Emergency Alerts

This page serves an information hub for the University of St. Francis community during a concerning issue, emergency or crisis. Please check this page for official, up-to-date communications.


Communication 6 on Coronavirus/COVID-19  (04-03-20) 

Dear Members of the USF Community,

This week, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker extended the State’s “stay-at home” order through April 30, as a continuing measure to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Our foremost goal at this time remains protecting the health and well-being of our students and employees. To that end, we will continue to do all that we can to halt the spread of COVID-19 and to return to our normal educational and communal manner as soon as safe and feasible. I also ask that you note and adhere to the following important reminders:

SOCIAL DISTANCING

  • Anyone on any USF campus is required to practice social distancing per CDC guidelines. This includes dining areas and the Wadsworth Commons.

FOR STUDENTS

  • Classes will continue, as previously announced and scheduled, in an online format through the conclusion of the spring semester. We cannot thank our students—and faculty members—enough for their continued flexibility and patience as we continue to work through this important transition.
  • Fall semester course registration is currently open for students with senior and junior status, as well as graduate and degree completion students. Registration will open on April 6 for students with sophomore status and on April 13 for students with freshman status.  Please contact your advisor with any questions.
  • We continue to be in the process of negotiating with our food service partner (Sodexo) to be able to get resident students the best refund/credit we can for their portion of the room and board. To that end, if there is still a balance on your student account and that creates a hardship, the billing due date has been pushed back until April 30.
  • Students who are currently living in our on-campus housing will be able to continue doing so in Tower Hall during this extended “stay-at-home” order. Food service remains available in carry-out format from the Terrace Café.
  • In compliance with the governor’s “stay-at-home” order, we continue to ask those who have left possessions in the residence to not come to campus and collect them, though we know that this may cause some inconvenience and anxiety.

FOR EMPLOYEES

  • Employees will continue their current work arrangements (including essential employees and those working remotely). Employees with any questions should contact their immediate supervisor.
  • USF will continue to utilize the Moes Room and Presidents Room on the first floor of Tower Hall as the hub (and Modified Operations Center) for daily university business to be conducted by essential employees only. Please contact your immediate supervisor with any questions.

THANK YOU
Again, I thank you for your patience and adaptability— even as USF’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve. While we continue to closely monitor this situation and its many unknowns, please know that we remain focused on serving the needs of our students and on fulfilling our university’s mission.

I also encourage you to continue visiting this page for additional information and a frequently updated list of FAQs, which now includes the contact information of USF employees who can best answer your general questions.

As our centennial year continues, the response of our USF community reminds me of the important roles that resiliency, dedication, determination, and faith have played in shaping our 100-year history. I am both proud of and inspired by how we, as a university community, continue to navigate this challenge and know that our successors will one day look back with pride and inspiration, as well.

Peace and all good things,

Arvid C. Johnson
President
University of St. Francis

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Communication 5 on Coronavirus/COVID-19  (03-20-20) 

Dear University of St. Francis Students, Faculty, and Staff,

This is the latest in a series of updates in response to the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic during which the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff continues to be our top priority. This is a fluid and constantly changing situation, and we appreciate your patience and flexibility as new information becomes available.

As municipalities across the State and the Nation have examined and enacted formal orders to enforce social distancing, USF’s Crisis Management Team proactively developed a modified operations plan for implementation, if needed. In light of Governor Pritzker’s announcement of a “stay at home” order for the State of Illinois, it is time to implement this plan.

Under the University’s modified operations plan, all students and employees (with the exception of essential employees and residents who believe they must remain in campus housing) are asked to make arrangements to gather all necessary belongings that will allow you to continue your work or coursework responsibilities remotely, exit the campus, and plan to not return to campus until April 8, 2020, or as indicated in future announcements. Students and employees are encouraged to act as soon as possible but are asked to make these arrangements and follow through on this shift to the University’s modified operations plan in compliance with the Governor’s “stay at home” order that officially takes effect on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 5 p.m.

