarters and whose circumstances have not changed. Students with questions about the Fee or who believe the Fee should be waived due to their new Spring Quarter location, should contact  The Office of the University Bursar’s website also has additional information about Spring Quarter billing and financial resources for students.

I encourage all of you to stay updated on the latest announcements and information from the University by visiting UChicago’s Coronavirus updates website and the Spring Quarter 2020 website.

Stay well,

Michele Rasmussen
Dean of Students in the University

Today, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker issued a statewide “stay at home” order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday and effective through April 7. The order’s main objective is to reduce the spread of coronavirus by asking Illinois residents to stay at home as much as possible, while providing for continuation of a number of designated activities.

Thanks to the intensive efforts of our entire community, the University has already taken numerous actions to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), including moving to remote learning and encouraging remote work wherever possible. We will comply fully with this important new order and will work immediately to ensure that our community is prepared to carry it out.

The University provides many essential services that will continue under the new directive. These include life-saving patient care at the University of Chicago Medicine, essential educational and research functions, student dining, security, and other vital activities.

We are continuing to study details of the stay at home order and their implications for our community. Because operations in support of remote teaching and learning are considered essential functions, we will work to provide continued support for instructors and students, while taking additional steps to ensure the safety and well-being of the people providing services. We will have more to share on these and other issues in the coming days. Managers will contact employees who are involved in essential campus functions with further instructions.

In accordance with the order, the University is taking the following actions:


  • All students who are planning to leave campus should do so as soon as possible.
  • Students who have been approved to remain on campus in residence halls may do so and are expected to abide by the stay at home order.
  • Student dining is already operating in a to-go-only format. Hutchinson Commons will have limited hours during Spring Break to serve students who are staying in residence halls. Beginning on March 29, the Baker Dining Commons will be open for students remaining on campus for Spring Quarter.
  • Students who live off campus and in Chicago should also abide by the stay at home order. If students living off campus wish to return home, they should do so as soon as possible.
  • Students who need assistance can apply for emergency funding via one of the University Bursar’s Emergency Assistance Programs. Please visit the Bursar’s site for details.
  • We recognize that this new order can bring uncertainty. Students who need counseling support should contact Student Counseling Services at 773-702-9800.


  • Employees should continue to work remotely if possible, as many are doing already.
  • Employees who are in essential functions and cannot work remotely should be in contact with their managers to discuss specific circumstances as a result of the stay at home order.
  • Almost all buildings on campus now require a University of Chicago ID card for entry. Please be sure to keep your ID card with you at all times.


  • All non-critical research activities requiring aggregation of people should be suspended and access to labs will be limited to essential personnel to perform critical research functions.


  • All events on campus have been suspended until further notice.

Spring Quarter

  • Spring Quarter will begin on April 6 as scheduled via remote learning.

These steps are likely to bring additional challenges for all of us, including concerns for families, friends, and colleagues, and we appreciate your patience and partnership. I know our community will approach this with the dedication and helpful spirit of collaboration that the situation requires.

Our campus has experienced additional cases of COVID-19 in recent days and, unfortunately, we expect to see more as cases across the city and state continue to increase. We wish a quick recovery to all who are affected by this disease, and our thanks go out to the dedicated staff at the University of Chicago Medicine who are working every day to provide treatment to COVID-19 patients and save lives.

We will be in contact in the coming days to provide more information to guide compliance with the stay at home order. For additional information, please continue to consult the University’s coronavirus website and the new website with information to assist in planning for remote learning and remote work during Spring Quarter 2020.

Dear Students in the College:

As the impact of COVID-19 evolves, the College wants to ensure undergraduate students have an official, comprehensive source of information and resources to navigate Winter Quarter final exams and preparation for Spring Quarter.

As of today, a dedicated undergraduate information webpage for Spring Quarter has been posted to the College’s website at

To remain aware of current and new resources for College students, we strongly recommend checking the webpage on a regular basis. The College will be updating the page with new information from the University, the College Dean of Students Office, Campus and Student Life, Study Abroad, Career Advancement, and more.

For questions, please continue to contact your academic adviser.


Jay Ellison

Dean of Students in the College

The University of Chicago

Dear Student,

Since many of you will not be in Chicago during Spring Quarter, we will only renew the U-Pass for those students who will be local and would like to continue using the CTA. Please take a moment to fill out this form to let us know you would like to continue using your U-Pass during Spring Quarter. 

As a reminder, U-Pass is to be used only by the student for whom it is issued. Any other riders with you should have their own Ventra cards. CTA will confiscate the card if anyone other than the person appearing in the U-Pass photo is using the card.  Upon confiscation, a student will not be eligible for another U-Pass for up to a year. Your U-Pass riding privileges are not valid for Pace. 

Should you lose your U-Pass, a new one can be obtained through the College Dean of Student’s Office. Please note that CTA will charge a $50 replacement fee. Odyssey Scholars will be eligible for one free replacement during their time in the College.

If you have questions, please write to

As you make preparations for Spring Quarter, please take a moment to update your information in the "My Profile" section of My.UChicago portal, including your physical address for Spring Quarter, permanent/home address, emergency contact information, and parent/guardian contact information. As the College transitions to remote learning, it is important to ensure your information is accurate and fulsome.

To do so:

  • Go to My.UChicago and login with CNET ID and password
  • Navigate to "My Profile" using the quick links on the right-hand side of the page
  • Confirm or adjust the information in each field.

More detailed instructions on how to update the content on your My Profile page can be found on the Registrar’s website.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Registrar’s office at

Dear Students in the College:

As expressed since the onset of COVID-19, the health and safety of students is a paramount priority of the University of Chicago. In learning yesterday that a University community member tested positive, the College recommends – in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – all undergraduate students who have not yet left campus for Spring Break, and who can return home, should do so as soon as feasible.

Recognizing that this may cause logistical difficulties and other challenges, the University of Chicago is delaying final exams for the Winter Quarter. All departments will move online exams from Thursday and Friday of this week (March 19-20) to next Tuesday and Wednesday (March 24-25). In addition, all faculty have been asked to be flexible in the setting of final deadlines for the submissions of papers and course projects.

Over the next days, your instructors will directly communicate the specific timing of rescheduled exams. Should you have questions beforehand, please contact your academic adviser.

We know the impact of COVID-19 has been challenging, and the work of leaving campus quickly will add to the stress and disappointment already felt by many in our College community. We remain committed to supporting you through this period of transition and thank you for your cooperation.

John W. Boyer
Dean of the College
The University of Chicago 

Jay Ellison, PhD
Dean of Students in the College
The University of Chicago

Dear Students in the College,

I write at a time of great distress and uncertainty for all members of our community. Let me begin by thanking all of you for your dedication to your academic work, for your courageous efforts to conclude your studies this quarter under highly unusual and adverse circumstances, for your patience and flexibility in working through the many ad hoc logistical arrangements that all of us have had to cope with in recent weeks, and for your generosity, compassion, and friendship towards your fellow students. This is an encouraging reminder of the strength of our campus community in these difficult times.

The current crisis is bound to unsettle and fill us with forebodings about the near and even distant future. But I can assure you that it will pass, and that as we look to the safety, welfare, and success of every member of our community, we will emerge from this moment stronger, with greater confidence and purpose in our academic work and in every other dimension of life. In this spirit, I thought that it might be helpful to reflect on this state of unsettledness in light of my experiences as a dean and a faculty member over the past 28 years, especially the conjunctions that I have witnessed as a professional historian between the writing of history, the making of history, and the experience of seeing history made.

Many years ago, I remember Leonard Krieger, who was my teacher in graduate school at Chicago, describing his experiences as a young OSS researcher with the rank of second lieutenant during World War II. In the aftermath of the disaster of Pearl Harbor and the early Nazi victories in the Eastern front in Europe in 1941 and 1942, the staff of the Research and Analysis Branch in the Pentagon, of which Krieger was a member, was despairing of what lay ahead, so much so that they asked Professor William Langer, their then boss, what he thought. Was it inevitable that America would lose World War II?

Langer’s response, given in a subdued and cautionary tone, was to recall to them the intellectual habits and tools of an historian. He did so by reminding them that they had all read Thucydides’ The Peloponnesian War, and that as students of Thucydides they should know that wars rarely, indeed very rarely, end the way they seem to begin.

