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School and Campus Situational Awareness

Wednesday, Oct 14, 2020

Dear Members of the SWIC Community,

Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville Campus, is again partnering with the St. Clair County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health to provide FREE COVID-19 testing.  The tests will be conducted by licensed State of Illinois clinicians Monday October 19th and Tuesday October 20th.  

We encourage you to do your part and help your colleagues and community by getting tested, even if you’re healthy and show no symptoms. 

Download and share the flyer for reference. We recommend sharing this information with your family and friends as this community event is open to adults and children over six months of age.

Stay healthy and stay safe.

COVID-19 Response Team

618-222-5666

Monday, September 28, 2020

Dear Members of the SWIC Community,

Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville Campus, is again partnering with the St. Clair County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health to provide FREE COVID-19 testing.  The tests will be conducted by licensed State of Illinois clinicians starting tomorrow Tuesday September 29th and Wednesday September 30th.  

We encourage you to do your part and help your colleagues and community by getting tested, even if you’re healthy and show no symptoms. 

Download and share the flyer for reference. We recommend sharing this information with your family and friends as this community event is open to adults and children over six months of age.

Stay healthy and stay safe.

COVID-19 Response Team

618-222-5666

Friday, September 18, 2020

SWIC has learned during the week of September 12, 2020 of three individuals who visited the Belleville Campus who have tested positive for COVID-19.  These individuals are currently recovering in isolation at their residence. 

The appropriate measures will be taken to clean and sanitize the campus with specific attention being given to potentially affected areas.  Also, steps have been taken to notify specific individuals who came into direct contact with these individuals.  

We encourage all members of our community to take this seriously by complying with the precautionary measures that are in place and continue to practice physical distancing to promote the health and well-being of all by wearing face coverings.

For tips on staying healthy during this crisis, visit Illinois Department Public Health.  Additional information can be found on SWIC’s website, visit SWIC Notifications

Friday, September 11, 2020

SWIC has learned during the week of September 7, 2020 of three individuals who visited the Belleville Campus who have tested positive for COVID-19.  These individuals are currently recovering in isolation at their residence. 

The appropriate measures will be taken to clean and sanitize the campus with specific attention being given to potentially affected areas.  Also, steps have been taken to notify specific individuals who came into direct contact with these individuals.  

We encourage all members of our community to take this seriously by complying with the precautionary measures that are in place and continue to practice physical distancing to promote the health and well-being of all by wearing face coverings.

For tips on staying healthy during this crisis, visit Illinois Department Public Health.  Additional information can be found on SWIC’s website, visit SWIC Notifications

Friday, September 4, 2020

SWIC learned of  five individuals who visited the Belleville Campus the week of August 31, 2020 who have tested positive for COVID-19.  One of those individuals was also present on the Granite City campus during this week. These individuals are currently recovering in isolation at their residence. 

The appropriate measures will be taken to clean and sanitize the campus with specific attention being given to potentially affected areas.  Also, steps have been taken to notify specific individuals who came into direct contact with these individuals.  

We encourage all members of our community to take this seriously by complying with the precautionary measures that are in place and continue to practice physical distancing to promote the health and well-being of all by wearing face coverings.

For tips on staying healthy during this crisis, visit Illinois Department Public Health.  Additional information can be found on SWIC’s website, visit SWIC Notifications

Friday, August 28, 2020

SWIC learned of  individuals who last visited the Belleville Campus on Thursday, August 27, 2020 has tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals are currently recovering in isolation at their residence.  

The appropriate measures will be taken to clean and sanitize the campus with specific attention being given to potentially affected areas.  Also, steps have been taken to notify specific individuals who came into direct contact with these individuals.   

We encourage all members of our community to take this seriously by complying with the precautionary measures that are in place and continue to practice physical distancing to promote the health and well-being of all by wearing face coverings. 

For tips on staying healthy during this crisis, visit Illinois Department Public Health.  Additional information can be found on SWIC’s website, visit SWIC Notifications

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Dear Members of the SWIC Community,  

Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville Campus, is partnering with the St. Clair County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health to provide FREE COVID-19 testing.  The tests will be conducted by licensed State of Illinois clinicians on 8/24 & 8/25.

I encourage you to do your part and help your colleagues and community by getting tested, even if you’re healthy and show no symptoms. 

