March 20, 2020

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SIU Students and Families:

Today, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has directed that everyone in the state must "stay at home" through April 7. Staying at home means just as it says: you should stay at home and leave only for essential functions, such as to purchase food or visit a health care professional.

The following information is important. Please read carefully.

  • Consistent with guidance from the governor’s office, online instruction will continue as planned so that students may complete the semester. There will be no face-to-face instruction, including lab sections. The date for withdrawing from classes will be extended by one week to Sunday, April 5, and we ask faculty to honor all requests for incomplete grades. The date for summer and fall registration is extended to Monday, April 6. The very few faculty members who were planning face-to-face instruction in small groups will reach out to their students to update them on how these plans will impact their ability to complete their courses.
  • Students who are living on campus must stay on campus, and students who are not on campus may not return to campus. Questions or requests for special consideration about this directive can be answered by calling the Office of the Dean of Students, 1-877-725-0006.
  • Those students who are on campus will continue to have access to food, Student Health Services, WiFi and other tools and support. We will continue to expect students to follow social distancing practices, and we will continue to follow all of the additional dining and cleaning protocols we have in place to prevent risk of COVID-19.
  • Students who want to come to campus to retrieve possessions must wait until the order is lifted. Call University Housing at 618-453-2301 with questions and concerns.
  • Student employees will be paid whether or not they work. Graduate assistants should review the online FAQ for detailed information.
  • With the exception of the computer lab and first-floor study area in Morris Library and select research labs, university academic and administrative buildings will be closed. Most services and operations will be available by phone, email or other alternative formats.
  • Only employees whose work requires them to be will be on campus. These include but are not limited to people who support students in residence halls, employees in health care and public safety, employees required to maintain the research labs and farms and others. All of these required employees will follow social distancing and other guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. All other staff who are able to work from home will be doing so. Again, our goal is to preserve as many services as possible.

There are many, many details still to be addressed, and we know you have any questions about long-term implications, finals, refunds and much more. At this time, our primary focus is on ensuring that we are ready to implement the stay-at-home order while protecting the health and safety of our community. Please know that addressing those details and related questions will be our top priority. We will answer important but less urgent questions as soon as possible in the days ahead.

Students and family members with questions can call the Office of the Dean of Students 618-453-4846 or 1-877-725-0006 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. this weekend and Monday-Friday. Questions can also be sent to the email address at any time.

Please let me emphasize that those students who must stay at home in campus residence halls will be treated and supported as though they are part of our own family.

We have said this before, but it bears repeating: we are in an unprecedented, rapidly changing situation. We appreciate your patience and welcome your partnership as we move forward.


John M. Dunn