Emergency Alerts

This page serves an information hub for the University of St. Francis community during a concerning issue, emergency or crisis. Please check this page for official, up-to-date communications.

Dear Members – both NEW and RETURNING – of the University of St. Francis (USF) Community,

I hope this communication finds you enjoying a safe, healthy summer.  As USF continues through its Summer semester and prepares for the Fall semester, I would like to share with you our official, approved plan for our Fall re-opening.  This plan – and its supporting documents – are the result of the work of dozens of faculty, staff, administrators, and other members of the USF community over the past few months and for which we are extremely grateful.

  • “Guidelines for the Fall 2020 Opening” booklet  – This eight-page booklet offers a quick review of the present status of the guidelines and changes in practices and procedures included in the University of St. Francis Preparedness Plan, which the USF community can anticipate with the opening of campus in August.
  • – This document offers a comprehensive review of the details used as the basis of the “Guidelines for the Fall 2020 Opening” booklet. Important to note is that, while the plan has been approved by the Will County Health Department, it will continue to evolve and be revised as “best practices” change.
  • edu/saints-united – This web page will offer updated, electronic versions of the content in the “Guidelines for the Fall 2020 Opening” and the “University of St. Francis Preparedness Plan” for the opening of campus in August. The page is currently under construction and will be up and running in the coming days.

In addition to these publications, I ask that you also note the following important items:

  • On Monday, August 3rd, the offices of many of our office-based employees will re-open and resume their on-campus responsibilities. If you need to meet with any of these individuals, please be sure to contact them in advance via email or phone to arrange for an appointment.  Please contact the office staff member with whom you wish to meet by phone or online.  On-campus visits will require face masks and physical distancing.
  • Everyone – students, faculty, administrators and staff – will have to sign an electronic “commitment to return to campus” indicating that you have read and understood our four “general practices” and are willing to live by them.
  • Fall semester 2020 classes will begin on Monday, August 24th. If you have any questions about your schedule, please contact your academic advisor.
  • When you return to campus, you will notice a variety of new directional and informational signage regarding the University’s ongoing efforts to maintain a healthy and safe environment for students, employees, alumni, and friends of USF. Please be mindful of these signs and adhere to the information that they are used to convey.
  • USF’s Fall Break (originally scheduled for October 19th through 23rd) is being moved and shortened to Tuesday & Wednesday, October 6-7th. This means the semester will now end one week earlier on Friday, December 11th.
  • All on-campus, face-to-face classes will move to an online format after Thanksgiving Break, which begins on November 26th. This change applies to the two final weeks of the semester (the last week of classes and finals week). Student athletes in fall sports will be able to stay on campus and participate in late-season games, as necessary and as scheduled.
  • Shortening the semester in this way also allows us to move Commencement to Saturday, December 12th.

 

Our successful return to campus will require the continued, collective efforts of the entire USF community to protect ourselves and each other.2020欧洲杯足彩外围app  We each have a part to play in keeping one another safe, and it is imperative our entire USF community understand and fulfill their role to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

 

As we continue in what has been an unprecedented Centennial year, know that our new, on-going Centennial goal is to have a 100%-safe fall semester.  

 

Collectively, we can make our return to campus safe and successful!  

 

Collectively, we are Saints United!

 

Welcome home, Saints!

Peace and all good things,

Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D.

President


Fall Opening Update from the President (06-22-20)

Dear Members of the University of St. Francis Community –

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appThis is the latest update in the series of communications about our operations that we have been providing since early March.  It shares important information about the University of St. Francis’ plans for the Fall 2020 term.

USF Plans to Re-open Its Campuses This Fall…
2020欧洲杯足彩外围appIllinois (and other Midwestern) health officials have announced plans allowing businesses, schools, and universities to re-open in various ways. In most cases, the State is allowing physical locations like stores and schools to re-open with some restrictions on the total number of people attending an event. USF has planned for re-opening campus buildings beginning August 3 with restrictions to the size of classes, team meetings, and other gatherings to keep the number in large spaces to less than 50—in coordination with the transition of our region to “Phase 4” on June 26, per Governor Pritzker’s announcement earlier today.

Reducing Class Sizes, Changing the Calendar, Making Campus Safe…
This summer, University staff members have gone from building-to-building and room-to-room, counted socially-distant seats, and planned where access and exit points will be located. Classrooms and labs are being changed to allow students to work at a safe distance from others, while preserving the welcoming and active learning environment that makes USF a great university.

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appAs with almost every other U.S. university—both public and private—our University is modifying slightly its Fall 2020 term calendar to adapt for COVID-19 and to mitigate against its spread by providing a larger gap between the end of the Fall 2020 term and the beginning of the Spring 2021 term.  Specifically,

  • USF’s Fall semester begins, as planned, on 24 August 2020.
  • USF’s Fall Break (originally scheduled for October 19-23) is being moved and shortened to Tuesday & Wednesday, October 6 & 7. This means that Fall 2020 classes in ALL formats will now end one week earlier on Friday, December 11.
  • All on-campus, face-to-face classes will move to a fully-online format, as necessary, after Thanksgiving Break, which begins on November 26. This change applies to the two final weeks of the semester (the last week of classes and the week of finals). Residents will be asked to move out after this date.
  • Shortening the semester in this way also allows us to move Commencement to Saturday, December 12.

(Student athletes in fall/winter sports will be able to stay on campus and participate in games, as necessary.)

These changes are part of a larger, overall plan to re-open the University to both students and faculty members beginning on August 3. Additional details of the plan will be shared with our USF community in the coming weeks. Please know that we are working to create a vibrant campus and to provide high-quality learning experiences for all students, while adhering to the “Restore Illinois” guidelines presented by Governor Pritzker, as well as the “best practices” guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We continue to adapt, plan, clean, and make our campus buildings into a safe environment for students to live and learn with us.

