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CHAMPAIGN – A saliva-based COVID-19 test created by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has received authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA emergency use authorization was granted to the U of I’s test on the basis that it performs at least as well as a recently approved saliva-testing protocol developed at Yale University, setting a precedent that could allow other labs to follow suit. 

The University of Illinois plans to reopen campuses for students this fall.  With some caveats.

  URBANA – Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created a saliva-based  COVID-19 test. 

During a webinar hosted Tuesday by U of I Chancellor Robert Jones and other university staff, Martin Burke, a U of I chemistry professor, announced that they had the capacity to test up to 10,000 people per day. 

As University of Illinois officials deliberate over how to reopen the Urbana campus this fall, a group of faculty members say they don’t believe the university can safely allow tens of thousands of students back into residence halls and classrooms this year. 

New Reports Find U Of I Law Professor Violated Sexual Harassment Policy

Feb 19, 2020

Fifteen women claim Jay Kesan made unwanted sexual advances according to university investigations from last year. 

A new University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign survey finds most students who experience sexual misconduct don’t tell anyone. 

Campus officials say the findings of the Spring 2019 Climate Survey on Sexual Misconduct are a signal that they need to do more to encourage victims to come forward.

A University of Illinois law professor previously accused of sexual misconduct and slated to return to teach in January will instead go on "university-sanctioned leave."

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The alleged victims of a former University of Illinois associate professor turned to email to finally serve him with their federal lawsuit accusing him of sexually and emotionally exploiting them.

In the midst of #MeToo movement and several high-profile sexual misconduct cases involving its own faculty, the University of Illinois is announcing recently released recommendations that would change how the university handles cases of sexual harassment and misconduct. Recommendations include prohibiting confidentiality agreements that keep findings of misconduct secret, and a system for tracking and disclosing findings of misconduct on a "need-to-know" basis.

A University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduate student and lecturer has filed a lawsuit against the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, alleging the university withheld public documents regarding faculty sexual misconduct that should have been released through public records requests.

Officials at the University of Illinois are investigating a report of a noose found in an elevator at Allen Hall, a student dorm in Urbana. Students reported the incident early Sunday.

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Some Illinois growers are using the power of NASA in a new project aimed at addressing food security, from improving crop outputs to working their land more efficiently.

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Jurors deliberated less than 90 minutes before returning a guilty verdict Monday at the federal death-penalty trial of a former University of Illinois doctoral student who killed a visiting scholar from China after abducting her at a bus stop as she headed to sign an off-campus apartment lease.

 PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — As Federal prosecutors on Wednesday shared with jurors grisly details of how they claim a former University of Illinois doctoral student kidnapped a visiting scholar from China, then brutally beat and killed her, defense attorneys intent on sparing their client a possible death penalty offered an exceptional claim: He did it.

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The University of Illinois has become the target of lawsuit claiming the school has violated its students' free-speech rights.

Video of the trial of a former University of Illinois student accused of killing a Chinese scholar will be streamed from a federal courthouse to a viewing room near campus.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports a U.S. District Judge Tuesday approved the request "to accommodate members of the public and the victim's family."

A federal lawsuit against the University of Illinois' Urbana campus regarding alleged racial harassment of black employees was expanded Tuesday to include U ?of I campuses in Springfield and Chicago.

The president of the University of Illinois is proposing to freeze tuition for in-state students for a fifth consecutive year.

The base annual tuition for Illinois freshmen would remain $12,036 in Urbana-Champaign, $10,584 in Chicago and $9,405 in Springfield under the proposal by Timothy Killeen.

The University of Illinois has created a committee to review its faculty sexual misconduct policies, though no members are students.

A recent study by the Institute for Higher Education Policy shows that the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign stands out among similar schools for its low percentage of minority students.

University of Illinois officials are planning to seek a 16.5 percent funding boost from the state toward making up money it lost from the state's long budget standoff.

More than 17 times as many University of Illinois students registered to hear a campus speech by former President Barack Obama as there are seats in the auditorium.

Obama is scheduled to speak Friday at Foellinger Auditorium in Urbana. The News-Gazette reports 22,611 students registered before a ticket lottery portal closed last Friday for the some 1,300 available seats.

The University of Illinois Urbana campus is hoping a new free tuition program will help boost in-state enrollment.   But, officials don’t know how much of a boost the program will provide.

Lawmakers are summoning University of Illinois officials to Springfield to discuss a new public-private innovation center near downtown Chicago.

Following an all-night bargaining session, negotiators with the University of Illinois and the union representing graduate workers on the Urbana campus have reached a tentative contract agreement.

The Graduate Employees' Organization - or GEO - announced the news on social media earlier Thursday.

Wednesday marked day three of the graduate workers strike at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Gus Wood, co-president of the Graduate Employee Organization, or GEO, says the strike is gaining momentum and numbers.

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The union representing graduate employees at the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus is going on strike.

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Prebiotics are a class of small, indigestible fiber molecules present in human breast milk and known to promote growth of good bacteria in the gut. Now, a new study from the University of Illinois suggests prebiotics may also improve learning and memory.

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Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for the man accused of kidnapping University of Illinois visiting scholar YingYing Zhang.

University of Illinois media professor Jay Rosenstein has been a longtime critic of the amount of money spent on athletics on the Urbana campus.

Now he’s published a series of articles that show that millions of taxpayer dollars are spent on U of I athletics each year, despite longtime claims to the contrary.

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