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Cares Act and Coronavirus Updates

Recent updates from Judson University regarding the Cares Act and Coronavirus (COVID-19) and our plans for returning to in-person classes for Fall 2020.

Current News

Updates for Judson Campus

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Email to Students, Staff and Faculty

The health and safety of our community is our top priority. Unfortunately, after sharing such a positive report on Wednesday about Judson’s low number of individuals impacted by COVID-19, we learned of a new situation that has caused 45 to 50 students to isolate/quarantine for the next 14 days.

Over the weekend, a number of students attended an off-campus event where appropriate health protocols were not followed according to the information gathered through our tracking and tracing process. One of the students who attended that event has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now quarantining off campus.

In keeping with our tracking and tracing policies, all of the students who attended that event and their roommates are now isolating for 14 days either on campus or at home. For those students remaining on campus, Judson is providing them with meals throughout this time. All students who are isolating will move to virtual class environment when possible.

Our Wellness Coordinator, Campus Safety staff and Residential Life staff, have worked to trace any other faculty, staff and students who may have been in close contact with these students to evaluate each situation and determine if they should isolate as a precaution. If you are at risk, you will be contacted directly by them.

We want to remind the Judson University community of the importance of following the health and safety protocols:

- Wear masks, especially in classes and when entering buildings, stairwells and passing areas

- Maintain physical distance of 6 feet or more

- Wash hands frequently and use hand sanitizers around campus

- Avoid larger gatherings, especially if others are not wearing masks

- Stay home or in your room if you feel unwell and watch for symptoms (fever, cough)

- Notify your supervisor or Nick Salzmann in Campus Safety if you have questions or test positive, so that tracing can begin immediately

- Wipe down classrooms following each class and group gathering

- Avoid moving furniture as it has been placed to honor physical distancing guidelines

Please review our Community Expectations to ensure that you are following these expectations.

Please be assured that with Homecoming, Family Weekend and Commencement events taking place this weekend, we are diligently following these same safeguards. Our guests this weekend will be in a safe environment on campus. We are also keeping our attendance at events to the appropriate level for each room. We will continue to remind our community and our guests to maintain physical distancing and wear masks.

As President Crume has reminded us in his updates, a successful on-campus fall semester depends on intentional acts of caring and respect for each other and for the community as a whole. Since the start of the semester we have seen that the vast majority of students, faculty and staff are fully committed to doing what is required to safeguard one another. We ask you to continue following Judson’s policies developed with such mutual respect in mind.

We need everyone to be on board – with masks, physical distancing and our other preventive measures – and with re-imagining social life in creative ways, consistent with those measures.

Judson University’s COVID-19 Response Committee

Past News

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Email to Students, Staff and Faculty

Thank you for your diligence regarding the health and safety of our campus community. Here is an update to my previous email in regard to COVID-19.

Below are the cumulative totals for students and employees from August 17 through September 15.

Positive Test Confirmed. 7
Isolated off-campus. 17
Isolated on-campus. 2
Quarantined off-campus. 13
Quarantined on-campus. 6

We remain very fortunate with minimal exposure up to this point. We have not had any lab-confirmed cases residing on-campus. Additionally, we have not had any positive cases from routine pre-season testing since my previous update.

Students, you continue to do a good job of wearing your masks, practicing physical distancing and following our health protocols. The upcoming Homecoming weekend will be another event requiring you to follow safe health protocols. Please remain diligent in your health protocols by limiting your interactions outside of campus if you are a resident or varying from your normal routine if you are an adult, graduate or commuter student. Remember, our goal is to return from Thanksgiving break for the last two weeks of the semester so we can finish this fall term well.

If you have any questions about your health or safety, campus cleaning or our health protocols, then please visit our website at https://www.judsonu.edu/coronavirus/ or contact the Wellness Center (847-628-2464) or Campus Safety (847-622-9999).

Blessings,
Dr. Gene Crume,
President

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Email to Students, Staff and Faculty

I want to provide you with an update on our COVID-19 situation after our first week of classes. We have been very fortunate to have minimal exposure up to this point. The numbers below reflect total cases to include students, faculty and staff.

Positive Test Confirmed. 3
Isolated off-campus. 8
Isolated on-campus. 1
Quarantined off-campus. 8
Quarantined on-campus. 2

There are no positive test-confirmed individuals quarantined or isolated on campus. As a reminder, isolation is the term we use when someone has tested positive or most likely is COVID-19 positive because of the symptoms they exhibit. Quarantine means the person has had close contact to someone who has tested positive or someone we believe most likely is positive even if they haven’t tested based upon their symptoms. Our cases have been identified early thanks to people reporting them to us. In those instances, we conducted our tracing and tracking protocols, and those processes indicated that there was no significant exposure to other community members.

If national trends are an indication, we will most likely have more positive tests as well as people exhibiting symptoms that we will need to isolate. We will follow our protocols to ensure that we take the appropriate steps to protect the health of our students, staff and faculty as well as the health to anyone else who might have had contact or interaction with them.

Students, you are doing an amazing job of wearing your masks, practicing physical distancing and following our health protocols. Thank you very much! Your diligence not only keeps you safe, but it also protects the health of others. Faculty and staff, thank you for your efforts to ensure our classrooms are safe, the dining areas are well managed and clean, our spaces are routinely cleaned, and helping to remind each other in a Christ-like manner when a health protocol needs to be addressed..

Students, this upcoming weekend will be another important one regarding your health. Please continue to remain diligent in your health protocols by limiting your interactions outside of campus if you are a resident or varying from your normal routine if you are an adult, graduate or commuter student. Keeping our campus safe now goes a long way in ensuring that we can complete the semester as we started! We love having you on campus, and we are enjoying being together in-person as a Judson community.

To our students who are in digital learning this semester, I want to say thank you for keeping up with your attendance in your classes as well as staying on top of your assignments and expectations. Hopefully, we can have you back on campus very soon if that is your plan.

If you have any questions about your health or safety, campus cleaning or our health protocols then please visit our website at https://www.judsonu.edu/coronavirus/ or contact any of the following individuals or departments.

Wellness Center: 847-628-2464
Campus Safety: 847-622-9999

Finally, please keep the health and safety of our Judson community in your prayers.

Blessings,
Dr. Gene Crume,
President

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Email to Faculty and Staff

Each week, Judson will send faculty and staff the latest news of our community’s response to COVID-19 and preparations for the start of the fall semester.

Academic Guidelines

Effective August 17, staff, faculty, and student workers are no longer required to complete the Daily COVID-19 Certification. In its place is a one-time Personal Health Screening form which will be held confidentially by the HR Department and stored separately from the personnel files. Everyone must complete the new Personal Health Screening Form (that complies with the CDC recommendations) which, upon completion gives you, the employee, the responsibility to closely monitor your health every day. To find this information, access MYJudson, the Employee Info tab, and look at the left hand column under Campus Forms. Select the Personal Health Screening questionnaire, the form will pop up for you to print, sign, and send the original document to Tena Robotham in the President’s Office.

Please keep a log of any visitors to campus in your area should contact tracing be required. The template for the Visitors Log can be found below the Personal Health Screening form. When a visitor comes to your office (not Judson staff members, faculty, or students), please ask the visitor the questions on the template (they do not complete the form) and sign them in and out of your office. This is part of Judson’s tracking and tracing of visitors. This template does not need to be submitted, but must be saved in your office in case it is needed for contact tracing. You will be notified when these forms are no longer needed.

All community members and visitors must come onto the Elgin Campus through the River Road/Flag entrance and check in with Campus Safety. Students are asked to show their ID.

With the start of the academic year, please note that cleaning spray and paper towels should be in every classroom so that faculty and students can clean desks and chair edges at the close of class. Just a few classrooms were missing these resources yesterday, but we believe that every classroom now has them. Please include wiping down any fitness equipment or items like rackets that may have been used during a class or workout. Judson’s Plant Operations staff are wiping down common use areas multiple times a day and some students have been hired to clean common areas over the weekend and after hours.

If a student comes to class and has forgotten to wear their mask, please encourage them to return to their dorm room to retrieve it. Plant Operations is waiting to receive an order of temporary masks for use in each classroom to help students who have forgotten their mask. We anticipate that these will be in classrooms next week. If you have concerns regarding the temporary masks, please email Nick Salzmann. If a traditional student refuses to wear a mask after being asked, please contact Aubree Flickema for follow up.

See the August 10 email for the list of Helpful Documents and links.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Email to Faculty and Staff

Each week, Judson will send faculty and staff the latest news of our community’s response to COVID-19 and preparations for the start of the fall semester.

Academic Guidelines

Provost Dr. Gillian Stewart-Wells has released the new Academic Guidelines, which have been reviewed by several committees. Please note that one element from last week’s Thursday announcements regarding masks has been corrected to align with these Academic Guidelines. That corrected is noted below.

Please follow Judson’s Mask Protocol:

Masks will be worn upon entering all buildings and walking in hallways

In-person classes – both Elgin and Rockford – will require a mask unless the professor makes an exception
Students who cannot wear a mask must secure an ADA accommodation

CORRECTED: Students who do not want to wear a mask will move to digital learning for that class if one is already created for that course or select an alternative course for that term.

When six-feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained then please wear a mask
Enforcement: Note and report any concerns to Campus Safety, University Cabinet member or direct supervisor – do not escalate or attempt to enforce mask wearing.

Each building had a sign posted at the entrance about wearing masks. If you would like to post more of these signs in your area, please download one of these -- print it out in color and post it near your area to ensure that visitors are wearing masks.