I have no idea of the specific personal or emotional circumstances in which Langer made this comment, but Krieger’s point in telling the story was his conviction that history affords essential insights into the fragility and uncertainty faced by leaders in times of radical crisis and change. He also meant that history provides insights into the powerful impact of institutional structures, traditions, and deep cultural patterns, beyond the quirks of individual human choices, in determining historical outcomes. That is, there is a powerful lesson, which I believe offers hope for us today, embedded in the arguments of one of the greatest of ancient historians and his magnificent work about the dire struggle between the Athenians and the Spartans in the Fifth Century before the Common Era. Thucydides reminds us of the resilience of common institutions and sustaining values, and above all of the importance of holding together in support of the human communities that undergird and constitute those institutions. Even dark moments are transitory, and crises can end with bright spots from everyday heroism.

In a word, Krieger’s story was about the intellectual resources of intellect and character that we as scholars and students, and as observers of the fate of institutions, may summon in times of crisis, but it was also about the importance of protecting the people who inhabit those institutions against undue and harmful fears, about the dilemmas of those who are called upon to fight against hopelessness, and about the need to acknowledge the deep emotional and cultural assets that each person brings in sustaining the values and ideals of our institutions and their historical legacy and social impact.

In times of crisis it is important to resist the temptation to live simply in the fears of the moment. There is enormous benefit in reflecting upon the courage and resilience that empowered preceding generations at this university in facing a myriad of crises involving war and peace, social and political turmoil, and the defense of fundamental civil liberties – demonstrating exceptional capacity to shape our personal and collective futures. These lessons serve as inspiration and protect us from immobilizing fear, enabling us to embrace and intelligently shape the still newer possibilities that the present community will most certainly create.

With this in mind, I hope you will recall the unique foundation that your liberal arts education offers in moments of great uncertainty. We are not out to develop well-rounded women and men at the University of Chicago. As my distinguished predecessor Alan Simpson once observed, the problem with well-rounded students is that they will roll wherever they are pushed. We are out to help you prepare yourselves to assume intellectual leadership positions in all walks of life, to show the luminous power of a Chicago education in and to the world, and to enhance your self-confidence and your capacity for innovation and collaboration. We want you to live lives of discernment, judgment, and courage, to approach the inevitable vulnerabilities and perplexities of life with resilience and fearlessness, such as those we now face in these profoundly uncertain times, and we believe that this kind of learning can take place in multiple venues and in many diverse and unique circumstances.

The current world health crisis, like all great but also terrible moments in history, will impact our lives in many unknowable and frightening ways. But it will also pass, and in passing it will reaffirm our confidence in the fundamental logic of our institution, in the productive and creative learning of our community, and in the extraordinary dedication and courage of you, our students. The vision of our founding president, William Rainey Harper—that through the work of our students the University would constitute a force for democratic enlightenment that would enrich the public good—is no less compelling today than it was over a century ago.

Again, let me express my high esteem for your work, your service, and your compassion for your fellow students.

I wish you and your families health and safety in these very difficult times.

John W. Boyer
Dean of the College
The University of Chicago

As part of our response to coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in recent days the University has taken a number of additional operational steps to ensure the health and wellbeing of our community and to implement new guidance from state and federal public health authorities.

  • The University will comply with a new directive by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker prohibiting gatherings of more than 50 people, to reduce the spread of coronavirus. We recognize that the University has a variety of buildings and spaces, and social distancing is easier to implement in some spaces than others. Meetings should be conducted by phone or web conferencing when possible. For in-person gatherings, we advise maintaining a distance of at least six feet from other participants. 
  • In compliance with the Governor’s statewide directive, the University has ceased dine-in service for all on-campus dining halls and cafes from today through March 30. Food will be provided in take-and-go packaging. We will communicate dining operating hours and protocols for Spring Quarter based on further public health guidance.
  • The Gerald Ratner Athletics Center and Henry Crown Field House will close as of 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, and will remain closed through April 5. The Ratner Center will re-open for Spring Quarter if conditions allow.
  • Campus shuttles are running normally, with flexibility to change operations if necessary to align with public health guidance. To facilitate work that requires a presence on campus, the University will provide parking in the Ellis Garage through March 31.
  • Most buildings on campus that remain open and operational will move to card access only, beginning tomorrow morning, March 18. All faculty, students, and staff will need to use their University IDs to access these buildings.

