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A Carle pharmacist writes the date on Moderna vaccine labels at the Church of the Living God on Feb. 20. The University will begin to waive Covid-19 testing for vaccinated individuals starting in the fall.

UI to waive COVID-19 testing for vaccinated individuals

By Alex Chang, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

The University announced on Thursday that fully vaccinated individuals will be able to waive testing if they provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, e.g. a COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, to McKinley...

A group of protestors hold a sign reading “George Floyd’s Life Mattered” in downtown Chicago on May 30. The University recently sent a Massmail to students after Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder calling for the public to take action against  systemic racism.

University addresses George Floyd trial outcome

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, News Editor April 21, 2021

The University released a Massmail Tuesday shortly after the George Floyd trial came to a close, calling for a public commitment to take action against systemic racism.   Former Minneapolis police...

A concept drawing of the Main Library after renovation is shown above. University faculty is concerned for new construction at the Main Library due to disruptions caused by the pandemic

UI library renovations move forward despite faculty concerns

By Willie Cui, Assistant Daytime News Editor April 21, 2021

Due to pandemic disruptions, faculty members have expressed concerns over the University Library’s plans to renovate the Main Library and convert the Undergraduate Library into a special collections...

The Central Illinois Mosque & Islamic Center sits quietly at 106 S. Lincoln Ave. in Urbana on Saturday. The University is providing nasal swabs for individuals who partake in Ramadan in case fasting causes difficulties in saliva production.

University provides nasal swab testing alternative for Ramadan observers

By Aliza Majid, Assistant News Editor April 12, 2021

The University has announced a nasal swab alternative option that Muslims can request during the month of Ramadan.  Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and will take place from April 12...

The OSF Healthcare Heart of Mary Medical Center sits quietly at 1400 W. Park St. in Urbana on Saturday. The University is participating in a study to examine the effectiveness of vaccines and the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

University participates in national COVID-19 vaccination study

By Royal Shrestha, Staff Writer April 12, 2021

The University is participating in a national COVID-19 research study that is studying the effectiveness of vaccines and virus spreading. The University is forming a partnership with 20 other universities...

Andy Borst presents information about University applicants during the Admissions Subcommittee of the Academic Senate meeting. For the next two admissions cycles, students will have the option of submitting their test scores.

University extends test-optional policy for next two admissions cycles

By Alexandra Gergova, Staff Writer April 8, 2021

In response to the detrimental effect COVID-19 has had on the accessibility of standardized testing, the University of Illinois System Board of Trustees unanimously approved a request last Thursday to...

Professor Peter Abbamonte adjusts his video camera for students who choose to attend class online on Nov. 2. The University is planning on introducing more in-person classes for the fall of 2021.

University plans for fall 2021, includes more in-person events

By Payal Rathore, Staff Writer April 6, 2021

While the official plans for the upcoming fall semester are yet to be released, the administration is currently focusing on providing vaccines for students and the future possibility of having more in-person...

University extends eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine to all faculty, staff, students

University extends eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine to all faculty, staff, students

By Alexandra Gergova, Staff Writer April 5, 2021

The University released a Massmail announcing that all faculty, staff and students are considered eligible to schedule and receive the COVID-19 vaccine via select appointments.  This announcement comes...

University suspends study abroad programs for fall 2021

University suspends study abroad programs for fall 2021

By Aliza Majid, Assistant News Editor April 5, 2021

The University announced on March 23 that all study abroad programs will be suspended through December due to health and safety uncertainties. “Despite positive developments in some areas, significant...

Jose Hernandez spits into his saliva sample tube in order to detect if he has COVID-19 on Feb. 1.  The University of Illinois has been working on upgrading the saliva test to include family members.

Saliva testing offered for local schools, families of University community

By Alex Chang, Staff Writer April 5, 2021

The University has announced the offering of saliva-based COVID-19 testing to families of the University and schools in the C-U area under the new SHIELD CU program, expanding testing beyond just the University. Originally,...

Aerial of Main Quadrangle looking northwest including Foellinger Auditorium, Gregory Hall, Lincoln Hall,  the English Building, Henry Administration, the Illini Union, Harker Hall, Noyes Laboratory, Davenport Hall, Foreign Language building.

UI to use CommonApp for fall 2021 admissions

By Sophie Casaburi, Staff Writer April 5, 2021

Governor J.B. Pritzker announced on March 19 that all Illinois public universities will implement the Common Application for Fall 2021 admissions. According to Andy Borst, Director of Undergraduate Admissions,...

People enjoy a warm day on the Main Quad on Oct. 7.

University announces additional paid days off for employees

By Amrita Bhattacharyya, News Editor April 1, 2021

The University announced Tuesday that employees who are eligible for leave benefits will receive three paid “gift days” for this year’s Reduced Service Days. Gift days are days in which employees...

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