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Bradley University said a COVID-19 outbreak among 12 students was traced back to a small, off-campus gathering where no mask-wearing or social distancing happened.

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Concerns over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic are leading college sports associations to delay or cancel the start of their fall 2020 sports seasons.


Update 3:30 p.m.| Bradley University is confirming a COVID-19 outbreak involving members of its campus orientation program.


Bradley University now says non-faculty staff should continue working from home after the targeted Aug. 17 "Return to Campus" date if they are able to do so.

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Bradley University is moving forward with a plan meant to improve diversity and inclusion on campus in response to national conversations about racism and social injustice.

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Bradley University President Stephen Standifird said new rules from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requiring international students to take in-person classes to remain in the country won't affect Bradley students, but are still of "serious concern."

Bradley University's "Return to Campus" plan will include a weekly round of COVID-19 surveillance testing among a sampling of students, faculty, and staff.

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Dozens of Bradley University student athletes staged a peaceful demonstration Tuesday night, protesting racial injustice and inequality.

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Bradley University President Stephen Standifird is apologizing and announcing changes after a statement he issued earlier this week regarding recent tensions and unrest drew backlash from the university's black community.

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Quarantine means people have a lot of time on their hands — and many are spending it with a phone, computer, or TV screen. But what kind of media and how much you consume during the COVID-19 pandemic can take a big toll on your mental health.

Bradley University is offering buyouts to all full-time employees in an effort to trim costs as the institution faces a grim upcoming year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The novel coronavirus may have lasting effects on consumer habits and employee job expectations even after social distancing guidelines have eased.


Bradley University President Stephen Standifird is appointing a "Return to Campus" team to prepare for probable scenarios in the upcoming school year.


Bradley University students will be back on the Hilltop for fall classes.

For recent college graduates, trying to enter the job market during the COVID-19 pandemic is a daunting task. But Jon Neidy, executive director of Bradley University's Smith Career Center, says there are reasons to be optimistic.

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Bradley University will celebrate May 2020 graduates – both this month and in December. 


It looked like 2020 was going to be the year for "a really good job market" for U.S. college seniors, according to one college career counselor. Then COVID-19 hit.

Bradley University is eligible for up to $4.2 million in financial help through the federal CARES Act. But there's still a lot of uncertainty on when and how that money may benefit the institution and its students.

Bradley University President Gary Roberts said the institution is preparing to potentially slash operating expenses by 25 percent, or $40 million, as the COVID-19 pandemic deals a blow to the already financially-struggling school.

Virus Brings Online Classes Into Focus

Apr 4, 2020

In an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, colleges across the country including Bradley University and Illinois Central College have moved to online classes allowing students to continue their education from home.


Bradley University students have returned from spring break. But for the rest of the semester their classes will take place online.


A Bradley University student enrolled in the Semester Abroad program has tested positive for COVID-19.

Bradley University students will not be returning to class after spring break. 

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Bradley University is taking additional measures as part of its COVID-19 response. 

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Bradley University has named Stephen Standifird as its 12th president.

UPDATE: Bradley University has joined the long list of Illinois colleges and universities moving to on-line instruction. As with ISU, Bradley is extending spring break by a week and resuming instruction through distance learning March 30 through April 12.

The university recommends students return to their home address after March 14. There will be limited food service for students who have difficulty going home. Health services will remain open. Bradley operations and faculty and staff will continue to work as under regular conditions.

A hotline to address any campus inquiries will be available starting March 16: (309)677-1111.

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 NCAA President Mark Emmert says NCAA Division I basketball tournament games will be played without fans in the arenas because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus.

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Design concepts for a proposed privately-owned 5-story luxury student housing complex across the street from Bradley University were unveiled to the public Monday. 

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Darrell Brown scored 21 points and Elijah Childs added 17 to lead fourth-seeded Bradley to its 10th NCAA Tournament with an 80-66 win over seventh-seeded Valparaiso in the Missouri Valley Conference championship game on Sunday.

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A former star Bradley baseball pitcher was the pilot in Tuesday's fatal plane crash near Lincoln.