Message from Chancellor Koch: UIS COVID-19 Update

From Chancellor Koch, Dr. Papini and Dr. Ford

3.17.20

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff —

In our continuing efforts to align UIS operations with the most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to slow the progression of the COVID-19 virus, we are implementing new measures and providing additional clarification about the Spring 2020 semester. These actions are intended to further protect the health and safety of all members of our community during this unprecedented time.

  • Face-to-face instruction will NOT resume this semester. All coursework will be delivered through alternative delivery methods, such as online or remote learning. Faculty and staff are working very hard and making great progress toward migrating to remote alternatives. Instruction—using online and alternative delivery methods—resumes Monday, March 23. The staff in COLRS and ITS are working to support both faculty and students who need additional tools or resources to complete the semester remotely.
  • In the best interests of the health of students, we are taking action to strictly limit occupancy of on-campus housing for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester and are requiring all students who can safely do so to return to their permanent home address to complete their Spring 2020 classes remotely. Residential students are being asked to check out of their space at scheduled times throughout this week. Students received instructions this morning from the Department of Residence Life about checkout procedures. Housing and meal credits will be provided based on each student’s individual situation. We are allowing limited exceptions for students with extenuating circumstances to remain in on-campus housing, which will require permission from the Department of Residence Life.
  • Dining Services will remain open to serve remaining residential students as well as faculty and staff who need to be on campus. All food options are being provided as “grab-n-go” to align with social distancing recommendations. Please check the Dining Services website for hours of operation. Dining Services is accepting i-card only in compliance with Gov. Pritzker’s policy regarding campus dining halls not being open to the public at large. Residential students who are moving out of on-campus housing and students who do not live in on-campus housing but have a UIS meal plan will receive communication about their meal plans.
  • The Brookens Library will be temporarily closed to physical traffic effective today, March 17. Library staff will continue to be available via email/phone, and library resources remain accessible via the library website. The library will be waiving all overdue and lost item fees until it is able to reopen. For questions about your library account or materials please email libcirc@uis.edu .
  • Mail delivery will continue on campus. Please contact Jeff Richards (jrich8@uis.edu) with questions or to set up arrangements to drop off mail packages at the Mail Center in the Business Services Building.
  • Information on self-quarantine protocols for students, faculty and staff who have recently traveled or who think they may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus will be shared soon via email and posted on the UIS COVID-19 website.
  • While we continue to limit opportunities for in-person interaction on campus, the university is not closing or ceasing essential operations. However, anyone remaining on campus should practice appropriate social distancing. Meetings should be held via phone or email if possible, and interactions in public spaces should be limited.
  • We realize many questions still remain, including the status of Commencement. More information will be shared soon regarding Commencement and other end-of-year celebrations.

Please continue to watch your email as well as the UIS COVID-19 website for additional updates. General questions also continue to be fielded via the covid19@uis.edu email.

Again, we extend our sincere appreciation for everyone’s flexibility and cooperation to ensure our students can be academically successful, at the same time we maintain the health and safety of all members of our community. This is a situation none of us wished to experience, but the extraordinary efforts our university community is putting forth show just how much each of us embodies our mission, vision and values. Your efforts—every single one of them—is Leadership lived!

 

Susan Koch, Chancellor

Dennis Papini, Provost

Clarice Ford, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs