March 12, 2020

Colleagues and Students:

While there are currently no active cases of COVID-19 within our Dominican community, in recent days public health officials have made it clear that universities must take active steps to mitigate the risk of transmission --- most immediately, as a precaution, to reduce campus density. Therefore, I write to update you on Dominican’s plans for the remainder of spring semester.

Classes

Beginning the week of March 16, most, if not all, in-person, face-to-face classes will be suspended. Current online classes will continue as planned, with remaining classes moving to online instruction as soon as possible, but not later than Monday, March 23.

There may be a few courses that continue to meet in person, if online instruction is not appropriate. Academic Affairs, in consultation with the deans, will generate the list of such courses. Accommodations for out of state students will be provided, as possible in these courses, and strategies for social distancing will be considered.

Faculty will contact students directly with information about individual classes. If you do not have access to appropriate computing resources, pleases notify your faculty member, for possible accommodations.

Student Clinicals

Dominican University's campus is not closed. However, instruction is transitioning from in-person, face to face classes to online delivery beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 with all classes moving online by March 23, 2020. Clinical rotations in some programs and some lab courses may not be a part of this change. Each program is evaluating the need and accessibility of meeting face to face and offering clinical rotations and updating as the situation progresses. 

Residence Halls

Students who live in the residence halls should prepare not to return to campus for the week of March 16-20. The university will work to accommodate students with exceptional circumstances, including international students, athletes, some student employees, and others, as approved on a case-by-case basis.

Click here for more information regarding Residence Life. 

University Operations

The Dominican University campus will remain open to the faculty and staff. Operations other than in-class instruction will continue. Most large events will be rescheduled or cancelled.

Study Abroad

All students studying abroad are being brought home. Current semester-long and spring break experiences have been suspended.

Click here for more information regarding Study Abroad. 

As I share this series of extraordinary decisions, I recognize that the disruption is monumental and that you have a thousand questions, which I promise will be answered over the course of the next week. In particular, I share the distress of our seniors, who are being robbed of their final weeks at Dominican. Please know that the safety of our students, faculty and staff is our primary concern.

For further information, you are encouraged to read our FAQs and visit the Wellness Center's Covid-19 FAQ page. In addition, the Illinois Department of Public Health has launched a statewide hotline at (800) 889-3931 to answer any questions about the coronavirus or to report a suspected case.

Donna M. Carroll
President
Dominican University


Updated March 6, 2020, 1:42 p.m.
Spring Break Travel Guidance

If you are planning personal travel to an international destination, be aware you may face unpredictable circumstances, travel restrictions, challenges returning home or accessing healthcare while abroad. We urge you to consult guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and U.S. Department of State prior to and during your trip, and exercise caution when traveling to countries with Level 2 travel advisories and reconsider travel to or through countries with Level 3 travel advisories.

The uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus have made travel to countries with extensive interactions with locations severely affected by COVID-19 more risky. As of March 6, 2020 the CDC has elevated Level 3 travel advisories for Italy, Iran, South Korea and China and Level 2 travel advisory for Japan. We urge students to stay informed and abide by U.S. government guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and U.S. Department of State.

Dominican is continuing to monitor the situation and will provide updates as appropriate.  U.S. citizens who must travel are encouraged to register travel through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate and receive important information from the embassy about safety conditions in your destination country. Registration allows you to be easily located by embassy personnel in the event of an emergency.

For additional information, read our FAQs below, visit the Wellness Center's web page on Covid-19 or contact the Wellness Center at 708-524-6229.

We wish you a healthy and restful spring break.


Updated March 4, 2020, 9:46 a.m.

The Dominican University student exposed to the coronavirus (COVID-19) at a local suburban hospital did not test positive for the virus. The test approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health confirms the student did not contract coronavirus (COVID-19). The institution will continue to walk alongside the student and is thankful to the campus community for the collective response and outpouring of care.  
  
Please know that the safety of our students, faculty, and staff is of utmost importance. Knowing that our students come from all over the country and across the globe, we acknowledge our students’ growing concerns for themselves and their families living domestically and overseas.
 
For further information, you are encouraged to read our FAQs below and visit the Wellness Center's web page on Covid-19. We are working closely with public health officials at the local, state and national levels to monitor the spread of the virus.
 
If you are feeling ill, please call your health care provider or Dominican’s Wellness Center at 708-524-6229, where free screening measures are available. In addition, the Illinois Department of Public Health has launched a statewide hotline at 1 (800) 889-3931 to answer any questions about the coronavirus or to report a suspected case. 


Created March 2, 2020, 9:24 a.m.

Dominican University has learned that one of our nonresidential student was exposed last week to a patient who is being treated for the coronavirus at a suburban hospital. While the student has shown no symptoms, they are being quarantined at home and will remain quarantined for another week, pending further testing.

The university has consulted with the Cook County Department of Public Health’s communicable diseases unit for guidance on managing care for our community. At this point, the department does not recommend further restrictions for our campus community. Campus is currently operating as usual and classes are meeting.  

Out of an abundance of caution, the university is sanitizing specific classrooms and campus spaces which may have been visited by the student.  

If you are feeling ill, please contact by phone your health care provider or Dominican’s Wellness Center at 708-524-6299, where free screening measures are available. Do not visit any medical facility without calling first.

Please know that the safety of our students, faculty and staff is of utmost importance. For further information, you are encouraged to read the Coronavirus FAQs below. In addition, the Illinois Department of Public Health has launched a statewide hotline at 1(800) 889-3931 to answer any questions about the coronavirus or to report a suspected case.

The university’s Incident Management Assessment Team is carefully monitoring this situation and will provide updates.