Coronavirus

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Campus Updates

 

 

 

Message from the COVID Response Team – 11/24/20


Good afternoon,

Everyone should be extremely proud of all that we have accomplished this semester as a campus community. The COVID-19 pandemic has added additional stress this semester as we have all made essential shifts in our daily operations to maintain a safe and healthy campus environment.

If you have been approved by the Office of Residence Life to stay on campus over the winter break and have a winter break meal plan, please note that Ames Dining Hall will be open for lunch from 11:30am-1:00pm and dinner from 5:30-7:00pm on Monday, Nov. 30 through Friday, Dec. 11 and Monday, Dec. 28 through Sunday, Jan. 17. Meal times for Saturday, Dec. 12 through Sunday, Dec. 20 will be updated at a later date. Standard mail and package delivery will also be available from 8:00am-5:00pm on Monday, Nov. 30 through Wednesday, Dec. 23.  All package and letter mail will be held over the Christmas break until the University reopens on Monday, Jan. 4.  

If you have not registered for Spring or Summer 2021 classes, online registration is available on selfservice.mckendree.edu from 6:00am to midnight every day, including the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday breaks through Thursday, Jan. 17.

While this email will be the last formal COVID message this semester, the University will continue to communicate important Return to Campus updates via email and the website for the spring semester.

Thank you for doing your part to keep yourselves and all members of our campus community healthy and safe. We encourage you to continue to follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and State Health Departments. Please know that you have our best wishes for a successful completion of your fall semester and a safe and happy holiday break.


COVID Response Team

 

 

 

Message from the COVID Response Team – 11/17/20


With the statewide move to Tier 3 and the rapid rise in positive COVID-19 cases in our region, a ‘Stay-in-Residence Advisory’ has been issued for McKendree University residential students, effective Tuesday, Nov. 17 through the end of the semester. Students should only leave their on-campus residences to go to class, work, practice, or for essential needs such as medical care, grocery store, and take-out food from dining services.

In preparation for the winter break, we urge our students to heed the guidance in this Advisory and to continue following health and safety guidelines. We want you to return home healthy for the holidays and reduce any potential spread of COVID-19 to your family and friends.

  • For traveling students, the American College Health Association has some suggestions for how to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus. Reduce the number of stops while traveling. That means sticking to direct flights or bringing food if driving to avoid restaurant pit stops.

  • If you are traveling out of state, educate yourself on policies for returning to your region, including possible mandatory testing and quarantine upon arrival.

  • Get an influenza vaccination before leaving campus.

  • If you are feeling ill do not travel.

  • Limit immediate exposure to family members and adhere to the COVID-19 safety guidelines when you return home - wear a mask, maintain social distancing and wash hands frequently.

Thank you for your efforts this fall semester. The McKendree students, faculty, and staff did an outstanding job caring for others and keeping our community safe.


COVID Response Team

 

 

 

Message from the COVID Response Team – 11/13/20


With the recent spike in positive cases over the last few weeks, we continue to monitor and prioritize the health of our campus community. We are approaching the end of the Fall semester and we continue to urge our entire campus community to stay safe and follow the public health and safety guidelines put forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and St. Clair County Health Department. Make sure to wear a mask over both your nose and mouth, maintain six feet distance from others, wash your hands regularly, perform daily self-screening for symptoms, reduce face-to-face interactions on campus, stay home if you are feeling sick, and avoid gatherings in which mask wearing and physical distancing are not required.  

We continue to depend on members of the McKendree campus community to proactively notify McKendree Health Services if you are symptomatic or have tested positive, and then to comply with the guidance provided.


COVID Response Team

 

 

 

Message from the COVID Response Team – 11/6/20


This is a reminder that McKendree University is once again partnering with the St. Clair County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health to provide FREE COVID-19 Mobile Testing Sites on campus, on Sunday, November 8 from 8am to 4pm. 

The testing, which will be conducted by licensed State of Illinois clinicians, is open to all regardless of symptoms. There will be a walk-up and drive-thru testing site available. No appointment is needed, and masks and social distancing are required. We encourage the McKendree community to use the walk-up testing option, which will be located on the Quad between Holman Library and Deneen. Drive-thru testing will be near the circle drive by Piper Academic Center

  • If you are tested, and you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, or have been told you were in close contact to someone who tested positive, you should notify Health Services and follow their quarantine guidance while awaiting your COVID-19 test results.

  • If you are tested, and you are healthy, have no symptoms of COVID-19, andno known or suspected exposure to someone with COVID-19, you do not need to quarantine while awaiting test results.

  • If you are tested, and you are notified of a positive COVID-19 test result, you should notify Health Services immediately and follow their isolation guidance.

We are urging anyone who needs to isolate or quarantine to follow the rules associated with those health and safety measures. If you tested positive or have symptoms, please contact Health Services immediately at (618) 537-6503 or email lmauten@mckendree.edu during regular office hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 8:30am-4:30pm; Wednesday and Friday, 8:30am-2:00pm. After hours, email Health_Services_Counseling@mckendree.edu.

Please continue to do your part to keep our campus community safe.   


COVID Response Team

 

 

 

Message from the COVID Response Team – 10/28/20


Good afternoon,

We continue to see the number of active positive cases increase nationally, statewide and locally. At McKendree, we are not immune to this new wave of positive cases. The data collected through close contact interviews indicates campus increases are attributed to student contact outside of the classroom. While our increased numbers are comparatively modest, we remain committed to prioritizing the health and safety of our campus community.

