Coronavirus

Coronavirus COVID-19

 

Dear Eureka College Community,

 

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Eureka College is proceeding with an abundance of caution and taking action to protect the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and campus community. For the past several weeks, Eureka College’s leadership and Crisis Management Teams have established plans and closely monitored the rapidly escalating situation by following the information provided by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control as well as conferring with local health professionals.

 

Although we are fortunate that there have been no reported cases amongst EC students, faculty and staff, it has become clear that extraordinary caution is required.

 

Our actions at this time include:

 

Eureka College continues to monitor guidance from local, state and national public health officials to take necessary precautions and to share critical new information. We aim to promote an atmosphere of safety, peace and tranquility enabling the college community to focus on providing and attaining an education of the highest quality.

 

Eureka College will continue to operate as follows:

Instruction

  • Eureka College is extending its spring break until Monday, March 23, when all classes will resume online-only or through alternative delivery methods, as specified by your professors. This will continue through April 13 and will be re-evaluated as the coronavirus (COVID-19) threat continues to develop.
  • Campus will remain open for faculty and staff to continue to work during this time.
  • While the campus and offices will remain open, some areas, such as the athletic facilities in the Reagan Athletic Center, will be inaccessible during this time.

Housing

  • All students who are on campus are strongly encouraged to return to their permanent residence or living space until further notice. However, if circumstances require students to return or remain on campus, they should contact the Office of Student Life at lallen@eureka.edu.
  • Limited dining services will be available.

Events

  • All on- and off-campus activities and events, including athletics, are suspended through April 13.
  • All non-essential college-sponsored travel has been suspended through April 13.

Travel

  • Any students who are currently on campus should return to their permanent home residence or living space until further notice. Accommodations for those who are unable to return will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

 

We understand that these actions may create a litany of challenges and inconveniences; however, we must be proactive understanding that this rapidly changing situation requires an abundance of caution. Thus, our decisions must be thoughtful and reflect a balance of prudence, preparation and consideration for the safety of us all.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Student Life at (309) 467-6419.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jamel S.C. Wright, President

Coronavirus

Campus Announcements

Dear Eureka College Community,

 

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Eureka College is proceeding with extreme caution and taking action to protect the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and campus community.

 

For the past several weeks, Eureka College’s leadership and Crisis Management Teams have established plans and closely monitored the rapidly escalating situation by following the information provided by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control, as well as conferring with local health professionals.

 

Although we are fortunate that there have been no reported cases amongst EC students, faculty and staff, it has become clear that extraordinary caution is required to minimize the possibility of an outbreak.

 

Read the latest announcements:

 

Friday, March 13, 2020

Eureka College Campus Announcemt

https://www.eureka.edu/blog/article/2020/03/eureka-college-campus-announcement-on-covid-19

 

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Gov. Pritzker Announce Closure of Illinois Bars and Restaurants due to Coronavirus Crisis

https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/03/15/gov-pritzker-announces-closure-of-all-illinois-bars-and-restaurants-effective-monday-due-to-coronavirus-crisis/

CARES Act

Eureka College received funding through the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act. The College signed and returned the required Department of Education certification and agreement under Section 18004(a)(1). Eureka College had to distribute 50% of the total funds received under the CARES Act, or $312,455, to students in the form of emergency financial aid cash grants. The College distributed 100% of those funds to students in early May 2020 

 

In order to be eligible for cash grants, an individual must be eligible to participate in Title IV programs of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The College had an estimated 462 students eligible, of which 276 residential students received emergency cash grants. Eligible residential students who were displaced from campus due to the virus pandemic received an equally disbursed cash grant of $1,158.32. Eligible residential students who remained on campus received a $500 cash grant.

 

Students received a communication informing them that the cash grants were a result of support received from the U.S. Department of Education.  The communication noted that the cash grants were distributed to assist students in offsetting unexpected expenses as a result of the COVID-19 disruption, including being unable to return to campus and having to pay for unexpected expenses like food and housing.

Student Information

Students,

 

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Eureka College is proceeding with extreme caution and taking action to protect the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and campus community. For the past several weeks, Eureka College’s leadership and Crisis Management Teams have established plans and closely monitored the rapidly escalating situation by following the information provided by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control, as well as conferring with local health professionals.

 

Although we are fortunate that there have been no reported cases amongst EC students, faculty and staff, it has become clear that extraordinary caution is required to minimize the possibility of an outbreak.

 

Items to Note:

Instruction

  • Eureka College is extending its spring break until Monday, March 23, when all classes will resume online-only or through alternative delivery methods, as specified by your professors. This will continue through April 13 and will be re-evaluated as the coronavirus (COVID-19) threat continues to develop.

  • Melick Library will be open Monday-Friday from 9:00a.m. - 11:00a.m. and Mailroom hours will be  8:30a.m. - 10:30a.m., Monday through Friday.

