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Student Update June 24: Student response required: decision on where you will learn/live for Fall 2020

Dear DePauw Students,

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through the process of developing plans for the upcoming academic year. A number of students, faculty and staff have been working hard to prepare for our return to campus while also providing options for students who want to live remotely.

Required Response: Where you will learn and live Fall 2020

One of the major components of that process is knowing how many of you will choose to return to live and learn on campus. To this end, we are asking all students - both our newest members in the Class of 2024 and our returning students - to submit your decision regarding where you will live and learn for the Fall 2020 term. Students will find the form to submit their decision on Moodle and all students, both returning and new students, should complete this process by Wednesday, July 8 at 8am (EDT).

Course Offerings

We know that for some of you whether the courses that you want to take this fall will be offered in person or remotely is an important component of whether you will choose to return to campus for Fall 2020. While we do not yet know the specific delivery format for every course, we remain committed to working with all students to ensure that every student will have access to reasonable course option(s) for those who choose to learn remotely.  For example, from an initial query of faculty members, we have tentative numbers that indicate that about a third of fall classes will be offered by face-to-face instruction only, a third of fall classes will be offered by remote instruction only and a third of fall classes will provide for both in-person and remote learners. For questions about courses, please email the Office of the Registrar.

Modifications to living on campus 

In addition to potential changes to the delivery format for some courses, there will be other ways in which Fall 2020 will vary from any other term before. 

  • There will be restrictions on events - those sponsored by University departments and those hosted by student organizations - in order to align with physical distancing, mask requirements, and attendance tracking in order to facilitate contact tracing. Details regarding events have been updated and can be found here

  • As a reminder, the guidelines by which we will live, learn and work on campus can be found in the Health Practices Recommendations and Requirements section of the coronavirus website, and are subject to change. For example, this website describes the details of the Universal Mask Usage policy that will be in place in all University owned buildings. The university will be providing 3 reusable masks to each student and employee. Details on distribution plans will be provided at a later date.

  • Students who will live and learn on campus or will live away from campus but come to campus only for classes will be expected to sign an acknowledgement that they will adhere to the Health Practices Recommendations and Requirements. 

Housing assignments 

  • We intend to make final housing assignments in mid-July. Please note that current assignments for upper-class students may change based upon the number of students intending to live and learn on campus.

  • Students living on campus will likely be given a specific schedule in which they are able to move into their room and there will be limitations on how many individuals can accompany a student while moving in. 

  • Move in is tentatively planned to begin the week of August 15th. Fall sport student-athletes, Resident Assistants, Mentors, and students traveling internationally may have alternate move in dates, which their programs will communicate with them directly. Moving onto campus will occur over multiple days and you will be sent your specific check-in/move-in information in late July. 

After carefully considering all the information shared here and in the Health Practices Recommendations and Requirements and consulting with your families to make the best decision possible for you personally, do not forget to submit your response on the Moodle form by Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 8am (EDT). 

Questions can be sent to covid19@depauw.edu.  


Julia Sutherlin Proctor
Assistant Dean of Campus Life and Chair, COVID-19 Task Force