Important Employee Planning Information

April 20, 2021

Colleagues:

As this semester winds down, I am sending this special message today because I want all of us to be able to plan for summer and the coming fall. Beginning on May 24, 2021, we will stagger the return to campus for those who have not already done so. Please work with your supervisor to re-acclimate to campus a minimum of three days per week, increasing days incrementally, for a full return by Monday, August 2, 2021. Any potential exceptions will need to be reviewed and approved by the Provost/Vice Presidents and Human Resources. The University of Southern Indiana is committed to fully opening the campus for Fall Semester, if we can do so safely.

As you know, the CDC is concerned about COVID-19 surges around the country and around the world. Please continue to take COVID-19 safety precautions when off campus, including face coverings and physical distancing. These precautions continue to be required on the campus until further notice.

The USI Presidential COVID-19 Task Force consistently evaluates appropriate safety measures and other policies and procedures and will inform you of any changes.

We are grateful to the Indiana State Department of Health for providing the Pfizer vaccine to our students and employees. A special thanks to all those who helped with the tremendous USI vaccine clinic effort to vaccinate more than 1,400 people the first week in April. Having students and employees fully vaccinated by April 30 will bode well for a full return for Fall Semester. For those who were unable to receive a first dose on campus, you are strongly encouraged to do so at a community site as soon as possible or register when the USI clinic returns to campus the last week of this month.

Finally, please save the date for a town hall meeting regarding the budget to be held via Zoom on Tuesday, April 27, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Save this link in your calendar: https://usi.zoom.us/j/98439892625 or join by phone +1 312 626 6799. The session will be recorded and made available later for those who are unable to attend.

Please continue to do all you can to make our University community as safe as possible. We look forward to being able to see more of you on campus in the coming weeks and months.

Sincerely,

Ronald S. Rochon
President