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The Illinois State University Board of Trustees on Friday unanimously approved a contract booking blocks of hotel rooms to quarantine students who are deemed close contacts to a COVID-positive peer.

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The start of the fall semester was rocky for Illinois State University. Original plans for COVID-19 test supplies fell through just two weeks before the start of classes. Students saw their once blended schedules moved nearly all online, triggering questions about whether students should move back at all, and why they’re paying full price.

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Illinois State University Athletics Director Larry Lyons said Friday he plans to retire by the end of the year.

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Gamers at Illinois Wesleyan University have a new space to practice and compete with the opening of a new, 5,700-square-foot esports facility.

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Marisa Hardwick isn’t surprised there are now more than twice as many cases of COVID-19 on the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus than previously predicted by university researchers.

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Lincoln College

Lincoln College will go back to hybrid learning Monday after a two-week quarantine and virtual learning period.

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Comparing colleges’ COVID-19 numbers can be tricky because of the variety of approaches to testing and reporting data. A lot of Midwestern college campuses bear watching, though.

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North and west of Mason City, Iowa, there is a quarry belonging to the LeHigh Cement Company. It's huge. In a "what I did on my summer vacation" moment, ISU Geologist and Paleontologist James "Jed" Day said he found something very cool there.

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Illinois State University students and board trustees say they want more updates from administrators on their progress addressing anti-Blackness on campus.

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Illinois State University President Larry Dietz in Thursday's State of the University address painted a picture of an institution that’s doing mostly well, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Illinois State University admissions officials said pandemic-related fears of a precipitous decline in enrollment did not materialize, with total enrollment falling by less than 1% from the previous year.

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Illinois Wesleyan University

Illinois Wesleyan University has reported a 9% increase in freshmen enrollment for the fall term.

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UPDATED 7:30 a.m. | About a thousand students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have tested positive for COVID-19 since twice-a-week coronavirus testing became mandatory for all students on Aug. 16.

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More than 1,023 Illinois State University students have tested positive for COVID-19—an alarming number given it’s only about two weeks into the fall semester.

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Emily Bollinger / WGLT

The huge gap between the capacity at the University of Illinois and the capacity at Illinois State University to test for the virus that causes COVID-19 may soon disappear.

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The American Association of University Professors said Friday it questions the legitimacy of the process that led to the Illinois Wesleyan University Board of Trustees decision to cancel anthropology, French, Italian, and the religious studies programs.

The AAUP has asked for a response to faculty allegations made in a letter sent to IWU President Georgia Nugent and trustees chair Timothy Szerlong.

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Illinois State University President Larry Dietz said Monday he's closely monitoring the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases among students.

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The hustle of running late to class, the passion students have for a course, and the persistence of earning a degree—it’s all been moved online.

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UPDATED 3:20 p.m. | The number of Illinois State University students who've tested positive for COVID-19 climbed to 70 on Friday, as McLean County's testing positivity rate continued to rise.

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Illinois Wesleyan University said it is responding to a cluster of 10 COVID-19 cases among students.

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UPDATED 5:30 p.m. | Over 50 Illinois State University students have now tested positive for COVID-19, including dozens in just the past week, university officials said Wednesday.

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Heartland Community College enrollment on the first day of classes was down 8.6% among students and 8.4% in credit hours.

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More testing options are now available for students at Illinois State University, as President Larry Dietz warned Redbirds against attending large off-campus parties.

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It’s hard to see past COVID-19, to picture what life will be like when the coronavirus is not the most important thing in front of us—and to conceive of all the ways it will stay with us as cultural artifact. (And not just the ubiquity of Zoom meetings.)

Illinois State University faculty and staff asked public health experts their lingering COVID-19 questions during a live webinar Friday on the eve of the fall semester.

Ames Library at Illinois Wesleyan University
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Four Illinois Wesleyan University students tested positive for the coronavirus when they returned to campus for the start of the school year.

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An Illinois State University student in a residence hall has tested positive for COVID-19, a university spokesperson said Tuesday.

Watterson Towers residence hall at ISU

The Illinois State University administration has asked the board of trustees to approve spending up to $3.3 million for coronavirus surveillance testing of students on campus through the end of the year.

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College and university leaders face many tough decisions this fall about how to contain the spread of COVID-19 on their campuses. And inevitably when there are cases, those same leaders will have to decide how much information to share with their campus community, the public, and the media.

Illinois State University

An Illinois State University researcher’s project is getting a $13 million boost from the U.S. Department of Energy.