Updated September 11, 2020

Dominican University is pleased to welcome new and returning students to campus and while this semester is certainly different, in many ways, from previous semesters, we are confident that you will have a successful, rewarding experience at Dominican. We have been working diligently to ensure that we can offer you a healthy, safe environment, while providing the relationship-centered, excellent education that has always been a Dominican hallmark.

The COVID-19 outbreak is a constantly evolving situation and our planning will need to remain flexible as we deal with this global pandemic. We appreciate the expertise of professionals at our long-term partner, Rush University Medical Center, for providing guidance on our reopening plans.

Since last spring, our ongoing response to the pandemic has aligned with recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Illinois Board of Higher Education and Illinois Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois Plan. We continue to monitor this situation locally, regionally and nationally and will continue to follow the guidelines of these agencies.

Safety measures include regular deep cleaning protocols throughout campus, the use of Plexiglas shields in high-traffic areas and antimicrobial film on high-touch surfaces, improved HVAC operations and, of course, the requirement that all faculty, staff, students and guests wear face coverings. In addition, classrooms have been reconfigured to reduce density and allow for physical distancing. You can read more about our safety measures in our Return to Campus Guide.

Dominican University is a compassionate, mission-driven community. Our faculty, staff and students have shown great resilience and concern for each other since the beginning of this pandemic. While the university continues to do all that it can to provide a safe environment, the well-being of our community is a shared responsibility and we expect all students, faculty and staff to be mindful of their responsibility to the health of others—this is the caritas upon which Dominican was founded. We are in this together!