Advisory Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Throughout this pandemic, Joliet Junior College has taken unprecedented measures to ensure a safe and accessible learning environment for our students and employees. Since March 4, the college has routinely shared updates with our campus community on our operational procedures. We’ve modified our plans to align with federal and state guidelines and mandates, as needed, and will continue to assess our actions and adapt them as this pandemic changes our environment and resources. Thank you for your understanding and patience, and we wish you and your families well during this time.

- Dr. Judy Mitchell, JJC President

Latest Updates 

Access our communication timeline by date of message below, and get answers to common questions and procedures through our FAQ page.

COVID-19 Cases

As COVID-19 cases increase across the state and globe, we’ll do our part to share the number of cases JJC has confirmed among our students and employees.

Number of  Joliet Junior College COVID-19 Cases
Last updated: April 9
Students Symptomatic but unconfirmed 1
  Confirmed  Cases 3
Employees Symptomatic but unconfirmed 8
  Confirmed  Cases 0
  Total Confirmed Cases 3


**The above figures represent the cumulative number of student and employee cases that have been communicated to JJC, and does not reflect how many may no longer be ill or include those who are not experiencing symptoms.

Be advised students have not been to school since JJC stopped on-campus operations and closed on March 15, and effective March 29 JJC moved all its classes online for the remainder of the spring semester. Most of JJC’s 1,500 plus employees are currently working from home. When essential employees come to campus, we have continued to take steps above and beyond CDC social distancing guidelines.

Self-Reporting COVID-19 Cases

The college has also and will continue to encourage students and employees to follow self-reporting guidelines. Even as students take classes and employees work remotely, it is important that the college know if you’ve tested positive for COVID-19, in order to properly assist you and inform others who you may have come into contact with. JJC will maintain the privacy of these individuals, per HIPPA guidelines.

  • For students that have tested positive for COVID-19, or may need to self-quarantine for any reason, we request that you contact the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities at 815-280-2761 or deanofstudents@jjc.edu.
  • For employees that have tested positive for COVID-19, or may need to self-quarantine for any reason, we request you contact Human Resources at 815-280-2266 or hr@jjc.edu.

We ask our entire campus community to continue to abide by shelter in place mandates and social distancing techniques to support the health and well-being of our community.

Latest Updates

  • May 22

    Updated May 22, 2020 at 2:09 p.m.

    From JJC President Dr. Judy Mitchell

    With the announcement that the state would move to Phase 3 - Recovery of the Restore Illinois plan on June 1, we are sharing a map to indicate how the JJC will move through this plan, and what college operations are expected to look like within each phase. As has been the case through the pandemic, these plans may be modified if state or federal mandates change. 

    Restore JJC Plan          Restore Illinois Plan

    Phase 3 involves limited employees on campus, and most work will continue remotely. This phase will impact JJC departments differently, and specific staffing details will be communicated to each area.

    According to the plan as it is presented, K-12 and higher education institutions can begin on-site instruction when their quadrant reaches Phase 4 - Revitalization. In the Restore JJC plan link above, you will see what high-level operations at the college will look like in phase 4.

    Long-term, we remain vigilant about the health and well-being of our employees as they begin to return to work and other activities in the coming months. The following had already been initiated:

    • The purchase of facemasks, gloves and hand sanitizer.
    • Installation of plastic barriers in spaces where social distancing is not possible.
    • Implementing social distancing markers on the floors to maintain appropriate distance.
    • Installation of no-contact thermal thermometers at key points of entry at Main Campus, Romeoville, City Center, Weitendorf and Morris.  No students, faculty, staff or members of the community will be allowed to enter if they have temperature of 100.4 or greater, as recommended by CDC guidelines.

    Contingency and communication plans in the event of a COVID-19 case after staff has returned to work will also be implemented and shared.

    The Illinois Community College Board convened its statewide Return to Campus committee to discuss reopening campuses in some form in the fall of 2020, and JJC is a participant of this group. This group is providing best practice guidelines for institutions to follow, not mandated requirements.

    I am proud that we were one of the first community colleges to announce our fall semester plans. It is our hope that this proactive and early decision will support our faculty in preparing their curriculum, support employee health, and drive students to choose JJC, knowing we provide academic and student support stability now and in the future.

    With that in mind, help us get the word out—take control at JJC! Connect with us on social media using the hashtag #takecontrolatjjc.

    Judy Mitchell, Ed.D.

