Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - March 17 Update

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - March 17 Update

Published: March 17, 2020.

We continue to engage with public health officials and other experts as we track the impact of the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.  As always, our goals are the health and well-being of our entire campus community and the fulfillment of our academic Mission.  With this in mind, the following changes are being implemented.

Our university residence halls will be closed Sunday, March 22 until Monday, April 13. All resident students are expected to leave campus by 5:00 p.m. Sunday, March 22. The Office of Residence Life is providing guidance to resident students as well as accommodating students with special circumstances on our Romeoville campus.  Director of Residence Life, Fred Gandy, will be sending a detailed message to all resident students. 

As we make this transition and continue the transition to online learning, the way we do our work is changing.  Some employees will work remotely, some will work on campus, and others may do both.  We encourage everyone to use creativity to envision new ways to use our time and talents to help our own department and support others while we continue to provide a high-quality university experience for our students. 

All full-time, regular part-time, and graduate assistant employees will continue to work as directed by their supervisor and continue to be paid for their normal hours.  Limited part-time staff and student workers are generally not expected to report to work so they should check with their supervisor. Human Resources will be posting additional information on today to provide guidance on working remotely.

As you are very aware, the situation continues to evolve, and more updates are sure to come. We are continually updating with information and resources in regard to our university’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We understand that this disruption of our campus atmosphere causes challenges for us all. We appreciate your adherence to guidance from public health officials to practice social distancing and avoid large groups of people. Thank you for doing your part in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Dr. Christopher Sindt

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