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.
Information for Students
The information below will be updated frequently as more plans are released. Please check this page often for the latest information.
As we prepare to kick off the Fall Semester, we realize that things may look a bit different this year. USI President, Ronald S. Rochon, along with fellow administrators, have recorded a special Zoom video session to bring you up to speed on some of those changes. Please take the time to watch this 30-minute video so you have the most current information on the start of the Fall Semester. If you still have questions after reading this email and watching the video, you are encouraged to reach out to the Dean of Students Office.
COVID-19 Close Contact Action Steps
The University is striving to maintain the safest campus environment possible, but in the case students and/or employees are exposed to or test positive for COVID-19, COVID-19 Close Contact—Action Steps and a COVID-19 Symptoms—Action Steps algorithms have been created to guide you on what to do if you or someone you know has/is exposed to the virus. Both can be found the COVID-19 Resources page.
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 training must be completed by the first day of classes.
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:
- University Center Breezeway Tent
- Nursing and Health Professions Tent (located on the back side of the building)
- Wright Administration Lawn Tent
- Orr Center Lawn Tent
- Physical Plant Lawn Tent (Between Physical Plant and Education Center)
- Arts Center/Rice Library Lawn Tent
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.
Campus Store Face Coverings
Additional USI face coverings can be purchased at the Campus Store. Navy and black masks with the University's Athletic and Academic Marks are on sale in store and online for $14.95.
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.
The University Health Center is 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
On-campus COVID-19 testing is now available for USI students and employees at the former Children’s Learning Center (not the University Health Center). Testing is available for USI students and employees by appointment only on Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings.
Call the University Health Center (UHC) at 812-465-1250 to schedule an appointment to be tested for COVID-19.
Flu Shots on Campus
The University Health Center (UHC) is once again providing flu shots for USI students and employees. All students and employees who wish to receive a flu shot on campus are asked to schedule an appointment online. Appointments can also be made by calling the UHC at 812-465-1250, though online scheduling is preferred. Flu shots are free for students with the Office Visit Plan. Students without the Office Visit Plan can bill the flu shot cost through insurance or pay $25.
Is it true that getting a flu vaccine can make you more susceptible to other respiratory viruses?
Flu vaccines are not thought to make people more susceptible to other respiratory infections. A 2012 study that suggested that flu vaccination might make people more susceptible to other respiratory infections. After that study was published, many experts looked into this issue further and conducted additional studies to see if the findings could be replicated. No other studies have found this effect. It’s not clear why this finding was detected in the one study, but the majority of evidence suggests that this is not a common or regular occurrence and that flu vaccination does not, in fact, make people more susceptible to other respiratory infections. (SOURCE: CDC)
The Vanderburgh County Health Department, with support from local health officials, has also recognized this misconception. Read the full letter on their website.
Similarities and Differences between Flu and COVID-19
What is the difference between Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19? Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. Read full story from the CDC.
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!
USI Rave Alert is the University’s official notification system that gives you immediate messages–via email, text message and voice message–about emergencies, severe weather, crime and other incidents impacting the University community. Everyone with an active USI email address is automatically enrolled in the Rave Alert system, but you are highly encouraged to also register your mobile and home phone number(s) and additional email addresses to receive alerts.
You are also encouraged to download the Rave Guardian mobile app, which allows you to access additional University safety resources like safety timers for travel, chat with Public Safety and one-click access to Public Safety.
Learn how to access and manage your Rave Alert account and the Rave Guardian app.
Welcome Week is officially underway and will continue through Friday, August 28. This week, you can attend a Trivia Night in the UC Performance Center (in person or virtually), play lawn games on The Quad, attend the virtual Cultural Diversity Welcome Reception and much more. There are so many fun activities planned for you to enjoy, so please take advantage!
Note: Bring your Student ID to all Welcome Week events. Face coverings are required at all in person events.
Class of 2024: There is still time to submit your photo to be included in the Class of 2024 Mosaic Photo! Please submit your photo by Monday, August 24. The mosaic will take the place of the annual number on The Quad photo.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 usi.sodexomyway.com.
- Steak n’ Shake will not reopen. The area will be used for additional food staging and pickup space.
- Red Mango will not reopen in the Fall Semester.
- All dining options will offer scaled back menus to reduce traffic and assist with physical distancing.
- Sub Connection will have a line dedicated to Grubhub. One line will be dedicated to walk-up orders.
- Cyclone Salads will be open weekdays during lunch hours and will operate through Grubhub only.
- Starbucks is open through Grubhub only, and in-person dining/seating will not be available. Reduced seating will be available in the Jazz Lounge.
