Indiana University temporarily suspends face-to-face teaching, adopts other new policies

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WEHT) — Indiana University announced Tuesday students on all campuses will be taught remotely for two weeks following spring break, which is scheduled for March 15-22.

The remote classes are set to last from March 23-April 5, but president Michael McRobbie said in an email things could change as the situation evolves.

IU says two students have self-reported presumptively positive tests for COVID-19 after studying abroad, but neither have returned to an IU campus and are receiving care at their home cities. To date, no known cases of COVID-19 have been identified on any IU campus.

Alongside our extensive prevention efforts that are already being carried out, it is now necessary to take further urgent, proactive steps to help keep the IU community safe. These measures will undoubtedly cause inconvenience and disruption, yet the risks of not acting now far outweigh the foreseeable inconvenience and challenges of these actions. The steps that we are taking are necessary to help ensure the continuing good health of our community. 

IU President Michael McRobbie

IU says campuses will not close, and residential halls and dining will remain open. However, McRobbie says that while completing classes virtually, students are strongly encouraged to stay in their permanent homes away from campus.

In addition to temporarily suspending face-to-face instruction, IU also announced the following policies:

  • Unit heads should determine if any staff and faculty members are able to meet their work obligations from home by telecommuting and are in a position to do so.
  • University-sponsored or affiliated international travel is suspended through April 5. Travelers returning from countries designated Level 2 or 3 by the CDC are subject to 14-day self-quarantine off campus upon return. 
  • University-affiliated domestic travel outside Indiana is suspended through April 5. The school is discouraging personal travel outside Indiana and is encouraging members of the IU community to consider using video conferencing, phones or other means rather than traveling campus-to-campus or elsewhere to meet in person.
  • Visitors to all campuses are strongly discouraged until April 5.
  • IU says no new non-essential, large events should be scheduled through April 6. For events already scheduled through April 6, organizers are strongly encouraged to immediately consider canceling or rescheduling these. Any large events that it is proposed should continue must seek the approval of the Executive Vice President for the relevant campus or unit. Athletic events will follow the guidance of their Conference Governance and public health officials. 

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(This story was originally published on March 10, 2020)

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