No Entry without Mask
Be a Hero, Wear a Mask
Stay Home
Check out 26 versions of signs you could post.

Helpful Documents

A. A limited supply of floor stickers reminding individuals to maintain physical distancing of 6 feet are available by emailing Amy Wemken .

B. Student Life has two documents available for students. The university announced that it will ask all students to sign and abide by a Community Expectations, as well as filling out a Community Pledge. See a composite of all three forms this form for all three documents.

C. See this to find out more about how faculty and staff will be able to use the Dining Hall this fall. More information will be available after Welcome Weekend regarding how those not on the meal plan can use the dining room.

D. Entrance and Exit signs you can use for your office/classroom: (horizontal version and vertical version).

E. Links to the Facebook Live Events and YouTube page recordings about campus news, visiting campus, student life, academics, move-in and athletics.

F. Information from the State of Illinois regarding recreational sports and activities on campus. This does not apply to Judson’s Athletic teams. Those are mandated by the conferences we participate in. This document applies to intramural sports and classes that relate to sports or athletics (dated 7.29.2020).

H. Art and Design has updated their COVID health and safety plans. Download that here (updated 8.6.2020).

I. Classroom Capacities for Elgin and Rockford that will indicate how many individuals can use the space using appropriate physical distancing guidelines and occupancy limits within Phase 4 (updated 8.2.2020).

J. Interim Phase 4 COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Classrooms

K. Employee and Supervisor Guidance: Reporting Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Illness in a Non-Housing University Building

L. National’s Cleaning Procedures for June (this will be revised for July)

M. Judson Signs you can print and post for cleaning, physical distancing and mask requirements.

N. Template for Office Signs that will allow you to post how you wish to interact, such as “Please wait at the line/Please wait to enter this office so that I can put my mask on.”

O. For a door hanger indicating that you would like to care for the cleaning of your office, email Amy Wemken in Plant Operations.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Email to Faculty and Staff

Each week, Judson will send faculty and staff the latest news of our community’s response to COVID-19 and preparations for the start of the fall semester.

Updated Information

Student Life has two documents available for students. The university announced that it will ask all students to sign and abide by a Community Expectations, as well as filling out a Community Pledge. See a composite of all three forms this form for all three documents. Students will be asked to wear their masks in the public spaces in their dorms, such as lounges and hallways. They will not be required to wear them in their dorm room. Students will be sent links to documents.

Attached is Classroom Capacities for Elgin and Rockford that will indicate how many individuals can use the space using appropriate physical distancing guidelines and occupancy limits within Phase 4. The list also includes what equipment is available within the room. If you are looking to hold a meeting during for the fall, please continue to use the Room Reservation form for planning any events. Also, please note that this document may change if the logistics of using the space need to alter for safety reasons during the fall.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Email to Faculty and Staff

Each week, Judson will send faculty and staff the latest news of our community’s response to COVID-19 and preparations for the start of the fall semester.

Updated Information

Judson has a limited supply of floor stickers reminding individuals to maintain physical distance. These signs are intended for use in places where students form lines or need customer service and may need to wait. Classrooms will use the furniture to indicate where students should be located for class. Contact Amy Wemken if you would like a sign. She also has door hangers indicating if you want your space cleaned.

Here are the Student Life Documents that all students must sign review and sign before coming to campus: Community Expectations, Community Pledge, COVID Response Plan (part of the housing form). The COVID Response Plan allows students to indicate how they wish to respond should they need to quarantine. Also, students are selecting when they want to have their meals if they are part of the Judson Meal Plan. See this to find out more about how faculty and staff will be able to use the Dining Hall this fall.

Please follow Judson’s Mask Protocol:

Masks will be worn upon entering all buildings and walking in hallways

In-person classes – both Elgin and Rockford – will require a mask unless the professor makes an exception
Students who cannot wear a mask must secure an ADA accommodation

Students who do not want to wear a mask will move to digital learning for that class

When six-feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained then please wear a mask
Enforcement: Note and report any concerns to Campus Safety, University Cabinet member or direct supervisor – do not escalate or A picture containing sign

Each building had a sign posted at the entrance about wearing masks. If you would like to post more of these signs in your area, please download one of these -- print it out in color and post it near your area to ensure that visitors are wearing masks.

No Entry without Mask
Be a Hero, Wear a Mask
Stay Home
Check out 26 versions of signs you could post.

Indicate an Entrance and Exit for Your Classroom/Office
Please evaluate your classroom and office space to determine if you can reserve one doorway as an entrance and a separate doorway as an exit. Separate entrances and exits will increase the physical distance for our community members as they enter and exit classrooms. As we get closer to the start of the school year, please post these Entrance and Exit signs (horizontal version and vertical version) that make sense to you. If you wish to verify your choices, email Nick Salzmann with the room location and a phone photo for his input.

Are You:
Wondering how new students and their guests/returning students and their guests will be screened before being allowed access to the dorms? Listen to the Facebook Live Session with Aubree Flickema about Move In.

Wondering how we will maintain safe and health environments for in-person classes? Hear the Facebook Live Sessions with Dr. Gillian Stewart-Wells on Academics.

Wondering if our Student Athletes will be screened or have to demonstrate negative tests before practice or games? See the Facebook Live about Athletics with Dr. Nikki Fennern.
Wondering how Judson plans to care for someone who may display symptoms or have come into contact with someone who is quarantining? See the Facebook Live on Student Life to learn more about how this will be handled respectfully and maintain individuals privacy.

Most questions about Judson’s plans have been answered through Judson’s Facebook Live Events. Take a moment and familiarize yourself about on campus news, visiting campus, student life, academics, move-in and athletics. If you don’t use Facebook, visit our YouTube page. By familiarizing yourself with Judson’s plans, you will help ensure the safety of our community especially for the first 14 days when students come to campus.

Helpful Documents

A. New: Information from the State of Illinois regarding recreational sports and activities on campus. This does not apply to Judson’s Athletic teams. Those are mandated by the conferences we participate in. This document applies to intramural sports and classes that relate to sports or athletics (dated 7.29.2020).

B. Updated: Art and Design has updated their COVID health and safety plans. Download that here (updated 8.6.2020).

C. Updated: Classroom Capacities for Elgin and Rockford that will indicate how many individuals can use the space using appropriate physical distancing guidelines and occupancy limits within Phase 4 (updated 8.2.2020).

D. Interim Phase 4 COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Classrooms

E. Employee and Supervisor Guidance: Reporting Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Illness in a Non-Housing University Building

F. National’s Cleaning Procedures for June (this will be revised for July)

G. Judson Signs you can print and post for cleaning, physical distancing and mask requirements.

H. Template for Office Signs that will allow you to post how you wish to interact, such as “Please wait at the line/Please wait to enter this office so that I can put my mask on.”

I. For a door hanger indicating that you would like to care for the cleaning of your office, email Amy Wemken in Plant Operations.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Email to Faculty and Staff

Each week, Judson will send faculty and staff the latest news of our community’s response to COVID-19 and preparations for the start of the fall semester.

Updated Information

Student Life has two documents available for students. The university announced that it will ask all students to sign and abide by a Community Expectations, as well as filling out a Community Pledge. See a composite of all three forms this form for all three documents. Students will be asked to wear their masks in the public spaces in their dorms, such as lounges and hallways. They will not be required to wear them in their dorm room. Students will be sent links to documents.

Attached is Classroom Capacities for Elgin and Rockford that will indicate how many individuals can use the space using appropriate physical distancing guidelines and occupancy limits within Phase 4. The list also includes what equipment is available within the room. If you are looking to hold a meeting during for the fall, please continue to use the Room Reservation form for planning any events. Also, please note that this document may change if the logistics of using the space need to alter for safety reasons during the fall.

Last Facebook Live Event This Week

Throughout July, Judson hosted a Facebook Live Series to share updates on our plans for the next school year. Join us for the last event on Wednesday, July 29, to hear about Move In details from Judson President Gene Crume and Dean Aubree Flickema. During the event, you can send your questions to #Judsonquestions2020 and we will try to address them during the Facebook Live.

Wednesday, July 29 – 2 p.m. – Dr. Crume and Dean Aubree Flickema – Move in Times and Procedures and Welcome Weekend

Visit Judson’s Facebook page our YouTube channel to see the recordings from June 26 (Campus Updates), July 8 (New and Prospective Student), July 15 (Student Life) and July 22 (Academics).

Monday, July 21, 2020

Email to Faculty and Staff

Each week, Judson will send faculty and staff the latest news of our community’s response to COVID-19 and preparations for the start of the fall semester.

Updated Information

The Department of Art and Design has outlined its planned Response to COVID-19 plans for Fall 2020. See these plans here.

Attached is Classroom Capacities for Elgin and Rockford that will indicate how many individuals can use the space using appropriate physical distancing guidelines and occupancy limits within Phase 4. The list also includes what equipment is available within the room. If you are looking to hold a meeting during for the fall, please continue to use the Room Reservation form for planning any events. Also, please note that this document may change if the logistics of using the space need to alter for safety reasons during the fall.

Facebook Live - Recordings Posted on YouTube

Judson’s Facebook Live events are receiving positive feedback as a way to share plans for new protocols to maintain safety standards within different areas of campus. Viewers use the message function to ask questions during the event and we are working to address all questions as we can during the event.

