Message from the Chancellor

Most recent message from the Chancellor

August 27, 2020

Dear Grenadier Community,

Thanks to all of you, we are nearing the end of our first week of classes. Given the unprecedented times we are all in, I hope you feel as excited as I do about that milestone. It has been wonderful to see the activities around campus and welcome back our students, faculty and staff.

Today, I wish to inform you that Indiana University has begun mitigation testing as part of our COVID-19 testing and contact tracing program. What started this week on the Bloomington campus will expand to include IU Southeast faculty, staff, and students next week.

In order for our medical experts to assess the viral spread and identify hot spots, this testing will include up to 400 people per week from our campus. If you are selected for testing in a given week, you will receive notification via your IU email that asks you to schedule a COVID-19 test. We ask that you comply with this request as promptly as possible. The email you receive may come from a no-reply email address with a subject line of “You’ve Been Selected for COVID-19 Mitigation Testing”. Please respond to these emails, do not delete them.

For our campus, testing will occur by appointment at our IU Health Multipurpose Building (formerly the Children’s Learning Center) on the south end of our campus adjacent to the Evergreen East parking lot. Mitigation testing will be conducted using saliva samples and not require nasal swabs. We ask everyone tested to use the drive up testing and remain in their car. An exemption process is available for students, faculty and staff who will not come to campus at all this semester. A link to the criteria and form, which must be completed to determine exemption qualification, will be included in the testing email you receive.

Mitigation testing will continue throughout the semester, so you may be tested more than once throughout the fall. Please check your IU email often and watch for these testing email notifications. Questions? Visit IU’s fall 2020 website.

This is a challenging time for all of us. Please accept my sincere gratitude for all that you are doing to promote the safety and health of the IU Southeast community.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ray Wallace
Chancellor, IU Southeast

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August 24, 2020

Dear Grenadier Community,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome everyone back for the fall semester. While the semester may look a bit different this year, IU Southeast is committed to offering an outstanding educational experience while maintaining a safe environment for our students, faculty and staff. That’s not to say that we won’t have fun…we will.

Please take a few moments to view my welcome video.

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Greetings, Grenadier Community.

The fall semester has officially begun, and I’m so excited to see campus alive again.

It is an understatement to say that this year has presented unique challenges to everyone, but I feel that we are on the right path to making the upcoming semester a productive and positive learning experience. Remember, we will ALL get through this together as one IU.

To our students, I am proud of your resilience and determination. Familiarize yourselves with your class schedules and the different learning modalities, and don’t be afraid to ask questions if you are unsure about something. While you may not meet face-to-face with your professor or advisor, they are all available through Canvas, email, or by phone. Please reach out. We are here to help you.

To our faculty and staff, you are doing an outstanding job. You continue to demonstrate that we can rise to any occasion and thrive. The unwavering support from our campus community is inspiring. I know if we continue to show this level of perseverance and dedication, we will overcome any obstacles that we may face together. I know you will keep working hard to ensure our students have a great semester.

Remember, this health crisis is constantly changing. For the most up-to-date information about the IU Southeast campus, I encourage you to check our campus updates page.

Grenadiers, by our very definition, we are fighters. We will persevere. We will come back stronger than ever. We will be better, together as one IU. Go Grenadiers.

Grenadiers, we are in this together. We will make the best of these times and come out better for our efforts. We will work united, to overcome any obstacles and rise to any occasion. We are #IUSstrong.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ray Wallace
Chancellor, IU Southeast

July 24, 2020

You made it this far. KEEP GOING!

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Greetings Grenadiers,

Well, here we are, just five weeks away from the beginning of the fall semester. I don't know about you, but I am happy to be getting back on track by welcoming you back to campus.

COVID-19 will not stop IU Southeast from providing you with access to a high-quality education. We have changed some of our options for instruction in the wake of the pandemic to lessen risks, and for everyone's safety on-campus, classrooms will be socially distanced and everyone will be required to wear masks, but classes will resume.

These classes will be offered in a variety of methods including in-person, a combination of in-person and online and fully online. No matter the method of instruction, your professors have been busy innovating the classroom experience by finding ways to hold online debates, simulations, labs, and even fine arts preparation. There will still be robust interaction with other students and faculty through video conferencing, messaging and/or discussion boards.

Take a look at our course list for fall and please, get signed up. You've made it this far, so keep going!

The facts are indisputable: obtaining a college degree has never been more important. College degree recipients earn higher pay, have lower risks of unemployment, and they extend these benefits to their families and communities, who also achieve better economic and health outcomes.

