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 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) for combating 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 our Return to Campus Guide, linked below.

We have been impacted—and informed—by the pandemic, and we are not going “back to normal.” We are moving forward, bringing with us the traditions and practices that have always been hallmarks of a Dominican education, and enhancing them with what we have learned over the past 18 months. We have developed a skill set, and we have many students who have made clear that they appreciate the flexibility of online learning and some employees who have proven that they can work more efficiently remotely. So, we have taken all of these factors into consideration as we plan for the future—this year and beyond.

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. Our Return to Campus Guide 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.

Welcome back to campus—we have missed you!

Download the Return to Campus Guide