More cancellations and postponements are in store for summer 2020 at Illinois State University. 

On Thursday afternoon, President Larry Dietz announced COVID-19 updates for students and staff about the campus’ future for summer 2020 in a campus-wide email. This comes as Illinois is currently under a statewide stay-at-home order until April 30.  

Dietz also stated in the email that classes will remain virtual for all undergraduate and graduate summer courses, saying that courses “will be graded utilizing traditional grading scales.”  

The university is planning to continue assessing clinical and lab experiences as necessary and are still determining whether alternative opportunities can be offered during summer courses.   

The email highlighted that Preview, ISU’s two-day summer orientation and registration program for incoming first-year students, is set to become a virtual environment. Once specific details and plans are finalized, more information will be released to incoming students and their families and the campus in the coming weeks.  

Dietz urged that those with summer camps, conferences, events and activities that are scheduled to be held on campus or sponsored by the university through July 31 should be postponed or canceled.  

As far as on-campus and remote work by university employees between May and fall go, decisions are set to be made in respect to updated information and guidance received from federal, state and local government and health officials. 

Any university-related, non-essential domestic travel or all international travel through July 31 is suspended as well. Any essential university-related travel will require written pre-approval of the president or appropriate vice president.  

The university has yet to make a decision regarding faculty and staff travel in the fall. However, Dietz highlighted in the email that this could change in the future alongside public health concerns with COVID-19.  

“We understand that these decisions impact not only our faculty, staff and students but also those who use our facilities for a multitude of purposes. We will continue to teach, learn and serve the community to the best of our abilities albeit in nontraditional ways,” Dietz stated in the email.

KELLIE FOY is a News Reporter for The Vidette. She can be contacted at  Follow her on Twitter at @kellie_foy 

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