Visit Judson’s Facebook page our YouTube channel to see the recordings from June 26 (Campus Updates), July 8 (New and Prospective Student) and July 15 (Student Life). Our next Facebook Live will be:

Wednesday, July 22 – 3 p.m. – Dr. Crume and Dr. Gillian Stewart-Wells – Academics

Wednesday, July 29 – 2 p.m. – Dr. Crume and Dean Aubree Flickema – Move in Times and Procedures and Welcome Weekend

Monday, July 13, 2020

Email to Faculty and Staff

On Mondays, Judson will send faculty and staff the latest news of our community’s response to COVID-19 and preparations for the start of the fall semester.

Interim Phase 4 COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Classrooms

In light of recommendations by the State of Illinois as well as the Illinois Board of Higher Education concerning Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan, Judson University is recommending the following safety guidelines for on-campus classes. This document was created June 30 and distributed to faculty currently teaching. This document may provide guidance to others who are considering how to manage their classes in the fall.

Overarching Guide for Interactions On Campus

During Judson’s Facebook Live events, President Gene Crume has explained Judson’s philosophy on respectfully interacting with one another while adjusting to health care protocols during this summer and fall. The campus will honor the following processes:

A. Monitor the health of those on campus through the COVID-19 Daily Certification Form found in MyJudson.

B. Require that masks be worn in campus buildings and when six-feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained and in common areas such as hallways and stairs.

C. Follow posted signs in offices telling visitors where to stand or if they should wait for the individual to put on their mask before entering the space.

D. Respect each faculty and staff member’s choice if they have a special allowance preventing them from wear masks.

E. Respect each community member’s choice if they want to safeguard interactions with others by wearing masks and keeping physical distanced.

F. Continue to provide hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies as they are available to areas that request them.

Helpful Documents

A. Employee and Supervisor Guidance: Reporting Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Illness in a Non-Housing University Building

B. National’s Cleaning Procedures for June (this will be revised for July)

C. Judson Signs you can print and post for cleaning, physical distancing and mask requirements.

D. Template for Office Signs that will allow you to post how you wish to interact, such as “Please wait at the line/Please wait to enter this office so that I can put my mask on.”

E. For a door hanger indicating that you would like to care for the cleaning of your office, email Amy Wemken in Plant Operations.

Facebook Live - Recordings Posted on YouTube

The Resuming Operations Committee (ROC) has begun a series of Facebook Live events to share plans for new protocols to maintain safety standards within different areas of campus. 

Visit this Facebook link or this YouTube link to see the recordings from June 26 (Campus Updates with Dr. Curtis Sartor).

Visit this Facebook link or this YouTube link to see the July 8 (New and Prospective Student). Our next Facebook Live will be:

A. Wednesday, July 15 – 9 a.m. – Dr. Crume and Ginny Guth – Student Life for New and Returning Students

B. Wednesday, July 22 – 3 p.m. – Dr. Crume and Dr. Gillian Stewart-Wells – Academics for New and Returning Students

D. Wednesday, July 29 – 2 p.m. – Dr. Crume and Dean Aubree Flickema – Move in Times and Procedures and Welcome Weekend for New and Returning Students

Continue to rely on the JudsonU.edu/Coronavirus page for updated information. This will be modifying in the coming weeks as it continues to serve as one-stop place for information.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Judson CARES Act Reporting 45 Day Update

In April, Judson announced that it would issue stipends to residential students primarily to help cover financial losses for room and board due to COVID-19. These stipends are being provided through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund – Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students of the U.S. government CARES Act. This act provides funds for the University to issue stipends to students eligible for federal financial aid. The University signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students in the form of stipend checks. The University received $655,542 from the Department of Education pursuant to the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. As of July 10, 2020, all Emergency Financial Aid Grant stipends have been distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. Stipend checks were mailed out by May 31, 2020 and totaled $663,420.

Judson has approximately 1,300 students who are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. Approximately 650 students received Emergency Financial Aid Grant stipends under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. The following methodology was used to determine the Emergency Financial Aid Grant stipend amounts under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act:

1. Residential Students: Stipend amount helped to cover room and board loss due to COVID-19. The stipend amount varies from student to student, ranging from approximately $500-$2,100, based on when the student left campus and what meal plan was paid for. In addition, residential students with a zero or one estimated family contribution (EFC), as determined through the financial aid FAFSA process, were issued an additional needs based $100 stipend.

2. Commuter Students: A flat $100 stipend was issued to all commuter students to help cover incurred losses due to COVID-19.

3. Architecture Tour: For students who signed up and paid the full $5,600 fee for the architecture tour that was canceled for this summer, an additional stipend of $1,400 was issued to cover the non-refundable costs from this year’s trip.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Email to Faculty and Staff

On Mondays, Judson will send faculty and staff the latest news of our community’s response to COVID-19 and preparations for the start of the fall semester.

State of Illinois Moves to Phase 4

On June 26, the State of Illinois moved into Phase 4 of its 5-step restoration plan. Judson is waiting for more interpretation of the IBHE Guidelines to determine how Phase 4 and Phase 5 will impact the university this summer.

At this time, the campus is open to visitors for gatherings no larger than 50 individuals. The university will:

A. Monitor the health of those on campus through the COVID-19 Daily Certification Form found in MyJudson.

B. Require that masks be worn in campus buildings and when six-feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained and in common areas such as hallways and stairs.

C. Follow posted signs in offices telling visitors where to stand or if they should wait for the individual to put on their mask before entering the space.

D. Respect each faculty and staff member’s choice if they have a special allowance preventing them to wear masks.

E. Continue to provide hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies as they are available to areas that request them.

On Mondays, Judson will send faculty and staff the latest news of our community’s response to COVID-19 and preparations for the start of the fall semester.

Planning Across Campus for Fall

As departments look at COVID-19 health and safety planning, Campus Safety has some useful tools available from the existing emergency preparedness documents and resources. One of these is a “pre-incident planning checklist” which individual departments could work through to determine what they need in order to be ready for August. If you would like to see some templates related to this, please email Nick Salzmann to request the document.

Helpful Documents

A. Employee and Supervisor Guidance: Reporting Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Illness in a Non-Housing University Building

B. National’s Cleaning Procedures for June (this will be revised for July)

C. Judson Signs you can print and post for cleaning, physical distancing and mask requirements.

D. For a door hanger indicating that you would like to care for the cleaning of your office, email Amy Wemken in Plant Operations.

Facebook Live - Recordings Posted on YouTube

The Resuming Operations Committee (ROC) has begun a series of Facebook Live events to share plans for new protocols to maintain safety standards within different areas of campus. The first event was held last week as Judson President Gene Crume and Dr. Curtis Sartor discussed campus updates. See the recording on Facebook or Judson’s YouTube channel.

A. Wednesday, July 8 – 3 p.m. – Dr. Crume and Dr. Nikki Fennern – Prospective Student Questions

B. Wednesday, July 15 – 9 a.m. – Dr. Crume and Ginny Guth – Student Life

C. Wednesday, July 22 – 3 p.m. – Dr. Crume and Dr. Gillian Stewart-Wells – Academics

D. Wednesday, July 29 – 2 p.m. – Dr. Crume and Dean Aubree Flickema – Move in Times and Procedures and Welcome Weekend

Continue to rely on the JudsonU.edu/Coronavirus page for updated information. This will be modifying in the coming weeks as it continues to serve as one-stop place for information.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Email to Faculty, Staff, Students, Parents

Judson will host a Facebook Live Series to share updates on our plans for the next school year. The first event will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, June 23 at 2 p.m. Join us to hear a Campus Update from Judson President Gene Crume. During the event, you can send your questions to #Judsonquestions2020 and we will try to address them during the Facebook Live.

Mark your calendar for these Facebook Live Events:

A. Tuesday, June 23 - 2 p.m. – Dr. Crume and Dr. Curtis Sartor – Campus Updates

B. Wednesday, July 8 – 3 p.m. – Dr. Crume and Dr. Nikki Fennern – Prospective Student Questions

C. Wednesday, July 15 – 9 a.m. – Dr. Crume and Ginny Guth – Student Life

D. Wednesday, July 22 – 3 p.m. - Dr. Crume and Dr. Gillian Stewart-Wells – Academics

E. Wednesday, July 29 – 2 p.m. - Dr. Crume and Dean Aubree Flickema – Move in Times and Procedures and Welcome Weekend

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Email to Faculty and Staff

Governor Pritzker released the Phase III guidelines for reopening and resuming operations this past week for various businesses and organizations. In accordance with the state guidelines, data gathered nationally from other experts and the emerging plans of the IBHE committee, Judson University is taking the following steps towards resuming campus operations effective June 1, 2020.

A. We are reclassifying the scope of “essential employees” to sustain our business operations. In order to resume educational operations – both curricular and co-curricular – for the Fall 2020 academic term we must expand the scope of our operations on-campus and in the office.

B. Effective June 1 all campus administrative offices (non-academic departments) will be open Monday-Friday. Administrative offices will be open for summer hours, which are 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for this summer. Employees are to confirm when they report to work on-campus each day that they are not showing any signs of the coronavirus. It is the responsibility of each University Cabinet member to structure how this is accomplished in the offices they oversee. It can be as simple as an email or a verbal confirmation. Guidelines for health and safety protocols and recommendations have been distributed to the University Cabinet to share with their teams.

C. Any employee who does not feel comfortable reporting to campus for work because of health concerns can continue to work from home.

