Dear Students,

Our hearts and minds are heavy as we think of all of you, your families, your friends, and those affected by this devastating virus. Much has changed in a very short period. The COVID-19 pandemic has many of us feeling our worlds have been turned upside down. Change is always hard, but the necessity to make changes so quickly and amid so much uncertainty has left many feeling overwhelmed. And for some, returning home can be challenging. Many will now have to balance schoolwork and family commitments, while others are sorely missing the support resources they have come to depend on.

We would like you to know that we are here to support you. Although we may not be able to meet in-person and support you fully, we are prepared to virtually support you as we are able for as long as COVID-19 distances us.

View our list of services and availability. Do not hesitate to reach out.

In addition to Student Affairs resources, colleges and departments are available to help you as well. Graduate Students should also consult the Graduate College COVID-19 page for additional information and resources.

All of you are valued members of our university community. It is distressing to hear racist and xenophobic language being used in national discourse about the COVID-19 pandemic. Such language is antithetical to the values of this university, and we expect everyone to treat one another with respect and dignity. Our university does not tolerate discrimination, and the stress of this moment should only strengthen our resolve to uphold our commitment to our community and our shared values.

We urge you to take care of yourself during this very stressful time. Explore stress management strategies, relaxation techniques, and resources to meet your needs.

We do not know how long we will be apart from one another. However, we do know this; distance cannot and will not keep us from connecting with one another, supporting each other, or lifting one another up. We are all a part of the Illini family and nothing is going to change that. Stay strong, you are more resilient than you know. We will make it through this together.

Please continue to check regularly for current information and resources from the university.

Take good care,

Robert J. Jones

Dr. Danita M. B. Young
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

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