Bradley University has rescinded its all-student quarantine two weeks after issuing the order.
The university will now return to its original hybrid method of classes — with classes that were held in person before the order returning to that format, while classes that were entirely online before the shutdown will remain that way for the rest of the semester.
In a statement released by the university on Monday, it was made clear that significant restrictions will remain.
“While we were able to reverse the dangerous trajectory we were on, we haven’t eliminated COVID-19 from the campus community. We must remain vigilant,” university officials said in the statement.
The university also warned what would happen if another dangerous spike, like the one it experienced at the start of the fall semester, happened again.
“We would be forced to move back into an all-student quarantine and remote learning. At the end of those two weeks, all students would be asked to leave campus and return to their permanent residences to complete the semester virtually,” university officials said.
Bradley has also enhanced its COVID-19 testing and tracing protocols, supported by Peoria City and the County Health Department.
University testing will now include symptomatic, asymptomatic, surveillance and targeted testing. Priority will be given to symptomatic students.
The new plan is effective at 7 a.m. Wednesday.