In line with the newly imposed mitigation measures by the State today, additional on-campus restrictions are necessary as an additional precaution to decrease the spread of COVID-19. These campus mitigations include:


1. No Visitation Policy. Students are not permitted to allow guests into their residential spaces until further notice. At this time only you and your roommates are allowed in your space. If you wish to gather in small groups with friends, we implore you to do this socially distanced and only outside.

2. Practicing in pods. Athletic teams will practice in pods and spread out full-contact practices (especially those teams not in championship segments) to reduce exposure and vulnerability of having to quarantine entire teams. Surveillance testing in Athletics will continue, as it has allowed us to identify COVID-19 positive students, isolate them, and quarantine their close contacts.

3. Take-out dining only. Dining services will move to take-out dining only in Ames Dining Hall, 1828 and the C-Store, starting tomorrow morning. No sit down indoor dining will be permitted until further notice. A large tent will be set up on the quad with outdoor heaters, tables and chairs, to provide an outdoor dining opportunity.


We understand that all these mitigations can be frustrating, and we are all exhausted and worn down by this virus, but these measures are necessary to maintain as safe of a campus environment as possible. To those who are tired of COVID-19 restrictions, we implore you to fight the fatigue and maintain a positive attitude for a few more weeks to enable us to complete this semester.

Please continue to wear your masks properly, practice social distancing, wash your hands, clean your spaces regularly, and offer a kind and uplifting word to your fellow McKendree Bearcats.


COVID Response Team

 

 

 

Message from the COVID Response Team – 10/27/20


Good afternoon,

With the positive numbers of COVID cases rising again in our region we wanted to send out a message updating our campus and encouraging our Bearcat family to continue practicing required public health protocols. St. Clair County has had a spike in positive cases over the past week, including 271 new cases since Friday. These increases have resulted in additional restrictions for our region starting tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Since Friday (Oct. 23), we have confirmed 14 new positive cases among McKendree community members at the Lebanon campus.  We have seen an increase in positive cases in our co-curricular activities, so we have taken extra precautionary measures and quarantined a large number of students who might have been exposed to the virus. All individuals who tested positive are either returning home, staying in off-campus housing to isolate, or are isolating in a University-provided quarantine space.

We continue to depend on members of the McKendree campus community to proactively notify McKendree Health Services if they are symptomatic or have tested positive, and then to comply with the guidance provided. If you experience any symptoms of COVID-19, have a positive COVID-19 test result, or have an exposure to someone who has tested positive, contact Health Services immediately at 618-537-6503 or email lmauten@mckendree.edu during regular office hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 8:30am-4:30pm; Wednesday and Friday, 8:30am-2:00pm. After hours, please email healthservices@mckendree.edu. Residential students should contact the Resident Assistant on Duty (Baker, Barnett, and Walton Halls call 618-975-4388; Residence Hall East/West, Hunter St. Apts., and The Suites call 618-304-6366; and McK West Apts. call 618-975-4386), to get further guidance.

It is critical that everyone continue to do their part to protect our community. Please remember that the face covering policy for the University was updated and face masks must fit snugly to the face to help prevent the spread of the virus. Neck gaiters, bandanas, face coverings with valves, and face shields should not be worn, except in limited situations, such as athletic practices. In addition to wearing masks, ensure that you maintain a minimum six-foot social distance from others, wash your hands regularly, stay home if you are feeling sick, and avoid large gatherings.

  
COVID Response Team

 

 

 

Message from COVID Response Team – 10/7/20


Updates have been made to the face covering policy for the University, reflecting the latest public health guidance. Face masks must fit snugly to the face to help prevent the spread of the virus. Neck gaiters, bandanas, face coverings with valves, and face shields should not be worn, except in limited situations, such as athletic practices where masks are harder to keep on. All visitors, faculty, staff, students, and vendors are required to wear a mask or appropriate face covering when inside McKendree facilities. If two or more people are within 6 feet of each other outdoors they must wear a mask.

The University provided two free, reusable cloth face masks to every member of the community at the beginning of the semester. If you did not receive your masks, please reach out to Dr. Joni Bastian at jjbastian@mckendree.edu.

Thank you for following McKendree’s COVID policies, as well as the guidance of public health officials, to protect our community from further spread of COVID-19.


COVID Response Team

 

 

 

Revisions to the Spring 2021 Academic Calendar Announced - 10/2/20


McKendree University announces important revisions to its 2021 spring semester academic calendar. The start of the semester has been delayed by one week, with classes beginning on Jan. 19, 2021. There will also be no spring break week in 2021.

These changes have been made to continue in-person instruction safely by minimizing COVID-19 health risks related to travel and the winter flu season. Delaying the start of the semester and canceling spring break maintains the same number of days of instruction, which is required for accreditation.

Important updates are as follows:

 

-   Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 - Spring 2021 semester classes begin

-   No Spring Break week in 2021

-   Final exams week will remain Monday, May 3-Thursday, May 6

-   Commencement ceremonies:

              o   Friday, May 7 - Class of 2020 undergraduates (postponed from May 9, 2020)

              o   Saturday, May 8 - Class of 2021 undergraduates and graduates

 

Classes will not be held and offices will be closed in observance of Good Friday on April 2. At the Lebanon, Ill., campus, classes will not be held on Thursday, April 22, the day of the annual Academic Excellence Celebration. Students are expected to attend AEC presentations, poster sessions and performances on that day.