D. We will create a temporary traffic pattern for entering and leaving campus effective June 1, 2020. The public entrance to main campus will be off River Road. Service vehicles will be required to use this entrance as well. The old entrance to campus off Highway 31/State Street will be limited to exiting campus only, and only emergency vehicles may enter that location.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Judson Complies with the CARES Act

In April, Judson announced that it would issue stipends to residential students primarily to help cover financial losses for room and board due to COVID-19. These stipends are being provided through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund – Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students of the U.S. government CARES Act. This act provides funds for the University to issue stipends to students eligible for federal financial aid. The University signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students in the form of stipend checks. The University received $655,542 from the Department of Education pursuant to the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. As of May 27, 2020, no stipends have been distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act but all stipend checks will be mailed out by May 29, 2020.

Judson has approximately 1,300 students who are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. It is anticipated that approximately 700 students will receive Emergency Financial Aid Grant stipends under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. The following methodology was used to determine the Emergency Financial Aid Grant stipend amounts under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act:

1. Residential Students: Stipend amount is equivalent to 90% of the student's unused room and board amount for the Spring 2020 term. This was determined based on total room and board paid for the Spring 2020 term, prorated for the number of days that the student was not on campus. The stipend amount will vary from student to student, ranging from approximately $500-$2,100, based on when the student left campus and what meal plan was paid for. In addition, residential students with a zero or one estimated family contribution (EFC), as determined through the financial aid FAFSA process, were issued an additional needs based $100 stipend.

2. Commuter Students: A flat $100 stipend was issued to all commuter students to help cover incurred losses due to COVID-19.

3. Architecture Tour: For students who signed up and paid the full $5,600 fee for the architecture tour that was canceled for this summer, an additional stipend of $1,400 was issued to cover the non-refundable costs from this year’s trip.

The CARES Act does not allow the University to apply this stipend directly to a student's balance. If you have a balance on your account, this will still need to be paid. You may choose to use this stipend to pay down any outstanding balance or continue on your original payment plan.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Judson's Plan for Fall 2020 (Message to Students, Parents, Faculty and Staff)

As you are aware, our Judson community made an essential and rapid shift in response to changes in education around the COVID-19 pandemic. We are so thankful for all you have done to adjust to the situation and to continue your education in a digital format. Judson University has been using digital learning for over a decade with our adult program, and many of our traditional students take several online classes during their college experience. Judson University is very proud of its students, faculty, and staff for their resiliency and adaptability as we addressed the challenges presented to us. How this community (virtually) rallied together was nothing short of amazing. As a result, we have successfully completed the 2020 Spring semester, and have sent our graduating seniors off to shape the world!

During this time, Judson leaders have been diligently planning for the Fall 2020 semester. Judson University intends to begin the Fall semester with Welcome Weekend on August 21 and in-person classes on August 24. We will continue to comply with all federal and state guidelines, as well as our own high standards, for the health and safety of our entire community – students, faculty, staff, and guests. Our approach will begin with a progressive return of our staff throughout the summer and will include opening campus to visitors and events as the Illinois stay at home order is lifted.

As we begin the Fall semester, Judson will follow appropriate health testing, screening, and tracing; cleaning and sanitizing; and social distancing as necessary in classrooms, residence halls, the cafeteria, athletic events, and other student activities and events. We are also developing at least three contingency plans for adjusting our strategies based on continuing developments and changes to governmental guidelines.

Our community continues to work together to best serve our students as you work toward your educational goals. We look forward to your return in the Fall and to welcoming our new Judson Eagles to campus. In the meantime, stay safe, and have a great summer!

It’s a Great Day to Be a Judson Eagle!

Dr. Gene Crume, President

Thursday, May 7, 2020

More Specific Guidance for Workplace Health and Safety Related to the Stay At Home Order

Illinois has released more specific guidance for workplace health and safety related to the Stay At Home Order. They have also released a Restore Illinois plan which sets specific benchmarks for reopening businesses and requires certain safety protocol. Please read the Workplace Health and Safety Guidelines that are attached and consider how it impacts your work on campus. Here are key points from the flier that apply to the University:

1. Make sure that you can maintain at least 6 feet of physical separation between yourself and others around you, including your co-workers, students and visitors.

2. Mark with signage or tape 6-foot spacing for employees to maintain appropriate distance from one another for shared areas that serve other employees, students and visitors.

3. Use face coverings for employees, especially when it is not possible to maintain at least 6 feet of space between you and another person. Judson has provided face coverings to essential personnel.

4. Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds or longer and use the single-use paper towels.

5. Provide hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) & sanitizing products for employees, students and visitors.

6. Plant Operations regularly cleans high-touch surfaces including doorknobs, light switches, shared equipment, toilet handles, sink faucets, and clock in/out areas for common areas. Faculty and staff are responsible for cleaning their own office space and computer equipment.

7. At this time, the campus continues to be limited to essential personnel only. Please continue to notify your Vice President and Campus Safety if you are coming to campus periodically. We need to know if other areas on campus are in use to maintain appropriate cleaning protocols.

Judson’s Plant Operations staff is cleaning commonly used areas and has provided hand sanitizer as available to areas currently in use for essential personnel. We are trying to obtain more sanitizer products which are slowly reappearing on the market. We have provided surgical masks to those employees who work near others and did not already have masks. A larger shipment of masks is on the way. If you need supplies, have questions about the safety of your workplace or other suggestions, please contact nsalzmann@judsonu.edu.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Judson University Update to Traditional Students and Parents

On Friday, April 24, Judson announced via Facebook Live that it would issue stipends to residential students primarily to help cover financial losses for room and board due to COVID-19. Judson University will give stipends through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund of the U.S. government CARES Act. This act provides funds for the University to issue stipends to students eligible to apply for federal financial aid. In the interest of equity for all residential students, the University is also working through a plan to provide stipends for those who do not qualify to apply for federal aid through other resources. Judson leadership has been working hard through these processes and anticipates having final stipend amounts determined and checks mailed to students by the end of May.

The CARES Act does not allow the University to apply this stipend directly to a student's balance. If your student has a balance on his or her account, this will still need to be paid. You may choose to use the student's stipend to pay down any outstanding balance or continue on your original payment plan.

Stipend checks will be mailed to the address on record in your student's MyJudson portal. Your student should review and update, as necessary, their address to ensure that checks are mailed to the correct address. If any student is having significant financial need due to COVID-19, please contact the Financial Aid Office. For up-to-date information, please see the University's COVID-19 web page.

Sarah Taylor,Interim Vice President of Business Affairs

Monday, April 27, 2020

Judson University Update

On Friday, April 24, Judson announced that it would be issuing stipends to residential students primarily to help cover financial losses for room and board due to COVID-19. The university is giving these stipends through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund of the U.S. government CARES Act. Judson leadership has been working hard through this process and anticipates having final stipend amounts determined and checks mailed to students by the end of May. As stipend checks will be mailed to the address on record in MyJudson, we are asking students to review and update, as necessary, their address to ensure that checks are mailed to the correct address. If any student is having significant financial need due to COVID-19, please let us know.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Judson University Update

Judson President Gene Crume held a 10 a.m. Facebook Live session to discuss Judson's ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more by watching the Facebook Live presentation to hear Dr. Crume's news about stipends for residential students who left campus in March, plans to celebrate graduates on social media in the coming days, plans to hold Commencement for the class of 2020 on September 19, and plans for the new academic year in the fall.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Spring Commencement Moves to Homecoming 2020

Judson University’s commencement, which had been planned for May 2, will be postponed until Saturday, Sept. 19. Save the date and plan now to return to campus for the Saturday Commencement exercise to honor and celebrate the graduating class of 2020. Commencement will be part of Homecoming 2020, which will celebrate the class of 2020. More details regarding the time and location for Commencement will be released this summer as global health concerns become clear. Judson will stream the service through Facebook Live on Sept. 19 to ensure that family and friends can see the Commencement for our graduating seniors.

Judson will also celebrate the class of 2020 during the week of Monday, April 27 thru Saturday, May 2. The week will include guest speakers on social media, awards announcements and a special social media campaign for graduates on Saturday, May 2. Graduates, please watch for more news in the coming weeks.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Judson University Update

We hope that you have had a good week as the University completes its second full week of digital learning from home. This week, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker extended the “Stay in Place” order until April 30. Judson University will continue to honor that order with faculty and staff working remotely. All campus events scheduled for April will not take place. Once again, students should not come to campus. Faculty and staff should contact their cabinet member to discuss if they need to come to campus for any reason.

The Judson Community will honor the Easter observance by closing campus on Friday, April 10, and Monday, April 13. Campus housing will be available over break for those who have been approved to live on campus for the rest of the spring semester. Please contact McKenna Haas at Mckenna.haas@judsonu.edu if you intend to leave campus during the Easter holiday break. The dining hall will remain open to the residential students to pick up their meals at the same hours.

Past News

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Message to Students

Check out a great video from our Counseling Center at https://youtu.be/FXYwhAJuePA and tips for setting boundaries at home.

We understand that connecting looks a little different now than it did several weeks ago. The Wellness Center is excited to continue providing group support during these times through a more creative approach. Joining our free Zoom Support Groups will allow you to obtain a different perspective, encourage others, promote self-awareness, enhance your problem-solving and coping skills, and simply connect with others!

Join us every Wednesday, beginning April 8, to discuss a new topic pertinent to the recent changes we’ve all experienced. We are offering three separate times for you to participate in a group. Zoom Group times will be held every Wednesday at 10AM, 1PM, or 5PM (central time). We will be updating each meeting link on a weekly basis for you to join upcoming meetings. Click here to join Zoom Support Groups.

