December 14, 2022

SIU continues to monitor COVID, flu and other concerns, plans for spring

During winter break, the university will continue to monitor the situation with COVID, influenza and other viruses. At this time, we anticipate starting the spring semester on Jan. 17 with in-person classes as planned. However, COVID and other viruses have been unpredictable in the past. If we need to adjust our plans, we will inform the campus community through email and post updates to the Virus Information website

At a time of travel and family gatherings, faculty, staff and students are advised to take precautions to protect their health and their community, including:

  • Get up to date on vaccinations against COVID-19 and influenza. Vaccines are easily available at health care clinics, pharmacies and other sites. Students can also receive a flu vaccine at the Student Health Services pharmacy on a walk-in basis. The vaccination is free to students who receive health insurance coverage through the university and $25 for everyone else.
  • If you are not feeling well, don’t go out.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Avoid crowds or crowded areas, when possible.
  • Wear a mask, especially if you are in an indoor setting and if you are not feeling well.
  • Seek medical attention if you have symptoms that are moderate or severe. 

When you return for the spring semester, we encourage you to take precautions on campus. If you need to stay home because of illness, report it to the dean of students at The dean of students will inform faculty members of the need to miss classes without stating the reason. Residence hall students who test positive for COVID will be placed in isolation for five days. 

Students who need medical attention can visit Student Health Services for evaluation – its professionals are there to help. For more information, visit

If you have questions, email