A Message from President Freeman re: Stay-at-Home Extension and Future Plans
April 23, 2020

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Gov. Pritzker announced this afternoon that he is extending the state’s stay-at-home order through May 30. This announcement was anticipated, and we will continue to abide by the order with our existing operations and working remotely. 

While we don’t know when or how the stay-home-order will ultimately be lifted, we are preparing for a variety of scenarios and options for when employees can begin to safely return – in phases – to working on campus this summer. Representatives from Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, facilities, research, human resources and others are working to make recommendations that will utilize guidance from our public health partners and continue to prioritize the safety and well-being of our community.

Provost Ingram is leading similar scenario-planning to determine options for the scheduling and delivery of fall classes. All considerations and plans will be developed collaboratively over the next 30 to 60 days, and will be in accordance with directives from our governor and public health officials.

Lastly, only two weeks remain in what has been an extraordinary semester. I appreciate all you have done for our students to get them to this point and what it will take to get them through to the end. Please be sure to take care of yourselves and loved ones and continue to do your part to help protect our community and state.

Together Forward,


Lisa C. Freeman


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