Upcoming Topics:

Setting Boundaries During Social Isolation

Coping Techniques to Manage Situations and Emotions

Managing Finances During Uncertainty

Setting up a Routine Built for Success

Navigating Primary and Secondary Losses During a Crisis

Looking for a job? Check out Judson Connect, a free platform for Judson students and alumni to network, check out job and internship opportunities, and create professional connections. There are hundreds of alumni waiting to connect and give professional advice! Juniors and seniors be on the lookout for a personal invitation in your Judson e-mail account.

Need some resume advice? Would you like to consult a career coach to discuss career options? Career Services is now offering career coaching appointments via Zoom, Google Hangouts, and phone calls. Please fill out THIS FORM if you would like to make an appointment with one of our career coaches.

Below are the videos that will help you navigate your academic hurtles:

5 Active Reading Strategies for Textbook Assignments

How to Remember More of What You Read

How to Make Yourself Study When You Have ZERO Motivation

Additional Resources to tap into:

Writing Support - Pat Hargis at phargis@judsonu.edu.

Tutoring - ThinkingStorm is online tutoring service.

1. Navigate to http://www.thinkingstorm.com/judson

2. To register for online tutoring, enter your Judson University email address as your username and the JU password, judsononlinetutor, as your password, then click on Login Now!

3. After completing registration, you will be required to create a unique password for your ThinkingStorm account. This password must be used for all subsequent logins; your username will always be your JU email address.

4. If you have any questions, please email Heather Johnson at hjohnson@judsonu.edu.

Online learning resources click here.

Remember Academic Advising is currently under way your advising materials are available here. Your advisors will be conducting advising via email. Students who have a graduation application hold should forward their completed graduation application to their advisor.

Campus Announcements will be sent next Thursday before the Easter break. Please watch Campus Announcements for resources from your student success team.

Updates for Judson Campus

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Campus Honors “Stay in Place” Order Until April 7

The Judson University campus is honoring the Illinois Governor’s “Stay in Place” order by ensuring that only essential and necessary personnel (students, faculty and staff) are on campus until after April 7. This means that only authorized students may be on campus and can access the Dining Hall to pick up their meals or work in the studios in HAWAC. All other students should not come to campus during this time. Faculty and staff should check with their cabinet member before planning on coming to campus. Cabinet members will notify Campus Safety of staff and faculty who have been approved to visit campus.

Facebook Live Event with Dr. Gene Crume to be Held Friday at 1 p.m.

Join Judson for a Facebook Live event on Friday at 1 p.m. to hear from Judson University President Gene Crume about updates regarding the University’s continued response to the COVID-19 situation.

Updates for Judson Campus

Monday, March 23, 2020

Judson University Update

Judson University continues to honor the Illinois Governor’s “Stay in Place” order. One aspect of this order is that Judson’s Fitness Center will remain closed until after April 7 to reduce the number of individuals on campus. Judson encourages all students, faculty and staff who can work from home to continue with that course. Those students who are already on campus are able to go to the Dining Hall to pick up their meals and to visit the studios in HAWAC, but all others are encouraged not to come to campus unless it is absolutely necessary. Faculty and staff should check in with their cabinet member before planning on coming to campus.

Connect to Judson’s IT Helpdesk via this email address: IThelp@judsonu.edu. An earlier email link gave an incorrect email address.

Judson’s Wellness Center has set up a way for students to request a virtual consultation session. This brief conversation with a counselor can help mitigate some of the symptoms you may be experiencing due to these unprecedented times. Consultations are not a clinical service and do not constitute as mental health treatment or counseling session. Rather, they provide students with the opportunity to speak with a counselor about what is important to them in an informal encounter. We will listen to your concerns, provide support and perspective, as well as possible suggestions for resources. Simply visit the Wellness Center in MyJudson and follow instructions on how to sign up for the service that is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Three Facebook groups are available for you to stay connected and receive the latest information:

Students can connect with this closed group for resources about the COVID-19 group.

Faculty and staff can join the Judson Eagles Nesting Habitat to continue to remain in community and support one another.

Faculty, in an effort to share resources and ideas for engaging students on a digital platform, the Provost’s Office has created a Faculty Engagement Page for both full-time and adjunct faculty. Here, faculty may share tools and strategies that they have found work well, and they may also ask for guidance if they need help. Please be watching for an invitation from Dr. Gillian Stewart-Wells to join the faculty page in the next few days.

Here's a helpful hint for Faculty and staff who wish to retrieve voicemail from their office phones: Simply press the star button when you hear your voice message and follow the prompts.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Judson Honors “Stay At Home” Order

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker today issued a “stay at home” order for the entire state starting Saturday, March 21 at 5 p.m. through April 7. This means several things for the Judson University community.

 Residential students who have been approved the stay through May will still have meals available for pick-up in the dining hall each day. You can also walk around campus, and your key card identification will provide you access to HAWAC to study or access the architecture or art studios.

 Residential students who were approved to stay through this weekend must now move off campus by Saturday, March 21 at 5 p.m.

 All other Judson University students are asked to stay off campus during this time unless you have been approved by a University Cabinet member, Student Life staff member or Campus Safety personnel to come to campus.

 Faculty and staff are asked to work from home during this time. Faculty and staff members that need to come to campus to assist with essential campus operations will be notified by their supervisor or University Cabinet member.

 Campus Safety will restrict off-campus visitors from campus access, and most campus buildings will be locked and secured during this time.

As the Governor stated, the purpose of this measure is to ensure public health and safety. Please help us support that goal by honoring this request during this time.

Other Important News Items

The University is making every effort to make sure all areas are sanitized. Cleaning supplies are in high demand and the lead time for ordering is significant. If you or your department have cleaning supplies that can be donated, please contact Nick Salzmann.

Faculty and Staff are invited to join the Judson Eagles Nesting Habitat Facebook Group to stay connected while working from home. We will use this as a place to share ideas, prayer requests, laughter, and the challenges of our new reality. After all, birds of a feather SOAR together. Please join the group and share with our Judson family.

Please remember that all hourly employees must sign in and out using Paycom each day. If you have questions on how to do this, please email Theresa Nono at Theresa.nono@judsonu.edu.

Updates for Judson Campus

Thursday, March 19, 2020

NEW Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Campus Safety continues to work with area health providers to give us up-to-date information and safeguard the campus community. Here are the newest resources provided from Advocate Sherman Hospital regarding testing for COVID-19 (English and Spanish). There is still a test kit shortage and patients are required to have their doctor get County authorization for testing. If someone does not have authorization to receive a test, they should call this hotline at 866-443-2584. Judson staff and faculty are encouraged to work from home and self-quarantine for the next 14 days if they display any flu symptoms.

Ways that Judson University is Supporting One Another

While we have tried to keep you informed of decisions regarding how Judson is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, here is a quick summary of all the ways that Judson’s community is trying to stay connected.

The Student Success Staff and others on campus are contacting all traditional students through phone calls and emails to check in on how they are doing and encourage them as they are using digital resources. Faculty are also contacting students through email and during classes to check on their well-being and encourage them. We are encouraged by the creativity and care that our Judson community is extending in this effort to pray and support one another!

Parents and students have been notified that Judson’s administrators are working to develop a reimbursement plan as quickly as possible to address this complex situation. Since every student has a different financial situation because of grants and scholarships, administrators are reviewing all 400+ people who were living on campus to make sure that the strategy benefits everyone appropriately. Dr. Crume will be on Facebook Live next Friday, March 27 sharing out the complexities of the decision. We will share the scheduled time with you once it becomes available.

A Judson Questions 2020 form has been created to help streamline student and parent questions. Judson’s Student Life team has also implemented a Hotline number for residential students to access. Dean of Student Life and Leadership Aubree Flickema has created a closed Facebook group for COVID-19 Support Group.

Student Life is working with the new Judson Student Organization leaders to send a weekly email on Sunday nights updating traditional students on campus developments and provide spiritual support. JSO leaders will continue to seek student feedback and share that with the Judson administration.

A Parent E-newsletter was sent to parents on Wednesday, March 18, outlining all of the resources available to students. The newsletter also included a wonderful article from the Counseling Center about how parents can help their student adjust to moving to a digital learning environment and returning home much sooner than anyone expected.

In an effort to enact Social Distancing, Faculty Assembly will be live-streamed next Thursday, March 26 beginning at 11:00 A.M. On Wednesday, Christina Watson will email you the link to the meeting, so be on the lookout. Faculty Moderator, BBH, will field questions during Drs. Crume and Wells’ reports, should you want to email Dr. BBH during the assembly.

Due to the advised limiting of gatherings, Staff Assembly that was scheduled for next week will not be held. Instead, we will be providing a “Staff Assembly Email Update” on Thursday with all the usual topics/agenda items from our assemblies: devotional, updates, announcements, leadership development and avenue for questions. We are in process of putting all of this together and hope you will find it beneficial as we navigate new means of staying connected.

Faculty resources were sent on Sunday, March 15 and posted in the Faculty portal to help faculty learn about tools and resources for digital learning. Resources for traditional students were also sent on Tuesday, March 16, to describe how the Student Success Staff can help them move to digital courses while still access resources such as the Writing Center, Wellness Center, Library and Helpdesks.

Judson’s Information Systems Department has created a university Zoom account to help classes, faculty and staff hold off-site meetings. Contact Judson’s IST Helpdesk or your Vice President to access this service. The university has also helped some staff who could not work from home access and retool existing computers so that they can work from home.

