TTIC COVID-19 Information and Resources
(Updated September 9, 2022)
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Comfort Level Wristbands: TTIC is providing Comfort Level wristbands in red, yellow, and green. Wearing a wristband shows others your comfort level with interaction (red means less comfortable and green means more comfortable). Wristbands will be in baskets labeled with the instructions in the 5th floor PPE supply room, #534.
Check-In and COVID Concern Report Forms
If you have any needs related to COVD-19 that TTIC might be able to help with, if you have struggles you’d like to privately share, or if you have suggestions for TTIC management, you can submit comments via this check-in form. Submission is anonymous unless you elect to share your name or contact information. (The form is received by the TTIC COVID-19 Response Group.)
To Report Concerns or Incidents Related to COVID-19 Safety or Protocols
This COVID Concern Report form allows TTIC community members to report any safety concerns that come up regarding safety protocols or compliance. Submission is anonymous unless you elect to share your name or contact information. (The form is received by TTIC COVID-19 Response Group.)
Self-Monitoring and Notification
Anyone coming to campus is expected to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 daily and stay home if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have or tested positive for COVID-19. In these cases, students should call UChicago Student Wellness at 773-834-WELL, and employees may contact University of Chicago Medicine’s COVID-19 triage hotline at 773-702-2800 for screening and information on testing.
Full CDC guidance on quarantine and isolation for individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19, are experiencing symptoms, or test positive, is available here.
All Illinoisans age 6 months and older are eligible for, and recommended to receive, a COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC recommends COVID-19 primary series vaccines for everyone ages 6 months and older, and COVID-19 boosters for everyone ages 5 years and older, if eligible. You can find vaccination options near you at vaccines.gov.
Some further information about vaccination accessibility:
Campus Mental Health Services, 773-702-3625
Open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week
Any students seeking services can call campus Mental Health Services and speak to a clinician, who can assist with immediate support, as well as help plan for future support and services. Services are provided free of charge, covered by Student Services Fees (paid by TTIC). There are also available workshops on subjects related to academics and student stressors.
Faculty and Staff
Employee Assistance Program information, 800-450-1327
All employees (even if you are not covered under TTIC's health insurance) have access to Principal's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Magellan Ascend Healthcare. The EAP can help you and your immediate family with access to free confidential information and services, as well as referrals to supportive and community resources.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
If you have health insurance coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield, you also have access to a plethora of mental health professionals that you can contact for services. Co-pays and insurance coverage will vary depending on your insurance plan. See the Summary of Benefits for your plan (HMO or PPO) to get an estimate of costs.
References for COVID-19 Updates
Illinois COVID-19 Hotline (24 hours/day, 7 days/week): 800-889-3931 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Medical Care
UChicago Student Wellness (health, counseling and wellness services) is in full operation. We encourage any student who is not feeling well or who has questions or concerns to contact the campus Student Wellness at 773-834-WELL. You are encouraged to call before heading to the health center. Those enrolled in USHIP have access to remote telehealth options through healthiestyou.com or calling 855-866-0895. Full 2022-23 Wellness Center Services
Contact UChicago Student Wellness if you would like advice on seeking specialty care or for recommendations on medical or mental health providers outside of UChicago Student Wellness. More here.
USHIP overview & FAQs: student insurance and COVID-19.
At Home Testing Information
As of January 15, 2022, people with private health insurance are able to get FDA-approved at-home COVID-19 tests free of charge. Follow this link for more details.
Autumn Quarter TTIC COVID-19 Protocols and Guidance
(as of September 16, 2022)
To promote a safe environment during the continuing pandemic, TTIC personnel and our visitors must adhere to the following guidelines. Everyone in the TTIC community should become familiar with all of the responsibilities, requirements, and safety protocols listed on this page.
In addition to our protocols, the institute is supplying K95 masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning wipes, all stored in room 534 and for TTIC use only. At-home rapid tests are available upon request. To request a rapid test or if supplies need replenishing, please contact Jessica Jacobson.
