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Illinois State University is still closed to students as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to circulate the globe. The Quad will remain empty from students for the rest of the semester and non-essential workers until Gov. JB Pritzker's shelter-in-place order expires after April 30. 

Illinois State University Academic Senate Chair Susan Kalter has postponed the continuation of the all-faculty meeting regarding the university's reopening plan for the fall semester indefinitely.

Kalter stated she is investigating other ways for faculty to make their views known.

Kalter notified faculty members via email, stating that the decision is due to the fact the meeting was not under the Open Meetings Act.

"The faculty at ISU have been left by an overreaching interpretation of the Open Meetings Act in a conundrum," Kalter said in the email. 

Kalter also noted that forcing faculty to never be able to speak with each other freely about university business, such as their working conditions, without it being an Open Meeting due to the large amount of Academic Senators showing up or denying Senators ability to attend all-faculty meetings are "neither viable nor satisfactory."

In the email, Kalter stated "it deprives faculty, the very heart of a university, of the rights and privileges available to other campus members and under the United States Constitution to other citizens. This includes the right to vote amongst themselves regarding whether to open the meeting, either to specific fellow employees or to the public."

Kalter has not responded to a Vidette email for additional comment. 

KELLIE FOY is News Editor for The Vidette. She can be contacted at vidette_kafoy1@ilstu.edu  Follow her on Twitter at @kellie_foy 


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