April 6, 2020 Weekly Update

Information/Updates for Students, Faculty and Staff


Summer courses moved online

All academic classes for Summer sessions I, II and III are being moved online. All on-campus summer camps and meetings are canceled until August 14, 2020, coinciding with the end of the summer academic calendar.

Tentative Spring 2020 Commencement date set

Spring 2020 Commencement has been tentatively rescheduled for Friday, August 14 for master and doctoral degree candidates and Saturday, August 15 for undergraduate students. This may be subject to change based on timely guidance related to the coronavirus by state and federal health authorities and government officials. Information will be updated at www.usi.edu/commencement

Financial Hold Restrictions Lifted for Priority Registration

During this time of difficulty and uncertainty for our students and their families, the USI Bursar’s Office will allow all students who are enrolled in the spring 2020 semester to participate in priority registration for fall 2020 regardless of the current amount owed to the University. Students with an outstanding balance must pay the balance due in full by June 30 or qualify for an extended payment plan approved by the Bursar’s Office to confirm their fall 2020 registration. Those who demonstrate a direct financial impact related to the COVID-19 pandemic or the associated economic impact could receive up to 12 additional months to pay outstanding spring 2020 charges. No enrollment fee or interest will be charged for participation in the extended payment plan. Additional information on payment plan options will be available at www.usi.edu/bursar by April 20 following the priority registration period.

Good Friday holiday

USI students and employees are reminded that Friday, April 10 (Good Friday) remains a University holiday.

Telehealth counseling is now live

Telehealth counseling through the USI Counseling Center is now available to ongoing, new and returning clients. Students must live in Indiana or Kentucky to be eligible for this service, and Kentucky slots are limited. Students who live in another state are welcome to contact the Counseling Center for a referral to a provider in their community. To begin telehealth counseling, students should contact their counselor or call the Counseling Center at 812-464-1867.

Student Financial Success Center offering support for students and employees

Did you plan for an emergency lasting three to six months? Wondering how you will be able to stretch your financial resources to get through COVID-19? The Student Financial Success Center (SFSC) is here to walk with you through these troubling times. The SFSC provides virtual peer mentoring and support services to advance financial literacy and wellness among students and to promote their retention and success.

In light of the current situation, the SFSC is also offering its support to the University community by making its services available to employees through virtual meetings at no charge.

An SFSC mentor will walk you through our three-step process toward a better financial future. First, you will participate in an Initial Meeting where you will share information to help the mentor understand your financial situation. This knowledge will help the mentor guide you toward solutions that align with your financial goals. Next, you will participate in a Plan Implementation Meeting. During this session, the mentor will help you establish a monthly budget, track your monthly expenses, and align your spending habits with your spending plan. Lastly, you will meet with the mentor during one or more Follow-Up Meetings to monitor your progress, discover the areas of your plan in which improvements can be made, and celebrate areas of your plan in which you are succeeding.

The SFSC seeks to empower people with the skills and strategies that they need to transition from financial stress to financial success.  Make your first move toward financial freedom today by completing the Becoming a Client form. Once you have submitted the form, you will receive a follow-up email with instructions for scheduling your Initial Meeting.

You can find more information by visiting the Student Financial Success Center online.

Modified academic policies for Spring 2020 Semester

An email addressing modified academic polices, including pass/no pass grading, for the Spring 2020 Semester was sent last week. That information has now been added to the Registrar’s website.

Alumni, donor and retiree Zoom meetings with President Rochon April 8

On Wednesday, April 8, Dr. Ronald Rochon, USI President, will continue his series of Zoom meetings with University constituents, addressing retirees at 10 a.m. and alumni and donors at 11 a.m. A number of other USI administrators will be available to answer questions as well.  Invitations were sent directly to those groups. These sessions will be added to the USI COVID-19 website when finished.

Second round of employee Zoom meetings with President Rochon April 15

On Wednesday, April 15, Dr. Ronald Rochon, USI President, along with Dr. Mohammed Khayum, Provost, and members of the administrative staff, will again offer three live Q&A sessions for USI employees via Zoom video conferencing. 

These will be 45-minute moderated sessions. Employees can submit questions through the Zoom chat function and moderator Kindra Strupp, Vice President for Marketing and Communications, will deliver those questions to the panel.

The sessions will be broken down as follows:

Support Staff  9 - 9:45 a.m.

Faculty  10 - 10:45 a.m.

Administrators  11 - 11:45 a.m.

Links for each session will be sent via email. All sessions will be recorded and made available for later viewing on the USI COVID-19 website.

Summer camps update

While in-person summer camps held on the USI campus have been canceled, virtual camps are being considered in some areas. All virtual summer camp options will be shared with the University community when a decision is made.

Public Safety plan for critical access to campus to retrieve items

Employees will be able to request critical access to campus Wednesday, April 8- Tuesday, April 14. USI Vice Presidents will be sending a communication to all supervisors and deans providing a special form to document the request and access. Deadline for requests is 9 a.m., Tuesday, April 7, or two days prior to requested access. Once approved for a specific date and time, employees are reminded to maintain adequate social distancing (6 feet or more) and, if available, are asked to wear a mask and gloves.

USI Today returns

USI Today emails are once again being distributed to University employees and retirees. These updates will primarily contain general campus announcements and stories about students, faculty, staff and alumni who are making a difference, spreading positivity or sharing their talents in this challenging time. Many of these stories will also be posted on the Screagles Fly Together website. If you have a story idea, please email USI Today.

Resubmit Virtual Events

All University events through Thursday, April 30 have been removed from the USI Calendar, with the exception of events taking place virtually. If an event you previously submitted to the calendar was deleted, but is now taking place virtually, please resubmit it through myUSI by adding VIRTUAL before the title.

REAL ID deadline delayed

Due to the coronavirus, the REAL ID Act deadline has been delayed one year to October 1, 2021. More information about the REAL ID Act, including how it will affect USI employees and students, can be found on the Travel Procurement website.

USI Board of Trustees Executive Session

The University of Southern Indiana Board of Trustees will meet in Executive Session on Thursday, April 9, 2020.  As authorized by Ind. Exec. Order No. 20-04 (March 16, 2020) and Exec. Order No. 20-09 (March 23, 2020), this meeting will take place electronically via Zoom Video Communications.