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March 20, 2020 -Student Updates

03/20/2020 3:53 pm

In light of Illinois Governor Pritzker’s recent issuing of a “stay at home” order for Illinois, residential students should please note the following instructions. Questions should be referred to the Residence Life staff or the Student Life office. 

1. All residential students will need to abide by the “stay at home” order. For Rockford University purposes, “home” for residential students will be defined as your residence hall and the Burpee Student Center.

  • The Burpee Student Center will be open daily from 7:30am to 6pm.

2. Social distancing and room occupancy numbers must be adhered to (be sure to note these changes in regulations).

  • Doubles and Suites should have no more than 5 people present.
  • Singles and Super Singles should have no more than 3 people present.
  • Please do this for your own health and well-being and for the health and well-being of others. 

3. Residential students are not to leave campus except for “essential life activities.”  Essential activities which can continue include purchasing groceries, attending to medical/health issues, getting gas, picking up food, going to work related to any of the previous exceptions, etc.

4. Most non-residential buildings around campus will be locked down and unavailable for use.  This will include the Seaver Gymnasium. 

5. The Den will remain open daily to provide food service.

  • Meal plans will be operational.
  • Students will not be required to use “points.”
  • Currently hours are 9am-2pm and 4pm-6pm.
  • Beginning Monday, March 23, daily hours will be 11am-2pm and 4pm-6pm.

We recognize that these are difficult times and that restrictions such as these can feel inconvenient and troublesome.  However, we remain committed to the health and well-being of our students and our community.  Subsequently, doing our part to abide by the Governor’s “stay at home” order is important.  Please feel free to contact your Residence Life staff or the Student Life office with any questions or concerns.  Thank you very much and we will get through this together. 

Dr. Randy Worden

Forum Series
This semester’s Forum requirement has been canceled. All full-time students currently enrolled in the Forum course (CLFS 050) will receive the grade of P (pass) regardless of how many Forum events they attended.
For those who failed previous semesters of Forum, the Forum Committee will not accept any additional make-up essays this semester, due to the fact that the library is closed, making Forum recordings unavailable. Make-up essays submitted after today will be read beginning in Fall 2020. If you’re a graduating senior who owes make-up essays, please watch your email for more information.
If you have any questions, please contact Forum administrator Dr. Kyle Stedman at