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Throughout the pandemic, Governors State University (the “University” or “GSU”) has prioritized the health and safety of the GSU community while focusing on providing high-quality instruction and advising, no matter the delivery platform. It will continue to do so for Academic Year 2021-22 (AY22) as outlined in this plan. The times are unprecedented, and the campus has drawn on its history of innovation and flexibility to construct the Academic Year 2021-2022 Operating Plan (the “Operating Plan”) with its models of working and learning that meet campus needs. The University has been monitoring current public health conditions, including the recent rise of the Omicron variant, and has taken those conditions into account when updating this plan for Spring Semester 2022.

Recently, Governor Pritzker re-issued an Executive Order permitting the full reopening of educational institutions, including endorsing many the same mitigation efforts the University already had adopted voluntarily. A full list of GSU’s overlapping mitigation strategies can be found in this Operating Plan in Appendix 1. A strong component of our ability to continue to operate in person is fully implementing the mandatory vaccination plan for universities as set forth in Executive Order 202-23, which the GSU has adopted via its Interim Policy Covid-19 Executive Order posted on the campus policy page of the website. The mandatory vaccination policy requires all community members learning or working on campus to submit proof that they are fully vaccinated, unless they obtain an exemption due to medical or religious reasons. Furthermore, the mandatory policy requires all on-campus learners and workers to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test on a weekly basis until proof of full vaccination is submitted to GSU. There is no exemption or exception to the mandatory testing policy for medical or religious reasons.