We value a culture of care and concern at USI. Our faculty and staff have been hard at work to ensure the safety of our entire community and visitors.
We know this coming semester will be different, and at times challenging, but as Screagles, we take care of each other.
Information for Students
The information below will be updated frequently as more plans are released. Please check this page often for the latest information.
Student COVID-19 Preparedness Training
This fall, safety will be our top priority and we need your help to keep our campus safe and open. Prior to returning to campus, you will be required to complete a short training module on COVID-19, how it spreads and how to limit its spread. The online training module includes an 11-question quiz to ensure understanding of the material. Completion time is estimated at around 15 minutes.
You received an email to your USI account Wednesday, August 5 from President Ronald S. Rochon with a link to complete an online COVID-19 training module. This training module must be completed by Monday, August 24, or your first return to campus, whichever comes first. If you do not still have the link watch for reminder emails with the link from the Dean of Students Office and Student Affairs.
Health Monitoring and Reporting
Prior to and after your return to campus, it is important that you self-monitor and check daily for symptoms of COVID-19. This is an important way we can all help keep our campus safe. If you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19, do not come to campus and see the section below about self-reporting.
A full list of COVID-19 symptoms can be found on the CDC website.
If you exhibit symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, or exhibits symptoms of, COVID-19, you are required to fill out the Self-Report Form, remain off campus and contact the University Health Center at 812-465-1250 or your primary care physician for advice. Self-reporting helps the University understand who has been exposed and also to implement contact tracing to protect others who might have been exposed.
While on the USI campus or University-owned and -operated facilities, students, faculty, staff, contractors, vendors and visitors are required to wear face coverings when in buildings, including in classrooms, hallways, lounges, restrooms and all other spaces. Face coverings must also be worn in outdoor areas where physical distancing is not possible. Face coverings are not required in private offices or when in a space alone. Face coverings can be removed for dining, but they should be worn as soon as finished.
All students (residential and non-residential) will receive USI-branded face coverings (limit one per student). You will need your student ID or your student ID number to pick up a face covering.
Residential students can pick up face coverings at the Housing and Residence Life Office during housing check in Saturday, August 15, through Sunday, August 22. If you do not receive a face covering during housing check in, you may pick up your face covering at one of the five welcome tents located around campus 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday or Tuesday, August 24-25.
Non-residential students can pick up face coverings 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday or Tuesday, August 24-25, at one of the five welcome tents located around campus.
Welcome Tent Locations:
- Wright Administration Lawn (rain location: Redwood Lounge)
- Orr Center Bus Stop (rain location: Orr Center Atrium)
- Between Arts Center and Rice Library (rain location: LA 1st Floor Lobby)
- Nursing and Health Professions Center Back Entrance (rain location: NHP 1st Floor)
- Education Center Lawn (rain location: Education Center Lobby)
If you do not receive a face covering during housing check in or at one of the welcome tents on August 24 or 25, you may pick one up with your student ID or student ID number at the Dean of Students Office Wednesday through Friday, August 26-28.
Face coverings distributed by the University are reusable and you are encouraged to wash them often.
University Health Center
The University Health Center (UHC) remains open to provide medical services and health-related information to students, faculty and staff. You are asked to schedule your appointment online or by calling 812-465-1250.
Beginning Monday, August 17, the UHC will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The UHC is located in the lower level of the Health Professions Center. Always call ahead, especially if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
The University Health Center offers the Deaconess Office Visit Plan (OVP) to non-residential students for $70. This plan includes, but is not limited to, unlimited visits to the University Health Center for the 2020 Fall Semester, including telehealth calls. Non-residential students are highly encouraged to purchase the Deaconess OVP for ease of access to care and to avoid unnecessary exposure at other health facilities during the pandemic.
All students living in University housing are required by University policy to be enrolled in the OVP. If you live in University housing, the OVP is automatically charged to your account for every semester that you are consecutively enrolled.
COVID-19 Testing on Campus
Deaconess Health System has agreed to provide COVID-19 testing on the USI campus in Fall 2020. More information will be provided as it is available.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a time of unprecedented struggle for all of us, and the Counseling Center has adapted. For the Fall 2020 Semester, the Counseling Center will provide counseling services through secure Zoom meeting rooms. In-person appointments will be provided infrequently and in rare circumstances. Students who meet with a counselor in person will need to wear a mask and maintain a distance of six feet from the counselor. More information about scheduling appointments, resources and other information is available on the Counseling Center website.
