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COVID-19 Update

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the emphasis on social distancing, The University System Office has invoked a remote work policy. This will be in effect until June 1, at which point this policy will be re-evaluated.

The most efficient way to contact staff is through email. Staff emails are available by clicking About on the menu, then selecting the appropriate department. We will maintain a minor presence in the office and will monitor our phones.

If you are unsure who to contact, please use our general office email at and we will address your question.

Upcoming Events


Employee Advisory Committee Meeting

Quarterly meeting to advise the Merit Board on all matters pertaining to the University System. The Committee meets at least quarterly at campuses throughout the state.

8:30 AM


Merit Board Meeting

The quarterly meeting of the Merit Board. The Merit Board is the governing body of the University System. It is composed of 11 members representing the public universities of the State of Illinois.

1:00 PM


CLOSED - Labor Day

The System Office will be closed in recognition of the Labor Day holiday.

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Recent Job Postings

Scene Shop Supervisor

The primary function of this position is to assist the Assistant Technical Director and the Technical Director in providing leadership and supervision to the scene shop and to fabricate complex scen...

Sr. Compensation Analyst

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) seeks a Sr. Compensation Analyst (HR Associate). This position will assist in the development, analysis, implementation, and administration of compensatio...

The University System office permits Universities and Agencies to post current job openings on our website. To view the postings above, and any other postings, go to the Jobs page.

University News


UIS plans for safe return of students in fall 2020

We are very pleased to announce that on-campus educational activities will resume this fall at the University of Illinois System’s three universities, with a hybrid mixture of in-person and online classes. Of course, our collective decision assumes that I


Tests optional for fall 2021 freshman applicants

Students applying for fall 2021 freshman admission to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will not be required to submit SAT or ACT test results due to the COVID-19 pandemic limiting students’ opportunities to take the exams.


SIU Centers for Family Medicine expands COVID testing to all

The SIU Centers for Family Medicine, in coordination with the Illinois Department of Public Health, is expanding access to COVID-19 testing to everyone. Previously, testing was limited to those meeting certain screening criteria. Now, anyone can be tested


NIU recognized for excellence in inclusion and outcomes

Strive for College, a national student mentoring nonprofit organization, has recognized Northern Illinois University for excellence in both outcomes and inclusion for low-income and first-generation college students.


Higher Education in Illinois: Safely Launching Academic Year 2020

Higher education is central to society and provides life-changing benefits for students as well as advantages for employers and the economy. Because of that, we encourage students to stay the course. The current pandemic has affected how higher education


EIU Plans to Return to Face-to-Face Instruction in Fall 2020: Statement

EIU has plans to return to face-to-face instruction in the fall with specific, actionable guidelines in place to enhance everyone’s safety across campus. The University is preparing to send an email later this week to all students and employees summarizin