The University will continue to comply with state and county public health guidelines, therefore instruction and/or events may be held virtually or in-person, depending on the current conditions.

The complete Spring 2021 semester academic calendar is posted on the website.

We appreciate your patience, understanding and flexibility as we continue to address the ongoing and unprecedented challenges of the 2020-2021 school year.

 

 

 

Message from COVID Response Team - 10/2/20

 

Good afternoon,

McKendree will offer additional FREE COVID-19 Mobile Testing Sites on campus on Tuesday, Oct. 6 and Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 8am to 4pm. We will partner again with the Illinois Department of Public Health and St. Clair County Health Department to provide the testing, which will be conducted by licensed State of Illinois clinicians, and is open to all regardless of symptoms. There will be a walk-up and drive-thru testing site available. No appointment is needed, and masks and social distancing are required. We encourage the McKendree community to use the walk-up testing option, which will be located on the Quad between Holman Library and Deneen. Drive-thru testing will be in front of the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts (Hett). 

  • If you are tested, and you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, or have been told you were in close contact to someone who tested positive, you should notify Health Services and follow their quarantine guidance while awaiting your COVID-19 test results.

  • If you are tested, and you are healthy, have no symptoms of COVID-19, and no known or suspected exposure to someone with COVID-19, you do not need to quarantine while awaiting test results.

  • If you are tested, and you are notified of a positive COVID-19 test result, you should notify Health Services immediately and follow their isolation guidance.

We are urging anyone who needs to isolate or quarantine to follow the rules associated with those health and safety measures. If you tested positive or have symptoms, please contact Health Services immediately at (618) 537-6503 or email lmauten@mckendree.edu during regular office hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 8:30am-4:30pm; Wednesday and Friday, 8:30am-2:00pm. After hours, email healthservices@mckendree.edu.

Finally, we would like to thank the entire Bearcat community for all your recent efforts to mitigate the virus on campus. However, now is not the time to let down your guard. Please continue to do your part to keep our campus community safe.  


COVID Response Team

 

 

 

Message from the COVID Response Team – 9/21/20

 

Good afternoon,

As we start week six of the fall semester, we want to thank the Bearcat community for your diligence in following the University's COVID-19 protocols. The health and safety of our community is our top priority. We are proud to see so many students, faculty and staff abiding by the Bearcat Pledge and doing what is required—while on campus and off—to safeguard one another in order to continue on our path to a successful year.

Last week, we partnered with the Illinois Department of Public Health and St. Clair County Health Department to provide mobile testing on campus. Over 450 individuals participated in the testing, which is the largest single day mobile testing to date. Volunteers from the Health Department were impressed by our community's demonstrated commitment to protect one another by testing, wearing masks and physically distancing.

It is critical that everyone continue to do their part to protect our community. We are urging anyone who needs to isolate or quarantine to follow the rules associated with those health and safety measures. If you tested positive or have symptoms, please contact Health Services immediately at 618-537-6503 or email lmauten@mckendree.edu during regular office hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 8:30am-4:30pm; Wednesday and Friday, 8:30am-2:00pm. After hours, email healthservices@mckendree.edu.

Thank you for continuing to do your part to keep our campus community safe.   


COVID Response Team

 

 

 

Message from the COVID Response Team – 9/15/20

 

Good afternoon,

This is a reminder that McKendree University is partnering with the St. Clair County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health to provide FREE COVID-19 Mobile Testing Sites on campus, tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 16 from 8am to 4pm. 

The testing, conducted by licensed State of Illinois clinicians, is open to all regardless of symptoms. There will be a walk-up and drive-thru testing site available. No appointment is needed, and masks and social distancing are required. We encourage the McKendree community to use the walk-up testing option, which will be located on the Quad between Holman Library and Deneen. Drive-thru testing will be in front of the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts (Hett).  See the flyer for more details.

 

  • If you are tested tomorrow, and you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, or have been told you were in close contact to someone who tested positive, you should notify Health Services and follow their quarantine guidance while awaiting your COVID-19 test results.

  • If you are tested tomorrow, and you are healthy, have no symptoms of COVID-19, and no known or suspected exposure to someone with COVID-19, you do not need to quarantine while awaiting test results.

  • If you are tested tomorrow, and you are notified of a positive COVID-19 test result, you should notify Health Services immediately and follow their isolation guidance.


A large community turnout is possible, so we strongly recommend that students, faculty, and staff allow extra time to get to campus tomorrow, navigate around the outer campus to find parking, and avoid Alton St. near the Hett. 


COVID Response Team 

 

 

 

Message from the COVID Response Team – 9/11/20

 

Good afternoon,

McKendree University is partnering with the St. Clair County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health to provide FREE COVID-19 testing, conducted by licensed State of Illinois clinicians on Wednesday, Sept. 16 from 8am to 4pm.

The testing is open to the entire community, regardless of symptoms, with walk-up and drive-thru options both available. No appointment needed and masks are required. We encourage the McKendree community to use the walk-up testing option, which will be located in the Quad between Holman Library and Deneen. Drive-thru testing will be located in front of the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts.

See flyer for more details.


COVID Response Team

 

 

 

Message from the COVID Response Team – 9/4/20

 

Good afternoon,

With the holiday weekend upon us, we wanted to send out a message urging our Bearcat family to stay safe and to continue practicing required public health protocols. Make sure to wear face coverings in public, maintain a minimum of six feet distance from others, wash your hands regularly, stay home if you are feeling sick, and avoid large gatherings. When you are making plans for this weekend, think about how your decision affects you and could, in a few days, affect the health of your fellow students, co-workers, friends, family and our community.

