March 3, 2020

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SIU Carbondale students, faculty and staff:

As focus on the coronavirus, formally called COVID-19, grows and more cases are diagnosed in the United States, you may have questions about what it means for SIU and what we are doing to prepare. We have developed a list of frequently asked questions to answer many of the questions we have received to date. We will add new information as the situation develops or as we receive additional questions that may be of broad interest.

SIU’s emergency preparedness “all-hazards” team has been activated to evaluate and plan for multiple scenarios should the virus come to or impact southern Illinois. This cross-functional team will address plans for how classes will be handled, how residence halls will be managed, related personnel policies and more. The team includes representatives from student health, counseling, housing, academic affairs, student affairs, university communications, procurement, public safety, plant and service operations, environmental health and safety and other areas. University personnel are working in collaboration with local and state health officials.

Even as we plan, we are closely monitoring the reports and recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and other global and state agencies. Decisions we make going forward will be informed by agencies and experts who have access to the latest knowledge and best practices.

We urge everyone who leaves campus for spring break to pay attention to the CDC’s recommended precautions to avoid exposure to the virus. If you believe you have been exposed to or may have the coronavirus, please consult with your local health care provider before returning to campus. If you are a student on campus, please follow the steps outlined in the FAQ. Faculty and staff should work with their local health care providers.

Our primary goal is to ensure that we are doing everything possible to protect the health, safety and welfare of our campus community. Thank you for doing your part.


John M. Dunn