There are currently no known cases of COVID-19 within the Benedictine Community.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and now with this new virus (named SARS-CoV-2). For additional information visit the CDC website.
It is with the community’s safety in mind that we announce face-to-face instruction is suspended through the end of the spring semester and spring quarter. Our virtual campus model will be extended through May 31, 2020. Staff and faculty will continue to work from home, with the understanding that some modifications may be needed in order to keep operations running smoothly during this extended period of time. READ MORE
Our goal by going to a “virtual campus” is to encourage anyone who can study at home or work from home to do so. For the rest of the spring semester, non-essential faculty and staff have been asked to work from home. Virtual instruction for students at all levels and on all campuses will take place starting Monday, March 23 (following the University's Spring Break, March 16-20).
Our goal is to ensure day-to-day operations continue to run as smoothly as possible while doing what we can to mitigate the likelihood of the virus being spread among our community. Should you need to contact any on-campus resources, please do so via email or over the phone. The campus will continue to be monitored by Benedictine University Police 24/7.
Here at Benedictine, we are a community. During difficult times, we come together to support one another in any way possible. We understand that we have many student workers who will be unable to come to campus to work and/or are unable to work from home. This can negatively impact those who rely on their student worker paychecks to get by financially, and that is not something the University wants for any of our community members.
During this time, student workers will be allowed to work virtually as they are able on any projects assigned by their supervisor. Even if there is no work for them to do virtually, Benedictine will continue to pay them for their normally scheduled work shifts. Students should ensure they are using their student worker email address and not their student email to complete any virtual work. They will continue to complete their timesheet for their regularly scheduled hours and submit it electronically to their supervisor for approval by the posted bi-weekly deadline.
Any large-scale on-campus events or events that are open to the public are cancelled for the Virtual Campus period through May 31, 2020. When possible, these events will be rescheduled for after May 31. We will re-evaluate these guidelines as that date nears to determine whether additional precautions are necessary depending on the spread of the virus.
Unfortunately, all campus events and programming will be suspended during the extended Virtual Campus period in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This includes postponing our 2020 commencement ceremonies for both Lisle and Mesa. We are looking for other opportunities to celebrate our graduating class later this summer and will communicate more information about those as soon as it is appropriate to do so.
Benedictine University understands our residential students were greatly impacted by the sudden move from campus housing. In accordance with federal, state, local and CDC (Center for Disease Control) guidelines, this move was necessary for the safety of our students, faculty and staff. As an institution we have adopted the following philosophy and process for refunding of room and board. All residential students will receive a refund, for the unused portion of room and board, for the final seven (7) weeks of the spring 2020 semester, which represents the weeks of March 22nd through May 9th. The refunds will be applied in the following order:
The Mesa Campus Peer Tutors will be online this Semester and the tutoring service will be on the Microsoft TEAMS Platform. TEAMS is available for you to download from the Office365 start up page. Tutors can be contacted through the PEER TUTORS team. Their availability will remain much the same as it was in January-February.
During the Virtual Campus, Mesa students can make use of the ACE Tutoring program from Main Campus.
MATH Email PeerTutorMath@ben.edu
• FCC agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots
• Comcast COVID-19 response: offers free WiFi for 2 months to low-income families plus all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time
•Charter: Free internet for two months
• AT&T COVID-19 response: offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low-income families. ATT has also opened all of its public wi-fi hotspots to the public
• Sprint COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and starting Tuesday, March 17, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
• T-Mobile COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
• Spcetrum is offering free internet: 1.844.488.8398
• Cox has opened all of its public wi-fi hotspots to the public. Find the locations.
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