Updated: June 12, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. CST

 

Dear Millikin Students, Faculty and Staff,
 
I write today with good news regarding our calendar for the Fall 2020 semester. Because the State of Illinois is moving through Governor Pritzker’s five-phase Restore Illinois Plan more quickly than initially projected, I am pleased to announce that Millikin University will start fall semester classes on August 24.

Updated: May 13, 2020 - 10:40 a.m. CST

 

Dear Millikin Students, Faculty and Staff,
 
As we complete this unprecedented semester, I write you for two reasons: 
 
First, I want to thank you and applaud your efforts navigating and succeeding in our online/distance learning environment. Who could have imagined the transition required of us all just a few months ago, and more importantly, who could have doubted that Millikin would have been anything but resilient and formidable when faced with a challenge? In this extraordinary time, you have all stepped up and met the challenge.

Updated: April 29, 2020 - 10:45 a.m. CST

 

Through the support of Millikin University endowed funds and CARES Act Emergency Relief Funding, Millikin students are now able to apply for Millikin Student Emergency Support Funds by completing the simple application at the following link: https://millikin.edu/millikinstudentemergencysupportfunds

Updated: April 24, 2020 - 5:00 p.m. CST


Dear students, parents and families:

 
Millikin University appreciates your patience as we continue to move forward with pro-rated refunds for spring term student housing and dining costs. Refunds for room and board will be applied to student accounts beginning Monday, April 27, 2020. Refunds for both room and board will appear on the student account as “COVID-19 Relief Funds”. If the refund amount creates a credit balance on the student account, those balances will be sent back to the student beginning the first week of May.

Updated: April 9, 2020 - 3:05 p.m. CST


Dear students, parents and families:

 
I am hopeful this message finds you and your family in good health. Over the past four weeks, so much has changed for all of us. During this time, the University has worked diligently to put into place a process by which we will provide a pro-rated refund for spring term student housing and dining costs. We are pleased to be able to offer this option to our students and families and continue to support those students who choose to remain in their campus housing assignments. Our residence halls, apartments, and the Woods at Millikin will remain open. See below for information on eligibility for the refund:

Updated: April 3, 2020 - 5:30 p.m. CST

 

 

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Updated: April 2, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. CST

 

Dear Members of the Millikin Community:
 
The attached document is an emergency amendment to Millikin University’s policy governing the use of Pass/Fail grading for classes. The Council on Students and Academic Standards, the Council on Curriculum, the Academic Deans, and the Provost, in consultation with the President and his Cabinet, have approved these changes as warranted under current conditions, given the stresses and challenges students are navigating in their work with faculty to complete the academic demands of the current semester.


Updated: March 31, 2020 - 2:30 p.m. CST

 

Dear Millikin Students:
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has produced a number of wrenching changes in all our lives. I am so proud of the excellent work that so many students, faculty, and staff are doing to keep the teaching and learning at the heart of the Millikin experience alive and vibrant. 
 
As I talk to other presidents from around the country, I am happy to report the collaborative spirit in the Millikin community as we move into a new way of interacting, teaching, and learning. You are keeping the Millikin community alive. Alumni are reaching out to one another as well, keeping the Millikin spirit going through many informal networks. In addition to your course work, I know you are all keeping in touch with your Millikin friends by many means. Keep that up. It is important; it makes a difference.
 


Updated: March 20, 2020 - 5:30 p.m. CST

 

Governor J.B. Pritzker has issued a stay-at-home order for all Illinois residents to shelter-in-place beginning Saturday, March 21, at 5 p.m. The stay-at-home order allows residents to continue to visit the grocery store, put gas in their cars, walk outside and make pharmacy runs. All local roads, including the interstate highways and tollways, will remain open to traffic, as well.
 
Millikin University has been moving forward with new procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic for several weeks.
 

 

Updated: March 19, 2020 - 5:33 p.m. CST

 

 

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Updated: March 15, 2020 - 5:00 p.m. CST

 

Residential Students and Families:
 
We want to remind all residential students that they are welcome to return to campus at any time (barring any illness or CDC imposed quarantine requirements) and complete their distance/online learning from their campus residence. While we have made the prudent choice to move all of our teaching online, practice social distancing and cease all campus gatherings, we also want to provide the choice to our students and families as to where they reside to complete their spring 2020 educational experience. 
 
At this time, Millikin University is not closing any of the residential units. Students may elect any of these courses of action:
  • Return to campus on or after Monday, March 16, 2020 and reside on campus for the remainder of the semester.
  • Remain in their home communities for their choice length of time, leaving their belongings in their residential unit and returning to campus at a later time.
  • Voluntarily move out of their residence during business hours Monday, March 16 -Friday, March 20, 2020.
 

 

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:

 

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Updated: March 11, 2020 - 7:53 p.m. CST


Dear Millikin Community:

Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the rapidly spreading COVID-19 virus a pandemic. While this signals that the virus will likely spread to all countries and areas across the globe, there are currently no cases of COVID-19 in our county or city, and we have no knowledge of staff, faculty, or students who have traveled to areas of heightened risk. With this in mind, Millikin University is making the carefully considered decision to continue campus operations at this time. Therefore, classes will resume after Spring Break, as scheduled, on Monday, March 16, 2020. We do this in realization that the work of Performance Learning is vitally important to our students and faculty and cannot always be adequately accomplished through remote means. Millikin University has developed a website for updates regarding our COVID-19 planning and prevention. You may access information at millikin.edu/covid19. We will work together to keep our students, staff, and faculty safe and healthy. Primarily this includes imposing social distancing where appropriate, limiting non-essential travel both domestically and internationally, and generally elevating preventive hygiene practices across the campus. If you are currently experiencing flu-like symptoms, please refrain from returning to campus.

 

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Last Updated: March 3, 2020 - 10:26 a.m. CST

 

Millikin University has been monitoring information related to COVID19, also known as “coronavirus” for several weeks. At this time, we are not aware of any COVID19 cases in our county, and only four cases have tested positive in Illinois. Of these cases, all have recovered after a brief illness. At the current time the risk posed by COVID19 remains low, especially in individuals with normal immune capabilities.

Thankfully the preventative measures for COVID19 are the same as most viruses, including seasonal influenza. In January, the Millikin University facilities team began implementing extra treatments of “high touch” areas to help prevent the spread of all viruses. This extra attention continues and staff is being reminded to remain focused on preventative measures. Our campus community is reminded of the following simple precautions to help prevent the spread of all viruses:

 

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