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Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated: 10/13/2020 3:26 p.m. (This document is evolving. Please check back for updates.)

Remote Learning Opportunities

Can I be forced to participate in in-person classes?

Most classes can be taken virtually, but others may require hands-on activity (e.g. labs, practicum, clinicals, or student teaching).

Should you chose to move to 100% online learning, you must submit a request to vpsa@bradley.edu to switch to complete virtual learning.

NOTE: Once accepted for remote learning, you will not be able to reside in the residence halls. Upon approval for remote learning, you will automatically be released from your housing contract. Your housing will be prorated based on your departure date, and your meals will be based on usage.

How will my instructors know if I decide to switch to 100% online learning?

Instructors (along with Deans and advisors) will be notified if you opt to move to 100% online learning, but feel free to let your instructors know directly if you'd like.

Campus Precautions

What precautions were taken to keep the Bradley community safe this fall?

Significant effort was made to ensure safe classroom setups, laboratory access, common area access, residential living setups and event protocols. We have also implemented a learning environment with some in-person classes (with smaller class sizes), some online classes, and some classes with a hybrid of both in-person and online instruction. Additionally, we have installed plexiglass barriers in places where appropriate physical distancing cannot always be maintained.

All precautions were developed and implemented in accordance with CDC and/or Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines.

Where can I get COVID-19 training?

We encourage you to take the COVID-19: What You Need to Know training module as many times as you need.

Do I need to wipe down commonly used surfaces in the classroom (e.g. light switches, doorknobs, copiers, audio/video equipment, tables, chairs, etc.)?

Yes, you are responsible for cleaning your space/equipment prior to each use. Follow signage instructions when wiping down specialized equipment (e.g. copiers, scanners, etc.). Additionally, Facilities Management will have enhanced cleaning protocols for the entire semester.

What if I can't remember all of the COVID-19 safety precautions?

There will be signage across campus highlighting our COVID-19 precautions. Remember, these are second nature to everyone yet, so please politely remind fellow students, faculty and staff if something slips their minds.

How are COVID-related safety issues related to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) being addressed on campus?

University Facilities Management is following U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guidelines for the maintenance and care of Bradley HVAC systems.

Are there any circumstances where physical distancing guidelines are not required?

You are not required to follow physical distancing guidelines with someone who shares your sleeping room. Otherwise, you should remain at least 6 feet from all other members of the campus community. In some instances where space is limited (e.g. certain lab environments) or when physcial interaction is required for instruction or health purposes (e.g. for demonstration purposes and/or getting a health screening), additional personal protective equipment may be required.

When do I need to wear a mask?

You (even if you have recovered from COVID-19) are required to wear a face covering on campus at all times, whether indoors or outside, unless your are in your residence hall room or priviate office. The only other exception is if you are eating/drinking outside and physically distanced from anyone who does not share your sleeping room.

Is it okay if I wear a face shield instead of a mask?

No. The CDC does not recommend the use of face shield for everyday activities or as a substitute for cloth face coverings.

What if a student isn't wearing their mask incorrectly, isn't wearing a mask at all, or isn't practicing safe social-distancing?

If you are comfortable doing so, politely ask the student to comply (e.g. Will you please pull your face covering up over your nose?). In the case of face coverings, they may have an ADA exemption, and they should be able to produce proof of that exemption. If the student has simply forgotten or misplaced their face covering, a COVID Supply Champion for the building may be able to provide one for them. If you are unsuccessful in resolving the situation, you are invited to complete a noncompliance form online.

If a student refuses to wear a face covering, the instructor should ask them to leave the classroom. If issues continue, the instructor may choose to cancel the class.

What if my instructor isn't wearing their mask incorrectly, isn't wearing a mask at all, or isn't practicing safe social-distancing?

If you are comfortable doing so, politely ask the instructor to comply (e.g. Will you please pull your face covering up over your nose?). In the case of face coverings, they may have an ADA exemption, and they should be able to produce proof of that exemption. If the instructor has simply forgotten or misplaced their face covering, a COVID Supply Champion for the building may be able to provide one for them. If you are unsuccessful in resolving the situation, you are invited to complete a noncompliance form online.

