Dear campus community,
Welcome back! There is a flurry of activity ‘neath the elms, as students, faculty and staff prepare for the official start of our spring semester. We’re happy to have you back on campus and look forward to seeing you soon!
Returning to Campus Spring 2022
Returning to Campus Spring 2022
Dear Campus Community,
Happy New Year and welcome back! I pray that you had a relaxing, reflective and safe break. As we prepare to begin classes on Wednesday, please see below and attached information regarding our updated COVID-19 protocols. There are a few noteworthy changes and reminders, including:
1. Definitions consistent with CDC guidance for individuals based on vaccination status.
2. Reduced isolation period to 7 days and quarantine period to 5 days, depending on symptoms.
3. Weekly testing is still required for non-vaccinated individuals. This requirement will be tracked starting next week.
4. Surveillance testing (akin to random testing) will be required for everyone who has been vaccinated, including those who have had booster shots. Testing will begin for this group next week.
5. Reminder of student and employee COVID-19 notification protocols, including the appropriate email addresses that should be used.
The decision not to adopt the CDC’s isolation period is the most prudent one. According to the CDC Director, approximately 1/3 of COVID-19 positive individuals are still contagious at day five and while the isolation period is being shortened it is recommended that those individuals not engage in activities that involve being in common spaces without a mask. As a residential college campus where students share dining spaces and are participating in athletic activities, that is simply not possible. The rationale for seven days is that, according to health experts, the average period of infectiousness is within a week of symptom onset so the risk of transmission decreases exponentially at that point1,2.
Given the high transmissibility and positivity rate associated with the omicron variant, we are also exercising extreme, yet appropriate, caution when it comes to testing. In addition to our ongoing commitment to follow the state and federal weekly testing mandate for non-vaccinated individuals, we are also requiring all individuals who are up to date vaccinated and vaccinated but not boosted to participate in surveillance testing.
We ask that you adhere to these updated protocols, as well as those around wearing masks appropriately and where required, cleanliness, and social distancing as much as possible. We realize that everyone is experiencing a level of pandemic fatigue; however, we must be vigilant in following and enforcing all protocols to increase the likelihood of a safe and healthy campus community.
Thank you for your continued compliance and support in making our campus a more comfortable and safe shared space. Good luck with the start of the semester, and I hope to see you all on campus one day soon!
Yours ‘neath the elms,
Yours ‘Neath the Elms,
Eureka College Administration
Back to Campus Plan Changes Fall 2021
This space will track changes made to our 2021-22 Back to Campus plan based on new guidelines from the CDC and state and local health officials. The 2021-22 Back to Campus plan was originally introduced on Aug. 3, 2021.
Aug. 11, 2021 change to "Masks" section:
"Due to the increasing spread of COVID-19 in Woodford County, face masks are now required, regardless of vaccination status, while indoors in common areas on campus. We anticipate this being a temporary mitigation until COVID-19 cases decrease in our area."
Sept. 8, 2021 addition: "COVID-19 Policy Violations"
"COVID-19 Policy Violations
Individual, group or organizational violations of the College’s COVID-19 policies and procedures, particularly those that are continuous and intentional, are considered a serious 22 matter and will be adjudicated pursuant to the student conduct processes and procedures outlined in the Student Handbook. Examples of possible violations are listed below.
Possible violations include but are not limited to:
• Not wearing a cloth face covering in indoor public or shared spaces
• Not social distancing
• Hosting an unregistered party indoors
• Hosting a guest who is not wearing a cloth face covering or following other protocols
• Failure to inform the College that you have tested positive
• Intentionally coughing on someone
OSL has established a list of possible sanctions that may result from violations of the COVID19 Policy. If sufficient information for a finding of responsibility/a violation is provided during the conduct process, the student conduct administrator will invoke sanctions based on the severity of the violation.
Possible sanctions include but are not limited to:
• Fines (in $100 increments up to $400)
• Probation (up to one academic year)
• Removal from residence halls (temporarily or permanently)
• Removal/suspension from campus
Previous COVID-19 Policy violations will also be considered in determining the sanction."
EC's COVID-19 Spring 2022 Dashboard
|Current Active Cases||Total Cases from the start of the Pandemic|
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*Individuals "on campus" include Residential students
*Individuals "off campus" include Commuter students and Eureka College Employees
Covid Testing Information
Eureka College COVID-19 Testing Policy
As announced by Governor Pritzker on September 3rd, 2021 (and reinforced by the federal mandate from President Biden for all employers with over 100 employees on September 9th), all employees who work for, or students who attend, a higher education institution are mandated to either be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing starting this week. If you are not currently fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (or have not submitted proof of vaccination to Human Resources), you must submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test to Human Resources within 24 hours of returning to campus for the winter semester. You will be unable to come to campus, if proof of a negative test is not submitted this week.
Testing is available on campus Monday and Thursday from 9-11 a.m. in the basement of the Melick Library. Testing will be administered by Loop Medical on Monday and Thursday. Loop Medical test is a self-administered nasal swab.
