Aurora University

Update - 26 July 2022

Welcome Center

A message from Dr. Amy Gray, Vice President for Student Life:

I am writing to share our plans to manage COVID-19 during the upcoming academic year. With the state vaccination and testing requirements recently rescinded, Aurora University will take the following steps to create a safe and accessible environment for our students and employees.

Regarding Vaccinations

  • All students and employees are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated. Boosters, for those who are eligible, are also recommended.
  • Vaccination clinics will be held on campus throughout the academic year. Additional information regarding dates and times will be announced closer to the start of the academic year.
  • Students are asked to submit copies of their COVID vaccination records to Health Services, if they have been vaccinated, via the SpartanHealth Portal in Okta. Records can also be sent via email to shs@aurora.edu or faxed to 630-844-5611.

Regarding Masks

  • Masks are not required on campus with the exception of any facilities providing health services (i.e. AU Health Services and Athletic Training treatment rooms).
  • 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.
  • 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; furthermore, 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.
  • Masks will remain available at the kiosks located throughout campus.

Regarding COVID-19 Testing

  • Diagnostic testing will be available in Health Services. In addition, students who are asymptomatic with no known exposure can pick up a test for self-testing should they be interested in testing.
  • No testing will be required prior to arrival on-campus in the fall.

Regarding Quarantine and Isolation

  • AU will continue to follow Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines regarding quarantine and isolation.
  • Should a residential student be directed to isolate or quarantine, the following options for doing so are listed in order of preference:
    • Student returns home for the duration of the quarantine/isolation period (required if you live within 90 minutes of campus).
    • Student moves to a designated quarantine/isolation room on campus with a private bedroom and semi-private bathroom (bathroom shared with no more than two students). Meals to be delivered daily.
    • Student quarantines/isolates in place in their assigned residence hall room.
      • Student wears mask at all times, including when using community bathroom
      • Assuming the student’s roommate is not instructed to quarantine, roommate will be provided with alternative housing options, as available.

Regarding Environmental Conditions

  • In response to the pandemic, the filters used in our air systems were previously upgraded. We will also continue to run our circulation systems 24/7 to keep air moving. In addition, as the weather cools, we can increase our fresh air flow.
  • Our campus housekeeping team will continue to clean and disinfect offices and workspaces regularly.

Please email covid19questions@aurora.edu with any additional questions you have after reading. Thank you for your continued commitment to creating a safe campus environment. Stay healthy Spartans!