Risk Management and Emergency Preparedness


COVID-19 Coronavirus Information

Updated May 22, 2020 4:48pm - Office of Risk Management & Emergency Preparedness


Western Illinois University is continuing to closely monitor the Coronavirus. This is an evolving situation, and updates are available from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including updated Travel Notices for countries with community transmission. The University’s Pandemic Preparedness and Response Committee is following guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and national, regional, and local medical providers.

This page is intended to provide information about COVID-19 and the University's response and actions, precautions that are being taken and prevention measures you can take, as well as information on the effects of measures various governments are taking to mitigate the outbreak.

This page is not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be considered to be providing medical or legal advice. In all instances, you should consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances.

There are numerous "what if" scenarios and questions that we may not be able to answer at this time. We are not taking this situation lightly and are working as quickly as possible to make informed decisions to keep our University community safe and provide a quality academic experience for our students.

Individuals with questions can email covid-19@wiu.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

With information changing at a rapid pace, it is recommended that you visit www.cdc.gov or www.dph.illinois.gov for more information and FAQs related to the coronavirus COVID-19.

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About COVID-19

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. View complete, up-to-date information on the CDC's website.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. View the CDC's website for most up-to-date information.

Health, wellness and prevention

If I'm a student and feel I need to quarantine myself on campus for the recommended 14 days, what do I do?

Should I wear a mask?

Beginning May 1, 2020, Western Illinois University is following the guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in regard to mandated face coverings.

WIU employees who need to be on campus must provide their own face covering when on campus and in public areas where they cannot maintain a six foot social distance. Surgical masks, N-95 masks, and other types of respirators are not being recommended at this time (except where applicable in relation to one's job responsibilities) for common use as these are considered critical supplies for healthcare workers and other first responders. Students living in the residence halls and off-campus will be issued 1 mask for the remainder of the academic year.

The IDPH and the CDC have compiled various resources to assist individuals in creating masks using a variety of materials and ways, including no-sew and 3-D print options.

Please visit the following sites for more information and assistance in face covering preparation, appropriate usage, and proper care:

If any employee believes that they must be on campus and feels that they cannot successfully create or provide a face covering, they should first contact their supervisor to investigate possible solutions, including the possibility that there is no need for their physical presence on campus. If a successful remedy cannot be determined, the supervisor should contact the Executive Director of Auxiliary Services and Risk Management at JA-Roselieb@wiu.edu for further direction.

Concerns regarding mental health and stress during COVID-19?

Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in individuals. The CDC has provided some helpful resources to help cope during this difficult time.

In addition, Western Illinois University's Counseling Center has many Tele-Mental Health Services available for students who are in need of assistance.

Is there a vaccine?

Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 infection. (source: CDC). There currently are some experimental drugs that are being investigated for treatment for coronavirus but it is unlikely that they will be ready for use in humans anytime soon.

What do I do if I am feeling sick?

If you have a fever, cough or other symptoms, you might have COVID-19. Visit the CDC's website for details on what do do if you are sick.

What options are available for treatment?

There is no specific antiviral treatment for individuals infected with the COVID-19 infection, therefore individuals should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. Just like other infectious diseases, sick individuals should rest as much as possible, drink lots of fluids, and avoid contact with others.

What is WIU’s Beu Health Center doing about COVID-19?

  • Beu Health Center has been in contact with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and is following advice from the IDPH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • As part of the plan, we have been screening all patients with respiratory symptoms for their travel history to China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, or Japan in the preceding 14 days.

What are the WIU campuses doing about COVID-19?

  • Preparations campus-wide are being made in anticipation of a possible COVID-19 outbreak on campus.
  • Educational information has been created and currently running on digital signage in the residence halls. In addition, updated information regarding health hygiene measures suggested above has been published and provided to students.
  • Sanitizing stations have been distributed throughout campus and high touch areas are being emphasized to cleaning crews across campus.
  • Communication with other state and regional institutions continues to happen daily.

What does WIU clean and disinfect?

The University’s custodial cleaning program uses an EPA-registered disinfectant to clean touchpoints, public and common area restrooms, and kitchens daily.

