Coronavirus: March 13 Campus Update

Information regarding campus operations as of March 13, 2020, at 9:30 am

As a response to the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) information regarding travel and after close consideration of all options, Olivet Nazarene University (Bourbonnais residential campus) is postponing all on-ground Spring 2020 classes until March 23, 2020. At that time, and until further, notice classes will be offered online. 

Beginning March 16, 2020, faculty will return from Spring Break as planned and will coordinate the shift to an online curriculum. Instruction will begin March 23, 2020. 

With the assistance of the University Emergency Management Taskforce (UEMT) and following guidance from the CDC and state and local officials, we are monitoring the spread of the virus and its impact daily. We will continue to evaluate and respond to this ongoing situation as we consider the structure of the remaining Spring 2020 Semester. 

A video update from Dr. John C. Bowling was posted this morning at www.olivet.edu/update.

ACADEMICS
Bourbonnais Residential Campus
The shift to online coursework has some challenges, but we believe it is a necessary step to maintaining the health of our students, faculty and staff. The benchmark of Olivet Nazarene University is our strong community of like-minded people committed to “An Education With A Christian Purpose.” As always, we will endeavor to maintain the high standards of instruction and mentorship in completing this academic year.

In the coming days, professors and instructors will begin relaying instructions for coursework and assignments. In an effort to allow the entire community to make this transition as seamlessly as possible, we are asking students to refrain from emailing professors before receiving their course plan from individual instructors.   

School of Graduate and Continuing Studies
All programming though the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies will continue as scheduled during this time.  This includes all online courses as well as programming that occurs in our Oak Brook Regional Center.  Circumstances will continue to be monitored by leadership within the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, supporting departments, and other designated University leadership and any necessary changes will be communicated as needed.  

CAMPUS COMMUNITY - BOURBONNAIS
For the time being, we are asking students to refrain from returning to campus. If it is necessary to remain on campus to finalize educational requirements (e.g., student teaching, clinicals, internships, etc.) or you are not able to travel home, please contact rezlife@olivet.edu. We are currently working with health officials and the University Emergency Management Taskforce (UEMT) to evaluate any and all activity on campus. We know there are special circumstances, and we are asking those students who require immediate access to the campus for any reason to also contact rezlife@olivet.edu. Additional information will be sent out later today.

We know this situation is not ideal. There are still many questions and details yet unresolved. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE IN THIS DIFFICULT PROCESS. We will be posting some FAQs later today.

WE WILL CONTINUE TO POST UPDATES AT OLIVET.EDU/UPDATE.

ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING CAMPUS SAFETY OR HEALTH CONCERNS may be emailed to HealthAlert@Olivet.edu.