Over the past two weeks, through the combined efforts of our students, faculty and staff, we were able to successfully slow the spread of COVID-19 in our Bradley community. You took this time to reset your behaviors and in turn you are protecting yourselves, your peers, our faculty/staff and the Peoria community. This was no small effort, and I would like to thank each of you for the efforts you have made and will continue to make.
After doing a great deal of research, consulting with the Peoria City/County Health Department and talking to a number of other universities facing similar challenges, I am ready to share our plans for moving forward beginning at 7 a.m. Sept. 23.
We will return to pre-all-student quarantine teaching styles, but many of the restrictions from the all-student quarantine will remain in place. This new model reflects what we learned and is heavily influenced by how we operated during the all-student quarantine. It is my sincere hope this model will carry us from now through the end of in-person learning on campus on November 20.
While we were able to reverse the dangerous trajectory we were on, we haven’t eliminated COVID-19 from our campus community. We must remain vigilant. The number of new cases being diagnosed and the number of students who would be in quarantine have decreased significantly. We expect the number of positive cases and those in quarantine to continue to decline over the next few days. If we see another spike or negative trend, we would be forced to move back into an all-student quarantine and remote learning. 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.).
The following guidelines are mandatory for all students. Take time to read them carefully. Follow up questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a member of the Bradley community:
It is important to note we have adjusted the quarantine guidelines based on what we have learned, and we have no evidence transmission is happening via brief, casual interactions or in the classroom setting. Additionally, our testing and tracing protocol has been enhanced to include symptomatic, asymptomatic, surveillance and targeted testing. Priority is given to students who are symptomatic. The Peoria City/County Health Department supports these modifications.
Beginning 7 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, we will identify specific individuals in a residence hall setting, as opposed to the entire floor, as close contacts (e.g., roommates of COVID-positive students and others who came into close contact with those students). Only those individuals identified as close contacts will be placed in quarantine. With that said, if there is a marked increase in the number of cases on a residence hall floor, the entire floor may be put into quarantine. An entire off-campus residence or fraternity/sorority house will continue to be considered close contacts and follow the original quarantine process.
Students who previously tested positive for COVID-19: If you have been COVID-positive and have fully recovered, you are considered part of the general population and all of Bradley’s guidelines, expectations and enforcement still apply to you. You are expected to follow all mandatory COVID-19 guidelines. The only exception is per CDC guidelines you would not be required to quarantine if you are identified as a close contact of a positive case.
Because of the unusual circumstances, there is no deadline for students to request a move to full remote learning. You must submit a request to email@example.com for approval. Remember, there may be exceptions to virtual classes like a practicum or lab. If accepted for remote learning, you will agree to the following: all tuition and fees will remain the same (minus housing fees); you will not be able to reside in the residence halls or SAC; all grades received will be letter grades (unless the course is already delivered as a pass/fail course); this decision is for the entire fall 2020 semester only and virtual learning may change your financial aid.
Similar to the beginning of the fall term, we will have a blend of virtual and in-person classes. Depending on your COVID-19 status, you may be able to participate in virtual-only or both virtual and in-person classes.
Some students will still be in isolation or quarantine upon the resumption of face-to-face learning.
While we are resuming in-person classes for the general population, we are still restricting social interaction to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and to assure we can complete the fall term on campus together. This table summarizes what you may do, what you may not do and what you are encouraged to do outside of your residence.
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|Leverage technology to stay in touch with your friends and family who you can’t see in person||YES, absolutely!||YES, absolutely!||YES, absolutely!|
|Take a break from screen time and the four walls of your room to spend time outside while masked and physically distanced, including off-campus approved activities (e.g. going to a park, playing sports or other activities as allowed by the State of Illinois COVID-19 guidelines, NCAA guidelines and not prohibited by other guidelines below).||NO, unfortunately.||YES, absolutely!||YES, absolutely!|
|Study or do remote learning at the library or other approved study locations for a change of scenery||NO, unfortunately.||NO, unfortunately.||YES, absolutely!|
|Pick up meals from dining facilities or the Michel Student Center||NO, unfortunately.||NO, unfortunately.||YES, go for it.|
|Order food/groceries for delivery||YES, with caution.||YES, with caution.||YES, go for it.|
|Order food/groceries for pick-up or carry-out||NO, unfortunately.||NO, unfortunately.||YES, go for it.|
|Visit health services for a scheduled appointment||YES, as needed.||YES, as needed.||YES, as needed.|
|Run essential errands off-campus (e.g., medical provider visits, pharmacy, grocery store)||NO, unfortunately.||YES, if you are living in an off-campus residence. NO, if you are living in a residence hall.||YES, with caution.|
|Attend work (on campus or off campus) after confirming with your employer||NO, unfortunately.||NO, unfortunately.||YES, with caution.|
|Engage in off-campus learning experiences with the approval of your college dean||NO, unfortunately.||NO, unfortunately.||YES, with caution.|
|Host guest(s) in your room, apartment, or off-campus residences||NO, gatherings or parties of any size will not be tolerated.||NO, gatherings or parties of any size will not be tolerated.||NO, gatherings or parties of any size will not be tolerated.|
|Visit other students’ rooms, apartments or off-campus residences||NO, gatherings or parties of any size will not be tolerated.||NO, gatherings or parties of any size will not be tolerated.||NO, gatherings or parties of any size will not be tolerated.|
|Dine-in at off-campus eating establishments or drinking establishments||NO, in-person dining/drinking at an off-campus establishment is not permitted..||NO, in-person dining/drinking at an off-campus establishment is not permitted.||NO, in-person dining/drinking at an off-campus establishment is not permitted. (Carry out is permitted.)|
All dining facilities will be grab-and-go only. Your personal dining options are based on your COVID-19 status.
