COVID-19 Update - Be Safe On and Off Campus

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COVID-19 Update - Be Safe On and Off Campus

Published: August 20, 2020.

The campus continues to become more active at our Romeoville campus. We look forward to welcoming all our student residents in the coming days leading up to the start of classes.

Flyers Promise

We acknowledge it is our collective behavior that is going to make our approach to the fall semester possible.  Our students, faculty, and staff have shown their commitment to preserve and uphold our spirit of community through signing the Flyers Promise. To see how the promise is put into action, take a look at the Flyers Promise videos on our Lewis University YouTube channel (youtube.com/lewisuniversity) to review expected behaviors in the classroom, residence halls, library, offices, the Center for Academic Success and Enrichment, recreational facilities, and the bookstore.

On-Campus Activities

We invite our students to participate in our Welcome Week activities next week. Students will receive a complete schedule of in-person and virtual events through email. Other student services and activities, such as our recreational facilities are open with new protocols and guidelines described at Fall 2020 Campus Plan.

As students prepare for their classes, please note that our bookstore is encouraging students to order their books online so they can be delivered or picked up in the store.

Our university offices remain open and ready to serve our students while many of our employees continue to work remotely. To maintain safe levels of density that promote physical distancing, most offices are on an appointment-only basis. Please visit lewisu.edu to check the office’s particular status and/or schedule an appointment.

COVID Positive Cases Protocols

As a reminder, students, faculty or staff who test positive for COVID-19, or who have been informed by their healthcare provider they are suspected to have COVID-19, should contact the Lewis University COVID-19 Hotline at 815-588-7000 or covidhotline@lewisu.edu as soon as possible. The individual will be contacted by a hotline team member within eight hours to discuss the best next steps. University response protocols will be implemented, which include providing supportive services and academic or work accommodations for the individual. Hotline team members will communicate health department directives to any students, faculty, or staff deemed to have been in close contact with the individual.

COVID-19 Positive Cases Dashboard

To help our community understand the status of COVID-19 activity on our Romeoville and Oak Brook campuses, the Lewis University COVID-19 Hotline will update an online dashboard (Fall 2020 Campus Plan Dashboard) with the number of COVID-19 cases among our students, faculty, and staff who have been on the Romeoville or Oak Brook campus two weeks prior to their positive test results.

Confidentiality Will Be Protected

Confidentiality laws prohibit Lewis University from disclosing protected health information about affected individuals. Hotline team members will communicate health department directives to any students, faculty, or staff deemed to have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive, and additional cleaning measures will be implemented in the appropriate areas on campus.

Be Safe On and Off Campus

We’re aware of the headlines of other universities that have tried to start face-to-face classes and had to quickly transition to remote classes because of a rapid, significant increase in COVID-19 cases. One lesson that we have learned from other universities is that our actions on and off campus are instrumental in determining our success in accomplishing our academic goals and having a successful semester. In the spirit of solidarity inspired by our Mission value of Association, we are called to act with great care, civility, and profound respect for each other at all times. 

I would like to thank all of you for doing your part in taking the extraordinary steps to stay healthy and protect each other on campus and in the community during this unique and uncertain time.

Sincerely,
Dr. Christopher Sindt
Provost



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