FAQ

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  1. Who are on the Return to Campus Fall 2020 committees? Please click here to view the list of committee members. 

  2. Are you consulting with health experts? Yes. Roosevelt’s planned response aligns with local, City and State guidelines, CDC recommendations, the higher education community, and guidance from experts within Roosevelt’s internal community. 

  3. How will the specifics of the plan be communicated? Roosevelt formed the Return to Campus Committees early on to prepare for the fall. The details and specifics will be sent to all stakeholders and posted on the Fall 2020/COVID-19 website. Communications intend to be ongoing and filtered through all internal and external channels, including virtual town halls, website, email, text and social. 

  4. What happens if the City or the State's plan shifts? Roosevelt will act in accordance with the Restore Illinois plan, the City of Chicago and leading health officials to adjust campus operations as warranted by the current state of public health. 

  5. What happens if there is an outbreak on campus in the fall? Roosevelt has contingency plans in place if there is an outbreak, including quarantine options and restoring remote class delivery if necessary. 

  6. How will physical distancing and PPE guidelines be enforced? Everyone in the RU community will need to take personal responsibility to protect themselves and others by following published and posted guidelines while on University property. If you see something, please respectfully say something, or submit a report to campussafety@roosevelt.edu. 

  7. Will faculty and student handbooks be rewritten? There are no planned changes to the faculty or student handbooks. 

  8. Will the committees be working collaboratively with the Illinois Board of Higher Education COVID-19 Campus Reopening Committee to determine how students can safely return to campus in coming months? Roosevelt will continue to monitor all public health news and guidance to inform decision-making around campus operations. 

  9. How many students will be allowed on campus each day? We anticipate that traffic will vary day to day based on course schedules. All courses offered this fall have been evaluated as to the delivery format to minimize required on-campus activities. 

  10. Will you be testing students, faculty and staff for COVID-19? At this time, there is no plan to directly test for COVID-19. However, there will be requirements and policies in place before arriving on campus as well as monitoring health concerns in order to monitor anyone who may have COVID-19 and mitigate the spread on Roosevelt’s campuses.
     
  11. What if a family member or someone related to students, faculty or staff tests positive for COVID-19? Will they be required to report this? Yes. Everyone who has been on campus and experienced any of these situations should report this information immediately and begin the 14-day self-isolation at home.  

  12. Will all campuses be open? Yes, but with strict protocols and restrictions. The health and safety of our community is the guiding priority. 

  13. Will you have transportation to the other campuses from the Loop? There is no current plan to provide transportation between campuses. 

  14. When will the bookstores be open? Roosevelt will be following the guidance of the State and City with the hope that the bookstore and other University services will begin to reopen at the end of the summer. The University remains flexible and will only ease restrictions if it is safe and healthy to do so. 
  1. Will I be expected to be on campus for classes? Some classes will be in person or have in-person components. Measures will be in place to maintain campus and classroom physical safety. 

  2. What if I’m not comfortable coming to campus? Please check the course schedule and syllabus for your course delivery format. Remote learning accommodations will be made for students who would prefer to not come to campus for in-person classes.  

  3. How will I know when to come to campus and when to stay home for online classes? Your course syllabus will have the delivery format noted. It will also be indicated in Course Finder. Please be sure to contact your advisor if you have any questions or concerns. There are many resources available to you, and we understand this is a challenging time. 

  4. Can I drop a class if it is online? Yes, drop/add deadlines will remain the same and are noted in the academic calendar.  

  5. Will my classes in Schaumburg now be downtown? No, Schaumburg classes will be held on the Schaumburg Campus. Campus locations are listed in Course Finder. 

  6. Can I meet with my advisor in person? At this point, due to health precautions, it is preferred that advising appointments be held via phone or Zoom. If necessary, some advisors will be available in person, but physical distancing must be maintained and face coverings will be required.
      
     
  7. Will you be doing contact tracing on campus? Yes, contact tracing has already been occurring on campus and will continue once we reopen.  

  8. Will you have a wellness center on campus(es)? We will not have a wellness center on campus. However, students will have access to a remote telehealth platform that will allow them to get medical care from a doctor 24/7/365. This service is unlimited and will be in place at the start of the fall.

