COVID-19 Information



American Academy of Art College Return to Campus Plan


Fall 2021

August 27, 2021

At the American Academy of Art College the fall 2021 classes will reflect a more traditional Academy experience including the majority of courses taught in-person. Humanities and Sciences department courses will be offered online and in-person. Class attendance will be required per the Academy’s attendance policy.

The American Academy of Art College will continue to follow the most up-to-date health and safety guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Chicago Department of Public Health and other governmental and public health agencies and will make adjustments as appropriate.

The American Academy of Art College will follow the mandates as outlined by Governor Pritzker on August 26, 2021.

Governor Pritzker announced on Thursday, August 26th that a statewide indoor mask requirement, regardless of vaccination  status, is effective as of Monday, August 30th  and a vaccine mandate for all students in higher education statewide. Students must receive the first dose of a two-dose vaccination series or a single-dose vaccination by September 5, 2021. Second dose of the vaccine must be received by 30 days after the first dose.

Students who are fully vaccinated are required to provide evidence of receiving the COVID-19 vaccination by emailing proof of vaccination status to Effective September 5, 2021, students who do not meet the vaccination requirement must submit a negative COVID-19 test result on a weekly basis. The negative test result must be submitted before Sunday 11:59pm to enter classes on the following Monday morning.  The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to the Monday morning classes. A copy of the test result is to be submitted to As of Monday, August 30th, all students, faculty and staff will need to wear masks at the Academy. 

Members of the Academy community should feel free to continue to wear face coverings for personal health reasons. Although cleaning will continue in public spaces and restrooms, the risk of transmission from contaminated surfaces or objects is generally low, according to the CDC. Cleaning wipes and hand sanitizer will continue to be readily available.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report –Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students



COVID-19 Health and Safety Policy

Policy Brief and Purpose

The American Academy of Art College places a high priority on the safety of its students, faculty, staff and visitors. In the current pandemic situation, it is paramount that the Academy institutes this temporary policy for students, faculty and staff to follow while on campus. Read more


Please refer to the following websites for the latest COVID-19 information:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) –

Illinois Department of Public Health -

State of Illinois Coronavirus Response –


Academy Workplace/ Campus Coordinator

Please contact Duncan Webb, Academic Dean, and/or Ione Fitzgerald, Vice President, with concerns regarding COVID-19 issues.

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