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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.

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Illinois State University

Illinois State University on Tuesday pointed to the unexpected loss of on-campus testing capacity and rising cases as major reasons why classes will be primarily online this fall.

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Heartland Community College

Despite an increase in summer enrollment, Heartland Community College in Normal anticipates low numbers for the fall semester.

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Illinois Wesleyan University

Illinois Wesleyan University plans to house up to 140 students in hotels this fall to reduce the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak on campus.

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Illinois Wesleyan University faculty have voted overwhelmingly to ask the administration to hold off on faculty layoffs in programs cut by the board of trustees.

Watterson Towers residence hall at ISU

Illinois State University said Thursday it will rename floors in the Watterson Towers residence hall in the wake of nationwide upheaval and a renewed dialogue on race and history.

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Twin City nursing programs are full up and instruction will remain interactive during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Illinois State University Board of Trustees on Friday was met with praise and condemnation from faculty members in its decisions on how to proceed with the fall semester amid the pandemic.

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Illinois State University

Illinois State University professors have deferred round two of an all-faculty meeting continued from last week. The meeting would have been Monday evening, and included consideration of nearly two dozen resolutions left over from the lengthy proceeding last Thursday.

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Hundreds of Illinois Wesleyan University graduates are closely watching this week’s expected Board of Trustees decisions on the future direction of the institution. A variety of potential cuts and changes will be considered.

Kwame Raoul
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Attorney General Kwame Raoul has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Illinois State University over opposition to a new federal rule that could make it harder for international students to stay in the U.S.

Larry Dietz
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Illinois State University is confirming a lot of plans for a pandemic-related fall class schedule. But in a news conference on Thursday, university President Larry Dietz said things are still pretty fluid.

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Illinois State University said Tuesday it is still assessing the impact of new rules issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that could prevent some international students from attending the school.

Peck and Gressman

A new model is cautiously optimistic about a university’s ability to control the spread of COVID-19 this fall—but that hinges largely on how much students socialize off-campus.

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Illinois Wesleyan University

Religious scholars and philosophers are among those encouraging Illinois Wesleyan University President Georgia Nugent and the board of trustees to preserve academic programs.

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Few rallies include performances by a brass ensemble. 

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UPDATED 3:05 p.m. | A letter circulating Tuesday among employees and students argues that Illinois State University’s draft reopening plan does not do enough to protect campus—or the Bloomington-Normal community at large.

Ames Library at Illinois Wesleyan University
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Some faculty members at Illinois Wesleyan University are questioning a process that could lead to further program changes and cuts next month. The stakes could be as high as their jobs. Some faculty also frame the discussion as a defining moment for the culture and identity of the 170-year-old liberal arts institution.

The more-than-yearlong effort to help IWU adjust to a new reality in higher education has created winners and losers, some yet to be determined, and more than a little heartache and grief.

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Illinois State University students are set to return to campus in less than two months—and some faculty are raising concerns about the risk to their own health and whether they’ve had enough input in the reopening plan.

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Illinois State University

Illinois State University will welcome students back to campus in August but could push many larger classes online and finish face-to-face instruction before fall break, according to a preliminary reopening plan released Wednesday.

Jeremy Butler

Whether you work in an office, drive a forklift or teach kindergarten, the more confident you are in your training, the better you’ll perform. Confidence can make it more likely you’ll try harder or conquer adversity. A lack of confidence can make you skittish and impair decision-making.

It’s the same with police officers.

Larry Dietz speaks to crowd
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Up to 1,000 Illinois State University students who would normally live in residence halls may have to rent apartments for the fall semester. ISU President Larry Dietz said Thursday that's one social-distancing goal.

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UPDATED 2 p.m. | Two freshmen have filed a lawsuit claiming Illinois State University did not refund enough of their mandatory student fees after abruptly shifting to online-only classes because of COVID-19.

Colleges and universities in Illinois want their campuses to be open to students in the fall, after classes were forced online in March due to COVID-19. A state panel is going to recommend the best approach for the fall semester.

Markus Brooks
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This spring, college seniors across the country have faced a graduation experience like never before. For Markus Brooks of Bloomington, his support system helped him push through.

Larry Dietz speaking at a podium
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Illinois State University President Larry Dietz has asked staff to plan for budget cuts of 10% and 20%. In a message to staff who plan budgets at several levels, Dietz said the guidance to develop the scenarios comes amid uncertainty of state support and the impact of the pandemic on future costs.

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Illinois State University said it will offer online commencement ceremonies this year for its approximately 4,327 spring graduates. The university said it expects to award about 3,601 undergraduate diplomas and 726 graduate degrees in two ceremonies May 8-9. There are usually five such in person ceremonies during graduation weekend. This year those were disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.