IVCC closes campus to public


mage: CDC/Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS

Image: CDC/Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS

IV Leader Staff

Update: College press release was updated at 4:49 p.m. with confirmation of La Salle County case of COVID-19. The quote from IVCC President Jerry Corcoran has been updated in this story.

IVCC will be closed to the public starting Monday because of the coronavirus pandemic.

IVCC President Jerry Corcoran released the following statement today.

Good afternoon, Everyone.

In light of the ever-changing developments surrounding the coronavirus pandemic outbreak, and in the spirit of being totally aligned with the wishes of Governor Pritzker and our friends at the Illinois Community College Board,  please be advised that the College’s plan for the remainder of the spring semester is to move to virtual delivery of all course content and services.  Also, effective Monday, March 23rd, the campus will be closed to the public; although College operations will continue, students and non-essential employees will be prohibited from accessing the campus without approval from any member of the senior leadership team.

We all realize that the landscape regarding this matter has changed since we first announced the decision to extend the spring break for students one extra week, however, more cases of the coronavirus are being reported around the state every day; thankfully, none have been reported so far in the IVCC district and we all need to work together to keep it that way. The health, safety  and well-being  of IVCC’s students, faculty and staff are everyone’s No. 1 concern—that will never change.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we move forward.

Dr. Jerry Corcoran, President

Illinois Valley Community College

In the press release just before 5 p.m., Corcoran acknowledged the first confirmed case in the IVCC district.

“With the first coronavirus case reported today in La Salle County, we believe this is the best course of action to keep our campus safe,” said Corcoran. “It also aligns with recommendations from Gov. Pritzker and the Illinois Community College Board.”

Students are reminded that a variety of resources are available to them at https://www.ivcc.edu/iamaan/ivccstudent/learningresources.php

These resources will continue to be updated. Students should be checking Blackboard and their student email daily for further updates from instructors.