We continue to depend on members of the McKendree campus community to proactively notify McKendree Health Services if they are symptomatic or have tested positive, and then to comply with the guidance provided. Health Services is available to answer questions about on-campus testing (billed to insurance) and community testing sites (free of charge).

If you experience any symptoms of COVID-19, have a positive COVID-19 test result or have an exposure (within 6-feet for 15 minutes or longer) to someone who has tested positive, contact Health Services at 618-537-6503 or email lmauten@mckendree.edu during regular office hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 8:30am-4:30pm; Wednesday and Friday, 8:30am-2:00pm. After hours, please email healthservices@mckendree.edu.

Finally, we have made a few changes to our COVID-19 Confirmed Cases Dashboard by adding active cases in isolation and recovered cases. We will continue to update the Dashboard on Tuesday and Friday afternoons. The confirmed cases dashboard can be accessed by clicking the link at the top of the McKendree.edu/COVID campus updates page.

We wish all students and employees a safe and healthy Labor Day weekend.


COVID Response Team

 

 

 

Message from the COVID Response Team – 8/25/20


We write to provide an update regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases among McKendree University community members.

Since Friday (Aug. 21), we have confirmed 22 additional positive cases among McKendree community members at the Lebanon campus. 

Several of the positive students and employees reported COVID-19 symptoms, while some are asymptomatic. All individuals who tested positive are either returning home, staying in off-campus housing to isolate, or are isolating in University-provided quarantine space. 

St. Clair County has had a spike in positive cases over the last few weeks, including 332 new cases since Friday. We continue to monitor the health of our campus community and the surrounding community. Unfortunately, we have received word that a few students are engaging in activities that are endangering the health and safety of others. Gatherings are taking place that have led to students being exposed to COVID-19. This behavior cannot continue, as it jeopardizes the health and safety of our University community. Student violations for not upholding the COVID-19 campus protocols will be addressed through the student disciplinary process under the McKendree University Student Handbook and students found to be exhibiting behavior that could endanger the health and safety of the University community may face severe disciplinary action.

We know that wearing a mask over both your nose and mouth; maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others; frequently washing your hands with soap and water; performing daily self-screening for symptoms; and avoiding gatherings in which mask wearing and physical distancing are not required are effective in stopping the spread of COVID-19. To promote health and safety for you and all members of the Bearcat family, we fully expect you to follow all University COVID-19 protocols as a way to care for yourself and others on campus.

We continue to focus on campus health and safety by installing additional Plexiglass shields and hand sanitizing stations in high traffic areas; and by thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting spaces on campus. The spaces identified as high risks for potential exposure are being cleaned by Sodexo staff or an outside cleaning company, based on the guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  We have also shifted internal resources to help the Health Services Office with contract tracing and to coordinate faculty notification of students who have been exposed.

Please feel free to contact the COVID response team with any questions at COVIDResponseTeam@mckendree.edu.  


COVID Response Team

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Students

Emailed on 8/24/20


Dear McKendree students,

Please note the updated information regarding COVID-19 protocol:

1.   Please wear a mask in class, in offices and common areas on campus, in the dining areas when you are not eating, and when walking on campus sidewalks within close proximity to others.  Students needing an accommodation for not wearing a mask should submit the appropriate paperwork to: https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?McKendreeUniv&layout_id=10.

2.   If you are a commuting student and did not receive a mask, please stop by the Student Success Center reception desk in lower level Clark Hall. 

3.   Please social distance in public areas when on or off campus.

4.   On-campus and commuter students experiencing symptoms or potential exposure to COVID-19 should quarantine at their place of residence and contact Health Services by phone at 618-537-6503 or email lmauten@mckendree.edu during regular office hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm; Wednesday & Friday, 8:30 am -2:00 pm.  If you are a residential student and have additional questions during the evenings or weekends, contact the Residence Life staff member on duty.  They will reach out to Health Services as needed and provide you with the Quarantine and Isolation Guide for ordering food and other needs. If you are a commuter student you should contact your medical provider and Health Services, if you are in self-quarantine.

5.   Students who have a positive COVID-19 test result should isolate as directed by Health Services. If you have received a positive test result and not contacted Health Services, do so immediately at (618) 537-6503 or lmauten@mckendree.edu during regular hours. After hours, please email healthservices@mckendree.edu.

6.   Employees experiencing symptoms, potential exposure to COVID-19, or have a positive COVID-19 test result should quarantine at their place of residence, contact their medical provider and  Health Services at (618) 537-6503 or email lmauten@mckendree.edu during regular office hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm; Wednesday & Friday, 8:30 am -2:00 pm. 


Illinois is currently in the Restore Illinois plan's Phase 4, which has many restrictions.  Stores and restaurants require individuals to wear masks and to socially distance.  St. Clair County has had a spike in positive cases over the last few weeks.  So, please abide by wearing masks and social distancing on campus and off. We do not want to move back to the even more restrictive Phase 3 of the Illinois reopening plan!   Student violations for not upholding the Covid-19 campus protocols will be addressed through the student disciplinary process under the McKendree University Student Handbook. 

If you have questions or need more information, please contact me at jjbastian@mckendree.edu or by phone, (618) 537-6555. 


