Updated: August 21, 2020 - 4:45 p.m. CST

 

Dear Student,

Just a few short days until the start of classes! We urge you to practice social and physical distancing, conduct frequent hand-washing and continue the proper use of face coverings (covering both the nose and mouth) whenever others are present. As a reminder, upon returning to Millikin, all on-campus residential students will be asked to “stay in place” as much as possible for the first 14 days to help ensure safe conditions and reduce the spread of COVID-19. A strict “no visitor” policy has been established for our residential facilities, and an evening curfew will be implemented. Following the completion of this 14-day period, students will be expected to abide at all times by the standards and protocols put forth in the Campus Safety Plan for Students.

As the first weekend on campus approaches, I call on all students to refrain from attending any gatherings, on or off campus. As we have all seen, other colleges and universities are struggling with student behavior as it pertains to social gatherings. This has already caused dangerous outbreaks and campus closures. In some cases, a single off-campus party has caused institutions to lose their ability to offer face-to-face interactions. Please don’t be the reason that Millikin is forced to postpone valuable experiences. If you have returned to campus, I know that you are excited to participate and engage with your peers, but please do not endanger our campus community. The parties can wait. Please think of your peers and their families, and don’t be the person that risks the health of a student, their families or other immunocompromised loved ones. It bears repeating: For Millikin to have a successful fall term, it is going to take all of us to practice diligent care for others by wearing our face coverings and social distancing. Our plan is a good one, but it will only work with your cooperation.

At this time, Millikin has not received reports of any positive cases of COVID-19 on campus. While we are aware of positive cases that have affected members of our campus community, those cases have not been tied to the campus environment. All affected individuals have gone through detailed contact tracing, which found no identified exposure risks for campus. In the event that there is a positive case on campus — meaning a student or employee with a confirmed case of COVID-19 has come into potential contact with others on campus — please rest assured that you will be notified.

Updated Fall 2020 Guidance for Students

COVID-19 Symptom Tracker — Beginning on Monday morning, August 24, 2020, we are asking all students to log on to myMillikin every morning and visit the Millikin COVID Clinic feature to submit their COVID-19 Symptom Tracker results, as well as any COVID-19 test results they have received. Students will receive a green, yellow or red bubble on the Symptom Tracker, depending on their answers. Red means stay put, yellow means we need to follow up regarding possible exposure and green means they are good to go. The Office of Campus Life will follow up on any students that receive a red response.

Travel Reporting Form — We are asking students to refrain from any unnecessary and avoidable travel across or off campus. Students will request approval for any off-campus travel through an online travel reporting form. Students with off-campus employment will be required to report their work schedules on a weekly basis.

CVS Sponsored COVID-19 Testing — Millikin has partnered with CVS Health for student testing at the local retail location, 570 N. Fairview Ave. A campus clinic at Dolson Hall is open through 5 p.m., Saturday, August 22, for students flagged to test. Please use the Millikin-specific scheduling tool to schedule your test at www.cvs.com/campustesting. Students may also choose to test at their preferred provider. At this time, only flagged students are required to test. If you are required to test, you have received several reminders through your Millikin email to do so. For the full message sent to students regarding Millikin University’s COVID-19 testing options, click here.

Access to campus facilities — To support our 2-week campus soft-quarantine, and to discourage gatherings and travel across the campus, all academic buildings will close at 9 p.m. Students will be asked to leave facilities and return to their residences at this time. We ask for student cooperation as Public Safety assists in closing our facilities. After the 2-week period, we will revisit campus building hours.

Fall 2020 Guidance

What should you do if you are diagnosed with COVID-19? You will be asked to self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms or confirmation of COVID-19. Individuals who have self-isolated must exhibit improved symptoms and be fever-free without the assistance of medication for a minimum of 72 hours before returning to campus. Please also be sure to notify the Office of Campus Life of your confirmed case. Residential students will be isolated in special housing that is separate from the rest of the campus community. In some cases, we will ask that family or guardians pick up residential students for home isolation. Daily medical checks, as well as meals and necessities, will be provided to students who isolate on campus. Non-residential students will be instructed to isolate at home. Students in isolation will receive academic accommodations to ensure they can stay on track with work remotely.

What should you do if you have been potentially exposed to COVID-19? You will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days from the most recent exposure. The quarantine will be arranged to occur on campus for residential students if they so choose. Off-campus students will quarantine at home. While in quarantine, students are expected to follow very strict social distancing guidelines, including wearing a mask both indoors and outdoors at all times, avoiding shared spaces and traveling only if necessary for to-go meals or medical care. Students self-quarantining will receive academic accommodations to ensure they can stay on track with work remotely.

What is the difference between self-isolating and self-quarantining? Visit millikin.edu/case-isolation-and-contact-quarantine for full details.

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Please continue to assess your symptoms daily through the COVID-19 Symptom Tracker to determine if you should report to class and continue to check the University COVID-19 website for the most recent updates.


Raphaella Prange

Vice President for Student Affairs