I recommend downloading the flyer for your reference and sharing this information with your family and friends as this community event is open to adults and children over six months of age.  

Stay healthy and stay safe.  

Nick Mance

President

Southwestern Illinois College

Friday, August 14, 2020

Updated FALL 2020 Reopening Information

Welcome officially back to SWIC!  The faculty and staff are eager and excited for the fall semester to begin!  Please review the following information and reminders:

On Campus Requirements

The success for on-campus instruction will depend on everyone displaying personal responsibility adhering to social distancing, wearing a mask/face covering on campus, hand-washing, and following the symptom-free guidelines that are required to be on campus.

REQUIREMENT FOR STUDENTS TO COMPLETE PRIOR TO BEING ON CAMPUS

COVID Student Attestation Form – Student COVID-19 Symptom Checklist

Before coming on campus, all SWIC students are required to complete a COVID Student Attestation agreement confirming the understanding and expectations of not coming on campus if COVID-19 related symptoms and exposure exist.

This Symptom Checklist will be available on eSTORM under the Evaluation and Surveys tab for all students registered for classes at SWIC for Fall 2020.

THIS STUDENT ATTESTATION FORM SHOULD BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO COMING ON CAMPUS. Directions can also be found on swic.edu at:  https://www.swic.edu/knowledgebase/covid-student-attestations/.

Daily Verification of On-Campus COVID Student Attestation

All SWIC students will be required to confirm that they are symptom free each day while on campus using the eSTORM.swic.edu and the Evals and Survey tab.  This requirement will follow the completion of the original COVID Student Attestation Form and is titled “On-Campus COVID Student Attestation.”  

At the beginning of each class, using your mobile device, students should log into eSTORM.swic.edu and click on the Evals and Survey tile.  Students will then click “Course Evaluations” in which each course enrolled will appear.  Students will click the respective course each day of attendance and confirm no COVID related symptoms exist. 

Students will need a mobile device to complete this step quickly and easily.  Instructors will also provide directions in class.  Directions can also be found on swic.edu at:  https://www.swic.edu/knowledgebase/covid-student-attestations/.

Students Experiencing COVID-19 Related Symptoms

Students experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms should not be on campus attending classes.  Students should notify the instructor indicating the absence is related to having a COVID symptom. 

Students can then access the class synchronously (live stream) or asynchronously (recording) using Microsoft Teams. Any student testing positive for COVID should notify SWIC at COVID19@swic.edu.

Mask Requirement

All students are required to wear a mask while on campus, including during class.  Students are expected to adhere to this requirement without resistance.   For students who are against wearing a mask, online classes are offered for most courses.

Student ID

All students are required to wear a SWIC issued Student ID.  Public Safety issues the Fall 2020 Student ID’s and lanyards.  It is important to know who is on campus, and wearing a student ID will readily confirm that your presence on campus is valid. 

Microsoft Teams Download – Required for On Campus Courses and Faculty Office Hours

Southwestern Illinois College utilizes one virtual platform district-wide that works in conjunction with Blackboard. Microsoft Teams will be utilized for students to access on-campus class meetings and faculty office hours remotely. 

All students should download the Microsoft Teams app on their device prior to the first day of class. For HyFlex classes, instructors will be live streaming lessons as well as recording those lessons for future access to accommodate the HyFlex delivery model and for students who are absent. 

In addition, instructors will use Teams for virtual office hours. Please note that using the Teams app for instructional delivery is new for everyone, including the instructors.

Students are asked to be patient the first week.

Also, the bandwidth and internet connection at home/remote location could also affect the quality of the live streaming. In the case an issue arises with live streaming and recordings, instructors will communicate information with all students through Blackboard or their SWIC email account.

For information and assistance downloading the Microsoft Teams app to your device: 

First Day of Class Notification

With the HyFlex model, students will be alternating attendance days, so not all students will be assigned to attend class on the first day the class is in session. Students should expect notification from the respective instructor indicating their first day of on campus attendance.

On Campus WiFi Locations

For students who are assigned to attend a face-to-face course and need to live stream another class immediately before or after, SWIC will have designated locations for WiFi access.

Two parking lot locations will be designated for students who have a vehicle or prefer to sit outside. The library will also have limited computer availability.  Please note that if using an inside location to listen to a live-streamed lesson on Teams, headphones will be required.