To help address questions about these and other changes in the coming weeks, the University today is launching theSpring Quarter Information Line at 1-773-795-5374, or toll free at 1-877-744-4800. Operators can help answer or route questions about changes for the Spring Quarter, remote learning, remote work questions for staff members, and COVID-19 preparations. People with questions about the University’s COVID-19 precautions may also send them to our information email, In addition, the University’s coronavirus website is being updated daily with new information.


Due to recent national, state, and city guidance related to COVID-19 and public spaces, the University has made the decision to close Ratner and Henry Crown beginning at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, March 17 through Sunday, April 5 for recreational use. Re-opening or extending the closure after April 5 will be communicated at the end of March. If Ratner is re-opened in the Spring Quarter, Summer Interim Hours will be used, and Henry Crown will remain closed.

We will automatically be extending all memberships, locker services, and towel services by the duration of this closure. As stated in the previous email, we are also allowing all patrons to suspend their memberships for the duration of the adjusted hours due to the remote learning for Spring Quarter. Any patron who wishes to suspend their membership past this initial closure should contact Bob Petrowski directly through email ( If you plan on using Ratner once it opens, you do not have to do anything – we are planning to automatically extend everyone due to the closure. Given the situation, we will be flexible with the timing and duration of suspensions.

While we are closed for recreational use, the Athletics Facilities offices will remain open Monday – Friday, from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. If you have items in a permanent locker at either facility that you need to retrieve, you can come to the Ratner Front Desk during that time.

For further information on how the University is handling COVID-19, please visit:


The Department of Athletics & Recreation

Dear Members of the College Community:

The University of Chicago is fortunate to have leading doctors and medical researchers at University of Chicago Medicine. Their guidance and support are essential resources for the University and College as we act to prevent and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

As we close the Winter Quarter and prepare to embark on Spring Break and remote study for Spring Quarter, the University wanted to share a video message from Assoc. Prof. EmilyLandon, who specializes in infectious disease and serves as medical director of antimicrobial stewardship and infection control at UChicago Medicine. The video is being shared to continue to deepen awareness of the coronavirus and the diligence needed, particularly among those who are young and healthy, to reduce its spread. Whether you remain on campus or will spend time with friends or family, Dr. Landon has helpful information for maintaining health and safety.

To view the video, click here. For more about the coronavirus, please

Jay Ellison, PhD
Dean of Students in the College
The University of Chicago

Dear Members of the University Community,

As directed by the Governor of Illinois, the University of Chicago will cease dine-in service for all on-campus dining halls and cafes at the end of their business hours on Monday, March 16, through March 30 – due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Following is general information about the University’s continued provision of food service and UChicago Dining meal plans.

• Final Dine-In Service: On Monday, March 16, the dinner meal will be the final sit-down service provided in all on-campus residential dining commons and retail operations.

• Before Spring Break: From March 17 to March 22, all residential dining halls and retail operations will remain open and continue to provide meal service as scheduled, but without seating. Food will be provided in take-and-go packaging.

• During Spring Break, Hutchinson Commons, Pret-A-Manger, and the Starbucks in Saieh Hall will provide retail food service without seating. Food will be provided in take-and-go packaging.

• During Spring Quarter, undergraduate students who have petitioned to stay on campus in the Max Palevsky Residential Commons will be able to use the Baker Dining Commons dining hall. We will communicate dining operating hours and protocols based on further public health guidance.

While a necessary action to maintain the health and safety of community members, we understand this change may cause disappointment. Please know that the University is committed to resuming normal service as soon as doing so is permitted by the State.

For a full list of retail locations and menu options, please visit

Richard J. Mason
Assistant Vice President for Campus Life and Associate Dean in the College
The University of Chicago

Dear Student,

I am writing with an important update to the College Academic Advising Office and meeting with your adviser, a dean, or the adviser on call. Effective immediately, advisers will be available to meet with all students in the College via phone or Zoom, and will no longer be holding in-person appointments. We recognize this is a big change for us, a change we are making to help us to maintain the national guidelines for social distancing.

If you had a meeting scheduled with your adviser this week, your adviser or one of the deans in my office will be in touch with you to make alternate arrangements to hold the meeting either over the phone or via Zoom. Please continue to schedule appointments through You’ll be asked to provide a phone number when you do so that your adviser can reach you, and we will add the option of scheduling a Zoom meeting with your adviser.

