Judson Coronavirus FAQs | Judson University Christian College

Judson Coronavirus FAQs

Revised March 17, 2020

Health

Are there confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state of Illinois or Judson University?
There are no known cases on the Judson University campus. According to the Illinois Department of Health, there have been 32 confirmed cases in Illinois as of March 13, 2020.

What should I do if I think I have COVID-19?
If you are an on-campus student and develop a cough, fever, and difficulty breathing, please call Campus Safety at 847-622-9999 and rely on medical care at your local doctor or Advocate Sherman Hospital/AMITA St. Joseph Hospital for testing and treatment.  Please report your arrival by phone for instructions on an evaluation for COVID-19 before entering any healthcare facility. If you are an employee or other community member, call your primary care provider for further instructions.

I’m sick. How do I know if it is COVID-19?
If you are an on-campus student and develop a cough, fever, and difficulty breathing within 14 days after travel, please call Campus Safety at 847-622-9999 and rely on medical care at your local doctor or Advocate Sherman Hospital or AMITA St. Joseph Hospital for testing and treatment. If you are an employee or other community member, call your primary care provider for further instructions.

Will Judson University quarantine students or employees exposed to the COVID-19 virus?
In accordance with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health, any employee, student, or other community member who has traveled to a Level 3 country where there is widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19 (currently China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, and European countries) should self-isolate and not return to campus for 14 days upon return to the United States. The same is true for individuals who have had close contact with confirmed cases. 
If a student that has been given special permission to remain on campus is diagnosed with COVID-19, that student will be isolated or hospitalized as required.  Any close contacts of that case will be quarantined separately on campus with direction by the Kane County Health Department. These students will be provided appropriate housing, food, and health care monitoring during this designated time, while being able to continue with the virtual teaching established for all students. Students wishing to return home for isolation will be allowed to leave campus under the care and supervision of their families.

Employees diagnosed with COVID-19 should follow the isolation instructions of their primary care provider and not return to campus until given clearance by their medical provider.

Are there any members of Judson Community in self-isolation or quarantine?
Judson University does not have anyone on campus with COVID-19 or suspected to have it. One student opted to go into self-isolation on March 12 as a precautionary measure, but medical professionals have since stated that this student does not have COVID-19.

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.

Travel

What should I do if I have recently traveled to a “Level 3” Country or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms?
In accordance with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health, any employee, student, or other community member who has traveled to a Level 3 country, now including European countries where there is widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19 should self-isolate and not return to campus for 14 days upon return to the United States. Affected students requesting to live on campus with this exposure should contact Campus Safety at 847-622-9999.

Campus Life

How and when can I get my belongings from my on-campus housing?
Students have met with Judson Housing leaders to discuss move out procedures. Students must remove all their belongs as they would at the end of the academic year by Sunday, March 15 at 5 p.m. Those students who need an extension beyond Sunday, March 15 at 5 p.m. should have already filled out an extension form. Judson will provide free storage if needed for those who complete the following form.

Will athletics seasons be cancelled?
In solidarity with the CCAC, Judson University is suspending athletics practice and competition for the spring season until further notice. Judson University was informed on Monday, March 16, 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. (Updated March 16, 2020)

How will Judson be supporting the development of a healthy Christ-centered community during this period of time?
Judson’s Student Life team is working with the Judson Student Organization to provide appropriate activities for those remaining on campus to enjoy community. More plans will be shared directly with students on campus.

What services will be available to students who remain on campus?
Judson University’s faculty and staff will continue to maintain normal business hours on campus throughout the semester. Housing, dining, counseling and wellness center, and the Student Success Center will maintain normal business hours, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.  See this link for the Library’s hours, which have adjusted somewhat but continue to be open during business times. Students remaining on campus will only be able to attend classes remotely, in a manner similar to those who are not on campus.

What services can help my student with the stress and anxiety of this move?
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. Here are two resources that may help:
American Psychological Association - Tips and Tools 
How to Cope with Anxiety About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

How will my student experience Chapel events at home or on campus?
Judson will move to a digital learning model for the remainder of the semester, which will impact chapel as well. We are working on adjusting our schedule to fit this mode and will announce those plans when they become available. Students will receive an automatic waive for their transcript this semester.

Students and their families can still participate in our chapel by watching content on the Judson University Chapel podcast (found on Spotify and iTunes). We will continue to record and release content for the remainder of the semester. Also, Judson just released a Guided Prayer Project on March 12. Providentially, the first prayer was on “An Antidote to Fear.” We will continue to release two prayers per week (Mondays and Thursdays). You can join the project by texting “prayerproject” to 31996.  

Is the Judson University campus open?
Judson University’s Elgin campus is open. Judson faculty and staff and all campus departments are maintaining normal business hours. Individual campus visitors are welcome to campus to meet with appropriate staff, we are not encouraging large group gatherings who might want to rent our facilities for the month of March. We determine when we will be available to rent space for large group gatherings for the spring and summer on a case-by-case basis.

The Rockford Campus will be closed until March 31 since the YMCA of Rockford was closed as mandated by the Department of Health.

What campus public events (lectures, concerts, etc.) are continuing?
All non-athletic public events at Judson University are being considered on a case by case basis because the number of anticipated people attending may mitigate concerns.

The following list for events are still taking place:

Daily Campus Visits by Prospective Students – Continuing
Daily Music Lessons through Fox Valley Community Music School - Cancelled (updated March 17, 2017)
Weekly Sessions – Tax Service Partnership on Monday and Wednesday through April 15 – Continuing on a limited basis
Weekend – Driving Programs – Continuing

March 17 – Lindner Tower used as Polling Place - Continuing
March 19 - Career Fair – Moving to Digital Format on Judson Connect (judsonu.wisr.io/login) look for Entry Level Job & Internship or Intermediate & Experienced Job Communities
April 14 – Friends of Judson Spring Luncheon - TBD

April 26 – JUISY Awards - TBD

May 2 – Commencement - TBD
May 4 – Prayer Breakfast – TBD
Summer Global Outreach Trips – Peru  – TBD

Summer Choir Trip to Jamaica - Cancelled (updated March 17, 2017)

Summer Camps - TBD

 

Why are some events still being held during the semester?
Judson is closely monitoring the number of students remaining our campus and the types of events where individuals will gather. Smaller group sizes in closed, classroom spaces will be limited to 10 or fewer individuals per a classroom so that they can increase their social distance between neighbors. (Updated March 17, 2017)

Will commencement still be held?
We will make a final decision on Commencement by April 9. We encourage Judson seniors and their families to keep travel plans as flexible as possible should cancelation or rescheduling be required. 

Will Judson’s Summer Camps continue to be available?
At this time, we are not cancelling our plans for the existing athletic, music and architecture/art/interior design summer camp. We will monitor the health landscape closer to the time of the camp and announce our plans closer to the time of the camps.

Will the summer 2020 programs with international travel be canceled?
Our Emergency Task Force is monitoring COVID-19 developments with the U.S. State Department, the CDC, the World Health Organization as well as our partners in these areas. The Architecture 2020 Summer Study Tour has been cancelled as this trip focuses on locations in Europe. Plans for the Women’s Volleyball trip to Peru will be determined at a later time. The Choir Tour to Jamaica is cancelled as of March 17, 2020.

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