    President

    Joliet Junior College

  • May 14

    Updated May 14, 2020 at 6:36 p.m.

    From JJC President Dr. Judy Mitchell

    JJC Operations Announcement for Fall 2020 semester

    To proactively prepare for the fall semester, I am announcing the following operational plan for Joliet Junior College’s Fall 2020 semester, in alignment with state mandates outlined in the Restore Illinois Plan:

    All Fall 2020 lecture courses will be delivered online.

    This includes lecture courses that had been scheduled to be traditional face-to-face as well as lecture courses that had been scheduled to be hybrid.

    Courses scheduled with a combination of lecture and lab should be delivered in a hybrid format—lecture online and lab face-to-face.

    The face-to-face component would be contingent upon the State’s Restore Illinois plan and achievement of the Phase 4 standard. Until this standard is met, online lab simulations will be used in lieu of face-to-face labs. Details will be developed and finalized by departments, deans, and the Academic Affairs division.

    Lab-only courses will be delivered face-to face contingent upon the State’s Restore Illinois mandate and achievement of the Phase 4 standard.

    Until this standard is met, online lab simulations will be used in lieu of face-to-face labs. Details will be developed and finalized by departments, deans, and the Academic Affairs division.

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    The last two months we have lived through a lot of instability and frustration with constantly evolving information. We know there continues to be many unanswered questions, and we are working every day to further define what our reality looks like in the coming months. Our mission, however, remains the same and I am grateful for the hope and positivity our campus community collectively generates daily to support one another through these challenges.  

    On a final note, all employees will receive additional information via email about summer semester, as well as more job specific information from their Cabinet members as it becomes available. Keep in mind we will continue our current operating plan of working from home remotely as the college is still in Phase 2 the state plan. We will also provide a copy of the Restore Illinois Plan and how the college’s operations align with that plan, highlighting how operations evolve with each new phase. 

    Stay Safe and Stay tuned,

    Judy Mitchell, Ed.D.

    President

    Joliet Junior College

  • May 7

    Updated May 7 at 3:08 p.m.

    In light of Gov. Pritzker’s five-phase state reopening plan announced this week, I want to share how this affects the college at this time. The phases and the requirements are clear, yet the timeline in which these phases are implemented remains unclear due to varying spread of the virus across the state.

    The plan divides the state into four regions. JJC is in the northeast Illinois quadrant, and a map of these regions is available in the plan.

    We are currently in Phase Two

    The state is currently in the second phase of the plan, labeled Flattening, which has relaxed some restrictions that had been in place since March. The earliest a region can move from the second phase to the third phase, called Recovery, is May 29.

    As of now:

    • The college remains in phase two with operating remotely and facilities will remain closed.
    • The college will present a more detailed plan for summer to the Board of Trustees at their May 13 meeting. I will share information after that meeting with the campus on May 14.
    • Employees will continue to conduct work remotely, with the exception of employees deemed essential. 
    • Summer classes offered online only.
    • The August commencement, originally postponed from May 15, is postponed again, date to be determined. The Graduation Committee will make a recommendation to Cabinet to address this.
    • An Academic Affairs taskforce is developing course schedule contingency plans and training for faculty for the fall sessions.  
    • All division leadership is developing continuity plans for the fall semester.
    • The taskforce to support CARES Act federal stimulus funding distribution to students will launch a process to distribute student emergency funds from the stimulus package to eligible students starting May 8. 

    Moving to the Next Phase

    The governor’s plan also outlines how we move to the next phase will be driven by the COVID-19 positivity rate in each region and measures of maintaining regional hospital surge capacity. This data will be tracked from the time a region enters Phase 2, onwards.

    According to the plan as it is presented, K-12 and higher education institutions can begin on site work when their quadrant reaches phase four, called Revitalization.

    Next steps at JJC

    The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) has convened a “Return to Campus” committee to discuss reopening campuses in some form in the fall of 2020, and JJC is a participant of this group.  Updates will be shared with the campus community as they are finalized. 

    As we move into the next phases and continue to monitor employee safety, the leadership team is also developing return to work protocol, staggered shifts and reintegration of on-campus work.

    I will continue to share the college’s plans as I intend to continue to align with the evolving state protocol. I want to reiterate what guides our decision-making: what is best for the health and well-being of our employees and students.  

    View Gov. Pritzker’s five-phase plan for reopening for more information.

  • April 30

    Updated April 30, 2020 at 7:05 pm.

