COVID-19 Accommodations


COVID-19 Interim Accommodations Procedures

(9.28.20-subject to change)

 

To be responsive to the student community, DRES/campus has developed the following procedures for individuals requesting accommodations for the COVID-19 testing process or access to a testing site.  

 

  1. Barrier at a COVID-19 testing site:

Campus testing sites have all been made accessible in accordance with the ADA. However, if you experience a barrier, please Report a Barrier to the ADA Coordinator and alert an employee or volunteer at the testing center. If you need to come to the front of the line to be tested without waiting in line or request a chair to sit on due to your disability or medical condition, sites are happy to help.  Sites also have written instructions for you to read to follow the procedures and have a staff member with a clear mask in case you need to read lips.  Please ask the staff at the site if you need something.   

 

B. COVID-19 Alternate Nasal Testing Requests:

Students unable to participate in the campus saliva testing due to an underlying medical condition or disability are eligible to utilize the COVID-19 Alternative Nasal Testing procedure by requesting an alternate testing option which will be approved by DRES and performed by staff from McKinley Health Center.

 

Students who are already registered with DRES should contact their access specialist via email to make the request for the alternate testing approval.  The student’s access specialist will review their documentation and upon review, if no further medical documentation is needed, DRES will request that the student’s name to be added to the permanent alternative testing schedule through McKinley Health Center. Upon confirmation that the student's name was added to the alternative testing list, instructions about scheduling future testing will be sent to the student by email from DRES. Ultimately, it is the student's responsibility to continue to schedule alternative COVID-19 tests in compliance with university requirements. If additional medical documentation is needed to support a request for the alternative test, DRES will provide a 21-day temporary approval for alternative nasal testing while the student collects and provides DRES with their additional medical documentation.

 

Students who are not registered with DRES may apply and submit medical documentation with their initial request and will have their request and medical documentation reviewed within 24-48 hours.  Please apply at the following link- https://www.disability.illinois.edu/applying-services. Upon review, if no further medical documentation is needed, DRES will request that the student’s name to be added to the alternative testing schedule through McKinley Health Center. Upon confirmation that the student's name was added to the alternative testing list, instructions about scheduling future testing will be sent to the student by email. Ultimately, it is the student's responsibility to continue to schedule alternative COVID-19 tests in compliance with university requirements.

 

Students who are not registered with DRES and do not submit medical documentation. If a student applies at the following link- https://www.disability.illinois.edu/applying-services and submits a request for the COVID-19 Alternative Nasal Testing procedure without medical documentation upon their initial submission, the student's request will be reviewed and a 21-day approval will be provided within 24-48 hours of submission. The student will receive notice of this approval and instructions for providing medical documentation prior to the expiration of the 21-day temporary approval. The student’s name will be added to the alternative testing schedule through McKinley Health Center. Upon confirmation that the student's name was added to the alternative testing list, instructions about scheduling future testing will be sent to the student by email. Ultimately, it is the student's responsibility to continue to schedule alternative COVID-19 tests in compliance with university requirements. However, if a student does not submit the required medical documentation within the 21-day timeframe, the temporary approval for the alternative testing will be cancelled and the student must begin/resume testing in compliance with campus testing requirements.

 

C. COVID-19 Drive-up/Curbside Testing Request: 

Students unable to wait in line due to the increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 based on the CDC guidelines for individuals who are at a higher risk of severe complications or students unable to utilize the walk-up facilities with accommodations are eligible to utilize the COVID-19 Drive-up/Curbside Testing Request at the State Farm Center by requesting this alternate method through DRES.  This accommodation is limited and only available between 9am-11am at Campus Recreation Center East (as of August 16, it will no longer be at the State Farm Center). Drive- up/curbside testing requests must be submitted to DRES and ID and name checks for approval will take place at the drive-up testing location.

 

Students who are already registered with DRES should contact their access specialist via email to make the request.  The student’s access specialist will review their documentation and upon review, if no further medical documentation is needed, DRES will request that the student’s name to be added to the drive-up testing schedule at the State Farm Center. Upon confirmation that the student's name was added to the alternative testing list, instructions about scheduling future testing will be sent to the student by email. Ultimately, it is the student's responsibility to continue to schedule alternative COVID-19 tests in compliance with university requirements. If additional medical documentation is needed to support a request for the alternative test, DRES will provide a 21-day temporary approval for alternative nasal testing while the student collects and provides DRES with their additional medical documentation.

 

Students who are not registered with DRES may apply and submit medical documentation with their initial request and will have their request and medical documentation reviewed within 24-48 hours.  Please apply at the following link- https://www.disability.illinois.edu/applying-services. Upon review, if no further medical documentation is needed, DRES will request that the student’s name to be added to the drive-up testing schedule at the State Farm Center. Upon confirmation that the student's name was added to the alternative testing list, instructions about scheduling future testing will be sent to the student by email. Ultimately, it is the student's responsibility to continue to schedule alternative COVID-19 tests in compliance with university requirements.

 

Students who are not registered with DRES and do not submit medical documentation. If a student applies at the following link- https://www.disability.illinois.edu/applying-services and submits a request for drive-up testing without medical documentation upon their initial submission, the student's request will be reviewed and a 21-day approval will be provided within 24-48 hours of submission. The student will receive notice of this approval and instructions for providing medical documentation prior to the expiration of the 21-day temporary approval. The student’s name will be added to the drive-up testing schedule at the State Farm Center. Upon confirmation that the student's name was added to the alternative testing list, instructions about scheduling future testing will be sent to the student by email. Ultimately, it is the student's responsibility to continue to schedule alternative COVID-19 tests in compliance with university requirements. However, if a student does not submit the required medical documentation within the 21-day timeframe, the temporary approval for the alternative testing will be cancelled and the student must begin/resume testing in compliance with campus testing requirements.

 

D. COVID-19 Testing Exemption Due to Not Being On Campus

If you are a student with an underlying medical condition or disability who is taking classes remotely and not coming to classes but live in the Champaign, Urbana, or Savoy area, you may submit a testing exemption request by logging into your My McKinley portal and completing the COVID-19 Exemption for Students Form.