Ball State University, in alignment with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is monitoring an outbreak caused by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Effective Monday, March 16, we began taking additional steps to help protect all members of our campus community.

Students

Not through Ball State, but only as a private citizen.

Early Field Placement

For courses that contain a field experience other than student teaching, University faculty will provide online learning opportunities that meet the course outcomes. 

Student Teaching

Those students who are currently active within student teaching as of Friday, March, 13, 2020, will pass student teaching.

Early Field Placement

For courses that contain a field experience other than student teaching, University faculty will provide online learning opportunities that meet the course outcomes.

Student Teaching

Faculty University supervisors are required to engage (not assess) their students for the rest of the semester, to the best of their ability. It is up to the discretion of the individual University supervisor to determine how this will be implemented.

Early Field Placement

No, this will be left to your faculty instructor unless you want to send your classroom mentor teacher a private message.

Student Teaching

Yes, please inform your teacher. OTES-CP will officially begin the cancellation process through appropriate school district officials.

We are currently working with school districts to continue and secure Fall 2020 student teaching placements.

This will be rescheduled into an online environment. Students will not meet on campus as previously directed.

For courses that contain a field experience other than student teaching, all field experiences will cease, and University faculty will provide online learning opportunities that meet the course outcomes. 

For the rest of the Spring semester.

Faculty University supervisors are required to engage (not assess) their students for the rest of the semester, to the best of their ability. It is up to the discretion of the individual University supervisor to determine how this will be implemented.

If your student teacher is active as of Friday, March 13, 2020, then he or she is to receive a Credit (CR) at the end of the semester.

There is no phase out.  All in-school student teaching experiences have ceased at the end of the school day, Friday, March 13, 2020.  Engagement between the student teacher and University faculty supervisor will continue.

Student teachers who wish to continue working in their school after March 13, 2020, may do so on a volunteer or substitute teacher basis within the school district.  If students wish to continue to engage with their placement, and they are healthy, they may do so with the school’s permission. They may do so as private citizens, not as Ball State students.

University Response

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people.

This new virus is a public health concern because:

  • It is newly identified, and much is still unknown about it.
  • Two other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, have caused severe illness.

We have provided the following resources for prevention and treatment:

General Information Resources

Guides

Beginning Monday, March 16, in-person classes were replaced with virtual instruction and other alternative learning options.

This level of transition may require us to take action in phases.

  • The majority of our courses should be able to transition by Monday, March 16, as stated by the President. Our largest classes will transition as top priority. Smaller classes with hands-on learning may require more time to transition.
  • The rest of our courses to transition fully to either online instruction or to other alternative learning options by Monday, March 23.
  • We will make exceptions for courses that can only be taught in-person. These will need to be approved by the appropriate Dean and the Provost with clear justification as to why they cannot transition to an alternative modality.
  • It is vital that we pay attention to and meet all U.S. Department of Education and accreditation requirements as we make this transition. Academic departments should work with their college deans on program specific licensing and accreditation issues.

Faculty should consult their department chairs to identify alternative learning options. Online and Strategic Learning can assist with making content available remotely, and you may use Canvas to receive papers and other assignments.

Suspension of Teacher Education Field Experiences

For the health and safety of all Ball State University students, faculty, staff, students/children, and those of our school partners and because of the uncertainty of sites for field-based school experiences, we are suspending these experiences this semester. Read our FAQs on this topic.

Housing

Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at 10 p.m., our residence halls are closed. Very limited exceptions may be considered for students with exceptional circumstances. Permission can be received by filling out the Petition To Stay form.

Students will receive a credit to their Bursar accounts in the appropriate pro-rata amount, subject to applicable federal financial aid regulations, to be applied to future expenses. In exceptional circumstances, a pro-rata refund to a student—instead of a credit—may be considered.

Housing contract policies regarding cancelation deadlines and the Premium Plan cancelation penalty for the upcoming 2020–21 academic year have been adjusted. Read the updated policies.

The updated policies do not impact our University Apartments. All University Apartments residents will follow the terms laid out in their lease agreement.

Read our full housing guidelines and policies.

Dining

Our dining halls and other food services will remain open, but with “take out” options only.

Over the next two weeks, as the number of students and employees on campus declines to a much smaller number, we will likely close several dining halls.

For daily updates, check the Dining Services website.

As circumstances with COVID-19 continue to evolve, the safety of our faculty, staff, students, and visitors continues to be of paramount importance. As we look toward the coming weeks, we find it necessary to cancel all Ball State University camps, conferences, space rentals, and third party camps through June 30, including those that start in June and end in July. We are making this announcement now so that you can make plans as far ahead as possible.

For more information, read our FAQs.

Specific Events

Commencement

We are saddened to share with you that we have decided to cancel our May 2020 Commencement Exercises. We are developing alternative plans to celebrate our graduates, and we would like your input.

Athletic Events

All athletic events both at Ball State and throughout the Mid-American Conference have been canceled for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year.

