COVID-19/ Coronavirus Community Update

Special Notice as of today, May 25, 2020:

I want to express my gratitude to all of you that have adapted to the many necessary changes and have been working diligently to maintain your studies during this pandemic. Thanks to everyone’s collective efforts, we should be able to complete this academic year with everyone on-schedule. We are currently making plans for a virtual Capstone Awards recognition on May 15 and a virtual Commencement on May 16 to recognize the accomplishments of the Class of 2020. 

Some of you may already be aware that the Governor of IL has extended the Stay-At-Home Executive Order which now requires that we also extend our planned return to more substantial campus-based activities, until June 1. 

At this time, we anticipate that the academic Summer Quarter will begin on May 18th via continued online instruction for didactic, laboratory and clinical assignments. We anticipate that students will be returning to limited campus-based activities in phases: 


  • 4th Professional Year students (Class of 2021) will return to Pt. Care on-campus and Externships on June 15.

  • Select 4th Year students may resume Pt. Care during the week of June 1st on a volunteer basis. You will be hearing more about these opportunities from the Dean’s Office soon.

  • 3rd Professional Year students (Class of 2022) will return to campus on June 15.

  • 2nd Professional Year students (Class of 2023) will return to campus as previously determined on July 13

  • Orientation for the Class of 2024 (Incoming 1st Years) remains on-schedule for Aug. 6.

At this time, we anticipate resumption of an in-person academic curriculum for fall quarter on Aug. 10. 

Returning to campus will require everyone’s participation, ideas, patience and flexibility as we prepare and assimilate to our new working environments. In order to be able to do so safely, the following will be required of everyone each day upon arrival to campus:

  • Temperature checks

  • Face coverings

  • Frequent hand washing

  • Social distancing

  • Additional protocols as needed

Of course, any and all of this is subject to change depending upon the Governor’s continued instructions. Advancing our students’ educational goals and providing needed patient care opportunities safely and with the health of everyone in mind will continue to be our priority.

I look forward to welcoming you back to campus soon.


Stay safe and stay healthy!


Mark Colip, O.D.

We want to take this opportunity to let you know of the policies and procedures we are putting in place surrounding COVID019/Coronavirus.
Please stay home if the following applies to you:
  • Traveled outside the country in the past 3 weeks.

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath

  • Sore throat

Help prevent the spread of viruses like COVID-19/Coronavirus:
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then dispose of the tissue.

  • Wash your hands frequently and use a paper towel to dry.

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Seek medical advice from your primary care physician if you develop symptoms, and or have been in contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.

What We Are Doing:
  • Closely monitoring the advice and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

  • Educating our employees and students on preventative measures provided by the CDC.

  • Increasing the frequency and extent of our cleaning practices, such as additional wipe downs of all hard surfaces including the front desk, exam rooms, offices and our lunch rooms. 

  • Providing additional resources to patients, students and employees including additional resources for proper hand washing.

  • Implementing heightened sanitation and hand-washing procedures for all employees.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19's FAQ's,

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