Dean of Chapel Chris Lash is about to launch a new way to share spiritual support through Chapel for the remainder of the semester. Watch for news on that. His weekly Prayer Podcast launched on Monday. You can join the project by texting “prayerproject” to 31996.

As of today, fewer than 30 students remain on campus. Some students need access to the architecture facilities to complete their degrees. Most spring sport athletes have returned home with the NAIA and NCCAA canceling spring seasons earlier this week. A very small number of international students remain on campus to provide them with accommodations since they might not be able to return home at this time due to the spread of the COVID-19 or to limited resources to return home. In other cases, students are needed to staff key areas such as Admissions, Campus Safety and CPO. These students are able to access a small number of areas on campus and pick up meals from the dining hall. These students may relocate from their normal dorm room to limit how many people they come into contact with. Also, students are unable to have guests on campus to limit the number of people on campus.

Conference Services is notifying those groups who have planned to rent facilities at Judson this spring and summer that Judson is monitoring the situation and will determine on April 9 how to proceed with planned events for campus. Please know that we are continuously monitoring events and courses that are due to begin after May 1. We will keep you apprised of the situation as soon as decisions are made.

Nick Salzmann and Team continue to deep clean buildings on a rotating basis. They are using an EPA-approved disinfectant in the hope of combatting this virus.

Updates for Traditional Students

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Judson University, like the majority of colleges and universities, continues to work on issues associated with the response to the spread of the coronavirus. On Monday, March 9 Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced a disaster proclamation for Illinois. Since that time, state and local municipalities announced various measures limiting people gathering for public and private events. These actions have produced financial considerations for everyone. Most recently, we have all experienced restrictions related to public gatherings to include carry-out orders only at restaurants. Addressing these situations will be a complex and possibly lengthy process, and that includes how Judson University will address these issues as well.

Judson University is a Christian community where caring for those God has place under our attention is a responsibility clearly outlined in scripture. We are called to serve as Christ taught us, and we will always lead with prayer, focus on relationships, and foster collaboration.

Judson students make a significant personal and financial investment in their college experience. We understand and recognize this. So much so that Judson University has always worked diligently to care for the financial needs of our students and their families.

We will examine every option we can to see what we can do to support the needs of our students and their families. This will take time and there are a multitude of factors as well as other organizations that impact these decisions. As this process unfolds, we are asking for your grace, patience and deep consideration of the significance of the financial impact on everyone and every organization – Judson University included.

Judson University leadership and staff are available to answer questions as we work on this situation. We have created the following form for you to communicate with us: JudsonQuestions2020. Thank you for your prayers, grace and patience as well as work through the days, weeks and months ahead.

Judson’s Elgin Campus Will be Open on Wednesday

Faculty and staff are encouraged to continue working from home if possible for the rest of the week. The Elgin campus will be open and key areas on campus will be staffed, such as Plant Operations, Campus Safety, Enrollment and CPO. Check with your supervisor and/or cabinet member to discuss if you will be working remotely or from campus on Wednesday and the remainder of the week. For those who are returning to campus, please make every attempt to maintain the social distance as mandated by the CDC and ensure that fewer than 10 individuals are sharing spaces or team meetings.

Students who have received permission to access campus resources on site should verify ahead of returning to campus that office will be staffed and open on Wednesday and for the rest of the week.

Dining Services Hours Will Change Next Week

Hours for students to pick up meals in the dining services area will fluctuate beginning next week to accommodate the number of students on campus. To stay informed of hours, students who are on campus are encouraged to visit this page each morning for the hours. Starting March 23, the hours for students to pick up means will be:

Breakfast from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Dinner from 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Event Cancellation Update

The Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts has cancelled all individual lessons provided through the Fox Valley Community Music School for the rest of the semester. Also, the Choir Tour to Jamaica that was planned for May has been cancelled.

Updates for Faculty and Staff

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Judson University, like the majority of colleges and universities, continues to work on issues associated with the response to the spread of the coronavirus. On Monday, March 9 Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced a disaster proclamation for Illinois. Since that time, state and local municipalities announced various measures limiting people gathering for public and private events. These actions have produced financial considerations for everyone. Most recently, we have all experienced restrictions related to public gatherings to include carry-out orders only at restaurants. Addressing these situations will be a complex and possibly lengthy process, and that includes how Judson University will address these issues as well.

Judson University is a Christian community where caring for those God has place under our attention is a responsibility clearly outlined in scripture. We are called to serve as Christ taught us, and we will always lead with prayer, focus on relationships, and foster collaboration.

Judson students make a significant personal and financial investment in their college experience. We understand and recognize this. So much so that Judson University has always worked diligently to care for the financial needs of our students and their families.

We will examine every option we can to see what we can do to support the needs of our students and their families. This will take time and there are a multitude of factors as well as other organizations that impact these decisions. As this process unfolds, we are asking for your grace, patience and deep consideration of the significance of the financial impact on everyone and every organization – Judson University included.

Judson University leadership and staff are available to answer questions as we work on this situation. We have created the following form for you to communicate with us: JudsonQuestions2020. Thank you for your prayers, grace and patience as well as work through the days, weeks and months ahead.

Judson’s Elgin Campus Will be Open on Wednesday

Faculty and staff are encouraged to continue working from home if possible for the rest of the week. The Elgin campus will be open and key areas on campus will be staffed, such as Plant Operations, Campus Safety, Enrollment and CPO. Check with your supervisor and/or cabinet member to discuss if you will be working remotely or from campus on Wednesday and the remainder of the week. For those who are returning to campus, please make every attempt to maintain the social distance as mandated by the CDC and ensure that fewer than 10 individuals are sharing spaces or team meetings.

Students who have received permission to access campus resources on site should verify ahead of returning to campus that office will be staffed and open on Wednesday and for the rest of the week.

Communicating with Students

Faculty, while the digital platform is new to many of us, faculty and students alike, please offer grace if it takes time for students to navigate this new way of learning and communicating. At the same time, please reach out to them to check-in and see how they are doing.

Zoom and You

If any faculty or staff member finds that they may be in need of an upgraded Zoom license (over and above the 40-minute free license), please email Kristen Egan (cc'ing Dr. Gillian Stewart-Wells) to let her know. Our license price as a university varies depending on the number of individuals who might be in need. Please reach out to Kristen at your earliest convenience, as we would love to support faculty and staff classes and meetings in this manner very soon.

VanderBloemen Survey Listening Tour

Despite the current COVID-19 situation, we wanted you to know how important the Listening Tour sessions are for hearing faculty and student thoughts related to the VanderBloemen Survey. These meetings will be rescheduled as soon as we return to a more typical schedule on campus.

Fruit and Veggies with the Provost

Due to social distancing recommendations by the CDC, our regular conversations with the provost will be postponed until campus resumes its normal activities. Please feel to email Dr. Gillian Stewart-Wells with any questions, ideas, or things of which you believe she should be aware. At this time, more than ever, we would like to keep our lines of communication open.

Dining Services Hours Will Change Next Week

Hours for students to pick up meals in the dining services area will fluctuate beginning next week to accommodate the number of students on campus. To stay informed of hours, students who are on campus are encouraged to visit this page each morning for the hours. Starting March 23, the hours for students to pick up means will be:

Breakfast from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Dinner from 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Event Cancellation Update

The Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts has cancelled all individual lessons provided through the Fox Valley Community Music School for the rest of the semester. Also, the Choir Tour to Jamaica that was planned for May has been cancelled.

Resources and Links for Judson Students

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Thursday, March 12 you awoke to an email notifying you that we were moving your courses to a digital format and resident students were provided information on moving off campus. Though this is new territory for all of us, serving our students to the best of our ability is not.

Your understanding, thoughtfulness, and grace as we navigate this new terrain has truly displayed the heart of our student body. Now that you’ve setup your study area and have instructions from your individual faculty for your digital course, it is important that we connect with you regarding a few items.

Our academic support services have been placed online to assist you through the remainder of the semester. Your student success team remains here to answer questions, provide resources, and encourage you along the way. The Student Life, Student Success, and Wellness Center will continue to update their MyJudson websites to provide you the most up-to-date resources available.

Academic Advising

• Your faculty advisors, as well as the Registrar’s Office, will be assisting you through academic advising. Your advising materials are available here. Your advisors will be conducting advising via email. Students who have a graduation application hold should forward their completed graduation application to their advisor. Once your advisor approves your graduation plan, they will forward your application to our graduation auditor for final approval.

•To reduce barriers to registration, all registration holds will be temporarily removed. You will be required to care for these holds by May 1, 2020.

•If you’re not sure who your advisor is, check MYJUDSON, or contact the Registrar’s Office at registrars.office@judsonu.edu.

•For courses starting mid-semester, the deadline for add/drop will be moved to March 30.

Academic Support

Writing Support - Pat Hargis at phargis@judsonu.edu.

• Tutoring - ThinkingStorm is online tutoring service.

1. Navigate to http://www.thinkingstorm.com/judson

2. To register for online tutoring, enter your Judson University email address as your username and the JU password, judsononlinetutor, as your password, then click on Login Now!

3. After completing registration, you will be required to create a unique password for your ThinkingStorm account. This password must be used for all subsequent logins; your username will always be your JU email address.

4. If you have any questions, please email Heather Johnson at hjohnson@judsonu.edu.

• Students who are unable to access a computer please complete this form. We will try to assist you in securing the resources needed to complete your semester.

