Monmouth College continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in a manner that promotes the safety of employees, students, and campus visitors, and upholds the College’s mission and values. The College’s policies and plans are formed with guidance from government agencies, public health officials, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our response is in compliance with Governor Pritzker’s executive orders. They will be reviewed and appropriately updated as the situation evolves and more information becomes available.
Most Recent Campus Update
(The following message was sent Aug. 8 by President Clarence Wyatt to the Monmouth College community.)
Dear Fellow Scots:
As we prepare to begin what promises to be a great 2022-23 school year, let me share some information about the campus approaches regarding COVID.
Because the State of Illinois no longer has a masking mandate and the Governor’s executive order requiring vaccination or mitigation testing of students and education employees has expired, we are now at a point where our campus community will be guided by education, encouragement, common sense, and common courtesy.
This means that if a student, faculty or staff member, or guest has symptoms or has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the COVID virus, they will be encouraged to test. If a member of the Monmouth College community tests positive for COVID, they should tell the Offices of Human Resources or Student Life and also inform the people they have been around.
Those who test positive should isolate for five days after onset of symptoms or the result of a positive test. If a person is asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolved after five days, they may leave isolation. Individuals should wear a mask when around others on campus for five days after they return from isolation.
Because Monmouth is a caring community of learners, if someone requests you to wear a mask while in their presence — for example, while in an office or in a classroom setting — please respect that request.
While our percentage of students, faculty and staff who are vaccinated remains quite good, we will continue to encourage vaccination and will ask our local healthcare partners to hold an on-campus vaccination clinic sometime in the fall semester, when the new vaccines currently being developed are available.
We will continue to update the COVID dashboard on the College’s website. When the semester gets underway, we will place facemasks in various places around campus. And a reminder: the COVID Testing Center will remain open, now located adjacent to the student health center in McMichael Residence Hall for those who wish to use it.