Sincerely,


Joni Bastian, PhD

Vice President for Student Affairs
Dean of Students

 

 

 

Message from the COVID Response Team: 8/21/2020 


The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is the highest priority for McKendree University and we are committed to keeping our campus community safe. Toward that end, the McKendree COVID Response Team will provide weekly updates on confirmed COVID-19 positive cases on the McKendree campus (both IL and KY). This reporting will occur on Fridays and include the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases for the week, as well as a running total of campus COVID-19 positive cases.  

Confirmed positive COVID-19 cases will include McKendree University faculty, staff and students who have reported positive test results for COVID-19 and who may have been present on campus during the time of their infection. This week, there were 4 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and there have been a total of 6 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases since July 20, 2020. These figures include both self-reported cases and positive test results confirmed by a public health agency. Thus, we depend on members of the McKendree campus communities in Illinois and Kentucky to proactively notify McKendree Health Services, and then to comply with the guidance provided. The weekly report does not contain positive cases among University community members who are working or studying remotely and are not known to have been on the McKendree campus while infectious.  

McKendree Health Services is proactively asking students, faculty, and staff who have potentially been exposed, have symptoms, or are awaiting test results, to notify McKendree Health Services and self-quarantine according to CDC and IDPH guidelines. The number of individuals placed under self-quarantine varies daily. It is important for individuals who might have been exposed to COVID-19 to quarantine in order to prevent the spread of the virus that can occur before individuals know they are positive or have symptoms. These individuals should self-quarantine for 14 days and follow the guidance provided by healthcare providers. 

The University works closely with appropriate public health officials to identify individuals who may have come in contact with the virus.  When we become aware of a confirmed or presumed positive (by a healthcare provider) COVID-19 diagnosis, the McKendree COVID Response Team coordinates a number of steps to protect the health and safety of our campus communities, including: sanitizing and disinfecting impacted spaces, assisting in testing students, notifications, and meal delivery to students quarantined and isolated in campus housing.

Direct communication and guidance will be provided to students, faculty and staff that had close contact with an individual who tested positive. Faculty will be notified by the Office of Student Affairs if a student is unable to attend class, but the reason and specific details may not be disclosed. Applicable privacy and confidentiality laws prohibit the University from disclosing personally identifiable information about individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and the identities of all known or suspected cases are closely protected and disclosed only on a need-to-know basis.  

Individuals who test positive should notify McKendree Health Services and isolate until symptoms subside, in accordance with CDC guidelines. Isolation spaces are set aside for on-campus residents who cannot return home to isolate. Anyone who is sick or infected should separate themselves from others in the residence by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom if possible. Individuals who were sick may return to campus after a minimum 10-day isolation period and they are symptom free for 24 hours without medical intervention. 

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health COVID-19 resurgence mitigation for Region 4 in the state’s Restore Illinois plan, the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) has confirmed that restrictions to “meetings, social events and gatherings” does not affect classrooms at schools, colleges or universities. McKendree continues to follow IBHE guidelines to maintain classroom sizes to no more than 50. All individuals should continue to maintain a distance of at least six feet, use face coverings and practice hand hygiene consistent with health department guidelines. 

Please feel free to contact the COVID response team with any questions, COVIDResponseTeam@mckendree.edu.   

Thank you for continuing to do your part to keep our campus community safe.   

COVID Response Team 

 

 

 

Message from the COVID Response Team

Emailed on 8/18/20


The campus is part of the first region in the state to have restrictive mitigations triggered by a recent surge of COVID-19 cases.
 As we continue to update our protocols to meet recommendations and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and St. Clair County Health Department, we wanted to send a few updates and reminders. 

Safety Protocols:

Please help by practicing these simple health and safety practices:

  • Wear a mask in class, in offices and common areas on campus, in the dining areas when you are not eating, and when walking on the sidewalk within close proximity to others

  • Wash hands and sanitize often

  • Practice social distancing in public areas when on or off campus

  • Do not bring food and/or drinks into classrooms/academic spaces


COVID Response Team:

In July, the University activated the McKendree COVID Response Team.  Under the direction of Vice President for Operations Daryl Hancock, the team is responsible for continually reviewing the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) metrics that provide information about levels of community transmission of COVID-19; for implementing safety and cleaning protocols across campus; and for managing reported COVID-19 cases. Members of the response team include: Beth Allan, Joni Bastian, Shirley Baugh, Krysti Connelly, Shawn Connelly, Liz Crabtree, Ran Foggs, Anthony Francis, Sara Trask, Rick Werner and Calvin Wertman.

If you have any questions that the committee could address for you, contact COVIDResponseTeam@mckendree.edu.

COVID Quick Guide:

  • Visit this COVID web page often for updates

  • In the event that you have symptoms, receive a positive test result, or have known contact with a positive patient, contact McKendree Health Services at (618) 537-6503

Thank you for your help in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and for your continued efforts to ensure your personal safety and that of other Bearcats.

COVID Response Team

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Students

Emailed on 8/17/20


Dear McKendree students,

We are excited to have all of you  back on campus! It was great to greet many of our returning students and welcome our new students during our "socially distanced move-in process" over the last few weeks!  As I shared with the new students during the NSO Bearcat Expectations zoom meetings, we have some new COVID-19 protocols that are in  place for your safety and that of other Bearcats.


1. Please wear a mask in class, in offices and common areas on campus, in the dining areas when you are not eating, and when walking on the sidewalk within close proximity to others.   Students needing an accommodation for not wearing a mask may submit the appropriate paperwork to https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?McKendreeUniv&layout_id=10.

2. If you are a commuting student and did not receive a mask, please stop by the Student Success Center reception desk in lower level Clark Hall.