For any questions regarding these protocols or TTIC’s approach to providing a safe and functioning environment, please contact email@example.com, which goes to the COVID-19 Response Group.
If you come to TTIC, you are indicating that you agree to the safety protocols stated on this page.
You should not come to campus if you are not feeling well (COVID-19 symptoms or others).
Vaccination Requirement and Reporting
In order to access TTIC facilities and programs, TTIC requires employees, students, and visitors to either:
(1) provide proof that they have been vaccinated for COVID-19, meaning at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized or approved by the FDA or the WHO; or
(2) undergo COVID-19 testing at least weekly and report any positive test to TTIC. The testing method must be authorized by the FDA, which includes PCR tests and at-home tests. For information on testing, see the CDC site on COVID-19 testing. Individuals are responsible for their testing.
TTIC strongly recommends that individuals continue to receive vaccine boosters as recommended by the CDC.
Reporting and records are maintained by Amy Minick for employees and Chrissy Coleman for students. Students are additionally responsible for reporting their vaccination status to UChicago my.WellnessPortal.
Contact Amy Minick, Director of Human Resources, if you have questions about providing vaccination proof.
Access to TTIC Facilities
TTIC students and employees in compliance with TTIC’s vaccination/testing requirement have access to the building using their UChicago access cards. Individuals must have a UChicago access card that has been added to the building access list for building entry and elevator use. Direct any card access questions to Alicia McClarin.
Members of the UChicago community who have UChicago access cards and are compliant with the university’s vaccination/testing requirement may also access TTIC facilities using their access cards. Each person must be added to the access list, via their Chicago ID number (located on the back of their UChicago access card), in advance. To request access, contact Alicia McClarin.
In addition to the building access requirements listed above, TTIC has open access to the building on weekdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm. This open access includes the main lobby door and floors 4 and 5. All other areas will require the use of a UChicago access card.
When in the building, do not open windows. Proper ventilation is critical, and the HVAC system (with MERV 13 air filters) requires that the windows remain shut for air circulation. The building also has an outside air flushing program that will work intermittently during the day to purge indoor air and cycle-in fresh outside air.
TTIC visitors must meet TTIC’s vaccination/testing requirement above. A visitor’s presence should be relevant to work or activities being performed at TTIC.
Every non-UChicago visitor must have a host, responsible for the visitor’s understanding of the vaccination/testing and safety protocols on the Visitors Information page. If a temporary working space is needed, please fill out the Guest Seating Request Form in advance of the visit.
Visitors from the UChicago community who meet the university’s vaccination/testing requirement do not need a TTIC host; their UChicago ID access cards will let them in the building and up the elevator to floors 4 and 5 if they are added (in advance) to TTIC’s access list. To request access, contact Alicia McClarin.
Other visitors to TTIC must meet TTIC’s vaccination/testing requirement to enter the building. The visitor’s host must communicate this to the visitor prior to the visit; no documentation is required.
A TTIC host may fulfill hosting responsibilities by directing visitors to the visitor information page (e.g., in a talk or meeting announcement or in direct communication). Informing visitors of the safety protocols and expectations for coming into the building should be done in advance, prior to the visit. Here is a template for such an announcement:
Presence at TTIC requires following TTIC’s COVID-19 vaccination/testing requirement. Full visitor guidance available at ttic.edu/visitors.
Masking (face coverings)
Masks are optional at TTIC. See the CDC guidance on masking depending on the community level and various situations. See the Self-Monitoring and Notification section above for guidance on masking for those who are exposed to or test positive for COVID-19.
Those with a UChicago ID may access pre or post travel COVID-19 testing on campus, once you have an active MyChart account. Arrange your appointment through the my.WellnessPortal or email the request to C19Testing@uchicago.edu. Expect at least 48 hours for test results.
TTIC COVID-19 Response Group:
Avrim Blum, Adam Bohlander, Chrissy Coleman, Jessica Jacobson, Amy Minick, Matthew Turk