  9. When will student groups be able to meet? We are anticipating that student groups will be able to meet in the fall, but this will be dependent on guidelines from the State, City and health officials. Strict guidelines will be enforced regarding the types and sizes of gatherings. 
  10. Is there a plan to reduce tuition this fall for “Remote” or “Online” classes? Each year, Roosevelt University’s Board of Trustees evaluates tuition based on many factors, including operating costs, enrollment, investments in facilities, the economy and where we stand against comparative institutions. At this time, there are no plans to reduce tuition. Roosevelt has implemented emergency funding programs like the Laker Grant and the Stronger Tuition Grant to help students with financial support in times of crisis. We continue to explore strategies around the total cost of attendance that best reflect our values and support the array of offerings that define a Roosevelt University education.

    Whether classes are remote or in person, Roosevelt has always been dedicated to providing the highest quality academic experience for our students. 

  1. How will moving all classes online affect my immigration status? We have received guidance from the Department of Homeland Security that allows F-1 students to continue their studies with online courses in the United States or your home country without jeopardizing your F-1 student status. This means that you may count all online courses toward the full course of study requirements as long as you are making normal progress toward your degree. This accommodation will remain in place until in-person classes resume. If you choose to return to your home country during this time, please let the Office of International Programs know your plans.  

  2. My U.S. visa stamp in my passport has expired or will expire soon. What should I do? As long as you are in the United States and maintaining your F-1 student status, you may remain in the United States even if the visa stamp in your passport has expired. You only need the visa stamp to enter the United States. If your Form I-20 is expiring soon and you are not completing your degree, please contact the Office of International Programs to discuss your options. If you have left the United States and your visa has expired, you will need an updated I-20 to return to the United States in the fall semester. U.S. embassies and consulates have cancelled routine nonimmigrant visa appointments in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. They plan to resume visa services as soon as possible; however, dates are not yet known. Please check the website of the embassy or consulate in your home country for its current operating status. 

  3. I need a new copy of my Form I-20. How do I receive this since offices are working remotely? Recent guidance from U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement temporarily allows Roosevelt to email you a hand-signed and scanned or electronically signed copy of your Form I-20. Please note that this applies to F-1 I-20s only. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will not allow Form J-1 DS-2019 to be emailed. If documents are needed, please email the Office of International Programs and we will work to issue the necessary documents and send them to you by email. This includes requests for Extension, Change of Level, Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training (OPT), Reduced Course Load, or a travel signature. When we return to the office, a printed copy of the form will be issued and either mailed to you or held in the office for you to pick up. 

  4. I graduated in May. Can I still apply for OPT? Yes, please visit the International Employment page for application information. You need to submit the OPT request form electronically. Your recommendation will be sent to you electronically and then you will need to submit the complete application to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Please note: you must be physically present in the United States in order to submit an application for OPT. 

  5. What if I decide to take a leave of absence in the fall semester? If you are in your home country, please report your plans to both the Office of International Programs and your academic department. We will make the necessary updates to your Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) record to show that you are on an approved leave. When you are ready to resume study, you should contact the Office of International Programs for updated immigration documents. If you are currently in the United States as an F-1 student, you are required to be a full-time student in the fall semester. Your SEVIS record will not be active and you should plan to depart the United States. Please contact the Office of International Programs to discuss your options. 

  6. I have left the United States and am worried I will not be able to return for the fall semester. We do not currently know how travel restrictions will affect students during the fall semester, but we are watching the situation carefully. If necessary, we will work with you for continued online options. With current permission from USCIS, your SEVIS record will remain active even if you are not in the United States and are conducting your course work remotely as long as you remain enrolled in classes. When you return to the United States — if you have been absent for five months or longer — U.S. Customs and Border Protection may question why you were out of the United States for so long. If you are in this situation, please reach out to the Office of International Programs a few weeks before your planned travel. 

