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Campus operations and teleworking through Spring break—March 18, 2020

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March 18, 2020

Dear DePaul community,

Thank you for all you are doing to adapt to the decisions we’ve made at DePaul to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. It’s been an unprecedented disruption to our normal way of life and we’re grateful for your resilience. Earlier today, you received messages (7:11 a.m. email; 11:50 a.m. email) about a faculty member in the Department of Art, Media and Design who tested positive for COVID-19. The university is continuing to follow this situation closely.

As Spring break approaches, we’re sharing the following updates on access to DePaul buildings and the continuance of remote work through March 29. You will hear from us again near the conclusion of Spring break with additional updates for Spring Quarter. As we have to this point, we will base our decisions on guidance we receive from local and state government, and public health leaders. We do not anticipate any changes to the decision to move Spring Quarter courses to remote delivery. 

Searching for a Spring class? In Campus Connect, you can filter on online courses to see courses that were traditionally online. Classes that have been recently moved online because of the COVID-19 health crisis can be found by filtering under “Remote."

This message covers:
  • Remote work through March 29
  • Updated Public Safety measures
  • Access to DePaul buildings through Spring break
  • Student Centers and dining
  • University libraries and computer labs
  • Academic support services
  • University mail services
  • Campus bookstores
  • University-related travel

Remote work through March 29 
  • Faculty, staff and student employees who are currently working from home should continue to do so during Spring break. With the reduced need for student services during Spring break, division and unit leaders should consider whether employees who continued to report to work this week are now able to stay home. If at all possible, DePaul employees should be working remotely for the sake of the health of all of those in our community. 
  • For pay guidance, read HR’s March 16 message to the university. 
  • More guidance on ensuring effective teleworking arrangements can be found here.
  • Center for Teaching and Learning staff are available to provide remote assistance on online course preparation. 

Updated Public Safety measures
Effective immediately, Public Safety is taking the following measures to promote social distancing and prevent the spread of COVID-19:
  • Transports to Illinois Masonic Hospital are discontinued. Please use alternative transportation and call 911 for emergencies.
  • The safety escort service also is discontinued. Extra patrols will be added between residence halls and the Lincoln Park Student Center.
For resident students who remain on campus, please follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidance, stay in your residence hall as much as possible and practice social distancing. AMITA Sage Medical Group will re-open on Thursday, March 19 and can be reached at 773-549-7757. 

Access to DePaul buildings through Spring Break 

Both campuses:
  • Many DePaul buildings have begun requiring ID card access for faculty, staff and student employees. Effective immediately, employees will need to swipe their ID cards to enter:
    • SAC
    • McGowan North and South
    • Arts and Letters
    • 990 Fullerton
    • Munroe Hall
    • 2352 N. Clifton
  • Starting this Saturday, March 21, 2020, through Spring break, all buildings in the Loop and Lincoln Park (except the Student Center) will require faculty and staff card swipes for entry. Tenant buildings will have the usual entrance access. 
  • Student access to DePaul buildings is restricted, starting today for the LPC buildings listed above and starting Saturday, March 21, for all other LPC and Loop buildings. If colleges or schools have already granted access to student workers, graduate assistants, etc., that access will remain in place. The new measures do not overwrite or replace existing access and door plans.
Lincoln Park campus:
  • The building at 1150 W. Fullerton Ave. is closed as of March 17. It will undergo disinfecting and deep cleaning due to a faculty member who last visited the building briefly on Sunday testing positive for COVID-19. They were accompanied to the building by a non-DePaul person who also has tested positive for COVID-19. AMITA Sage Medical Group will reopen on Thursday, March 19.
  • The Ray Meyer Fitness Center closed on Tuesday, March 17, until further notice. All operations and programs are suspended, including drop-in recreation, programs, classes and group fitness.
Loop campus: 
  • Access to the Lewis Center (25 E. Jackson Blvd.) and O’Malley Place (23 E. Jackson Blvd.) will be limited to the Jackson Boulevard entrance. 
  • Access to the Daley Building (14 E. Jackson Blvd.) will be limited to the State Street entrance. 
Holtschneider Performance Center and Music North: (Added 3/19/20) 
  • Effective Thursday, March 19 all spaces in the Holtschneider Performance Center (HPC) and Music North, including practice rooms, will be closed through Sunday, March 29. 
  • Additionally, the HPC garage will also be closed during this time. 

Student Centers and dining

Lincoln Park:
  • Effective Wednesday, March 18 and through Spring break, Lincoln Park Student Center (LPSC) access will be limited to DePaul students, faculty and staff. DePaul IDs will need to be shown to gain entry. Access is limited to the Kenmore Avenue entrance only.
  •  Updated LPSC hours are: (Updated 3/19/20) 
    • Wednesday, March 18: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
    • Thursday, March 19: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
    • Friday, March 20: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 21: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Sunday, March 22: Closed
    • March 23 – March 27: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • March 28 – March 29: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Starting Monday, March 20, brunch will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Revised 4/13/20)   
  • There will be no university dining options in the Loop during Spring break or Spring Quarter.

University libraries and computer labs
All university libraries (Richardson, Loop and Rinn Law Library) and computer labs are closed until further notice in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on social distancing. In addition, the Richardson Library is undergoing disinfecting and deep cleaning.

Academic support services
The following academic support services are available over Spring break. If you need services that aren’t listed here, please check the DePaul website. 
University mail services
  • The Student Mail Center in LPSC will be open through the weekend. On Thursday and Friday, hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, hours are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. All residential students should collect mail and turn in their mail keys before leaving campus.
  • The Loop mailroom is open Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mail and package deliveries to DePaul departments and units are discontinued until further notice; pick up at the mailrooms is available only during the designated days/times.
  • Next week and until further notice, Loop and Lincoln Park mailrooms will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Campus bookstores

Barnes & Noble — Loop Campus:
  • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday – Sunday: Closed 

Barnes & Noble – Lincoln Park Campus:
  • Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
  • Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
  • Sunday: Closed
Spring Quarter bookstore hours will be shared next week.

University-related travel
  • All students, faculty, and staff should limit travel to both Lincoln Park and Loop campuses; visit campus ONLY if it is essential. 
  • Effective immediately and until further notice, all university-related travel is suspended.
  • If travel for university business was booked using personal funds and that travel has been canceled, you may submit a reimbursement request to This assumes you have not already been issued a refund or travel credit.
  • If a travel credit for university business has been issued in your name, please hold the credit for future university use. Credits typically expire within a calendar year. Please note receipt and handling of travel credits on reimbursement submissions and in transaction notes.
  • If travel for university business was booked using a ProCard, please submit support via IntelliLink and note that the travel was canceled. Any refund or credit should also be referenced in the transaction notes.

Thank you again for your patience and continued support as DePaul makes adjustments to the way it operates. Our community remains strong and our commitment to students is unwavering. You’ll hear from us again soon with more information for Spring Quarter. Have a safe and healthy Spring break. 

A. Gabriel Esteban, president
Salma Ghanem, interim provost
Jeff Bethke, executive vice president