  • Campus will remain open for faculty and staff to continue to work during this time.

  • While the campus and offices will remain open, some areas, such as the athletic facilities in the Reagan Athletic Center, will be inaccessible during this time.

Housing

  • All students who are on campus are strongly encouraged to return to their permanent residence or living space until further notice. However, if circumstances require students to return or remain on campus, they should contact the Office of Student Life at lallen@eureka.edu. 

  • Limited dining services will be available.

Events

  • All on- and off-campus activities and events, including athletics, are suspended through April 13.

 

Online Instruction:

Eureka College has extended spring break until March 23, and face-to-face instruction will move online at this time. This action is to reduce potential pathways for community spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This is not a college closure.

 

Faculty will communicate with students regarding how their specific classes will proceed in a virtual environment.
We understand this is a major disruption of academics. Our decisions are based on the current information available from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

 

During this time our computer labs and library will be open on campus. All areas of the college will be practicing social distancing and have an increased focus on sanitation and working remotely. Internetessentials is offering free or low cost wifi service for 60 days https://www.internetessentials.com/.  

 

Student support services like advising, registration, career development, computer labs, and campus resources are still available with limited dining options. Please note Eureka's library will be open to EC students, staff and faculty only, at this time. While on campus, please practice social distancing guidelines. The Centers for Disease Control defines social distancing as "remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible."

 

EC will update eureka.edu/coronavirus as the main source of information for our college’s actions and response.
We realize this is not easy. Please know the faculty and staff at EC will continue to be here for you during these challenging times.

 

All questions or concerns can be directed at the Office of Student Life at (309) 467-6420.

 

Educational Resources for Students:

  • Open Textbook Library

    This resource links to over 700 open access textbooks that may be utilized and adapted freely. These titles are also searchable in the online catalog.

  • MERLOT

    This resource contains links to over 40,000 free educational resources including open access textbooks, case studies, tutorials, and online course in a variety of disciplines.

  • OER Commons

    OER Commons contains a growing collection of over 50,000 high-quality OER including full courses, interactive mini-lessons and simulations, Open Textbooks, and K-12 Lesson Plans, worksheets, and activities.

  • Internetessentials                                                                                                                                                            This resource is taking immediate steps to help connect low-income families to the Internet at home. Internet Essentials brings affordable high-speed Internet home.

 

A Message from the Provost:

Everyone wants you to continue to be successful! We have some old and new support tools for you. 

 

1. ECSquirrel is available for you to chat with and can help you find resources and give you helpful suggestions. 

 

2. Please download and use the CircleIn application. If you were enrolled in a 100-level course this year, you have this application available to you. This application will help you form study groups with your classmates, share notes from classes, set up Facetime like chats with your classmates for more individual tutoring.

 

3. The writing center and learning center tutors will also be using Google Hangouts to help you. You have Google Hangouts in your G Suite of applications. Please contact Jason Zimmerman for tutoring services.

 

4. Kelly Fisher and your faculty are available to help you with Brightspace and Zoom. 

 

5. Your advisors are available to you. If you are thinking about withdrawing from a course please contact your advisor and set up a time to talk. The withdrawal deadline is April 3. We are planning on starting registration for next year late this month or early April.  You will get more information about that process in the coming weeks. 

 

6. Link to resources for eBooks, WIFI services, mental health, spiritual well-being and COVID-19 resources. https://www.eureka.edu/coronavirus . Open the student section. 

 

Business Office Information:

Students, as you know, Eureka College has recently transitioned face-to-face classes to online format for at least the next several weeks, and we have strongly encouraged residents to temporarily leave campus during this time, with the intent to protect the health of our campus and community and do our part to help contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Resident students who indicated they were unable to leave campus housing were permitted to remain on campus.

 

For students who have been displaced from campus housing as a result of these decisions, the College intends to make a partial refund of housing and meal plan costs.  We are in the process of finalizing the list of displaced students and are determining the methodology for calculating the refund, taking into account the unique room assignments and meal plans of our resident students, the financial aid awards of those resident students related to housing and meal plan costs, as well as the potential for federal and state government reimbursement to either students or the College. Once we have confirmed the list of displaced students and the refund methodology, and have determined the duration of displacement from campus housing, we will calculate the amount of prorated refund and notify displaced resident students accordingly.

 

In addition, we will revisit plans for the remainder of the semester, including Commencement, in the coming weeks.  We will communicate with you as soon as those decisions are made.

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we attempt to do address the many, significant challenges we are facing as we implement decisions related to addressing the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

OSL Virtual Student Engagement

Students,  

 

The Office Student Life is here to help you stay connected during this transition to virtual learning and engagement. This page is here to give you one place where you can find out about virtual opportunities to access resources, engage, learn, and have fun, along with your EC peers. The page will be updated as new events, experiences, and activities are added.