We are also pleased to announce the addition of TalkCampus as another resource for all students. Day or night, sometimes you just need the support of someone who understands what you are going through. TalkCampus is a safe place where you can talk anonymously with others going through the same or very similar struggles. Talk about depression, anxiety, body-image, stress, your classes, a bad break-up, or anything else for which you need support. No judgement, no bullying; just people who get you. And, TalkCampus is a free download!
Welcome Week is an excellent starting point to meet other new students, get adjusted to new surroundings, jump start academic success and take care of business items before classes begin. Welcome Week begins Monday, August 17, and runs through Wednesday, August 26.
This year’s Welcome Week activities will look a bit different; activities will be held both virtually and in person. Welcome Week updates can be found on the Welcome Week website. A full schedule of events will be posted soon.
Class of 2024 students are encouraged to submit a photo of themselves to be included in the Class of 2024 Mosaic Photo. Please submit your photo by Monday, August 24.
Move In / Residence Life
Fall 2020 Move In will look a little different this year with new safety measures in place. The new process has been arranged with the safety of students, families and University employees top of mind. Lots of details about dates, times and what to expect have been posted on the Housing and Residence Life website. Please review before arriving on campus.
Campus Store and Textbooks
The USI Campus Store is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and closed Saturday and Sunday. Online textbook ordering for the 2020 Fall Semester opened on August 1 and can be charged to your University account until November 16.
Eagle Access Card Office
Student ID photos will be taken 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Welcome Week, August 17-20, in UC East 2218-2220. You must bring government issued photo identification to receive your student ID. You will receive your student ID at the same location shortly after having your ID photo taken.
Regular Card Office hours begin August 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Card Office, located in the lower level of UC West, will also hold special hours 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, August 21, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, August 22-23.
Sodexo, the University’s food service provider, is taking a cautious, measured approach to give you the flexibility to choose the dining options that make you feel most comfortable.
To sign up for, change or cancel your dining plan, please email email@example.com. Emails must come from your USI email address. For additional questions regarding dining plans, please visit usi.sodexomyway.com.
Several dining changes will be implemented for the Fall Semester to allow for flexible, safe dining on campus. You’ll want to familiarize yourself with the options and some new safety measures that will affect how you get your meals.
- All USI dining options are now cashless, so all purchases must be made with an Eagle Access Card or credit/debit card.
- There will be limited seating in The Loft and UC West Eagles’ Nest dining areas. Additional distanced seating will be available on the second floor of UC East during meal times. Information about how to reserve seating will be posted on the LCD screen outside of The Loft.
- You must adhere to directional signage in all dining spaces.
- Face coverings must be worn in all dining spaces. They can be removed for dining but must be put on when you are finished.
- All dining hours will be posted on sodexomyway.com.
- Steak n’ Shake will not reopen.
- Red Mango will not reopen in the Fall Semester.
- Sub Connection will have a line dedicated to Grubhub. One line will be dedicated to walk-up orders.
- Chick-fil-A will have a scaled back menu to reduce traffic and assist with physical distancing. The former Steak n’ Shake area will be used for additional food staging and pickup space.
- Starbucks will be open, but in-person dining/seating will not be available. Reduced seating will be available in the Jazz Lounge.
- Coke fountains will be contactless with disposable cups. You can also purchase a USI tumbler with an embedded chip at most USI Dining registers. Pepsi products are available through special request at Chick-fil-A, Cyclone Salads and Fiesta Fuego.
- The deadline to add or change a meal plan is midnight August 23. In order to do so, please email firstname.lastname@example.org from your USI email account.
And, don’t forget your reusable water bottle! Water fountains around campus have been disabled, but water bottle fillers have been added and will be operational.
Revised Fall 2020 Calendar
A revised Fall 2020 Academic Calendar converts Assessment Day and Fall Break to instructional days. All courses after Thanksgiving recess will be instructed online for one week, followed by a week of finals.
To accomplish physical distancing in classrooms and other safety measures, the Fall 2020 class schedule has been adapted. These adaptions include:
- changes in room assignments for some classes;
- changes in the meeting times for a very small number of classes;
- changes in instructors for some classes;
- and/or changes in the modality (e.g. in-person, online) of some classes. The different course modalities are listed below and indicated by the section number for the course.
Traditional Courses - Courses coded as full-semester (.001), first bi-term (.101), second bi-term (.201), etc., where the delivery of all the required course content, learning activities and assessments is conducted face-to-face in the classroom.
Face-to-Face Course - Technology Enhanced (.T##): Courses where the delivery of 25-49% of the required course content, learning activities and assessments are conducted online. You are required to participate in both face-to-face and online activities throughout the semester. All face-to-face meetings will be communicated to you on the first day of the course and documented in the course syllabus.
