March 6, 2020: Message to Parents and Families of Dominican University students regarding COVID-19/the coronavirus

In the last few days communication was sent to the campus community regarding a possible COVID-19 case.

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.

While we understand receiving information second hand may have caused concern to families, our primary focus was on addressing the campus safety and relaying information directly to students.

Here is a summary:

March 2, 2020 - Dominican University learned that a nonresidential student was exposed last week to a patient who is being treated for the coronavirus at a suburban hospital. Although the student showed no symptoms, they were quarantined at home and tested.

The university consulted with the Cook County Department of Public Health’s communicable diseases unit for guidance on managing care for our community and campus remained open.

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

An increase in relaying information on healthy habits and how to address concerns was sent out to the campus community and posted on our website.

March 3, 2020 – Administration was notified that 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).

For further information, you are encouraged to read our FAQs and visit the Wellness Center's web page on Covid-19. We will continue working closely with public health officials at the local, state and national levels to monitor the spread of the virus.

If your student is feeling ill, please contact by phone 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.

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We’re glad your student is attending Dominican University, and we’re proud to welcome you and your family into our university community. Dominican is a unique place because our work is centered in relationships. As the university builds a relationship with your child, we hope to build one with you and your family.

We believe that the heart of a good relationship is communication. We have provided information here to help your student be successful. Links to campus and community resources, online registrations for parent and family events and campus updates are all posted.

Your Family's Dominican Adventure

Congratulations on your student's decision to attend Dominican University. At Dominican, we place a high value on community. As we get to know your student over the coming months and years, we also look forward to developing a relationship with you and your family. Our website will connect you to all the resources you need to launch that relationship—and your student's Dominican adventure.

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The Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) program is designed to welcome students into the Dominican University community. SOAR helps students discover the tools needed to be a successful Dominican student both inside and outside the classroom.

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