But the UIC United Faculty issued a statement Friday that it’s not enough and wants the university to start the year fully remote.
“Remote learning, at this point in time, is the safest choice and the only choice that we know can prevent illness and death,” UICUF communications chair Charitianne Williams told WBBM.
In its statement, UICUF said it appears the administration is prioritizing presence over safety.
“It’s a failure of leadership to not, in these times, take into account the needs and the recommendations of your experts on the ground," she said. "That’s faculty, that’s custodial, that’s maintenance, that’s the nurses and the fact that our recommendations and demands and our expertise has not been attended to has led us to a point that I think is going to result in illness for the UIC community and possibly death."
An added concern is the tentative strike from the custodial and maintenance union, SEIU Local 73.
“If the custodians, if maintenance, if staff goes on strike, faculty will not be able to come to campus. It will be dangerous,” said Williams.