With an abundance of caution and plans to address student safety, Western Illinois University announced on Monday that in-person classes at both the Quad Cities and Macomb campus would continue on August 24th. WIU Interim President Martin Abraham made the announcement and stated “We are engaging with faculty and staff to address final elements of our health and safety protocols that will ensure that we will be able to provide the best quality educational experience to all students in these challenging times,”
Students will have the option of on-campus learning, E-Learning or a combination of both when school resumes in August. Western Illinois also announced that seating in each classroom is being spread out and seats eliminated to establish and enforce social distancing. Barrier Shields are being placed strategically across the campus and class schedules are being set up to allow more time between courses allowing more time for students to keep up social distancing and avoid large groups.
Campus protocols were also announced on Monday,
- Face coverings, which will be provided (two for each member of the University community), will be required on campus (with the exception of individual residence hall rooms), and in all buildings, dining halls and classrooms.• Dining halls will provide take-out service and Union Food Court restaurants will be open with reduced seating in the food court
• University meeting rooms in the Union will have reduced occupancy limits to allow for effective social distancing.
• The University rec center will be open with equipment distributed throughout to allow for maximum utilization.
• A new “Leatherneck Pledge” has also been developed to help make students, faculty and staff aware of the University’s health and safety protocols. More information will be sent in the near future.
University protocols apply to both Macomb and Quad Cities campuses.