Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
I am writing to inform you that a Chicago-Kent College of Law student has tested positive for the coronavirus, the second confirmed case of COVID-19 at the university.
In accordance with university policy, the student has been in self-isolation off campus.
The student reports that they were last at Conviser Law Center (CLC) on March 11, and they believe, based on their activities, that they were likely exposed to the virus a couple of days after they were last on campus.
Per published guidance from the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), anyone who may have had contact with someone who has the coronavirus should self-quarantine for 14 days. Given that the student was last on campus on March 11, today is the last day of this 14-day period.
University staff are in the process of identifying and reaching out to students, faculty, and staff whom we have reason to believe may have had direct contact with this individual. If you are not contacted, that means that the university has no reason to believe that you were in direct contact with the student. We also have been in communication with the CDPH regarding this situation.
Federal and state law prevents us from identifying the student, but as noted above, the university is working to notify anyone who had direct contact with this individual so that they may take appropriate action to self-quarantine.
The university has been and will continue conducting extensive cleaning at the CLC to further limit the risks.
As a general reminder, if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, self-quarantining is important to protect the people in your lives who might be more vulnerable to the virus. University policy requires that individuals in contact with someone with COVID-19 stay home and monitor their health for 14 days from the date of contact.
As always, we encourage you to visit our coronavirus (COVID-19) website: www.iit.edu/COVID-19. This website contains up-to-date information and communication regarding university plans and policies as well as important information from government authorities regarding COVID-19. You are also welcome to call 312.567.5810 for university-related information regarding COVID-19.
Thank you for your cooperation,
Alan W. Cramb
President, Illinois Institute of Technology