Message from the Chancellor

Most recent message from the Chancellor

February 25, 2021 - Fall semester plans

Dear IU Southeast Faculty, Staff, and Students,

As you all are likely aware, President McRobbie issued a letter yesterday afternoon outlining the plan for instruction and education on all the campuses of Indiana University for the upcoming fall semester. The plan is to return to mostly normal operations of the university and to resume in-person instruction on all IU campuses.

This decision was made based on advice from IU's medical and public health experts who have been leading the university's comprehensive and successful response to the COVID-19 pandemic for nearly a year now.

As detailed in President McRobbie’s letter, the Fall Semester will commence on Aug. 23, 2021, and continue without a break through Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. We will have a week’s break for Thanksgiving, and then the Fall Semester will continue for a three-week period from Nov. 29, 2021, to Dec. 19, 2021. Depending on the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be necessary to revert again to a hybrid mode of instruction for this final three-week period. More details about how our campus will operate for the Fall Semester will be forthcoming.

This great news is a result of all of your hard work and strict adherence to IU’s health and safety guidelines. We need to continue to strictly observe IU’s policies, including masking, social distancing, avoiding crowds and groups, personal hygiene, and complying with regular mitigation testing, that have proved so effective.

As we have learned this past year, this health crisis is constantly changing, so please check your email for further messages as plans are confirmed. As always, I could not be more proud of the IU Southeast community. You continue to show patience, understanding, and a commitment to keeping us all safe and healthy. Your actions are paying off, and together we are moving forward.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ray Wallace
Chancellor

Chancellor’s past messages

February 22, 2021 - An update on spring commencement

Dear Grenadier Graduates,

I am writing to share an update about our 2021 commencement ceremony. As you have read in President McRobbie’s recent email, Indiana University will celebrate its recent graduates during special May ceremonies.

Our commencement is tentatively scheduled for Monday, May 10, at 3 p.m. at the Caesars Foundation of Floyd County Amphitheater on the IU Southeast campus. Please check our commencement website frequently throughout the spring for the latest updates and information on commencement.

The ceremony will be open to our December 2019 graduates, all 2020 graduates, and all May and August 2021 graduates. You must reserve a spot ahead of time to attend, and you will be asked to indicate your interest in attending. If you cannot attend the in-person ceremony, you will still be recognized and can participate in commencement virtually.

Due to CDC guidelines that recommend people avoid travel to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the in-person commencement ceremony is limited to graduates only. Friends and family are invited to attend virtually.

Indiana University and IU Southeast have had success in keeping our campuses and communities safe through rigorous mitigation testing. To that end and to help ensure the safety of the ceremony, those who participate will be required to undergo COVID-19 testing. All IU public safety protocols, including wearing a mask and physically distancing, must be followed during commencement.

These past months have been challenging for all, but we have risen to the occasion showing our resiliency and perseverance. I sincerely hope that you will attend the ceremony and celebrate your tremendous accomplishment. Commencement is my favorite day of the year and, while I regret that we were not able to come together to celebrate our graduates last year, I am thankful that we will be able to celebrate in-person this year. Though this commencement will still look different from our traditional ceremony, it is a sign that we are getting closer to vanquishing this virus and returning to normal.

I am proud of each of you.

Thank you and congratulations,

Dr. Ray Wallace
Chancellor

January 26, 2021 - IU Southeast Campus Update

Dear IU Southeast Community,

Congratulations on a successful first week back. As we enter the second week of the spring semester, I want to remind you that in-person classes will resume on Feb. 8. While I am excited to see you all back on campus, please remember that we all share common obligations to our campus community, family, and community at large:

  • DO NOT come to campus if you feel ill
  • Practice physical distancing,
  • Always wear your mask, and
  • Take all necessary precautions to keep our students, faculty, staff and your family safe.

The vaccination clinic on the IU Southeast campus is doing quite well. So far, more than 2,000 Floyd County residents have been vaccinated at the IU Southeast site, and the Floyd County Health Department is expecting to administer another 1000 vaccinations this week. I continue to be very proud of the hard work and dedication from our students and faculty in the School of Nursing and their assistance with the clinic and testing on our campus.

Remember that you now have the option to schedule a free asymptomatic COVID-19 test on campus. Time slots are limited; if there are no appointments available, check back the following week.

Additionally, there will now be recurring Ask Aaron webinars for the regional campuses on Thursdays throughout the semester. The first webinar is this Thursday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m. Students, faculty, and staff can have their COVID-19-related questions answered by an expert, Aaron Carroll, M.D., M.S., Professor of Pediatrics, and one of the leaders of IU's COVID-19 response team. Register for this session here.

This virus continues to challenge us, but as we look to the future, I am confident that we will continue to persevere.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ray Wallace
Chancellor

January 12, 2021 - Floyd County Health Department Vaccination Clinic at IUS

Dear IU Southeast Community,

The IU Southeast campus is now the host site for Floyd County Health Department (FCHD) to administer doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to eligible Floyd County residents. Vaccinations began this week and will continue through at least June or July of 2021. The vaccine is currently limited to specific groups and is offered by appointment. The drive-through clinic is located at the Evergreen East parking lot by the Multipurpose Building.

Eventually, the clinic will be prepared to provide vaccinations for our students, faculty, and staff, regardless of the state or county of residency. As of today, we don’t know when that will be, but we know that it will be at the directive of Governor Holcomb.

More communication will be forthcoming as we approach vaccine opportunities for our campus community. Please monitor your email for updates.

We are proud to collaborate with FCHD on this critical step to vanquishing this virus. IU Southeast students, staff, and faculty now have the option to schedule a free asymptomatic COVID-19 test on campus. Time slots are limited; if there are no appointments available, check back the following week.

Additionally, there will be a special Ask Aaron session on Friday, Jan. 15, at 3 p.m. that is specific for IU Southeast, IU East, and IU Kokomo. Students, faculty, and staff can have their COVID-19-related questions answered by an expert, Aaron Carroll, M.D., M.S., Professor of Pediatrics, and one of the leaders of IU's COVID-19 response team. Register for this session here.

I continue to be very proud of our campus community.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ray Wallace
Chancellor