 

If you have any questions or suggestions for our page, please contact OSL at studentservices@eureka.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff and Faculty

Staff and Faculty,

 

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Eureka College is proceeding with extreme caution and taking action to protect the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and campus community. For the past several weeks, Eureka College’s leadership and Crisis Management Teams have established plans and closely monitored the rapidly escalating situation by following the information provided by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control, as well as conferring with local health professionals.

 

Although we are fortunate that there have been no reported cases amongst EC students, staff or faculty, it has become clear that extraordinary caution is required to minimize the possibility of an outbreak.

 

Our actions at this time include:

 

Instruction

  • Eureka College is extending its spring break until Monday, March 23, when all classes will resume online-only or through alternative delivery methods, as specified by your professors. This will continue through April 13 and will be re-evaluated as the coronavirus (COVID-19) threat continues to develop.

  • Melick Library will be open Monday-Friday from 9:00a.m. - 11:00a.m. and Mailroom hours will be  8:30a.m. - 10:30a.m., Monday through Friday.

  • Campus will remain open for faculty and staff to continue to work during this time.

  • While the campus and offices will remain open, some areas, such as the athletic facilities in the Reagan Athletic Center, will be inaccessible during this time.

Housing

  • All students who are on campus are strongly encouraged to return to their permanent residence or living space until further notice. However, if circumstances require students to return or remain on campus, they should contact the Office of Student Life at lallen@eureka.edu. 

  • Limited dining services will be available.

Events

  • All on- and off-campus activities and events, including athletics, are suspended through April 13.

Travel

  • All non-essential college-sponsored travel has been suspended through April 13.

 

Recently, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced all K-12 schools, public and private, in Illinois are to close beginning Tuesday, March 17, through Friday, March 30 to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
 

During this time, through March 31, we recommend that staff and faculty, who are able, work remotely and limit time on campus to the extent possible. Campus will remain open so your supervisor will work with individual areas to create an effective staffing plan to ensure necessary operational functions are fulfilled.

 

We understand that these actions may create a litany of challenges and inconveniences; however, we must be proactive understanding that this rapidly changing situation requires an abundance of caution. Thus, our decisions must be thoughtful and reflect a balance of prudence, preparation and consideration for the safety of us all.

 

Thank you and be well.

 

Jamel

 

 

Educational Resources for Faculty and Students

  • Open Textbook Library

    This resource links to over 700 open access textbooks that may be utilized and adapted freely. These titles are also searchable in the online catalog.

  • MERLOT

    This resource contains links to over 40,000 free educational resources including open access textbooks, case studies, tutorials, and online course in a variety of disciplines.

  • OER Commons

    OER Commons contains a growing collection of over 50,000 high-quality OER including full courses, interactive mini-lessons and simulations, Open Textbooks, and K-12 Lesson Plans, worksheets, and activities.

  • Internetessentials                                                                                                                                                            This resource is taking immediate steps to help connect low-income families to the Internet at home. Internet Essentials brings affordable high-speed Internet home.

About COVID-19 / Coronavirus

Eureka College administration is actively monitoring the outbreak of the respiratory illness COVID-19 caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019.

 

For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low. There are no reports of cases involving coronavirus disease COVID-19 on the Eureka College campus, although there has been four confirmed cases in the state of Illinois.

 

The college will continue to monitor the outbreak and to review information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and the Illinois Department of Public Health to address public health concerns on campus and with our international programs.

 

Questions regarding COVID-19 can be directed to the IDPH hotline, 1-800-889-3931. For additional information and Situation Summary updates regarding COVID-19, please refer to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and IL Department of Public Health (IDPH) website links below:

 

 

What to Do If You Have Symptoms

Symptoms

Common human coronavirus usually causes mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. Symptoms may include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

 

Transmissions

The virus most commonly spreads from an infected person to others through the air by coughing or sneezing, or by touching an object or person with the virus (ie, touching a door knob or shaking hands), then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing the hands.

 

The situation is rapidly evolving and recommendations from the CDC and the U.S. Department of State change daily. You are encouraged to monitor the CDC and U.S. Department of State websites.

 

Those who believe they may have been exposed to or infected with the coronavirus should seek medical care right away. Before you go to a clinic, doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.

 

If you believe you have been exposed to coronavirus you must be evaluated by a health care provider prior to returning to campus and you may be subject to a 14-day quarantine.

 

The CDC has issued information regarding symptoms, prevention and treatment, as well as a number of other frequently asked questions and answers.

Preventing Illness

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

 

  • Get a flu shot! Woodford County Health Department offers flu shots daily. Appointments are necessary. Don’t delay in taking this important step.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Practice good cough and sneeze hygiene. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses.