I want to share an email we just sent to students regarding the College's latest measures for safeguarding their health during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Moving to distance learning for an entire term is not a decision we have made lightly.
Please be assured that the College will do everything within its power to continue to offer the resources and opportunities available to students on campus even though they may be far away for now.
Dear Knox students,
Because of the accelerating COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing stay-at-home order from the State of Illinois, Knox College has made the decision to teach the entirety of spring term remotely to minimize further disruption and uncertainty for our students and faculty and to play our part in minimizing transmission of the virus.
This is not the news you wanted to hear, and it is absolutely not the choice we wanted to make, but safeguarding your health and well-being is of paramount importance—which means keeping students off campus through at least the end of May. Nearly all faculty and staff are also working remotely as well.
That means that for this term—8 weeks—your interactions with the Knox faculty members teaching your courses will have to take place remotely, but that will not be the sum total of your interactions with the Knox campus.
We will continue to offer career and networking events through the Bastian Family Center for Career Success and academic support through the Center for Teaching and Learning, as well as opportunities to pursue independent research and creative work or plan future off-campus study. We are also exploring ways to enable students to continue to produce publications like The Knox Student and Catch and share their creativity and ideas with the entire Knox community. ( We welcome your suggestions).
The power of a Knox education has always been rooted in the strength of our community—in the intellectual partnerships you have developed with faculty members and in the energy and ideas you inspire in each other. I believe that what we learn from each other over these next weeks, in class and beyond, will become some of the most meaningful experiences of your time at Knox.
And now, onto a few practical matters.
Students Remaining on Campus
If you received permission to stay on campus, you will be able to stay on campus for the duration of spring term. Knox will continue to provide access to campus dining, health and counseling services, and maintenance and security support as needed.
Personal Belongings in Campus Housing
We have just begun working through the myriad logistical details involved in helping you retrieve, store, or ship belongings that you may have left in campus housing at the end of winter term. Because of the State of Illinois’s ongoing stay-at-home order and to protect the safety and health of those students who remain on campus, we ask you not to come to campus to collect your belongings at the present time . But we are committed to working with you to reunite you with your belongings. More information will be coming in the next few weeks.
Though the campus is physically closed, all campus offices, including the Bastian Family Center for Career Success, are finding creative ways to continue to support students remotely. Check your email for announcements of upcoming remote events, tutoring sessions, and other innovative programs delivered right to your phone or computer.
I know I speak for all the faculty and staff when I say that we miss you. I am so proud of the way that you and the rest of the Knox community continues to look out for each other and to make the best of challenging circumstances.
Stay in touch with us, take care and stay healthy. Please share any questions or comments that you may have. We will do our best to provide answers as they become available.
Teresa L. Amott