Have you heard the news? Greenville University has made the decision to open its doors this fall! Yep, you heard that right folks! There’s light at the end of the tunnel and hope on the other side of this pandemic. Greenville University has a detailed plan to return to campus safely, following the current guidelines by government and health officials at the highest priority. In order to accomplish a safe return, President Suzanne Davis and Dean of Students, Ross Baker, are on a daily call with local civic and health leaders daily reviewing the health situation of our community and discussing preparation plans. There are also three task force groups that have been created to ensure a safe relaunch. Here are the three groups and their roles:
Protect Them: This group will focus on the health and protection of stakeholders, including incrementally bringing employees back to work on campus, hosting public events safely for students, prospective students, employees and community members. The group will examine best practices shared from higher education and governmental entities and focus on how the reopening of Illinois impacts us on campus in both Phase 3 and Phase 4.
Teach Them: This group will focus on the needs of a safe teaching environment, including cleaning and disinfecting, classroom distancing, and preparation for various models of educating based on potential circumstances.
Host Them: This group will focus on the common space areas and how we eat together, live together, do community life, and participate in athletics together. The group will work to balance safety issues while allowing as much as possible, the GU experience and GU traditions to thrive.
Each decision made by these groups will be made with the focus on restoring our personal, face-to-face, hands-on learning experience that is essential to a Greenville University education. Safety for our students and employees is critical and we will need everyone’s help in following protocols established with the leadership of our local and state health departments. A driving force in our decision-making process is what we are hearing from our returning and prospective students and confirmed in recent data produced by Inside HigherEd. After surveying over 10,000 students’ as to what type of format they would like to participate in this fall, 78% of them voted to return to campus and classes as normal as possible. And this is possible as we work together with our local health department and follow safety protocols.
Continue to check this page as we will continue to provide details and updates as this task force works together to achieve our goal.