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Message from President Fulcomer

03/19/2020 2:59 pm

The University’s Emergency Operations Policy Group is meeting daily as well as convening additional meetings via Zoom or conference call when needed to stay on top of the latest developments surrounding COVID-19. As this virus deepens its hold on our nation, we must continue making changes to the way that we live and work in these unusual times.

We are prepared to move to online instruction beginning Monday, March 23. The March 18 campus update has specific information for students about moving to online courses. (

We also continue to stress the importance of preventative measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, particularly in being diligent with social distancing.

Social distancing measures everyone can take include:

  • Staying home as much as possible
  • If gatherings are necessary, limiting the number of people to 10
  • Calling to check on family, neighbors, and older adults instead of visiting
  • Checking with your health care provider about telehealth options

The following will be in effect during the period of online delivery from March 23 – April 10

Howard Colman Library
Our library resources have shifted from primarily print to a primarily digital format over the last several years, and now, during this challenging time, that shift will be a blessing as our teaching and learning also shifts to an online response. Information has been posted on the Library’s portal page and can be referenced here.

 Events and Athletics
Difficult decisions have been made regarding the continuation of events and athletic competitions on virtually every campus. The NCAA and our NACC conference have mandated the cancelation of all spring athletic practices and events, ending all spring sports.

In accordance with the Winnebago County Health Department, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and strong guidance from the CDC to strictly limit the number of people at gatherings to less than 10 and to practice social distancing. All other events on campus, both internal and external, will be canceled through April 12. This date may be extended as needed. This includes all student clubs and organization events of more than 10 people, performances, Forum Series events and any other special events on campus.

Admissions and SAS
In support of the University’s transition to online instruction and out of an abundance of caution for the well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and prospective students; Rockford University has transitioned the student support provided by Student Administrative Services, the Office of Global Affairs, and the Office of Admission to e-mail and phone support. Staff members will be available to assist you from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and will return e-mail and voice mail messages as soon as possible.

SAS remains open and is encouraging communications via phone and email. Students are asked to contact the office ahead of time to schedule drop off or pick up of paperwork.

Please know that we are continually assessing this volatile situation and working to respond to changes as quickly as possible. At this point, we are focusing on what is needed to take us through Friday, April 10. Please continue to watch our COVID-19 update page for the most recent information.


Eric W. Fulcomer, Ph.D.