Illinois university quarantines entire student body for two weeks

Source: The Hill | September 9, 2020 | John Bowden

Bradley University in Illinois moved Tuesday to quarantine its entire student body and shift temporarily to remote learning as it seeks to gain a handle on coronavirus outbreaks that have appeared on campus.

An announcement from the university’s president, Steve Standifird, directed “all students … to quarantine in their residence hall, Greek house, St. James apartment, off-campus apartment or house for the next two weeks.” The quarantine will lift at 7 a.m. on Sept. 23.

“Although it may seem extreme, this move to temporary remote learning and a two-week, all-student quarantine allows us to focus on the continuity of the educational experience for all of our students while giving us time to gather data on the full extent of the spread of the virus and assess the best way to proceed as a community,” Standifird said in a video address to students.

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His statement went on to specify that students would be allowed to spend time outside on-campus if wearing a mask, could venture to on-campus dining halls and restaurants to pick up food, and run essential errands both on and off-campus.

Students will not be permitted to visit off-campus restaurants or bars, have guests, or congregate with anyone other than their roommates. Failure to comply with the order could result in dismissal from campus or other disciplinary action, according to Standfird’s address.

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