Fall 2020 FAQ


"Where" are my classes going to be? 

The U of I uses a variety of Learning Management Systems (LMS), but the two most common are Blackboard/Compass 2G (goes by both names) and Moodle. Most online asynchronous classes are going to be hosted on one of those systems. However, some courses - particularly in the natural sciences - use Piazza and Canvas

Compass 2G and Moodle course pages are sometimes not uploaded until 24 hours before the start of the semester, so please be patient if a course you are enrolled in is not showing up now. In almost all cases, instructors will e-mail students a few days before the start of classes to let you know where synchronous meetings will be hosted and how to access online course material

How do I know if a class is synchronous or asynchronous?

If a class has an assigned time in your schedule, then it is classified a synchronous (real-time) course; if there is no assigned time for class meetings, then the class is asynchronous (not in real-time). Some courses may utilize a hybrid model, wherein they are synchronous on some days and asynchronous on others. That information will be communicated to you by the class instructor. 

If I change my schedule around during the first 2 weeks of the semester, how will I "find" an online class that I switched into?

If you make changes to your schedule during the first 2 weeks, I highly recommend that you write to the instructor of the course you added and ask them for a Zoom link for the synchronous sessions and for information about where you can access online course materials. You will be automatically added to the Moodle/Compass2G page for the course within 24 hours (in almost all cases) of adding the class.

When does in-person instruction end?

The final day for in-person instruction is November 20. After November 20, instruction and final exams will utilize alternative delivery methods. That does NOT mean that in-person classes end on November 20th; just that there will be no-person meetings after that date and the class will migrate to a remote delivery system. 

What books do I need to buy for my classes? And where can I buy them? 

You can view which books you need to buy for classes at the Illinois Bookstore website: https://bookstore.illinois.edu/buy_textbooks.asp?u The Bookstore is accepting only online orders, and you can have the books shipped to your home or campus address. However, you are not obligated to buy books through the Campus Bookstore. You can often find  cheaper used copies at various outlets including Amazon, Thrift Books, or at any of the outlets mention in this article. You might also be able to find free digital copies through the Campus Library or Google Books.

What study spaces are available on campus? 

Although campus libraries are not available as study spaces in the Fall 2020 semester (until further notice), it is possible to reserve classrooms as study spaces. Please visit this page hosted by the Office of the Registrar for more information. 

I am studying from home and do not have access to a computer. Can I borrow one from the university?

YES! You can request to borrow a desktop or laptop computer through the ATLAS Share system. Visit this page for more information: https://atlas.illinois.edu/student-information/atlas-share If you have unmet technology needs, you can (and should) also contact the Student Assistance Center: https://odos.illinois.edu/community-of-care/student-assistance-center/#utilize 


How do I schedule an advising appointment?

To schedule an advising appointment, follow the "Online Scheduler" link on the following page (https://history.illinois.edu/academics/undergraduate-studies/academic-advising) and then choose "History Academic Advising Calendar" from the dropdown menu. You will be prompted to log in with your NetID. You can schedule an advising appointment up to 4 hours before the start of the meeting (So by noon if you would like to meet at 4PM). If you are unable to meet during the available times, please let me know (by emailing djordje1@Illinois.edu) and I will work with you to find a time that fits your schedule.

Who should I contact with questions related to career development and career-related advice and support?

The U of I has many exceptional resources to support students in their career development and in increasing their career readiness. In addition to your Academic Advisor (certified in Career Coaching), you can also rely on support and guidance from: 

How do I get approved for an "underload"? 

If you would like to take fewer than 12 credit hours in the fall semester, you will need permission from the College of LAS for an underload. To do so, you should submit an Underload Request Form.

When is the add/drop deadline?

The deadline to add a 16-week course is the end of the day on the 10th day of instruction, which is September 4. The deadline to drop a 16-week class is the end of the 8th week of instruction, October 16.

How do I change a class to Credit/No Credit (CR/NR) grading?

You will need to complete a CR/NC request petition (Deadline: October 16) which will go to the College of LAS. CR/NC graded courses cannot be used to satisfy a major, minor or general education requirement! Full-time students may take no more than two courses in any one semester under this option. 


How can I provide documentation to University Housing that I’ll be studying remotely so I can cancel my contract?

You should send housing a screenshot of your schedule to Housing showing all online classes. Ideally, your UIN and name will be visible in the screenshot. 

I have questions about COVID-19 protocols on campus! 

So do I! The health situation and the measures the university is taking to provide a safe space for its students are fluid, so protocols are ever-evolving. The following page has contact information for various campus units involved in COVID-19 safety regulations and enforcement: https://covid19.illinois.edu/more-information/questions/  

What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

Go HERE to see UIUC's information on maximizing safety and minimizing the spread of the virus.

If I am asked to quarantine or isolate, what's the difference and what do I do?

Go HERE to view how UIUC defines each and guidance for how to keep you and others safe.

Where else can I go for information and resources related to COVID-19? 

The University of Illinois maintains multiple websites housing important resources and information for the campus community: 

Campus COVID-19 website: https://covid19.illinois.edu/
College of LAS COVID-19 website: https://las.illinois.edu/covid19
ATLAS teaching resources website: https://atlas.illinois.edu/teaching-online

What health and mental health resources are available to students?


McKinley Health Center Mental Health
Website: https://mckinley.illinois.edu/medical-services/mental-health
Appointments (schedule by phone): (217) 333-2701
Emergency: (217) 359-4141

Illinois Counseling Center
Website: https://counselingcenter.illinois.edu/counseling
Appointments (https://counselingcenter.illinois.edu/node/4): (217) 333-3704


Psychological Services Center
Website: http://psc.illinois.edu/
Phone: (217) 333-0041

Campus Well-Being Services
Website: http://humanresources.illinois.edu/campus-wellbeing-services/about.html
Phone (217) 265-9355

DRES Mental Health Resources
Website: http://disability.illinois.edu/health/mental-health-resources

E-mail: disability@illinois.edu

Phone: (217) 333-4603

Suicide Prevention Team (Hours: 8 am – 5 pm)
610 East John St.
Phone: (217) 333-3704

Dial-A-Nurse (Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Phone: (217) 333-2700

Find Local Mental Health Providers Covered by Student Insurance
Website: Live and Work Well

In case of a health emergency or crisis, who can I contact for assistance? 


Pavilion Behavioral Health Hospital (24 Hour assessments)
809 West Church Street, Champaign, IL 61820
Website: https://www.pavilionhospital.com/
Phone: (217) 373-1700

Carle Foundation Hospital (Emergency Room)
611 West Park Street, Urbana, IL 61801
Website: https://carle.org/
Phone: (217) 383-3311

Presence Covenant Hospital (Emergency Room)
1400 West Park Street, Urbana, IL 61801
Website: http://www.presencehealth.org/
Phone: (217) 337-2000

24-Hour Crisis Line (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Phone: (217) 359-4141

UIUC Police Department
110 West Springfield Ave, Urbana, IL 61820
Website: http://police.illinois.edu/
Phone: (217) 333-1216

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24 hours a day)
Phone: 1-800-273-8255