We look forward to seeing you this fall!

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appPeace and all good things,

Arvid C. Johnson
President
University of St. Francis

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University of St. Francis Planning to Resume In-Person Courses and Campus Life This Fall (Press Release 05-20-20)

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appSummer courses at the University of St. Francis opened in an online-only format this week as a continuation of the university’s response to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. With just over 90 days before fall classes begin, USF officials are working on plans to safely welcome the school community back to campus this fall.

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appTwo task forces, one focused on academics and the other focused on co-curricular and campus life, are currently researching and planning for what a return to campus in the fall might look like. While details for those plans are continuing to come together and will be shared throughout the summer months, USF President Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D., wants to let current and prospective students know that Joliet’s only four-year university is preparing for a return to campus in the fall.

2020欧洲杯足彩外围app“It is our goal and hope to welcome students, alumni, employees and the entire USF community back to campus for the Fall 2020 semester. We are currently planning for a number of contingencies for fall classes, all that include a primary focus on continuing to offer our students a world-class educational experience rooted in Franciscan values and that takes place in a safe and healthy environment. While guidelines established by state and local health officials will ultimately determine if and when college and university campuses in Illinois can open, we are working diligently to be prepared for re-opening campus when that official determination is announced,” Johnson said.

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appTo make USF’s spring even more unique, the university is in the midst of celebrating its centennial. Most events to date have been rescheduled, while others such as commencement have been transitioned to a successful virtual format. Regardless, Johnson is confident that the USF community will continue to make the most of a truly unique year.

“As our centennial year continues, the response of our USF community reminds me of the important roles that resiliency, dedication, determination, and faith have played in shaping our 100-year history. I am both proud of and inspired by how we, as a university community, continue to navigate this challenge and know that our successors will one day look back with pride and inspiration, as well,” Johnson said.

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Commencement Update from the President (05-05-20)

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appDear University of St. Francis Community –

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appThis Friday, what has been arguably one of the more unique and challenging semesters in the University’s 100-year history will draw to a close—a semester filled with a variety of emotions, many resulting from our collective responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. That said, the semester closes appropriately, however, with an example of perseverance as we celebrate our Class of 2020 with Commencement on Saturday. Although we are unable to gather in person, let us join together in spirit as we celebrate our graduates.

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appAs we approach the weekend, please note the following important Commencement-related items:

  • Please join us for a virtual Commencement Mass. A link to view the Mass, celebrated by Fr. Terry Deffenbaugh, will be posted later this week at un-pret.com/commencement.
  • We will host our first-ever, virtual Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 on Saturday, May 9, at 10 a.m. CST. The live stream will be available at un-pret.com/commencement. Please note the following about the ceremony:
    * The ceremony will celebrate all our graduates (undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral) from both the Joliet and Albuquerque campuses, as well as our online programs.
    * The names of all graduates will be read aloud during the ceremony.
    * The live stream will include a “tassel ceremony” for undergraduate program graduates and a “centennial pin presentation” for graduate and doctoral program graduates.
  • Commencement programs will be made available at un-pret.com/commencement in an electronic, downloadable format prior to the Commencement ceremony.

Let us join together this weekend as the University of St. Francis community to celebrate this special milestone for our graduates in this—our Centennial!—year. While we may have never envisioned celebrating this milestone, these graduates, or even our Centennial itself in such modified formats, these collective efforts provide us with a source of pride, inspiration, and many appropriate examples of how our University has persevered for 100 years… and is poised to stand #SaintsStrong for 100 more!

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appCongratulations to our Centennial graduating Class of 2020!

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appPeace and all good things,

Arvid C. Johnson
President
2020欧洲杯足彩外围appUniversity of St. Francis

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Communication 7 on Coronavirus/COVID-19  (04-17-20) 

Dear University of St. Francis Students, Faculty, and Staff,

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appAs our school community continues to collectively navigate the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is hard to believe that the end of the spring semester is soon drawing near and will conclude on May 8, 2020.  In light of this, I would like to ask you to note the following important items:

Commencement

  • USF will host a “virtual” online commencement ceremony on May 9, 2020 – i.e., on the originally-scheduled date of your commencement ceremony. Additional details on the ceremony will follow in the coming weeks.
  • Graduating students will be mailed their diploma cover, cap and tassel prior to the May 9 ceremony so that they can participate in a “virtual tassel ceremony.”
  • Diplomas and transcripts will be mailed to graduates following the ceremony (as is our normal practice).
  • As May 9 draws closer, instructions will be sent on how the online ceremony may be accessed.
  • Graduates will also be invited to “walk” in our December 2020 ceremony. More details about that ceremony will be forthcoming.

Summer Courses

  • Summer Module 1 coursework will be conducted in an online format.
  • A handful of laboratory-based courses may be allowed to proceed in a face-to-face modality in Summer Module 2. That decision remains pending and will be communicated accordingly and at the appropriate time.

On-Campus Dining Service

  • Carry-out dining service in the Terrace Café will conclude along with the spring semester on Friday, May 8, 2020.
  • During the summer months, there will be no on-campus dining service available to students/employees.
  • Dining service will resume on August 1, 2020.

