Updated: March 12, 2020 - 6:56 p.m. CST
Dear Millikin Community:
Yesterday, I sent you a message regarding our plans to resume classes at Millikin University as scheduled on Monday, March 16, 2020. We made plans to accommodate students who were unable or unwilling to return to campus for the rest of the semester. I sent that message knowing that we might have to make adjustments in this incredibly fast changing environment.
As you probably have discerned yourself, the situation with the COVID-19 virus and the reaction to it is changing even more rapidly than we imagined. As President Trump announced last night, flights from Europe will be suspended for 30 days starting Friday night. The NBA has ended its season, and other professional sport teams are postponing or eliminating games. Today, the NCAA has abruptly terminated all championships in all divisions. New York Governor Cuomo has in effect shut down Broadway theatres for the next month by banning gatherings of more than 250 persons. All day I have been in consultation with colleague presidents in the CCIW and with my Cabinet, the senior leadership of Millikin. As we considered the evolving story of the COVID virus and the complexity of the issues before us, I decided on the following change of plans:
- Millikin University will extend Spring Break for one week from March 16 through March 23.
- Beginning on March 23, all Millikin courses will be delivered in online fashion or other distant learning modes for the remaining weeks of the semester. Students will be encouraged to stay at home.
- Our goal is to use the full range of technological tools available to continue to offer all scheduled classes for the Spring semester. In spite of the severe disruption to our academic calendar we are going to work together to help assure that students can continue to progress toward fulfillment of their educational goals, including timely completion of their degrees.
- Residence halls will remain open for those students needing to remain on campus, though they may be consolidated. Students who are spending the rest of the semester at home may pick up their belongings next week during normal business hours from March 16 – March 20.
- Dining services will remain open but will be altered to serve fewer students with more portable offerings to discourage gatherings.
- All Millikin on-campus events between March 16 and April 30 are hereby cancelled. Decisions on the character and nature of Commencement will be made by mid-April.
- University employees should report to work as scheduled and continue with their duties as assigned.
More information about course delivery will be available next week.
In this challenging and rapidly changing time for our campus, I thank you for your attention and care; and I ask for the cooperation of each and every member of our campus community. We regret having to make these changes. I know we can count on our concern for one another and our commitment to Millikin University’s promise and greatness to get us through these challenges and emerge a stronger and better community.
Please check communications on the Millikin web page millikin.edu/covid19 often for the latest updates on our response.
With characteristic Millikin care and thoughtfulness, we will be able to help one another thrive even in this difficult situation. Thank you all for being Millikin to one another and our larger community.
Sincerely yours in Millikin,
Patrick E. White