Aurora University

Update - 14 March 2022

Welcome Center

A message from Dr. Amy Gray, Vice President for Student Life:

Welcome back, Spartans!

I hope that each of you had a chance to rest and rejuvenate over spring break. As we look forward to the remainder of the spring semester, we continue to assess the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and evaluate our plans to keep the AU community healthy.

Throughout this academic year, AU has been committed to complying with the Illinois Department of Public Health recommendations regarding COVID-19. AU has also been subject to the Executive Orders issued by Governor Pritzker. As a reminder, Executive Order 2021-22, which was issued on 3 September 2021 addressed a variety of issues. Section 1 of this order required all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask indoors in public places. Section 4 laid out requirements specific to higher education, including vaccinations and testing.

Executive Order 2022-06, issued on 28 February 2022, rescinded the mask requirement portion of Executive Order 2021-22, with limited exceptions. In response to this, Aurora University has elected to continue to require masks in specific places, including classrooms, labs, and on-campus health care settings. While masks in classrooms and labs is not required by IDPH, science does tell us that masks provide significant protection from contracting COVID-19. We will, however, allow faculty with the option to remove their masks while teaching, should they choose to do so.

It is important to note that Executive Order 2022-06 did NOT rescind the requirements for higher education in terms of vaccinations and testing. Employees and students who are not fully vaccinated (defined as two weeks after receiving the second dose in a two-dose vaccination series or two weeks after receiving the single-dose vaccine) will be expected to continue to provide evidence of weekly COVID testing.

Of course, this guidance may change, and we will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates to the campus community as guidance from public health officials and the State of Illinois evolves. Thank you, in advance, for your continued cooperation.