Lewis Frontgate

The health and wellbeing of our campus community remains our highest priority. Our students and faculty are currently working side-by-side in the classroom, online and in hybrid modalities while maintaining guidelines set forth by the CDC and the State of Illinois.

Our response will recognize that while the virus remains present in society, the community spread and stress on our healthcare systems have been significantly reduced.

  • Lewis University will be mask optional and mask friendly in all spaces on our campuses, unless posted otherwise.

  • The members of our community are strongly encouraged to stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations. We will follow state orders and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding vaccinations as they evolve over the next year.

  • To find COVID-19 vaccine locations near you: search here, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233.


  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, get tested and isolate until your results are available. If you test positive for COVID-19, you must begin isolation immediately, per CDC guidelines.


Contact your health care provider to discuss your test results and treatment options. You should carefully monitor your symptoms and know when to seek immediate medical attention.

Please notify any friends, family, classmates or other acquaintances that you have been around for more than 15 minutes that you have tested positive. They should watch for symptoms, take precautions and get tested, per CDC recommendations.

If interested, you can use this link to anonymously notify any contacts.


All Lewis students are strongly encouraged to submit their COVID-19 vaccination status along with their required immunization records to We take your privacy seriously, and all information submitted will be kept confidential.

Follow @lifeatlewisu on Instagram for information on Vaccine Clinics on campus.


Rapid COVID-19 antigen testing is available by appointment for Lewis University students at the Student Wellness Center (815) 836-5455.

You can also click here to find a COVID-19 testing location near you.

Starting 9/25/23 four free, at-home COVID-19 rapid tests per household can be requested using this link.


When students miss three or more consecutive class meetings and have documentation to substantiate their absence, students can use this request for Academic Services to communicate with their faculty regarding absences.

Faculty / staff

Faculty and staff are encouraged to discuss absences with their supervisor or Human Resources.

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