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Student Update March 13

Subject: Departing Campus ASAP, Funding Resources

Dear students,

As you are wrapping up classes, it is urgent that you depart campus as soon as you are able. Once you leave campus, you are not allowed to return to campus until further notice.

Indiana’s Governor, Eric Holcomb, last night announced new steps to protect the public from COVID-19 in the state of Indiana, which includes limiting non-essential gatherings and social events, and encouraging employers to allow employees to telecommute. Although campus will be open, we need to reduce the number of students physically on campus and make decisions in the interest of community health.

While there are currently no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 on DePauw’s campus, we want to ensure we are taking all preventative measures possible. Social distancing is a must and all large social gatherings on campus, which increase your risk of contracting or spreading illness, are prohibited. There should be no social gatherings of 10 or more people on campus. Any gatherings larger than this will be immediately dispersed and involved individuals required to leave campus.

In the event someone in our DePauw community has COVID-19 or is presumptive positive, you will receive a text message through our emergency notification system. You may be asked to immediately separate yourself from others and await further instructions, which may include not being able to depart campus for an extended period of time (up to 14 days) due to self-quarantine requirements.

Packing
If you are in need of help with packing please reach out to Housing and Residence Life. Boxes are available at Reese Hall. Staff will also be available to assist in packing your items after you leave campus to prepare for shipping if you are unable to take everything with you when you leave.

Emergency Funds
Thanks to a new Student Emergency Relief Fund created by DePauw Alumni and Friends and DePauw Student Government, funds are available should you need help with pressing costs related to unexpected early departure, assistance with travel (priority will be given to those who live more than 300 miles away from campus), storage or shipping, technology to pursue online learning, as well as unplanned expenses. Those interested in submitting a request for funds should complete this form. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sincerely,

Alan P. Hill
Vice President for Student Academic Life