Welcome to Summer Semester!
GSU's pandemic operating framework has always been built on science-based guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), and other agencies, and our primary concern continues to be the safety of our community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has assured the public that the vaccines are safe and effective and a critical tool to ending the pandemic.
Moving forward, GSU is utilizing Public Health Precaution Levels as the framework for campus operations. This provides a multi-layered approach to minimize the spread of Covid-19 and is guided by the IDPH and CDC tracking of Covid-19 Community Levels. Please refer to the GSU AY23 Operating Plan for details on the current Public Health Precaution Level.
We look forward to more in-person classes, support services, and operations, and members of the University community will continue to work together toward these common goals.
Free COVID-19 Vaccinations
The Will County Community Health Center is offering free COVID-19 vaccinations at several locations.
As a public health strategy, Will County officials recommend households plan to be vaccinated at the same time. Appointments are not required but highly recommended. For additional information on all Will County Health Departments vaccination locations and scheduling, please visit Will County Health.
- • Masks, which cover the nose and mouth, will still be required in instructional spaces during in-person classes and passing periods.
- • Masks, which cover the nose and mouth, will still be required in Health and Wellness Center and COVID-19 testing sites.
- • Campus labs will still require face coverings consistent with all safety protocols that govern the operation of laboratories.
- • Masks will still be required for employees and/or students meeting in office spaces, except by specific agreement between those in attendance.
- • Employees working in shared workspaces, where social distancing is not possible, are expected to wear a mask.
- • Some university events may still require face coverings as dictated in performer contracts. Requirements are posted in the CPA webpage.
- • Masks will no longer be required in open areas and in the cafeteria.
- • Masking in the residence halls is no longer required in open areas. Individuals should respect the rights of any student to wear a mask and request that you mask up if entering their room.
- • Regular building hours are as follows:
- ○ Monday - Friday: 6 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
- ○ Saturday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- ○ Sunday: 12 p.m. - 9 p.m.
- • Click here to learn about exceptions for holidays and emergency closures. Faculty, staff, students, and visitors are advised to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for social distancing while on campus.
- • The Cube is open to serve faculty, staff, and students. Please click here for hours of service.
- • The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park is open to the public from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year.
- • The A building entrance provides access to the closest restrooms during regular campus hours (below). Masks are required to enter the building. Please visit the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park website for more details.
- • Prairie Place Residence Hall is open for the 2022 – 2023 academic year.
- • For more information regarding our response to COVID-19 in specific areas, please visit our following pages:
COVID-19 community updates and resources are available below.
Local and GSU
State and National
Federal Emergency Grants for Postsecondary Education
Learn more about the benefits Governors State University received under the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Grants for Postsecondary Education, including CARES (HEERF I), CRRSAA (HEERF II), and ARP (HEERF III).
COVID-19 Safety Signage