Tutoring Support for SWIC Students – ALL STUDENTS

The Success Centers districtwide offer FREE in-person and online tutoring for SWIC students. For in-person tutoring, walk into any Success Center during operating hours. Online tutoring is accessible through your SWIC Blackboard account.

First time users will sign up for Success Center Online Tutoring for You (SCOTY) by following the directions within the Announcements section of Blackboard. SCOTY offers live tutoring and the ability to drop off a question or drop off a paper for tutors to respond to during their next shift. For questions, email SuccessCenters@swic.edu.

Repeated from August 7 Communication

Be Prepared for Flexibility for Face-to-Face/HyFlex Classes

Students should be prepared to adjust instructional delivery modes to an online and/or remote format for the following occurrences:

  • In the event the Governor’s office requires schools to revert to Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan, delivery will move to online or remote.   At this time (August 14th) schools are in Phase 4 which allows controlled face-to-face instruction.
  • In the event your instructor is required to quarantine, the course delivery would move to online/remote delivery if the instructor is asymptomatic and is able to provide instruction remotely.  If not, a substitute for the instructor would be provided which may or may not be face-to-face instruction.
  • In the event a student is required to quarantine in a HyFlex class, the lesson can be accessed through Microsoft Teams either synchronously (live streamed) or asynchronously (recorded for up to three days). 
  • In the event a classroom is required for deep cleaning, the classroom would not be available for on campus instruction for a 48 hour period.  Courses scheduled in that classroom would move to an open classroom if available or moved to online or remote for that time period.

What is HyFlex?

In order to reduce the number of individuals on campus and to adhere to social distancing, classes will be split into two groups and attend class sessions on alternate days. 

While off campus, the student would access the lesson through Microsoft Teams/Blackboard either synchronously or asynchronously.  All students will need to download the Microsoft Teams app on their device. 

TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS – Online and/or remote delivery will require students to have access to a reliable internet connection and have a device conducive for Blackboard.  Students will find most success if utilizing a computer, laptop, or IPAD that has camera and microphone access. 

FALL 2020 –  WE ARE READY!!

After considering the results from the Spring Online Student Survey, Southwestern Illinois College clearly recognized through student voice the importance of providing an on-campus educational experience in the fall.

The administration, IT department, faculty, and staff representing all areas have worked very hard to prepare the facilities for a safe environment to include providing live streaming and recording opportunities for students who are unable to be on campus.  

Knowing that there will be items that arise that will need to be addressed during the first few weeks of the fall term, SWIC appreciates in advance the cooperation, flexibility, and patience from the students, faculty, and staff. 

To learn about recommended guidelines for reopening, Southwestern Illinois College is following the Illinois Community College Board’s “Return to Campus” guidance which can be found at https://www.iccb.org/iccb/wpcontent/uploads/2020/06/ICCB_Return_to_Campus_Guidance.pdf.

This guidance was developed in partnership with the Illinois Community College Board, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Governor’s Office.

Friday, August 7, 2020

SWIC FALL 2020 Reopening Information (August 7, 2020)

*This communication is geared for students enrolled in Face to Face courses.

August 15 Start Date –  Please note that the Fall 2020 semester will officially start on Saturday, August 15.  This is one week earlier than originally posted in the Spring.  Attending one week earlier will allow the semester to be nearly completed by Thanksgiving with the goal of moving the majority of courses and finals online from November 30 – December 8.

Be Prepared for Flexibility for Face-to-Face/HyFlex Classes 

Students should be prepared to adjust instructional delivery modes to an online and/or remote format for the following occurrences:

  • In the event the Governor’s office requires schools to revert to Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan, delivery will move to online or remote.   At this time (August 6,) schools are in Phase 4 which allows controlled face-to-face instruction.
  • In the event your instructor is required to quarantine, the course delivery would move to online/remote delivery if the instructor is asymptomatic and is able to provide instruction remotely.  If not, a substitute for the instructor would be provided which may or may not be face-to-face instruction.
  • In the event a student is required to quarantine in a HyFlex class, the lesson can be accessed through Microsoft Teams either synchronously (livestreamed) or asynchronously (recorded for up to three days). 
  • In the event a classroom is required for deep cleaning, the classroom would not be available for on campus instruction for a 48 hour period.  Courses scheduled in that classroom would move to an open classroom if available or moved to online or remote for that time period.

