Updated February 23, 2021

Dominican University commends students, faculty and staff for their rigorous commitment to the health and safety of the campus community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our cases of COVID-19 have been relatively low and contact tracing has kept the virus from spreading throughout campus. Thank you!

We have been working diligently to ensure that we can offer students a healthy, safe environment, while providing the relationship-centered, excellent education that has always been a Dominican hallmark. 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.

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. 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.

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!