Though the pandemic has challenged and changed our environments and behaviors in many ways, please remember: we are all in this together. Millikin is committed to you. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have implemented a Campus Safety Plan for Students. We will remain in contact with you as we refine and update these guidelines in response to changes in the COVID-19 conditions in our community, state and nation.
The Campus Safety Plan for Students document was updated on July 20 and can be viewed in full below.
View the Campus Safety Plan for Students here.
Traveling off campus? Fill out the travel reporting form before you go!
Travel & Gatherings:
With the increase in cases of COVID-19 in the Macon County community, we are asking for your cooperation in limiting your travel off-campus, and following strict mask wearing habits when gathering in small groups. We have seen campus cases tied to off-campus engagement, as well as small informal residential gatherings where masks were not worn.
Partnership with SHIELD Illinois:
We continue to actively plan and secure infrastructure for our saliva based testing program to launch in January 2021. All students and employees should complete the testing consent form at https://millikin.edu/shield. This is an important step to complete before the holiday. Without consent we cannot allow participation in testing. Learn more about SHIELD at https://www.uillinois.edu/shield
How will I know I am flagged for testing:
Please check your Millikin email often over the break. We will use the same entry testing criteria from the fall, in addition to student athletes. Certain academic programs will participate in scheduled testing as well. These requirements will be updated after the holidays at https://millikin.edu/health/coronavirus-and-covid-19.
Don't forget to register and talk with your Student Financial Services representative:
Please make sure you register for spring 2021 classes as soon as possible, and especially prior to January 1, 2021. If you received a letter from Student Financial Services, please be sure to reach out to your financial representative. We want to help, and need your cooperation and communication.
Spring Term will begin with 2-week soft campus quarantine:
Similar to how we began the fall 2020 term, we will begin the spring 2021 term with a 2-week period where we restrict activities and travel. Students will be asked to limit the time spent outside of their residences until we have completed all entry and first-round surveillance testing. We will share more details about the soft quarantine in next week's update.
As always, we are here to help! Please contact email@example.com to assist with any general campus questions. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any housing related questions (reminder: residence hall move-ins begin the 19th!).
Millikin’s campus is fully open and operational this fall 2020 semester. The full academic calendar for 2020-2021 can be viewed here.
Modes of Instruction
Classes are being delivered using a variety of methods including in-person, online-only and hybrid formats. More information about the modes of instruction can be viewed here.
Athletic practices will resume on September 16th, 2020. Student athlete COVID-19 testing has commenced.
- CCIW Press Release for Fall 2020 sports
- Check back for more information coming soon
The Millikin University Athletic Department is committed to following best practices and recommendations from all governing authorities to ensure a safe return to competition for our student-athletes. The College Confeence of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) has determined to move fall sports to spring, so fall early move-in is not needed. Following NCAA guidelines — and after required physicals — fall sports will practice in the fall. Millikin's athletic trainers will following the guidelines of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to outline specific safety protocols for athletics.
With a goal of student safety, Millikin will use a low-density model to ensure social distancing, proper sanitation, and cleaning in our residence halls. Specifically, most new students will be assigned to single occupancy rooms. Should double occupancy be requested or required, due to demand, double occupancy rooms will only be permitted in our suite-style residence halls. Even in double occupancy rooms, the best practice of ensuring all beds are at least 10 feet apart will be followed. Residence hall assignments, along with applicable suitemate and roommate information, will be sent to all students via their Millikin email in late July. Upper-class student housing, restricted to the Woods and Fraternity/Sorority Housing, will remain as planned, with restrictions as outlined in this document.
Residence Hall Staffing
Staffing for the residence halls will remain with the current number of para-professional staff as projected from Spring 2020. Health and safety programming will be the main focus of co- curricular education, and all other programming will be facilitated through digital/virtual programming. Training on public health measures and signs/symptoms of COVID-19 will be provided for all live-in para-professionals and campus life personnel. No in-person program will be planned for more than ten individuals until such time restrictions are clearly lifted.
Regarding residential policies, no outside guests will be permitted in the residential units, and roommate changes will not be permitted unless it is to support health and wellness. Residents will be required to wear face coverings while in public spaces, abide by social distancing guidelines, and monitor their temperatures weekly. Enhanced cleaning, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, will continue in all common areas and high-touch surfaces, with a focus on restrooms. COVID-19 prevention information will be posted prominently in common areas. We will permit students who are evidenced to be immunocompromised, or in need of special accommodations, to apply for an exception to the residential requirement.
Upper-class Housing Options
For fraternity and sorority chapter housing, specifically, those chapters (Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, and Pi Beta Phi) that have dormer style sleeping rooms, will be required to permit members to use study/dressing rooms as bedrooms (single occupancy only). Dormers will be decommissioned unless a much lower density model can be proposed in these spaces. Meals in these facilities will follow the same guidelines as campus dining. Housekeeping standards will also be expected, with preference given to third-party cleaning.
The Woods at Millikin will require minimal modifications as a result of this strategy. Students are already in low-density apartment spaces with individual sleeping rooms and only two students per restroom. Attention will be paid to monitoring student health across the complex, responding to symptomatic students, and cleaning of common spaces. The fitness center, clubhouse, computer lab, and pool area will remain closed until restrictions are lifted.
Student organizations and other co-curricular groups are now welcome to host events outdoors for 50 or less participants, and indoors for 20 or less participants. Student organization events may be approved via the Event Request Form.
Access to Campus Facilities
Campus buildings will now remain open until midnight. Students may utilize labs, performance spaces, studio, practice rooms, study spaces, and computer labs from 8am-12midnight. Occupancy limits and cleaning protocols must be followed.
Safe Rides and Safe Walks
- Public Safety will attempt to provide more Safe Walks instead of Safe Rides in the enclosed van which will provide better social distancing options
- Safe Rides will be offered with occupancy restrictions of two passengers
- Face masks must be worn by all passengers and drivers
- Vehicles will be properly ventilated
- Service will be provided with no signature or contact required
- Upon arrival Millikin Public Safety personnel will wear masks when approaching or entering a building or scene
- Additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be worn as required