As faculty, staff, and students return to class for the spring semester, Governors State University is supporting instruction virtually while limiting on-campus access to personnel essential to minimal campus operations.
- Effective Tuesday, January, 19, 2021, campus will be open 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 CDC guidelines for social distancing while on campus.
- The Cube is open to serve faculty, staff, and students from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- To accommodate remote learning, classes and most university functions have moved to a virtual environment, including Library research, tutoring and other services offered through the Academic Resources Center and Academic Advising.
- The Library is closed, however research, tutoring, and other services are available online.
- Information Technology Services will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For support, contact the Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-534-4357
- No date has been set for 2020 Commencement. Check the Commencement website for updates.
- Prairie Place will be open for the spring semester. For additional information, please contact University Housing at email@example.com. To speak with a Prairie Place staff member please contact the Prairie Place front desk at 708-235-7115.
- All athletic facilities are closed.
For any other campus-related questions, please refer to our FAQs below.
Q: What is GSU doing to respond to COVID-19?
A: GSU is involved in the following as a precaution during the growing public health threat associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Keeping our community informed by sharing best practices and expert guidance on public health infection control via campus email and our dedicated website.
- Continuously monitoring and following recommendations of the Will County Health Department and Community Health Center, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Activating our Emergency Response Team with dedicated working groups with responsibility across campus, who are regularly communicating to assess needed action and communication related to this swiftly moving global public health situation.
- Monitoring university-related study abroad programs, and following guidance regarding travel to several countries including mainland China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Italy, and Japan, and is assessing additional programs.
- Following the protocols established by Advocate Health Care, our partner for the Counseling and Wellness Center, for clients who have a fever, cough, sore throat, or other symptoms consistent with upper respiratory infections.
- Recommending that if you must travel, avoid contact with people who are sick, wash your hands with soap and water often and/or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains a minimum of 60 percent alcohol. Pay attention to your health during travel and for 14 days after you leave an area that may be affected by COVID-19.
- Recommending that if you traveled and find you are sick with fever or cough or have difficulty breathing, take your temperature and seek medical advice. Call ahead before going in for care. If you have recently traveled explain your recent travel and symptoms. This will help others to avoid becoming ill.
Q: How is Governors State University reducing the risk of exposure?
A: GSU has taken the following steps to reduce risk:
- Posted flyers communicating procedures to inhibit the spread of COVID-19.
- Increased number of hand sanitizers available across campus, including increased access to sanitizers in heavy traffic areas, and posted signs to call attention to them.
- Daily disinfection of all touch points, classrooms, restrooms, railings, and cafeteria (including tables and chairs) by Housekeeping staff.
- Individual departments and offices will follow standard procedures and will contact Central Receiving to order disinfecting wipes, disinfecting spray, and hand sanitizer bottles.
- Information Technology Systems (ITS) will be implementing a cleaning program that will include ongoing cleaning of open computers and computer labs.
Q: What safety practices are in place in The Cube to minimize risk of exposure to the virus?
A: A standard practice in ITS is to wipe down computers in the Cube weekly. To minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19, ITS is implementing the following procedures:
- Providing Clorox wipes and hand sanitizer in the Cube area. These were already available, but we are placing more wipes throughout the Cube.
- Documenting the process for cleaning Cube keyboards and mice weekly.
- Cleaning open area computers, smart classrooms, and other open labs.
- Sneeze guards placed for safety of visitors and employees.
- See Governors State University Cleaning Protocol under Resources on the COVID site.
Q: What if I am immunocompromised or have another chronic medical condition?
A: According to the CDC, it is possible that older adults and people with underlying chronic medical conditions—immunocompromising conditions, chronic lung, heart or kidney disease—may be at risk for more severe outcomes related to COVID-19. It is recommended that if you have any underlying chronic medical condition, you consult with your doctor on ways to protect yourself.
Q: What can I do to prevent becoming ill?
A: The steps are the same as they are for preventing any illness:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face covering:
Visit the CDC website for more information on face coverings.
- CDC recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
- Cloth face coverings may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.
- Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings.
- Cloth face coverings should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Q: Have there been any confirmed cases in Illinois?
A: Yes. For ongoing updates, please visit the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Q: What symptoms does the Coronavirus cause?
A: The coronavirus can cause a wide range of symptoms ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Visit the CDC website to learn more.
Q: What is the difference between Coronavirus and the flu?
A: Both are caused by viruses that can cause fever, cough and shortness of breath. However, the flu is more likely to cause headaches, severe body aches, and possibly nausea and diarrhea. Also, the flu is much more common in humans.
Have more questions? Please check the FAQ section of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.