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October 8, 2020

Dear Students,

As we approach fall break, I want to again thank you for your ongoing commitment to the College’s policies and guidelines, and our #TogetherNC pledge. The number of positive COVID-19 tests reported among our campus community remains low relative to regional and statewide averages, which has made it possible for us to continue to learn, live and gather in person.

The health and safety measures that we have in place on our campus are working—yet they require that we continue to do our part, each and every day, to prioritize our own health and that of the broader campus community. This is no small feat, as we are regularly reminded by news of significant outbreaks at other college campuses, and in communities throughout the country.

Looking ahead to this weekend and the short fall break, I hope you have the opportunity to relax and unwind before the final push of the semester. At the same time, the College expects you to do so safely, responsibly and in a manner that upholds existing policies and guidelines, and the #TogetherNC pledge. This means, whether on or off campus, wear a face covering, maintain a safe distance from others, regularly wash your hands, refrain from large gatherings, monitor your symptoms daily by using the #CampusClear app, stay home if you are not feeling well, and avoid contact with others who may be ill.

These tried and true measures have gotten us this far and will decrease the likelihood of transmitting the virus, as well as being instructed to isolate or quarantine as part of the College’s contact tracing measures.

If you become aware of a positive or probable COVID-19 case, or experience the onset of COVID-19 symptoms, immediately notify the College by using the COVID-19 Reporting Form.

Finally, please take note of the following:

  • TRAVEL: If you plan to travel this weekend, or in the coming days or weeks, you are expected to comply with all current health and safety guidelines at your destination of travel and upon your return, which may include a requirement to quarantine. For additional travel safety information, including a map of high-incidence states, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) COVID-19 Travel Guidance webpage. If you are required to quarantine due to recent travel, please notify the College by completing the COVID-19 Reporting Form.
  • FLU SHOT: All campus community members are highly encouraged to get a flu shot. If you’ve yet to do so, an additional Flu Shot Clinic has been scheduled for Thursday, October 15, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., at Res/Rec. You can schedule an appointment here.
  • NEW BUILDING HOURS: The College has recently received requests from students to extend building access hours in order to provide a late-night option for study and/or rehearsal. After consulting with the Student Governing Association, beginning this Friday, October 9, the College will extend access hours in the Wentz Science Center and the Fine Arts Center until 11 p.m. each day of the week, including weekends. Access to all other academic buildings will remain from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. In order to continue to allow for enhanced cleaning of facilities, we ask for your continued cooperation in promptly vacating buildings at the scheduled closing time.
  • COVID-19 WEBSITE: Continue to regularly visit the College’s COVD-19 website for the most up-to-date information regarding the College’s response to the pandemic.

Have a great fall break and be safe!


Kevin McCarthy (Pronouns – he/him/his)
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

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