Dear Millikin Campus Community:
As many of you are aware, Governor Pritzker lifted the statewide mask mandate on February 28, 2022. That announcement, coupled with the new mask guidance issued from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last Friday and the data that shows almost 87% of our student body is now vaccinated, allows us to modify our campus policy towards mask wearing.NEW MASK GUIDANCE As of Tuesday, March 1st, Millikin will no longer require masks to be worn on campus. Keep in mind, those individuals who prefer to wear a mask, who experience symptoms, who come into direct contact with individuals who have tested positive, or who are immunocompromised are encouraged to continue masking. Masks still will be provided at centralized locations throughout campus. TESTING & POSITIVE CASES In accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order 2022-05, we will continue requiring weekly testing for any campus community member who is not vaccinated. We will revisit this policy on March 5, 2022 when the Executive Order is set to expire. Students who test positive are asked to self-isolate and request accommodations or assistance if needed. Millikin will cease formal contact tracing as of March 7, 2022. Students should contact faculty directly for any needed academic accommodations and faculty are asked to support students who are ill. Automatic notices to faculty will be discontinued. It will be critical moving forward that our entire community support the ”stay home if you are sick” model. CAMPUS EVENTS & VISITORS All pandemic restrictions on campus events are rescinded. There will be no cap on the size of events and it will not be necessary to provide for social distancing or spacing. Visitors are welcome on campus. We will return to all pre-pandemic policies in regards to events and campus visitors.
As has been the case previously, we would ask that any member of our campus community who feels ill or exhibits flu-like signs or symptoms should stay home from work and/or not attend class. We will continue to monitor any events related to the COVID-19 pandemic and adjust our policies based on the recommendations from the CDC, IDPH, and others who may have access to accurate scientific information.
Jim ReynoldsPresident Millikin University