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.

Return to Campus Safety Plan

View the Campus Safety Plan for Students here.

Before you arrive to campus, complete or review the following:

  • Pre-Screening Questionnaire
  • The Campus Safety Plan for Students (above)
  • Back to Campus Safety Pledge (students can find the link in their email)

Academic Calendar

Millikin’s campus will be fully open and operational this fall 2020 semester. Classes are set to begin August 24, 2020. The full academic calendar for fall 2020 can be viewed here.

Modes of Instruction

Classes will be delivered using a variety of methods including in-person, online-only and hybrid formats. Methods of delivery will appear on student schedules, which are anticipated to be finalized and viewable by mid-August. Updates and changes to course schedules are being made daily. Once courses have been finalized, students will be notified. More information about the modes of instruction can be viewed here.

Orientation Programming

All orientation programming, including New Student Welcome Week and the EDGE Program, will be almost exclusively online.

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.

Housing Assignments

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. Our priority-housing plan for new students is as follows:

Move-In Procedures & New Student Welcome Week & Orientation

Move-in operations will be completed using a hybrid sign up model and allowing those who may be immune-compromised an alternative date. Only one move in assistant will be allowed per family. Stairwells and elevators will be designated to determine the flow of traffic.

All orientation/New Student Welcome Week programs will be completed using a hybrid model with a virtual component through the student VIP page and Moodle over the summer, followed by an in-person component once restrictions have been lifted to allow larger groups to gather. New Student Welcome Week will begin on Friday, August 21st, at 5 p.m. and have events that will continue through the first week of the academic semester. Additional orientation topics and training will be provided in the IN140 seminar sections.

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.

Residential Operations

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.

Public Safety

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

Lock outs/Re-Cores

  • Service will be provided with no signature or contact required

Alarm/Crisis Response

  • 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