As Gov. J.B. Pritzker has moved Illinois into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan, the Cougar Commitment Plan was sent in an email to students detailing what they can expect in the upcoming academic year.
The plan states that Fall 2020 courses will be held in on-ground, online and hybrid formats, but on-ground opportunities will be prioritized for programs that rely on campus facilities. Students will be required to social distance and wear face coverings. Reusable, washable face coverings will be provided for all students. Classrooms will be disinfected nightly, and will have floor markers and traffic flows to minimize face-to-face traffic. There will also be a modified academic calendar, with many on-ground activities ending Friday, Nov. 20 and no Spring Break for the Spring 2021 semester.
Housing will open, with a multiple day move-in strategy. No more than two residents will be assigned to each bedroom, and isolation rooms will be created for residents who test positive for COVID-19. Guests will not be permitted in University Housing. Housing will remain open until Friday, Dec. 11 to provide access to campus resources and services.
Dining services will also open with modifications. There will be line queues at all dining locations to promote social distancing, and face masks are to be worn at all times, except for when eating. Dining will provide pre-packaged meal options for carryout.
Co-curricular experiences will be permitted, but must abide by the size of social gatherings and meetings based upon the state’s guidelines. The MUC, Student Success Center and Student Fitness Center will open with limitations.
Employees who are able are encouraged to discuss remote work schedules with supervisors. Directors must restructure work schedules to reduce the number of workers needed to be present.
“We look forward to restoring the energy to campus is whatever formats the future holds, but our efforts will not be successful unless we commit to our common purpose and our responsibilities to serve one another,” the email from university leadership stated.
To read the full plan, visit SIUE's website.