    During its virtual meeting on April 29, the JJC Board of Trustees approved a recommendation to waive summer course fees and summer lab fees for courses with a lab component being conducted entirely online. These fee waivers apply to the summer 2020 semester sessions only. Technology, student service, and capital assessment fees per credit hour still apply. 

    This decision follows the college’s announcement earlier in April to continue to offer courses online only during the summer semester amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • April 23

    Updated April 23, 2020 at 6:54 pm.

    With Gov. Pritzker’s new announcement extending the state’s shelter in place order through May 30, it was important for me to provide a brief update on college operations and future planning.

    Please note that the extension of the shelter in place order DOES NOT change our current operational plans, which include:

    • Campus facilities remain closed
    • All classes through spring and summer sessions are online
    • All student support services will remain online
    • Check the JJC website and/or social media channels like Facebook and Instagram for a list of updated virtual activities

    As an additional note we have made the decision to cancel college events through July 30.

    I also want to share that the Cabinet and I are having extensive and challenging conversations about how these continued closures impact the college’s budget and financial health in both the short term and long term. Considering the potential of declines in enrollment and state funding, we are discussing a variety of scenarios to ensure the college survives this pandemic with the least amount of impact possible to employees and students. We will provide new information after April 30, after the Board of Trustees workshop meeting, which will address budget information and the consideration of course fees for the summer session.

    The college has been allocated to receive roughly $5.5 million from the federal stimulus act supporting education, the CARES Act, and half of that money is required to support students directly. We are working through how the college will process and track those dollars, per requirements of the act. While we do not anticipate this funding to serve as a single lifeline, we know it will help our efforts and we will continue to do our part to be financially responsible in these incredibly challenging times.

    I wish you and your families health and well-being. Please stay safe, and thank you so much for your support of JJC.

    Judy Mitchell, Ed.D.

    President

    Joliet Junior College

  • April 9

    Updated April 9, 2020 at 5:06 pm.

    I hope this message finds you well.  It was important for me to share two major updates with you this evening:

    1. The May commencement ceremony will be rescheduled to a date in August; however, we will continue to monitor the pandemic to determine a final date. As a leadership team, we believe the ceremony is an important and meaningful experience for our students, especially after all of the hard work they put into the completion of their journey at JJC, and so we want to do our best to provide that for them in a safe environment.
    2. The Summer 2020 semester will be offered online only. Please continue to monitor the website for updates. For students and employees, continue to check your JJC emails for more detailed information and instruction.

     

    We are also on the verge of successfully completing our second week within our new online campus, so congratulations on all of the hours and effort you have put in to get here!

    As a reminder, our spring recess begins tomorrow, April 10. The college will “reopen” on Monday. I hope you all have time to relax, as it is important to maintain that balance.

    Thank you and take care,

     

    Judy Mitchell, Ed.D.

    President

    Joliet Junior College

  • April 1

    Updated April 1, 2020 at 12:22 pm.

    From JJC President Dr. Judy Mitchell

    The college received notification from an employee yesterday, March 31 that they are suspected to have the COVID-19 virus, as referenced in a note from their physician provided to the college. 

    The employee was last on campus March 20. Employees with potential exposure to this individual have already been notified, in compliance with CDC guidelines. The employee sought medical attention on March 30.

    As the number of COVID-19 cases increases exponentially across the state and globe, the college will now provide updates on our COVID-19 website only, with access to the number of cases we are tracking and have confirmed.  We will transition to this process by the end of the week.

    It is critical to maintain the privacy of these individuals, per HIPAA guidelines. We ask that you continue to abide by shelter in place mandates and social distancing techniques to support the health and well-being of our community. We continue to assess our actions and adapt them as this pandemic changes our environment and resources.

    Know that the college is working with diligence and compassion to provide access to information and support during this highly challenging time.

    Please take care and stay safe.

    Judy Mitchell, Ed.D.

    President

    Joliet Junior College

  • March 31

    Updated March 31, 2020 at 6:18 p.m.

    The college will continue to operate in an online capacity for the spring semester, aligning with Governor Pritzker’s new shelter in place mandate through April 30.

    This does not change operations as previously shared, meaning:

    - All courses and student support services continue to be offered in an online format through the end of the spring semester.

    - All events are canceled through April 30, including Fine Arts events through May.

    - Registration for summer 2020 and fall 2020 are occurring as planned.

    New information is as follows:

    - All college-sponsored travel is now banned through June 30.

