Topic: COVID-19

April 6, 2020

On Friday, Governor Eric Holcomb signed an executive order extending his declaration of a public health disaster emergency until May 5, 2020. On Friday, the Governor also announced that, today, he would extend the “stay at home” order an additional two weeks.

The safety of the members of our campus community is our paramount responsibility. Therefore, the following measures are in effect until April 20, 2020, and likely through at least the end of the month.

Faculty and Staff

In compliance with the Governor’s order, all university employees assigned to work remotely will continue to do so.

For the small number of employees whose on-campus responsibilities are presently vital to our fundamental mission, please follow the social distancing guidelines. Your supervisors will provide you with the appropriate equipment to perform your work safely.

If you need information about our Temporary Extraordinary Leave Policy, visit our website.


Students who have already obtained approval to remain in a residence hall may continue to do so. We will continue to provide “take out” options from the dining locations and remote technology support.

I encourage all students, wherever you reside, to comply with the Governor’s orders and to follow the guidance of local, state, and federal public health officials.


We will continue to post updates at

I know that these aggressive actions continue to disrupt your work and your lives. And I can appreciate that this public health crisis is causing you and your family to feel anxious.

But please know that our individual and collective commitment to our enduring values will guide us through this unprecedented challenge. I admire your creativity and your courage. And I am grateful to have the privilege to serve as the president of this exceptional university.


Geoffrey S. Mearns
Ball State University

More Information

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