3. Please social distance in public areas when on or off campus.

4. ALL Students who have a positive COVID-19 test or who have known contact with a positive patient should report to Beth Allan or Lesa Auten at Health Services (618) 537-6503 or afterhours, (618) 830-2014.  McKendree Health Services will notify the St. Clair County Health Department on behalf of McKendree University.  


Illinois is currently in Phase 4, which has many restrictions.  Stores and restaurants require individuals to wear masks and to socially distance.  St. Clair County has had a spike in positive cases over the last few weeks.  So, please abide by wearing masks and social distancing on campus and off. We do not want to move back to Phase 3 of the Illinois Reopening Plan!   Student violations for not upholding the COVID-19 campus protocols will be addressed through the student disciplinary process under the McKendree University Student Handbook. 

If you have questions or need more information, please contact me at jjbastian@mckendree.edu or by phone, (618) 537-6555.  I wish you a wonderful fall semester!

Sincerely,

Joni Bastian, Ph.D.

Vice President for Student Affairs
Dean of Students

 

 

 

COVID-19 Pandemic Return-to-Campus Plan  (2:00 PM on 7/10/2020)


COVID-19 Pandemic Reopening Plan (PDF)


Safe Return-to-Campus PlanDear Members of the McKendree University Community:

Perhaps the most asked question in higher education today is, “What will the fall semester look like?” This question is not unique to McKendree, and the responses vary from institution to institution. The truthful answer is, no one knows what the fall semester will hold for colleges and universities across the country with absolute certainty. All we can do as a community is plan a fall semester that meets the needs of our community within the context of the very best guidance and safety practices available at this time.

The President’s Cabinet has been wrestling with these questions since early spring and we offer this document as a “road map” for a return to face-to-face operations. It is important for all who read it to keep three extraordinarily important things in mind. First, this is a living document and it will change as new and better information becomes available. If there is any lesson learned from the last several months, it is that remaining flexible will be central to our success. Second, nothing we have done previously is likely to remain the same. All of us will have to reimagine how we work together. A “can do” spirit and a sense of openness to new ways of doing things will allow us to do our best work. And finally, all of us have a responsibility to follow the social distancing and safety practices outlined in this document for the health and safety of all members of the McKendree family.

Thank you, in advance, for your interest in our plans and for your full participation in helping to make the 2020-2021 academic year the most memorable in McKendree’s long and venerable history.

Sincerely,

Daniel C. Dobbins ’81

President

 

COVID-19 Pandemic Reopening Plan (PDF)

 

CONTENTS INCLUDE:

Introduction

⦁ President’s Message
⦁ Goal
⦁ Guiding Principles

Campus Health & Safety

⦁ Social Distancing and Masks/Face Coverings
⦁ Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Personal Hygiene
⦁ Health Services
⦁ Meetings

Academic Affairs

⦁ Academic Calendar
⦁ Instructional Format
⦁ Classrooms and Labs
⦁ Study Abroad
⦁ Holman Library
⦁ Academic Records
⦁ McKendree University Bookstore

Student Affairs

⦁ Orientation
⦁ Residence Life
⦁ Campus Dining Services

Updates to this Plan

 

 


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT 
(4:00 PM on 6/08/2020)

McKendree University Fall 2020 Semester Update

Fall 2020 Academic Instruction – Revised Calendar

What you can do to help.McKendree University is pleased to announce a revised Fall 2020 Academic Calendar as we anticipate welcoming students back to campus.  While there is still some uncertainty about how parts of our on-campus experience may continue to be affected by the pandemic, we are confident our students will receive the excellent academic experience they deserve. We are pleased to announce we will resume instruction on campus for Fall semester classes on Monday, August 17, 2020, with a modified calendar.  This modified calendar is intended to limit COVID–19 exposure on campus while still allowing students the opportunity to enjoy an on-campus experience.  Students will be encouraged to remain on campus for the duration of the fall semester, and return to campus on January 10, 2021, following Winter Break, in preparation for spring classes to begin on January 11, 2021.

Fall semester academic instruction for fully online courses will be taught as usual with modified start and end dates, as indicated below. 

Please note these important dates:

 

MCKENDREE UNIVERSITY

FALL 2020 ACADEMIC CALENDAR

AUGUST 17 START DATE

 

Monday, August 3

 

August Four-Week Classes Begin

Saturday, August 29

 

August Four-Week Classes End

August 12-16

 

New Student Orientation

Monday, August 17

 

Classes Begin

Friday, August 21

 

Last day to withdraw from a course with a 100% refund

(5th day of class)

 

Last day to add a course*

 

 

Last day to withdraw from a course without receiving a “W”*

Friday, August 28 (10th day of class)

 

Last day to withdraw from a course with a 75% refund

Monday, September 7

 

Labor Day – No Classes

Tuesday, September 15

 

Last day to withdraw from a course with a 50% refund

October 1-4

 

Homecoming

Thursday, October 8

 

1st Half Semester Classes End 

Friday, October 9

 

Fall Break – No Classes

Monday, October 12

 

2nd Half Semester Classes Begin

Tuesday, November 10 (60th day of class)

 

Last day to withdraw from a full semester course

Tuesday, November 24

 

Last Day of Regular Class Sessions

November 30-December 3

Final Exams (taken virtually) (Monday – Thursday)

 

*These dates apply to full-semester courses.  Please see half-semester calendars for one-month and eight-week withdrawal dates.