    - A course voucher process for the spring 2020 semester has been finalized and will be communicated in detail separately via email to employees and students. The form will be available online April 6.  This email will communicate the options being provided to students who want to withdraw from a class that was converted to an online format.

    - The college continues to work with all high school districts to determine the process of completion for spring 2020 dual credit courses.

    We understand the complexity of challenges our campus community is experiencing. We employ 1,500 employees with thousands of students engaged with classes or activities. With COVID-19 rates rapidly increasing each day, limited exposure for essential employees and following the CDC and shelter in place mandates are imperative.

    Most critically, we are implementing all behaviors and resources available to us to keep our campus informed, safe, and healthy.

    That will always remain our first priority. The challenge for us is that we are a large institution, and regardless of the consistent updates and information we provide, unconfirmed and sometimes inaccurate information may be shared from other sources. We continue to do our best to mitigate that and ensure when we have accurate and confirmed information, it is publicly available.

    Please know we continue to take steps above and beyond CDC guidelines when we have had essential employees come to campus, and have consistently implemented CDC social distancing guidelines. We will continue to share information as we learn of confirmed cases. We also continue to follow our original protocol of directly alerting anyone potentially exposed on our campuses.

    As a reminder, we ask that our students and employees utilize the self-reporting process we have created so that we can manage this safely and effectively.  

  • March 24

    Updated March 24, 2020 at 8:04 p.m.

    We are ready to kick off online classes and support services starting the week of March 29! Classes will stay online through the remainder of the spring semester.

    Students will hear from their professors March 24-27 regarding the start of their classes.

    Remember, due to the pandemic, all classes have been moved to an online format so students should check their emails and iCampus for specific information from instructors.

    We know this may be a challenging transition, so we are encouraging all students to check their JJC emails for another message this week from the Student Development team that will outline how to access resources online. We will also continue to offer regularly available services, like tutoring, online to support student success.

    For our employees: as we have communicated via email, we are following the state mandate to shelter in place through April 7, meaning you will continue to work remotely as needed. Each day, we make operations assessments based on the state’s guidance, along with the Illinois Community College Board and related entities.

    We have expanded our web chat capabilities as well, so please feel free to ask questions there. You should see the chat box on this advisory page, the jjc.edu homepage, and others. We are here to help!

  • March 20

    Updated March 20, 2020 at 7:50 p.m.

    From JJC President Dr. Judy Mitchell:

    Here are the latest updates we have to share with you today:

    JJC COVID-19 Case

    All students, faculty and staff who may have interacted with the student who tested positive for COVID-19 have been contacted.

    The cleaning of the A through U Buildings will be completed tonight by 10 p.m.

    Employees needing access for work-essential materials MARCH 21 only

    Due to Gov. Pritzker’s executive order in effect tomorrow at 5 p.m., we will open the Main Campus, City Center Campus, and Romeoville Campus for a limited time TOMORROW, March 21, for any employees needing to retrieve WORK ESSENTIAL items such as files and technology.

    MAIN CAMPUS

    Employees coming to Main Campus are required to check in at Police Dispatch in the G-Building, and provide their employee ID or state identification to enter. Due to the large size of this campus, we are enforcing the following requirements:

    To support the critical action of social distancing, we are highly recommending that:

    • Employees with last names beginning with A-M arrive between 9 and 11 a.m.
    • Employees with last names beginning with N-Z arrive between   11 a.m. and 1 p.m.     

    All employees will be allowed a maximum of 30 minutes to gather their items and depart.

    ROMEOVILLE CAMPUS

    Employees may retrieve materials between 9 and 10:30 a.m.

    Employees will be allowed a maximum of 30 minutes to gather their items and depart.

    CITY CENTER CAMPUS

    Employees may retrieve materials between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

    Employees will be allowed a maximum of 30 minutes to gather their items and depart.

    We ask again that those coming to campus continue the practices we have outlined from the CDC, including handwashing and social distancing of 6 feet.

    If you are not feeling well, we ask that you stay home and email your Cabinet member immediately to work out an alternative plan to retrieve your items.

    Support

    As a reminder, JJC offers an Employee Assistance Program through ComPsych which offers up to 6 free counseling sessions. To speak with a counselor or schedule an appointments, employees can call (833)-962-0004 and find more information at guidanceresources.com. This service is strictly confidential and available to you and your household family members!  You have 24/7 access to a GuidanceConsultantSM to set up an appointment to speak with the counselor over the phone or schedule a face-toface visit. Download the GuidanceNowSM app (Web ID: JJCEAP).