Please continue to visit un-pret.com/emergency-alerts for the latest information on USF’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

These unprecedented times have challenged us to demonstrate the strength and resilience of the USF community.  We have certainly risen to that challenge. Know that we will continue to closely monitor this situation and its many unknowns as we remain focused on serving the needs of our students and on fulfilling our university’s mission.  I sincerely thank you for your continued dedication and wish you all health and safety…as well as…

Peace and all good things,

Arvid C. Johnson
President
University of St. Francis

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Communication 6 on Coronavirus/COVID-19  (04-03-20) 

Dear Members of the USF Community,

This week, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker extended the State’s “stay-at home” order through April 30, as a continuing measure to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Our foremost goal at this time remains protecting the health and well-being of our students and employees. To that end, we will continue to do all that we can to halt the spread of COVID-19 and to return to our normal educational and communal manner as soon as safe and feasible. I also ask that you note and adhere to the following important reminders:

SOCIAL DISTANCING

  • Anyone on any USF campus is required to practice social distancing per CDC guidelines. This includes dining areas and the Wadsworth Commons.

FOR STUDENTS

  • Classes will continue, as previously announced and scheduled, in an online format through the conclusion of the spring semester. We cannot thank our students—and faculty members—enough for their continued flexibility and patience as we continue to work through this important transition.
  • Fall semester course registration is currently open for students with senior and junior status, as well as graduate and degree completion students. Registration will open on April 6 for students with sophomore status and on April 13 for students with freshman status.  Please contact your advisor with any questions.
  • We continue to be in the process of negotiating with our food service partner (Sodexo) to be able to get resident students the best refund/credit we can for their portion of the room and board. To that end, if there is still a balance on your student account and that creates a hardship, the billing due date has been pushed back until April 30.
  • Students who are currently living in our on-campus housing will be able to continue doing so in Tower Hall during this extended “stay-at-home” order. Food service remains available in carry-out format from the Terrace Café.
  • In compliance with the governor’s “stay-at-home” order, we continue to ask those who have left possessions in the residence to not come to campus and collect them, though we know that this may cause some inconvenience and anxiety.

FOR EMPLOYEES

  • Employees will continue their current work arrangements (including essential employees and those working remotely). Employees with any questions should contact their immediate supervisor.
  • USF will continue to utilize the Moes Room and Presidents Room on the first floor of Tower Hall as the hub (and Modified Operations Center) for daily university business to be conducted by essential employees only. Please contact your immediate supervisor with any questions.

THANK YOU
2020欧洲杯足彩外围appAgain, I thank you for your patience and adaptability— even as USF’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve. While we continue to closely monitor this situation and its many unknowns, please know that we remain focused on serving the needs of our students and on fulfilling our university’s mission.

I also encourage you to continue visiting this page for additional information and a frequently updated list of FAQs, which now includes the contact information of USF employees who can best answer your general questions.

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appAs our centennial year continues, the response of our USF community reminds me of the important roles that resiliency, dedication, determination, and faith have played in shaping our 100-year history. I am both proud of and inspired by how we, as a university community, continue to navigate this challenge and know that our successors will one day look back with pride and inspiration, as well.

Peace and all good things,

Arvid C. Johnson
President
2020欧洲杯足彩外围appUniversity of St. Francis

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Communication 5 on Coronavirus/COVID-19  (03-20-20) 

Dear University of St. Francis Students, Faculty, and Staff,

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appThis is the latest in a series of updates in response to the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic during which the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff continues to be our top priority. This is a fluid and constantly changing situation, and we appreciate your patience and flexibility as new information becomes available.

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appAs municipalities across the State and the Nation have examined and enacted formal orders to enforce social distancing, USF’s Crisis Management Team proactively developed a modified operations plan for implementation, if needed. In light of Governor Pritzker’s announcement of a “stay at home” order for the State of Illinois, it is time to implement this plan.

Under the University’s modified operations plan, all students and employees (with the exception of essential employees and residents who believe they must remain in campus housing) are asked to make arrangements to gather all necessary belongings that will allow you to continue your work or coursework responsibilities remotely, exit the campus, and plan to not return to campus until April 8, 2020, or as indicated in future announcements. Students and employees are encouraged to act as soon as possible but are asked to make these arrangements and follow through on this shift to the University’s modified operations plan in compliance with the Governor’s “stay at home” order that officially takes effect on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 5 p.m.

GENERAL ITEMS TO NOTE

2020欧洲杯足彩外围app· As of 12 p.m. (noon) on Saturday, March 21, 2020, the University’s modified operations plan will commence and all Joliet campus buildings will be closed with the exception of the residence hall areas of the Motherhouse and Tower Hall, Marian Hall, the Wadsworth Commons in the Library, and the first floor of Tower Hall. Building accessibility will be regulated via USF ID cards. USF’s campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will be closed, as well.

· The University will keep all operations functional during this time in modified telework formats identified in this and other communications.

· The University bookstore will be closed for the duration of this time period.

2020欧洲杯足彩外围app· As you are gathering items to take with you, please be sure to remove any food items and shut down/turn off/unplug all electrical equipment and lights.

2020欧洲杯足彩外围app· USF Security and Maintenance teams will continue to make regular rounds of all campus facilities, with a focus on the residence halls and Wadsworth Commons, during this time period.

ITEMS FOR STUDENTS TO NOTE

· Students needing to remain on campus and who reside in other areas of campus will be asked to move their residence to Tower Hall (instructions and timing for these moves will be provided) – with the objective of relocating all residents to Tower Hall. Meal service will continue in Terrace Café for students needing to remain on campus.

· Students who are unable to pack up the contents of their room and bring these items back to their permanent residence prior to the Governor’s deadline may leave these items in their room. Opportunities to come back to campus to pick-up these items will be individually identified at a future time. Please note that the University reserves the right to move these items out of your room at any point should the need arise.

2020欧洲杯足彩外围app· Student workers should be in contact with their supervisor for instructions on their work assignments, as you will not be allowed to work on campus.

ITEMS FOR EMPLOYEES TO NOTE

2020欧洲杯足彩外围app· If you are unable to access campus prior to the deadline, please contact your direct supervisor immediately to make any necessary arrangements.