Housing

Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at 10 p.m., our residence halls are closed. Very limited exceptions may be considered for students with exceptional circumstances. Permission can be received by filling out the Petition To Stay form.

Students will receive a credit to their Bursar accounts in the appropriate pro-rata amount, subject to applicable federal financial aid regulations, to be applied to future expenses. In exceptional circumstances, a pro-rata refund to a student—instead of a credit—may be considered.

The updated policies do not impact our University Apartments. All University Apartments residents will follow the terms laid out in their lease agreement.

Read our full housing guidelines and policies.

Dining

Our dining halls and other food services will remain open, but with “take out” options only.

Over the next two weeks, as the number of students and employees on campus declines to a much smaller number, we will likely close several dining halls.

For daily updates, check the Dining Services website.

Library, Testing Labs, and Technology Support Services

Effective Saturday, March 21, our library, testing labs, and technology support services are closed to patrons and users.

Internal operations will continue, so that our staff can provide support either online or by telephone.

If you have an urgent and compelling need for physical access or in-person services, you must make an appointment.

For more information about adjusted hours and how to seek assistance, visit Unified Technology Support’s web page.

Recreational and Sports Facilities

All Ball State University recreational and sports facilities are closed until further notice.

This includes the closing of:

  • Jo Ann Gora Student Recreation and Wellness Center
  • Ball Gymnasium
  • Lewellen Pool
  • Worthen Arena Concourse and all athletic facilities

Anyone who needs to retrieve belongings from lockers in these facilities may do so by contacting Ben Peak, director of recreation services.

Art Museum

The David Owsley Museum of Art is closed to the public until further notice.

For updates and to continue exploring the museum’s collections, visit DOMA’s website.

Planetarium

The Charles W. Brown Planetarium is closed until further notice.

Building Security

The University will secure most buildings throughout campus, with the exception of dining facilities still in operation.

Employees may access the buildings, if their assigned responsibilities require them to do so.

Questions regarding access should be directed to immediate supervisors.

Shuttle Services

Only our demand-response bus service is operational at this time for those needing mobility assistance on campus.

This service operates on the following schedule:

  • Monday–Thursday, 7:15 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Friday, 7:15 a.m.-8 p.m.

To use this service, please call 765-285-9045 at least 30 minutes in advance to schedule a ride.

Faculty and Staff

We will continue to maintain only those facilities and operations that are presently vital to fulfill our mission and to support our students.

On March 20, Delaware County Commissioners issued a Disaster Emergency Declaration. As of March 23, administrators and supervisors have been directed to assign all faculty and staff to work remotely, unless an employee’s on-campus responsibility is vital to our fundamental mission or if it is not possible for the employee to work remotely.

In light of the Governor’s March 23 Order, administrators and supervisors should review the actions that they have taken in the following two respects:

  • Ensure that employees who are working remotely are doing so at their place of residence or at another location expressly permitted in the Governor’s Order; and
  • Review any decision that requires an employee to work on-campus to ensure that the employee’s work is to facilitate distance learning, to perform critical research, or to perform an essential function. 

If a supervisor determines that an employee must work physically on campus, the supervisor must make the necessary arrangements so that the employee can exercise “social distancing” and work in a manner consistent with other guidance from public health experts.

If a supervisor determines that an employee is not able to work remotely and is not required to be physically present in order to enable the University to fulfill our mission at this time, the employee should consider using various options to secure paid leave.

We understand that circumstances continually change, and our unwavering commitment to the wellbeing of our staff and faculty guide us as we continue to respond to the evolving situation. We are systematically reviewing and updating policies and procedures.

Important Documents

Please review our guidelines and additional information on alternative work arrangements. Employees planning to work from home need to complete our online request form.

Graduate Assistants

Since the University remains open for normal business, graduate assistants should continue with their duties. 

Some GA duties may need to be modified given the circumstances. In these cases, the GA supervisor should work with the GA on making alternative work assignments.

We ask that supervisors who must modify work assignments stay within the GA Guidelines, which state:

"Supervisors must assign work to graduate assistants that contributes to their academic and professional development. The work experiences graduate assistants receive should add value to their degree and increase their competitiveness for future employment or academic opportunities.”

While guidelines also require students to have an on-campus presence, we will authorize supervisors, at their discretion, to allow completely off-campus duties, and we ask that they inform the Graduate School of these arrangements.

International

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

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

Domestic

Until further notice, we are suspending University-sponsored/funded domestic travel for faculty, staff, and students, including travel throughout the state of Indiana, unless a Vice President or Dean approves of an exception.

When making a decision about travel, our Vice Presidents and Deans will consider the destination, reason, duration of travel, and how important it is to our University’s mission.

Reimbursements for Canceled Work-Related Travel

For information regarding employee travel that has been canceled by either the traveler or the host due to COVID-19, and how to proceed with refunds and reimbursements, visit the Travel website.