All add/drop forms must be submitted by 5:00 pm on the deadline day.

Additional details regarding the Fall 2020 semester will be forthcoming.  We remind students and their families that McKendree University’s primary concern remains to protect the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff from the threat of the COVID-19 virus. University leaders meet regularly to assess the situation and to update contingency plans. Actions are taken in accordance with safety guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), federal and state agencies; executive orders issued by Illinois Governor JB Pritzker; the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Restore Illinois recovery plan; and the St. Clair County Health Department.

 

 

 
Limited Return to Work (5/15/20)


As the University transitions into Summer 2020, the timing of our fiscal year requires us to recall some employees back to their offices on campus to perform essential duties that their job or department requires. Employees may be working on site on a broader basis than we have experienced since the statewide stay-at-home order was issued in March.

Employees who have not been recalled back to campus by their supervisor should continue to work remotely from home. Any employee who has been recalled but is in a high-risk, protected group, should contact their supervisor, who will work with the Human Resources Office to accommodate them. A medical certification of their status may be required.

The University will be taking measures consistent with, and in some cases exceeding, the minimum standards of the governor’s five-phase Restore Illinois public health plan. As an institution within the Southern Region (EMS Regions 4 & 5) anticipating an eventual move from Phase 2 (flattening) to Phase 3 (recovery), the University will observe the following guidelines:

  • Where possible, employees will continue to work remotely during Phase 3.

  • Practice social distancing by providing individual workspaces with a minimum 6-foot radius.

  • The 8-hour, Monday-Friday workday may move to a staggered or more flexible schedule to further minimize interactions between staff members. Supervisors must approve any proposed changes to the regular work schedule.

  • Face masks or face coverings are not required inside the office, however masks will be required during in-person meetings when participants cannot effectively social distance.

  • When moving about the campus, employees, students and visitors should maintain at least six feet of distance and wear a face mask when possible.

  • Employees should limit both their movement around the campus and their interaction among co-workers whenever possible.

  • When possible, meetings will be conducted electronically via Zoom or Microsoft Teams and instant messaging will be utilized when feasible. If meetings cannot be conducted virtually, participants will maintain appropriate physical distancing and wear face masks or face coverings.
  • Exterior doors to office buildings will be locked and access will be restricted to only those who work in those buildings.
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant products will be available for routine and additional cleaning so employees can frequently clean their own workspaces.
  • An employee who is ill, has symptoms of COVID-19, and/or a fever of 100.4 or higher, should notify their supervisor. They should not return to work until they are symptom-free for 24 hours.

The University has relaxed its dress code for the summer, allowing employees to dress comfortably while maintaining a “business casual” appearance.

The University will continue to review and revise its guidelines as necessary to follow the recommendations issued by the governor and the Illinois Department of Public Health. Stay safe and be well!

 

 


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

McKendree University Response to Coronavirus Outbreak (Updated at 3:00 PM on 4/30/2020)

 

McKendree University’s response to the global outbreak of COVID-19 continues to evolve. Our primary concern remains to protect the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff. University leaders are meeting regularly to assess the situation and to update contingency plans. Actions taken are in accordance with safety guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), federal and state agencies, and the “shelter in place,” stay-at-home executive order issued by Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, in effect through Thursday, April 30, 2020. The governor’s latest, modified stay-at-home order takes effect on May 1 and extends through May 31, 2020. Updated information is as follows:


Academic Instruction


Summer academic instruction for fully online courses will be taught as usual. Summer face-to-face and blended courses will be taught in a remote format.

Students should check their McKendree email account and Brightspace on an ongoing basis.

If students have questions about their course work, they should contact their instructors.


Holman Library


The library is not open, but all services are available electronically through the Holman Library webpage and librarians are working remotely.


Housing


Students who wish to live in University-owned housing over the summer may do so on an as-approved basis only.
Please refer to the Residence Life web page.


Students who remain in University housing without approval will be subject to disciplinary action and removal.

Students who still have belongings in University-owned housing should consult the Residence Life web page to make arrangements to claim them. Students who are approved and remain in University-owned housing should continue to “shelter in place.”

Students who are approved and remain in University-owned housing and are diagnosed with COVID-19 will be isolated. Students who are approved and remain in University-owned housing and have come into direct contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 will be quarantined. The University will provide delivered Food Service to isolated and quarantined students. There are no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the McKendree University community.

All of these limitations will be strictly enforced and students who do not comply with these restrictions will be removed from University housing.

Students are not permitted to allow any guests into the residential areas at any time. This includes other students, even if they are approved to stay on campus.

If a student becomes ill while on campus, they should immediately notify University Health Services at: (618) 537-6503 or after hours at (618) 830-2014.

For questions about housing, please contact the Office of Residence Life at: (618) 537-6548.


Food Service


Food Service during the summer months will be provided as required. Specific questions regarding Food Service can be directed to: (618) 537-6985.


Commencement


The University is committed to celebrating the accomplishments of its graduates in an appropriate manner. The Class of 2020 is invited to gather on Friday, May 7, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. on the front lawn. This future date allows the Class of 2020 undergraduates and their families time to plan to return to campus and to celebrate in a way that their Commencement ceremony was intended.

Commencement for the Class of 2020 graduate students will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at 2:00 p.m., where they will join the Class of 2021 in a ceremony on the front lawn.

Commencement for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 at the Radcliff, Kentucky, campus will be held on June 10, 2021.


University Offices and Facilities


All University offices and facilities are operating remotely. University personnel are monitoring email and phone messages on an ongoing basis.

