Stay at Home Order

Good Afternoon Resident Students:

On Saturday, March 21, 2020, the Governor’s Executive Order #8, commonly known as the “Stay at Home Order” began. That order applies to our Romeoville campus. I am writing to clarify what the order means for Lewis students, particularly those remaining on campus.

The order states:

All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited…all individuals currently living within the State of Illinois are ordered to stay at home or at their place of residence except as allowed in this Executive Order.”

Please be aware:

  • Violating the Governor’s Executive Order IS a criminal offense.
  • The “Stay at Home Order” is police enforceable. Violating it could be grounds for arrest by LUPD.
  • Most buildings on our campus are closed. Entering a closed building is considered the criminal offense of trespassing, even when a “Stay at Home Order” is not in effect.
  • You may leave your residence hall to get food or other necessary items.
  • You may go outdoors to exercise if you maintain proper social distance. This might take the form of a walk or jog around campus.
  • Our officers are documenting student violations for referral to Student Conduct and providing violators with a clear explanation of expectations and potential consequences.

It is our hope that students will put the welfare of all community members over their short-term, individual needs and choose to voluntarily comply with the Governor’s Order. Taking criminal enforcement action against those violating the Order will be a last resort, but LUPD officers have the authority to take this action in an effort to protect our community. Please help us to keep our community safe and healthy by following the law and complying with lawful orders issued by our local, state and federal government.

If you have specific questions about the Order, the State of Illinois has provided this FAQ page, which I would encourage you to review.

LUPD is available 24 hours, seven days a week, including during this “Stay at Home” period. Call 815-836-5222 if assistance is needed.

Thanks for helping us keep the community safe and healthy,

Mike Zegadlo                               
Chief of Police
Lewis University