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University of St. Francis in Joliet announces extended COVID-19 plans

University of St. Francis in Joliet announced this week detailed plans on how it plans to reopen campus this coming fall during the pandemic. The University printed the detailed plans on its website Monday.

USF says campus class sizes and gatherings will be limited to 50 people, in accordance with the Phase 4 Restore Illinois plan.

The University said in the statement, “this summer, University staff members have gone from building-to-building and room-to-room, counted socially-distant seats, and planned where access and exit points will be located.”

Other changes include:

  • USF’s Fall Break (originally scheduled for October 19th through 23rd) is being moved and shortened to Tuesday & Wednesday, October 6th & 7th. This means that Fall 2020 classes in ALL formats will now end one week earlier on Friday, December 11th.
  • All on-campus, face-to-face classes will move to a fully-online format, as necessary, after Thanksgiving Break, which begins on November 26th. This change applies to the two final weeks of the semester (the last week of classes and the week of finals).  Residents will be asked to move out after this date.
  • Shortening the semester in this way also allows us to move Commencement to Saturday, December 12th.

Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais released a similar plan at the end of last month.  Extended details to that plan are expected to be released in the coming weeks.

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