The Dining Services Reopening Plan Framework details the measures Ball State has taken to welcome students, employees, and the community back to dining halls this Fall. This includes creating safe spaces for in-person dining and extending food service hours to reduce the number of patrons at one time. Read the plan.

The University Libraries COVID-19 Operations Plan details the measures Ball State has taken to safely welcome students, faculty, and community members back to our libraries this Fall. This includes physical distancing measures and promotion of curbside and remote services. Learn more.

We’d like to take this opportunity to provide context to the report so that you can have complete information as you assess the safety of Ball State and Muncie.

Most of the COVID-19 deaths in Muncie have occurred in long-term care facilities, rather than the general population, and the majority of the Delaware County residents who died were age 80 and older. As with the rest of the country, residents of these facilities have a higher risk of life-threatening complications.

In addition, our local public health officials have said the number of cases in Muncie is too low to draw a conclusion about trends. With low numbers, any change can skew the results.

The safety of our students, faculty and staff, and visitors is of paramount importance. We are taking the necessary precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and neutralize the harm that the disease can inflict, particularly upon vulnerable people.

For more information, you may consult the following resources:

The Office of Purchasing Services can help you with any procurement needs you have related to our COVID-19 response and transition.

For more information, please read our Purchasing Services FAQs

Facilities Planning and Management will continue to clean and sanitize public spaces such as restrooms, hallway, stairwells, elevators, etc.

Facilities Planning and Management will continue to clean and sanitize general purpose classrooms.

Facilities Planning and Management, as of June 1, sanitized and immediately labeled every office as such in all academic and administrative buildings.

When an employee enters their respective office space after June 1, they are responsible for sanitizing surfaces.

Facilities Planning and Management will continue to provide routine removal of trash and carpet sweeping.

Elevator capacity in all elevators will be reduced to allow for physical distancing, and capacities will be posted on all floors.

We are saddened to share with you that we have decided to cancel our Spring and Summer 2020 Commencement exercises. We are developing alternative plans to celebrate our graduates on Saturday, October 10, 2020.

Read our full statement.

To the degree possible, minimizing physical contact and maintaining some distance from other humans can limit exposure opportunities.

In the meantime, non-essential in-person meetings should be limited to 10 persons or less, and individuals who are at greater risk should not attend in-person meetings. Whenever possible, meetings should be conducted virtually.

All Ball State University sponsored camps, conferences, space rentals and third-party camps through June 30, including those that start in June and end in July, are canceled. This decision applies to all Ball State University camps, conferences, space rentals, and third-party camps regardless of size, location, or social distancing measures put in place.

At this time, we are presently planning to host our Spring and Summer Commencement Exercises on Saturday, October 10. We will continue to send updates as more information is available.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

We have suspended all University-sponsored/funded international travel until further notice.

An employee can request an exception from the President. Exceptions will only be granted in rare circumstances.

OUT-OF-STATE TRAVEL

University-sponsored/funded domestic travel outside the State of Indiana for faculty, staff, and students is suspended. An exception can be requested from the appropriate Vice President or Dean. When making decisions regarding requests for exceptions, Vice Presidents and Deans will consider the destination, reason for travel, duration, and how important it is to the University’s mission.

IN-STATE TRAVEL

University-sponsored/funded travel within the State of Indiana is allowable in a manner consistent with standard University and departmental policies and practices. However, utilizing alternatives to physical travel is encouraged where practicable (e.g., having a phone conference instead of traveling off campus for a face-to-face meeting). In addition, based on future governmental directives and guidance, the University may further restrict University-sponsored/funded travel to higher-risk areas within Indiana as the pandemic progresses. 

Information Technology provides resources and information for you if you need to work from home or teach students remotely. Learn more.

Visit Working Well for a variety of resources available through Lifeworks.

Yes, you may be informed by your supervisor that your position is essential to the University’s operation.

This designation may vary depending on time of year and many factors. For example, food service personnel are essential if students are on campus but may not be during break periods, when students are not present; however, positions like Animal Caretakers and Police Officers are always essential. Meanwhile, other positions may be deemed essential, but can be performed virtually/remotely, such as accounting or payroll functions.

Refer students who are on campus and suspect they may have been exposed to COVID-19 to call the Student Health Center for an appointment. The Health Center will follow established protocols. If the student tests positive for COVID-19, the Dean of Students will be notified as appropriate.

Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you experience symptoms, as with all contagious illnesses, isolate yourself to limit the potential for exposure to other people and do not come to work.

Take the following actions:

  • Notify your supervisor that you are ill and will not be able to work.
  • Isolate yourself to keep from potentially exposing other people.
  • Seek medical advice from a medical professional by calling ahead before visiting a health facility or consider virtual medical services such as LiveHealth Online.

Yes, you may qualify for a leave of absence; please contact Brittany Busko in Human Resources at 765-285-1036 to apply. You may be eligible for pay under the federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act, your own accrued time off, or short-term disability if you are medically unable to work due to COVID-19.

Yes, the University is asking employees to stay home if they are ill, and supervisors may ask employees who report to work with symptoms to return home.

The symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

The decision to send an employee home will be made on a case-by-case basis, and if possible, in consultation with Human Resources.

As with other forms of Influenza or contagious illnesses such as colds, maintaining a reasonable distance from the person is a starting point.

Other suggestions include:

  • Do not shake hands or make other physical contact.
  • Offer the individual a mask if you have one or a tissue and ask the person to cover their mouth and nose if they should need to cough or sneeze.
  • Use a sanitary wipe after the person has left to wipe those areas of your work station that the person has touched.
  • There may be situations in which a meeting can be rescheduled to a time when the person is feeling better or the business can be conducted by phone or email. Do not hesitate to offer this suggestion if it is appropriate.
  • You may not require the student or employee to self-isolate, but you can bring the situation to the attention of your unit head for further investigation.

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides resources for these types of life events. Call 1-888-465-1324 for assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The EAP provides confidential, short-term counseling at no cost to the employee and immediate family. Additionally, employees enrolled on a Ball State-sponsored Anthem health care plan may use the LiveHealth Online Psychology