GENERAL ITEMS TO NOTE

· As of 12 p.m. (noon) on Saturday, March 21, 2020, the University’s modified operations plan will commence and all Joliet campus buildings will be closed with the exception of the residence hall areas of the Motherhouse and Tower Hall, Marian Hall, the Wadsworth Commons in the Library, and the first floor of Tower Hall. Building accessibility will be regulated via USF ID cards. USF’s campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will be closed, as well.

· The University will keep all operations functional during this time in modified telework formats identified in this and other communications.

· The University bookstore will be closed for the duration of this time period.

· As you are gathering items to take with you, please be sure to remove any food items and shut down/turn off/unplug all electrical equipment and lights.

· USF Security and Maintenance teams will continue to make regular rounds of all campus facilities, with a focus on the residence halls and Wadsworth Commons, during this time period.

ITEMS FOR STUDENTS TO NOTE

· Students needing to remain on campus and who reside in other areas of campus will be asked to move their residence to Tower Hall (instructions and timing for these moves will be provided) – with the objective of relocating all residents to Tower Hall. Meal service will continue in Terrace Café for students needing to remain on campus.

· Students who are unable to pack up the contents of their room and bring these items back to their permanent residence prior to the Governor’s deadline may leave these items in their room. Opportunities to come back to campus to pick-up these items will be individually identified at a future time. Please note that the University reserves the right to move these items out of your room at any point should the need arise.

· Student workers should be in contact with their supervisor for instructions on their work assignments, as you will not be allowed to work on campus.

ITEMS FOR EMPLOYEES TO NOTE

· If you are unable to access campus prior to the deadline, please contact your direct supervisor immediately to make any necessary arrangements.

· If you will be working remotely, please change your voicemail to reflect this or forward your office phone to a phone to which you will have regular access.

· Essential employees will still need to report to campus. Essential employee groups include: Maintenance, Housekeeping, Information Technology, Security, Housing, Ricoh, Sodexo, Payroll, Accounts Payable and University Leadership. Please contact your immediate supervisor for additional information.

· While schedules and staffing levels may be adjusted to ensure coverage needs by department, please know that employees will continue to be paid.

· If you will be working remotely, please plan to communicate with your immediate supervisor to determine how you can continue to be effective in your role.

· USF will consolidate its operations in the Moes Room and Presidents Room on the first floor of Tower Hall. This area will be equipped accordingly for daily University business to be conducted by essential employees. Please contact your immediate supervisor with any questions.

We will continue to provide you updates as this situation continues to evolve. We also encourage you to continue checking your email and stfrancis.edu/emergency-alerts on a daily basis for any new information.

I know that this is another change that comes at a time of great uncertainty for everyone. I thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate this challenging time.

Peace and all good things,

Arvid C. Johnson
President
University of St. Francis

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Communication 4 on Coronavirus/COVID-19  (03-18-20) 

Dear University of St. Francis Students, Faculty, and Staff,

This is part of a series of updates in response to the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic.  Everyone at USF, first and foremost, wants to express our continued concern for your health and safety. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff continues to be our top priority.

At this time, there continue to be no cases of COVID-19 on campus or in the city of Joliet, but we continue to monitor the situation on-campus in the local region and to adjust our plans to guarantee high-quality, safe teaching and learning at USF.  As a result, we provide the update below:

ACADEMICS

  • Based on the best available evidence, we feel students should not meet in groups of more than 10 people.
  • Because of this, classes at the University of St. Francis will continue in online format through the rest of the semester. Students currently in clinicals or internships should continue to consult with their site coordinators and instructors to see how those arrangements will continue.
  • There will be no University-sponsored travel or trips taking place this spring or summer.
  • Spring commencements will be postponed until August or until such time as they can be safely held on campus.

HOUSING

Student housing will remain open to those who need to stay on campus, but students are encouraged to move out of the residence halls and return to their permanent residences, if they are able to do so. More details about housing check-out will be emailed to our on-campus students soon.

  • Food service on campus will be available via carry-out from the Terrace Café only. Students and employees are again required to keep social distance between each other while on campus (per CDC guidelines).
  • Shuttle transportation between campuses will not be available until fall term.

