December 15, 2022

Public health plans for spring

As the university makes plans for in-person classes and activities this spring, it will continue to monitor the situation with COVID, influenza and other public health concerns. 

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to get up to date on vaccinations. We are pleased that more than 100 people participated in the COVID booster clinic on campus last week. In addition, masks are recommended, especially for people in indoor settings or who have symptoms. 

As is the current practice, if a student reports an illness including COVID or flu, the dean of students will inform faculty members of the student’s need to miss classes, without stating the reason. The university will continue to place students who live in residence halls in isolation for five days if they test positive for COVID. 

As the university has since the start of the pandemic, it will continue to work with Jackson County public health officials and seek guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

If we need to adjust our plans, we will inform the campus community through email and post updates to the Virus Information website. If you have questions, email