U of I suspending summer events and camps

Chancellor Robert J. Jones announced Monday via massmail that the University will be suspending all summer camps and summer events that have been scheduled.

The announcement affects all camps that had been scheduled from now to July 10. Illinois Extension expanded on this and canceled all of their camps from now to July 31.

The status of any camps that were scheduled to begin after the aforementioned dates will be announced at a later date, though as of this writing, it is not known when this announcement will occur.

For the University, camps are defined as “organized daily or residential recreational, academic or athletic offerings on campus or sponsored by the university, at any location.”

The decision on camps was made because they take a lot of time to plan, and the university determined that there was no more time left to wait to see how the COVID-19 situation changes.

Summer events do not take as significant a toll, as all events are cancelled up to May 16, though events can only occur if the state expires its stay-at-home order, meaning it may take longer than May 16 for events to occur again.

If the order is lifted after May 16 however, events will be able to occur, though they will be mandated to comply with any limitations the state puts, such as those that limit the sizes of crowds, should the state enable such limitations.

Summer events are defined as “organized activities sponsored by the university and/or held in university facilities that involve gatherings of small to large groups of people.”

This decision comes after the University announced that summer classes would be held remotely, and that commencement would be cancelled.

Registration for summer classes opens April 20, however, additional information regarding changes to summer research programs, travel, housing, remote work protocols have yet to be announced.

Commencement was cancelled March 17 for all three University of Illinois schools amid the on-going COVID-19 crisis. The class of 2020 will be getting their diplomas mailed, though each university is still trying to think of a way to celebrate the class of 2020.

Any questions regarding affected camps or events are to be referred to the camps’ organizers or the events’ hosting venue.

Photo courtesy of Illinois News Bureau and Joyce Seay-Knoblauch

Jose Zepeda

Jose Zepeda is a senior at the University of Illinois majoring in journalism and minoring in political science. He is now on his third year with Good Morning Illini, previously serving as director, reporter and crew member. He is also currently a digital intern for WILL, the NPR- and PBS- affiliate in Urbana and vice-president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists University of Illinois chapter. He also has his own podcast with fellow GMI-er Angelle Cortes called Just Chillin’. He brings previous experience as a features intern at The News-Gazette and as a daytime news editor at The Daily Illini. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @JoseZepedaTV.