Roosevelt University – Breaking news recap

President Ali Malekzadeh diagnosed with COVID-19

by Reyna Estrada / Editor-in-Chief

Ali Malekzadeh has been president of Roosevelt University since 2015. Photo courtesy of Roosevelt.edu

Roosevelt University’s President, Ali Malekzadeh, announced early Monday morning that he has been officially diagnosed with COVID-19. 

The announcement came in the form of an email to the Roosevelt community at approximately 10 a.m. 

“I am writing to let you know that on Sunday, Nov.1, I was officially diagnosed with COVID-19. On Wednesday last week, I began to experience mild flu-like symptoms — fatigue, chills and sinus congestion,” President Malekzadeh said. 

According to the email announcement, President Malekzadeh is currently not experiencing any breathing problems or loss of taste and smell. President Malekzadeh stated that the contact source is currently undetermined. 

“I have been quarantined and have had absolutely no contact with anyone for over a month, the exception being an occasional trip to the grocery store,” Malekzadeh said. 

He also noted that his last time visiting Roosevelt’s University’s campus was on Oct.24 2020, but he said that he had no contact with anybody within the building. 

Going forward, President Malekzadeh said that he is currently self-isolating and will continue to do so and will refrain from visiting campus until his symptoms have cleared. 

According to information published on illinois.gov, the state of Illinois has placed new mitigations under the current recovery phase. According to the regional phase dashboard, Illinois has been divided into 11 different regions in regards to COVID-19 regulations. Currently, all eleven regions are in phase four of recovery, with new mitigations. 

These mitigations are the result of a resurgence of coronavirus cases in Illinois. These new restrictions include no indoor bar and restaurant seating, and guidelines for outdoor seating including mandatory closing by 11pm.  Additionally, social gatherings and events must be  limited to 25 people or less than 25 percent of room capacity.

As cases continue to rise, President Malekzadeh uses his illness as a reminder to the Roosevelt community to follow safety guidelines.  “I share this news with you as I want to be transparent about my health and reassure everyone that I have not exposed others. This virus is unpredictable, and I encourage everyone to continue following the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  protocols and those put in place on our campus. Please wear your mask, maintain social distancing and exercise caution to ensure minimal contact with others,” he said.

Chicago campus lockdown

by Jules Banks / Editor-in-Chief

Roosevelt’s revolving doors will be closed from Tuesday to Wednesday, possibly longer. Photo by Alejandro Cabello.

On Monday, Nov. 2, Roosevelt University’s Campus Safety sent out an email announcing that the revolving doors on the Wabash side of the Chicago Campus will be closed “in preparation for possible Election Day marches/rallies” in the area. 

The email stated that the doors will be out of service from Tuesday, Nov. 3 to Wednesday, Nov. 4. However, access may possibly be restricted further. According to Campus Safety, “in the event that Roosevelt has to further restrict access, the Wabash Building North ADA door will be the only entrance and exit to the University.” 

The South and North ADA doors will remain open and will be used as the main entrances and exits of the building.

According to Campus Safety, the Peoria, Schaumburg and Waukegan locations “should not be impacted” by the potential rallies and protests, and there has been no mention of restrictions to these campuses, but they are being closely monitored. 

This announcement came just over two months after both the Roosevelt University’s campus newsletter and the university’s office of the president released statements about city restrictions. On Aug. 10, the City of Chicago’s Emergency Operations Center announced that “to the downtown Chicago area would be temporarily restricted 8 p.m.–6 a.m.,” according to the newsletter. Previous restrictions had been centered around downtown-focused civil unrest.



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