· If you will be working remotely, please change your voicemail to reflect this or forward your office phone to a phone to which you will have regular access.

2020欧洲杯足彩外围app· Essential employees will still need to report to campus. Essential employee groups include: Maintenance, Housekeeping, Information Technology, Security, Housing, Ricoh, Sodexo, Payroll, Accounts Payable and University Leadership. Please contact your immediate supervisor for additional information.

2020欧洲杯足彩外围app· While schedules and staffing levels may be adjusted to ensure coverage needs by department, please know that employees will continue to be paid.

· If you will be working remotely, please plan to communicate with your immediate supervisor to determine how you can continue to be effective in your role.

2020欧洲杯足彩外围app· USF will consolidate its operations in the Moes Room and Presidents Room on the first floor of Tower Hall. This area will be equipped accordingly for daily University business to be conducted by essential employees. Please contact your immediate supervisor with any questions.

We will continue to provide you updates as this situation continues to evolve. We also encourage you to continue checking your email and un-pret.com/emergency-alerts on a daily basis for any new information.

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appI know that this is another change that comes at a time of great uncertainty for everyone. I thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate this challenging time.

Peace and all good things,

Arvid C. Johnson
President
2020欧洲杯足彩外围appUniversity of St. Francis

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Communication 4 on Coronavirus/COVID-19  (03-18-20) 

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appDear University of St. Francis Students, Faculty, and Staff,

This is part of a series of updates in response to the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic.  Everyone at USF, first and foremost, wants to express our continued concern for your health and safety. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff continues to be our top priority.

At this time, there continue to be no cases of COVID-19 on campus or in the city of Joliet, but we continue to monitor the situation on-campus in the local region and to adjust our plans to guarantee high-quality, safe teaching and learning at USF.  As a result, we provide the update below:

ACADEMICS

  • Based on the best available evidence, we feel students should not meet in groups of more than 10 people.
  • Because of this, classes at the University of St. Francis will continue in online format through the rest of the semester. Students currently in clinicals or internships should continue to consult with their site coordinators and instructors to see how those arrangements will continue.
  • There will be no University-sponsored travel or trips taking place this spring or summer.
  • Spring commencements will be postponed until August or until such time as they can be safely held on campus.

HOUSING

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appStudent housing will remain open to those who need to stay on campus, but students are encouraged to move out of the residence halls and return to their permanent residences, if they are able to do so. More details about housing check-out will be emailed to our on-campus students soon.

  • Food service on campus will be available via carry-out from the Terrace Café only. Students and employees are again required to keep social distance between each other while on campus (per CDC guidelines).
  • Shuttle transportation between campuses will not be available until fall term.

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appWe will continue to provide you updates as this situation evolves.  Please continue to check our website for more details and frequently-asked-questions.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time.

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appPeace and all good things,

Arvid C. Johnson
President
University of St. Francis

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Communication 3 on Coronavirus/COVID-19 (03-16-20)

Dear USF Students, Faculty and Staff,

As classes resume today, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire2020欧洲杯足彩外围app USF community for its patience and adaptability as the University navigates its response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  The health and safety of the entire USF university community remains our highest priority, as we continue to monitor closely this fluid situation.

Below, please find some important updates regarding the University’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak:

ACADEMICS & ACCESS TO UNIVERSITY FACILITIES

  • Classes resumed today, March 16, in online format. Please be sure to login to Canvas for course information and contact your instructor with any course-specific questions.
  • All classrooms will be locked until in-person classes resume, which is currently scheduled for Monday, April 13. Other rooms/areas that will be closed in an attempt to minimize the number of areas in which people can congregate include:
    • Pat Sullivan Center (Recreation Center)
    • Assembly Hall (St. Clare Campus)
    • Franciscan Learning Center and the second floor student learning lounge (Guardian Angel Hall/St. Clare Campus)
    • San Damiano and C305 A&B (Motherhouse/Donovan Hall)
    • Sexton Auditorium and Turk Theater (Moser Performing Arts Center)
  • Starting on Tuesday, March 17, the Terrace Café will be the only dining area open for our Joliet campuses. Dining hours will be as follows:
    • Weekdays (Monday through Friday): Breakfast: 7–10 a.m. | Lunch: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Dinner: Monday – Thursday 5-6:30 p.m. / Friday 5–6 p.m.
    • Weekends (Saturday and Sunday): Continental: 10-11 a.m. | Brunch: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Dinner: 5-6 p.m.
  • We are suspending 24/7 access to the main floor of the Brown Library until in-person classes resume. This means that, outside of our regular hours, this building will be closed.  The Library’s regular hours are: Monday–Friday from 7:30 a.m.–10 p.m. and Sunday from 3–10 p.m. (closed on Saturday). The computers on the main floor of the Library will be accessible during these times. You must use your USF ID to swipe/access the Library during these times.
  • In addition to the computers on the main floor of the Library, the other computer labs on campus that will remain open on campus include the labs located on the main (first) floor of the Motherhouse and in the Plaster Center. Labs will be staffed, and the staff members on duty will help to keep the labs/equipment clean and disinfected.  In the event that you choose to access one of these computer labs, we ask that you please practice appropriate social distancing.

ATHLETICS

  • The NAIA has suspended all spring sports for the remainder of the season. Athletes should contact their respective head coach for any additional information.

OTHER REMINDERS

  • If you develop a fever or flu-like symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider immediately.
  • It is important that you continue to frequently check your USF email account and un-pret.com/emergency-alerts for the latest updates regarding the University’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appAgain, I would like to thank you for your patience and adaptability as USF navigates its response to the COVID-19 outbreak. While we continue closely monitor this situation and its many unknowns, please know that we remain focused on serving the needs of our students and on fulfilling our University’s mission.

