Return to Campus

End of Semester Information

Individuals with questions, comments, or constructive feedback can email In addition, a comments/concerns form has been established for easy submission.

Academic Calendar

The University will conclude face-to-face instruction on Friday, Nov. 20. Beginning Monday, Nov. 30, the remainder of the semester will be provided through alternative methods as chosen by the instructor.

Final exam week will be held Dec. 14 - 18, and a virtual commencement will be held on Dec. 19.

View the complete 2020-2021 University Calendar here.

University Housing

All halls will remain open during Thanksgiving Break this year (Monday, Nov. 23-Friday, Nov. 27). Students living on campus received an email Oct. 7 regarding Thanksgiving Break and leaving campus for the remainder of the semester. Students have the option to remain on campus until Friday, Dec. 18, or they may leave campus by 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20. The break housing fee will be waived for students who choose to remain on campus the remainder of the semester; however, students who remain on campus through Dec. 18 will not receive a prorated housing credit. Students who choose to leave for the remainder of the semester, but need to stay until 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 must complete the University Housing Late Stay Request Form on STARS.

On campus students should submit their response if they choose to stay on campus or leave campus for the remainder of the semester by Nov. 13 via the Semester Early Check-Out screen under the Housing/Dining Menu in STARS. Failure to submit a response will make the student ineligible for the prorated credit equal to the last full 2 weeks of the semester.

COVID-19 Testing Opportunities

From Monday, Nov. 16 through Friday, Nov. 20, free COVID-19 simple nasal swab tests will be provided to any member of the Western Illinois University Macomb campus community (students/faculty/staff) prior to the holidays. Quad Cities faculty, staff and students can continue to obtain a free COVID saliva test at Riverfront Hall.

Individuals who wish to obtain a test must go to to schedule a time. Instructions for the online appointment setup are:

  1. Open the website,
  2. Login through the Central Sign-on,
  3. Click the Appts link towards the top of the page,
  4. Select the button for COVID testing, click "submit"
  5. Under reason, select "COVID testing – Union test site,"
  6. For provider, leave as choice provided and click "submit,"
  7. Choose a date during the week of 11/16-11/20/20 from the calendar then choose a time, and
  8. Appt saved message should appear.

Individuals should arrive at the meter parking lot at the northeast corner of the University Union on the time and date selected. Results of the nasal swab are provided the same day.

Textbook Information

In-store textbook buyback will be conducted in the WIU Bookstore Nov. 18-20 and Dec. 14-18. Any non-rented textbooks can be sold for cash, regardless of where the book(s) was (were) purchased. Most textbooks will have a cash value available.

For individuals who rented books from the WIU Bookstore, they must be returned to the Bookstore by Thursday, Dec. 31. Books can be returned to the Bookstore, in person, until 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18. If books are not returned by Dec. 18, a prepaid UPS label will be emailed to the student's WIU email address.

Student-athletes on scholarship must return all books and calculators to the WIU Bookstore. These textbooks/items cannot be sold. Books/items can be returned to the Bookstore, in person, until 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18. If books are not returned by Dec. 18, a prepaid UPS label will be emailed to the student's WIU email address.

Spring 2021 textbooks will be available for purchase beginning Monday, Dec. 14. Online ordering is strongly encouraged to avoid lines and congestion in the Bookstore as the spring semester begins.

More details can be found here.

Traveling During Break

As members of the campus community travel and return home for the break period, the university reminds you to adhere to the COVID-19 response protocols to keep yourself and others safe: wear a face covering, social distance, and avoid large gatherings. We need and expect your cooperation.

Individuals should avoid traveling by public or mass transit (air, train, bus, subway, rideshare services, etc.) to the best of their abilities and encouraged to review CDC travel guidance so all necessary and proper precautions can be taken as they prepare for their trip.

The Global Harvard Health Institute mapping system is a resource available that individuals can utilize to determine how severe the pandemic is in the area that they intend to travel to. 

Individuals DO NOT need to voluntarily disclose travel over the break period on the University's volunteer travel form provided under "Travel" on the Return to Campus website.  

Chicago Travel:

Travelers should note that the City of Chicago has implemented travel orders for all individuals arriving to the City. Please review the following orders before embarking to Chicago.

Returning to Campus

It is strongly encouraged that once students leave campus for the break, they do not return until the Spring 2021 semester. However, students may return if there is an essential need to do so.

See you back on campus for the start of classes Jan. 19, 2021!