    Next Week

    Per the information outlined in Governor Pritzker’s press conference, the college will identify essential workers, mostly within the IT, payroll, and security functions to maintain basic operation.

    As a Cabinet, we continue to meet consistently, and will be prepared to offer consistent updates as we enter next week. Thank you for your support of your colleagues, students, and the community in this time of extreme challenge. I know we will come out from the other side stronger and better for it.

    Judy Mitchell, Ed.D.

    President

    Joliet Junior College

  • March 19

    Updated March 19, 2020 at 5:41 p.m.

    From JJC President Dr. Judy Mitchell:

    I understand having access to latest information during this time is essential. Know that we are working diligently to share confirmed information with you when we receive it.

    Most importantly, I want to encourage all of you to engage in patience, understanding, and empathy for one another as we navigate this unprecedented and challenging moment in our history.

    Here is what I think will guide us through. Do what you can to support one another, and to ask for help when you need it. That is truly the JJC way, and it is fundamentally part of who we are as a campus and as a community.

    Please keep those thoughts in mind, and I hope they provide comfort.

    As of today, I have several important updates to share:

    Confirmed COVID-19 Case Update

    We have confirmed today that the student who tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday is a student taking classes on the Main Campus.

    We are in the process of notifying students, faculty and staff who might have been in contact with him. We are currently pursuing having the Main Campus buildings—A through U Buildings—undergo a deep clean. We believe this more comprehensive approach is the best solution for our campus community, and is aligned with CDC guidelines.

    March 15 Herald-News story

    I sent an email to you March 15 regarding a Herald-News story about JJC employees preemptively sent home due to COVID-19 concerns March 13. This is to inform you that the original individual who was tested, the girlfriend of an employee, has received a negative test result. We are relieved for all involved for their families. 

    Your collective health and well-being is so important. I urge you to continue engaging in safe practices including social distancing, washing your hands frequently, and staying home to ensure your health and the health of others.

    We will continue to share information openly and when we receive it.

    Judy Mitchell, Ed.D.

    President

    Joliet Junior College

  • March 18

    Updated March 18, 2020 at 9:57 p.m.

    Confirmed positive COVID-19 test of JJC student. 

    From JJC President Dr. Judy Mitchell:

    Less than one hour ago, we learned one JJC student tested positive for COVID-19. This student self-identified after being released from a Cook County hospital and testing positive for the virus. Due to HIPAA regulations and the medical investigation now being conducted to trace this individual’s activities, this is all I can share at this time. He was last on campus March 5 and is currently under quarantine at home.

    EMPLOYEES: Please do NOT come to campus until further notice. While we planned to open briefly tomorrow and Friday to let faculty and staff retrieve items from their offices to continue conducting work remotely, due to this new information, you will not be allowed to enter.

    This is a critical time, and I cannot emphasize enough that we need to take this seriously and act responsibly. Please continue to follow public health regulations outlined by our state, federal government, and the CDC.

    We will contact the county health department in the morning when they open for specific protocol, but I wanted to let you know as soon as I could what has occurred.

    I am sure you have many questions. Please know we still do not have many answers yet, only that this student has self-identified as testing positive for this virus. We will continue to keep you informed as we learn more. I am certain with the exponential increase of cases identified across the state and country each day, we will need to adapt our college operations accordingly.

    Please stay safe and healthy.

    Judy Mitchell, Ed.D.

    President

    Joliet Junior College

  • March 17

    Updated March 17, 2020

    From JJC President Dr. Judy Mitchell:

    Dear JJC students,  

    I know you have a lot of questions and concerns. It’s ok for you to feel overwhelmed as we navigate this—we are feeling overwhelmed too. But trust that we are working consistently to ensure that you are supported through this. 

    Here is what we can share with you today:  

    Now through March 28: you are on extended spring break. This means no in-person or online class interaction during this time.  

    - All spring classes will be completed online through the rest of the semester.  

    - During this time, faculty are preparing coursework to move completely online.    

    March 24 – March 27: You will hear from your instructors via JJC email or Canvas messaging regarding more details on your classes. 

    **We are aware there are a small and unique set of classes which cannot be delivered online. The college is evaluating this list and will determine how to move forward with these classes soon.  