Peace and all good things,

Arvid C. Johnson
President
University of St. Francis

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Communication 2 on Coronavirus/COVID-19  (03-12-20) 

Dear University of St. Francis Students, Faculty, and Staff,

The global outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 continues to be a focus of attention and concern. The health and safety of our entire USF university community remains our highest priority.

We are engaged and monitoring the situation and meeting in real-time to review local, regional, and national health agency reports and preparedness plans. We are also in communication with local officials on preparedness and response plans. Out of an abundance of caution, we have modified USF’s operations in order to fulfill our educational mission as a student-focused institution, while keeping our campus community safe and healthy and, hopefully, helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

This is a very fluid situation, and we will continue to meet regularly and provide updates. While there are currently no reported or suspected cases of the novel coronavirus in Joliet, in Albuquerque, or on any campus of the University of St. Francis2020欧洲杯足彩外围app, we are taking the following precautions to safeguard the health of all members of the USF community and our educational partners effective Monday, March 16:

CLASSES

  • All classes will resume after Spring Break but will be delivered in online format beginning Monday, March 16, with in-person classes scheduled to resume Monday, April 13.
  • USF is providing ongoing support, as needed, to faculty members to help them convert on-campus instruction to online learning. Faculty are being encouraged to communicate directly with their students to ease the transition to online learning over the next week.
  • Students should contact their professors about student teaching, internships, clinical placements, or similar individual face-to-face learning activities.USF’s Academic Resource Center will remain open, as scheduled.

UNIVERSITY OPERATIONS

  • The university’s campuses remain open to fulfill our mission and maintain continuity. We will continue to work with public health and government agencies to monitor the situation and communicate any updates.
  • Campus operations will continue at this time – with employees reporting for work according to their normal work schedules.
  • Residence halls will reopen, as scheduled, at noon on Sunday, March 15. Students who wish to continue to live in campus residence halls may remain there.
  • For safety and security reasons, all residential students must inform us of their decision to live in on-campus housing or to reside off campus. Please respond to the online survey (texted and emailed to you by mrockafellow@un-pret.com) by noon on Sunday, March 15. This information ensures that we are aware of who is living on campus to help ensure the safety of all students in case of an emergency.
  • Campus dining services, the counseling center, student health services, and other student services will remain open.
  • USF employees are essential to our campus and community.  If you believe you may be ill, or are symptomatic, please contact your health care provider and take sick days, as needed. Please work with your supervisor if you are out of sick days. The university does not want employees who are ill to come to work.
  • USF student employees who do not intend to return to campus should contact their supervisors to inform them of their plans.
  • Students, faculty, and staff who believe they may be ill should contact their health care provider, instructors, department chair, or supervisor.
  • Employees who may be in an “at risk” category due to conditions including, but not limited to, autoimmune conditions, asthma, COPD, diabetes, or other respiratory illnesses may have the option to work remotely. Please speak with your supervisor to explore such arrangements.
  • USF Building Services are working thoroughly to clean campus buildings and employ best-practice disinfecting protocols.

TRANSPORTATION

  • Campus shuttles will not run between campuses until Monday, April 13.
  • All University-sponsored international travel and non-essential University-sponsored travel has been suspended indefinitely. 
  • Essential travel constitutes trips that are absolutely necessary, to events that must be completed face-to-face, and cannot be rescheduled. Contact your division’s vice president if you are seeking an exemption for travel.

UNIVERSITY EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

  • On-campus gatherings are limited to no more than 25 people until further notice. Any pre-scheduled gatherings of more than 25 people should be canceled or postponed. Please contact the person in charge of your event for more information.
  • ATHLETICS: The NAIA has canceled its 2020 Winter championships.  While the situation remains fluid, all USF intercollegiate athletic events and practices are suspended until such time as the guidance of the CCAC, the NAIA, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will permit their resumption.

STAY INFORMED

  • Please refer to the university website for any additional information relating to campus operations in light of COVID-19.
  • We will continue to evaluate developments and provide further updates and guidance via campus email and posted online at un-pret.com/emergency-alerts.

USF continues to ask everyone in the university community to follow the CDC recommendations for preventive actions:

  • Stay home if you are sick. If you are sick, please do not return to campus until you are symptom free for 24 hours.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appThe health, safety, and well-being of our university and communities remains our highest priority.

I understand these circumstances present challenges for many who learn, teach, and work at USF. Let us come together as a resilient and determined community to rise above these challenges as we engage in respectful dialogue across our differences and in the common pursuit of truth.  2020欧洲杯足彩外围appWe will continue to serve the needs of our students and fulfill our mission. Thank you for your patience and adaptability during this time.

As the situation evolves, we will continue to monitor updates from local, state, and federal agencies. If we change parts of these plans, I will keep you updated and informed.

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appPeace and all good things,

Arvid C. Johnson
President
2020欧洲杯足彩外围appUniversity of St. Francis

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Communication 1 on Coronavirus/COVID-19  (03-03-20) 

Dear USF community,

The health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff are among our highest priorities at the University of St. Francis. Please take a moment to review the following information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), which has understandably caused concern internationally, domestically and even locally.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has created a COVID-19 reference page that provides guidance for Illinois universities and colleges. Provided below are some excerpts from the document. You may also access the complete document for additional information by clicking or by visiting .

1) Currently, the health risk to the general public from COVID-19 remains low, both in the U.S. and specifically in Illinois. The goal of the ongoing U.S. public health response is to detect new cases quickly and prevent community spread of COVID-19. The coming days and weeks are likely to bring more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and globally, but strong public health measures now may blunt the impact of the virus. For current Illinois statistics regarding COVID-19, please click .