We will continue to provide you updates as this situation evolves.  Please continue to check our website for more details and frequently-asked-questions.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time.

Peace and all good things,

Arvid C. Johnson
President
University of St. Francis

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Communication 3 on Coronavirus/COVID-19 (03-16-20)

Dear USF Students, Faculty and Staff,

As classes resume today, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire USF community for its patience and adaptability as the University navigates its response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  The health and safety of the entire USF university community remains our highest priority, as we continue to monitor closely this fluid situation.

Below, please find some important updates regarding the University’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak:

ACADEMICS & ACCESS TO UNIVERSITY FACILITIES

  • Classes resumed today, March 16, in online format. Please be sure to login to Canvas for course information and contact your instructor with any course-specific questions.
  • All classrooms will be locked until in-person classes resume, which is currently scheduled for Monday, April 13. Other rooms/areas that will be closed in an attempt to minimize the number of areas in which people can congregate include:
    • Pat Sullivan Center (Recreation Center)
    • Assembly Hall (St. Clare Campus)
    • Franciscan Learning Center and the second floor student learning lounge (Guardian Angel Hall/St. Clare Campus)
    • San Damiano and C305 A&B (Motherhouse/Donovan Hall)
    • Sexton Auditorium and Turk Theater (Moser Performing Arts Center)
  • Starting on Tuesday, March 17, the Terrace Café will be the only dining area open for our Joliet campuses. Dining hours will be as follows:
    • Weekdays (Monday through Friday): Breakfast: 7–10 a.m. | Lunch: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Dinner: Monday – Thursday 5-6:30 p.m. / Friday 5–6 p.m.
    • Weekends (Saturday and Sunday): Continental: 10-11 a.m. | Brunch: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Dinner: 5-6 p.m.
  • We are suspending 24/7 access to the main floor of the Brown Library until in-person classes resume. This means that, outside of our regular hours, this building will be closed.  The Library’s regular hours are: Monday–Friday from 7:30 a.m.–10 p.m. and Sunday from 3–10 p.m. (closed on Saturday). The computers on the main floor of the Library will be accessible during these times. You must use your USF ID to swipe/access the Library during these times.
  • In addition to the computers on the main floor of the Library, the other computer labs on campus that will remain open on campus include the labs located on the main (first) floor of the Motherhouse and in the Plaster Center. Labs will be staffed, and the staff members on duty will help to keep the labs/equipment clean and disinfected.  In the event that you choose to access one of these computer labs, we ask that you please practice appropriate social distancing.

ATHLETICS

  • The NAIA has suspended all spring sports for the remainder of the season. Athletes should contact their respective head coach for any additional information.

OTHER REMINDERS

  • If you develop a fever or flu-like symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider immediately.
  • It is important that you continue to frequently check your USF email account and stfrancis.edu/emergency-alerts for the latest updates regarding the University’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Again, I would like to thank you for your patience and adaptability as USF navigates its response to the COVID-19 outbreak. While we continue closely monitor this situation and its many unknowns, please know that we remain focused on serving the needs of our students and on fulfilling our University’s mission.

Peace and all good things,

Arvid C. Johnson
President
University of St. Francis

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Communication 2 on Coronavirus/COVID-19  (03-12-20) 

Dear University of St. Francis Students, Faculty, and Staff,

The global outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 continues to be a focus of attention and concern. The health and safety of our entire USF university community remains our highest priority.

We are engaged and monitoring the situation and meeting in real-time to review local, regional, and national health agency reports and preparedness plans. We are also in communication with local officials on preparedness and response plans. Out of an abundance of caution, we have modified USF’s operations in order to fulfill our educational mission as a student-focused institution, while keeping our campus community safe and healthy and, hopefully, helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

This is a very fluid situation, and we will continue to meet regularly and provide updates. While there are currently no reported or suspected cases of the novel coronavirus in Joliet, in Albuquerque, or on any campus of the University of St. Francis, we are taking the following precautions to safeguard the health of all members of the USF community and our educational partners effective Monday, March 16:

CLASSES

  • All classes will resume after Spring Break but will be delivered in online format beginning Monday, March 16, with in-person classes scheduled to resume Monday, April 13.
  • USF is providing ongoing support, as needed, to faculty members to help them convert on-campus instruction to online learning. Faculty are being encouraged to communicate directly with their students to ease the transition to online learning over the next week.
  • Students should contact their professors about student teaching, internships, clinical placements, or similar individual face-to-face learning activities.USF’s Academic Resource Center will remain open, as scheduled.