The Office of Student Affairs has office hours from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, until further notice.

If you have specific questions about student accounts or if you need to make a payment by phone, please call the Business Office at (618) 537-6868.


University Faculty and Staff


Due to the extended “shelter in place” stay-at-home order issued for the State of Illinois, University offices remain closed and ONLY designated essential personnel—or those who have been, or will be, asked to return—should report to the campus. These individuals have been notified by their supervisors.

Effective May 1, all essential employees reporting to campus for work should wear a face covering when in proximity of others, as mandated by the State of Illinois. Guidelines on appropriate face coverings for the general public can be found on the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) website at:

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/mask-use

Instructions on how to make a cloth face covering can be found on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website at:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

If you have NOT been designated essential personnel, you should NOT return to the campus until further notice.

If you are ill, notify your supervisor immediately.


In the case of an emergency, please contact Public Safety at 618-537-6911.


Updates will continue to be communicated via the University website (mckendree.edu), McKendree email and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). University officials continue to proceed with caution and we understand some decisions and actions taken may cause inconvenience or disruption. Thank you once again for your patience and cooperation as we meet these challenges together.

 

 

 

A Message from President Dobbins (Updated at 4:08 PM on 3/17/2020)


President Daniel C. DobbinsTo the members of the McKendree University Community:

At this moment in time, it is difficult to comprehend all that has changed in the last two weeks.  For each of us I know the reaction to the current health crisis sweeping across the world, and now the United States, is different, and the challenges and disappointments that are coming with those changes are significant.

The purpose of this letter is to acknowledge all of those feelings and to let you know my goal as the President and our goal as a leadership team is to support the feelings and efforts of all in our community.  One community, one McKendree!

As we have acknowledged in previous communications, my overriding concern is the well-being of our students, faculty and staff.  This is an ever-changing landscape, and I promise you that we will continue navigating through this challenging time together.  All we can be sure of is there will continue to be significant course corrections along the way.  We will continue to do everything possible to communicate clearly, to provide you with a menu of options allowing each of you to determine the best course for you personally, and to provide you with the resources necessary to make informed decisions.

To the faculty and staff, let me extend my deepest gratitude for your diligent work.  Our faculty have shown great resilience making changes in curriculum delivery and reimagining how our commitment to a high-touch, deeply personal education can be moved to an online format.  Our staff has also shown tremendous strength as we have divided our work force into on-site and off-site teams, and are now operating offices on campus with a limited on-site workforce.  I know this creates challenges for both groups and I applaud your willingness to adapt to new work paradigms.  I am humbled by your efforts.

To our students—particularly our Class of 2020 seniors—my heart goes out to you all.  I can only imagine the range of emotions you must feel as you navigate an end to the academic year that is dramatically different from what you imagined, and one we still cannot fully predict.  To our seniors specifically, the end of the college academic experience is always filled with mixed emotions.  The desire to get on with your life and move boldly ahead; the celebration of all that you have accomplished; and the apprehension and anticipation of a new chapter in your life.  As soon-to-be McKendree graduates, we know you are well educated, strong, and resilient.  Our community has every confidence that no matter how complex the end of your collegiate experience is, you will do amazing things.  I also want to pledge to you, that if something prevents us from celebrating fully all of your accomplishments in May, I am committed to finding a time when we will celebrate as a community all that you have contributed to McKendree through your academic career.

I want to close by saying the 192-year history of McKendree University has seen more adversity than any single one of us will.  After those 192 years, the fact that McKendree is still here and still thriving stands as testimony to what resilience means.  Now, each of us will have the opportunity to make our own contributions to McKendree’s resilient history.  I am committed to making sure, when we move beyond this moment, we will emerge as strong and united as ever.  Thank you for all you are doing to help ensure a strong McKendree for tomorrow!

Sincerely,


Daniel C. Dobbins ’81

President

 

 


What is COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV)?


COVID-19 is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Since then, the virus has been identified in multiple other countries, including cases in the U.S.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people. This new virus is a public health concern because:

  • It is newly identified, so much is still unknown about it.

  • Two other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, have caused severe illness.

What is the risk?


The CDC considers this new virus a public health concern based on current information. However, the immediate health risk to the general U.S. public is considered low at this time. The CDC and the World Health Organization are closely monitoring the situation and providing ongoing guidance.


Symptoms and transmission:


Symptoms
may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Difficulty breathing

Person-to-person spread is occurring, although it’s unclear exactly how it is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads between people.


For updated information, clarification, and travel restrictions:


Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) website: http://www.dph.illinois.gov/


Take action to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue (or your sleeve), then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Recommendations for people with respiratory symptoms:


IF
you have symptoms of fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing AND in the last 14 days you:

  • Traveled to Wuhan, China or other affected region OR

  • Had close contact with someone who had traveled to Wuhan, China or other affected region and had respiratory symptoms

You should:

  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call first and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. McKendree University students may call McKendree Health Services at 618-537-6503 during business hours and Public Safety at 618-537-6911 at night. McKendree Health Services offers advice by phone to help save students a trip to Health Services or the Emergency Room.

  • Do not travel while sick. Please do not use public transportation. Try to avoid contact with others.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

What is the campus Health Services doing about 2019-nCoV?


McKendree University is coordinating with St. Clair County Public Health, the CDC and WHO travel alerts, and University stakeholders regarding its response. McKendree Health Services has implemented CDC guidelines for additional screening for recent international travelers.