- To move guests through The Loft more quickly, meals will not be customized unless there is a specific dietary need. Only 25 people will be allowed into The Loft at a time, and printed menus will be given to those in line to help make selections before entering. Silverware and straws will be handed out at each station.
- The salad bar in The Loft will offer prepackaged salads. Fruit, juice and milk will be available during the breakfast period.
- Drink refills will not be available in The Loft and used or personal drinkware will not be permitted.
- Self-serve coffee will not be available through USI Dining.
- The Eagle Express Convenience Store will continue to offer contactless delivery and will add some grocery items. The number of guests permitted inside the store at one time will be limited.
- Sushi will be available through Grubhub at Cyclone Salads. It may also be purchased at the Simply To Go units in the Liberal Arts Center and The Link as well as at the Eagle Express Convenience Store.
- Coke fountains are in the process of becoming contactless with disposable cups. Until then, fountains will be disinfected regularly. You can also purchase a USI tumbler with an embedded chip at most USI Dining registers. Pepsi products are available in The Loft and at the Chick-fil-A counter.
- The deadline to add or change a meal plan is midnight August 23. In order to do so, please email email@example.com 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.
Several updates have been made to the Spring Schedule and have been approved by University administration. The Spring Semester will officially begin on Monday, January 18, 2021, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, instead of January 11, 2021. No classes will be scheduled on Monday, January 18, but the University will be open. There will be no Spring Break and no Assessment Day; these have been converted to instructional days. There are no changes to the spring final exam schedule, Commencement Weekend or Summer Session calendar at this time.
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.
This fall, Academic Skills will continue to offer academic support through in person and online appointments. Walk-in tutoring will be available for certain subjects.
Student Support Services
The SSS Program motivates eligible students to successfully complete their degree requirements. The SSS Program provides students free comprehensive services through classroom instruction, academic skill development, academic assistance and career development, personal and financial aid counseling and experiences designed to enhance the collegiate experience on USI’s campus.
If you are interested in participating in the program and meet the eligibility requirements, please complete the online application for the 2020-21 academic year.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Fall hours begin Friday, August 21 and can be found on the RFWC website.
USI’s Intramural Sports offer team, dual and individual sports. The Intramural Sports schedule has been modified for the Fall Semester and is set to offer several popular sports.
A full list of offered sports and registration information can be found on the Intramural Sports website.
Computer lab hours around campus will be modified as classes will now be held in these spaces. You are required to wear a face covering and practice physical distancing in all computer labs. A list of available computer labs will be posted when available.
Campus Shuttles and Parking
Updated campus shuttle routes can be viewed in the USI and DoubleMap mobile apps beginning Monday, August 17. One campus shuttle and the METS West Connection will begin operation Friday, August 21, and two additional shuttles will begin operation Monday, August 24. (A third campus shuttle has been added for the Fall Semester and will include a new stop at the Griffin Center where some classes will be held.)
A decision regarding the continuation of campus shuttle services and the West Connection service after Thanksgiving break will be made prior to the break.
Note: Face coverings will be required when using campus shuttles. Campus shuttle interiors will be sanitized every four hours.
To assist in lessening ridership on campus shuttle routes and assist with physical distancing, Public Safety will waive the apartment moratorium of parking on campus 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday on a rotating basis. The schedule for housing areas able to park on campus can be seen below. Please only take advantage of this service during your appointed dates.
McDonald East - August 18 through September 11
Baker, Chase, Gray, Hammond, Hendricks, Hovey, Lane, Matthews, Morton, Mount, Porter, Willard, Williams
O'Daniel North - September 14 through October 2
Bayh, Bowen, Branigin, Craig, Gates, Leslie, McNutt, Orr, Schricker, Townsend, Welsch
McDonald West - October 5 through October 23
Branch, Durbin, Goodrich, Hanly, Jackson, Marshall, McCray, Ralston, Saletta
O'Daniel South - October 25 through November 13
Bigger, Boon, Dunning, Hendricks, Jennings, Noble, Ray, Wallace, Whitcomb, Wright
The Shield (Student Newspaper)
The Shield will continue to deliver student reaction to campus news, profiles on USI’s most interesting people and the latest on campus sports and events.
Due to COVID-19, regular weekly print editions will not be available on stands this year. Visit The Shield website and subscribe to receive weekly updates with The Shield’s new e-newsletter. You’ll find breaking news on The Shield’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. The Shield will also print monthly themed editions that can be found on newsstands across campus.
During the academic year, Student Development Programs distributes a weekly newsletter called The SOURCE to the USI community. The student activities newsletter contains ads and information on upcoming events, and event advertisements can be submitted my emailing your information to email@example.com.
This fall, with many events moving virtual, The SOURCE will provide important information to stay in the know on campus.