    We know how important it is for you to continue your academic progress aligned with support services like advising, career services, disability services, financial aid, tutoring and other assistance. We are working diligently to prepare online services that uphold our commitment to student success:   

    Spring Flex Start Classes 

    - If you registered for a Flex Start class, starting the Week of March 16, 2020, the class will be pushed back to accommodate the new start date (to be determined) and required course attendance. 

    Financial Aid 

    - Financial Aid Self-Service is available 24/7. Access through the my.jjc.edu Self-Service menu.  

    - If you need to submit documents or have a question, email finaid@jjc.edu. Be sure to encrypt any email that contains documents with personally identifiable information, such as SSN, birthdate, etc. 

    - Online chat is available at jjc.edu/financialaid.     

    - Financial Aid Disbursements: 

    - 16-week classes and Flex Start classes that already began: financial aid disbursements will process as previously scheduled with refund checks being mailed within 14 days of disbursement. 

    - Flex Start classes beginning after March 28: loan disbursements will be pushed back to accommodate the new start date (to be determined) and required course attendance. 

    Scholarships 

    - The JJC Scholarship application is available until May 1 to apply for Fall 2020 scholarships. If there is a question about current scholarships please email Patty Osborne at Posborne@jjc.edu.  

    - Visit https://www.jjc.edu/getting-started/pay-college/scholarships for more information about scholarships. 
     

    Student mental health and wellness 

    - Resources in your myJJC portal:  

    https://my.jjc.edu/student-services/student-wellness/Pages/mental-health.aspx 

    https://my.jjc.edu/student-services/student-wellness/Pages/college-student-wellness.aspx 

    - Mental Health Online Chat: Need others to chat with, try our 7 Cups of Tea online chat support at https://www.7cups.com/p/jjc/.  The password is “JJC”. 

    - Mental Health Emergency: In case of a mental health emergency please call Will County Crisis Line at 815-722-3344 or call 911. 

    - Access to local food pantries: visit https://arcg.is/1uiXCi.  
     

    Student accounts and payments 

    - Students courses will not be dropped due to non-payment at this time. 

    - Students can use their credit cards, e-checks, prepaid cards for payments. 

    - You can view all financial account, make payments, obtain 1098T tax form, and print account statements & receipts via https://my.jjc.edu.  

    Registration

    - Summer registration is open and available. Students may continue to register online using the myJJC Portal, https://my.jjc.edu, which is available 24 hours, 7 days a week.  

    - Other resources: 

    - Comcast Announces Comprehensive COVID-19 Response to Help Keep Americans Connected to the Internet: https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19 

    For specific department information, we will be accessible via email: 

    - Advising – AcademicAdvising@jjc.edu  

    - Career Services – Careers@jjc.edu  

    - Disability Services – DisabilityServices@jjc.edu  

    - Financial Aid – FinAid@jjc.edu 

    - Registration – wwwreg@jjc.edu 

    - Romeoville Campus – RomeovilleCampus@jjc.edu 

    - Student Wellness – MentalHealthServices@jjc.edu  

    - Testing Services – TestingServices@jjc.edu 

    - Tutoring and Learning Center – Tutoring@jjc.edu 

    - University Partnerships – UniversityPartnerships@jjc.edu  

    - Veterans – VeteransBenefits@jjc.edu  

     

    As a reminder, please continue to check your JJC email regularly for updates from your instructor(s) and other JJC staff who are here to provide you with support. 

    Stay safe and healthy.  

    Judy Mitchell, Ed.D.

    President

    Joliet Junior College

  • March 16

    Updated March 16, 2020

    The college leadership team continues to diligently address the COVID-19 pandemic and how it impacts our campus community, establishing plans to support all college operations.

    Today, we began engaging employees on an as-needed basis to work on alternative operations plans for the spring semester, including transitioning many classes to an online format starting after March 28. We will share more information as it becomes available and finalized.

    This work will continue through March 28 with limited on-campus activities and remote work with faculty and staff.

    We know there are many questions, and are working to develop answers and solutions, based on the information we have. The challenge remains that this is a rapidly evolving situation, and we are constantly adapting to external factors that influence our decisions. 

    We appreciate your patience as we navigate this pandemic. Here is what we can share so far:

    FOR STUDENTS

    - We have suspended drop for non-payment

    - We are aware of Financial Aid deadlines and obligations and will communicate with students as soon as we know more  

    - The college intends to offer online learning where applicable and other alternate options after March 28, barring any major announcements/mandates from the state or federal level

    - All NJCAA sports have been canceled for the spring, which includes baseball and softball.