  7. Will I have access to my health insurance during the remote learning period? Students who are covered by Roosevelt’s insurance policy are covered until August 14, 2020. For specific benefit questions, students should continue to contact the insurance company directly (via the phone number on their ID card or other plan materials). Please visit the insurance home page for more details. We also encourage you to log in to your account to access members-only information, including any medical/behavioral health telemedicine service that is included in their plan. If you waived the Roosevelt health insurance policy, please contact your insurance policy for more information. 

  8. I have been admitted to Roosevelt for the fall semester. Will I be able to begin study? U.S. embassies and consulates have cancelled routine nonimmigrant visa appointments in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. They plan to resume visa services as soon as possible; however, dates are not yet known. Please check the website of the embassy or consulate in your home country for its current operating status. You can still apply for your immigration documents (I-20 or DS-2019) so that you will be ready to submit an application as soon as the consulates reopen for visa services. If you have questions about required documents to receive your immigration documents, please email your admission counselor. 
  1. What if I’m not comfortable teaching on campus? Faculty who would prefer not to teach on campus should not select courses that have an in-person component. 

  2. Is work-related travel cancelled for fall? Yes. 

  3. How many faculty and staff will be allowed on campus each day? All supervisors have been asked to evaluate their staff functions and work spaces to accommodate for a continued work-from-home option if necessary. Employee work spaces and work schedules will be adjusted to ensure physical distance and safety protocols. 

  4. I am recently returning from a state with a high incidence of COVID-19 infection. Can I come to campus? The City of Chicago and Suburban Cook County have issued the same guidance about returning from high incidence states. As a Roosevelt employee, you are expected to follow those recommendations and work with your supervisor to make appropriate accommodations. More information and the lists of currently impacted states can be found on the City of Chicago website and the Cook County website.

  1. Will a doctor or health care provider be available to help students who are not feeling well and are living on campus? Yes. Roosevelt is excited to partner with the Virtual Care Group to provide 24/7/365 access to medical care. Students who are feeling ill will be able to access medical services from a doctor through this platform. 93% of all cases can be resolved in one telehealth appointment. More information on how to sign up for the telehealth services will be sent to your RU email accounts.

  2. Will events and programs still take place in the residence halls? Yes, we are planning for a robust programmatic experience for students in the residence halls. In-person programs will continue; however, capacity limits will be set on all in-person programs to comport with local health guidelines. In addition, a number of virtual programming opportunities are also being developed.

  3. Will additional support be provided for students that struggle with mental health? Yes. As always, the counseling center remains available for any student who may be experiencing mental health challenges related to COVID-19 or otherwise while in residence. In addition to our own counseling center, we have partnered with the Center for Personal Development, which offers additional mental health services at no added cost to our student body. To gain access to a counselor, please email counseling@roosevelt.edu.

  4. Will common areas be open for student use? Yes, residence hall common spaces will be available for student use; however, there will be restrictions on capacity limits. 

  5. How many guests will be allowed in the residence halls next year? 
    • During move-in days (August 3–31), the only guests allowed will be people helping students move in. 2 guest limit per student for 2 hours at a time.
      For all other WB residents who have already moved in, no guests will be allowed until after all move-in days have been completed. (We are calling this Phase 1.)
    • From August 31 on (first day of classes through the rest of the semester), 1 guest will be allowed per resident. (We are calling this Phase 2.)
    • At any point, we reserve the right to move back to Phase 1 should local health guidance warrant such a decision.
    • At the end of the semester, during move-out time, we’ll go back to the policy of only 2 guests allowed for 2 hours per student if the student is moving out. We will announce what day/dates we consider “moving-out time” later in the semester.
    • All guests will undergo COVID-19 screening prior to being allowed to enter campus.

  6. Will residents of both buildings be allowed to visit the other residence hall? Residents of the UC will be able to be signed into the WB under our guest policy. There will be no guests allowed during the move-in period from August 19–September 14. During this time period, each UC resident will only be allowed to have 2 guests for 2 hours for the purpose of move-in. After September 14, the guest policy will commence, at which time every UC resident will be allowed to check in only 1 guest.

  7. Will minor visitors still be allowed? Yes. Under our guest policy, minor visitors will be allowed to be signed in as guests but will be screened prior to being allowed into the residence hall spaces, and they must have a parent or legal guardian’s permission.

