University says if you travel over fall break, don't come back this year

University of Illinois urging students who go home, to stay there until the spring semester
University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana
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CHAMPAIGN, IL (KMOX) - The University of Illinois will finish the fall semester with full remote classes. The university is also telling students who go home over Thanksgiving break to stay there until the Spring semester -- saying travel in and out of the Champaign-Urbana community would present a high risk of spreading the coronavirus.

Students who stay in town during the fall break are asked to participate in essential activities only.

The University of Illinois says since the beginning of the semester more than 1,000 students have faced discipline, including dismissal, for violations of COVID-19 policies.

Everyone on campus is requIred to test twice a week -- anyone identified as being at increased risk is required to test daily until the risk decreases.

Other colleges in the region St. Louis plan to switch to remote learning after the Thanksgiving break as students will finish their semesters virtually. Area campuses are seeing increases in COVID-19 cases, and officials hope to prevent further spread of the virus by turning to online instruction.

Among the area universities switching to remote learning after the holiday break are St. Louis University, SIU-Edwardsville, Harris-Stowe State University, Lindenwood University, Fontbonne University and Webster University.

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