The College has evaluated all campus facilities and has adopted a number of proactive health and safety measures in accordance with guidance from local, state and federal health officials. Enhanced health and safety measures within campus facilities will include:
- Reconfigured furniture and equipment to decrease room and building density
- The provision of cleaning supplies near classrooms and offices enabling students, faculty and staff to wipe down work surfaces
- The installation of hand sanitizer stations throughout campus
- Limiting the number of people in elevators
- Establishing single-direction stairways and building entrances and exits (when possible)
- Posting informational signage throughout campus reinforcing various health practices, including handwashing, social distancing and mask wearing
In-person instruction will require a six-foot minimum distance between all individuals and face coverings will be required in all classrooms, labs and studios. Classrooms and other instructional spaces have been evaluated for new maximum capacities based on physical distancing requirements and furniture and equipment will be arranged accordingly. Depending on class sizes and room capacities, there may be circumstances where students attend class in-person on some days and remotely on other days for synchronous (or asynchronous) instruction in order to maintain physical distancing requirements.
While Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan allows colleges and universities to open, there are still restrictions on meetings and events larger than 50 people. Therefore, the College will continue to monitor the latest State guidance and will share additional information about fall campus events later this summer. It remains our plan to host an in-person Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 when conditions and State guidance will allow.