UNIVERSITY OPERATIONS

  • The university’s campuses remain open to fulfill our mission and maintain continuity. We will continue to work with public health and government agencies to monitor the situation and communicate any updates.
  • Campus operations will continue at this time – with employees reporting for work according to their normal work schedules.
  • Residence halls will reopen, as scheduled, at noon on Sunday, March 15. Students who wish to continue to live in campus residence halls may remain there.
  • For safety and security reasons, all residential students must inform us of their decision to live in on-campus housing or to reside off campus. Please respond to the online survey (texted and emailed to you by mrockafellow@stfrancis.edu) by noon on Sunday, March 15. This information ensures that we are aware of who is living on campus to help ensure the safety of all students in case of an emergency.
  • Campus dining services, the counseling center, student health services, and other student services will remain open.
  • USF employees are essential to our campus and community.  If you believe you may be ill, or are symptomatic, please contact your health care provider and take sick days, as needed. Please work with your supervisor if you are out of sick days. The university does not want employees who are ill to come to work.
  • USF student employees who do not intend to return to campus should contact their supervisors to inform them of their plans.
  • Students, faculty, and staff who believe they may be ill should contact their health care provider, instructors, department chair, or supervisor.
  • Employees who may be in an “at risk” category due to conditions including, but not limited to, autoimmune conditions, asthma, COPD, diabetes, or other respiratory illnesses may have the option to work remotely. Please speak with your supervisor to explore such arrangements.
  • USF Building Services are working thoroughly to clean campus buildings and employ best-practice disinfecting protocols.

TRANSPORTATION

  • Campus shuttles will not run between campuses until Monday, April 13.
  • All University-sponsored international travel and non-essential University-sponsored travel has been suspended indefinitely. 
  • Essential travel constitutes trips that are absolutely necessary, to events that must be completed face-to-face, and cannot be rescheduled. Contact your division’s vice president if you are seeking an exemption for travel.

UNIVERSITY EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

  • On-campus gatherings are limited to no more than 25 people until further notice. Any pre-scheduled gatherings of more than 25 people should be canceled or postponed. Please contact the person in charge of your event for more information.
  • ATHLETICS: The NAIA has canceled its 2020 Winter championships.  While the situation remains fluid, all USF intercollegiate athletic events and practices are suspended until such time as the guidance of the CCAC, the NAIA, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will permit their resumption.

STAY INFORMED

  • Please refer to the university website for any additional information relating to campus operations in light of COVID-19.
  • We will continue to evaluate developments and provide further updates and guidance via campus email and posted online at stfrancis.edu/emergency-alerts.

USF continues to ask everyone in the university community to follow the CDC recommendations for preventive actions:

  • Stay home if you are sick. If you are sick, please do not return to campus until you are symptom free for 24 hours.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

The health, safety, and well-being of our university and communities remains our highest priority.

I understand these circumstances present challenges for many who learn, teach, and work at USF. Let us come together as a resilient and determined community to rise above these challenges as we engage in respectful dialogue across our differences and in the common pursuit of truth.  We will continue to serve the needs of our students and fulfill our mission. Thank you for your patience and adaptability during this time.

As the situation evolves, we will continue to monitor updates from local, state, and federal agencies. If we change parts of these plans, I will keep you updated and informed.

