Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates →

Please click here for the latest information regarding Benedictine University's response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

FAQs button

Contact button

Additional resources


May 12, 2020   |  Campus Communication

CARES Act Emergency Grant

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and sent money to schools to use for emergency financial aid grants to be issued to students to help offset expenses related to campus closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 



April 27, 2020   |  Campus Communication

A Message to the Class of 2020

When weighing the effects, information and consequences of COVID-19 on our community, even though I understand the consequences and effects it has already had on the lives of literally millions, the decision to postpone graduation was undeniably one of the most hurtful and emotional decisions I have made as president. I can recall no other time in higher education when our needs were any greater, our fears any more unsettling and our learning community stretched any further. But as a Benedictine community, we do have each other, we do stand united and although we are apart…we remain close.



March 23, 2020   |  Campus Communication

Common Academic Questions RE: Virtual Campus Period

As of today Monday, March 23, Benedictine University began hosting all face-to-face and blended format classes through remote instruction as a part of our Virtual Campus period. Despite being separate from one another, our faculty and staff are working as a united Benedictine community to continue to support each of our students in achieving their educational goal – be it a degree, certificate or additional coursework.



March 20, 2020   |  Campus Communication


I know many of our students and their families are grappling to deal with situations that they never dreamed would take place; a virtual learning environment rather than face-to-face interactions, a college campus experience that has dramatically changed; students who had planned for the excitement of spring break, now having to return to their homes for the remainder of the semester; the challenges we face as we plan for our graduates to celebrate their achievements, and the list goes on. My family and I face many of these same uncertainties. Each of you are in my thoughts and prayers as we navigate such uncertain times. I want to assure you we keep you at the heart of all of our decisions. Our main focus is on the safety and health of our community.



March 18, 2020   |  Campus Communication

PRESIDENTIAL MESSAGE: Virtual Campus Extended Through 5/31

It is hard to believe less than a week ago we were going back and forth about whether to take the unprecedented step to move Benedictine University to a Virtual Campus model in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Since then, we’ve seen leaders in a variety of industries take extraordinary measures to try to slow the spread of COVID-19. In the end, as the number of cases in the U.S. continues to rise, we are left wondering if it is enough. We are all called to do whatever we can to keep ourselves and our neighbors safe in this time of uncertainty.



March 12, 2020 | Campus Communication

PRESIDENTIAL MESSAGE: "Virtual Campus" Period to Follow Spring Break

I am writing to update you on the steps the University has taken to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak that is currently gripping the nation and the world. While there are currently no known cases of COVID-19 within the Benedictine community, we must do our part to combat the spread of this coronavirus. As such, we have decided to take the following steps to keep our students, faculty, staff and the greater community safe:



March 5, 2020 | Campus Communication

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

At this time, the coronavirus (COVID-19) is a low risk for members of the community in the Lisle suburbs, if you have not traveled abroad in the last two weeks. However, regular flu season precautions are always a good idea. Please see the following guidelines if you are sick or if you are healthy.



March 3, 2020  | Daily Herald News Article

Students in Lisle university's China program fight coronavirus from front lines

The students in a master's of public health program run by Benedictine University in China usually get an internship at a health center or government agency. This spring, professors from the Lisle-based university say, their "internship" is working on the front lines to help treat patients or contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus that began in late December in the city of Wuhan.



January 30 , 2020 | Campus Communication

Important Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

A novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has been identified in China and in travelers from China to other countries, including the U.S. Airline passengers from the affected area of China are being screened as they arrive in the U.S. for symptoms including fever and cough or difficulty in breathing. Health officials worldwide are monitoring this outbreak.