What is HyFlex?

In order to reduce the number of individuals on campus and to adhere to social distancing, classes will be split into two groups and attend class sessions on alternate days.  While off campus, the student would access the lesson through Microsoft Teams/Blackboard either synchronously or asynchronously.  All students will need to download the Microsoft Teams app on their device.  Please note that your instructor will be notifying students with specific start dates for on-campus instruction.

On Campus WiFi Locations

For students who are assigned to attend a face-to-face course and need to livestream another class immediately before or after, SWIC will have designated locations for WiFi access.   Two parking lot locations will be designated for students who have a vehicle or prefer to sit outside.   Other locations available are the Success Center and the library, but both will follow social distancing and capacity limits.

STUDENT ATTESTATION

Students who plan on being on campus must complete a “COVID Student Attestation” form each time entering the campus which certifies that the student does not have a temperature or other COVID related symptoms.   At the beginning of each class, the student will also certify the information is correct.  More information will be communicated on this process.

TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS – Online and/or remote delivery will require students to have access to a reliable internet connection and have a device conducive for Blackboard.  Students will find most success if utilizing a computer, laptop, or IPAD that has camera and microphone access. 

REMINDERS 

COVID-19 Precautions and Student Expectations

The success for on-campus instruction will depend on everyone displaying personal responsibility adhering to social distancing, wearing a mask/face covering on campus, hand-washing, and following the symptom-free guidelines that are required to be on campus.

Masks/Face Coverings.  All faculty, staff, and students who are on campus must wear a mask/face covering at all times while on campus.  Masks/face coverings will be required in the classroom.  It is expected that all students will cooperate with this requirement.  For students not wishing to wear a mask or face covering, please consider fully online options.

On-Campus Expectation.  Only students who have no COVID related symptoms and no direct contact with a COVID positive individual are allowed on campus.  The Student Attestation form that can soon be accessed from the Student Center will identify the expectations.

Minimizing Time On Campus –  Reducing time on campus will minimize the spread of the virus. Students should avoid loitering and large gatherings on campus.  All student services will be open to provide support to students.  However, social distancing guidelines and a controlled access environment will be followed.

ENROLLMENT  CONTINUES For FALL 2020!

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!

On-site enrollment and course registration are underway with Academic Advising, Enrollment Services, Financial Aid, and Student Accounts providing services to students in the gymnasium at the Belleville Campus and at Sam Wolf Granite City Campus.  Staff members are ready to serve all students Monday through Friday with extended hours on August 11th and August 15th.  Students can also register on-line through estorm.swic.edu.     

New Student Opportunity –  ORIE 101 If you are a new student attending SWIC, a helpful one hour credit course has been developed just for you:  ORIENTATION 101.  This course will provide a new student everything necessary to be successful at Southwestern Illinois College.  From support services to clubs and organizations, it is important for students to acclimate themselves to SWIC in order to have a great college experience. Studies show that college orientation improves student persistence in degree completion and it introduces them to Blackboard, in preparation for remote learning.  Please consider adding this one credit hour course to your schedule.  Contact an Academic

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020

SWIC learned an individual who last visited the Belleville Campus on Friday July 31, 2020 has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is currently recovering in isolation at their residence. 

The appropriate measures have been taken to clean and disinfect the campus with specific attention being given to potentially affected areas.  Also, steps have been taken to notify specific individuals who came into direct contact with this individual.  

We encourage all members of our community to take this seriously by complying with the precautionary measures that are in place and continue to practice physical distancing to promote the health and well-being of all by wearing face coverings.

For tips on staying healthy during this crisis, visit Illinois Department Public Health.  Additional information can be found on SWIC’s website, visit SWIC Notifications


SWIC learned an individual who last visited the Sam Wolf Granite City Campus on Wednesday July 29, 2020 has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is currently recovering in isolation at their residence. 

The appropriate measures have been taken to clean and disinfect the campus with specific attention being given to potentially affected areas.  Also, steps have been taken to notify specific individuals who came into direct contact with this individual.  

We encourage all members of our community to take this seriously by complying with the precautionary measures that are in place and continue to practice physical distancing to promote the health and well-being of all by wearing face coverings.

