ISU Bridge_spring 2020

Illinois State University shut down university housing and moved classes to be taught online during the second half of the spring 2020 semester. Plans are afoot to reopen the ISU campus for the fall semester. 

In a Wednesday morning email to Illinois State University faculty and staff, President Larry Dietz outlined key and guiding points in the school’s recently released “Redbirds Return: A Progress Report for Fall 2020” report.

In developing the report, Dietz said the school’s “working teams were guided by a set of operating principles.”

They include:

• The university places the highest importance on the physical and mental health of our university community members

• The core values of the university will continue to be upheld (individualized attention, learning and scholarship, diversity and inclusion, civic engagement, collaboration, respect, integrity)

• The university will continue to provide a rich, engaging and inclusive collegiate experience

• The university places a great importance on maintaining a high employment rate

• The university will maintain high-quality instruction and research

• Capital improvement projects at the university will continue as available funds permit

• The university will continue to collaborate and communicate with the community

• The university will support students who are in a quarantine/isolation period

• The university will promote creativity and innovation in addressing challenges

Dietz quoted the Greek philosopher, Heraclitus in the opening of his email, noting “the only thing that is constant is change.”

Dietz said that dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic “never has that statement rung truer … and how our nation, state, and university have responded to its numerous challenges.”

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