Fall 2020

Preparing for fall 2020

At the end of May, Indiana University and IUPUI announced plans for a new academic calendar and safety expectations in order to return to campus this fall. Campus leaders and faculty are sorting out the many details, and more information will be shared throughout the summer. Check fall2020.iu.edu to stay up to date with the latest information.

June 10 Student Town Hall

On June 10, the Division of Student Affairs hosted a virtual town hall to share the new academic calendar and answer students’ questions. Below you’ll find a link to watch the recording of the town hall and a list of frequently asked questions from the event.

You can contact life@iupui.edu with additional questions. Our team will work diligently to share as much information as we have in a timely manner.

Watch the town hall.

Is the winter session required?
The winter session is not required and is completely optional for students who wish to take additional courses. All winter session classes will be online. You should be able to view winter session options by mid-July.

When will students know more of what our fall 2020 schedule will look like?
We are finishing the work of establishing new classroom capacities for every classroom. Knowing these capacities, programs are working to identify the best format for the class and whether it will be a 13-week or 16-week class. Information on how courses will be delivered and length of the courses should be available to you in mid-July.

Can students choose to take all of their classes online, especially if they are considered high-risk?
If they are at-risk and wish to take all of their classes in a format that does not require them to come to campus, they should consult with their advisor once the updates to course delivery information is available.

Why are there no fall and spring breaks?
Removing fall break and spring break allows IUPUI to create more instructional time and allows for more compressed calendars, such as some classes ending by Thanksgiving in the fall and as originally scheduled in the spring despite starting a week late. Most importantly, eliminating breaks reduces the likelihood of members of our community traveling in or beyond our states and potentially increasing the spread of the coronavirus.

How will labs and clinicals work?
Faculty are busy preparing ways for you to complete lab and clinical requirements. For specific information, please contact your program advisor. For most lab and clinical experiences, PPE will be worn, particularly if students need to be in close proximity of each other and/or the instructor.

If a student has registered for all 8-week classes in the fall, how does the new academic calendar impact their classes?
It should not impact that at all, except that the last 3 weeks of a “late-start” 8-week course will be online.  

For current all-online students, will the academic calendar stay the same – August 24 to December 10?
Yes, the calendar will stay the same.

How will the new schedule impact service-learning requirements?
Guidelines have been developed regarding service-learning and project-based learning with community partners. To a significant degree, this will be handled on a course-by-course basis and program-by-program basis. If you have questions, please consult your advisor after July 15.

How are faculty being held accountable to ensure a high-quality online learning experience?
IUPUI has been teaching online courses since the 1990’s, and as a result, a number of our faculty have significant experience developing online courses. Additionally, hundreds of faculty are participating in trainings this summer around online, remote, and hybrid teaching strategies to ensure the best possible learning experience where a class is mostly or fully online. IUPUI is also fortunate to have a rich array of learning technologies available to support student learning.

What does it mean to take a hybrid class?
A hybrid class will be hosted both online and in person, meaning a class that might typically meet twice a week in person might meet once in person and once online. The way a hybrid class works will vary based on the course itself and how the faculty member structures it.

What will May 2021 graduation look like?
It’s still too early to determine a commencement plan for May 2021.

How will on-campus dining work?
On-campus dining will change to accommodate modifications for new physical distancing guidelines. Contactless dining, such as online ordering and pick up, will now be available at select locations. Traffic management to help guests navigate dining and seating areas will be in place, and plexiglass shields at all registers will be installed. In Tower Dining, food stations will remain but with service provided by the employee instead of having buffet options.
How will meal plans change?
Meal plans will work much like they did previously with a few changes to align to the new physical distancing guidelines. The most significant changes will be a modified board calendar at Tower Dining to align with the new academic calendar and a modified swipe swap program to allow for more flexible to-go options. Meal Plans are still required and automatically assigned for those students living in Ball Hall, North Hall, and University Tower and elective meal plans will still be available for all other students to purchase in the same ways as previous years .

Will unused prints paid for from the UITS fee from spring 2020 roll over to fall 2020?
Unused print allotments from spring 2020 will roll over to fall 2020, up to a maximum of 9 print credits. Read more about this here: https://kb.iu.edu/d/aouh.

