COVID-19 SSW Updates

This page is a source for information and updates about the impact of the COVID-19 virus on the School of Social Work


For up-to-date information on University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus developments, please visit:

ILLINOIS COVID-19

Other resourses:

State of Illinois Public Health COVID-19 website


Key Email Communications:

6/19/2020 – Return to Campus Communication

3/15/2020 – Update from Dean Anderson

Archived Massmails from the University of Illinois


Community Resources:

C-U Community Resource Guide

Supporting C-U Resources


Student Information:

  • Courses
    We are suspending face-to-face instruction for the rest of the spring 2020 semester. We still intend to resume instruction using alternative delivery methods beginning Monday, March 23. Faculty and students will receive separate e-mail messages from Provost Andreas Cangellaris with more details about the transition.Courses already delivered online will continue as usual. In-person courses will be converted to online delivery beginning on March 23; students will receive follow-up communications regarding online course delivery from their instructors for each such course in which they are enrolled. The online courses will be delivered during the same time periods previously scheduled for in-person delivery. Students leaving for spring break are encouraged to take computers and course-related materials with them, so that they will be ready to resume study online on March 23. Students with technology-related questions should contact Technology Services at consult@illinois.edu or +1-217-244-7000. Students who need accommodations or assistance with this transition should contact Disability Resources and Educational Services at +1-217-333-4603. Read this resource for adapting to online learning


  • Field Placements
    With the historic steps that are being taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the SSW has made the very difficult decision to require that all BSW and MSW students cease reporting to their internship site and complete the internship requirements remotely. Students can no longer elect to stay at their internship site and must follow the guidelines provided in their emails from the Field Office.  As indicated in the email sent last week, students will continue to accrue their internship hours by completing remote activities and will graduate without delay. Although we fully understand this decision may create challenges for some internship sites and students, our priority is to protect the health and safety of our students, their families, communities and the those working or served by our internship sites.
  • BSW students will not report to the internship site following spring break and will begin working remotely on Monday, March 23rd. BSW students are required to complete the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) minimum number of internship hours, which is 400 hours. The School of Social Work is reducing the typical number of hours required by the School in order to accommodate this very unusual situation.
  • MSW students are asked to stop reporting in-person to their internship site effective no later than the end of the day on Tuesday, March 17th.  This will allow for planning to create a remote work plan with your Field Instructor, as well as time to wrap things up at the internship site, if you should need it. If you feel you don’t need this additional time, you are encouraged to start working remotely as soon as possible.  MSW students are required to complete the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) minimum number of internship hours, which is 900 hours. The School of Social Work is reducing the typical number of hours required by the School in order to accommodate this very unusual situation.
  • Please refer to the bottom of the email sent on March 12th which outlines the requirements for working remotely during the internship, as well as ideas for the type of work you might consider while working remotely and guidelines for documenting this work. We appreciate Field Instructors working with students to create the work plan. Your Field Liaison will be in touch with you to provide further information and assistance. Please direct all specific questions to your Field Liaison.Both BSW and MSW students will be required to complete the seminar course. Your seminar instructor will be in touch with you and will provide further information as it relates to the course.

  • Ask A Librarian online chat is available for our community this week (March 16-20, 8:30 am – 5 pm). Extended hours on chat will be provided next week when online instruction begins. For subject area consultation (psychology and social work), please email Yali Feng or make an appointment.

  • Mental Health Resources
    This link includes information from the University of Illinois Department of Psychology
    Coping With Coronavirus: Managing Stress, Fear, and Anxiety from the National Institute of Mental Health
    Managing anxiety during the COVID 19 outbreak

  • Technology Resources
    Temporary at-home access to Adobe Creative Cloud for all University of Illinois students

Faculty/Staff Information:

  • Contacts
    For questions related to specific areas of the School:
    Employment: Wendy Harris
    Teaching/Curriculum: Min Zhan
    Field Education: Mary Maurer
    Student Issues: Monica Cherry
    Deans Office: Debbie Richardson/Steve Anderson
    Communications: Becky Ponder
  • Travel
    Effective March 16, the University is prohibiting all international travel on university-sponsored business for faculty, staff, and students. The University also is limiting domestic travel for faculty, staff, and students to pre-approved essential university business. If you have existing travel reservations, please contact the SSW Business Office for cancellation.
  • University-Sponsored Events and Meetings
    Consistent with University directives, we are canceling or postponing all SSW-sponsored meetings and in-person events for 10 or more people until further notice. Planning of future events also is being postponed until further notice.
  • Mental Health Resources
    This link includes information from the University of Illinois Department of Psychology
    Coping With Coronavirus: Managing Stress, Fear, and Anxiety from the National Institute of Mental Health
    Managing anxiety during the COVID 19 outbreak
  • Online Teaching (Upcoming Scheduled Trainings)
    You will need the following:

1) A Compass page. You need a place to collect and return graded assignments, create and share online meetings, and distribute grades and feedback to students. Why? – Box and Compass are the only approved systems in which we can transmit FERPA data. Email is not an acceptable way to transmit any FERPA data. If you need a Compass site you can request one under Illinois Compass2g Space Request Tool.

Compass support


2) A communications program. If your course has never met virtually before, the technology we are recommending is Zoom. If your class is already using a specific tool like Zoom, Collaborate, or Skype for Business, please continue to use the same program that was previously being used for that class.

Zoom Support:


3) A computer with a microphone, speaker, and camera (optional). You’ll be using your regular classroom for lecturing online. Zoom is installed on all of the computers in the classrooms and the instructor stations are equipped with webcams and microphones so you can teach from the lectern in a traditional format. At this time video is to be used only when necessary. It is very taxing on students’ home networks and can cause connectivity issues that you will find very annoying.


Questions? Concerns? Contact IT at sw-computers@illinois.edu


The following events have been postponed at this time:

  • Career Week/Job Fair- March 23-April 3
  • Cannabis in Illinois/HEALS event- March 27
  • MSW Visiting Day- March 28
  • Ethics CEU- April 3
  • 75th Anniversary, Scholarship Awards Recognition, SSW Building Tours- April 4
  • Day of Service- April 10
  • Annual Diversity Celebration- April 17
  • Poverty Summit- May 1
  • Wellness Wednesdays
  • Connections Corner
  • PhD Brownbags
  • Moms and Siblings Weekend (campus events)
  • School of Social Work Convocation (information on future plans will be forthcoming)