WIU Interim President Martin Abraham announced Thursday that all university classes will be cancelled from March 14th through the 20th. Classes will resume using what he called an “alternate format” on Saturday, March 21 and will continue in that fashion until at least April 3.
The press release did not make clear what is meant by “alternate format.”
While classes will be canceled, the University will remain open for regular business. Faculty and staff will resume their normal work schedule on March 15th. Student employees and graduate assistants should consult with their respective supervisors. Employees and students should stay home and contact their health care providers if they feel ill.
All events on the campus with more than 50 participants before April 3 should be cancelled, Martin said, unless they are deemed essential for University operations. The University has implemented a mandatory event registration form which will remain in effect for the rest of the semester.
Residence halls will reopen at 10 am Sunday as originally scheduled. However, Martin said, students may choose to remain in their permanent residences until further notice. If students choose to return to their respective residence halls, they must check in via their STARS account when they arrive on campus. Dining services will be available.
Western Illinois recently cancelled all summer study abroad trips and international business travel for students, faculty and staff through August 1st. All University-affiliated domestic air travel is also restricted until further notice, although waivers may be requested from the Executive Director of Risk Management for those who believe they have an essential reason to travel. Non-essential travel by bus and train is strongly discouraged, and students, faculty and staff are encouraged to refrain from travel to areas with high numbers of reported cases in the U.S. Those who return from high-risk areas could be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
Martin said there are numerous “what if” scenarios and questions that may not have available answers at the moment, those with questions can email [email protected]. The latest updates are also posted at http://wiu.edu/coronavirus and http://wiu.edu/news.