Please remember that we're all in this together. If you have any questions about fall enrollment, don't hesitate to contact Student Central by email, which is listed on the screen, or by phone at 812-941-2100.

Fall classes begin on August 24th and I look forward to seeing you then.

Until then however, thank you and stay healthy. Go Grenadiers.

July 20, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

Today I’m pausing from updates on COVID-19 and fall restart to update you on some rather exciting news that’s been happening around campus while you’re away. Our facilities staff continues to be busy working to clean and prepare for the fall semester but they are also busy with our summer rehabilitation projects.

Parking Lot Makeover

Central and Dogwood parking lots are currently getting a face-lift that will feature improved storm water drainage system, new paving, and new planter islands that will contain trees. Not only will this give our campus a new look from Grant Line Road, it will reduce the heat island effect with more vegetation and reduce water run-off, making us a more sustainable campus. The work on the two parking lots should be completed around August 14th.

 

IU Southeast parking lot under construction.

History on Display

As part of the IU Bicentennial and IU Southeast’s upcoming 80th anniversary, a timeline of historic facts has been assembled in an attractive and educational display in the corridor of University Center between Horizon Radio and the Commons Food Court. Featuring photos and historical facts by decade for both Indiana University and our campus, the plans are to continue adding to our history over the coming decades. Many thanks to IU Southeast communications student, Calyb Bentley, for his research and curating of the factoids and to Jessie Zoll, Senior Multimedia Graphic Designer from the Office of Marketing & Communications for her expert design and supervision of the installation. 

 

IU Southeast History display on the wall in University Center

Affecting Change; Uniting Our Community

As IU Southeast continues our pledge to work with our peer education institutions in our region to affect change for our African-American students and alumni, I invite you to join a collaborative event on Thursday, July 23, 2020 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. The event is called “UNITED; Education. Diversity. Philanthropy”. Our very own Director of Staff Diversity and Equity, James Wilkerson, J.D. will assist in a panel discussion with educational leaders from Ivy Tech Community College and Greater Clark County Schools. Please register for the virtual panel discussion at Ticketbud. Through philanthropic support and constructive dialogue, we can take real and meaningful action toward achieving transformational change.

The campus is beautiful and preparations continue for our return to classes in late August. I look forward to welcoming each and every one of you back, along with our students, as we begin the fall semester. Please remember to sign your Community Responsibility Agreement and review our return to campus guidelines.

Cordially,

Dr. Ray Wallace
Chancellor

July 13, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

As we enter July and the second phase of operations, I want to take a moment to review where we are at and where we are going. 

In June, Indiana University VP of Human Resources, John Whelen, released a phased reentry timeline for restarting operations on each IU campus showing a visual depiction by month of our reopening process.  In addition, a restart guide was distributed, detailing the necessary steps for a safe resumption of teaching and campus life. Both of these documents are available on the Fall 2020 website.

For most of you, this second phase will bring no significant change to how you work or do your job.  However, there are a few points I would like to emphasize.

  • In consultation with and approval by your supervisor, if you can complete your work from home, please continue to do so. The easiest way to prevent the spread of the COVID -19 virus is to limit exposure.
  • If your job requires you to be on campus, please follow the necessary guidelines.
    • Wear a cloth mask, especially when in buildings and common areas where you are likely to be around other colleagues or students. You will be receiving two IU masks in the coming weeks.
    • Wash your hands frequently using CDC guidelines. When it is not feasible to wash your hands, please use hand sanitizer. New hand sanitizer stations have been set up across campus and provided to departments.
    • Keep your work area clean and disinfected. Cleaning and disinfecting materials will be provided. Our facilities staff will be focused on cleaning high touch areas where the public and campus population most frequent. Please keep your office or workstations disinfected as well using the materials provided.
    • Maintain good social and physical distancing. Please keep at least 6 feet between you and others.
    • Review and familiarize yourself with the other guidelines contained in the restart guide.
  • All events and conferences have been canceled unless held virtually. Visitors on campus are limited to outdoor visits only with prior approval. 
  • A new travel policy has been adopted requiring advanced approval for domestic travel from dean, Vice Chancellor, Executive Vice Chancellor, Chancellor or designee prior to travel plans being booked. Only essential travel is permitted. International travel is currently suspended with the exception of travel for humanitarian purposes related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please take the time, if you haven’t already, to review and sign the Community Responsibility Agreement. Everyone returning to campus will be required to complete the agreement, acknowledging the required measures being taken to protect our entire IU community.

