Inclement weather this weekend
January 12, 2024 3:29 PM

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

Snow, wind and bitter cold temperatures are predicted for the next several days, and we want you to be aware of this inclement weather as many of you travel back to campus for the semester to begin next week. We encourage you to refer to the National Weather Service website and make travel plans accordingly. 

Classes will still begin Tuesday, Jan. 16, as scheduled. Below freezing temperatures are predicted for the beginning of the week, so those walking to classes are encouraged to dress accordingly. If you need warm weather essentials, please contact the Student Assistance Center for Basic Needs at (217) 333-0050 or

As a reminder, the residential and research aspects of our operations make closing impossible, so staff members are expected to fulfill their regular work responsibilities. Extreme weather does not change the need for an individual employee to notify their supervisor of the absence. Normal leave reporting processes and requirements apply to leave used to cover weather-related absences. For additional information, please refer to guidelines from Illinois Human Resources.  

We will continue to monitor the weather throughout the weekend, and we will be prepared to reevaluate our operational plans if conditions are significantly worse than predicted. Please check your university email for any updates.


Robert J. Jones

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