Additional resources available:

Library Services

Additional Library Information

Information Technology Services

If you have forgotten your password for email or MyJudson or if your password is not working, please submit a help desk ticket at https://helpdesk.judsonu.edu/support/home. Please provide a means for Information Systems and Technology (IST) to communicate with you (personal email or phone number). IST will work with you to reset your password. If you want to change your password, please go to https://password.judsonu.edu/ and follow the instructions.

You can also find helpful tips at the IST knowledgebase (https://helpdesk.judsonu.edu/support/solutions).

Career Services and Judson Connect

Disability Resource Center

Wellness Center

Student Housing

Chapel

Bookstore

We know you are still adjusting. Please know you do not travel this road alone. We stand ready to assist you. Your health and well-being are our top priority! Please stay connected to your Judson email account, frequently visit our news and updates, communicate with your faculty, and do not hesitate to reach out. We will be reaching out to you! You can reach me at gguth@judsonu.edu.

Blessings!

Ginny Guth,
Vice President of Student Success/Registrar

News Update

Monday, March 16, 2020

The Judson University Elgin campus will be closed tomorrow (March 17) except for the polling location at the Lindner Fitness Center. Since the Governor of Illinois is insistent that the election move forward at a time when all other state decisions clearly restrict large gatherings, we feel it is prudent to not place our faculty and staff and the remaining students on campus at undue risk to the COVID-19 health crisis. Faculty, staff and student workers are requested to remain at home tomorrow. Only essential staff in Campus Safety, Plant Operations and dining services will report to work. This will be considered a paid work day for hourly and salaried employees working from home tomorrow. Campus buildings other that Lindner Fitness Center will be closed and not available to the public. Campus safety officers will be present on campus to help direct voters to the polling location.

In other news:

The Rockford Campus will be closed until March 31 since the YMCA of Rock River Valley closed from March 14 until March 31, on the recommendation of the Winnebago County Health Department.

Judson’s cafeteria can no longer allow students to eat in the dining area as advised by the Kane County Health Department. Students on campus will be able to pick up meals using provided to-go containers during the meal hours of 8-9:30 a.m. for breakfast, 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m. for lunch, and 5-6:45 p.m. for dinner.

Update About Spring Sport Seasons

Monday, March 16, 2020

Judson University was informed on Monday of the NAIA’s decision to immediately cancel spring sports for the 2019-2020 academic year due to the national prevention efforts of the COVID-19 virus. With this information, the spring sport season for 2020 have come to a close.

A Message from the President

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Campus will be open this coming week. However, on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 we are encouraging faculty and staff who can work from home to consider doing so. Please get in touch with your University Cabinet member or your direct report to confirm what your work responsibilities will look like for the upcoming week.

Some faculty and staff members will be reporting to campus for work during these two days. This includes some members of University Cabinet, co-curricular programs, Student Life and the faculty. Campus operations such as Campus Safety, Plant Operations and dining services will be in operation the entire week. In most instances, student workers will not report to work on Monday and Tuesday. Student workers will be notified by their directors or their direct reports if they should report to work. We are permitting limited access to campus for off-campus individuals.

We will have approximately 45 residential students on campus this coming week. It is very important that we provide for them the best environment possible to include dining services, check-in communications and student life/student success support. It is also very, very important that we remain meaningfully engaged with all of our students during this time. Retention risks are high during this time of transition, and the best support we can provide our students is continual communication.

We have been in discussions with Kane County officials about continuing to serve as a polling location for the election scheduled to take place on Tuesday. Even though other public gatherings have been halted or discouraged by the Governor, it seems the election will take place. This means several hundred people from off-campus will be coming on-campus on Tuesday. During this time of public health concern, our first responsibility is to the Judson community. So, we are moving the polling location from Lindner Tower to the Lindner Fitness Center for Tuesday’s election. Lindner Fitness Center will be closed to all other activities both Tuesday, March 17 to accommodate people coming on to campus and on Wednesday, March 18 for cleaning and sterilization.

Thank you so much for your patience and grace during these challenging times. As you know, the situation concerning COVID-19 changes every day. That requires us to be adaptable and flexible in our response. As I shared in my public statement on Friday, I am very thankful for how you and others have responded to all of this. Most importantly, remain diligent in your prayers. This is the most powerful resource we have as a community of Christ followers!

We will have approximately 45 residential students on campus this coming week. It is very important that we provide for them the best environment possible to include dining services, check-in communications and student life/student success support. It is also very, very important that we remain meaningfully engaged with all of our students during this time. Retention risks are high during this time of transition, and the best support we can provide our students is continual communication.

Dr. Gene Crume,
Judson University President

A Message from the President

Friday, March 13, 2020

As I was walking into Riverside Café yesterday, one of our students said, with a smile on her face, “Hey, Dr. Crume! Can I buy you something with my Eagle bucks? I need to use them before I leave!”

A Judson parent, who was moving his son out of the residence hall seven weeks before he was to participate in commencement, said, “He’s had a great experience at Judson. I know this is hard so thanks for what you are doing.”

In the middle of a discussion about our plans for completing our work for the semester in the class I teach, one of the students spoke up and said, “Guys, do you mind if we pray right now?” She then led the class in prayer.

Thank You

Today is Friday, March 13. What we experienced yesterday at Judson, what much of the United States experienced yesterday and the preceding days, and what many places around the world have experienced these past 12 weeks will remain etched in our memories for a long time. Probably a lifetime. So, I would like to say thank you to everyone in the Judson community for your grace, presence and patience these past two days as we work through how to care for our community.

First, I want to say thank you to our Judson students. Wow. The news you woke up to was not what you were hoping for and, in most cases, expecting. I know there was some grumbling out of frustration and sadness, but your hearts stayed in the proper place. You have graciously worked with your faculty and the staff to transition to digital learning platforms and started preparations to literally up-root your lives. Your parents, family members and those who have walked alongside of you have dropped their plans to help you with this transition. Their lives have been inconvenienced in so many ways, so to the moms and dads and family members, thank you as well for understanding that this was a difficult decision that was thrust upon us and one that we would have preferred not to have made.

I want to share a special thank you to the students who graduate in May. The actors and crew in the spring production of Fame, student athletes, those planning academic and co-curricular trips and so many others who have now abruptly cancelled plans for special opportunities they had planned for, worked for and prayed for. It is my sincere prayer that we arrive at a place of stability in the near future so that by Saturday, May 2 we can throw you a wonderful welcome back party along with your commencement to celebrate your accomplishments.

Next, I want to say thank you to the faculty and staff. Like our students, you either received the news late the evening before or woke to the announcement of our plans because of the coronavirus. The faculty have been amazing in their efforts to ensure the spring semester continues so students can continue their degree programs and reach their graduation plans. The staff has been adaptable, flexible and thoughtful in embracing whatever needs to be done to properly execute our plans. There is still much work to do, and plans are not finalized yet on many issues. However, we will get there because of your dedication and diligence. You are continuing a long line of faculty and staff who came before you who were equally as resilient. It is a blessed legacy that we have inherited.

Also, I want to say thank you to so many partners and supporters who have rallied around us in the past two days. We deeply appreciate your help, and we will need your continued support in the days, weeks and months to come. Thank you to our partners at Fresh Ideas for seamlessly transitioning our dining efforts as well as preparing to support the campus in the upcoming weeks. Thank you to our campus operations partners at National Management Resources for taking care of our campus to make it a safe environment. Thank you to the Friends of Judson for your prayers and ongoing support. Thank you to our alumni who took to social media to offer prayers and encouragement. Your alma mater needs you more than ever so please be proactive and reach out to offer your assistance, because things are moving pretty fast around here!

Some have asked me, “Has everyone in the Judson community responded this way?” No. It never is. It’s most, but not all. I’ve had multiple conversations that have been very difficult. However, I believe those challenging conversations are where some of the most Christ-like work takes place. How we love those who are hurting, sad, grieving and bummed is just as important today as it ever has been. I’m sad and disappointed. We all have different ways in how we show it. In many cases, we don’t know the full story of another’s angst. Cancer continues to harm the health of our loved ones. Abuse sadly continues. Anger will always spill over in a fallen world. How we show up for those who are struggling during times like these is so important and where God’s spirit can work most meaningfully.

So, I return to my expression of thanks. As members of the Judson community you showed up with love, compassion and resolve because we celebrate a God who is bigger than any situation that life on this wonderful planet could offer. Today, perhaps more than any other day in my seven blessed years as president, I am honored to claim, It’s A Great Day to be A Judson Eagle!

Blessings,
Dr. Gene Crume,
Judson University President

Wellness Center Counselors Offer Time to Talk With You Today if You Are Feeling Anxious

March 13, 2020, 6:10 a.m.

We understand that students may be feeling anxious about the developing situation related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on us locally and globally. Students may have family members and/or friends in higher-risk areas and may be experiencing fear for their health. If you would like to talk with a Wellness Center counselor, we are available today, Friday, March 13, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Drop-ins are welcomed and encouraged for informal conversations with a counselor, at no cost to students.

Other online resources are:

American Psychological Association - Tips and Tools

How to Cope with Anxiety About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

News and Events

Chapel Notice

March 12, 2020, 5:27 p.m.

As we move towards a digital learning model for the remainder of the semester, this means that there will be some shifts in the chapel program.

By providence, we released our Guided Prayer Project today and the first prayer is on “An Antidote to Fear.” We will still be releasing two prayers per week (Mondays and Thursdays). You can join the project by texting “prayerproject” to 31996.