  8. Will extended stays still be allowed? No. At this time, extended stays beyond 3 days will not be allowed. 
  1. Must students have a negative COVID-19 test prior to moving into the residence halls? Yes, all students who are planning to live on campus in the fall must have a negative COVID-19 test result dated no more than 5 days prior to their move-in date. Any student who doesn’t have a negative test when they move in will be placed on the quarantine floor, in isolation, until they are able to get a negative COVID-19 test. Students should contact their primary health care provider or their local health department for information on how to obtain a test.

  2. What happens if I can’t get a COVID-19 test in my home city or state? Students who can’t get a COVID-19 test in their city or state will be placed on the quarantine floor and will remain in isolation until they are able to obtain a test in Chicago. Testing sites in Chicago and surrounding suburbs can be found by visiting the following links: chicago.curativeinc.com and dph.illinois.gov/testing/mobile-testing-sites.

  3. Where do I submit my test results once I receive them? Go to the housing portal, click on the "Move-In Requirements" section and then go to the "COVID19 Test results" page. There is a space there for you to upload your document or image.

  4. Will I have to quarantine for 2 weeks if I come from a state that Chicago has deemed as high risk? The City of Chicago and Suburban Cook County has implemented an Emergency Travel Order for anyone entering or returning to Chicago or Cook County suburbs from states experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases to quarantine for 14 days beginning from the last contact within the identified state. The order does not apply to any individual passing through designated states for less than 24 hours in the course of travel. On July 22, the City of Chicago issued an update to this order, specific to Higher Education Institutions. Under the updated order, students are allowed to complete the 14 day quarantine in their home state, prior to arriving in Chicago.  Students will be required to confirm they have complied with the order prior to returning to campus. Quarantining as part of this order is not permitted to occur on campus. The current list of travel quarantine states and frequently asked questions can be found on the City of Chicago website.

  5. I’m a parent from a City of Chicago/Cook County identified COVID-19 surge state, moving my student into the residence halls. Am I also required to quarantine in the city for 14 days prior to coming to campus? No. Parents who accompany students to campus from high-incidence states should quarantine during their stay, avoid all public settings, and limit exposures to others outside of the scheduled move-in time. Standard COVID-19 precautions as described in City of Chicago Phase IV Reopening Guidance should be maintained throughout the move-in time.

  6. If I have to leave campus due to COVID-19, will I get a refund on the cost of housing? We’ve intentionally made the housing contract flexible this year so that every student has the option to leave the agreement at two points. Any student may cancel their housing contract prior to the date of move-in at no penalty. Additionally, students who stay with us in the fall semester will have the option to cancel before the start of the spring semester. If a student fails to cancel their housing contract at either of these two points, they will be responsible for the remaining balance thereafter. 

  7. Can I cancel my housing contract after I move in if I decide that taking classes online is not worth me living on campus? You will not be able to cancel your contract if you’ve already moved in for the fall. However, you will be able to cancel your contract during winter break at no penalty. 

  8. How will the move-in process work? Visit the housing move-in page for detailed information about the move-in experience.

  9. Is there any discount on the cost of housing due to COVID-19? Yes, due to COVID-19, we have changed our WB pricing model to a room type cost instead of a per bed cost. Thus, we now offer either a single space or shared space. The shared spaces have been discounted to provide relief to our residents and their families. For more information on room pricing, please visit roosevelt.edu/tuition-aid/tuition. UC housing prices have not changed at this time. 

  10. How many students will be assigned to a bedroom? Due to COVID-19, all housing spaces are currently either single rooms or double rooms.

  11. Will our rooms be sanitized and cleaned prior to arrival and during our stay? Yes, all rooms will be cleaned and sanitized prior to your move-in. However, after move-in, this will become the responsibility of the occupants of the suite. Cleaning supplies will be provided for students who may need additional disinfectants. 

