Autumn Quarter 2021 Updates

We are very excited to welcome you back to campus this Autumn Quarter and build on your great work from last year. As you begin planning your RSO activities for the year, we are writing to share information about how the Center for Leadership and Involvement (CLI) and Student Centers can support you, in addition to updated policies. As you know, the University has released guidance for the campus’ transition to Phase 5 of the City of Chicago’s reopening plan. This guidance allows us to continue to support in-person and virtual RSO activities while keeping health and safety a top priority.

Updated In-Person Student Event Protocols

We are excited to announce that RSOs are permitted to hold in-person events. These gatherings must adhere to all Chicago Department of Public Health and University guidance for in-person gatherings at the time of the event. Event protocols are subject to change throughout the year as conditions warrant. Depending on the nature and size of your event, you may be required to limit attendance, include event staff to monitor COVID protocol compliance, and/or implement other mitigations for health and safety purposes. Please note that if you expect more than 100 attendees at your event, you must first seek approval from Campus and Student Life by filling out this request form.

All University facilities have been through a rigorous assessment of their ventilation systems and may have updated capacities or capabilities. Check the venue websites or with the venue managers to learn about any changes. Updated capacities for Student Centers spaces can be found on their website.

More information on the approvals process and best practices for gatherings can be found here: In-Person Event Procedures. We ask all RSO leaders to become familiar with these materials in order to plan successful events that prioritize health and safety. We encourage you to contact CLI advisors and Student Centers event staff for support while planning any gathering.

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