I am not able to wear a mask due to an underlying health condition. What should I do?

Appropriate accommodations will be made for you to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act for those who should not wear masks. If you ahve a health issue that prevents you from wearing a face-covering, you must requiest accommodation by emailing bradleyhealthservices@fsmail.bradley.edu. Your request should provide appropriate medical documentation and/or reference to previously submitted documentation. All requests will be reviewed in coordination with Student Access Services.

How will I be contacted if I have been chosen for COVID-19 testing? Where do I go? Do I need to make an appointment? How will I get my results?

You will receive an email in your Bradely account on a Sunday indicating you have been selected for COVID-19 testing that week. At that point, you must call Bradley Health Services (309-677-2700) to schedule a your COVID-19 test. Appointments will be available every 10 minutes. Call 309-677-2700 or learn more here you have questions about testing.

How will I know if someone test positive for COVID-19 on campus? How will I know if there is a COVID-positive case in my residence hall or apartment building?

If you are identified as a "close contact" by a COVID-positive individual, you will receive a phone call, text message, and/or email from Bradley Health Services. They will ask you relevant contact tracing questions, and you will be required to quarantine for 14 days from your last exposure to the COVID-positive individual.

Furthermore, if the COVID-positive individual is a student, and they have been attending classes in person, we will notify the instructors and students who may have been in the same classroom with that person. If the COVID-positive individual is an instructor, their supervisor will be notified.

You may visit the Bradley University COVID-19 Dashboard at any time to learn about daily, weekly, and cumulative COVID data, however we will not share details about COVID-positive individuals to protect their privacy.

What does it mean to be a "close contact"?

A close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

Whether you receive a positive result from Bradley Health Services or another testing facility, you must adhere to our campus-specific isolation and quarantine guidelines.

I am an employee. Does the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) apply if I contract COVID-19? Does FMLA apply if my spouse or child contracts COVID-19, and I must stay home to care for them?

FMLA may apply, however, time off to care for oneself, a child or a parent who has COVID-19 won’t require FMLA certification from a healthcare provider.

How will my instructor be notified if I test positive for COVID-19?

Like we do for any illness, Student Support Services will include you in a list of students who won't be attending class in-person, but feel free to let your instructors know directly if you'd like. Also, like all other illness-related information, faculty must keep your COVID-19 status confidential.

Should I attend classes remotely if I am asked to isolate or quarantine?

You should attend class remotely while in isolation or quarantine. If you feel ill, you should work directly with your instructors regarding arrangments.

Instructors should review the Teaching Modalities for Alternative Delivery to be prepared for this type of situation.

I am an employee? WIll I be paid if I am off work due to a COVID-related illness?

Employees unable to come into work or work remotely due to COVID-related illness have the following options available, although not all options may be available in all situations depending upon the nature of the job responsibilities and the extent of the illness:

  • Use sick time.
  • Use accrued vacation hours.
  • Make up work on an hour-for-hour basis during the same workweek with supervisory approval.
  • Staff may work a different schedule with supervisory approval, or, if absent for a full work day, may use accrued paid time off.
  • Request an absence without pay and without vacation accruals if all paid time options are exhausted.
  • Contact Human Resources if you feel you have exhausted all of your paid time off.
  • Temporary employees don’t receive pay for time not worked or any paid time off benefits.

How likely is it that I will be asked to quarantine as some point?

This depends in large part on your own behavior. You can dramatically reduce the chance you will have to either isolate or quarantine by adhering to Bradley's COVID-19 guidelines. However, it is possible, even if you take all proper precautions, that you will be asked to quarantine. For example, if an unusually high number of individuals from a given residence hall floor test positive for COVID-19, the Medical Direcotr and VP Student Affairs may quarantine your whole floor. Similarly, an entire Greek house may be required to quarantine depending on the number of COVID-positive students and/or based on the floorplan of the house (i.e. how easy/difficult it would be for students to practice proper safety precautions).

