Dear IU Southeast Faculty, Staff, and Students,
As you all are likely aware, President McRobbie just shared a letter to us all, outlining the plan for resuming instruction and education on all the campuses of Indiana University for the forthcoming fall and spring semesters. The plan is to welcome students back to all IU campuses, and instruction will be a blend of in-person and online.
As detailed in President McRobbie's letter, the 2020-21 academic year will run from Aug. 24 to May 9. The Fall Semester will run from Aug. 24 until Dec. 20. Classes may be in-person or online until Thanksgiving week (Nov. 20), when all in-person instruction will end. There will be no Fall Break. There will be a Winter Session, which will run from the end of the Thanksgiving week to Feb. 7 and will be entirely online. The Spring Semester will begin with online only instruction on Jan. 19 and then resume in-person instruction on Feb. 8. The semester will run to May 9 without a Spring break.
This schedule was developed with the health and safety of all the IU campuses in mind. Members of the IU Southeast campus community can be assured that, before students or employees are asked to return to campus, IU policies and protocols for health, safety and facilities readiness are being carefully followed. Indiana University is committed to fully supporting our health and safety, as well as the behavioral changes that COVID-19 requires of us all.
Faculty and staff, I know you are wondering what this means for you, at this time, almost everyone will continue to work from home during June and July unless otherwise instructed by their supervisor. All campuses are working on a phase-in approach to returning to campus.
As you know, we have developed and implemented the following IU Southeast Restart Planning Committees: Academic Instruction/Research Restart Committee; Support Service Restart Committee; Auxiliary Services Restart Committee; Health and Safety Restart Committee; and Athletics Restart Committee. These committees will meet during the first week of June, and they are working on the details of our specific campus calendar, adhering to the general guidelines described in the president's message. More information will be forthcoming.
This health crisis is constantly changing, so the exact guidelines for the fall semester will be finalized closer to the start of the semester.
Please check your email for further messages as plans are confirmed. As stated in the president's message, all information will continue to be updated at fall2020.iu.edu. Remember that Grenadiers are fighters, and together we will overcome whatever comes our way.
Dr. Ray Wallace