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Changes to COVID-19 protocols

As the State of Illinois moves to Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois COVID-response, some immediate changes will take place to GU’s COVID-19 related protocols:


  • The University will fully open public access to campus, starting July 7, which includes access to the library and annex.
  • The University no longer will require fully vaccinated individuals to wear face coverings or practice social distancing indoors or outdoors. Please note the definition of “fully vaccinated” is 14 days after final dose.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated will be required to continue to practice social distancing and wear a face covering when distancing is not possible.
  • At this time, compliance with this new CDC guidance will be enforced on the honor system.
  • As GU plans for the fall semester, officials anticipate only needing to test symptomatic students, faculty, and staff in accordance with the direction of the local health department. The University will not need to conduct surveillance testing as it did last year, however, the plan is to continue to have access to such resources should anything change. GU will continue to follow the lead of the IDPH, CDC, and the local health department. 
  • More information related to classroom and residence life will be available toward the end of July as the GU’s COVID teams review updated guidelines. 


The University encourages employees and students to be vaccinated, if and when they are able to do so. For more information about vaccines and finding a vaccine provider near you, click here.

This story was published on July 07, 2021