June 03, 2021 | Midwestern University
Midwestern University is pleased to announce that we will welcome back all students, faculty, and staff to our campuses in Downers Grove, IL, and Glendale, AZ for the summer quarter beginning this June. The University’s Response Team has met continuously since March 2020 to plan for a safe return to our campuses and clinics, and these efforts have been successful. The University is pleased to report that as of June 3, 2021, more than 81% of our students, faculty, and staff are fully vaccinated. All incoming and current students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to become vaccinated members of our healthcare community and may contact one of the Midwestern University Vaccination Centers or a local health clinic to set up an appointment.
“Midwestern University is excited to welcome our new and returning students back to in-person and on-campus learning for the summer quarter. We have carefully reviewed all the logistics to provide our students with a safe and healthy learning environment as they return to campus for classes, lectures, laboratory sessions, and use of the testing centers,” said Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Midwestern University. “We are grateful for the University’s leaders, faculty, and staff who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to provide quality educational experiences for our students with the ultimate goal of a return to full, in-person learning.”
During the summer quarter, the University will begin to increase lecture hall and classroom seating capacity, laboratory stations, and lobby seating, while keeping in place safety precautions implemented last year. The University will require everyone to wear a face mask when they are in our facilities, in a large group, inside or outside, and in all our clinic operations. Midwestern University will follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines which state that if you are outdoors by yourself, you need not wear a mask. We will also continue to count on each other to come together as a community and follow all the required guidelines, including participating in a daily health screening before coming to campus.
In addition, our campuses have added useful directional signs, guiding foot traffic and supporting physical distancing, installed plexiglass shields, added hand sanitizing stations in all campus buildings, upgraded our ventilation system to improve air circulation, and adopted rigorous deep cleaning and sanitation protocols.
“The summer quarter is an ideal time for us to return to campus. There will be fewer students in summer classes, and faculty, staff, and students can dine outside. In addition, our new incoming students will have the benefit of getting to know each other, and their faculty and staff will be on hand to encourage and motivate them at the beginning of their academic journey. The timing is right to welcome our community back to campus and our clinics,” Dr. Goeppinger added. As always, the University will continue to monitor the latest developments and recommendations from Federal, State, and local authorities regarding COVID-19, and will update its plans accordingly.