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COVID-19 update

Face Coverings
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker recently announced a school mask mandate. For this reason, the university will require all to wear face coverings indoors. Faculty will not wear masks while teaching, but will maintain safe distances from students throughout class time.

Surveillance Testing
AU will be conducting weekly random surveillance testing — using BinaxNOW, a rapid antigen test from Abbott Labs — among all students and employees. Should a student be selected for surveillance testing at some point during the year, he/she will be given instructions in terms of how, when, and where to participate. Surveillance testing will be conducted on campus with a self-administered nasal swab. Students and employees who are randomly selected will be expected to participate. Refusal to participate would be considered a violation of AU's Code of Conduct.

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Campus safety remains a top priority

The safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and guests are the highest priorities of Aurora University. The following is an overview of our safety and emergency preparedness efforts.

AU Notifications
AU maintains an emergency messaging system that will notify users of severe weather or other emergency situations affecting our campuses. Notifications will be sent via email and text message, and also be posted on AU students, faculty, and staff are automatically enrolled for emergency notifications.

Parents can sign up here:

AU Tip Line
AU has an anonymous tip line for reporting crime or suspicious activity. To text in an anonymous crime tip, send a text message to 67283 containing AUCTip and your message. Your tip must begin with AUCTip. Campus Public Safety will receive your tip and respond.

Code Blue Emergency Phone System
Code Blue emergency call boxes are located across campus. Calls go directly to Campus Public Safety dispatch with the push of a button. There are 10 emergency call boxes on campus, in addition to eight in the parking garage and two at Spartan Athletic Park.

“Run. Hide. Fight.”
In the event of an active shooter or hostile intruder on campus, AU has adopted the “Run. Hide. Fight.” protocol. “Run. Hide. Fight.” is the leading protocol followed across college campuses and is endorsed by both local and federal law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “Run. Hide. Fight.” provides clear, actionable steps:

» RUN and escape if there is a clear path. 
» HIDE and shelter-in-place if you cannot escape. 
» FIGHT as a last resort.

More information about the “Run. Hide. Fight.” protocol is available on the AU website.

Student ID cards and on-campus parking

ID Cards
ID cards are issued initially to all new students. Once the ID cards are issued, they are valid each term the student is enrolled. ID cards are necessary to obtain a parking permit, check out books from the library, use at campus dining locations, cash a check, access FERPA-protected information, and do a host of other things on campus.

During the school year, photo IDs can be made at the Hill Welcome Center at 1315 Prairie St. between the hours of 8 a.m.–5 p.m., or at Campus Public Safety at 1501 Southlawn Pl. after hours.

Parking Permits
We encourage all students to use the free parking lots and garage located on campus. Parking a vehicle on campus means it will be in a location that is monitored by CPS staff. By parking a vehicle in the garage, it will also be protected from inclement weather conditions such as hail, rain, and snow.

All vehicles that utilize parking areas on campus must be registered with CPS and display an AU parking permit, which remains valid throughout a student’s time of attendance at AU. The permit should remain affixed to the vehicle’s windshield. If a student’s vehicle does not currently display a valid parking permit, he/she must register the car with CPS to be issued a valid parking permit. All AU parking lots are restricted to “permit only” vehicles. New or replacement permits are available all day, 7 days a week, in the CPS office located at 1501 Southlawn Pl.

Campus Public Safety update

CPS will soon be moving to its new office located at 1405 Prarie St. The new office is built into the parking garage, which will soon be equipped with cameras allowing CPS to engage in 24/7 surveillance of the garage.

CPS is on Facebook and Instagram. Follow along for safety tips, campus updates, and events information.

Emergency Phone Number
ext. 555 (university phone)
630-844-5450 (non-emergency phone)

Non-Emergency Phone Number
ext. 6140 (university phone)
630-844-6140 (non-emergency phone)

If you have any questions for Campus Public Safety, please contact John McIvor, chief of police, at 630-844-3830 or

Parent Q&A session with President Sherrick

Students and parents have a lot to navigate as the transition to college begins. This includes familiarizing yourselves with the university’s policies and procedures and understanding the campus resources available to ensure an overall positive college experience. It is also important that faculty and staff recognize your expectations.

Please join President Sherrick for a face-to-face Q&A session the first day of Welcome Weekend, Thursday, August 19. The hour-long sessions will take place at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and noon, in Tapper Recital Hall in the Hill Welcome Center (on the southeast corner of campus at 1315 Prairie St.). Registration is not required. For those who have questions but are unable to attend, you are welcome to contact Dr. Sherrick at or 630-844-5475.

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