For tips on staying healthy during this crisis, visit Illinois Department Public Health.  Additional information can be found on SWIC’s website, visit SWIC Notifications

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

SWIC learned an individual who last visited the Belleville Campus on Tuesday July 14, 2020 has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is currently recovering in isolation at their residence.  We have been closely monitoring the situation and there has not been any other reported cases.

The appropriate measures have been taken to clean and disinfect the campus with specific attention being given to potentially affected areas.  Also, steps have been taken to notify specific individuals who came into direct contact with this individual.  

We encourage all members of our community to take this seriously by complying with the precautionary measures that are in place and continue to practice physical distancing to promote the health and well-being of all by wearing face coverings.

For tips on staying healthy during this crisis, visit Illinois Department Public Health.  Additional information can be found on SWIC’s website, visit SWIC Notifications


SWIC learned an individual who last visited the Sam Wolf Granite City Campus on Wednesday July 8, 2020 has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is currently recovering in isolation at their residence.  We have been closely monitoring the situation and there has not been any other reported cases.

The appropriate measures have been taken to clean and disinfect the campus with specific attention being given to potentially affected areas.  Also, steps have been taken to notify specific individuals who came into direct contact with this individual.  

We encourage all members of our community to take this seriously by complying with the precautionary measures that are in place and continue to practice physical distancing to promote the health and well-being of all by wearing face coverings.

For tips on staying healthy during this crisis, visit Illinois Department Public Health.  Additional information can be found on SWIC’s website, visit SWIC Notifications

Friday, June 26, 2020

Effective June 26, 2020, we are in Phase 4 of Gov. JB Pritzker’s “Restore Illinois” plan.

All employees should return to their normal work schedule beginning Monday, July 6, 2020 unless notified differently by your supervisor.

All individuals are REQUIRED to wear a face mask or covering in public areas while on campus.  Have a mask with you at all times to wear when interacting with others.  You do not need to wear a mask in your department or private office while maintaining social distancing. 

You are REQUIRED to wear your SWIC ID for entry and identification while on campus.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 8:50 a.m.

RESTORE ILLINOIS

A Public Health Approach To Safely Reopen Our State from the Office of the Governor JB Pritzker

Friday, April 24, 2020 9:50 a.m.

Per Executive Order from Governor J.B. Pritzker, the State of Illinois has extended the “stay at home” order effective through Saturday May 30, 2020.

All personnel who have NOT been on campus for the last four to six weeks shall remain “shelter-at-home” status. 

Although we do not encourage this, if you need to be on campus for any reason, you MUST contact your supervisor and OBTAIN APPROVAL from the appropriate President’s Cabinet member.  He/she will contact Chief Rob Luttrell for clearance who will maintain a list of employees with date and time of access.

Friday, April 17, 2020, 3:00 p.m.

Southwestern Illinois College campuses will remain closed throughout Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order in Response to COVID-19.

Summer and Fall registration are now open. All summer courses will be conducted through on-line/alternative delivery methods.  If the Governor lifts the executive order, courses that include a face-to-face requirement (i.e. labs, clinicals, vocational) will have the ability to meet on campus through a structured and controlled plan.  Students enrolled in those specific courses will be contacted by their instructor if applicable.

For Spring 2020 Grading, instructors will be issuing the following letter grades:  A, B, C, D, and W (withdrawal).  Instructors will not be issuing F or WF grades due to the impact of Coronavirus and any hardship incurred.  Please note that the option for a student to withdraw from a course remains with a deadline of April 22.

As questions arise, please note that all student services are available through email, telephone/voicemail, and virtual means.

                  Academic Advising – advising@swic.edu

                  Enrollment Services – enrollmentservices@swic.edu

                  Financial Aid/Veteran Services – fin_aid@swic.edu

                  Student Accounts – businessoffice@swic.edu

Bookstore Update – See link on SWIC’s website for spring, summer, and fall book rental/return information.

SWIC looks forward to serving our students and continuing meeting students’ education and career goals. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during these changing times.   Stay healthy, and stay safe! 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 11:00 a.m.

Per Executive Order from Governor J.B. Pritzker, the State of Illinois has extended the “stay at home” order effective through April 30, 2020. 

SWIC is extending the “stay at home” mandate through May 2, 2020.