  12. Are there any rules that residents have to abide by relating to COVID-19 while staying in the halls? Yes, students will be expected to abide by the following:
  13. How will students be held accountable if they aren't following COVID-19-related policies? Under the Student Code of Conduct, RU students are required to abide by all University rules and policies. Should a student fail to comply with these policies, they will be subject to the student conduct process. 
  1. Will the dining center be open for meals this fall? Yes, the dining center will resume operations when the first students move back into the residence halls in the fall. Although the dining center will be open for service, it will have modifications such as limits on capacity, additional sanitizing stations, elimination of self-serve food options and traffic flow markers. In addition, much of the seating area will be closed with limits on the number of students that can gather at a table.
  2. If I leave the residence halls due to COVID-19, will I receive a meal plan credit? If you leave at a contract break period (prior to move-in or the start of the second semester), you will receive a refund on the unused portion of your meal plan. Students who leave outside of a contract break period will follow the normal dining cancellation policies. 
  3. Will there be any alternatives for ordering food? Yes, in the fall, students will be able to order food from the dining center using an app. This will eliminate the need for students to come to the dining center. Students will have the option to either have their meal delivered or pick it up at a number of designated on-campus drop-off locations. 
  4. If the dining center closes due to COVID-19 concerns, will the meal plan be credited? In the event that the dining center closes, the University will provide alternative meal options. Thus, a credit will not be given in this scenario. 
  1. Why was the decision made to postpone fall athletic competitions? Roosevelt is committed to ensuring the health and safety of the University and larger communities. The Athletic Department worked diligently in planning to safely bring student-athletes back to campus and provide safe environments for the students and staff to participate in their respective sports starting this fall. With the current state of the pandemic across this country, the variables outside of the University’s control, and the scope of everything involved in providing the safest atmospheres possible, the determination was made that staging fall competitions in any capacity posed a significant risk to the safety and health of our students, our staff and their families.
  1. Will I still receive my athletics-related scholarship/athletic leadership awards during the 2020-21 academic year with fall sport competitions being postponed? All student-athlete athletics-related scholarships/athletic leadership awards will be honored for the 2020-21 academic year regardless of participation.
  1. Will I still receive my athletics-related scholarship/athletic leadership award if I do not feel comfortable participating in team activities or competitions during the 2020-21 academic year due to coronavirus (COVID-19)? All student-athlete athletics-related scholarships/athletic leadership awards will be honored for the 2020-21 academic year regardless of participation. No student-athlete, coach or athletic department staff member, including game day personnel, should feel compelled to engage in an activity for which they do not feel safe or comfortable.
  1. How does the decision for fall sports impact winter and spring championship sports? Spring sport programs, which traditionally have a limited non-conference intercollegiate competition schedule during the fall semester, will have schedules postponed until after January 1, 2021. Winter sport programs can anticipate a delayed start to their traditional calendars. A final determination on competition schedules will be made in the coming weeks, with a likelihood of no competition occurring until after the end of the current calendar year.
  1. What team activities will be conducted during the fall semester? Access to athletic training staff by appointment, and virtual team meetings and individual/small group meetings are allowed immediately starting on the date of the student’s arrival on campus. Starting on October 1, 2020, the Athletic Department will provide opportunities for organized team activities to occur during the fall semester. These activities will include practices, individual skill development and strength and conditioning sessions. Any and all activities will be pre-approved and conducted in alignment with regularly updated processes and protocols based on current public health guidelines.
  1. What type of practice activities can occur during the fall semester? Every program is unique in its practice activities. Head coaches and program leaders will be crafting the details of how these activities can be safely conducted in the weeks leading up to the fall semester. Students can anticipate any activity that will take place to be different than those conducted in prior years with an emphasis on individual and small group instruction to promote social distancing, as well as limiting direct contact during sessions.
  1. Why are team activities being delayed until October 1? The postponement of any team activities until October 1 allows for new and continuing student-athletes to focus on acclimating to their academic schedules, whether those classes are offered face-to-face or remote, and adjusting to the University’s return to campus protocols. It also provides time for the Athletic Department to plan and schedule activities and ensure those activities can be conducted in a safe manner based on the most up-to-date public health guidelines.
  1. If I choose to not participate in team activities during the fall semester, will I still be able to participate in the spring? A student-athlete should not feel compelled to engage in an activity for which they do not feel safe or comfortable this fall. A student-athlete should remain in constant communication with their respective head coach or program leader during the fall semester to remain up to date on spring plans and to potentially participate in remote team meetings and activities that will be conducted.
  1. Does this postponement include just activities for varsity sport programs, or does it include varsity reserve, club sports, eSports, spirit programs and performing arts programs? The postponement of fall competition until the spring semester and the suspension of team activities until October 1, includes all varsity and varsity reserve sport programs, club sports, eSports, spirit programs and performing arts.
  1. Does this postponement include those activities conducted at other University locations? This postponement of fall activities includes those conducted at all University locations.