Peace and all good things,

Arvid C. Johnson
President
University of St. Francis

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Communication 1 on Coronavirus/COVID-19  (03-03-20) 

Dear USF community,

The health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff are among our highest priorities at the University of St. Francis. Please take a moment to review the following information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), which has understandably caused concern internationally, domestically and even locally.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has created a COVID-19 reference page that provides guidance for Illinois universities and colleges. Provided below are some excerpts from the document. You may also access the complete document for additional information by clicking here or by visiting http://dph.illinois.gov.

1) Currently, the health risk to the general public from COVID-19 remains low, both in the U.S. and specifically in Illinois. The goal of the ongoing U.S. public health response is to detect new cases quickly and prevent community spread of COVID-19. The coming days and weeks are likely to bring more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and globally, but strong public health measures now may blunt the impact of the virus. For current Illinois statistics regarding COVID-19, please click here.

2) Any student or school personnel returning from a Level 3 country (which includes China, Italy, South Korea, Iran as of 3/2/2020) should not attend school or work for 14 days after the return date. Absences for this purpose should be excused and alternate arrangements should be made for teleworking and online school assignments. Individuals who returned from mainland China in the previous 14 days and develop respiratory symptoms including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, should seek medical care right away. University health services should immediately notify their Local Health Department.

3) At this time, there is no need to cancel school or social events. However, as with any respiratory virus, students and school personnel should stay home and avoid events when they are ill, and are not to return to class/work until they are fever-free without medication for 24 hours. In the event that the university is advised by authorities to proceed in a different manner, USF will communicate the specified instructions to students and employees via the RAVE messaging system (phone, email and text).

4) There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. As with any respiratory virus, students and school personnel can protect themselves and others by taking common sense actions, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick and do not return to class/work until you are fever-free without medication for 24 hours.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

5) At this time, no special sanitizing processes beyond routine cleaning are necessary or recommended to slow the spread of respiratory illness. Schools should follow standard processes for routine cleaning and disinfecting with an EPA- registered product. Please note that USF already follows this practice.

6) The Illinois Department of Public Health does not currently recommend the use of masks or gloves, the canceling of mass gatherings, nor the canceling of classes. Again, in the event that the university is advised by authorities to proceed in a different manner, USF will communicate the specified instructions to students and employees via the RAVE messaging system (phone, email and text).

7) The Diocese of Joliet has also implemented the following precautions during the celebration of Mass in light of concerns related with the potential spreading of COVID-19:

  • Suspension of shaking hands or other physical contact at the sign of peace.
  • Suspension of the distribution of the Precious blood to the faithful at communion time.
  • All ministers of communion are to wash their hands thoroughly before Mass; a further precaution suggests using an alcohol based anti-bacterial solution before and after distributing communion.

In addition to the linked information from the Illinois Department of Public Health referenced at the beginning of this correspondence, listed below are links to additional resources that offer information on the coronavirus outbreak:

We want to reiterate that the health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff are among our highest priorities at the University of St. Francis. If you have any concerns regarding COVID-19, please call the USF Health and Wellness Center at 815-740-3864 or visit the Health and Wellness Center at Tower Hall S213. You are also encouraged to call the Illinois Department of Public Health at 1-800-889-3931 or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV to have any COVID-19 questions answered.

Sincerely,

Dave DiLorenzo
Director of Community and Government Relations
University of St. Francis


Frequently Asked Questions

Whom do I contact with general questions? Although we are operating according to our modified operations plan, USF continues its commitment providing a high level of service to the university community. Please refer to the list below for the contact information of USF employees who can best answer your general questions, or a complete staff directory can be found by clicking here. 

Will food/dining services remain available? Food service on campus will be available via carry-out from the Terrace Café only. Effective March 28, 2020, hours of operation are (Monday – Sunday): continental breakfast from 10-11 a.m., lunch from 12-1 p.m., and dinner from 5-6 p.m. Please be reminded that students and employees are required to practice social distancing per CDC guidelines while on campus, which includes dining areas (Updated 03-27-20 | Posted 03-12-20)

If I rented my textbooks on campus and need to return them, how do I do that? Textbooks rented on campus through Barnes and Noble can be returned for free by mail by visiting the campus store website and following the instructions to print a shipping label. (Posted 03-25-20)

