March 16, 2020

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Members of the university community,

Thank you to everyone who follows our Frequently Asked Questions related to COVID-19. As you know, guidelines and directives regarding the pandemic are changing regularly due its rapid spread across the country, and we continue to adjust our course accordingly. Our primary goals remain the same: protect the health and safety of our community while continuing to fulfill our mission. We are encouraging all students, faculty and staff to respect and follow the concept of social distancing, which can mean staying at least 6 feet apart from others, eliminating unnecessary travel and avoiding crowds.

We continue to update our frequently asked questions. Following are a few new additions or updates. See the full website for details.

Here are a few of the latest additions or changes:

  • Given the uncertainty around the timeline for COVID-19, we have decided to continue using alternative formats for the remainder of the semester. 
  • Students and family members with questions can call the Office of the Dean of Students at 618-453-4846 between 8 am and 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday. Questions can also be sent to the pandemicinfo@siu.edu email address at any time, including evenings and weekends.
  • Due to the importance of social distancing and concerns related to potential transfer of a virus via equipment, the Student Recreation Center will close starting tomorrow.
  • Due to a gubernatorial directive, food services will no longer be available in the Student Center, and services in the dining halls will be available only to students and dining staff.
  • Many staff will be allowed to work from home or work flexible schedules based on the nature of their responsibilities; see the chancellor’s message to faculty and staff.
  • Self-quarantine expectations continue to change and now include travelers returning from four states — California, Massachusetts, New York and Washington — as well as all international travelers, whether they are students, faculty or staff members.

We are in uncharted waters, and I am very grateful that we are standing together as a community.

John M. Dunn
Chancellor