COVID-19 Policy Updates and Spring’ 22 Vaccination Policy

In our continued efforts to be responsive to the Illinois governor's executive order issued Aug. 26, 2021, we’d like to clarify the university’s processes, as well as the adjustments to some of the fall 2021 COVID-19 policies and other frequently asked questions. This message also outlines policies and information regarding vaccine requirements for the spring 2022 semester.

Fall 2021 Testing Protocols

ALL students, faculty, and staff who aren’t fully vaccinated are required to be a part of the COVID-19 testing protocols during the fall semester. If you aren’t fully vaccinated for any reason, as long as you participate in testing when notified during the fall semester, you will be considered compliant.

Nasal swab PCR testing will be done on a consistent rotating basis. We’ll send sign-ups for testing appointments each Sunday from the covid19symptoms@bradley.edu email address.

When notified for testing, those who don’t sign-up, or don’t show-up for a testing appointment, will have one week to comply. If you aren’t vaccinated and don’t comply with testing, you won’t be allowed on campus, as required by the governor’s executive order.

To be compliant you may:

  • Test on campus
  • Test off campus and submit that test result (instructions below)
  • Become vaccinated, and submit your vaccination status (instructions below)

Testing site locations available within the Peoria area can be found here. Home tests don’t qualify. A test must either have emergency use authorization by the FDA or operate per the laboratory-developed test requirements by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Unvaccinated students who fail to comply with testing won’t be allowed on campus and will be referred to Student Conduct for additional action. There is no remote learning option available for students. Unvaccinated faculty and staff who fail to comply with testing won’t be allowed on campus and the issue will be escalated to the appropriate office (Provost for faculty; Human Resources for staff).

Bradley isn’t required to accept medical or religious exemption requests for testing purposes for the fall semester. All unvaccinated students and employees must be included in the testing protocol, per the executive order.

Exceptions to the testing protocols are:

  • Those who are fully vaccinated.
  • Those who have contracted COVID-19 within the past 90 days. Those who have contracted COVID-19 within the past 90 days shouldn’t be a part of testing requirements, per the CDC. Documentation of COVID-19 diagnosis must be provided for verification.
  • Those students enrolled in either our fully online or non-residential academic programs. However, please note, individual programs may require you to undergo testing or vaccination to meet their requirements. If your program requires you to be on campus, the testing protocol applies to you a minimum of three days prior to your arrival.
  • Those faculty and staff who are working entirely remotely and who won’t be on campus during the fall 2021 semester. However, please note, individual programs may require you to undergo testing or vaccination to meet their requirements.

If a student, regardless of vaccination status, is symptomatic, Health Services will provide COVID-19 testing. Faculty and staff who are symptomatic should contact their primary care physician or seek alternative testing locations.

Spring 2022 Semester

ALL students, faculty, and staff MUST have received their second dose of a two dose COVID-19 vaccine series or a single dose COVID-19 vaccine by Nov. 1, 2021.

Students who haven’t submitted evidence of vaccination or received a medical or religious exemption by Nov. 1, will be ineligible to register for classes beginning with the early registration period that starts Nov. 4.

For faculty and staff who haven’t submitted evidence of vaccination or haven’t met one of the exceptions below by Nov. 1, the issue will be escalated to the appropriate office (Provost for faculty; Human Resources for staff).

The ONLY exceptions to this will be:

  • Students, faculty and staff who receive a medical or religious exemption for vaccination. Exemption information can be found here and information on how to submit is below. Those with vaccine exemptions must participate in weekly COVID-19 testing during the spring term.
  • Students enrolled in either our fully online or non-residential programs. However, please note, individual programs may require you to undergo vaccination to meet their requirements. Information from those programs requiring a vaccine will come at a later date. If your program requires you to be on campus at any time, the vaccine mandate applies to you a minimum of three days prior to your arrival.
  • Those faculty and staff who are working entirely remotely and who won’t be on campus. However, please note, individual programs may require you to be vaccinated to meet their requirements.

Vaccine Clinic

A vaccine clinic is happening today, Friday, Sept. 3 from 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. in the Markin Center performance court. This is open to faculty, staff, and students. No appointment is necessary. Additional vaccination clinic times will be established and communicated to campus. COVID-19 vaccines are readily available within the community and can be found here.

Submitting Information

To submit vaccination status, to submit an outside COVID-19 test result, and/or to seek an exemption from the spring 2022 vaccine mandate, please use one of the following methods.

STUDENTS

EMPLOYEES

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Remote class - other than those provided in the course scheduling, there aren’t any remote learning options for students. We aren’t asking instructors to provide the same kind of hyflex instruction as last year (i.e., the ability to use Zoom/Google Meet for online classes).
  • Close contacts - specific information regarding the identification of close contacts can be found here. Vaccinated individuals who are a close contact and asymptomatic don’t need to quarantine, in accordance with CDC guidelines. Instructors will be notified through Navigate if a student must quarantine or isolate. If a student is identified as a close contact by an outside medical source, they must report to Health Services so it can be verified.

Students who are identified as close contacts, regardless of vaccination status, should test within three to five days of the date of contact at the Health Center. Faculty and staff who are identified as close contacts, regardless of vaccination status, should test within three to five days of the date of contact with their primary care physician or seek an alternative testing location.

  • Positive COVID-19 test received from an off-campus testing location - If you have an outside confirmed positive test for COVID-19, you’re still required to report your case. Students must report a positive COVID-19 diagnosis to Bradley Health Services by calling 309-677-2700. Employees should fill out the COVID-19 diagnosis form. Likewise, students, faculty, and staff who aren’t fully vaccinated and are identified by a health department as needing to quarantine should report this through the same means.

We recognize the challenges and need for clarity in this ever-changing environment. We feel them ourselves. As we work to prioritize the health of our campus community and implement the executive order and our own campus decisions, we’re prepared to make adjustments as needed. The executive order provides state agencies with the authority to issue emergency rules and we’re closely watching for those regulations. We’ll continue to be responsive to the challenges and opportunities ahead, and are grateful for your patience and perseverance.

As new information develops, we’ll communicate with you and update the Bradley Unite website. Please know some information being posted online may be delayed, but we’re working as quickly as possible to make those updates. Questions and concerns regarding COVID-19 and Bradley University policies can be sent to covid19concerns@bradley.edu.

Some media in Bradley University's current print, video and online materials was acquired before the COVID-19 pandemic. Media acquired after the pandemic began was done so in compliance with Bradley's COVID-19 safety protocols at the time. The ongoing safety of our faculty, staff and students is of the utmost concern during these unprecedented times.