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ISU Summer 2020 plans change

Written by on April 9, 2020

Photo courtesy to ISU Facebook page

NORMAL, Ill.- Illinois State University changes plans for classes and operations for Summer 2020. ISU president Larry Dietz sent out a mass email April 9, to explain what changes are coming to the university this summer.

All undergraduate and graduate summer courses will be taught online.

However, ISU will continue to evaluate clinical and lab experiences for relevant disciplines and determine whether alternative learning experiences can be provided over the summer.

All summer courses will be graded utilizing traditional grading scales for those courses.

The ISU two-day summer orientation and registration program required for all incoming first-year students, will be moved to a virtual environment.  More details will be made available to incoming Redbirds, their families and the campus community as plans are finalized.

All summer camps, conferences, events, and activities held on campus or sponsored by ISU scheduled through July 31 will be postponed or canceled.

“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,” said Dietz.

All ISU-related, non-essential domestic travel and all international travel is suspended through July 31, 2020.
Essential university-related travel requires written pre-approval of the president or appropriate vice president.
“While no decision has been made regarding faculty/staff travel in the fall, you should be aware that public health concerns driven by COVID-19 could continue to affect air travel and activities deemed non-essential,” stated Dietz.
Illinois remains under a Stay-At-Home order through April 30.
Decisions regarding on-campus and remote work by University employees in May and throughout the summer will be made based on updated information and guidance from federal, state, and local government and health officials.
” I thank you for your patience, your perseverance, and for the care and compassion you show toward each other in these difficult times,” said Dietz.