We want to continue to serve our students during this time and appreciate your understanding as we try to navigate this territory that is new to all of us. Please take care of yourself and continue to reach out to your adviser. We remain committed to your success. We are all hoping for a swift end to this and look forward to the time we can meet with you again in person.

Kathleen A. Forde
Director of the College Academic Advising Office
Senior Associate Dean of Students in the College

Dear Odyssey Scholars, 

While you have received a number of messages over the past week providing information and support, we wanted to take the opportunity to acknowledge the unique challenges many of you are facing. We recognize the pressure you face while making arrangements to go home or stay in Hyde Park, and figuring out how to manage your life in a different way moving forward. We hope you have access to whatever support network is most helpful to you at this moment, whether that is your family, friends, mentors, counselors, or fellow Odyssey Scholars. Please know that the administrators working closest to the Odyssey Scholarship Program are also a source of support for you during these extraordinary times. 

To that end, we would like to outline resources available to you as Odyssey Scholars. 


CCSS staff will continue to provide one-on-one advising through online and phone appointments. They are also working on additional ways to keep students in the Odyssey Scholar community connected and engaged throughout the spring quarter. Odyssey Career advisers will continue to provide students with personalized support through virtual and/or phone appointments. Students who are anticipating their Jeff Metcalf Grant for Odyssey Scholars will receive their grant stipends if they are on or off campus during spring quarter. 


Financial Aid will be providing you a $1,500 advance on your Spring Quarter financial aid to assist with costs you may incur during the transition. The Bursar’s Office will have these funds available to you early the week of March 16 via direct deposit if you are already enrolled. If you have additional costs or your upcoming travel costs exceed the $1,500 advance, please visit: for information on emergency funding options. If you are in need of a laptop or internet access, please visit the CCSS website at:

More information can be found on the Office of Financial Aid’s FAQs page. If you have additional questions, please reach out to the following contacts: 

Financial Aid: 

Career Advancement: Nelida Garcia, 

Center for College Student Success: Devon Moore, 

For the most up-to-date information on coronavirus, visit We are here for you throughout this new journey. Please reach out if you have any questions or if there are other ways we can be a resource to you during this time. 


Jay Ellison, PhD 

Dean of Students in the College

Dear Students,

In order to help you practice the suggested social distancing measures the University is making additional study spaces available to you. In addition to the Regenstein Library A level and 1st floor, please find below a comprehensive list of campus locations with extended hours for immediate use:

• William Eckhardt Research Center - 1st Floor & Meeting Room 161
Saturday 14-Mar 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday 15-Mar 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Monday – Friday 16 Mar - 20 Mar 8:00 am – 11:00 pm

• Reynolds Club & Hutchinson Commons*
Saturday 14-Mar 8:00 am – Midnight
Sunday 15-Mar 9:00 am – Midnight
Monday – Friday 16 Mar - 20 Mar 7:00 am – Midnight
* These spaces will be dedicated to study when not in use for dining or for early voting.

• 1st Floor Classrooms in Harper Memorial Library & Stuart Hall* 
Saturday 14-Mar 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday 15-Mar 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
Monday – Friday 16 Mar - 20 Mar 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
* The Cox Lounge in the basement of Stuart Hall is also open for studying.

We encourage you to make use of these spaces and follow best practices for social distancing.

As a reminder, the Arley D. Cathey Learning Center in Harper Memorial Library is now open 24 hours a day through exam week. 

• Cathey Learning Center in Harper Memorial Library
Saturday 14-Mar 24 Hours
Sunday 15-Mar 24 Hours
Monday – Thursday 16-Mar - 19-Mar 24 Hours
Friday 20-Mar Closes @ 4:30 pm

Best wishes for your exams and we ask that you take the necessary steps to stay healthy.

Jay Ellison, PhD
Dean of Students

Dear Students in the College,

We know that this continues to be a very stressful time for you. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has caused concern in the College community, and a great deal of disruption in our country, city and on our campus.

The College has been diligently working to move into this new set of realities with your health and safety central to everything we do. In that vein, here is information that I hope will be helpful for you.

Many of you are wondering how final exams will be administered, since the news to move to online classes during Spring Quarter. While exam week will continue as planned, your final exams will be administered and evaluated online or through other remote mediums, such as take-home exams. This will help us to maintain the national guidelines for social distancing, enabling you to take your exams safely while preserving the integrity of the coursework you have done through the Winter Quarter.

