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*Out of 2,345 traditional undergraduate students at the Bourbonnais campus.

Positive cases are isolated in individual rooms on campus or at home.

This semester all residential students, as well as commuter students who participate in high exposure groups, will participate in free, non-invasive COVID-19 saliva testing. The saliva testing will be conducted by the ONU Biology Department, which will adhere to strict confidentiality measures. Testing will be conducted on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

While not a diagnostic test, the saliva test has a high level of accuracy in identifying the COVID virus, SARS-COV2. Test results that are flagged for COVID will be sent to Health Services and students will need to follow up with them for a confirmatory diagnostic test. Questions about the saliva testing may be directed to salivatesting@olivet.edu

The following COVID-19 Notification complies with the U.S. Department of Education Clery Act, which guides what health and safety information universities share with their campus.

Now that students are back on campus, we want to remind the campus community that COVID-19 is still present in Bourbonnais and the greater Kankakee region and we must all take steps to slow the spread of the disease.  The intent of this page is to share information about ONU’s COVID-19 resources and protocols for the fall semester.  The full guidance documents, The Olivet Experience - Fall 2020 Guidelines and the Health & Safety Protocols Fall 2020 are available through the ONU website.

Total cases in the state of Illinois may be found through the Illinois Department of Public Health website.

Community Standards

As the University continues to closely monitor the local, national and worldwide incidence of COVID-19 and the illness it causes, students, faculty, and staff are asked to review and adhere to all University policies, guidance and planning protocols.
Olivet’s priorities in establishing these procedures are to:
•    Maintain the safety and health of our students, faculty and staff;
•    Sustain, to the extent possible, student services, academic programs and operational continuity; and,
•    Encourage an environment of fairness, open communications and flexibility to help ensure the well-being of the entire ONU community.

As a reminder, all persons on campus are expected to comply with certain standards, as outlined in Olivet - Tiger Pause.

Case Reporting

The University will continue to provide updates on the ONU website regarding COVID-19 cases on campus. These data will help inform our decision making related to campus operations, in consultation with the local public health officials.

As a reminder, the University will not communicate broadly about individual positive cases, consistent with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, as well as other privacy considerations. Individuals who meet the CDC definition of a close contact of a person who tests positive for COVID-19 or has other potential exposure risk will be notified through the University’s contact tracing procedures. The University will determine the release of non-identifying communications about positive results based on approved guidelines.

Health and Wellness

Before leaving home for work or study each day, all persons should check themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 and complete the ONU Daily Health Check form.

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they should immediately contact their healthcare provider and Health Services (815-939-5256) so contact tracing can be initiated. If the student resides on-campus, they will be moved to isolation housing and provided with care and support.

If an employee tests positive, they must immediately notify the University by contacting HR at HR@olivet.edu or calling 815-939-5240 and seek medical advice from their healthcare provider. Employees who are asked to quarantine or isolate will be provided guidance based on CDC symptom-based return to work practices. For additional information, please contact ONU with any questions at 800-648-1463.