Aurora University

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - 11 June 2020

11 June 2020
COVID-19 Advisory 27.0

A message from Dr. Rebecca Sherrick:

As we plan for the fall semester, much of our work centers around the new safety measures we will implement together. Now I want to offer a preview of what students may expect for the 2020 fall semester.

Until improved prevention and treatment modalities are in place, the risk of engaging in daily activities will remain heightened. We will do our best at AU to follow the guidance issued by such organizations as the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At the end of the day, however, only students and parents can determine the level of risk they are able to accept during the 2020-2021 academic year. Students will want to think clearly about this and to understand their own obligation for keeping others safe. Students must return ready to comply, in others words.

Attached please find a one-page summary of our new Spartan Safety expectations.  These are not negotiable. All members of our campus communities will be required to conduct themselves accordingly. We will treat the failure to do so as a social conduct infraction according to the tenets of our Student Handbook (the A Book).

Already our employees have access to COVID-19 testing at the university’s expense. We hope to make this same service available to students. We may also rely upon some form of thermal testing to identify individuals with elevated body temperatures. The university will operate isolation facilities for individuals who need to await test results in a safe setting.

As the summer progresses and our plans continue to take final shape, students may expect additional information. In all likelihood we will invite returning students to sign a social compact document. Students must understand and be prepared to abide by the expectations that will mitigate risk.

Even as we do our best work, there remains the possibility that an external authority will delay planned reopenings. Or we may end up returning to remote instruction. All of this is beyond our control at Aurora University. The institution will always comply with such direction.

I will continue to share updates as the summer unfolds. Eventually we will publish a 2020 Fall Semester Guidebook that summarizes all of our decisions and sets forth plans for the months ahead. Rather than wait to make one big announcement, I want to keep everyone informed each step of the way.

So please watch for email messages and open them as soon as they arrive. Be well, Spartans!