As the university begins implementing these new measures, more information will be shared via email and a new Coronavirus Updates website page, which will be updated with news, FAQs and resources. We appreciate your patience as the situation unfolds. Please check your email regularly for updates.

Further, we aim to release chapel content on the Judson University Chapel podcast (found on Spotify and iTunes). So stay subscribed to receive content!

Due to these unusual circumstances, we will be granting an automatic waive (WV) for ALL students. Therefore, you can expect to see a “WV” on your transcript at the end of the semester. Despite that, we hope you’ll still make Chapel a regular part of your day week.

Lastly, I am praying for you regularly: ‘May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.’ (Num 24, NLT).

Chris Lash
Dean of University Ministries| Adjunct Professor
Judson University

Housing Meeting

March 12, 2020, 3:27 p.m.

We are changing how we do the mandatory meeting for tonight. We are going to do the meeting by dorm and different locations. Please see below.

9:30 p.m. - Wilson in the Eyrie

9:45 p.m. - Ohio in the main lobby

10:00 p.m. - Lindner in the Reed Room

10:15 p.m. - Volkman in the Chapel

We wanted to send an email out to provide some clarifying information about what move-out will look like and what the expectations are going to be for those who are approved to stay on campus.

Treat move out the same way you would if you were moving out for the summer. Take all of your belongings, clean the room, set the room up the way it is supposed to be. You will be getting your check-out packet at the meeting tonight, so make sure you follow those instructions.

If you cannot leave campus by Sunday, March 15, at 5:00 p.m. please make sure you are filling out the extension form that was sent in the email this morning.

We want to set the expectations for students who are approved to stay on campus.

a. We will be spreading the students out, so there is a good chance you will be moved from your room and placed in another dorm room.

b. There will be no open dorm.

c. You may not have any guests

If you did apply for an extension, you will find out if you were approved and where you will be staying by tomorrow afternoon.

If you need a storage option please fill out the below and we will respond to requests as they come in.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=vYfkQ5wIEE-n255UzgCpbCoswiPUtrVGsLaqZYDgP09UQ1BRTThOMjBMMDcwOERVQURPR05FSDU5TS4u

If you have any questions please feel free to call or text this number, 331-472-7286, and McKenna will respond.

McKenna Haas, Housing Director

Letter to RISE Students and Parents

March 12, 2020, 2:09 p.m.

After consulting with University leadership, we have made the decision to move to digital learning for the remainder of the spring semester for the RISE Program because of public health concerns related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

By moving to digital learning, Judson hopes to limit large group exposure and minimize the risk of spreading the virus should a member of the Judson community become infected. Several other organizations are also following this practice as witnessed by recent announcements from the NCAA, NBA and several other colleges and universities. As we determine the most appropriate online learning lessons for the RISE students, we will reach out to each student with next steps in their courses. In-person classes will continue through this Friday, March 13, which is consistent with traditional students. In addition, ALL internships will be cancelled for Friday, March 13 and postponed for the remainder of the semester.

RISE students may move out of the residence halls starting Friday, March 13 at 3:00 pm through Sunday, March 15 at 5:00 p.m. If you need an extension to this move out time, please let us know and we will work with you. Move out will require students to take all their items home as they will not return to their dorm rooms this semester.

University leadership will make decisions regarding Commencement will be made no later than Thursday, April 9th. We will communicate information about commencement when it becomes available.

From all of us on the RISE team, we ask that you join us in prayer for Judson University, all the communities represented by our students and the world.

We love and care for each one of you,

RISE Program Director and Staff

Judson University to Move to Digital Learning

March 12, 2020

After consulting University leadership, we have made the decision to move to digital learning for the remainder of the spring semester for our traditional, adult and graduate programs because of public health concerns related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

By moving to digital learning, Judson hopes to limit large group exposure and minimize the risk of spreading the virus should a member of the Judson community become infected. Several other organizations are also following this practice as witnessed by recent announcements from the NCAA, NBA and several other colleges and universities. 

As the university begins implementing these new measures, more information will be shared via email and a new Coronavirus Updates website page, which will be updated with news, FAQs and resources. We appreciate your patience as the situation unfolds. Please check your email regularly for updates.

In-person classes will continue through this Friday, March 13, for traditional students. In-person classes for graduate and adult students will continue through Saturday, March 14. Effective Monday, March 16, most courses in the traditional, adult, and graduate programs will be taught in digital format only. Faculty have begun working to establish a path forward for students to complete their coursework for the term, and will communicate with each class in the upcoming days.

Residential students are asked to move out of the residence halls by Sunday, March 15 at 5:00 p.m. Residential international students will be allowed to remain on campus through May 4. Students who live more than six hours away can request an extension in order to make appropriate travel arrangements. Please submit this form by Friday, March 13 to request an on-campus extension. Dining options will remain available through May 4 for those students remaining on campus.

Spring athletic teams will continue their seasons unless the NAIA, NCCAA or the Chicagoland Athletic Conference cancels or postpones any of the regular season games or championships. Resident spring sport athletes who live over an hour away will be allowed to remain on campus, if they choose to do so. Please complete this form. Residential spring sport student athletes who live less than an hour away are asked to move home.

While these changes will impact our community, we remain committed to ensuring that students have every opportunity to succeed in the classroom and are prepared well for their next academic year. Faculty and staff will work diligently, maintaining normal business hours, to provide services. Digital resources available through the Student Success Services are available to those who will study from homes as well as the small group of students remaining on campus.

Judson’s leaders will continue to monitor all health-related concerns as we evaluate all future programs and events planned for campus in the coming weeks on a case-by-case basis. Watch for news about boot camps, and other summer courses that begin in May as well as updates on travel for programs that require it. Decisions regarding Commencement will be made no later than Thursday, April 9.

Finally, join us in praying for all those impacted by this health concern around the world.

Dr. Gene Crume,
Judson University President

Judson Notice on Coronavirus

March 11, 2020

Dear members of the Judson University community,

Concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue in the U.S., and Judson University is taking action and offering guidance to keep our community as safe as possible as this health crisis evolves. This message offers the latest information on Judson’s policies, guidance and response. For now, all classes, campus events and programs will continue as scheduled. However, we are prepared to cancel events on short notice as well as move to alternative learning environments such as online to complete the current academic terms for traditional, adult and graduate students.

We plan to continue to share email messages like this when significant new guidance is issued, or if there is a specific risk to the campus community. Right now, the risk to the Judson community is still very low. For general information related to this disease you can visit the Centers for Disease Control resource page here.

State of Illinois Disaster Proclamation

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a disaster proclamation for the state of Illinois on Monday. This is a necessary step for the state to receive federal resources and funding aimed at controlling the outbreak and to expedite purchasing and mutual aid between state agencies.

Hygiene Measures

In keeping with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the University has increased routine environmental cleaning of high traffic areas and is installing additional hand sanitizer stations as supplies are available. Everyone is encouraged to follow recommended personal hygiene practices including washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water, covering your coughs or sneezes with a tissue or your elbow, and to keep personal workspaces sanitary.

Dealing with Illness

Coronavirus shares many symptoms with influenza, and without testing it is difficult to differentiate between Coronavirus and influenza. In an effort to protect the community from potential exposure, Judson University is asking all employees with potential flu symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) to work out a plan with their supervisor to recover from home until they are symptom-free for 24 hours without use of medication including Tylenol or Ibuprofen. This is in line with current CDC guidance. If you are having difficulty breathing, pain, or if your condition is worsening please seek medical attention or call 911.

Judson University is also monitoring concerns of illness among the student population. Students who are sick and live within three hours of Elgin or Rockford campuses are asked to go home until they have recovered. Residential students living in dormitories as well as international students and students who live more than three hours away will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, and Judson staff will help you secure appropriate accommodations.

Travel

At this time, public health agencies have not offered guidance restricting domestic travel. We recommend you consult with the local county public health department in the area you are planning to visit to see if there are local restrictions or guidance about travel and activities there. You can check the current status of cases in your destination here.

However, given the amount of uncertainty, we are asking that faculty and staff seriously consider rescheduling non-essential domestic business travel at this time.

Please note that we do ask that faculty and staff be cognizant of special risk factors. Please avoid traveling to any areas that are currently highly impacted by the virus, and please avoid traveling if you are older or have health complications, as recommended by the CDC.

International Travel

All University-related travel to CDC-designated Level 3 countries (currently China, Iran, Italy and South Korea) is prohibited. Judson University recommends faculty and staff defer any non-essential international business travel, and we ask that you seek approval from your vice president or dean in cases where global business travel is deemed essential.

As always we ask you to continue to pray for those affected by this situation.

Sincerely,

Nick Salzmann
Assistant Vice President of Campus Operations
Title IX Coordinator, Clery Act Coordinator
Judson University

Judson University Update

Friday, March 6, 2020

Judson University has been closely monitoring developments regarding Coronavirus 2019. Judson University has a response team in place that has been keeping up to date with local health officials and is prepared to adapt if situations change.

We have been reassured that there is minimal risk for Judson students, faculty and staff on our Elgin and Rockford campuses. As our students return to campus from spring break, we are monitoring from where they are coming. We see little to no risk, due to the locations to which our students have traveled. Please join us in praying for a safe return of our students, faculty, and staff to campus as well as the countries and people impacted by this virus.

Nick Salzmann
Chair, Judson Response Team and Assistant Vice President of Campus Operations

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