As previously communicated please continue providing services to our students through the end of the semester utilizing online alternative learning methods.

Friday, March 20, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

Per Executive Order 2020-10 from Governor J.B. Pritzker, the state of Illinois has issued a “stay at home” order effective tomorrow, March 21, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Those employees who can work from home must do so at this time instead of coming to campus.

SWIC is considered an essential business for purposes of facilitating distance learning and performing essential functions.  Minimal employee functions need to be performed on campus in a safe manner to include Business Office, Information Technology, Physical Plant, President’s Staff, and Public Safety.  All other personnel are to do as much work remotely as possible.  Check your email at least once a day and stay in regular contact with your supervisor. Should you need to be on campus you must have your SWIC ID with you at all times.

At this time the “stay at home” order from the Governor is in effect until April 7, 2020; however SWIC is extending the mandate until April 18, 2020.  As previously communicated please continue providing services to our students utilizing online alternative learning methods. 

Employees will continue to be paid. 

Thank you to those who have pulled together and displayed their integrity more than ever.  I’m glad to see many of you lead by example.

Thursday, March 19, 2020, 5:15 p.m.

Southwestern Illinois College is closely watching the activities associated with the coronavirus. The college continues to update its website to keep employees and communities apprised of the latest developments concerning COVID-19. 

The following policies will be implemented by Southwestern Illinois College on March 22, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and will guide operations at the Belleville, Red Bud and Sam Wolf Granite City campuses. 

Instruction

  • SWIC college courses will be delivered via online or alternative delivery mechanisms beginning March 22 for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester in order to limit exposure and possible transmission of the virus.  Instructors will be utilizing Blackboard and email for on-line courses.  Students who need assistance with Blackboard and/or do not have computer or Internet access should notify their instructor.
  • For those classes that are not conducive for on-line instruction and require hands on learning, instruction has been suspended through April 18.  The college will continually reassess the situation to determine if other alternatives are needed. Instructors/coordinators have contacted those students involved.
  • Faculty are encouraged to work remotely.

Student Services

  • Enrollment/Advising/Financial Aid/Student Accounts/Testing Centers/Library
  • Registration and advising for the summer and fall 2020 semesters are available online.  We encourage students to register online, but if this is not possible please contact the Registration Office at 618.235.2700 x5599 to make individual arrangements.
  • Services will be available via phone and email.  Please refer to the most up-to-date information on the college website.
  • The Testing Centers at all campuses will be closed. 
  • The Disability and Access Center will be closed until April 18, 2020.
  • The Libraries at all campuses will be closed.

Success Center

  • Success Centers are closed March 21 through April 18. Please refer to the most up-to-date information on the college website. 
  • Students may receive academic assistance through the Online Writing Lab available through eSTORM.
  • Limited email, phone or alternative method tutoring may be available. Please email successcenters@swic.edu with questions or to request a tutoring session.

Campus Operations

  • Effective March 22 through April 18
  • Sam Wolf Granite City Campus will be closed except for Public Safety officers and Physical Plant personnel.  Should an employee wish to go to the campus, they must show their SWIC identification badge for entry.  Entry will be limited to one entrance designated by Public Safety.
  • Red Bud Campus will be closed except for Physical Plant personnel.
  • Belleville Campus will be open for essential operational functions.
  • The Information Sciences Building will be closed except for employees.  Entry will be accessible via employee PIN or SWIC badge.
  • The Main Complex and the Liberal Arts Building will be open to students and employees who must show their SWIC identification badge.  Entry will be limited to Entrances A and G in the Main Complex and the Quad door and Circle Drive door in the Liberal Arts Building.

Staff

  • Administrators and support staff are also encouraged to work remotely.  Departmental staffing information will be forthcoming within the next 48 hours. 

Foodservice

  • March 22 through April 18
  • The Cafeteria will be open for made-to-order take-away services only.  Hours of operation are 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.
  • All patrons should utilize the additional hand sanitizer dispensers that have been placed in various places in the serving area.

Starbucks will be closed.

Student Activities, Events, and Commencement

  • Student activities will be suspended until April 18, at which time the health situation will be reassessed. 
  • Events with more than ten (10) attendees that are college-sponsored or hosted by registered student organizations are suspended indefinitely.
  • Social gatherings outside the college with more than ten attendees are also discouraged.
  • Spring Commencement Ceremonies are cancelled. Degrees will be mailed.