Will tuition be cheaper for the 2020-21 academic year? If not, why did tuition increase?
The university is adhering to the tuition rate approved by the state of Indiana last year (2019) as IUPUI and other Indiana University campuses are returning to in-person instruction on our campuses.

Universities in Indiana approve tuition every two years. The process begins by publicly announcing the rates followed by a meeting of the trustees to receive feedback from the public before they act on the recommendation. The IU Trustees approved the new tuition at their June 5, 2019 meeting, and it has been publicly announced since that time. 

You can read more about how tuition was set here: https://news.iu.edu/stories/2019/06/iu/inside/14-from-the-desk-cfo-describes-budget-process.html

Why were no refunds issued for spring 2020?
Refunds and credits were issued to students in spring 2020 in the following ways: a housing credit, a meal plan credit, and a Campus Rec fee credit.

Will there be a refund for parking passes students had for the spring 2020 semester?

After thorough consideration of the exceptional circumstances of the spring semester, IU has decided to issue a prorated credit for students' spring semester parking passes.

Each student’s credit will be based on the permit type they purchased. The credit amount is derived by multiplying the daily rate of the permit by the number of days remaining in the spring semester.  President McRobbie’s letter requested students vacate campus by March 20 at 11:59 p.m. March 21 was used as the start date and the last day a spring permit was valid as the end date. 

Credits received as noted above will first be applied to any unpaid charges on the student's bursar account, with any remaining credit applied to future charges such as summer and/or fall 2020 enrollment. If a student would like to request an immediate refund of any remaining credit, please complete the COVID-19 Refund Request form.

If a student is from out of state, but all of their classes are online, is there a discount for that student?
The university is adhering to the tuition rate approved by the state of Indiana last year (2019) as IUPUI and other Indiana University campuses are returning to in-person instruction on our campuses.

Will the distance education fee be waived?
IUPUI will not assess the distance education fee for academic year 2020-21, except for fully online and online collaborative programs.

If students are taking 18 credit hours in the spring, will they be able to take classes included in the banded tuition during the 6-week session?
An undergraduate student taking 18 credit hours in the spring would be assessed additional tuition for credit hours over 18 in the term.

How did IUPUI allocate funds through the CARES Act?
You can view how funds were allocated on the consumer disclosure website: https://studentcentral.iupui.edu/disclosures/higher-education-emergency-relief-fund-reporting.html

Do students need to make updates to their FAFSA?
If students or parents have experienced a loss of income in 2020, they should email finaid@iupui.edu to explain circumstances. Depending on situation the Office of Student Financial Services will work with families to update FAFSA information.

Will there be teaching assistants (TAs) under this new academic calendar?
There will be opportunities for TAs to be in the classrooms this academic year. However, it may look different dependent on the delivery format for the course. TAs should reach out to their graduate program director to ask about plans for the fall in terms of timing for courses and their role in teaching.  For those new to teaching or wishing to refresh their knowledge, the Center for Teaching and Learning will offer a TA orientation as a Canvas course and possibly on site. See the CTL at IUPUI-TA-Orientation 2020.

The safety and well-being of our TAs is important, so do seek guidance from your program director and course director.

What are IU McKinney Law School’s plans for fall 2020?
IU McKinney will be offering a hybrid approach of both online and in person classes for the fall semester. Please monitor your email for more information.

How does the academic calendar impact graduate and professional programs that operate on quarters instead of semesters?
From the Kelley School of Business: The quarter system will be impacted the same as the semester system by following all of the university and local guidelines for social distancing. We are reviewing our classroom capacity, determining how our courses will be taught (online or hybrid with some in person and some online) and other requirements such as wearing of masks and classroom sanitation procedures. The dates of the fall quarter coincide with the start of the fall semester and will conclude in mid-November, prior to the Thanksgiving break, so the dates for the fall quarter fall in line with the currently prescribed guidelines.

Medicine, Dentistry, and Law also offer courses on a quarter system. Check with your program director or advisor for updates on the schedule.

Will medical school student have clinicals this year?
IUSM medical students in the pre-clerkship phase of training will have essential face-to-face clinical skills sessions this fall (August 2020). Right now, we anticipate that students in the clerkship training will be moving back into the clinics at the end of June.