There are dispenser stations throughout campus containing hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer can help prevent the spread of the virus, though proper hand-washing technique is deemed to be more effective by the CDC.

WIU Building Services personnel have also implemented extra measures to clean and disinfect surfaces in public areas that are touched frequently. This includes surfaces such as door handles, banisters, and elevator buttons. It is also recommended that all departments purchase single use disinfectant wipes for human touch points within their work spaces such as keyboards, public counters, credit card readers, phones, and shared surfaces and items. We will continue to monitor recommendations from the CDC for preventing the spread of the virus.

Western: Return to Work Plan

(Updated) When and how will employees return to work on-campus?

Western Illinois University is committed to the faculty, students, and staff of this great institution and is in the process of the developing a safe and detailed plan to allow employees to return to work. Details of this plan will be provided on the Western: Return to Work Plan web page.

Fall 2020 semester

Will WIU be open for Fall 2020?

Western Illinois University is committed to creating a campus environment focused on your academic success and health. We plan to welcome you to campus this fall with some adjustments to ensure proper social distancing as well as safety measures to limit exposure and person-to-person contact.

What will events and programming look like for Fall 2020 on campus?

While we still plan to have engaging events throughout the fall, staff are adjusting plans for welcome activities and experiences to ensure you still meet and are able to interact with fellow Leathernecks through events recognizing social distancing.

How might classes be impacted for Fall 2020 on campus?

We are reviewing the fall course schedule and classroom locations to identify high traffic areas and rooms on campus. While WIU already has a limited number of lecture-style classes for first-year students, we will ensure no class sizes exceed the recommended number of individuals to limit the potential exposure of our students. If there are any changes needed to your personal schedule, your academic advisor will be reaching out and working with you to ensure you are set.

What else is WIU currently planning in regard to COVID-19 for Fall 2020?

When you arrive on campus this fall, you will note many campaigns focused on hand-washing and social distancing. Additional hand sanitizing stations are found in each building. Our facility maintenance teams will be adding additional cleaning rotations and working to ensure high traffic areas are configured to limit person-to-person contact.

Are Leatherneck Athletics competitions still occurring?

In coordination with the NCAA, WIU Athletics is working closesly to deterime the feasibility of Leatherneck Athletics for the fall. As details are determined and finalized, WIU Athletics will announce at goleathernecks.com. GO NECKS!

Is WIU canceling the formal graduation ceremony in December?

At this time WIU has not made a decision on the December 2020 Fall Graduation Ceremony. More information will be provided at a later date.

Classes and academics for students

How do I return my books?

For information on book return and buy-back options, please view these instructions.

I need help with my studies, what resources are available?

Rocky's Resources are committed to assisting students in finding success in virtual academic environments. A variety of online tutoring resources have been developed to help students.

Temporary Pass/Fail Policy Information

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented shift from traditional classroom to online-only instruction. While Western Illinois University faculty are committed to providing the highest quality education possible during this disruption, there is concern regarding the ability of some students to fully access online instruction, and for others to successfully transition to learning in an online-only format.

Because of these extraordinary circumstances, the undergraduate Pass/Fail grading option has been modified for the Spring 2020 Semester for full-semester and second eight-week courses.

When should students consider staying home from class?

First and foremost, if you are sick, stay home.

You should take steps you normally would when sick, including focusing on caring for your health, contacting your healthcare provider if you feel you need to, not attending class if contagious, and in the event you miss class due to illness, working with your instructor on any necessary arrangements for making up coursework. Also please know that students can contact the Student Development and Success Center at 309-298-1884, who have staff on hand to assist students with informing their professors of their absence.

The University requests that any person (faculty, staff, students and visitors) who traveled in a country with a  Level 3 Travel Health Notice  (due to the novel coronavirus) take the following steps before arriving on campus:

  1. Stay home for 14 days and monitor your health after you leave any country with a level 3 Travel Health Notice.
  2. If a student, contact the Student Development and Success Center to make them aware as they will assist in the coordination of notifying your professors.
  3. If you are a faculty or staff member, contact you supervisor and make them aware of the issue.
  4. Monitor your health and report any symptoms of illness consistent with COVID-19 infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath).