What should I do if I learn a student or instructor has tested positive but is still coming to class?

In the case of a student, they should be asked to leave class immediately, and health services should be contacted. If a student refuses to comply, a noncompliance form should be completed online.

In the case of an instructor, their supervisor or Human Resources should be made aware. If the instructor refuses to comply, a noncompliance form should be completed online.

Why do we have a Daily Symptom Tracker, and is participation required?

Bradley's Daily Symptom Tracker is designed to help you monitor the presence or absence of your own COVID-19 related symptoms. By participating in the survey, you will be helping Bradley Health Services understand the prevalence of specific symptoms within our campus community. Participation is not required, but it is recommended for all students, faculty and staff who are living on or visiting campus in person each day.

What should I do if I experience COVID-19 symptoms while in class?

You are responsible for monitoring your own health and paying attention to potential COVID-19 symptoms before reporting to in-person class each day. If, however, you begin to experience symptoms during class, ask to be excused, and then contact Bradley Health Services via email or phone (309-677-2700) immediately (do not walk in without an appointment because extra precautions must be taken to protect you and the Health Services staff).

If ou are a faculty member experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you should immediately notify your department chair, and go home, keeping their distance from other employees, students, customers, vendors and visitors. You should follow the CDC-recommended steps for care and not return to class until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met.

Will I be able to receive a free COVID-19 test even if I am not part of the random selection process?

Bradley Health Services will prioritize testing for symptomatic individuals, asymptomatic close contacts of COIVD-positive individuals, and other target groups. With that said, you may request a COVID test at any time, but you may or may not recieve an appointment if you are asymptomatic and haven't been in close contact with a COVID-positive individual.

If Health Services is unable to fulfill your request, you may want to consider getting a free test at one of the government-run testing sites in the Peoria community.

If you are an employee and not invited to be part of the weekly testing nor identified as a close contact of a COVID-positive individual, you may not request a test at Bradley Health Services. Instead, you must visit your primary care physician or one of the government-run testing sites in the Peoria community.

What is Bradley's policy on visitors to campus for Fall 2020?

Bradley’s commitment to minimize COVID-19 infections and safeguard the health of our community requires significant limitations on the number of people on campus.

Employees are not permitted to bring personal guests or visitors to campus, including family members.

Students are not permitted to bring personal guests or visitors to campus, with the exception of two (2) individuals who may be helpig with move-in or move-out from a residence hall or campus apartment.

If an organization or faculty member wishes to host a non-Bradley guest for an event or class, doing so virtually is the best option. If a virtual experience is not possible:

  • Employee-led groups and student organizations must complete this Invited External Guest Form for guest approval and registration at least 72 hours before the event.
  • Faculty wishing to bring a speaker/guest to class must register their guests using the Invited External Guest Form at least 72 hours before the event.
  • Visitors working as contractors, or who are on campus for their job, are not subject to the same process but are expected to follow COVID safety precautions.
  • Everyone who visits campus must abide by Bradley's safeguards (physical distancing, face masks, hand hygiene, etc.) and capacity limits.

Everyone who visits campus must abide by Bradley's safeguards (physical distancing, face masks, hand hygiene, etc.) and capacity limits.

No. All office hours, meetings and advising sessions should be held virtually.

What if I am assigned a group project and/or if I need to host/attend a group meeting for class?

You are not allowed to gather in person with other students for group projects or group meetings at this time. Instead, leverage Google Meet, Bongo, Zoom or another tool designed for virtual collaboration.

Do I need to tell the University if I plan to travel? And, if I do travel, will I have to quarantine upon my return?

Yes. You should disclose your travel using the Travel Disclosure Form. You should practice safe COVID-19 precautions regardless of whether you are in town or on travel, and you should be extremely diligent about safety precautions upon your return. Remember, every time you travel to/from Bradley to another residence, you are increasing the risk of contracting COVID-19 for yourself and others, so we ask that you limit travel to greatest extent possible.

