SIU System COVID-19 Update - May 5, 2020

May 5, 2020

Mahony Updates SIU Board of Trustees - This week, during its regularly scheduled meeting, President Mahony provided an update to the Board of Trustees on Fall 2020 semester planning activities. He made it clear that the university’s goal will be to have on-ground education and to be as close to normal as possible in the fall across the system. While he noted this option would be best for students and their educational experiences, he reiterated that it must be done so safely for everyone on campus.

To facilitate planning, Mahony announced the creation of a system-wide task force focused on the fall semester which will ensure ideas from each campus are shared to address all issues and scenarios that might occur to make sure SIU’s campuses are all as prepared as possible. The task force will also look to utilize resources from across the system to address some of the challenges our campuses may face, hoping this collaboration will provide more and better options.

Federal Issues – The Federal CARES Act provides almost $14 billion to support postsecondary education students and institutions. The SIU Campuses received over $18.5 million from the act, with just over $9.2 million being designated for student emergency grants. Both campuses have begun the outreach process to students and are initially reporting great success as students are responding with requests for assistance. As with the intent of the law, students with the most need are being prioritized for emergency grants. 

Executive Order Provides Exemption for Student Moves - The recent Executive Order provides an important exemption, requested by SIU, to allow students to return to campus and retrieve their belongings. Both campuses have determined how this process will occur and are communicating to students what move out plans will entail. Links to those messages/procedures are below.

SIUC: Click on Students: Move-out Plan (4-20-20) at this link: https://shc.siu.edu/coronavirus/campus-messages.php

SIUE: Click on this link for move-out instructions: http://siue.edu/housing/about/operation-updates/move-out.shtml

Campus Communications Recap:

Fee Refunds Have Been Announced – Information on fee refunds has been previously distributed to students. Please see links below for information from SIUC and SIUE: 

SIUC: https://shc.siu.edu/coronavirus/campus-messages.php

SIUE: http://siue.edu/about/announcements/coronavirus/students-families/index.shtml

Residence Hall / Dining Refunds – Information on residence and dining refunds has been previously distributed to students. Please see links below for information from SIUC and SIUE:

SIUC: https://shc.siu.edu/coronavirus/campus-messages.php

SIUE: http://siue.edu/housing/about/operation-updates/index.shtml

 Campus Links to Critical COVID-19-related Announcements - For the most update information on campus announcements to students, faculty, staff and community, please follow these links:

SIUC: https://shc.siu.edu/coronavirus/campus-messages.php

SIUSOM: http://www.siumed.edu/coronavirus/siu-medicine-response.html

SIUE: http://siue.edu/about/announcements/coronavirus/latest-updates/critical-covid-19-messages-april-20.shtml