What can I do if I have a hold on my student account and can’t register? If your student account has a hold placed on it for a financial reason, please contact the Student Accounts office for assistance at stfrancis.edu/about-us/student-accounts/ or businessoffice@stfrancis.edu. (Posted 03-24-20)

Will this impact commencement? Yes. Spring commencements will be postponed until August or until such time as they can be safely held on campus. Please direct any questions to registrar@stfrancis.edu. Students planning to graduate this spring should note the following:

  • Degree – degrees will be awarded the week of May 18, 2020. You may view your unofficial transcript in the portal and see that your degree has been awarded.
  • Diplomas – diplomas remain on schedule to be mailed within six weeks of the end of the May term.
  • Honor Cords – You earned it! Honor cords will be included with your diploma. Remember to wear them proudly at the August commencement.
  • Graduation Fee – the graduation fee is assessed to all graduates, regardless of participation in the ceremony.
  • Official Transcript – your first official transcript after graduation will be included with your diploma. To order additional official transcripts, follow the link on the USF website.
    (Updated 03-23-20 | Posted 03-12-20)

How will registration work during this time? The USF Fall Class Schedule is available in the portal and registration opens as shown below:

  • March 23 for senior status, graduate students, and degree completion students (senior status is 90+ credit hours, including current hours)
  • March 30 for junior status (60–89 credit hours, including current hours)
  • April 6 for sophomore status (30–59 credit hours, including current hours)
  • April 13 for freshman status (0–29 credit hours, including current hours)

Students and Academic Advisors may access the course schedule in the portal:  

  • Students access the schedule in the portal at For Students/USF Class Schedule
  • Advisors access the schedule in the portal at For Faculty/Course Master Listing

Summer registration opened Monday, March 2, 2020. Advisors and advisees should be meeting via phone, video conference, or email. Please direct any questions to 800-736-6300 or registrar@stfrancis.edu. (Updated 03-23-20 | Posted 03-12-20)

Are USF offices open? Yes, but only online. The University continues to hold classes, answer calls, open emails, and communicate with students, faculty, and community partners, but we are doing this at a distance. As of 12 p.m. (noon) on Saturday, March 21, 2020, the University’s modified operations plan will commence and all Joliet campus buildings will be closed with the exception of the residence hall areas of the Motherhouse and Tower Hall, Marian Hall, the Wadsworth Commons in the Library, and the first floor of Tower Hall. Building accessibility will be regulated via USF ID cards. USF’s campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will be closed, as well.

The University will keep all operations functional during this time in modified telework formats identified in this and other communications. Please contact staff members/offices either by email or phone. Click here for a staff directory. (Updated 03-23-20 | Posted 03-12-20)

Are there ways for me to minimize the risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus? Please visit both the CDC COVID-19 information page and the State of Illinois COVID-19 response page for helpful tips on minimizing the risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus. (Posted on 03-19-20)

Is the USF community practicing social distancing? Everyone on campus, including students and employees, is required to practice appropriate social distancing—that means keeping a minimum of six feet between individuals. (Posted 03-19-20)

What if I am a dual credit student? Dual credit courses will continue online. Instructors will provide students with supporting resources/activities (e.g., videos from the teacher, e-discussions, video observations, zoom presentations, narrated PowerPoints, etc.) related to the modules/content. The activities are designed to support students in successfully completing the assessments provided. For specifics related to your course, please contact your instructor. (Posted 03-19-20)

Is the library available? The USF Library building is accessible via ID card swipe only. The Wadsworth Commons area will be accessible to students 24/7, whereas the rest of the building will be closed. All Library reference desk services will be delivered virtually until further notice. Students can still call and speak to a librarian at 815-740-5041, email a librarian at refdesk@stfrancis.edu, or chat with a librarian via the LibraryH3lp chat box. These services will be available during our normal hours of operation (Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday CLOSED, Sunday 3-10 p.m.). Students can access all of the library’s online resources, including video tutorials and online research databases, via the library website (library.stfrancis.edu). Students are encouraged to submit interlibrary loan requests for articles, which will continue to be processed. Visit the library website for more information. (Posted 03-19-20)

