Update - 22 March 2022
A message from Dr. Amy Gray, Vice President for Student Life:
Please see below for several COVID-related updates.
With spring break behind us, it is time to start planning for a successful end of the semester. One way to do this is to minimize interruptions to your health and classes by staying up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccination.
Per current Illinois Department of Public Health (IDHP) guidelines, students who are up-to-date on immunizations* do not need to quarantine in the event of an exposure as long as they are symptom-free. Those who are not up-to-date on COVID-19 immunizations will have to quarantine for five days and may miss important classes, time with friends and family, or other events; they are also at higher risk of infection and more severe illness.
If you have not received a COVID-19 vaccine dose in the last five months (or two months for J&J), please consider making an appointment for a free COVID-19 vaccination. COVID-19 vaccines remain available at most local pharmacies for your convenience. While a booster dose is not required by Aurora University, we do strongly encourage that you take this step.
* IDPH defines up-to-date as receiving the two doses of Moderna/Pfizer or a booster within the last six months, or within two months if receiving the initial Johnson and Johnson.
We are continuing to monitor the number of positive cases reported in the AU community. Current plans are to lift the mask requirement for classes and labs beginning Monday, April 4, 2022, unless we see an increase in cases prior to this date. Per IDPH guidelines, masks will still be required in the following locations:
- Surveillance testing locations
- AU Wellness Center
- Athletic training treatment rooms
In addition, members of the AU community are expected to wear masks at the request of individuals when meeting in the personal work or living spaces of those individuals.
Of course, any member of the AU community who prefers to continue to mask in places where masking is not required is welcome and encouraged to do so. As masking becomes a personal choice in more public places, it is important that we continue to respect individual decisions regarding masking and other practices that may reduce transmission of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.
COVID-19 Self-Test Kits
Students and staff are now able to request up to eight COVID-19 test kits (nasal swab) from their local Jewel-Osco at no cost with most insurance plans. Simply request these at the counter of a Jewel-Osco pharmacy. From start to finish, it only takes a few minutes. Jewel-Osco has been a great partner of AU throughout the pandemic, as they hosted multiple COVID vaccination clinics on campus throughout the past year.
Quarantine and Isolation for Residential Students
We will no longer be utilizing a local hotel for quarantine and isolation of our residential students. For the remainder of the semester, we will be utilizing unoccupied rooms in our residence halls which have access to a private bathroom (as opposed to a community bathroom). Residential students who are instructed by Health Services to quarantine or isolate will be strongly encouraged to leave campus (i.e., go home) for the duration of the quarantine or isolation. If a student must stay on campus, the student will be provided with access to a private room, including a microwave and refrigerator. The student will not be able to leave the room (except for medical care) until cleared by Health Services; meals will be delivered to the room during this time.
Thank you for your continued cooperation. Best wishes to you for a strong finish to the 2022 spring semester!