Message from the Chancellor

Most recent message from the 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

Chancellor’s Past Messages

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