Will residence halls remain open? For those students who are able to do so, you are asked to please consider moving off campus and back to your permanent residence. Residence halls will be left open for students who are unable to move back to a permanent residence at this time. Specific instructions have been shared with all resident students. (Updated 03-18-20 | Posted 03-12-20)

What if I have plans to travel abroad? Each student and employee needs to make his or her own decisions, but there is a possibility that a 14-day, off-campus self-isolation will be required upon your return. (Updated 03-18-20 | Posted 03-12-20)

How will my student work position be affected by the university’s decision to move to remote instruction? Individual students should contact their work supervisors to discuss their plans and negotiate any necessary changes to their student work position or schedule. (Updated 03-18-20 | Posted 03-12-20)

If I am a resident student and I am sick, should I stay in my dorm room or return to my permanent residence? If you are experiencing symptoms such as a fever or cough, please contact your healthcare provider immediately. If you do not have a healthcare provider to contact, please call the Wellness Center at 815-740-3864. It is recommended that students who are sick and whose permanent residence is within driving distance return to their permanent residence. If that is not an option, students should contact mrockafellow@stfrancis.edu for assistance. (Updated 03-18-20 | Posted 03-12-20)

Are there any special notes or communications for international students? Yes, see links below. With questions, please contact Angie Maffeo or Michael Ziadat in the International Programs Office.

What is USF doing to step up cleaning efforts? Our facilities team has been working diligently to disinfect “high-touch” surfaces daily in public areas (such as tables, doorknobs, door push plates, light switches, handrails and student desks). Posters promoting good hygiene practices are also being distributed to all buildings. (Posted 03-12-20)

How will this impact my student teaching placement or internship program? At this time student teaching placements and internship programs will continue as planned, pending any separate guidance from your host school or company/organization. (Posted 03-12-20)

I have my health insurance through USF’s student insurance.  If I develop symptoms of COVID-19, will my testing be covered? The Student Health Insurance Program underwritten by Sirius America Life Insurance Company will be waiving the deductible, co-insurance, and co-pays for all testing and treatment related to COVID-19 for the students insured by this insurance program. (Posted 03-12-20)

What should I do if I am experiencing anxiety about this experience? As a reminder, USF Counseling Center services will still be in operation. To contact a counselor, please email mandrade@stfrancis.edu or call 815-740-3598 and a counselor will reach out to you. While we are still able to schedule in-person meetings, we will also be offering phone consultations. More information to come on phone consultations. We are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Additionally, the on-call crisis phone policy is still in place. Calls can be made directly to the on-call crisis phone from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. From 6 p.m.-8:30 a.m., students would need to contact security to speak with the on-call crisis counselor.  

Click on the links below for tools to help take care of your emotional health:

For additional support, the following crisis lines are available to you 24/7, 365 days per year:

  • Joliet Crisis Line: 815-722-3344
  • Grundy County Crisis Line: 815-942-6611
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services: 800-662-HELP (4357)
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Crisis Textline: Text, “IT’SOK” to 741741
    (Posted 03-12-20)

Are there other resources to help students learn more about the Coronavirus? Yes. Feel free to call or stop in the Wellness Center on campus (815-740-3864 | Main Campus, Tower Hall S213) with questions or here are some important links to review:

From: Mollie Rockafellow
Sent: Friday, March 20, 2020 3:49 PM
Subject: Residence Halls and COVID-19 Crisis

Dear Residents,

President Johnson sent an email today indicating that the university is honoring the “stay at home” order and requiring students who are able to make arrangements to gather all necessary belongings that will allow you to continue your coursework remotely. All residents, who are able, need to move out prior to Saturday March 21, 2020 at 5pm or they will not be able to retrieve their belongings until it is deemed safe to do so. As a reminder our check out procedures are included below.

