With SIUE email inboxes being flooded by various listservs, dirt cheap airfare and campus closures across the nation, it can be hard to pinpoint what exactly SIUE students need to know about the university’s responses to the pandemic. Here’s what The Alestle knows so far: 

Freshmen residence halls will remain closed next week

In the most recent university update surrounding the virus, Director of University Housing Mallory Sidarous announced Bluff, Prairie and Woodland residence halls will remain closed throughout next week. However, residents may return on Sunday and Monday during select times to pick up belongings. 

Those who need to stay in their dorms next week can submit a request to return to campus. The email asks students to submit the request 48 hours before they plan to return. 

As per normal spring break policy, Cougar Village Apartments and Evergreen Hall will remain open. 

OVC suspends athletic activities

In accordance with the Ohio Valley Conference’s decision to suspend athletic-related activities until further notice, SIUE will not partake in formal practices and competition for the time being, according to a press release posted March 12.  Recruiting-related travel has also been banned until April 3. 

Student concern over creative activities, projects grows

In an emailed statement sent out on March 11, SIUE Chancellor Randy Pembrook said SIUE has suspended University-sponsored events from March 16 to April 10 expected to have 50 or more attendees. 

This has left many students wondering the future of performances and other events they are involved in. On the Theater and Dance Majors and Minors Facebook page, Department Chair Chuck Harper speculated SIUE in-person classes would not resume come March 23 and announced faculty and student productions and events are suspended until further notice. Harper assured students faculty is taking into consideration the impacts of this on curriculum and graduation requirements. The post also warned student travel related to the department has been cancelled.

More information on instruction expected 

Pembrook’s email addressed faculty and staff specifically, stating there is more information to come. 

“A decision regarding continuity of instruction beyond next week will be made soon and based on the latest information available at the time,” Pembrook said in the email. 

For now, the university said the remainder of the week will be spent working with faculty to make their courses available in alternative formats. The email also said SIUE is hiring Instructional Designers to aid in this process. 

The Alestle will continue to update the campus community as more information arises.

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