Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture COVID-19 Plan - Fall 2021


In consideration of the Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture’s commitment to maintaining healthy and safe living and learning environments during the COVID-19 pandemic, the following expectations are in place for all students for the fall 2021 term. The Chicago Center will update these expectations as needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. If changes are made to these expectations, students will be made aware via email communication. [Updated 8.27.21]


In the policies and expectations listed below, individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after they have completed the second shot for two-dose vaccines or one shot for one-dose vaccines. At this time, the Chicago Center vaccine requirement can be satisfied with any COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the FDA or WHO.

  • Per the most recent guidance from the Chicago Department of Public Health (8.17.21), students will be required to wear masks in all common areas at the Boulevard or otherwise advised by Chicago Center instructors or staff.

  • Students are required to be fully vaccinated upon arrival. If a student arrives unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, they will be required to wear a mask in common areas (e.g., shared spaces in the apartment and building) and practice social distancing and work to be fully vaccinated as soon as possible. For individuals who have been vaccinated, a mask and social distancing are not required.

  • Chicago Center students and staff will follow CDPH and Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.

  • Students are required to familiarize themselves with the symptoms of Covid-19 and best prevention methods by visiting the CDC website.

  • Students are expected to respect the health and safety of others by willingly self-monitoring the ways they are exposing others and diligently taking precautions against it.

  • Students are expected to follow the Chicago Center COVID-19 Positive Test Case and Illness Protocol if they exhibit symptoms, are exposed to Covid-19, or test positive for the virus;


COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing


Students are required to submit proof of vaccination (after two weeks of receiving the second dose when two doses are required) for the fall term. If a student is unvaccinated or partially vaccinated upon arrival, the Chicago Center staff will work with the student to begin the process of getting vaccinated. A student will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test (within 72 hours of arrival).




The Chicago Center facility allows for each student to have a single room and no more than two students will share a bathroom. In the event that a student needs to isolate or self-quarantine, the Chicago Center will ensure the student is not sharing a bathroom.


Guest Policy


Guests are defined as anyone who does not live in the Chicago Center student housing facility. Fully vaccinated students may host guests who are fully vaccinated according to standard guidelines in the Chicago Center Student Handbook. If a student is hosting a guest, they must be entered into the visitor log in case of the need for contact tracing. Guests who are not fully vaccinated will not be allowed in common spaces at the Chicago Center facility. Please contact Program Manager Ally Franz for further information about this policy.




All classes this semester will be in person unless communicated otherwise by a student’s instructor or Chicago Center staff. Unvaccinated students will be required to wear masks at all times and practice social distancing.


Internships & Placements


The Chicago Center will work with each individual student and placement site to ensure all parties are comfortable and compliant with local guidelines regarding in-person placements. In addition, each placement site will offer guidance and instruction based on their own protocols.


Chicago Center Covid-19 Positive Case and Illness Protocol


If a student is exposed to, diagnosed with, or develops symptoms of COVID-19, the student must follow the CDC protocol outlined here and notify Ally Franz, program manager, immediately.

Organizations throughout Chicago are offering free Covid-19 tests for those who exhibit symptoms or wish to be tested. A list of test sites can be found at this link. If your illness requires hospitalization, the University of Chicago and Northwestern Memorial Hospital are easily accessible.

The Chicago Center will initiate contact tracing within the Chicago Center program and then turn contact tracing over to the Chicago Department of Public Health, and/or follow existing city or state policies. Chicago Center will oversee the cleaning of spaces connected to the student in the Chicago Center facility. Each student is provided with a single room and can isolate in the event that they need to self-quarantine. Students can arrange grocery delivery from local stores such as Target, Mariano’s, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe’s. For more questions or information, contact Chicago Center Executive Director Tyler Hough, at