March 20, 2020 at 5:30pm

Courses to be delivered in online or other distant learning modes

Millikin University is committed to the health and wellness of our students, faculty, staff and community. We are continuing to closely monitor the COVID19 outbreak (also known as Coronavirus) and are dedicating our efforts to furthering preventative measures and making decisions based upon the most up-to-date health information available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Macon County Health Department. While the University is remaining open at this time, please rest assured that the continued safety and well-being of the Millikin campus community is our top priority and that intentional action is being taken to ensure that safety. We will continue to update this site with pertinent information as it becomes available. Please continue to check back for updates.

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

COVID-19 Update: Stay-at-home order for Illinois

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.

Millikin has:

  • Established guidelines enabling faculty and staff to work remotely. In alignment with Governor Pritzker's order, employees designated "essential" in nature who are needed on campus will be notified by their supervisors.
  • Already switched to online or distance-learning teaching methods for the remaining weeks of the semester. The exact mode of delivery will vary from faculty-to-faculty and course-to-course, with the goal of continuing the semester so that students will not lose progress toward degrees. Online classes will resume beginning March 23, 2020.
  • Ensured essential services will be provided for students remaining on campus. Millikin is committed to providing the highest level of service and care possible during this challenging time.

While the University is closed to the public at this time, please be assured that faculty and staff will remain in contact with students. The continued safety and well-being of all in the Millikin community, especially our students who remain in campus housing, is our top priority and intentional action is being taken to ensure their safety.

Frequently asked questions and corresponding answers can be found at millikin.edu/health/coronavirus-and-covid-19/faqs. Please visit the Millikin homepage for frequent updates.

Millikin University is committed to the health and wellness of our students, faculty, staff and community. We are continuing to closely monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and are dedicating our efforts to furthering preventative measures and making decisions based upon the most up-to-date health information available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Macon County Health Department.

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:

1. Millikin University will extend Spring Break for one week from March 16 through March 23.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Dining services will remain open but will be altered to serve fewer students with more portable offerings to discourage gatherings.

6. All Millikin on-campus events between March 16 and April 30 are hereby canceled.  Decisions on the character and nature of Commencement will be made by mid-April.

7. 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

President