Updated Wednesday, November 3, 2021

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The past 18 months have been extraordinarily challenging, and we commend Dominican University’s faculty, staff and students for their resilience and compassion for each other since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of robust mitigation strategies, Dominican has successfully avoided an outbreak of the coronavirus on campus. While we anticipate opening this fall under “new normal” conditions, with more face-to-face classes and opportunities for in-person interactions, we remain diligent in monitoring the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) in combatting COVID-19.

We have appreciated the expertise of Rush University Medical Center epidemiology professionals, who have met regularly with our Incident Management and Assessment Team (IMAT) over the past year and continue to inform many of our decisions.

Relationship is at the heart of Dominican University’s mission, and community, a legacy of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, is a pillar of our distinctive culture. We are committed to fostering an environment that provides a sense of belonging and well-being for all faculty, staff and students. It is in this context that we are mandating a vaccination policy that we believe will promote the safety of our community. You can read more about this policy in this Return to Campus Guide.

The trajectory of the coronavirus is still a fluid situation and our planning will need to remain flexible as we continue to deal with this global pandemic. The following plan represents our best attempt, at the current time, of responding to the pandemic in ways that promote the success of our students while keeping our community safe.