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Coronavirus Updates

Recent updates from Judson University regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).

Current News

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.

Past News

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

Coronavirus FAQs

Read frequently asked questions about Judson and coronavirus (COVID-19).

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