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Bradley University still plans return to in-person learning on January 19, with some tweaks

Emily Bollinger/WCBU

Bradley University is still planning a return to face-to-face classes on campus come January 19, amid surging COVID-19 case counts.

The university will implement other campus restrictions, like canceling all campus events through January 26 and continuing to require masks in all indoor public spaces across campus.

University officials are also asking students who live on campus to stay once they arrive, and to avoid traveling or returning home. Students are returning to campus for residence hall move-in on Jan. 16.

Some other higher learning institutions, including Illinois State University and Knox and Monmouth colleges, are beginning the semester remotely.

Bradley University isn't asking instructors to offer hybrid instruction like Zoom or Google Meet, as was provided during the 2020-21 school year. Academic, orientation, and class-related activities will remain face-to-face, and all campus building and dining operations will be open.

Bradley University requires all students and employees to get vaccinated, or receive an exemption, to be on campus during the spring semester. More than 92 percent of students and nearly 95 percent of employees are considered fully vaccinated.

Students and employees are asked to self-quarantine for five days before returning to campus, if able. Anyone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or is identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive is asked to get a negative COVID-19 test result before returning.

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Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.