Online Learning Course - Hybrid/Blended (.NC#): Courses where the delivery of 50-74% of the required course content, learning activities and assessments are conducted online. You are required to participate in both face-to-face and online activities throughout the semester. The online portion may be delivered synchronously or asynchronously. All face-to-face meetings will be communicated to you on the first day of the course and documented in the course syllabus.
Online Learning Course - Asynchronous (.NO# or .AO#): Courses where the delivery of 75% or more of the required course content, learning activities and assessments are conducted online asynchronously, in which there are no scheduled meeting times for the course. The instructor may schedule face-to-face class meetings for exam proctoring or other assessments.
Online Learning Course - Synchronous (.NS#): Courses where the delivery of 75% or more of the required course content, learning activities and assessments are conducted online synchronously, in which the instructor will meet with you at scheduled times online. The instructor may schedule face-to-face class meetings for exam proctoring or other assessments. All face-to-face meetings will be communicated to you on the first day of the course and documented in the course syllabus.
You should log on to myUSI to determine if your Fall 2020 course schedule has been impacted.
Any questions or requests to modify schedules should be directed to your advisor or to one of the five advising centers. The Fall 2020 class schedule is still subject to change.
Fall 2020 Final Exam Schedule
All Fall 2020 Semester finals will be online, but there will be a few programs with exceptions, especially those with clinical and practicum experiences. After Thanksgiving, you will still have access to Rice Library and its services, computer labs and software, tutoring, academic skills and other resources, but groups of students will not be meeting in classrooms to reduce risk after holiday travel.
If you would like to meet with your academic advisor, please make an appointment. Walk-in hours will be limited and may require longer wait periods due to volume. For the Fall 2020 Semester, you are encouraged to schedule an appointment through AdvisorTrac or call the Advising Center of your intended major or the Center for Exploring Majors to schedule an appointment. You can email any questions or concerns to your assigned academic advisor or to USI.Advising@usi.edu.
The Advising Centers are accepting face-to-face appointments at this time and also are offering Zoom/Teams meetings or phone appointments. We request that you wear a face covering for any face-to-face appointment. In-person meetings will always take place in rooms where social distancing of six feet or more can be maintained. Regular cleaning protocols of individual offices will also be in place for the fall and spring semesters.
Both the GLVC and NCAA have made recent announcements about the fall athletics seasons. The Great Lakes Valley Conference's (GLVC) Council of Presidents has voted to postpone the majority of the 2020 fall intercollegiate athletics season until the second semester, due to ongoing concerns of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The decision was made based on guidance from the league's athletics directors and an extensive review of the recommended testing and safety measures developed by the NCAA Sport Science Institute. Read the full story
Additionally, the NCAA Division II Presidents Council announced the cancellation of 2020 fall championships, including men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball. Read more regarding the decision
The Center for International Programs has compiled a list of resources and FAQs related to COVID-19 on their website.
All study abroad programs beginning in the Fall 2020 Semester have been suspended. USI will continue to monitor global developments and will review Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 study abroad programs.
Read more about Study Abroad
Things may look and feel a bit different when you return to campus this fall. To help with the transition and to promote safety during the current pandemic, new signage has been added across campus both indoors and outdoors, promoting safe practices, indicating flow of traffic in buildings, designating where traffic is restricted and creating an expectation of physical distancing of at least six feet between people.
Accessing Offices Around Campus
Because of risk of traffic congestion and exposure in high-traffic office areas, some offices are restricting access without an appointment. Even for offices that are open, it is highly recommended to call ahead to let someone know you are coming by or to make an appointment. For most offices, appointments can be made by phone or through email.
Scheduling Fall Events
If you are interested in holding an in-person event at the University of Southern Indiana prior to August 24, 2020, please contact email@example.com for more information. While virtual events are still encouraged, event reservation forms will be opened for new requests by mid-August. A full list of all COVID-19 Event Guidelines, including how to schedule and plan your event, is now available on the Special Events and Scheduling Services website.
Rice Library is offering several services to facilitate the safety and health of its users and library workers during the pandemic. You are encouraged to take advantage of extensive digital resources and online services, including walk-in item pickup and curbside item pickup. The Library is also offering online reservations for first floor study and technology spaces.
See additional Library services and updates
Beginning Monday, August 24, Rice Library will be open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Recreation, Fitness and Wellness Center
The RFWC has reopened with updated rules and regulations to maintain a safe environment. Exercise equipment has been moved and expanded to other portions of the facility to promote physical distancing. There will be no basketball this fall. Specific fitness area procedures and additional information regarding the RFWC reopen can be found on the RFWC website.
Beginning Friday, August 21, the RFWC will be open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 11 p.m. Sunday.