PRESIDENTIAL COMMUNICATION

 

Faculty/Staff Return to Campus Plan - Spring 2022

January 4, 2022   |  Campus Communication

 

In an effort to keep our community updated on our continued response to COVID-19 as we begin our 2022 semester, we are sharing some of the initiatives that will require a collective effort by our entire community. Specifically, things are moving quickly with respect to the rapid spread of the new COVID Omicron variant in our communities. 

We anticipate by limiting our population on campus, we can mitigate transmission of the virus throughout our Benedictine community as well as our larger community.  By making this move we hope to limit the surge and provide some relief for our already strained healthcare system.  We will continue moving forward with a sense of hope about our future path, as well as our commitment to honoring the primary principle we set forward at the beginning of this pandemic – to do everything possible to keep our entire community healthy and safe.   

  • Based on the positivity rates and guidance by our local, state and federal health departments, the University is committed to bringing back faculty, staff, and students in a safe and healthy manner.  Therefore, in order to maintain the health of our community, we will be going online and working remotely for the beginning of the spring semester.  Starting today through Sunday, February 6th, we ask that all faculty and staff teach and work remotely. This will allow us to monitor interactions to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, especially during winter when we are primarily bound by indoor congregation.
  • We recognize that there are essential services that need to take place on a daily basis.  Supervisors will reach out to those staff members to confirm these services continue to be provided. 
  • All courses will be offered in an online format, for both Lisle and Mesa, with the plan to return to in-person instruction beginning Monday, February 7, 2022.
  • We will continue to monitor and assess the state of the pandemic and will keep the community updated on any further changes to this plan.

This information continues to change daily so please stay tuned for updates. We will send follow-up information in the coming days with details for the next three weeks. Then moving forward, we will provide the community consistent and detailed information as quickly as possible.    This commitment to our community will always be our guiding light and our most important priority.

 

Charles W. Gregory

President

Benedictine University

COVID Response & Resource Center
Email: COVIDResponse@ben.edu
Phone:  630-829-6039