Any student who meets these criteria — or is unsure whether they do — should contact Western Illinois University’s Beu Health Center at 309-298-1888 to coordinate with health professionals. This will assist in ensuring the safety and care of those in need as well as the rest of the WIU community. Please do not show up to Beu Health Center, urgent care or other health facility without calling first.

Your provider will need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic.

  • Students on the WIU-Quad Cities campus should contact their primary health care provider.
  • Faculty and staff should contact their primary care provider.

Practice good hygiene.

  • Avoid contact with others and do not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean your hands by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.

Monitor your symptoms closely. Take your temperature daily.

Stay home from school and work until at least 24 hours after your fever ends. If you must go out of the house or be around others, wear a mask and avoid close contact. Be especially careful around people who have compromised immune systems and/or are over the age of 65.

Take care of yourself. Rest as much as possible. Drink lots of fluids.

After recently returning from a country with a Level 3 CDC travel notice due to coronavirus, I am following the guidelines to stay at home for 14 days. What will that mean for my coursework?

Please contact the Student Development and Success Center at 309-298-1884, who has personnel that can assist students with coordination on missing classwork during the 14-day period. We have encouraged instructors to work with students who are absent because of illness by offering makeup exams, alternate assignments or alternate weighting of missed work.

What exactly does alternative delivery for classes mean?

Alternative delivery means online/electronic delivery in some fashion (Google Hangouts Meet, Zoom, email, etc). It is the instructor's choice. A formal announcement was provided on March 16. Students who have hands-on classes (e.g. broadcasting, music, art, etc) should contact their department chair and/or instructor.

I am on Active Duty, in the Reserves, or National Guard and have been activated (received deployment orders or been mobilized). What should I do?

Upon receipt of your initial orders, you should submit the provided form to the registrar’s office and review the University’s Military Activation policy. Based on that policy, you should work out your plan forward with your professors, beginning with contacting the Student Development and Success Center who will inform them.

Note Western Illinois University offers multiple services tailored to veteran and military service member populations. For more information regarding these benefits all Active Duty, Reserve, or National Guard service or family members are encouraged to contact Veterans Resource Center as one stop shop for advise or assistance with them.

Campus housing and dining

I need to move-out of my residence hall, what is the process?

All WIU students residing in the residence halls received an email from University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS) providing directions on how to sign up for a designated move-out time. Time slots are limited to 25 individuals in each building per hour. Students should refer to their WIU email for further directions or contact UHDS at UHDS@wiu.edu with questions.

University Housing will be open for move-out Monday, May 4 - Sunday, May 10 from 8:00am - 4:00pm each day.

  • Students will not be allowed to bring anymore than 2 additional people to assist with moving their belongings.
  • You must remain in your vehicle if you arrive early or in the event of rain until your designated time comes.
  • If you arrive without having an appointment, you will be asked to wait in an effort to manage numbers and abide by social distancing guidelines. You will be included in the process as building staff deems appropriate.
  • If you have a roommate, please coordinate your return with each other, as we cannot allow you to check-out of your room at the same time.
  • Face coverings/masks are required for ALL individuals. You will be asked to return to your vehicle if you do not have one.
  • Please bring your own dolly or cart if necessary.
  • You will have 1 hour to move your belongings out of your room.
  • All individuals returning to campus should be in good health. Individuals who fall into the below categories should refrain from helping residents move out:
    • Older adults
    • Women who are pregnant
    • Individuals with serious underlying medical conditions
  • Students and helpers are encouraged to bring cleaning supplies, antibacterial wipes, and anything else to help protect themselves and others during move-out.
  • Temperatures will be taken of students and any guests assisting with move-out. Anyone registering a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be asked to return to their vehicle.

When will a credit adjustment be made to my student account for housing and dining?

The University will apply housing and dining credit adjustments to your student account by April 13. During this time, further adjustments to your account will be made by Financial Aid and University Housing and Dining Services. While these adjustments are being completed, details of your student account will be temporarily unavailable on STARS. If you were approved to stay on campus during the closure, you will not receive a credit towards your charges.

Some students may be eligible for a refund once all adjustments have been made. Please email billings@wiu.edu after April 13 to request a refund.

When will I be able to request a refund from my student account?

Credit adjustments are currently being made for students who lived in our residence halls. If you have a credit balance and are eligible for a refund, please email Billing and Receivables after April 13. If you have any immediate questions about your account detail, please email billings@wiu.edu.

How else are housing and dining services being affected?

The department of University Housing & Dining Services is maintaining a more comprehensive list of frequently asked questions regarding how the outbreak is affecting WIU's housing/dining operations. Visit this list of FAQs here.

Travel and study abroad

University travel

All University-affiliated domestic air travel is also restricted until further notice; however, faculty and staff who believe they have an essential reason to travel by air can request a waiver through the Executive Director of Risk Management Joe Roselieb. Nonessential travel by bus and train is strongly discouraged. WIU students, faculty and staff are encouraged not to visit areas with high numbers of reported cases within the U.S. If individuals return from high-risk areas in the U.S. or abroad, they could be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

How is WIU assessing risks related to study abroad travel?

The Office of Study Abroad and Outreach is maintaining a list of frequently asked questions regarding how the outbreak is affecting WIU's study abroad programs. Visit this list of FAQs here.

Public health response and testing

Is WIU providing testing for COVID-19?

WIU is currently not offering COVID-19 testing to students, faculty or staff.

Can you tell us more about any WIU community members who are being screened for coronavirus?

To protect their privacy, Western Illinois University legally is not able to release personal information about any students or University community members who are being monitored or tested for novel coronavirus, including their location.

Should any WIU community member be diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, the relevant local health department and WIU would initiate appropriate protocols to protect the health of anyone deemed to be at risk.

The McDonough County Health Department and Rock Island County Health Department maintain pages that pertain to community members who have been or are being screened.

How are you following up with people who were in contact with anyone who is being tested?

Local health departments and WIU will closely monitor people who are at potential risk and have protocols for contacting individuals who may have been in close contact with community members being screened for the novel coronavirus, such as roommates.

Should any WIU community member be diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, the relevant local health department and Western Illinois University would initiate appropriate protocols to protect the health of anyone deemed to be at risk.

Faculty, staff and student employees

Why are some WIU employees still working on campus?

In some areas of campus working from home isn't feasible for some employees. In many offices/departments across campus where this is a need for a physical presence, staff have been split up and are on a rotating schedule. All employees who are campus have to check-in each day and perform a temperature test before they can report to work. Social distancing and appropriate cleaning/disenfecting is also encouraged for these employees.

Can faculty and staff work from home?

Western Illinois University is dedicated to protecting the health and well being of our community. Effective March 16, 2020, we are encouraging all those who can work remotely or establish other alternative work arrangements, such as staggering schedules and flexible work hours, to do so until further notice. These efforts align with our goals of decreasing interactions on campus and slowing the rate of Coronavirus transmission. We encourage you, if you have not already done so, to consult with your supervisor to determine if your position allows for such arrangements. For those in which an alternative work arrangement is an option, please complete one of the following forms, depending on your employment type:

Policies, timelines, and approaches may vary across Western Illinois University colleges and departments. We know that many of our employees hold positions which require an on-campus presence to support services to our students and our residential population, and to keep our University healthy, safe, and secure. The situation is rapidly changing as we actively address these unique employment considerations and questions for our workforce. Our human resource units will continue to review and adjust workplace policies and communicate changes as necessary as the situation develops.

For those who have not yet done so, we encourage employees to work with their supervisors to determine if an alternative work arrangement is feasible. We encourage all departments across campus to begin planning and thinking creatively about how we can continue essential operations while protecting the health and safety of our community during these unprecedented times. University Technology sent out an email providing further online resources that are available for faculty and staff. Further questions can be directed to HR-COVID-G@wiu.edu.

Can supervisors send home employees who appear ill?

Supervisors can suggest that an employee go home or seek medical treatment. If the employee chooses to go home, they should report time away from work in accordance with University policy. Employees who exhibit symptoms of acute respiratory illness symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, sneezing, sore throat, or fever of 100.4 degrees or greater) at work during a pandemic should leave the workplace.

The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) restricts inquiries a supervisor/employer can make regarding an employee’s medical status. Supervisors should not ask for personal medical information from employees.

Where can I find additional questions and answers, information, and resources for Faculty and Staff?

More information on the COVID-19 impact for faculty and staff can be found on the Human Resources webpage .

I am a student employee, do I return to work?

The Student Employment Office is working to identify interested student employees who are interested in working. Student employees received a survey asking for students to note their intentions regarding their desire to work. The Student Employment office will then work with offices within the University to pair student employees up with areas in need of assistance.

Protocols & operations during stay at home order

What do I tell students who need to return WIU owned property such as keys, instruments, equipment, etc.?

WIU Risk Management is providing guidance for the implementation and processes campus entities should follow when planning and communicating their respective pick-up/drop-off with students. View these guidelines here.

What are the protocols for those individuals who must come to campus?

  • From 7:30-9:30 a.m. Monday-Friday, temperature testing stations are available on the Macomb campus at Beu Health Center and the Office of Public Safety. A testing station is available on the Quad Cities campus at the security desk in Riverfront Hall. This procedure is REQUIRED for any faculty/staff member working on our campuses.
  • If a staff member is on campus before 7:30 a.m., they can work from their office until testing begins, at which time, they must go to Beu, OPS or the WIU-QC security desk for a temperature reading.
  • From 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., temperature testing on the Macomb campus will be done at Beu Health Center only. Individuals will simply need to pull up to the building and call Beu (309) 298-1888 and a staff member will come out. The WIU-QC security desk will continue to conduct temperature readings until 4:30 p.m.
  • If a staff member arrives on the Macomb campus after 5 p.m., they do NOT need to go to OPS to check-in; however, their supervisor must call OPS at (309) 298-1949 to log the individual onto campus. WIU-QC staff do not need to check with a supervisor after hours. If an individual does not have a key and needs assistance with accessing a room, they should contact Dr. Rives to make arrangements.
  • On weekends, individuals on the Macomb campus do not need to go to OPS to check-in; however, their supervisor needs to call OPS at (309) 298-1949 to log the individual onto campus.
  • Individuals working at Facilities Management, OPS, Heating Plant or Sodexo Food Service do not need to check in with OPS or do a daily temperature check at a location as they will be undergoing protocols at their respective worksites.
  • As of May 1, WIU employees who need to be on campus must provide their own face covering when on campus and in public areas where they cannot maintain a six foot social distance. Surgical masks, N-95 masks, and other types of respirators are not being recommended at this time (except where applicable in relation to one's job responsibilities) for common use as these are considered critical supplies for healthcare workers and other first responders. Students living in the residence halls and off-campus will be issued 1 mask for the remainder of the academic year.

    Please visit the following sites for more information and assistance in face covering preparation, appropriate usage, and proper care:
    If any employee believes that they must be on campus and feels that they cannot successfully create or provide a face covering, they should first contact their supervisor to investigate possible solutions, including the possibility that there is no need for their physical presence on campus. If a successful remedy cannot be determined, the supervisor should contact the Executive Director of Auxiliary Services and Risk Management at JA-Roselieb@wiu.edu for further direction.

These procedures are in place to reduce the numbers of employees on campus. Individuals should only be on campus if and when absolutely necessary; therefore, supervisors must give approval each day. Blanket approvals are not acceptable.

Map of temperature check in stations

Why does my supervisor need to approve me being on campus after 5:00pm and on weekends?

As part of our precautionary protocols we want to make sure that those working on campus are those who truly NEED to be campus without soley going by the classifications of essential and non-essential. By having your supervisor call in, this ensures that employees are working with their supervisors and have exhausted all possibilities of working remotely. This also allows us to know who's on campus, in case we need to connect.

Why can't I just have an OPS officer take my temperature on weekends or when the curbside stations aren't available?

With COVID-19 having high contagious rate, we want to make sure we are limiting officer interactions with the public and mitigating their risk of becoming infected.

Why can an individual who comes to campus before 7:30am enter their building without having their temperature taken?

One of the objectives we have during this difficult time is keeping as much access and normality to employees as much as possible. Unfortunately due to staffing, we don't have anyone available 24 hours a day to take temperatures. We also want to limit officer interactions with the public to reduce their risk of getting the virus. In this scenario, most employees who choose to come to campus before 7:30am are most likely isolated in the building. We do REQUIRE them to disinfect their offices and to visit a temperature check station when they open up at 7:30am Monday-Friday. If this becomes an issue, the alternative for the university is to introduce "curfew" hours, restricting access both before and after regular working hours.

What if I don't have a car or walk to campus, how do I get screened?

Individvudals who don't drive to work will simply need to walk up to one of the curbside check stations and they can have their temperature taken.

Do student employees need to get their temperatures checked?

If a student employee resides off-campus, they would be required to have their temperatures taken just like any other WIU employee. If the student employee resides on campus, they will be able to get their temperature taken at their respective residence hall information desk as well.

Where do I go to get my temperature taken and get my pass?

Currently the University is running 2 temperature testing stations at Beu Health Center and the Office of Public Safety (Mowbray Hall) from 7:30am-9:30am Monday-Friday.

After 9:30am employees needing to access campus will need to pull in front of Beu Health Center and call 309-298-1888. A staff member will then come out and perform a temperature test and issue you a pass.

After 5:00pm and on Weekends, employees supervisors will need to contact the Office of Public Safety at 309-298-1949 to provide permssion for their employee to be on campus.

Map of temperature check in stations

Do I need to do a temperature test and receive a pass every day?

Employees will need to have their temperatures taken and receive a new pass each day Monday through Friday. After 5:00pm each day and on weekends, supervisors will need to call the Office of Public Safety at 309-298-1949 and provide permission for their employee to be on campus.

My supervisor doesn't have time to call OPS and provide persmission, can they just send OPS a list of those who work in the department and provide "blanket approval"?

While we understand that this provides some inconvience for employees and supervisors, this proccess is required. A big part of these procedures is knowing who is on campus day to day. If there is a confirmed case, we will want to make sure we have record of who is on campus each day, so we can follow-up and provide guidence. A blanket permission statement from a supervisor doesn't provide us with the information we need to thoroughly connect potential contacts.

How are admissions processes and campus visits being affected?

Information on how admissions, campus visits, and tours are being affected can be found on the Admissions website at wiu.edu/admissions/coronavirus.

(Updated) I’m hosting an event on campus, should I cancel it?

At this time all events involving face to face gatherings are canceled. As details of the fall semester are released, information pertaining to events on campus will be announced.

Recent Messages

May 8, 2020

WIU Summer Protocols

As the academic year comes to an end and the University transitions to summer operations, we have adjusted protocols for those individuals who must come to campus, beginning Monday, May 11, 2020. Employees are expected to work remotely unless it is absolutely necessary to physically be on campus until the current Stay at Home order is lifted and the University has provided instruction on how employees will be coming back to work. Read more.

May 8, 2020

WIU Student Emergency Fund Assists Over 2,000

Last month, Western Illinois University established the WIU Student Emergency Fund to assist its students affected by the ongoing pandemic. To date, more than 2,000 students have received emergency funding. Read more.

May 6, 2020

WIU Spring 2020 Virtual Commencement Set

A virtual ceremony recognizing the academic and personal accomplishments of Western Illinois University students will be launched on WIU's Facebook page and YouTube channel at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9. Read more.

May 5, 2020

Confirmed Coronavirus - WIU-Macomb

A Western Illinois University student who currently resides on campus has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the McDonough County Health Department. Public health staff are working on contact tracing and other requirements. Public health authorities will identify those who may have come in close contact with the individual. The individual is currently in self-isolation. Federal health privacy laws prohibit sharing any other information about individuals. Read more.

May 1, 2020

WIU Student Emergency Fund Established; Financial Aid Special Circumstances Appeal Available

As the unprecedented situation as a result of COVID-19 continues, Western Illinois University has established a Student Emergency Fund to help undergraduate and graduate students remain a part of the Leatherneck family and finish the semester successfully. In addition, the WIU Office of Financial Aid has made available a financial aid special circumstances appeal. Read more.


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