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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...

University launches Call to Action research program

University launches Call to Action research program

By Sophie Casaburi , Staff Writer April 1, 2021

Chancellor Robert Jones announced the upcoming applications for the new annual Call to Action Research Program via Massmail on March 18. The program will fund academic research to further the understanding...

A University of Illinois graduate takes a photo while seated at the May 16, 2015 Commencement at Memorial Stadium. The University will be conducting a hybrid of virtual and in-person private stage crossing experiences for 2020 and 2021 graduates this May.

UI gears up for University-wide commencement celebrations

By Payal Rathore, Staff Writer March 26, 2021

The University has decided to proceed with a hybrid of in-person and virtual events for both classes of 2020 and 2021 commencement celebrations, so as to continue in-person commencement traditions while...

The Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s first class poses for a group photo in front of the University's Alma Mater on July 3, 2018. The college recently received provisional accreditation for the quality of their education.

Carle Illinois College of Medicine receives provisional accreditation

By Alexandra Gergova, Staff Writer March 24, 2021

Following an in-depth process that included a virtual survey visit due to COVID-19 with the Liaison Committee on Medical Education in August, the Carle Illinois College of Medicine received provisional...

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