UIC’s Response to Covid-19

UIC maintains the following website as a central source for Covid-19 updates and information. Please visit this site to learn about UIC’s Response to Covid-19.

UIC Covid-19 Website

Graduate College Response to Covid-19

The Graduate College will maintain this site as a central source for updated College planning and announcements.

Graduate students should continue to monitor their UIC email and follow UIC campus and guidance on COVID-19 Policies found on the website in the link above. This is the first and main place you should be consulting for information regarding this dynamic situation.

If you have symptoms that are concerning you about possible coronavirus infection (COVID-19) or believe that you may have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, please call our student health center at 312-996-2901.  It is important that you call ahead of time so that clinic staff can talk to you about your concerns and what the best next steps are right for you.

Graduate College Covid-19 Updates and Resources

Please use the tabs below to view Covid-19 updates to polices and procedures, along with resources.

Online Preliminary Examinations and Defense Guide

Graduate College Guidelines for Online Preliminary Examinations and Defenses Including Options for Faculty to Sign Examination Forms.

Also check out our Zoom Defense Tips info-graphic which contains tips for conducting your defense via Zoom.

Spring 2020 Graduate Student Grading Policy

Due to the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated effects on UIC graduate students, and with the consent of the UIC Senate Executive Committee and the College Deans, the Office of the Provost is enacting the following modifications to the grading policy for graduate students at UIC for the Spring 2020 Semester.

Please view it by following the link below.

Supporting Asians and Asian Americans at UIC during COVID-19

Statement from the Chancellor, Provost, and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs regarding support for Asians and Asian Americans at UIC during COVID-19.

Graduate College Newsletter

This newsletter is an easy and effective way to be informed about the resources available to you as graduate students at UIC.

Resources for Undocumented Students

For our undocumented immigrant community, we want to make sure you are aware of our internal and external resources available to support you during this time.

Professional Development

Individual Development Plan (IDP) – The Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a mechanism for creating and accomplishing both long and short term goals in pursuit of a desired career goal. To receive maximum benefit from the IDP process, it is essential that both graduate students and their faculty mentor(s) participate fully in the process.  The IDP will need to be revised as circumstances change, and it is most helpful if the mentor and graduate student work together to modify the IDP.

UIC International Student Resources

Office of International Services News

  • Coronavirus/COVID-19 Updates for the UIC International Community.

African-American Cultural Center’s Virtual Community

  • The African American Cultural Center has launched a weekly series of virtual programs designed to keep us connected and focused on the positive.

Arab-American Cultural Center

  •  Homepage has information about joining their ongoing Graduate Student Support Group. Also check out their Tips for Working/Studying from Home, linked below.

Disability Cultural Center

  • Link to the  Disability Cultural Center Zoom room.


Other International Student Resources

Chicago COVID-19 Resource Repository

  • Spreadsheet compiled by the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Center for Community Health.

Chicago COVID-10 Hardship and Help Page

  • The Chicago COVID-19 Hardship and Help page was created by Chicago organizers Kelly Hayes and Delia Galindo to offer a simple way for people in the Chicago area to ask others for assistance during this crisis.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Graduate College has created this FAQ section to help address questions regarding changes and updates to academic policies along with student health and wellness.