March 11, 2020

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Due to ongoing efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus in Illinois and beyond, SIU Carbondale will be extending spring break for students through March 22. Effective Monday, March 23, classes will be offered in online or other alternative formats until further notice.

While no cases of COVID-19 have been identified on our campus, our primary concern is the health and safety of our community. We are joining other Illinois public institutions in taking precautionary measures.

The situation is evolving quickly, and we have many details to work through. We will be sending updated information and posting it to our coronavirus response website within the next 48 hours.

Following are a few important points:

  • The university’s operations, including teaching and research, will continue. We will remain open, and staff will report to work as usual.
  • Students will have options for returning to campus either to study or retrieve materials. We will share additional information regarding campus services, including housing and dining, in the next 48 hours.
  • We are extending the week of spring break to give faculty time to convert courses for delivery in alternative formats. There will be challenges for some students with accessing online or alternative platforms; we are currently reviewing various options that may work for instructors and students. Our goal is to ensure that students have the tools they need to continue their coursework.
  • We will be evaluating on- and off-campus events on a case-by-case basis based on the risk they present for the spread of the virus. Many if not all may be canceled. We will work with the units that are sponsoring events and post cancellations on the coronavirus website.
  • International business travel is restricted. Domestic business travel will require approval of the appropriate vice chancellor.

Again, we will provide much more detailed information in the next 48 hours. If you have questions you want to be sure we address in our planning, please email them to We will do our best to post responses to commonly asked questions so that everyone will benefit from the information.

There are many unknowns related to the virus and its spread. We will continue to monitor recommendations from state and national health agencies and adjust course as needed. We appreciate your patience and collaboration as we work through these challenges together.


John M. Dunn