Consistent with the Governor Eric Holcomb’s executive order, our objective is to prepare to resume appropriate in-person academic activities and many campus operations for the Fall semester, but within the context of the current public health crisis. It is our intention at that time to enroll a full complement of undergraduate and graduate students and to continue to provide them with an outstanding education. We anticipate that, over time, we will eventually resume almost all of our traditional teaching, learning, and co-curricular experiences.

The questions, though, are about pace, planning, and protections. In answering these critical questions, we will be prudent and innovative—and committed to our mission.

Three Phases

Between now and May 31, we do not anticipate any material changes to the current work assignments.

That is, faculty and staff who are presently working remotely will continue to do so, unless they are expressly authorized and directed to report to campus by their vice presidents to perform a critical task.

For employees who are presently assigned to work on campus, please continue to follow the directions of your supervisors. And thank you very much for your valuable service.

Beginning June 1, a small number of additional staff and perhaps some additional faculty may be permitted or assigned to return to campus.

The decisions regarding those potential changes will be made by each vice president pursuant to guidelines that we will establish in accordance with guidance from state and local officials, as well as the input from our Taskforce on Recovery and the University’s Strategic Transition (TRUST).

Beginning July 1, we will begin to resume many more campus activities and operations.

In advance of that date, faculty and staff will receive more specific instructions from their respective vice presidents about when and how to return to work on campus, and our decisions will continue to be informed by guidance we receive from state and local officials, as well as the recommendations from TRUST.

Orientation

In light of our schedule, we have already informed our incoming freshmen that our Summer Orientation will be conducted “virtually” this year.

Using a new social media product, our prospective students will be able to:

  • meet their future classmates by creating personal profiles and then connecting with other new students who have similar interests
  • meet and speak with Orientation leaders during online “group chats”
  • attend “virtual” course registration appointments with our advisors
  • connect with other staff who can assist them with becoming more familiar with campus life

We will also offer a variety of online engagement opportunities for the families of new freshmen.

Learn More about Orientation

Special Committees

Academic Planning Group

The Academic Planning Group has been actively examining a variety of scenarios that will enable us to resume on-campus teaching and learning in the Fall, with the appropriate modifications and adjustments.

Because we must also be prepared to adapt to changing circumstances, the members of this task force are developing a range of contingency plans within each scenario for our comprehensive academic enterprise.

Guidance for Faculty and Staff

Provost Susana Rivera-Mills will provide specific guidance to faculty and staff within Academic Affairs, based on recommendations from the Academic Planning Group.

That guidance will include more details about:

  • faculty designing courses so that they can easily transition from one modality to another
  • administrators developing contingency plans to ensure that all courses can continue to be delivered effectively, irrespective of the potential adjustments that may be needed in the middle of the semester if the COVID-19 threat escalates next Fall
  • academic advisors establishing effective alternative methods of communicating with our students and providing continuous support and guidance during these difficult times
  • academic support units developing alternative ways to provide effective tutoring, supplemental instruction, and success coaching

We have created a taskforce led by Sue Hodges Moore, our Chief Strategy Officer, to guide and coordinate our University’s transition to a safe and sustainable operating environment. The Taskforce on Recovery and the University’s Transition (TRUST) is charged with providing recommendations regarding three major aspects of our planning processes:

  • the safe transition of faculty and staff back to campus over the next few months
  • the safe return of our students back to campus in August
  • maintaining a safe campus environment during the next academic year

Members

The 16 members of TRUST serve in a variety of leadership roles across all of the major divisions within the institution.

They have a broad range of expertise, including:

  • academic administration
  • student life
  • business operations
  • housing and dining services
  • libraries
  • facilities
  • health and safety
  • risk management
  • athletics and events management

The task force is now organized into 15 “rapid response” teams that are assessing a wide variety of issues and challenges.

While drawing on their own experiences and knowledge, the members of TRUST are also consulting with other members of the campus community, with other universities and institutions, including IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, and with national public health authorities and experts.

Guidance and Recommendations

TRUST will provide us with specific guidance on various safety measures and precautions, including:

  • social distancing and limits on the size of gatherings
  • extensive testing and prompt results
  • contact tracing and quarantining
  • regular cleaning and sanitizing of facilities
  • protective equipment for people and spaces
  • travel restrictions

As TRUST formulates its recommendations, we will share additional guidance with you. And in early June, we will provide the campus community with more comprehensive information about our transition to robust, yet safe campus activities and operations.