On a related note, all University-related business travel is on hold unless the appropriate Dean or Vice President gives their approval.

Will I have to quarantine for 14 days if I return to campus after visitng another country?

Yes, you will be require to quarantine for 14 days before joining the general population.

What if I am unable to complete the semester for medical reasons?

If you need to withdraw from all classes during the semester and/or do not plan to enroll for next semester, you must contact the Center for Student Support Services. The Center for Student Support Services will help you explore academic options other than a complete withdrawal. If a feasible solution cannot be found, the appropriate paperwork for withdrawal will be initiated through the Center for Student Support Services. A checklist of withdrawal items will be discussed. These include housing, financial assistance, billing, academic recording, and book return.

Classroom Logistics

What does Bradley mean when you say “all instructors must be prepared to deliver their courses in a hybrid style?” What is a hybrid style?

In short, we are asking that instructors be prepared to teach both in-person and virtually in Fall 2020. View the Teaching Modalities for Alternative Delivery document for more information.

How were classrooms assigned for Fall 2020?

All classrooms were assessed and then assigned a COVID-19 capacity number based on the number of people who can safely occupy a room according to CDC and State of Illinois guidelines. Additionally, a committee of representatives from each dean’s office evaluated several variables in order to make the best use of our classroom space.

To further accommodate COVID-19 physical distancing guidelines, large campus meeting rooms were converted to classroom space (e.g. ballrooms, Markin Center, Hartmann Center, Dingledine, etc.). Unfortunately, these spaces do not have upgraded network capability, making it difficult or impossible to simulcast classes to Zoom or other platforms.

Has the University increased it number of Zoom licenses?

Google Meet, Bongo, and Zoom are available in some capacity to all students, faculty, and staff through Bradley accounts. Faculty may also contact the Service Desk at itservicedesk@bradley.edu or visit https://support.bradley.edu/ and request professional Zoom licenses to facilitate longer meetings and/or to support more participants.

What is Canvas, and who is it for, and is there training on how to us it?

Canvas is a Learning Managment System (LMS) platform that allows Bradley to better meet the expectations of our faculty and students. Canvas will run alongside Sakai through May 31, 2021, and instructors will have access to both platforms throughout the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters. We encourage you to start using Canvas as soon as possible since Sakai will be available for less than a year. Learn more here.

What is the capacity for web conferencing and video recording for faculty and staff, and who provides streaming support?

Faculty and staff can use Panopto from their laptop to capture video at any time and place. Instructions for doing so are available here. Web conferencing can be conducted through Google Meet, Bongo or Zoom. Google Meet is preferred for administrative needs, and Bongo or Zoom are preferred for courses. 

Classrooms that are well-equipped for web conferencing and recording include rooms in BECC as well as Bradley, Westlake, Olin and GCC. Additional information about the spaces and their capabilities is available here. Each room has a laminated quick-start guide for web conferencing and recording. These rooms can be reserved when not in use for scheduled classes and events. To reserve these rooms, faculty or staff should contact their administrative assistant with these instructions or log in (here) with Bradley credentials.

For streaming support, contact the IT Service Desk at 309-677-2964 or email itservicedesk@bradley.edu, and a support ticket will automatically open.

Does Panopto work on Canvas?

Yes. Panopto integrates with Canvas and has greater functionality than it does in Sakai.

I am an employee. How do I check my voicemail while away from campus? Can I forward my office phone to mycell phone?

Dial 309-677-3434 and follow the prompts to retreive your voicemail when you are away from campus. You cannot forward your campus phone calls to your cell phone, so we recommend that you indicate other ways to reach you (e.g. email, cell, etc.) in your voice message recording.

I am an employee. May I take my office desktop computer home? May I allow other to use my Bradley University-owned laptop with others?

You may not take your desktop computer home. It is configured to operate on campus, and we cannot guarantee it will work properly if connected off campus.

