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Higher Education Phase 5 Guidance

Higher Education Phase 5 Guidance


Illinois entered Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan on June 11, 2021. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) released updated Phase 5 Guidelines for Businesses and Venues. Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released updated Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) on June 4, 2021. Please refer to those documents for additional detail not covered here.

While Illinois is in Phase 5, this guidance replaces all previous guidance issued by the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Illinois Community College Board under the Restore Illinois plan.




Higher Education in Illinois:
Safely Launching Academic Year 2020


Higher education is central to society and provides life-changing benefits for students as well as advantages for employers and the economy. Because of that, we encourage students to stay the course. The current pandemic has affected how higher education works, but not the mission. We know that everyone—from students, families, institution administrators, staff, and instructors—is interested in the new “how.” They want to know what colleges, universities, and business schools will look like in the fall. And they want to know it’s safe.

This is why IBHE has issued guidelines to help institutions open safely and to the greatest benefit to students. With higher education leaders from across the state, this document represents the set of principles and guidance for Illinois higher ed institutions as they face the unprecedented challenges of reopening this fall in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Higher Education in Illinois: Safely Launch Academic Year 2020 -- Updated July 28, 2020


Frequently Asked Questions:


To view the IBHE webinar on the opening guidance, and an accompanying PowerPoint, click one of the following:


If you are interested in guidance from other Illinois agencies and the Governor’s Office, please go to the following:

Illinois Community College Board
Illinois State Board of Education
Governor JB Pritzker’s Office
Illinois Student Assistance Commission
Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

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