Do the students in your professional degrees need to complete practicums and how might they be impacted by the fall plans?
Occupational Therapy:
Our OT Class of 2021 students will be out on a 12-week clinical rotation Sept. 21 – Dec. 11. This rotation was originally scheduled for summer, but we adjusted due COVID-19 site cancellations. We have also had some sites close permanently, plus several site cancellations for fall, so we are working on new placements for those students who are impacted.  

Physical Therapy:
Yes, the PT students will need to complete clinical practicums this fall that were cancelled from the summer. We are hopeful that the clinics will be able to manage our students this fall. The pandemic has caused several of our sites to close permanently, so we are working to relocate students for their fall experiences.

Physician Assistant:
Our students have clinical rotations, and we were planning on them following our original schedule which would have them out on clinical rotations until Dec. 18, and then resume again the first week of January until they graduate August 2021.

Because most graduate students are working in clinical practice, their clinical experience hours are often strategically spread out over the traditional semester to accommodate work schedules. We anticipate we will probably need to continue on that path for the fall semester, permitting graduate nursing students to complete their clinical hours across the 16-week semester. For graduate nursing student learning experiences planned to be held in skills labs/simulation space, these in-person learning experiences will need to be completed prior to the beginning of Thanksgiving week (Nov. 20). As things may change, we may need to consider making additional changes to this plan for our graduate students clinical learning experiences.

As housing has moved to single-occupancy, what does that mean for students who have already signed contracts?
Students who have already signed housing contracts do not need to reapply and they will be assigned a single-occupancy room. If you wish to request a roommate, you can learn more about this year’s process here: https://housing.iupui.edu/housing20-21/roommate-process.html

Will there be early move-in for on-campus housing?
Yes, HRL will offer early move-in opportunities for students living on campus. More information will be shared throughout the summer.

What should international students do who are unable to enter the U.S. due to laws imposed by their home country/government?

If you are a continuing student and you are unable to return to Indianapolis, IUPUI will help you continue your degree online to the greatest extent possible—some exceptions may include courses with clinical, studio, or performance components. In all cases, you should work with your academic unit for guidance on how to continue making progress toward your degree. Be sure to reference the Office of International Affairs’ website for updated travel and immigration guidance, and contact OIA staff at iadvisor@iupui.edu for assistance with questions about your specific situation.

What is the process for international students to return to the U.S. for the fall semester?

Be sure to stay informed about U.S. entry restrictions if you are traveling from or have visited certain countries in the 14 days prior to your entry to the U.S. Also, if you are outside the U.S. and can return to Indianapolis in August, you will be required to spend 14 days in your residence (either on or off campus) monitoring your health and practicing physical distancing. Be sure to plan for this as you make travel arrangements. You can find the latest travel policy updates here.

You will need to carry certain documents with you (i.e., do not put these in checked luggage) when you enter the U.S., including a signed I-20 (F-1 students) or DS-2019 (J-1 students) with a valid travel signature, passport valid for at least six months from the date you plan to enter the U.S., and a valid visa stamp. Review the Office of International Affairs’ website for additional details about documents you will need in order to return to the U.S.

How can international students best prepare for traveling to the U.S. should their classes be offered in person?

Be sure to stay informed about U.S. entry restrictions if you are traveling from or have visited certain countries in the 14 days prior to your entry to the U.S. Also, if you are outside the U.S. and can return to Indianapolis in August, you will be required to spend 14 days in your residence (either on or off campus) monitoring your health and practicing physical distancing. Be sure to plan for this as you make travel arrangements. You can find the latest travel policy updates here.

You will need to carry certain documents with you (i.e., do not put these in checked luggage) when you enter the U.S., including a signed I-20 (F-1 students) or DS-2019 (J-1 students) with a valid travel signature, passport valid for at least six months from the date you plan to enter the U.S., and a valid visa stamp. Review the Office of International Affairs’ website for additional details about documents you will need to return to the U.S. 

Can international students take all of their classes online during the fall semester?

SEVP granted special approval for online learning during the spring and summer terms. We are waiting for SEVP to update its guidance for fall 2020 and will share this information as soon as possible after it is released.  

