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.
Dr. Ray Wallace