2) Any student or school personnel returning from a Level 3 country (which includes China, Italy, South Korea, Iran as of 3/2/2020) should not attend school or work for 14 days after the return date. Absences for this purpose should be excused and alternate arrangements should be made for teleworking and online school assignments. Individuals who returned from mainland China in the previous 14 days and develop respiratory symptoms including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, should seek medical care right away. University health services should immediately notify their Local Health Department.

3) At this time, there is no need to cancel school or social events. However, as with any respiratory virus, students and school personnel should stay home and avoid events when they are ill, and are not to return to class/work until they are fever-free without medication for 24 hours. In the event that the university is advised by authorities to proceed in a different manner, USF will communicate the specified instructions to students and employees via the RAVE messaging system (phone, email and text).

2020欧洲杯足彩外围app4) There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. As with any respiratory virus, students and school personnel can protect themselves and others by taking common sense actions, including:

  • 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 with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick and do not return to class/work until you are fever-free without medication for 24 hours.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

2020欧洲杯足彩外围app5) At this time, no special sanitizing processes beyond routine cleaning are necessary or recommended to slow the spread of respiratory illness. Schools should follow standard processes for routine cleaning and disinfecting with an EPA- registered product. Please note that USF already follows this practice.

6) The Illinois Department of Public Health does not currently recommend the use of masks or gloves, the canceling of mass gatherings, nor the canceling of classes. Again, in the event that the university is advised by authorities to proceed in a different manner, USF will communicate the specified instructions to students and employees via the RAVE messaging system (phone, email and text).

7) The Diocese of Joliet has also implemented the following precautions during the celebration of Mass in light of concerns related with the potential spreading of COVID-19:

  • Suspension of shaking hands or other physical contact at the sign of peace.
  • Suspension of the distribution of the Precious blood to the faithful at communion time.
  • All ministers of communion are to wash their hands thoroughly before Mass; a further precaution suggests using an alcohol based anti-bacterial solution before and after distributing communion.

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appIn addition to the linked information from the Illinois Department of Public Health referenced at the beginning of this correspondence, listed below are links to additional resources that offer information on the coronavirus outbreak:

  • Centers for Disease Control:
  • Illinois Department of Public Health:
  • Will County Health Department:

We want to reiterate that the health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff are among our highest priorities at the University of St. Francis. If you have any concerns regarding COVID-19, please call the USF Health and Wellness Center at 815-740-3864 or visit the Health and Wellness Center at Tower Hall S213. You are also encouraged to call the Illinois Department of Public Health at 1-800-889-3931 or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV2020欧洲杯足彩外围app to have any COVID-19 questions answered.

Sincerely,

Dave DiLorenzo
Director of Community and Government Relations
University of St. Francis


Frequently Asked Questions

Will USF re-open campus for classes in the fall?  Yes.  USF announced the comprehensive details of its plan for the fall 2020 opening in mid-July. Details on the plan can be found at un-pret.com/saints-united (Posted 07-15-20)

Will summer module courses be online? In order to care for the health and safety of our students and faculty, Summer Module 1 and Summer Module 2 coursework will be administered online. For Summer Module 2, a handful of laboratory-based science courses will be allowed to proceed in a modified face-to-face modality with fewer than ten persons in a space, appropriate social distancing, masks, and careful attention to hygiene. If you have questions about the modality of your course, please contact your instructor. (Updated 06-10-20 | Posted 04-17-20)

Will food/dining services remain available? Food service on campus concluded with the end of the spring semester on May 8. Food service will not resume until the beginning of August. (Updated 05-12-20 | Posted 03-12-20)

How can students access CARES Act funding dollars? USF anticipates CARES Act funding dollars allocated for students to be calculated by the university according to financial aid criteria (the need for financial aid using Pell and MAP levels) and dispersed to students by mid- to late-May. (Posted 04-30-20)

Will this impact commencement? Yes. In light of the uncertainty and at many of your requests, the university has decided to host a “virtual,” online commencement ceremony on May 9, 2020 (i.e., on the originally-scheduled date of your commencement).  As May 9 draws closer, you will receive instructions on how you and your family can access/view the online ceremony. Additional details will be posted at un-pret.com/graduation. Please be reminded that, in addition to this online ceremony, you will, of course, still be able and invited to participate/“walk” in our December ceremony. More details about the December ceremony will be forthcoming. Questions regarding the commencement ceremony and alumni events should be directed to dsloan@un-pret.com. Questions regarding degree audits, diplomas and transcripts should be directed to registrar@un-pret.com2020欧洲杯足彩外围app. (Updated 04-29-20 | Posted 03-12-20)

Will residence halls remain open? 2020欧洲杯足彩外围appStudents who are unable to move back to a permanent residence at this time have been relocated to Tower Hall. All other residence halls have been closed until further notice. (Updated 04-15-20 | Posted 03-12-20)

Are students still able to access computer labs? Students needing to access an on-campus computer are able do so in the Wadsworth Commons in . Access to all other general computer labs has been discontinued until further notice. (Posted 04-15-20)

Whom do I contact with general questions? Although we are operating according to our modified operations plan, USF continues its commitment providing a high level of service to the university community. Please refer to the list below for the contact information of USF employees who can best answer your general questions, or  

If I rented my textbooks on campus and need to return them, how do I do that? Textbooks rented on campus through Barnes and Noble can be returned for free by mail by visiting  and following the instructions to print a shipping label. (Posted 03-25-20)

What can I do if I have a hold on my student account and can’t register? If your student account has a hold placed on it for a financial reason, please contact the Student Accounts office for assistance at un-pret.com/about-us/student-accounts/ or businessoffice@un-pret.com2020欧洲杯足彩外围app. (Posted 03-24-20)

