Aurora University

Update - 3 September 2021

Institute for Collaboration

It is so wonderful to see our new and returning students on campus again for a fully face-to-face experience. We remain cautiously optimistic that if we adhere to our COVID-19 policies and protocols, the semester will unfold the way we all hope. To protect the teaching and learning that we strive to provide at AU, please review the following:

Isolation and Quarantine Protocols

  • Anyone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should stay at home or in their residence hall room and contact the COVID-19 line (630-844-7500).
  • Students who receive a positive COVID-19 test result are expected to contact the COVID-19 line (630-844-7500) immediately for further instruction and contact tracing. Any student testing positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate at home (or other off-campus location) for 10 days. AU has also contracted with a local hotel for those who are unable to travel home.
  • Students who experience a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case are expected to contact the COVID-19 line (630-844-7500) immediately for further assessment; quarantine instructions vary based on vaccination status.
  • Faculty members have been instructed to treat absences due to quarantine or isolation as a medical absence. Students should work with their faculty members to make arrangements for completing course requirements.

Face Masks

  • Face masks are required indoors until further notice.
  • Disposable masks are available in common spaces and other high-traffic areas throughout campus.

Vaccination Clinics

  • Aurora University continues to strongly encourage vaccination amongst the members of our campus community.
  • Vaccination clinics are scheduled for the following dates:
    • Thursday, September 2, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., University Banquet Hall (Pfizer vaccine with limited availability of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine)
      • Follow-up clinic: Thursday, September 23, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., University Banquet Hall
    • Tuesday September 14, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Thornton Gymnasium (Pfizer vaccine with limited availability of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine)
      • Follow-up clinic: Tuesday, October 5, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Thornton Gymnasium

Surveillance Testing (excludes fully online students)

  • Per Governor Pritzker's announcement last week, all unvaccinated students and employees will be required to participate in regular surveillance testing.
  • If you are unvaccinated, you can expect to receive an email with scheduling information when it is time to schedule your surveillance test. Please watch your email closely for these messages and schedule your surveillance testing appointment promptly.
  • If you are vaccinated and have not yet submitted a copy of your vaccination card, please send it as soon as possible to austudentvax@aurora.edu.

Protecting the health and safety of the AU community continues to be our top priority. We are deeply grateful for the high percentage of students who have submitted proof of full vaccination, which is our best defense against COVID-19. As we experience the ramifications of the Delta strain, however, we must all remain vigilant in protecting ourselves and others against its spread.

Thank you for your continued commitment to the well-being of the AU community. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact covid19questions@aurora.edu.