We understand moving out is not an option for all resident students. At this time if you have another living option please go to that other option. If you will “stay at home” on campus or keep your things on campus YOU MUST COMMUNICATE WITH US using this form: https://forms.gle/CkPty7roW8fXxbsb8

CHECK-OUT PROCEDURES:

  1. Please remove all belongings from your room.
  2. Fill out a “key envelope,” place your room key in the envelope, and turn in to Marian Desk.
  3. Complete this online check out form. (https://roompact.com/forms/#/form/LlAeqA)  

USF Residence Education staff is here to assist you through this. Please let us know what you need.

Sincerely, 

Mollie Rockafellow
Dean of Student Life
University of St. Francis
138 Motherhouse, 500 Wilcox Street
Joliet, IL 60435
Office: 815.740.3381

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From: Mollie Rockafellow
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 4:46 PM
Subject: Residence Halls and COVID-19 Crisis

Dear Resident Students,

I am writing to follow up on the message you received from President Johnson regarding the decision to move entirely to online education through the rest of the spring semester.

Living on campus, in many cases with shared bathrooms, makes it difficult to maintain a safe, healthy environment in the face of the novel coronavirus. Living in the residence halls also makes it very difficult to create safe social distancing for USF resident students.  But, we also understand that, for some of our students, living on campus may seem like a safer option than moving elsewhere to possibly compromised living conditions.

We are trying to accommodate students while also remaining committed to providing a safe living environment to those who depend on us.

That said, for those students who are able to do so, you are asked to please consider moving off campus and back to your permanent residence.  Current resident students who move out will be eligible for either a partial refund or credit to be applied to next year’s housing costs, the details of which will be forthcoming. To be eligible for this refund, we ask that you follow the check-out procedures outlined below.

Please note, there will be no housing cancellation fee.

CHECK-OUT PROCEDURES:

  1. Please remove all belongings from your room.
  2. Fill out a “key envelope,” place your room key in the envelope, and turn in to Marian Desk.
  3. Complete this online check out form. (https://roompact.com/forms/#/form/LlAeqA)

As you are checking out, please practice safe social distancing by limiting the number of people that come with you to assist you in checking out. To be safe and follow CDC guidelines, please limit your contact with other residents and keep a safe distance during your move.

Students with specific questions or concerns should contact  mrockafellow@stfrancis.edu  

NOTE:  Students who choose to continue residing in campus housing will be required to maintain social distance behavior as required by CDC and may be required to relocate to another building or room, if deemed necessary by Residence Education. As mentioned in the previous message, campus security will remain in place and dining facilities will remain open on a more limited basis.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:

  1. I already collected my belongings and moved out of my room. What should I do?

If your room (or a portion of your room) is empty and clean, the last responsibility you have is to return your room key. Contact Cedricka Carver (ccarver@stfrancis.edu) to coordinate returning your keys.

  1. Will I receive a refund on at least a portion of Room & Board?

Yes, those students who check out will receive a refund or credit that will be calculated on a pro-rated basis – adjusted for financial aid– as appropriate.  The standard $750 housing cancellation fee will be waived for all residents.  Please be patient, as navigating this will take the University some time to complete. 

  1. I am out-of-town and would like to arrange for a relative or friend to collect my belongings on my behalf. What should I do?

Please work directly with Cedricka Carver (ccarver@stfrancis.edu) to coordinate this. The resident is the only person who can grant this approval; a parent or friend cannot grant approval to pick up items on your behalf.

  1. Will I have access to the halls when I return to check out?

Yes. Residential students have access to the halls until they check out.

Thank you in advance for your flexibility as the University continues to respond to the global pandemic. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely, 

Mollie Rockafellow
Dean of Student Life
University of St. Francis
138 Motherhouse, 500 Wilcox Street
Joliet, IL 60435
Office: 815.740.3381

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From: Mollie Rockafellow
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2020 3:41 PM
Subject: Residence Halls and COVID-19 Crisis

Dear residents,

The residence halls will remain open while classes are transitioning to online format per the email from President Arvid. For safety and security reasons, all residential students must inform us of their decision to remain in on-campus housing or to reside off campus via this link: https://forms.gle/JkHgwHdoFBgJqAbN7

Thank you,

Mollie


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