EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Following the University of Evansville announcing in-class cancellations due to the coronavirus COVID-19, the University of Southern Indiana and Ivy Tech made similar announcements Thursday.
USI officially suspended face-to-face instruction until April 6 while Ivy Tech is delaying the start of all courses until March 23 and will only have virtual classes through April 5.
On Thursday afternoon, USI President Ronald Rochon released a statement outlining the school’s plans to move to online-only classes by March 23 and extend spring break to March 22 to prevent students’ exposure to the coronavirus.
“While there are no cases of the coronavirus COVID-19 on the USI campus, we know there are multiple confirmed cases in the state of Indiana, and we expect that there will be more in the near future. We continue to align our recommendations with, and follow guidelines from, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other city, state and federal agencies.”
Once coursework resumes March 23, Rochon said students will be directed to find their instructional informational through their online educational portal.
During the extended spring break and online instruction period, USI campus will remain open, and normal operations will continue. Faculty is encouraged to use this time to properly move courses online and prepare for remote instruction
Ivy Tech campuses and sites will remain open to provide student and business office assistance including the ability for students to meet with advisors, admissions and financial aid, use computers and access to faculty as needed.
Accommodations will be made for labs, clinicals and some technology courses to meet in groups of 10 or less if social distancing can be assured, according to a media release. Faculty and staff should plan to continue their work on campus/site.
International Student Travel
All international student travel has been suspended, and any trips approved by the International Student Travel Committee before March 10 have been canceled. Trip requests will only be considered if the departure date is on or after Aug. 1.
International Staff Travel
International staff travel, on behalf of representing the college, has been suspended. Pending travel that has already been approved is canceled.
New travel requests won’t be considered unless departure is on or after May 1.
Domestic Out of State Student Travel
All domestic, out of state student travel through the college is suspended, and trips approved by group leaders before March 10 have been canceled. New trip requests will be considered if the departure date is on or after May 10.
Domestic Out of State Employee Travel
Domestic employee travel, with the exception to states neighboring Indiana, has been suspended. Trips approved before March 10 are canceled, with new submissions only considered if the departure date is on or after May 1.
The community college provided additional information for students and faculty on its school website.
Students with access to a permanent residence off-campus are encouraged to stay there. University housing is also open to students wishing to return to their on-campus residence.
Residence hall and USI’s Community Center front desks will maintain spring break hours and staffing throughout the extended break and online period
USI Dining will offer meals for students, faculty and staff, and meal plans will be honored during the extended spring break and online instruction period. Food options and dining hours will be posted on the USI Dining website.
All university offices will be open. And USI student services, including the Dean of Students Office; David L. Rice Library; Recreation, Fitness and Wellness Center; Counseling Center; Disability Resources and University Health Center will also remain open with adjusted hours and services. Hours of operation will be updated on the USI website.
All USI-sponsored or university-led domestic and international air travel is suspended. Faculty or staff members who believe they have viable reasons to travel by air can request a waiver through a USI administrator.
USI strongly discourages personal international travel at this time. Anyone who travels to a Level 3 or above country will be subject to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-recommended self-quarantine guidelines for 14 days.
To minimize contact among large groups, all USI-sponsored events, including those hosted by registered student organizations, are suspended until April 5. Any events scheduled to be held on campus by outside organizations are also suspended through that date.
The university currently plans to host commencement, but a final decision will be made at a later date. Any events set beyond April 5 will remain unaffected.
Currently, USI Athletics championship season competitions will continue as scheduled and will be closely monitored by the USI Athletics Department and university leadership.
In line with a decision by the NCAA, attendance at games and events held on campus and other home venues will be limited to student-athletes and their immediate family members, coaches and essential staff.
USI Athletic teams will continue participating in away games and events, but they will be closely monitored by the USI Athletics Department, and all air travel to competitions is suspended through April 5. Any other changes will be communicated to student-athletes and coaches.
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