  1. What access will there be to the Lillian and Larry Goodman Center? All access to the Goodman Center will be pre-approved and will follow University screening protocols for accessing facilities. The pre-approval process is to ensure appropriate staffing is available to conduct screenings and to support the needs related to the visit. It will also allow for appropriate cleaning and sanitization procedures to occur prior to and following all visits to the facility.
  1. What access will there be to the Barry Crown Fitness Center? We are currently examining our ability to safely reopen the fitness center to the University with restricted capacity and reduced hours of operation to allow for essential cleaning protocols to be followed. Updates on reopening and the guidelines associated with use of the facility, will be posted prior to the start of the semester.
  1. When will we be informed about the plans for rescheduling activities for spring? An announcement date for a spring plan has not been determined. Roosevelt will begin work immediately to plan a resumption of competition in those sport programs impacted by the postponement of fall activities during the 2021 spring academic semester. We will work closely with our national and conference affiliations on this process, while being open to new and unique competition opportunities.
  1. What if coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns still exist during the spring semester? Roosevelt will evaluate its ability to safely resume competitions for the spring semester regularly in the coming weeks and months. It will only move forward with engaging in these activities if they can be conducted in a safe and healthy manner based on the most up-to-date public health guidelines.
  1. How does the decision to postpone fall athletic competitions affect living on campus? The decision to postpone fall athletic activities does not impact a student’s ability to live on campus for the 2020-21 academic year.
  1. Can I cancel my existing housing contract, if fall athletic competitions are postponed? Those wishing to cancel their housing contract and room assignment can do so prior to the date of their move in with no penalty. This cancellation is for the entire academic year. Should a student wish to return to residence on campus for the spring semester they can do so. It will require completing a new housing contract for that specific academic term.
  1. If I cancel my housing contract, can I reapply and still have the same room assignment and roommate? A student will not be able to hold their specific room assignment from the fall semester if they cancel their housing contract. Upon completing a new housing contract for spring, a student will be able to choose a room assignment based on the current availability and room selection process. Individual requests to reunite with a roommate who did live on campus for the fall semester in a new room assignment for the spring semester will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis with accommodations made based on room availability.
  1. If I have to leave campus due to COVID-19, will I get a refund on the cost of housing? We’ve intentionally made the housing contract flexible this year so that every student has the option to leave the agreement at two points. Any student may cancel their housing contract prior to the date of move-in at no penalty. Additionally, students who stay with us in the fall semester will have the option to cancel before the start of the spring semester. If a student fails to cancel their housing contract at either of these two points, they will be responsible for the remaining balance thereafter. 
  1. Can I cancel my housing contract after I move in if I decide that taking classes online is not worth me living on campus? You will not be able to cancel your contract if you’ve already moved in for the fall. However, you will be able to cancel your contract during winter break at no penalty. 
  1. Are residential students required to take a coronavirus test prior to moving in? All residential students must have a negative COVID-19 test dated no more than five days prior to their move-in date. Students should contact their primary health provider or local health department for information on how to obtain a test. Testing sites in Chicago and surrounding suburbs can be found by visiting the following links: curativeinc.com and dph.illinois.gov/testing/mobile-testing-sites.
  1. What happens if I can’t get a COVID-19 test in my home city or state? Students who can’t get a COVID-19 test in their city or state will be placed on the quarantine floor and will remain in isolation until they are able to obtain a test in Chicago. Testing sites in Chicago and surrounding suburbs can be found by visiting the following links: curativeinc.com and dph.illinois.gov/testing/mobile-testing-sites.
  1. Will I have to quarantine for two weeks if I come from a state that Chicago has deemed high risk? The City of Chicago has implemented an Emergency Travel Orderfor anyone entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases to quarantine for 14 days beginning from the last contact within the identified state. The order does not apply to any individual passing through designated states for less than 24 hours in the course of travel. On July 22, the City of Chicago issued an update to this order, specific to higher education institutions. Under the updated order, students are allowed to complete the 14 day quarantine in their home state, prior to arriving in Chicago. Students will be required to confirm they have complied with the order prior to returning to campus. Quarantining as part of this order is not permitted to occur on campus. The current list of travel quarantine states and frequently asked questions can be found on the City of Chicago website.
  1. Will coronavirus testing be required prior to participating in fall athletic activities? Student-athletes will be required to submit a negative coronavirus test result dated no more than five days prior to their participation in the first team activity. The date of the first activity will vary by program, but will not occur prior to October 1. Information will be communicated before then on testing options for student-athletes and the process for submitting test results.
  1. Will I need a second coronavirus (COVID-19) test to participate in team activities if I submitted a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test prior to moving into the residence halls on campus? Participating in a team activity will require a separate test dated no more than five days prior to initial participation in that team activity.   
  1. Do classrooms have capacity limits?
    Yes, all classrooms, meeting rooms and common spaces have maximum capacity limits, and furniture has been arranged to allow for social distancing protocols. Students, faculty and staff should not relocate furniture from designated spaces.