This is free testing for anyone who wishes to be tested. The process for getting tested by Loop Medical on Monday and Wednesday is below:
1) Register at the link below. It will take 5-10 minutes to get registered for testing. Once you register the first time, you can simply log on and order a test for future testing.
2) As part of the registration process, you will need to provide your insurance information (or mark “none” if you do not have any). If you do not have health insurance, you will need to provide a valid government ID (drivers license number, State ID, passport, etc). There is currently NO CHARGE to getting testing through Loop Medical. You will not receive a bill, nor will there be any out-of-pocket costs. If you provide your insurance information, you will receive an explanation of benefits from your insurance carrier, but there will be no charge as all costs are being covered by federal COVID funding. The Loop Medical process works very similar to going to the Peoria Civic Center and other similar testing sites.
Upload Tests/Vaccines to SONIS
COVID Vaccinations/Boosters and Tests can be uploaded to SONIS by logging into your SONIS account and following the instructions below. Contact the Office of Student Life (email@example.com) with any questions about these documents.
- Log into your Eureka College SONIS Account via this link (https://eureka.jenzabarcloud.com/) using the username and password provided to you.
- On the left-hand side, choose the “Biographic” page.
- Next to your name, you’ll see a paperclip or number. Click that and follow the instructions to upload your records to your account. Use the following DMS categories to upload your documents:
- COVID TESTS: Choose the “COVID” DMS category
- COVID VACCINES/BOOSTERS: Choose the “Immunization” DMS category
- State Mandated Immunizations: Choose the “Immunization” DMS category
- Athletic Forms (Athletes only): Choose the “Athletic Forms” DMS category
- When uploading a document, ensure you title the upload with your Student ID and the name of the document. For example: TE1234567_Immunizations, or TE1234567_COVIDTest.
Student Reporting COVID Concerns
EC's response to the pandemic prioritizes the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and the Eureka community. In order to better serve our campus community Eureka College has created an anonymous reporting structure for students to report COVID-related concerns.
Below you will find a link that can be used to report any Coronavirus concern anonymously.
Faculty and Staff / Return to Work and Reporting COVID Concerns
All Eureka College employees returning to work on campus are expected to adhere to the college's and public health policies and guidelines. EC's response to the pandemic prioritizes the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and the Eureka community. In order to better serve our campus community Eureka College has created an anonymous reporting structure for faculty and staff to report COVID-related concerns.
We thank you for your patience during this time of uncertainty and look forward to seeing you all in the fall!
Eureka College Guest Policy
2021-2022 GUEST POLICY
The College continues to follow state and CDC guidance in establishing our protocols. In addition, the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) released a joint document which provides detailed guidance for Illinois colleges and universities. We have reviewed this document and believe that Eureka College has established protocols to ensure the safety of students, faculty, staff and guests. We have also been working closely with Woodford County Public Health to ensure clear contact tracing protocols and Carle Eureka Hospital to establish a Eureka College COVID-19 screening hotline, determine their capacity for testing, and care for COVID positive patients in need of hospitalization.
COVID-19 Safety Summary
Below is a summary of the general, campus-wide protocols to ensure a healthy and safe campus environment.
- Wearing face masks is optional at all outdoor areas of campus, regardless of vaccination status, although non-vaccinated individuals are still asked to socially distance.
- Wearing face masks in most inside locations is optional for vaccinated individuals. However, vaccinated individuals may be asked to wear face masks in classrooms by faculty, some common areas, or before entering a residential room that is not their own.
- Non-vaccinated individuals should wear face masks whenever inside if they are not able to socially distance.
- All members of the College community should feel free to continue to wear face coverings without judgement. An individual who chooses to wear a face covering for personal health reasons may ask others to be respectful of this choice and to wear a face covering and/or practice social distancing in their presence.
Request a Face Shield
Can I wear a face shield instead of a face mask?
It is not known if face shields provide any benefit to protect others from the spray of respiratory particles. The CDC does not recommend the use of face shields for normal everyday activities or as a substitute for cloth face coverings. It is recommended that face shields are worn in conjunction with a cloth face covering. Face shields should wrap around the sides of the wearer’s face and extend to below the chin.
Eureka College is proud to offer face shields for our campus community. If you would like to request a face shield or have questions related to face shields please submit the request form found below.
Unlike last school year, there are now vaccines for the COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to get vaccinated for COVID-19. 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.
What to do if you have 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.
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.
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.
Local COVID-19 Testing Sites
To search for locations where you can currently be tested for COVID-19, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health website Click Here.
Peoria Civic Center
698 Fulton St, Peoria, IL
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Hotline: No Hotline
CVS - Peoria, Lindberg Drive
9315 N Lindbergh Dr, Peoria, IL 61615
Hours of Operation: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays, Mon-Sun
Hotline: No Hotline
CVS - Peoria, Lincoln
3034 W Lincoln Ave, Peoria, IL 61604
Hours of Operation: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays, Mon-Sun
Hotline: No Hotline
Bridge Diagnostics - East Peoria
Hours of Operation: M, T, W, F 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday-Saturday
Chestnut Health Systems - Bloomington
Hours of Operation: 1 p.m.-4 p.m,. 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday, Friday
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.