CORRECTION: Governor Pritzker Issues “Stay At Home” Mandate

This is to revise a previous version of this communication to specify which offices are open during the stay at home period and to clarify information regarding direct deposit and payroll. 

Dear Roosevelt Community,

Today at 3:00pm Governor Pritzker has issued a ‘Stay At Home’ order for Illinois residents effective Saturday, March 21 at 5pm.  Keep in mind, while this is a serious mandate to protect ourselves, families, friends, neighbors and fellow citizens, residents can still go to the grocery stores and pharmacies and put gas in their cars.  All local roads, including interstate highways and tollways will remain open to traffic.

Illinois’s Stay At Home Order

The order allows the following to remain open:

    • Essential services to continue: healthcare operations, grocery stores, food banks, convenience stores and other establishments engaged in retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish and poultry, and other household consumer products
    • Operation of gas stations, auto supply and repair businesses
    • Banks and other financial institutions
    • Hardware stores
    • Restaurants that serve food only for deliver and carry-out
    • Home-based care for seniors, adults and children
    • Laundromats, drycleaners
    • Mailing and shipping services and other

Social Distancing at Roosevelt

Here at Roosevelt we have already been taking those steps by practicing all forms of social distancing, including by moving classes online and providing students with guidance and resources around maintaining their coursework while not in the classroom. In an abundance of caution and social responsibility, we have also canceled or rescheduled a number of scheduled events.

Now that the shelter-in-place order is in effect, we write to provide you with information regarding services and resources that will continue to be available at Roosevelt.

Students in Residence Halls

  • The Wabash Building and the University Center remain open and accessible for all residential students. If you have not notified the office of residence life that you intend to remain in the halls, please do so immediately by emailing
  • The dining center in both buildings will remain open.
  • Only essential residence life, building maintenance and campus security staff will remain on campus.
  • For a full list of student services that remain available via phone or online, please visit the COVID-19 website.

Essential Personnel

  • Only essential residence life, building maintenance, physical resources, technology infrastructure, dining hall, and campus security staff will remain on campus.
  • In addition, human resources, payroll, mail services, and other staff performing essential functions or engaging activity necessary to facilitate employees being able to work-from-home may also access the building, even if they are not maintaining normal office hours.


  • There will no longer be scheduled in-person classes. All classes will be held online.  Please check Blackboard, your email, and the COVID-19 website for updates.  As previously communicated, online classes will begin as scheduled on Monday, March 23rd.
  • Roosevelt has 24 hour/7 day a week technology support. Go to and if you are unable to resolve the issue through knowledge base, you can submit a ticket or call 312.341.HELP (4357).  For Blackboard and Zoom related help email

Payroll Issues

  • Payroll for faculty, administrators and staff will continue to process, as scheduled, and will be paid by direct deposit. Direct deposit is strongly encouraged, but not mandatory. If you do not have a direct deposit form on file, please contact Heather Williams at

Campus Facilities

  • All university buildings and offices are closed, or moving fully online, until further notice, with the exception of the following: campus safety, office of residence life, dining services and university facilities.

What we know today is that we will continue to make decisions in order to keep our community safe and healthy during this local state of emergency.  We will keep you updated on the impact this mandate has on our community as we get the information.

Please continue to visit our COVID-19 website for all the information, updates and resources and email us at if you have any questions or concerns.

Ali R. Malekzadeh, Ph.D.

Lois Becker, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs