State Mandate for University Student & Employee COVID-19 Vaccinations

September 1, 2021

On August 26, 2021, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker issued an executive order mandating that all Illinois higher education students and employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The state mandate requires that all Chicago State University students and employees receive at least the first dose of a two-dose vaccine series or a single-dose vaccine, and show proof of vaccination status, by Sept. 5, 2021.

If  You Are Fully Vaccinated

  • CSU students, faculty, and staff who are fully vaccinated AND have provided proof to the university are not required to participate in once-weekly COVID-19 testing.
  • If you are fully vaccinated and have not yet provided proof of vaccination to the university, please do so immediately following the process outlined below.

If You Are Not Fully Vaccinated

CSU students, faculty, and staff who are not fully vaccinated, regardless of whether an exemption has been received, are required to participate in once-weekly on-campus COVID-19 testing by 12pm noon on Sept. 3 and once-weekly after then. The University strongly encourages all students, faculty, and staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and to begin your vaccination series now.

If You Are In Violation Of The Testing Requirements 

  • Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated employees, regardless of whether an exemption has been received, who do not participate in once-weekly on-campus COVID-19 testing by 12pm noon on Friday, September 3 will be barred from campus beginning on Tuesday, September 7, as required by the state mandate, and placed on unpaid administrative leave until the testing requirement is fulfilled.
  • Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated students, regardless of whether an exemption has been received, who do not participate in once-weekly COVID-19 testing by 12pm noon on Friday, September 3 will be progressively disciplined according to the CSU Student Code of Conduct beginning on Tuesday, September 7, which can include being barred from campus (including classes and the residence hall), as required by the state mandate, suspension, and other disciplinary actions.
  • The deadline for once-weekly surveillance testing is 12pm noon every Friday.
  • The University strongly encourages all students, faculty, and staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and to begin your vaccination series now. CSU will be offering free, on-campus clinics throughout the fall semester; the schedule is located here and announcements will be made regarding additional on-campus clinic dates. In the meantime, the COVID-19 vaccine is widely available nationally, including through your healthcare provider, neighborhood pharmacy, and locations throughout Illinois and the City of Chicago.
  • You can find the weekly on-campus COVID-19 testing hours. This test is free, non-invasive using saliva samples, takes only about 5 minutes to complete, and no appointment is required. 

On-campus COVID-19 testing: CSU Library Cafe

Date Time
Mon 9 - 11 am
Wed 9 - 11 am
Thur 12 - 3 pm
Fri 9 - 12 pm
  • At this time, the state requirement of once-weekly COVID-19 testing must take place through the on-campus testing services listed above. At a later date, the University will announce the expansion of testing hours and will additionally outline a process for accepting proof of tests received off-campus.

Process To Submit Full Vaccinations Status

Students: Submit a photo or scan of your vaccination record to wellness@csu.edu. All students who show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination will each receive a $50 payment incentive.

Faculty and staff: The Office of Human Resources (ADM Suite 203) will be verifying vaccination records daily between the hours of 9am - 5pm. Employees must verify their record in person. Please email HR@csu.edu if you have any additional questions.

We appreciate your partnership as we all work hard to comply with the new state mandate. Chicago State University is committed to the health of our campus and to prioritizing a safe learning environment. The shared commitment to prudent health and safety practices by our students, faculty, and staff has been tremendous, and we aim to continue this trend into the 2021-22 Academic Year. The best way for all of us to fully experience an enriching campus environment is to continue to follow the latest public health guidance, which includes getting vaccinated. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we work together towards a robust and enriching educational experience for our students.