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October 21 , 2020   |  Campus Communication

COVID-19 Visitor and Guest Policy/Face Covering Clarification

 

Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases throughout DuPage County as well as Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health’s announcement regarding the need for COVID-19 resurgence mitigation in our region, the COVID-19 Tracking Team would like to draw the community’s attention to the following updated safety policies and procedures, which are effective immediately.

COVID-19 Visitor and Guest Policy

To safeguard the wellbeing of the University’s campus community members, to advance its Mission and assure operational continuity during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is the policy of Benedictine University to close its campus from time to time to outside guests, visitors and members of the general public, including specifically its grounds, facilities, buildings and residence halls. 

Until further notice, only those with official business will be allowed on campus. No individual may enter the University campus unless they are 1) a University Campus Community Member; or 2) an Essential Visitor as defined below. University Campus Community Members are required to display their University ID card on a lanyard when on campus. 

University Campus Community Member is defined as a current trustee, or a student, staff or faculty member with a University ID card allowing access to buildings.

Essential Visitor is defined as an individual that, while not a member of the University campus community, is still vital to college operations (including delivery personnel, contractors, regulatory auditors, prospective students and families and family of current employees).

  • Like all Campus Community Members, all Essential Visitors must conduct a self-check prior to coming on campus, to include COVID-19 symptom and temperature checks.
  • All Essential Visitors must sign in at the Police Department and be escorted on campus by the department requiring the visit.

Guests are all others not previously mentioned. We know that our neighbors, friends and visitors enjoy walking or jogging on our grounds, and we typically welcome you to our beautiful campus!  However, we need to ask for your assistance in safeguarding our community by staying away from campus for now. We look forward to having you back on campus when it is safe to do so.

This policy will be periodically reviewed and modified by the Benedictine University Police and Office of Emergency Management as needed.

Clarification on COVID-19 Face Covering Policy

It is the University’s policy that anyone entering a Lisle or Mesa campus building will wear a face mask. Face masks should be worn in all hallways, public spaces and common areas, as well as office spaces where multiple people are present if social distancing of six feet is not possible. Masks are not required to be worn inside private offices where only one person is present but are expected to be worn in all public and common spaces. The terms “public spaces” and “common areas” include classrooms, public restrooms, elevators, stairwells and communal kitchen and workspaces. The CDC recommends wearing face masks when people go out in public. Masks are required outdoors due to the nature of our campus environment. We are asking our community to wear a face mask when walking around campus since it is almost impossible to guarantee six-foot social distancing at all times.

For those community members who do not have lanyards for displaying their ID cards, please contact your supervisor or Student Affairs so that we may get one for you as soon as possible.

Thank you,

The COVID-19 Tracking Team