The spread of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) continues to create uncertainty and concern both globally and here in our community. The university and the Department of Mathematics continue to monitor developments related to COVID-19.
For the latest updates and resources, visit covid19.illinois.edu.
At the beginning of May, the Executive Committee formed two taskforces to consider the implications of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on department operations. The COVID Taskforce for Math Instruction and Assessment considered various modalities for fall teaching, methods for online assessment and grading, and the role of technology in remote teaching. The COVID Taskforce for Math and Statistics Building Usage considered workplace environments and safety, new behavioral protocols for department personnel, and guidelines for building usage.
The two taskforces have submitted their preliminary reports and recommendations to the Executive Committee for consideration, and we are releasing these documents to members of our department community for your information. The reports are available at https://uofi.box.com/s/pr3jxfhiotr0h9sn10hpkvbzpd5moz9n (limited to Math Department members). If you cannot access the folder, please email Peggy Currid.
With the University's recent decision to suspend in-person course instruction for the remainder of the semester, as well as CDC recommendations for social distancing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Department of Mathematics staff offices will be closed for drop-in visitors until further notice.
Department staff are working remotely, and will be available during regular business hours by email*:
For questions about the graduate program, including admissions, information for current graduate students, doctoral prelims or thesis defenses
For questions regarding undergraduate advising for any math students, including students in the Actuarial Science Program
Questions specifically regarding undergraduate advising or students in the Actuarial Science Program
Faculty, staff, or student employees with questions about appointments, time sheets, visas, etc.
Faculty, staff, or student employees with questions about pay, reimbursements, fund accounts, grants, etc.
Questions regarding the department’s webpage and communications/marketing-related inquiries
Questions related to computing resources, resources for remote access, etc.
Questions about offices and space assignments
General questions about the department that do not fall into one of the above categories
*Please note: We encourage you to copy your message to the individual staff member who you wish to reach.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are moving to virtual advising exclusively. Please reach us via email, phone, or our new online question queue as follows:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For email, please include your questions, name, 9-digit UIN, and netid. We will answer your questions directly via email or schedule a Zoom appointment for a more in-depth conversation as needed. If you need a Zoom appointment, please mention times in Central Time that would be convenient for you.
- Phone: +1-217-244-7310
The main Math Undergraduate Office phone line is usually staffed weekdays (except holidays) from 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Central Daylight Time. If you are sent to voicemail, please include your name, phone number, UIN, and email.
- Queue: Currently closed until Fall 2020
Currently closed during the summer, our online question queue is typically staffed weekdays (except holidays) from 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Central Daylight Time. Students using the queue should check whether the queue indicates that there is on-duty staff, and if so, follow the instructions on that page to share contact information and questions. An email will be sent to the email@example.com email with the response or with a Zoom appointment. The queue will show how many other students are also waiting with questions.
Thank you for being patient and flexible during these extraordinary times. Please reach out to us with any issues or concerns you may have. We look forward to continuing to provide you with expert academic advising.
Per campus requirements, all courses will move to an online delivery method, effective March 23, 2020. Instructors will be in touch with their methods in the near future.
On April 2, 2020, the University made the decision that all Summer 2020 courses will be conducted remotely via alternative delivery mechanisms. For the most updated information on summer courses, visit covid19.illinois.edu.
Effective March 16, 2020, the University has cancelled all in-person events on campus for the remainder of the spring semester. This cancellation includes all seminar speaker visits, colloquia, the annual Department Awards Ceremony, and any other gatherings until further notice.