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Dear Students, Faculty and Staff, 

As we prepare to return to a thriving, in person, residential experience in the fall, the campus restart team has begun work on our campus plan. In accordance with CDC guidelines and the charge of the Campus Restart Team, please note the following updates to campus policies. We continue to work with campus partners on additional health and safety guidelines and expect to have updates by mid-July and early-August that will further outline the return to campus. The current masking policies remain in place, and will be addressed in the next update. Please remember that pre-COVID policies for learning, living and working together remain in place. 

  1. Inter-residence visitation: Effective immediately, we are rescinding the inter-residence visitation policy (students in living units other than their own) that limited students from visiting other living units. Students are now able to visit other students in any University-approved living unit.  

  2. Classroom spacing: As of August 2, 2021, DePauw will not require extra physical distancing in classrooms or other educational spaces, although we will take steps to correct some isolated pre-pandemic instances of classroom overcrowding. In addition, when possible, approximately 10% of the seats in each classroom will be available for extra distancing accommodations when needed. In some cases this may lead to a small decrease in classroom occupancy. seats in classrooms. Additional information will be shared with faculty shortly so they can plan appropriate enrollment limits for their courses.

  3. Off-Campus Guests on Campus: As of August 4, 2021, we are rescinding the 2020 Off Campus Guests on Campus policy. All guests must follow the current campus guidelines at time of their visit. Swipe access will remain for most buildings, and some spaces may continue to operate at a lower capacity. HR is working to determine how this policy impacts minor visitors in the workplace. 

  4. Off Campus Study: DePauw is moving forward with Fall 2021 Off-Campus International Study opportunities for students. Restrictions based on The US State Department Travel Alert ranking system and current travel limitations will apply. Additional details are available by contacting Mandy Brookins at the Hubbard Center for Student Engagement. *Faculty and staff travel, both international and domestic, will be addressed in an upcoming communication.

We know that many of the changes in COVID policy provide a welcome return to ‘normal life on campus,’ for some, we understand that some changes to learning and working environments may be challenging. Decisions made regarding COVID health and safety policies continue to be made in support of the University’s commitment to providing a thriving educational and work environment, in the context of the residential experience that is core to our mission.

Sincerely, 

The Campus Restart Team 

Sarah Steinkamp, Chief of Staff
Amanda Ryan, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management
Angela Nally, Interim Director for Human Resources
Dorian Shager, Dean of Campus Life
JC Lopez, Associate Dean of Experiential Learning and Director of First-Year Co-Curricular Programs
Julia Proctor, Associate Dean of Students
Kevin Hamilton, Assistant Dean of Students, Director of Housing and Residence Life
Mariel Wilderson, Assistant Vice President for Communications and Marketing
Sam Sarich-Nance, Project Operations Manager
Scott Spiegelberg, Dean of Academic Programs, Assessment, and Policies, and Coordinator for Music Theory and Musicianship
Sharon Crary, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Director of the Global Health Program
Steven Linville, Director of Productions, Assistant Professor of Music
Stevie Baker-Watson, Associate Vice President for Campus Wellness & Theodore Katula Director of Athletics and Recreational Sports
Travis Linneweber, Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration
Warren Whitesell, Associate Vice President for Facilities Management