  2. Are the stairwells open?
    Yes, stairwells are open. In the Wabash Building, stairwells have been designated for up only or down only. In the Auditorium Building, stay to the right when going up or down the stairs. The stairwells in the residence hall floors will be open as well with signage designating up or down.

  3. How many people are allowed on an elevator at one time?
    In the Wabash Building, the max capacity for elevators is five people. In the Auditorium Building, the max capacity for elevators is four people.

  4. I have a question about my return to campus schedule and when I should be on campus. Who do I talk to?
    Contact your direct supervisor to plan out your return to campus schedule.

  5. Do I have to wear a mask?
    Yes, masks or face shields are required at all times. The only exceptions are when eating in spaces designated for eating (the cafeteria and Fainman lounge), when alone in your office or when in your residence hall room.

  6. Will I be marked tardy if I am late to class because I had to wait for an elevator?
    No, you will not. Do try to leave ample time to get to class, but you will not be marked tardy if you are late.

  7. Where can I eat?
    You can eat in the second floor Wabash cafeteria and in Fainman Lounge. You may also eat in your residence hall room.

Overall Financial Impact

  • Are the positions being eliminated no longer required for university operations? In some cases, yes. As a general matter, the University will always analyze its operations and its workforce to determine whether it has the right number of employees to meet the needs of its students.
  • How much of the operational budget was decreased (along with personnel)? These actions impact both the personnel and operating budgets of the University.  It is expected that these efforts will reduce expenses by $3.5 to $5 million and represent, on average, approximately 10 percent of the controllable expenses at the University.
  • Is there a budget shortfall? We are projecting our planned deficit of $4.7 million by the end of the 2020 fiscal year and anticipate a balanced budget by the end of the 2021 fiscal year. The measures discussed above (g., terminations, pay reductions, furloughs) are intended to keep us in line with those goals.
  • How were impacted employees notified? Either the human resources department, the employee’s direct supervisor, or the employee’s vice president notified them of their termination or furlough.
  • Will there be another round of layoffs/furloughs in a few months? As a general matter, the University will always analyze its operations and its workforce to determine whether it has the right number of employees to meet the needs of its students.
  • Were faculty impacted? Full-time faculty have contracts and were, therefore, not affected.
  • How does this impact the integration of Robert Morris into Roosevelt? In making the termination and furlough decisions, the University is balancing its operational and financial needs, including those related to the integration. We did not make any decisions that would adversely affect the University’s operations.