All face-to-face activities hosted by student organizations will be done in a virtual environment only. This includes organization meetings and official (or unofficial) events.
Health Services will continue to schedule appointments and Counseling Services will continue to be available virtually.
If you wish to move-out of your residence hall, you must first submit a request to firstname.lastname@example.org to switch to complete virtual learning. If accepted for remote learning, you will not be able to reside in the residence halls or SAC. Upon approval, you will automatically be released from your housing contract.
If you are moving out of a residence hall, you must vacate your room. We ask no more than three (3) people, including the student, enter a building and room to help with the move. Roommates should NOT move-out of a room at the same time. You will be able to leave items in your room if you move out. Bradley University will not be responsible for any items left in a room and does not guarantee placement into the same room for the spring semester. More information regarding spring 2021 housing will come out in late October. Students who depart by Sept. 27 will have their housing and meal plans prorated to Sept. 9. Those who leave after Sept. 27 will have their housing and meal plans prorated based on their departure date. Please be patient since it will take some time to update your university bill.
All other housing operations, including Main Street Commons, individual rental properties, fraternities and sororities are operated by outside agencies. All questions regarding the operations of these properties should be directed to the appropriate landlord.
We will continue to support you and do our best to keep you safe through enforcement of these mandatory guidelines. We are taking disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from campus, of anyone who violates these policies. You can help by continuing to hold yourself and those around you accountable to these mandatory guidelines. If you see concerning activity, report it to COVID19concerns@bradley.edu or complete the noncompliance form online. For an immediate response, contact 309-677-2000.
All students must cooperate fully with contact tracers working on behalf of the university or local health departments. This includes responding to inquiries (texts, emails or calls) and fully disclosing information relevant to case and contact investigation. For a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, this information includes the disclosure of the contact information for their close contacts. Information shared as a part of contact tracing is not disclosed as a part of any student conduct investigation/enforcement.
Finally, I want to thank you again. Because of your efforts, we are able to resume in-person instruction and can look forward to finishing the fall semester together as a community. We will continue to evaluate all of our actions. Remember, we are not out of the woods, we must continue to follow the guidelines and do everything we can to stem the spread of the virus in our community. If we see another spike or a negative trend emerges, we will have to go fully remote for the remainder of the semester. However, I am confident we can successfully complete the semester on campus if we all work together and remain vigilant in our compliance to appropriate behaviors. Bradley Unite.
NOTE: The mandatory guidelines outlined in this communication supersede information on the Bradley University COVID-19 website. The website and all online resources will be updated as quickly as possible.
Bradley is temporarily moving to a remote learning environment and enacting an all-student quarantine for two weeks. This means all students will be required to quarantine in their residence hall, Greek house, St. James apartment, off-campus apartment or house for the next two weeks, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. through 7 a.m. Sept. 23.
We have just under 50 confirmed positive cases on campus, which is comparable or even lower than some of our peer institutions. Our concern is because of these cases and clusters, as well as our rigorous quarantine protocols, we have more than 500 students in quarantine at this time. And through contact tracing, we continue to identify more students who may be impacted, which means more students in quarantine.
Although it may seem extreme, this move to temporary remote learning and a two-week, all-student quarantine allows us to focus on the continuity of the educational experience for all of our students while giving us time to gather data on the full extent of the spread of the virus and assess the best way to proceed as a community.
This two-week quarantine creates an opportunity for us to reset our behaviors so we can have a successful semester. I still think it’s possible for us to do so. We would not engage in the two-week quarantine if I did not believe it was possible for us to complete the semester on campus successfully, but this only happens if we collectively change our behaviors moving forward.