    Please regularly check your student emails—you will receive student-specific updates from the college.

    FOR EMPLOYEES

    - If activated to come to campus now through March 28, you will need to enter the Main Campus at either two locations below:

    • A-Building main doors
    • G-Building doors

    - To enter campus, you will need your employee ID or state ID

    - HR will email information to employees directly regarding pay and using Web Time Entry, if applicable.

    - All employment searches postponed until the college reopens. If you have already scheduled interviews, please cancel them immediately. Once the college reopens, HR will send further information clearing all searches to resume.

    - All vendor payments are temporarily suspended until further notice

    - Mail service starts March 17: employees activated to come to campus may pick up mail for their department from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Monday through Friday in the Main Campus mailroom, located in room J-1012.

    - The receiving dock will be open to receive critical deliveries daily, starting March 17.

    - The Advancement team is communicating with participants regarding the cancelation of Wandering Feast and Night of Stars.

    Employees are required to check their JJC email regularly for additional instructions during this time.

    GENERAL SWITCHBOARD: The college will open its general phone switchboard starting March 17 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Keep in mind we are still working to finalize alternative operations, so there may not be an answer to your question yet. Thank you for your patience.

    PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEES: All employment searches postponed until the college reopens.

    Please direct other questions to their respective areas:

    Academic Affairs rfletch@jjc.edu

    Student Development yfarmer@jjc.edu

    Administrative Services rgalick@jjc.edu

    Human Resources hr@jjc.edu

    Information Technology jserr@jjc.edu

    Communications/Marketing krohder@jjc.edu

    Institutional Advancement/JJC Foundation kmulvey@jjc.edu

  • March 15

    Updated March 15, 2020

    As a result of Gov. Pritzker’s mandate to close schools and other entities, JJC will close through March 28.  

    Employees will be engaged on an as-needed basis during this time to finalize an alternative delivery and operations model for the spring semester.

    Employees are required to check their JJC email regularly for additional instructions during this time period.

    Despite the uncertainties that come with this unprecedented time, please know we are making each and every decision carefully. Our actions have been in line with the recommendations and guidance of the CDC and the Governor’s Office.

    Most importantly, our first priority is to ensure the health, well-being, and safety of our campus community. In addition to careful consideration of all factors, we are working to make preemptive decisions when we can, and we appreciate your patience during this time.

    As a reminder, other operational changes past March 28 include:

    • All internally and externally hosted events through April 30 are canceled.
    • All domestic and international travel is suspended until further notice.

    Please continue to check this page for additional updates throughout this period.

  • March 12

    Updated March 12, 2020

    Joliet Junior College will extend its current spring break for STUDENTS effective March 14-21. All classes, including online classes, are canceled and services will not be available.

    Employees should report to work as usual. You will receive specific direction from your Cabinet member to discuss operations and services as we go through this period. The college is scheduled to receive guidance from the Illinois Community College Board, in line with Gov. Pritzker’s public health guidelines and mandates, on how to move forward after this time period.

    Other operational changes include:

    • All internally and externally hosted events through April 30 are canceled.
    • All domestic and international travel is suspended until further notice.

     The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have advisories cautioning against travel to level 3 mainland China, South Korea, Iran, and many countries in mainland Europe. [Visit the CDC website for details].

    If you or someone you live with are returning from the countries identified by the CDC as Level 3 the college is requiring that you do not return to campus for 14 days from the date of your or their return even if you are symptom-free, in accordance with public health recommendations.

    For students that need to self-quarantine, we request that you contact the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities at 815-280-2761 or deanofstudents@jjc.edu.

    For employees that need to self-quarantine, please contact Human Resources at or 815-280-2266 or hr@jjc.edu.

    This is an extraordinary circumstance and we are making each and every decision carefully and in line with the recommendations and guidance of the CDC and the Governor’s Office.

    Our first priority is to ensure the health, well-being, and safety of our campus community. We will continue to monitor this diligently, making preemptive decisions as needed.

    We still encourage you to evaluate your personal travel plans in light of the CDC advisories, and continue to follow all health precautions previously shared, including:

    • STAY HOME if you are feeling sick;
    • washing your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds;
    • avoid touching your face;
    • cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces;
    • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

    This message is meant to be proactive, make information easily accessible, and to affirm our vigilance and planning related to this issue.

    We will continue to communicate via email and through the dedicated COVID-19 website, accessible from the college homepage.

