Return to Campus

End of Semester Information

Individuals with questions, comments, or constructive feedback can email covid-19@wiu.edu. 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

Western Illinois University will continue to host numerous test dates over the winter break period for students who are residing on campus, and for those who are physically continuing to work on WIU's Macomb and Quad Cities campuses. 

WIU-Macomb Testing Schedule:
  • Dec. 21: Testing ONLY at Illinois Department of Public Health Clinic on the WIU-Macomb campus (details below).
  • Dec. 30: Testing ONLY at Illinois Department of Public Health Clinic on the WIU-Macomb campus (details below).
  • Jan. 2: Testing ONLY at Illinois Department of Public Health Clinic on the WIU-Macomb campus (details below).

We ask that at any time if employees are symptomatic to refrain from coming through the line and instead contact their primary care provider. 

WIU-QC Testing Schedule (All tests can be picked up at Riverfront Hall):
  • Dec. 14-18: Dec. 14-17, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Dec. 18, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Dec. 21-22: 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.;
  • Dec. 23-25: NO DISTRIBUTION OR COLLECTION.
  • Dec. 28-Jan. 1: NO DISTRIBUTION OR COLLECTION.
IDPH COVID-19 Mobile Testing

The Illinois Department of Public Health, in conjunction with the McDonough County Health Department, is scheduled to host a free drive-thru COVID-19 test site on the WIU-Macomb campus from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, Wednesday, Dec. 30 and Saturday, January 2, 2021 in the Tanner Circle, in the far east section of Q-Lot. All members of the WIU community, and members of the Macomb and surrounding communities, are invited to participate in this test opportunity. In addition to drive-thru lanes, there will be a designated bike/walkup lane in place.

The IDPH will host free test clinics in Schuyler County for area residents. The clinics will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22 and Tuesday, Dec. 29 at the First United Methodist Church, 210 W. Jefferson St, Rushville.

The IDPH will also host free drive-through test clinics in Rock Island County for area residents. The clinics will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26 and Saturday, Dec. 27 in the parking lot of the TaxSlayer Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline.   

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!