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March 18, 2020 – Message from the Vice President for Student Life Randy Worden

03/18/2020 4:00 pm

As we make plans for the rest of the school year, please be advised of the following. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Student Life Office at (815) 394-5298.

1. Residence Halls will be open.

  • All residential students (including those already on campus) desiring to stay on campus during the period of online instruction will need to register.
    • Students can register by calling into the Student Life Office at (815) 394-5298. The Student Life Office is open from 9am-12pm and 1pm-5pm.
    • Students can also register by submitting the online form found at
    • Please call in and register by 5pm on Friday, March 20. Door access cards for unregistered students will be turned off once the deadline passes.
  • Registering to be on campus is important for safety issues and for custodial processes.
  • Residents will not be able to have guests during the online instruction period of March 23 – April 10.
  • Social gatherings in double rooms, suites, or common spaces must be limited to 10 people or less. In single rooms and super singles, social gatherings are limited to 5 people or less. Social distancing is strongly encouraged.

2. Food Service will be available.

  • Food Service plans to serve meals in the Dining Hall and/or the Den, depending on the number of participants in meal plans.
  • Meal Plans will be operational.
  • Currently, the Den is open daily from 9am-2pm and 4pm-6pm.   

3. The Burpee Student Center (including the Mail Room) will remain open. However, hours of operation may need to be adjusted and will be posted.

4. Various additional custodial and cleaning routines are being added around campus. This includes residence halls, common spaces, public restrooms, and hallways.

5. Please practice appropriate “social distancing” whenever possible. Staying 6 feet (2 meters) from those you are interacting with decreases the likelihood of any virus transmission.

6. Lastly, please be advised that this is a very fluid situation and that this information is subject to change. Center for Disease Control and Winnebago County Health Department updates come out regularly and are something we monitor closely. Should situations or instructions change, we will do our best to keep you updated and notified in timely ways.   

We realize that there are many new considerations, adjustments, and changes going on all around us and that many aspects of this are difficult. Our hope is to continue to provide the best experience possible while we navigate together the weeks ahead. Should you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact the Student Life Office.

Thank you.