More Details on Spring '22 COVID-19 Policy

Our intent for the spring semester is to be on-campus, face-to-face, with classes beginning Jan. 19. Similar to Fall 2021, other than those already provided in the course schedule, we are not offering remote learning options for students. You can find the full policy for Spring ‘22 here.

Employees working remotely who are not present on campus are not covered by this policy.

Guidance for the start of the semester was communicated Jan 7. Please note campus events will be limited between Jan.16-26. Academic, orientation, and class related activities will remain face-to-face, but organizational meetings and social activities should be done in a virtual environment or held after Jan. 26.

Boosters

At this time Bradley University recommends employees, who are eligible, get a booster shot. If you have received a booster shot you can update your vaccination status here. A Moderna Booster Clinic will take place on campus Wednesday, Jan. 26, and more details will be forthcoming.

COVID-19 Testing

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms or have been identified as a close contact, we encourage you to receive a negative COVID-19 test prior to your return to campus for the spring semester. Keep in mind it may take longer than anticipated to get results due to an increase in cases and testing.

If you are up-to-date on your COVID-19 vaccines, you should only test if you’re symptomatic.

Employees are not eligible for campus testing. Vaccinated employees who are symptomatic or identified as a close contact should visit an alternative testing location or contact their primary care physician. If you receive a positive test (including a home rapid test) you must fill out the self-report form. Positive home tests should be followed up with a call to your physician and/or your local health department for further consultation.

If you are a close contact due to a case on campus, you will be contacted by Bradley Health Services, otherwise your local city/county health department will handle contact tracing. Click here for information on close contacts and what to do if you are identified as one.

**Individuals who received a vaccine exemption have received a separate message from Human Resources regarding their testing requirements.

Quarantine/Isolation

Quarantine and isolation guidelines, as defined by the CDC, have changed since the fall semester. Bradley has made adjustments to best meet the guidelines and our campus needs.

To summarize these guidelines, those who are up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccines or who have had COVID-19 within the last 90 days will not need to quarantine, unless they begin to exhibit symptoms. Those who are NOT up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccines and who test positive or are identified as close-contacts by the Health Services will be required to isolate or quarantine for a five-day period. Learn more here.

Masks

The state of Illinois and Bradley University continue to have a mask mandate in place and they are required in indoor public spaces throughout campus, including classrooms.

Faculty communication

Faculty will be notified via Navigate if a student is going to miss class due to being in isolation, quarantine, waiting on a pending on-campus test result, or other health-related issue. We plan to send notifications each morning to reflect information from the previous day.

If a student will be excused from class, it does NOT mean the student was exposed in your class and it does NOT mean you were exposed. Employees will be contacted by Health Services if they are a close contact due to an on campus case.

We are not asking instructors to provide the same kind of flexible instruction as last year (i.e., the ability to Zoom into class) but it is important you work with students who may be in quarantine, isolation, or waiting on a pending on-campus test result to ensure they have appropriate opportunities to learn and to continue to receive a high-quality Bradley education. Instructors will determine the best ways to accommodate students (as has always been our practice). Please be accommodating to students who may not be in class due to illnesses.

We continue to monitor guidance from the CDC, IDPH, and other governing agencies regarding campus operations. The Bradley Unite site will be updated as quickly as possible when new guidance is released. We appreciate your patience as we do so. Send any questions 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.