  • March 11

    Updated March 11, 2020

    This is to affirm college leadership is meeting daily, and sometimes more than once a day, to monitor and assess our options. We are taking all aspects of college operation into account, including credit and non-credit classes, student services and resources, internal and external community events, and more. The impact of any decision is extensive and so it is important to understand all potential outcomes prior to making a determination each day.

    Please know we are aware of the many questions and concerns that continue to circulate about the COVID-19 outbreak, health risks, and potential change to college operations.  This evening, I also informed the Board of Trustees regarding our current status.

    We will continue to provide updates through jjc.edu, email, or the JJC Alert system, if necessary. We remain committed to keeping you informed. Any action or communication taken is done with caution, care, and the best of intentions for our community.

    While we are using and working with various sources of information to make determinations, we continue to recommend using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, which provides consistent, global and domestic updates and it provides and unbiased source of information. A few key links are below:

    CDC

    CDC Situation Summary (updated daily as it becomes available)

    CDC Risk Assessment

    Cases in the U.S.

    State of Illinois

    Illinois Department of Public Health/Governor’s Office updates

    We anticipate this to continue for some time, and encourage you all to be health-conscious, safe, and patient as the country and the world work to find solutions and facilitate assistance.

  • March 9

    Updated March 9, 2020

    International Travel Suspended

    The college is committed to providing you with updates on the evolving COVID-19 outbreak and decisions made that could impact activities or operations. Please note that as of March 9, 2020, Joliet Junior College is formally suspending college-sponsored international travel. We will continue to monitor college-sponsored domestic travel, though at this time, there are no changes to these activities.

    Thank you for your collaboration to support a healthy campus environment for all. We will continue to provide updates on this page.

  • March 6

    Updated March 6, 2020

    As we head into spring break week March 9 – 13, we want to provide an update regarding how the college is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and current travel advisories.

    Due to the volume of travel that occurs during a break week, please be aware of the following:

    • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have advisories cautioning against travel to mainland China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy.
    • If you or someone you live with are returning from the countries identified by the CDC as Level 3 (currently China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran), the college is requiring that you do not return to campus for 14 days from the date of your or their return even if you are symptom-free, in accordance with public health recommendations.
    • For students that need to self-quarantine, we request that you contact the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities at 815-280-2761 or deanofstudents@jjc.edu.
    • For employees that need to self-quarantine, please contact Human Resources at or 815-280-2266 or hr@jjc.edu.

    Due to the current low level of domestic exposure and the current global advisories, the college will need to treat these on a case-by-case basis.

    Over break, we will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates to the campus community. We encourage you to evaluate your personal travel plans in light of the CDC advisories, and continue to follow all health precautions previously shared, including:

    • washing your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds;
    • avoid touching your face;
    • stay home if you are sick;
    • cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces;
    • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

    While there are no current recommendations for restricted travel within the United States, this could change due to the rapidly evolving nature of the outbreak.

    Please know our first priority continues to be the health and safety of our campus. This message is meant to be proactive, make information easily accessible, and to affirm our vigilance and planning related to this issue.

    We will continue to communicate via email and through the dedicated COVID-19 website, accessible from the college homepage.

  • March 4

    Updated March 4, 2020

    While the health risk associated with COVID-19 or coronavirus continues to evolve, please know that we are monitoring this issue and are prepared to work alongside public health officials to take action as needed. 

    While it is important for us to prepare contingencies for a potential outbreak, as many organizations, communities, and hospitals are, please note there are currently no confirmed cases of any infected JJC students or employees. Public health officials from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have reiterated that the risk to the public remains low. All JJC classes, events and activities will continue as normal.

    Here is a list of completed or ongoing activity: 

    • The college has had a proactive and extensive cleaning and sanitation process in place since January. 
    • The college’s leadership and emergency response team has been in contact with the Will County Public Health Department, the Illinois Community College Board, and other related organizations about contingency plans if our college operations are impacted.
    • Upcoming plans and protocols for students and employees traveling abroad are continuing to be assessed as the issue evolves, and our International Student Services Office is engaged in that process.

    The safety of our campus community is important. Know that we are actively addressing these issues and that we are committed to keeping you informed. Please keep in mind:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Make sure your disinfectant is EPA-approved and carefully read label of cleaning product and follow recommendations provided on product label.

    Please use information below from the CDC to support your awareness and education:

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    What You Should Know: