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Individual offices/departments will be updating individual websites about adapted hours/services/mechanisms for post-spring break support.

Courses and On-Campus Programming (Updated as of 4/6/20):

  • Due to the continued threat of the virus that causes COVID-19, we have regretfully decided that there will be no on-campus summer programs. This includes on-campus faculty-student summer research, on-campus internships and student employment, and on-campus summer camps. May Term travel courses were cancelled previously. While no on-campus May Term courses will be offered, we will offer several May Term courses that will be taught remotely. Details will be posted in the Schedule of Classes soon. (4/6/20)
  • All students who are not already approved to stay and are not still awaiting a response to a previous submitted petition must leave campus at latest by Monday, March 16 at 5 p.m. Students whose travel plans are flexible or who are driving and can leave more quickly should do so. University Housing will be closed to all those who are not already approved to stay and are not still waiting to hear the outcome of a petition on Monday, March 16 at 5pm. (3/15/20) Read the full message here. 
  • In-person classes will be suspended after the end of the day on Friday, March 13, and all class meetings will be suspended during the week of March 16-20. Faculty members will prepare for e-learning. (3/11/20)
  • Spring break will take place as scheduled, March 23-27. Beginning March 30, we will transition to e-learning for the remainder of the spring 2020 term. (3/11/20)

Travel (Updated as of 3/11/20):

  • All university-sponsored travel – international or domestic – should remain canceled unless an exception is granted by a divisional vice president. These restrictions do not apply to any members of our community who may be studying elsewhere and are required to return home or to travel between home and work at DePauw. (3/11/20)
  • Avoid unnecessary exposure and reconsider personal travel internationally and to places in the U.S. with reported cases, but recognize that it is a personal choice to travel. (3/6/20)
  • The university has cancelled visits from all international areas. (3/6/20)
  • Anyone traveling to a CDC-identified level 2 or 3 is required to self-quarantine off campus for a period of 14 days before returning to DePauw. (3/4/20)
  • Requiring a travel information form for those with travel plans during Spring Break to self report their anticipated plans. (3/4/20)

Students Currently Abroad (Updated as of 3/17/20):

  • All students studying abroad or off-campus for spring semester have been asked to return home. (3/17/20)
  • Students returning from off-campus study are reminded not to return to DePauw's campus. (3/11/20) 

Events and Visitors (Updated as of 4/2/20):

  • Alumni Reunion Weekend, originally scheduled for June 2020, has been canceled. Alumni participating in this year's reunion have received an email regarding the change in plans and alternative reunion celebrations. (4/2/20)
  • Commencement has been postponed and announcements regarding new plans are forthcoming. (4/1/20)
  • For the health and safety of students who are remaining on campus, as well as our employees who will be providing support and other essential campus operations, no outside visitors -- including students who have departed from campus -- are permitted until further notice. Only students who have been approved due to extenuating circumstances and essential staff should be in their designated residences; likewise, external visitors (including students who have left campus) cannot utilize DePauw facilities without approval. (3/17/20)
  • Physical libraries are closed. Library services will continue operation and librarians will respond to student and faculty requests for scanning, research support, class support and handing physical materials to on-campus users where possible. For more information please visit the library's page. (3/17/20)
  • Welch Fitness Center, Neal Fieldhouse and Lilly Rec will be closed until further notice. (3/17/20)
  • University-sponsored events remain canceled until further notice; this includes all athletics practices and competitions.  Informal social gatherings are strongly discouraged due to the social distancing recommendations of national and world health organizations. On-campus social gatherings (such as receptions or parties) of 10 or more people for those remaining on campus are not permitted. (3/13/20)

Employees (Updated as of 4/3/20): 

  • Along with Governor Holcomb's extension of the stay at home order, we are continuing our suspension of all on-campus operations with the exception of those that are essential and cannot be conducted remotely until further notice. (4/3/20)
  • An employee resource page has been set up by HR. (3/17/20) 
  • Employees working from home or who cannot work will still enter their full regularly scheduled hours for compensation, using the COVID-19 code. Use of the COVID-19 code will not be counted against accrued sick or vacation time. (3/17/20)
  • Faculty and staff have been sent an updated communication regarding telecommuting, employee or dependent illness, travel and more. (3/13/20). 

Additional action steps taken by DePauw Facilities: 

Precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID - 19, as well as other flu-like pathogens. All cleaning described below will be done with the hospital grade disinfectant.

  • Beginning 3/16, facilities will provide 7 day per week cleaning service for Hoover Hall bathrooms and public areas, including high touch areas.
  • Beginning 3/16, academic offices and spaces will undergo additional deep cleaning in addition to the below ongoing practices. 
  • Door handles, switches, handrails, water fountains elevator buttons, tables, counters and chairs will be disinfected daily.
  • Disinfecting wipes will be ordered and distributed to classrooms for disinfecting classroom keyboards, computer mice, etc.

Additional action steps taken by DePauw Bon Appetit Dining: 

Precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID - 19, as well as other flu-like pathogens.
  • Beginning the evening of March 16, Bon Appetit locations have been transitioned to to-go only.  
  • Bulk hand sanitizer has been ordered and will be placed at all entrances to dining locations.
  • More rigorous sanitizing protocols for all kitchens and all dining locations have been put in place every hour with logs.
  • More rigorous sanitizing protocols for the cleaning and sanitizing of all nonfood surfaces have been put in place.