To help protect the College community, all day/evening classes will meet remotely during the first week of the semester, Wednesday, January 19th through Tuesday, January 25th. Your faculty will send you information regarding how to log into your class sessions. As per Department of Education guidelines, these online class sessions can be conducted through Zoom, MS Teams, Blackboard (the College’s Learning Management System), video or phone conferencing, or email. Courses may be taught synchronously (i.e., live at their regularly scheduled meeting times) or asynchronously (with assignments and due dates being posted on Bb or via email). Please be sure to actively check your DC email account and course Bb pages for any communications from your professors. While courses during this first week of the semester will be taught online, the College will remain open. You will be able to access the Sullivan Library, the Academic Success Center, the Information Technology office, and the Cooke Hall offices for assistance.
In-person classes will begin on Wednesday, January 26th.
For those of you with experiential course requirements such as internships or clinicals, field and student teaching placements, etc., please be sure to check with your faculty and advisors as some of these will continue as scheduled while others may be made up through some alternate means or will begin after classes resume on campus. Students in the College’s graduate and nontraditional undergraduate programs will receive communications from their program coordinators/directors regarding any adjustments to their meeting schedules and/or formats.
The wearing of PPE masks that fully cover both the mouth and nose will continue to be required in all buildings both inside and outside classrooms. When possible, K95, N95 or surgical masks should be worn rather than cloth masks. Disinfecting wipes will also be available in each classroom so that students and faculty can wipe down their work areas before the start of class.
It is also the College’s expectation that students and employees alike will receive their COVID vaccination booster by February 1st or within two weeks of eligibility (i.e., six months after their second Moderna or Pfizer vaccination or two months after their initial Johnson & Johnson vaccination).
If you have received your booster vaccination, please upload your documentation through the Dominican University Patient Portal: https://dc.medicatconnect.com/login.aspx
For resident students, the dorms will reopen as scheduled on Tuesday, January 18th, but we strongly encourage residents with the flexibility to do so to return to campus between Sunday, January 23rd and Tuesday, January 25th instead.
The challenges presented by COVID-19 continue to be both unprecedented and rapidly changing, but we hope that the steps outlined above will allow us to resume our normal on-campus classes and extracurricular activities soon. As we move forward, Dominican University will continue to evaluate the situation with both the need to protect public health and our need to serve our mission and educational goals firmly in mind.
Dr. Thomas S. Nowak John Burke, M.S.
Academic Dean/ Dean of Students/
Vice President for Academic Affairs Vice President for Student Development