Travel

  • Any college-sponsored international travel is prohibited, along with non-essential domestic travel until further notice.
  • Personal international travel is strongly discouraged, and we urge caution and the exercise of good judgment for personal domestic travel.

Sunday, March 15, 2020, 8:00 PM

Latest Updates

First, we must act sensibly, respectfully, and prudently without panic concerning this national health incident.  Current data suggest that most individuals are at low risk and will recover. (See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html).  To date, there have been no cases impacting our students, faculty or employees.  SWIC has cancelled face-to-face classes for Sunday, March 15 through Sunday, March 22 to prepare for a transition of as many as possible on-ground classes to a remote, online, and/or alternative educational format.  During that time, the college will remain open.

The college has been on spring break this past week, March 9-14.  SWIC will resume classes in a remote, online, and/or alternative format on Monday, March 23rd.  The college is continuing to assess this evolving situation.

SWIC is closely monitoring reports and recommendations from national and regional health agencies regarding the Coronavirus.  While the college is taking proactive actions for the health and safety of faculty, staff, students, and visitors, it is important to note there are no confirmed cases on campus at this time.  Following are actions SWIC is taking to address COVID-19. These guidelines are in effect through April 17, 2020, at which point they will be reevaluated.

  • The President’s Cabinet, which meets weekly, will continually address the pandemic crisis to stay current on COVID-19 issues, to educate the campus community, and to develop procedures to respond to a possible expansion of the pandemic situation.
  • Departments have been directed to prepare continuity of operation plans to ensure they can provide vital services in a pandemic crisis.
  • SWIC has canceled all spring season athletic competitions through the academic year.
  • PSOP will be closed to any and all activities except for essential operational services.
  • Social distancing is strongly encouraged in all situations, defined by the CDC as maintaining a six foot distance from others and avoiding mass gatherings when possible.
  • SWIC is currently working on implementing additional technology to promote teleconference, video conference and other forms of online meetings.
  • The college strongly discourages hosting or attending any non-essential large gatherings including social gatherings.  Events that do not allow for appropriate social distancing should be canceled or moved to a larger facility.  It is not recommended to schedule any new large events that would occur through May 2.
  • Deans, Divisional Chiefs, and Executive Directors have the authority to assess essential events and address other questions.
  • SWIC’s Public Safety Department remains in close contact with local, state and federal agencies to receive recommendations regarding COVID-19.
  • SWIC has an up-to-date emergency plan that includes a pandemic section.
  • The college has an emergency team compliant with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) that will operate in an operations center in the event of a crisis situation.  
  • SWIC’s custodial cleaning service uses an EPA-registered disinfectant to clean touch points, public and common area restrooms and kitchens daily. There are also sanitization dispenser stations throughout the campuses.  Hand sanitizer can help prevent the spread of the virus, though proper hand washing technique is deemed to be more effective by the CDC.  Hand washing instructions can be found in the restrooms on SWIC’s campuses.

What is the risk?

The CDC considers this new virus a public health concern; however, the immediate health risk to the general U.S. public is considered low at this time.

Please refer to regional and national health agencies for the most accurate, up-to-date information.

Visit the CDC Website for up-to-date information

FAQ

Please visit our Coronavirus FAQ for more information. General, Students, Families, Faculty and Staff.

SWIC Status

Find the latest updates for your Program/Department/Office regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Friday, March 13, 2020, 1:30 PM

School and Campus Situational Awareness

Southwestern Illinois College’s President Nick Mance announced the College will extend spring break for students by one week as a precautionary measure related to COVID-19. Students currently enrolled in online courses are continuing their academic progression as normal. To reduce the density of people on campus, alternative instructional delivery will resume on March 23 and continue through April 3. 

No student, faculty or staff has tested positive on any SWIC campus; however, Mance indicated: “SWIC will continue to assess the situation and develop plans for continued operations should we need to take additional measures.  Students are urged to concentrate on academics and should closely monitor SWIC email and swic.edu for announcements and updates.” 

Although spring break is being extended for students, College operations and all campuses remain open. College-sponsored events with large attendance are suspended through April 17, 2020.

Below are resources federal and state public health have developed, specific for schools and campuses, that may help answer internal and external questions: