Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Poor Choices

Over these past few days, the irresponsible actions of a small number of students have created the very real possibility of ending an in-person semester for all of us.  Their poor choices have led to a concerning and rapid increase in the number of new undergraduate COVID-19 positive cases. ...

We have created the most extensive testing process of any university in the country.  We have extensively modeled to make the best science-driven decisions.  We have invented a new COVID-19 test.  We've created a new app to ensure building access and academic standing are linked to testing compliance.  Seven teams have worked since the spring to do everything we could possibly think of to make your Illinois experience as normal as possible.

We've given ourselves a real chance to come together and to stay together.  But the decision to do so is in your hands.  We stay together.  Or we go home.

-- Excerpts from a message to undergraduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2 September 2020

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