Public Health Emergency Response Policy


To maximize the safety and health of the campus community during a Pandemic or other Public Health Emergency.


This policy applies to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (“university”) community, including students, faculty, staff and visitors.


The Office of the Chancellor is responsible for maintaining and implementing this policy. Pursuant to the University of Illinois Statutes and The General Rules Concerning University Organization and Procedure, the Chancellor is the chief executive officer for the campus and is responsible for safety of personnel and property on the campus.

Additionally, the Student Code (specifically § 2-701) provides the Chancellor with the authority to put “into effect regulations, procedures or measures deemed necessary or appropriate to meet an emergency, to safeguard persons and property, and to maintain educational activities.”


It is the duty of all members of the university community as well as all visitors to the campus to take necessary health and safety precautions to help protect one another during a Pandemic or other Public Health Emergency. During such a Public Health Emergency, the campus will employ strategies and resources as part of a public health campaign. This campaign may include imposing restrictions on certain behaviors or requiring individuals to take specific actions.


“Pandemic” means an outbreak of a disease across a country or the world

“Public Health Emergency” means (as defined by 20 ILCS 3305) an occurrence or imminent threat of an illness or health condition that:

(a) is believed to be caused by any of the following:

  1.  bioterrorism;
  2. the appearance of a novel or previously controlled or eradicated infectious agent or biological toxin;
  3.  a natural disaster;
  4. a chemical attack or accidental release; or
  5. a nuclear attack or accident; and

(b) poses a high probability of any of the following harms:

  1. a large number of deaths in the affected population;
  2. a large number of serious or long-term disabilities in the affected population; or
  3. widespread exposure to an infectious or toxic agent that poses a significant risk or substantial future harm to a large number of people in the affected population.

Processes / Procedures / Guidelines

The university will work with local, state, national and global health officials as needed in responding to a Public Health Emergency. As each emergency presents a different set of risks and responses, the university’s actions, procedures and guidelines may vary. In all cases, the university’s primary goal in adopting and implementing procedures and guidelines and in taking action in response to a Public Health Emergency will be to maximize the safety of the university community.


The university seeks to achieve compliance with its safety and health measures through educational efforts; however, failure of individuals to follow safety and health requirements may result in disciplinary action according to relevant student or employment policies and procedures.


Some individuals may be exempt from, or unable to comply with, the requirements of certain guidance, requirements, or procedures adopted by the university in response to a Public Health Emergency. Reasons for an exemption or an accommodation may include, but are not limited, to, disability, medical condition, religious beliefs or observances, and other grounds established by applicable federal or state law or university policy. When issuing guidance, requirements, or procedures pursuant to this policy, the university shall include relevant information on exemptions or accommodations and how students and employees should submit requests.


Brian Brauer
Executive Director of Emergency Management

Awais Vaid
Director McKinley Health Center