Our primary goal, besides keeping everyone healthy, is to remain on campus for the entire semester. While most of you are doing the right things, I am particularly concerned about the lack of compliance regarding the necessary behaviors to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. We are seeing both large and small gatherings where masks and physical distancing are not observed. Many of our positive cases can be traced back to these gatherings. It's actions like these that are putting people at risk and threatening our ability to stay on campus throughout the semester.
We are enacting new campus guidelines as listed below. These guidelines and expectations are no longer recommendations, they are mandatory. All students, faculty and staff must hold one another accountable to follow the requirements set forth by the university to combat the spread of COVID-19. We will take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from campus, of anyone who violates these policies. Learn more about our enhanced enforcement efforts here.
All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to help monitor behavior. If you see concerning activity, report it to COVID19concerns@bradley.eduor fill out the noncompliance form online. For an immediate response contact 309-677-2000.
Students, faculty and staff must wear a mask at all times except when in their room, off-campus residence or office. You must maintain a minimum of six-feet of physical distance except when in your room, residence or office. We expect you to complete the Daily Symptom Tracker and participate in surveillance testing requests.
It is very important students stay put. Do not go home. The risk of new cases increases each time you leave and return to campus. It also complicates our tracing and testing greatly. We’re asking you to remain on campus instead of returning to your permanent residence. If you do return home, you must continue to quarantine and should not return back to campus until Sept. 22 or later.
If students wish to move out of their residence hall, we ask you to wait until the end of the two-week quarantine period. If at the completion of this two-week period you wish to move out completely, your housing and meal plan will be prorated to Sept. 9. You must also submit a request to email@example.com have your classes switched to complete virtual learning. All other housing operations, including Main Street Commons, individual rental properties, fraternities and sororities are operated by outside agencies. All questions regarding the operations of these properties should be directed to the appropriate landlord.
All fraternity and sorority houses, apartments, off campus houses must be limited to only the residents of those locations. No gatherings, parties, etc. will be tolerated. Even when at your own residence, if you are outside and physical distancing cannot be maintained, you must wear a mask.
Students can leave their residences to:
Students are allowed to:
Students are not allowed to:
Instruction will occur remotely for the next two weeks. A few exceptions will be made for students who are approaching graduation.
Faculty will receive a message from the Provost regarding delivery and other considerations. Online nursing, counseling and Ed.D. programs and clinicals will continue as scheduled.
For students who live in a campus property and experience internet connectivity issues, we are working on identifying spaces where you can have quality internet access.
We encourage you to use ethernet cables to ease congestion on the residence hall wireless network. If you don’t have an ethernet cable, you can pick one up at your residence hall office, St. James main office, SAC main office or the IT Service Desk for those living in the singles and SAC.
A device being connected to the wired network must be registered to the network before use. Please contact the IT Service Desk for assistance at (309) 677-2964 or submit a ticket from the Support Portal.
Students will have access to grab-and-go meals at Geisert Dining Hall, Williams Dining Hall, Center Court and the facilities in Michel Student Center at revised hours. Remote dining locations – Stacks, Jerry’s and BECC will be closed. (Stacks will remain closed after the two-week shelter in place due to business levels.) No one will be allowed to dine in; food will be on a take-out basis only. Those in isolation will still have their meals delivered to them.
All face-to-face activities by student organizations and teams should be done in a virtual environment only. This includes organization meetings and official (or unofficial) events.
The Markin Center and Cullom-Davis Library will be closed, but you will be able to access materials, services and offices housed in the library online. Health Services will continue to schedule appointments and Counseling Services will continue to be available virtually.
Your instructors and advisors will be available virtually during this time.
Students who test positive are still required to isolate. If a student lives on campus or is unable to isolate in their off-campus housing, Bradley University will provide alternative accommodations. Students currently in isolation who wish to return to their permanent residence must wait until their isolation period is over to do so.
Health Services will continue COVID-19 surveillance testing and symptomatic testing for students. If a student becomes symptomatic, they should contact Health Services and self-isolate until their test results are received.
Students must take every precaution to protect the health and safety of others. If a student does an off-campus Covid-19 test, they must report the results to the Health Services at (309) 677-2700. If a student does not report a positive test, they will be at risk for disciplinary action.
In making the decision to enact a two-week all-student quarantine, we continued to follow the science and put much thought into the well being of our campus and our students' education. If we do not see progress during these two weeks, it will impact the rest of the semester, potentially causing us to go remote for the rest of the calendar year. We will continue to provide updates and will make decisions about the resumption of face-to-face classes by Monday, Sept. 21.