School of MCB COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Resources for the MCB Community

masked students sitting on steps In the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, safety is our top priority. For this reason, most of our classes for the Fall 2020 semester are being conducted online. Research laboratories and support facilities are open; however, many faculty and staff are working remotely. Because the pandemic situation is constantly evolving, please continue to check your Illinois email accounts for messages from the campus and visit the Illinois COVID-19 website, where you will find the most up-to-date information, including testing requirements. To prevent the spread of the virus in the community, please also continue to wear face masks, practice safe social distancing at all times, and undergo regular testing at the university’s COVID-19 testing centers.

For School of MCB undergraduate majors (MCB and Biochemistry) and MS in MCB graduate students

You are important to us and we are ready to assist you. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

For the latest updates from the MCB Advising Program, including how to schedule an advising appointment, please visit the MCB Advising page.

Important dates and deadlines

The deadline to add MCB 290, undergraduate research or MCB 492 senior thesis, is 5 p.m. CDT Friday, Sept. 4. You can find the required forms and procedures on the MCB Undergraduate Research page.

Office hours and study spaces

The MCB Learning Center is closed for the Fall 2020 semester. We encourage you to utilize your instructors’ virtual office hours for assistance. (We will post a composite office hours schedule after Sept. 4). Review additional study resources on the MCB Advising Program's Student Resources page.

Looking for a quiet place to study? Campus has classrooms available for use between classes and events, including room 140 Burrill Hall and 116 Roger Adams Lab. Room schedules can be found outside the classroom. masked Alama Mater statue Social distancing and face covering requirements apply. Please clean your individual seating area with the supplies provided. Furniture may not be moved within the room or to another location. Please be courteous to other users and to incoming classes or events and be prepared to exit when the building closes.

For MCB faculty and PhD graduate students

Details on each department’s return-to-research guidelines can be obtained by visiting the departmental pages: Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology, Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Microbiology.

ATLAS teaching resources

MCB building access and general reminders

To ensure the safety of the campus community, the university is limiting access to facilities. For details on building access procedures, visit the campus COVID-19 Building Access website.

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  1. Campus has implemented a Wellness Support Associate program, which involves an associate stationed at a single entrance for most building locations. Each building will have a dedicated entrance point that all must enter through. For the majority of the buildings it will be the main ADA accessible door (signage will be posted). It will be important that you take a COVID-19 test on campus prior to entering the buildings. Once you have taken the test and you receive your negative test results for the virus, campus will allow you to enter buildings. You must view and show the wellness support associate your building entry status by choosing one of the following options:
    1. Safer Illinois app
    2. COVID-19 Boarding Pass (This can be used by showing a webpage or by printing a physical pass.)
  2. Masks and social distancing are required throughout the buildings and throughout campus. Please do your part and help to maintain a safe environment for all. If you do not wear a mask in the buildings and you are able to, you will be asked to wear a mask or leave the building.
  3. If you test positive for COVID-19, the Champaign Urbana Public Health District will call you from 312-777-1999. Make a note of this phone number and be sure to answer it if you receive a call. When called, you must then do the following:
    1. Notify your supervisor, lab principal investigator, and/or your instructor to inform them you won’t be able to attend work or classes for a certain period of time.
    2. Notify Illinois Human Resources at their dedicated (and confidential) telephone number: 217-300-9005 to discuss options and benefits available to you.

College of LAS resources

masked students walking across main quad Additional resources from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, such as information on online learning, can be found on the college COVID-19 resources site.