Coronavirus - Campus Response

Illinois Wesleyan will extend Spring Break until Sunday, March 22. Classes will resume using distance learning methods from March 23 - 27. We will evaluate and determine by March 26 whether classes will return to campus on March 30. Campus offices will remain open during this time.

As we assess the escalating impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we are committed to taking responsible action toward mitigating the potential spread of the virus, to proactively safeguard the health of our community and the resilience of our healthcare system.

Read more – Extended Spring Break Announcement

University Response

A University Response Team continues to comprehensively monitor developments as they unfold.

As we evaluate our best courses of action, our decision-making will be based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health and McLean County Health Department.

Our guiding priorities include:

  • To proactively assure the health and safety of our campus community

  • To maintain, as much as possible, the continuity of our academic offerings

  • To assist in the global effort to contain COVID-19 by reducing opportunities for transmission within our community

Timeline

March 12 and 13All Study Abroad Students Asked to Return Home

March 6Coronavirus and Spring Break

March 5Coronavirus Update – Register Your Travel Plans

To Parents – Coronavirus Response at Illinois Wesleyan University

March 2Update for International Travel – Students Studying in Italy Asked to Return Home

Feb. 28 –  Coronavirus   Update to Campus 

To Students Studying Abroad – Update for International Travel to Students Studying Abroad

Feb. 3 – Coronavirus Information from Arnold Health Services  

Campus Preparations

  • Information about COVID-19, including the WHO and CDC recommended steps to minimize potential exposure to this (and to any) virus has been shared with campus. 

  • During cold and flu season, our custodial staff increases the frequency of disinfection of hard, high touch surfaces such as door handles. We have ensured that we are using products that will kill COVID-19. New hand sanitizing stations have been installed in computer labs.

  • If students feel the onset of any respiratory illness, we encourage them to contact Arnold Health Services for assessment and evaluation. As with any respiratory virus, members of the campus community should stay home and avoid events when they are ill.

Study Abroad

  • The University’s policy regarding international travel prohibits studying abroad in regions under a U.S. Department of State Level 3 (reconsider travel) or Level 4 (do not travel) advisory. In response to the U.S. Department of State elevating travel advisories in Italy, three students studying in Italy have returned to their home communities, where they are expected to self-quarantine for 14 days, following CDC recommendations. The University made arrangements to ensure they will be able to complete their coursework this semester.

  • Planned May Term travel to Italy is suspended, and in accordance with our international travel policy, students studying in other parts of Europe are prohibited from engaging in personal travel to Italy for the remainder of the semester.

  • Our other current and planned study abroad programs are to locations with either a Level 1 (exercise normal precautions) or Level 2 (exercise increased caution) advisory from the U.S. Department of State, and so those programs are continuing as normal for the time being. We will continue to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19, and we are prepared to make changes to programs as necessary.

Personal Travel

  • Prior to Spring Break (which is March 9-13), we asked that students, faculty and staff begin reporting international travel or travel to known high-risk areas of the U.S. using an online form. Members of the campus community who travel to any areas designated advisory CDC level 3, and/or U.S. Department of State level 3 & 4, are expected to self-quarantine at home for 14 days before returning to campus, per CDC recommendations.

  • Students using this travel registry who place themselves under self-quarantine will be granted University-sanctioned excused absences. These excused absences supersede any attendance policies for individual classes, and we’ve asked faculty to work with students to keep pace with their courses when normal classes resume.

  • The Ames Library and the Thorpe Center will provide assistance to faculty in preparing alternative learning technologies to reach students in self-quarantine.

International Students

  • It is possible that some of our international students may not be able to return home this summer. The University is working to provide housing for the summer if necessary.