As we approach August and phase three of reopening, more changes will occur. It is important for your safety and the safety of everyone on campus that we all follow the guidelines provided. No one wants our campus open and to see students attending classes more than me. But it is upon all of us to do this reopening right.

The fall semester is just around the corner and will begin on August 24th, with classes taught in a variety of modalities. My thanks to the entire faculty for their dedication and work to develop their courses in new and innovative ways, whether the classes are held in person, via hybrid methods or totally online. I am confident that our students will recognize the care with which the courses are presented and excel this next semester. Crucial work is taking place across campus to register new and returning students and encourage those not enrolled, to continue their momentum towards their future goals. We are all working together towards our student’s success and therefore the success of our university.

These have been challenging times for our campus and the entire IU system. But our campus is a community who supports one another and rises to every challenge.  I am confident that if we are flexible, creative and willing to contribute in new and different ways, we will get through these challenging times together.

Thank you,

Ray Wallace
Chancellor

May 28, 2020

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.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ray Wallace
Chancellor

April 16, 2020

Enroll in summer classes today!

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Greetings Grenadiers!

We are well into the third week of remote learning and I just want to reiterate how proud I am of you all.

I know you're just getting back into the swing of spring semester, but now summer registration is already underway. Be sure to continue your education by signing up for summer courses. We have over 600 summer course options here at IU Southeast and our faculty and staff are eager to assist you in any way possible.

Take a look at our course list for the summer. Whether you want to take on a core course or explore an elective, we are here to help you stay grounded, connected, and able to move forward during this unpredictable time. The summer sessions are great if you want to knock out a required course, take advantage of the shorter summer timeframe to try something new, or maintain or create new connections with faculty and classmates. Full summer and session 1 classes begin on May 12th.

Remember that we're all in this together. If you have any questions about summer enrollment don't hesitate to contact student central by email which is listed on the screen or by phone at (812)941-2100.

Thank you and stay healthy!

April 3, 2020

Welcome back Grenadiers from Chancellor Wallace

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Greetings Grenadiers, well you've made through the first week of class and we're so glad to have you back, even though you are not on campus.

I bet is this different for many of you. However, for those accustomed to online courses, you know you'll just be fine. And for those who are new to virtual learning, give it some time, you will adjust. If you're having difficulties however, reach out; your professors are available to lend a helping hand.

Beyond the classroom, many of you are anxious and afraid. You may be feeling cut off and isolated. But again, you are not alone. While Grenadier's are by our very definition fighters, even fighters need to ask for help from time to time. You have a family at IU Southeast. Your professors, the staff, even your classmates are available virtually, to help you through these uncertain times. Our entire campus is here to support you. Reach out by email or telephone and let us know how we can help you.

For the very few of you without computers or reliable internet service, we do have computer labs in the library and just outside Student Central in the University Center. If you are using these computers please make sure you observe the 6-feet physical distancing recommended by the CDC and don't stay long. Our staff has been busy cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces, to keep you safe. We have also added a Wi-Fi hotspot outside Knobview. Simply drive up and connect with the internet from the comfort of your car, but please remain in your car—again, don't stay long and don't socialize with others there.

However if at all possible it is really very important that you stay home and don't venture out unless absolutely necessary. This change to our daily lives will be extremely challenging for many and will only get harder over time. However, we all must disrupt our usual patterns and preferences, and disrupt them profoundly, since we are now well beyond the comfort and convenience stage. We now occupy a zone where over-compliance is vital, and, hence, we must all work together to ensure our overall welfare. But we all can do this!

Again, let me thank you for all for your patience, flexibility, and support. I am proud of you all. You can do this, Grenadiers! We will persevere. By following the rules and staying home, we will defeat this virus. We will come back stronger than ever. We will be better, together as one IU. Thank you.

March 25, 2020

A word from Chancellor Ray Wallace regarding COVID-19

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Greetings Grenadier community. I am taking a break from my campus emails to speak to you about the global developments affecting IU Southeast.

It is an understatement to say that these are trying times. The world as we know it hit “pause” two weeks ago and it is normal to feel stress and anxiety over the uncertainty we all face. However, we will ALL get through this together as one IU. I am proud of IU Southeast’s community’s quick and positive response to this situation.

I encourage you to keep in contact with your friends, virtually; I understand a number of our campus organizations are meeting on Skype, Zoom or Facebook Live. Check out your favorite club’s social media channels for information. Be sure to update us on how you’re doing using @IUSoutheast on Instagram and Twitter and tag Indiana University Southeast on Facebook, we’d love to see your posts.

