Dear DePauw Students,
As we begin to inch closer to the close of the fall term, I know you are eager to begin planning for spring in your decisions about both living and learning. I certainly understand that this has been a very unusual time regardless of the learning option that you selected and want to thank each of you for working with us in our effort to keep everyone healthy and safe. As President White indicated, we are eager to welcome all students who choose to live and learn on campus for the spring term.
I also know that even though we communicated that due to the COVID-19 situation the on-campus experience was going to be restrictive in order to keep everyone safe, it is clear that the fall term has felt isolating at times. We are committed to keeping the campus healthy and safe, but acknowledge the importance of finding ways to allow students to broaden their opportunities to build new relationships and rekindle old friendships with their peers during the spring term. Through our ongoing conversations with student leaders, we aim to provide options that are more flexible for students to join together outside of the classroom environment.
In order to take these steps, it will take an understanding and willingness from each individual and group to heed our current philosophy of Tigers Take Care. While the university continues to be in uncharted territory for planning, we will continue to do our best to provide clear answers when possible.
To further plan for spring, we are requiring each of you to fill out this form for the Spring 2021 term by November 6. Your username will be your full DePauw email including the @depauw.edu and your password will be your eServices password. You will be asked to share your preferences for housing, whether you desire to live on campus for the semester, or you wish to apply for an exception to the residential requirement with the designation as a remote or commuter status. As you begin the process of filling out the form, I encourage you to please take a moment to check the current schedule of classes, which provides information regarding course formats (remote, mixed, in-person), as well as the Academic Calendar for the term.
Note that until you receive confirmation of your requested status, you should not make any plans for your spring living and learning situation, including external housing agreements.
While our planning team cannot anticipate the local or national impact of the COVID-19 pandemic several months from now, I can provide these early details regarding the spring term.
All students who have access to campus (residential and commuter) will be required to have a flu shot prior to the spring term. More information is forthcoming regarding exemptions and how to report this information to DePauw Health.
Academic services, such as the Library and Academic resource center, will continue to be available to on-campus learners and remote learners. The remote Resident Assistant program that began in the fall will continue as well. I expect more virtual event opportunities as programs continue to plan further into the future. Most of the Student Academic Life Offices will continue to offer services and support remotely as well as opportunities for specific scheduled times for face to face appointments.
Academic classrooms, including set-up and occupancy, will remain consistent with the fall term.
Compliance with our COVID-19 testing protocol will be required for resident and commuter students to include: a test prior to arrival, a second test within a matter of days on campus, and participation in asymptomatic testing for the duration of the term.
Hoover Hall will provide for both ‘grab and go’ and indoor seating with limited occupancy for resident and commuter students.
Welch Fitness Center will be open to resident and commuter students at a limited capacity.
The size limits on events held on campus will be regularly updated and clearly communicated, so that Campus Life can continue to work with student leaders to plan events that fit within the appropriate guidelines.
Please note that should campus have a need for a pivot due to health conditions and depending on the number of students in residence on campus, these details may change. All published health practices will continue on campus, and the following information should be taken into consideration when making your selections:
Masking will remain mandatory in all university-owned and operated common/shared spaces, including classrooms. Students will be expected to adhere to physical distancing standards of 6 feet from others. The more compliance we have with masking and distancing, the more likely we are to keep our cases low.
There is a strong likelihood of positive cases that would require isolation and quarantine of entire living spaces, especially as requirements are relaxed.
Violations of health and safety requirements will be considered violations of Community Standards. Some of the violations may result in me taking immediate action, up to and including suspension or termination of the privilege of living on campus.
Thank you for your continued diligence with health and safety and your attention to our many updates and announcements. I’m happy to answer additional questions via firstname.lastname@example.org, but please know that what I’ve shared here is the extent of our current status.
Alan P. Hill
Vice President for Student Academic Life and Dean of Students