Aurora University

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - 9 June 2020

  • AU plans a blend of face-to-face and remote instruction for fall semester.
  • Many student fees will be suspended for the 2020–2021 academic year.

9 June 2020
COVID-19 Advisory 25.0

A message from Dr. Rebecca Sherrick:

Plans for the 2020 fall semester continue to take shape. Last week we announced that the university will operate on a modified calendar that calls for on-campus classes to begin on 24 August and to continue up to Thanksgiving, when students will go home for an extended mid-year break. The link to this announcement can be found here.

While much of the fall’s AU experience will emphasize face-to-face interactions, some instructional activities will continue to rely upon technology. In a sense, we will “flip” our classrooms, especially in sections that serve a large number of students. Lecture content may be delivered via Zoom, while labs and small discussions are held in person. This strategy allows for social distancing and individual attention, often face-to-face.

Now, I am pleased to share the decision of our Board of Trustees to suspend many fees for the 2020–2021 academic year. The fees you can expect to see waived include the on-ground technology and activity fees as well as various lab course fees. Charges that are passed through from third-parties will continue such as nursing program testing fees, graduate exam review fees, licensing fees for social work, student teaching fees, etc. We have also waived monthly payment plan enrollment fees.

So many uncertainties remain for the year ahead, even as we buckle up to do our very best. By taking this action now, we want to acknowledge that campus life will be different. It is our shared sacrifices that will allow us to be together again. Until then…

Please contact Sharon Maxwell, vice president for finance, at or 630-844-5630 for more information.