To our students, you will get through this. Your professors will be in contact before the end of spring break and we will continue with classes, just in a different modality. While you may not meet face-to-face with your professor or advisor, they are all available through Canvas, email or by phone. Please reach out. We are here to help you with any issue or concern. In addition, do not forget to REGISTER for your summer or fall classes beginning this week. We want to welcome you back on campus when it is safe to do so. We miss you when you are not here.

To our faculty and staff, it is really inspiring to see everyone rise to this occasion. I know you are working hard to make the coming weeks of our semester fulfilling to our students, to continue to provide IU’s world-class education. Please, keep up the good work.

While the vast majority of you will be taking your classes online, at home, our campus is still open to our students, faculty and staff, however we will be closing our academic buildings at 6:00 p.m. each evening, effective immediately. Please check our campus updates website at least once a day for the latest updates on building hours and news related to the IU Southeast campus. You can find a link to our page on the i-u-s dot e-d-u homepage.

Grenadiers, by our very definition, are fighters. We will persevere. We will come back stronger than ever. We will be better, together as one IU. Thank you.

March 16, 2020

Last night, Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie announced additional measures affecting all campuses of Indiana University, including IU Southeast. These new policies are instituted with only the health and well-being of you, our students, faculty and staff, in mind.

First, spring break will be extended another week, from March 14 to March 29. This additional time will allow our faculty to prepare to teach the remainder of the semester through remote teaching methods. Great progress has been made this past week, and I am confident that our faculty will continue to rise to the occasion, serving the needs of our students in providing a world-class education, even during this tumultuous time.

Second, while face-to-face classes will not resume this semester, our campus is not closed. The library will continue to be open, and limited dining services will also continue. I want to remind you that service offices are open; however, we encourage everyone to practice social distancing and use digital means of communication, if possible. The well-being of our campus community is our priority, and we encourage limited social interaction as per the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control. Students without adequate technology or internet service, are invited to utilize campus computer labs to complete their coursework.

While our campus remains open, we will be closing the lodges on March 20. All students living in campus housing will be notified by email on procedures for move-out, including retrieving essential items. These will include procedures for students who do not have a permanent residence or cannot return to their permanent residence at this time.

Finally, to limit large groups meeting on campus, all events are canceled or will be postponed or transitioned to virtual events and meetings through the end of the spring semester. A decision regarding commencement on May 11 will be forthcoming.

The situation around COVID-19 continues to change rapidly, here and around the world. It is essential that all students, faculty, and staff check their IU email daily, and we have established a campus updates website with information and FAQs specific to students, parents, faculty and staff. It also provides numerous links to useful information from the Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, as well as Indiana and Kentucky Departments of Health.

I am proud of everyone’s quick and positive response to this situation. I want to thank you all for your patience, flexibility and support. We will continue to work through this together.

With gratitude,

Dr. Ray Wallace
Chancellor

March 12, 2020

As you all are aware, IU has recently implemented policies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, including restrictions on travel and a two-week suspension of face-to-face teaching after spring break. The IU Southeast campus and all other IU campuses will be teaching all classes remotely by various distance-learning modalities.

I want to thank you all for your patience, flexibility, and support. We will continue to send email communications as the situation changes. I want to remind you that service offices are open for business purposes. The campus is not closed. However, we encourage everyone to practice social distancing and use digital means of communication, if possible. The well-being of our campus community is our priority, and we encourage limited social interaction as per the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control.

IU has established a website for the latest updates related to COVID-19, which includes an FAQ addressing topics of concern for the IU community. Please refer to this website for the latest updates and advisories.

I am proud of everyone’s quick response to this situation. We will continue to work through this together.

Thank you,

Dr. Ray Wallace
Chancellor

March 10, 2020

Per the announcement today by Indiana University President, Michael A. McRobbie, following the IU spring break, March 15-22, the IU Southeast campus and all other IU campuses will be teaching all classes remotely by various distance-learning modalities. While completing classes remotely, students are strongly encouraged to stay in their permanent home, away from campus, unless they are prevented from returning home because of travel restrictions or they do not have access to the technology at home, such as reliable internet access, to complete their classes remotely.

The IU Southeast campus will remain open to faculty, staff and students including library services, lodging and dining services. Public meetings scheduled to take place on campus have been cancelled through April 5. Dr. Ray Wallace, IU Southeast’s Chancellor states, “IU’s first priority is to protect all members of the IU community. The measures announced today are based on the best information available to us and they follow the guidance and advice of federal health officials, state and local health and hospital officials and IU’s own internal resources.” Additional information will be forthcoming.

Thank you,

Dr. Ray Wallace
Chancellor