If you have questions regarding your final exam, please be in touch with your instructors. For all other academic questions, please reach out to your academic adviser.

Best wishes for a successful exam week.

Jay Ellison, PhD
Dean of Students

Dear students,
The Office of International Affairs (OIA) recently received guidance from the U.S. federal government regarding international students, and the University’s need to adapt procedures and policies to address the significant public health concerns associated with COVID-19. OIA has created a list of FAQs based on questions we’ve received from students on this issue, which can be found on our website and have been included below.
To aid in your planning, I am writing to confirm current federal guidance allows you to take your spring quarter courses online, which will not impact or jeopardize your F-1 or J-1 status. Provided you can continue to make normal progress in a full course of study as required by federal regulations, you may do so by taking your spring quarter classes online. For questions about CPT, OPT, and other related visa questions, see the list below.
We encourage you to reach out to your respective OIA adviser via email if you have follow-up questions or need further assistance. We have increased the number of advisers available by telephone and email during advising hours (Monday-Friday, from 10am-1pm and 2-4pm). To reach an adviser during these periods, please call: 773-702-7752.
We encourage you to familiarize yourselves with the University’s guidance on the Coronavirus Updates page for the most up-to-date information, and want you to know that OIA is committed to serving you to the best of our ability during this public health emergency.
Nick Seamons

Dear Students,

In preparation for the University to move to remote learning in the spring quarter, the College would like to ensure that you have all the necessary tools for your academic success.

Over the next few days and during spring break, guidance will be provided on how to remotely access and participate in your courses. While we will email you this information, notifications of its availability will also be posted in the MyUChicago student portal and on the College’s social media channels.

For now, we recommend that you be in communication with your Academic Adviser to ask initial questions, and convey if there is anything we can do to support you while you are away from campus.

Again, please know that my staff and I stand ready to work with you to make sure your spring quarter is productive and that you continue to make progress in your academic journey.

You may contact your Academic Adviser directly or via

All my best,
Jay Ellison, PhD
Dean of Students in the College

CHICAGO – Due to the impact and nation-wide spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the University of Chicago has canceled all spring seasons.

Effective immediately, all UChicago spring sport contests and practices are canceled.

Statement from Director of Athletics and Recreation, Erin McDermott

"Following the University decision to transition to remote learning in the spring quarter (University Release) and in accordance with public health guidance, we have canceled spring seasons effective March 13. In addition, the NCAA announced yesterday that the remaining winter and all spring championships were canceled which effectively ended remaining winter seasons (NCAA Release).

This has been an incredibly difficult week which has led to this unprecedented and incredibly difficult decision. For those of us who know how precious each season is for student-athletes, we understand how disappointing this is, especially for our seniors. We all have heavy hearts right now. I am also lifted and inspired by the emotion I saw from students and coaches after hearing this news. To lead a group so passionate is a privilege. I am also confident in their resiliency. I know that when it is appropriate to return, the Maroons will be back in full force with a commitment to excellence and being the best they can be. Go Maroons!"

To keep up to date with all UChicago developments and news regarding the coronavirus, visit

We have been closely following the evolving situation with coronavirus (COVID-19), and have decided in accordance with University guidance and for the safety of our community and visitors to cancel the Winter Quarter Senior Pub Night that was planned for tomorrow, March 11th as well as the Fourth-Year Signature Event taking place on April 16th.

Although the local COVID-19 problem in Illinois is still limited, public health officials have said that continuing growth of cases is likely and large events, such as these ones for all Fourth-Year students, can pose an added risk. As a result, on March 10 the University suspended most University-sponsored events and gatherings of more than 100 people.

We recognize that this is disappointing news and we thank you for your understanding and flexibility. We strive to make decisions that protect our students' health and well-being and unfortunately these circumstances are out of our control.

For questions or concerns please contact

Dear Student, 

I want to alert you to information just posted on the Student Wellness website about the new coronavirus strain that originated in Wuhan, China. 

For more information, please see…

I encourage you to contact the Student Health Service or your primary care provider if you have questions or concerns about symptoms or any other aspects of this health issue. 


John ‘Jay’ Ellison 

Dean of Students in the College