You may not allow family or friends to use your Bradley-owned laptop.

I am an employee. How can I access on-campus computing resources from home?

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) creates a secure tunnel between a remote computer and a campus network, which allows an employee to access computing resources as if they were on campus. All traffic over the secure tunnel is encrypted. Instructions for accessing the VPN.

As long as an employee is active and there are no disruptions on the internet, the VPN connection should stay active. If the connection is dropped, they should try to reconnect. We ask that employees don’t use public WiFi while using VPN unless absolutely necessary. If they do use it, they should make sure they're using the VPN and https.

If an employee would like to install the VPN on their home computer, they should contact the IT Service Desk to open a service ticket.

What if I am having problems with internet access at home and/or have other technology needs?

We recognize that some households may not have a computer and/or may have limited or no access to the internet. If you don’t have access to a computer or the internet, and it is causing you to have problems completing your courses online, please contact the Service Desk at itservicedesk@bradley.edu or visit https://support.bradley.edu/ and submit a ticket directly. If you can't access the internet to reacch the Service Desk, call 309-677-2964 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. central time.

Experiential Learning Considerations

Are there any student doing the Study Abroad program this year?

Semester Study Abroad programs are cancelled for the Fall 2020 semester and January 2021 Interim. Decisions regarding these programs will be announced at a later date.

Should I continue with my intership, practicum, clinicals, or student teaching experiences?

As long as a site is still operating, and as long as you have permission from your Dean, you should report for your internship, practicum, clinicals, and/or student teaching as assigned. If you have further questions, direct them to your academic advisor or career advisor as appropriate.

How will I know if something changes with my intership, practicum, clinicals, or student teaching placement?

You will hear about any changes to your intership, practicum, clinicals, or student teaching placement via email. Remember, email is the official mode of communication for Bradley University, so any chages regarding your placement will be communicated in that manner.

Who should I talk to if I have questions or updates regarding my intership, practicum, clinicals, or student teaching experiences?

Depending on the question/update, you should communicate with your University supervisor, someone from the department/program offering the experience, and/or your academic or career advisor.

Looking Forward

Under what circumstances would the University decide to move to 100% online learning for the majority of students prior to Nov. 20th?

We’ve identified considerations regarding our threshold for pivoting to online learning during the fall 2020 semester. Our decisions continue to be guided by doing what is in the best interest and wellbeing of our community based on science and input from health care professionals. Learn more.

If the University decides to move to 100% online learning for the majority of students prior to Nov. 20th, how much notice will we get?

If we were to see another spike or negative trend with COVID-positive cases like we did in mid-September, we would be forced to move back into an all-student quarantine with remote learning for two weeks. At the end of those two weeks, all students would be asked to leave campus and return to their permanent residences to complete the semester virtually. Some exceptions would be made on a case-by-case basis (e.g. international students, students with time-critical student teaching, clinical or lab requirements, etc.).

Will I receive any kind of tuition reimbursement if we have to go to 100% online learning?

No. Per President Standifird's message on Aug. 20, we will not refund any tuition if the campus moves to 100% online learning.

What is the plan for spring?

The spring 2021 semester will begin Wednesday, Jan. 27, a week later than usual. The goal is to put more time between when students return home in the fall and come back to campus in January. It also allows students and employees time to quarantine after any travel taken during the holiday season.

We are also eliminating the traditional spring break scheduled for March 15-19.

The later start and the elimination of spring break should reduce the possibilities for spreading the virus. We continue to base our decisions on science with input from health experts.

Study day will remain Wednesday, May 5, with final exams taking place May 6 through May 12. Information regarding faculty and staff report dates, student housing, move in, J-Term courses and more will be released later in the fall.


This page is intended to provide information about the novel coronavirus, precautions that are being taken and prevention measures you can take, as well as information on the effects of measures various governments are taking to stem the outbreak.

This page is not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be considered to be providing medical or legal advice. In all instances, you should consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances.