Coronavirus (COVID-19) - 25 March 2020
25 March 2020
COVID-19 Advisory 13.0
Today’s messages are from Frank Buscher, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Lora de Lacey, Executive Vice President for Student Life. Please read them in their entirety, as they contain important information.
A message from Frank Buscher regarding Academic Affairs:
We understand that the COVID-19 circumstance has created an uncertain time for all. Many students were transitioned from a face-to-face course approach to a remote learning environment. AU students have proven remarkably resilient and are adjusting quickly to the new circumstances.
Please know that AU faculty and staff are committed to helping students succeed in their courses. While the way courses are delivered has changed, the learning goals remain the same. We urge our students to remain fully engaged with their courses and draw your attention to the following, to support academic success:
Attendance: Academic success requires course presence. We urge all of our students to be engaged in their classes and course activities, as defined by their professors.
Assignments: Academic success requires commitment and persistence. We expect all of our students to meet the deadlines for the submission of work as defined by their professors. The university will consider requests for extension of due dates for students with extenuating circumstances due to COVID-19. Please contact your school dean.
Contact with instructors: Academic success requires communication. Students should immediately contact their instructors if they anticipate problems with attendance or the completion of assignments, or experience any other issues with the courses.
Pass/Fail: After careful consideration, Aurora University will not make changes to the current grading system.
Date of last withdrawal: The Spring 2020 semester dates to withdraw from courses will not change. Sunday 29 March is the last day to withdraw from a 16-week spring course. The last date to withdraw from a Spring 2 course is Sunday 19 April.
A message from Lora de Lacey regarding Student Life:
Those of us in Student Life understand that there is a lot of uncertainty right now. While we are working remotely due to the campus closure, the Student Life staff wants to help make this time easier for you. Here is some information and available resources to assist you.
Any personal belongings remaining in residence hall rooms are secure. Physical Properties is utilizing a HEPA vacuum and disinfecting all student rooms and cleaning and disinfecting all common spaces, including restrooms, hallways, stairwells, and lounges.
With the university's announcement that remote instruction will continue through the end of the spring semester, I know that many of you are concerned about your belongings in the residence halls and when you will be able to come to campus to get them. Please remember that the university remains closed during this time because of Governor Pritzker's mandate to stay at home. We will develop specific plans around residence hall move-out as soon as we know when the governor’s shelter-in-place order will be lifted. As of now that order is in place through April 7.
As soon as we are able to reopen campus we will develop a procedure for you to access your residence hall room to retrieve your belongings and check out of your room. Please be sure to check your AU email and the AU website for updates.
Academic Support Center:
Academic support and tutoring continue to be available remotely. Appointments can be scheduled using WConline (aurora.mywconline.com). Content tutors for math, science, and over 50 specific classes are available using Zoom. In addition, writing specialists are available 7 days a week to help you understand, brainstorm, revise, or polish any writing assignment, big or small.
Black Student Initiatives/Latinx Student Initiatives:
Escortina Ervin (firstname.lastname@example.org, 630-844-5405), Director of Black Student Initiatives, and Mariza Rocha (email@example.com, 630-844-5134), Director of Latinx Student Initiatives, continue to be available for remote support. Please reach out to them directly for additional assistance from these valuable campus resources.
Center for Student Success:
Student success advisors continue to provide academic, vocational, and career support for our students. If you are interested in meeting remotely (via phone or Zoom) with your advisor, please visit Handshake to schedule an appointment, call 630-844-6870, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your advisor continues to be an important resource for your success at AU and can assist with 2020-21 course registration, resume/cover letter reviews, job search assistance, and vocational exploration. Your advisor can also be a resource to assist with your academic success in the current semester.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS):
CAPS continues to be available for students. Appointments can be requested online here. CAPS is also in the process of developing group sessions via Zoom to assist students who are experiencing anxiety due to the public health crisis. More information will be provided regarding this service soon.
The Health Services staff is working remotely and are available to provide support regarding immunizations and recommendations for healthy, safe living. If you are experiencing a medical issue, please contact your local medical provider. For additional information regarding local health providers, please visit here.
Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action:
The Wackerlin Center will continue serving our campus community through virtual/remote platforms throughout the rest of the semester. Campus ministry programming, to include daily devotionals, worship services, bible studies, and Chaplain Chats, will now be facilitated online. Student-faith based groups are meeting virtually, and are open to all students. The Wackerlin Center will also compile remote and virtual volunteer opportunities for any students seeking to help support local nonprofit organizations during this time. For students in need of accessing nearby food pantries, please utilize this national food pantry locator link. More details on these programs and activities can be found on the Wackerlin Center's weekly email each Monday.
Phillips Library (Scott Library):
Library resources and services continue to be available remotely. Electronic resources are accessible from the library homepage. Live chat with the librarians is available from the green chat button and questions left outside of live chat hours will be answered promptly. Research appointments with a librarian can be scheduled using WConline.