SIUE sent out an email Thursday morning stating that all classes will move to an online format for the first week of the upcoming semester.
All classes that were already scheduled to be online are unaffected. However, all in-person classes will now be synchronous online until Jan. 17. Hybrid courses that were supposed to meet in person during the first week will be synchronous as well.
Students are advised to check their email these next few days to stay up-to-date on what their instructors ask regarding the first week of classes. All faculty members have been instructed by campus administration to reach out to students by Monday, Jan. 10.
The email says this decision was made in response to the COVID-19 positivity rate found in the results of the mandatory re-entry testing.
“While we understand this change presents challenges, it is a data-informed decision that we believe is best for the campus community. Early data from the University’s re-entry testing protocol indicates a campus wide positivity rate of 14.03% with 355 positives from 2,886 test results in, as of 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5,” the email says.
Despite courses being offered online for this first week, residential students are still encouraged to move into campus housing.
Campus resources, such as the Morris University Center, Lovejoy Library, ITS Help Desk and more will also be available.
The message can be read in its entirety on SIUE’s COVID-19 updates page.