Important COVID-19 update from USI President Ronald S. Rochon

March 12, 2020

While there are no cases of the coronavirus COVID-19 on the USI campus, we know there are multiple confirmed cases in the state of Indiana, and we expect that there will be more in the near future. We continue to align our recommendations with, and follow guidelines from, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other city, state and federal agencies.

Nothing is more important to me than the well-being of all members of our campus community. Given the recent escalation of this virus in the state and around the country and world, and with the health and safety of our students and campus community always top of mind.

Spring break for students has been extended one week through Sunday, March 22. While  campus will remain open, all in-person courses will be moved to online or alternative delivery by Monday, March 23. Upon resuming coursework March 23, students should log in to Blackboard to find their courses and instructional information. Previously scheduled online courses, including those with a start date of March 16, will continue as scheduled unless otherwise communicated by the instructor. At this time, our plan is for classes to resume in person Monday, April 6.

During the extended spring break and online instruction period, campus will remain open and normal campus operations will continue.  All employees are to report to work as usual. Faculty should use this time to move courses online and prepare for online instruction. Resources are available on the  Online Learning  website to aid faculty through this transition. Faculty should direct questions to their deans.

While these new measures will cause disruption, the risk of inaction outweighs the inconvenience of these temporary measures. The safety of our campus community is always our top priority. We require your cooperation, patience and collaboration to ensure an appropriate response across our institution to this rapidly changing situation.