Although subject to change, Illinois and Chicago have moved into Phase 4, which states that no gatherings should exceed 50 people or 25 percent of the space's occupancy capacity, whichever is less, so long as public health guidance is followed, including, but not limited to, social distancing protocols and the wearing of face coverings. The university is currently developing plans to proceed with events such as these in the fall semester consistent with public health guidelines, and planning information will be shared on the Illinois Tech Fall 2020 Reopening website.
Virtual SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration) sessions have been running all summer. Students who were unable to participate will be able to connect with a SOAR leader and view sessions on-demand.
Students can anticipate scheduling a specific time for their residence hall move-in time in August. This will allow us to ensure that social distancing is easier to achieve.
We also currently expect to have a hybrid of virtual and in-person Welcome Week and Convocation activities. Planning is underway, and details will be released at a later date.
Students can begin to make connections with fellow students as soon as they submit their deposit for the fall 2020 semester. Students can then sign up for a virtual SOAR session, which allows them to meet friends and start forming a social network from the comfort of home. Once students are on campus, the small-group, suite-style living of our residence halls will facilitate their ability to build friendships while maintaining social distance and complying with other public health guidelines. They will also meet students through their courses, which will be offered in accordance with public health guidelines. For students who enroll in online courses for the fall, our collaborative Blackboard learning module will allow them to engage and collaborate with fellow students on class projects.
The Student Government Association will continue to webcast meetings and is planning to offer the opportunity for students to participate via Zoom. All student organizations, in general, are being encouraged to conduct virtual meetings through Google Hangouts or another online meeting software.