How will registration work during this time? 2020欧洲杯足彩外围appThe USF Fall Class Schedule is available in the portal and registration opens as shown below:

  • March 23 for senior status, graduate students, and degree completion students (senior status is 90+ credit hours, including current hours)
  • March 30 for junior status (60–89 credit hours, including current hours)
  • April 6 for sophomore status (30–59 credit hours, including current hours)
  • April 13 for freshman status (0–29 credit hours, including current hours)

Students and Academic Advisors may access the course schedule in the portal:  

  • Students access the schedule in the portal at For Students/USF Class Schedule
  • Advisors access the schedule in the portal at For Faculty/Course Master Listing

Summer registration opened Monday, March 2, 2020. Advisors and advisees should be meeting via phone, video conference, or email. Please direct any questions to 800-736-6300 or registrar@un-pret.com. (Updated 03-23-20 | Posted 03-12-20)

Are USF offices open? Yes, but only online. The University continues to hold classes, answer calls, open emails, and communicate with students, faculty, and community partners, but we are doing this at a distance.2020欧洲杯足彩外围app As of 12 p.m. (noon) on Saturday, March 21, 2020, the University’s modified operations plan will commence and all Joliet campus buildings will be closed with the exception of the residence hall areas of the Motherhouse and Tower Hall, Marian Hall, the Wadsworth Commons in the Library, and the first floor of Tower Hall. Building accessibility will be regulated via USF ID cards. USF’s campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will be closed, as well.

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appThe University will keep all operations functional during this time in modified telework formats identified in this and other communications. Please contact staff members/offices either by email or phone. (Updated 03-23-20 | Posted 03-12-20)

Are there ways for me to minimize the risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus? Please visit both the and the for helpful tips on minimizing the risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus. (Posted on 03-19-20)

Is the USF community practicing social distancing? Everyone on campus, including students and employees, is required to practice appropriate social distancing—that means keeping a minimum of six feet between individuals. (Posted 03-19-20)

What if I am a dual credit student? 2020欧洲杯足彩外围appDual credit courses will continue online. Instructors will provide students with supporting resources/activities (e.g., videos from the teacher, e-discussions, video observations, zoom presentations, narrated PowerPoints, etc.) related to the modules/content. The activities are designed to support students in successfully completing the assessments provided. For specifics related to your course, please contact your instructor. (Posted 03-19-20)

Is the library available2020欧洲杯足彩外围app? The USF Library building is accessible via ID card swipe only. The Wadsworth Commons area will be accessible to students 24/7, whereas the rest of the building will be closed. All Library reference desk services will be delivered virtually until further notice. Students can still call and speak to a librarian at 815-740-5041, email a librarian at refdesk@un-pret.com, or chat with a librarian via the LibraryH3lp chat box. These services will be available during our normal hours of operation (Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday CLOSED, Sunday 3-10 p.m.). Students can access all of the library’s online resources, including video tutorials and online research databases, via the library website (library.un-pret.com). Students are encouraged to submit interlibrary loan requests for articles, which will continue to be processed.  (Posted 03-19-20)

What if I have plans to travel abroad? Each student and employee needs to make his or her own decisions, but there is a possibility that a 14-day, off-campus self-isolation will be required upon your return. (Updated 03-18-20 | Posted 03-12-20)

How will my student work position be affected by the university’s decision to move to remote instruction? Individual students should contact their work supervisors to discuss their plans and negotiate any necessary changes to their student work position or schedule. (Updated 03-18-20 | Posted 03-12-20)

If I am a resident student and I am sick, should I stay in my dorm room or return to my permanent residence? If you are experiencing symptoms such as a fever or cough, please contact your healthcare provider immediately. If you do not have a healthcare provider to contact, please call the Wellness Center at 815-740-3864. It is recommended that students who are sick and whose permanent residence is within driving distance return to their permanent residence. If that is not an option, students should contact mrockafellow@un-pret.com for assistance. (Updated 03-18-20 | Posted 03-12-20)

Are there any special notes or communications for international students? Yes, see links below. With questions, please contact Angie Maffeo or Michael Ziadat in the International Programs Office.

What is USF doing to step up cleaning efforts? Our facilities team has been working diligently to disinfect “high-touch” surfaces daily in public areas (such as tables, doorknobs, door push plates, light switches, handrails and student desks). Posters promoting good hygiene practices are also being distributed to all buildings. (Posted 03-12-20)

How will this impact my student teaching placement or internship program? 2020欧洲杯足彩外围appAt this time student teaching placements and internship programs will continue as planned, pending any separate guidance from your host school or company/organization. (Posted 03-12-20)

I have my health insurance through USF’s student insurance.  If I develop symptoms of COVID-19, will my testing be covered? 2020欧洲杯足彩外围appThe Student Health Insurance Program underwritten by Sirius America Life Insurance Company will be waiving the deductible, co-insurance, and co-pays for all testing and treatment related to COVID-19 for the students insured by this insurance program. (Posted 03-12-20)

What should I do if I am experiencing anxiety about this experience? As a reminder, USF Counseling Center services will still be in operation. To contact a counselor, please email mandrade@un-pret.com or call 815-740-3598 and a counselor will reach out to you. While we are still able to schedule in-person meetings, we will also be offering phone consultations. More information to come on phone consultations. We are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Additionally, the on-call crisis phone policy is still in place. Calls can be made directly to the on-call crisis phone from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. From 6 p.m.-8:30 a.m., students would need to contact security to speak with the on-call crisis counselor.  

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appClick on the links below for tools to help take care of your emotional health:

For additional support, the following crisis lines are available to you 24/7, 365 days per year:

  • Joliet Crisis Line: 815-722-3344
  • Grundy County Crisis Line: 815-942-6611
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services: 800-662-HELP (4357)
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Crisis Textline: Text, “IT’SOK” to 741741
    (Posted 03-12-20)

Are there other resources to help students learn more about the Coronavirus? Yes. Feel free to call or stop in the Wellness Center on campus (815-740-3864 | Main Campus, Tower Hall S213) with questions or here are some important links to review:

Are the residence halls open for summer? Students who are unable to move back to a permanent residence at this time are able to stay for summer housing if needed, at an additional cost. (Posted 04-22-20)

What happens if I left belongings in my residence hall? Residence Education has been in contact with all residents about retrieving belongings. If you have further questions, please contact Cedricka Carver at ccarver@un-pret.com. (Posted 04-22-20)

Are students receiving a credit for Room and Board? Residents who chose to move out of the residence halls were emailed about their credit. Further questions can be directed to Mollie Rockafellow at mrockafellow@un-pret.com2020欧洲杯足彩外围app. (Posted 04-22-20)

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From: Mollie Rockafellow
Sent: Friday, March 20, 2020 3:49 PM
Subject: Residence Halls and COVID-19 Crisis

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appDear Residents,

President Johnson sent an email today indicating that the university is honoring the “stay at home” order and requiring students who are able to make arrangements to gather all necessary belongings that will allow you to continue your coursework remotely. All residents, who are able, need to move out prior to Saturday March 21, 2020 at 5pm or they will not be able to retrieve their belongings until it is deemed safe to do so. As a reminder our check out procedures are included below.

We understand moving out is not an option for all resident students. At this time if you have another living option please go to that other option. If you will “stay at home” on campus or keep your things on campus YOU MUST COMMUNICATE WITH US2020欧洲杯足彩外围app using this form:

CHECK-OUT PROCEDURES:

  1. Please remove all belongings from your room.
  2. Fill out a “key envelope,” place your room key in the envelope, and turn in to Marian Desk.
  3. Complete . ()  

USF Residence Education staff is here to assist you through this. Please let us know what you need.

Sincerely, 

Mollie Rockafellow
Dean of Student Life
2020欧洲杯足彩外围appOffice: 815.740.3381

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From: Mollie Rockafellow
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 4:46 PM
Subject: Residence Halls and COVID-19 Crisis

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appDear Resident Students,

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appI am writing to follow up on the message you received from President Johnson regarding the decision to move entirely to online education through the rest of the spring semester.

Living on campus, in many cases with shared bathrooms, makes it difficult to maintain a safe, healthy environment in the face of the novel coronavirus. Living in the residence halls also makes it very difficult to create safe social distancing for USF resident students.  But, we also understand that, for some of our students, living on campus may seem like a safer option than moving elsewhere to possibly compromised living conditions.

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appWe are trying to accommodate students while also remaining committed to providing a safe living environment to those who depend on us.

That said, for those students who are able to do so, you are asked to please consider moving off campus and back to your permanent residence.  Current resident students who move out will be eligible for either a partial refund or credit to be applied to next year’s housing costs, the details of which will be forthcoming. To be eligible for this refund, we ask that you follow the check-out procedures outlined below.

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appPlease note, there will be no housing cancellation fee.

CHECK-OUT PROCEDURES:

  1. Please remove all belongings from your room.
  2. Fill out a “key envelope,” place your room key in the envelope, and turn in to Marian Desk.
  3. Complete . ()

As you are checking out, please practice safe social distancing by limiting the number of people that come with you to assist you in checking out. To be safe and follow CDC guidelines, please limit your contact with other residents and keep a safe distance during your move.

Students with specific questions or concerns should contact  mrockafellow@un-pret.com  

NOTE:  Students who choose to continue residing in campus housing will be required to maintain social distance behavior as required by CDC and may be required to relocate to another building or room, if deemed necessary by Residence Education. As mentioned in the previous message, campus security will remain in place and dining facilities will remain open on a more limited basis.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:

  1. I already collected my belongings and moved out of my room. What should I do?

If your room (or a portion of your room) is empty and clean, the last responsibility you have is to return your room key. Contact Cedricka Carver (ccarver@un-pret.com2020欧洲杯足彩外围app) to coordinate returning your keys.

  1. Will I receive a refund on at least a portion of Room & Board?

Yes, those students who check out will receive a refund or credit that will be calculated on a pro-rated basis – adjusted for financial aid– as appropriate. The standard $750 housing cancellation fee will be waived for all residents. Please be patient, as navigating this will take the university some time to complete. 

  1. I am out-of-town and would like to arrange for a relative or friend to collect my belongings on my behalf. What should I do?

Please work directly with Cedricka Carver (ccarver@un-pret.com) to coordinate this. The resident is the only person who can grant this approval; a parent or friend cannot grant approval to pick up items on your behalf.

  1. Will I have access to the halls when I return to check out?

Yes. Residential students have access to the halls until they check out.

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appThank you in advance for your flexibility as the University continues to respond to the global pandemic. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appSincerely, 

Mollie Rockafellow
Dean of Student Life
2020欧洲杯足彩外围appOffice: 815.740.3381

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From: Mollie Rockafellow
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2020 3:41 PM
Subject:2020欧洲杯足彩外围app Residence Halls and COVID-19 Crisis

Dear residents,

The residence halls will remain open while classes are transitioning to online format 2020欧洲杯足彩外围appper the email from President Arvid. For safety and security reasons, all residential students must inform us of their decision to remain in on-campus housing or to reside off campus via this link:

Thank you,

Mollie Rockafellow
Dean of Student Life
Office: 815.740.3381


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