Will students be able to study abroad in fall 2020 or spring 2021?

IU has suspended undergraduate study abroad programs for fall semester 2020. This suspension encompasses all IU and non-IU undergraduate study abroad programs. Decisions regarding spring study abroad programs remain contingent on developments regarding the pandemic and international mobility and will be announced by October 1. Additional considerations and the most up-to-date information about study abroad can be found here. Please reach out to the IUPUI Study Abroad Office (abroad@iupui.edu/317-274-2081) if you have additional questions. 

If international students complete their fall 2020 semester online, will they still be eligible for internships?

We do not fully know how being unable to enter the U.S. this fall may impact international students’ ability to apply for future immigration benefits, such as work authorization. We are awaiting guidance from the U.S. government and will provide more details as soon as we can. Be sure to reference the Office of International Affairs’ website for up-to-date information, and contact OIA staff at iadvisor@iupui.edu for assistance with questions about your specific situation.

Will international students be able to work on campus?

International students who wish to work on campus should review the eligibility requirements on the Office of International Affairs website and contact iadvisor@iupui.edu if they have any questions about their situation.

Is parking changing for fall?
Parking is being evaluated for the fall 2020 semester, and student parking passes for the 2020-21 will be available August 1. Information about how parking is changing will be shared prior to August 1.

How will the JagLine operate in the fall?
The shuttle system will still operate its routes as it does today to allow students to park once and then use the shuttle to move around campus. In addition, cleaning protocols on the shuttle buses have increased, and we ask for passengers to maintain physical distancing as much as possible.

What will student clubs and organizations look like for fall?
Student clubs/orgs will be encouraged to operate virtually and in person while following university guidelines for safe events and gatherings. Student organizations should continue to submit all event requests via The Spot for approval.

How will events be regulated?
Campus approvers within the event request form via The Spot will determine student organizations’ ability to host activities safely using space capacities to determine social distancing realities. The duration of the event will also be a regulating factor. 

How will student clubs/organizations be able to recruit new members?
Students will be able to recruit through The Spot, and we will work with the Weeks of Welcome and student organization teams to ensure students have ample opportunities to recruit new members.

Will the Game Room and the CUBE be open in the Campus Center for students and student orgs?
The Game Room and the CUBE will be open for students but with limited capacities to maintain appropriate social distancing per university guidelines.

If a student’s on-campus job can be completed virtually, can they work outside of the U.S.?
This is possible if the department is willing to do the necessary paperwork, as it is a different hiring process. HR will assist departments on an as needed basis and on a case-by-case basis. Students interested in this process should contact their department supervisor as a first step.

How will internships and practicums work? Will students be able to choose to complete them virtually or in person?
Programs and faculty are working on how to ensure you are able to complete internship and practicum requirements. In some cases, internships and practicums will be able to happen at a site whereas in other cases there will be virtual elements.

Will students be able to work on campus?
Students will be able to work on campus this academic year. If you currently hold an on-campus job, please work with your supervisor to determine what your position will look like this next year.

What does the hiring freeze mean for students who are eligible for work study?
If you are eligible for Federal Work Study funds you will be able to work on campus this fall, assuming you proceed through Jag Jobs and apply for jobs through Jag Jobs. Should you have any questions about the process, please contact the Office of Student Employment to schedule an appointment.

Student health and safety is of the utmost priority. We’ve answered some commonly asked questions below, and we also wanted to share the return to campus guide and FAQs from fall2020.iu.edu. Both provide more information on staying healthy and safe on campus this fall.

How will masks and social distancing be enforced on campus?
Everyone on campus (students, faculty, staff, visitors) should be wearing a facial covering when inside an IU building, as well as outside when physical distancing is difficult to maintain. Facial coverings can be removed if you are alone in an office with the door closed.

Faculty can tell students they must leave the classroom if they refuse to wear a mask.

Enforcement will be handled as classroom and workplace governance. Complaints should be sent to faculty, supervisors, or Student Affairs.

Will the university provide masks to students?
Yes, the university will provide each student with 2 masks and will begin handing them out to students this fall. When masks are ready to be distributed, information will be shared with students.

What is the university’s opinion on the efficacy of people wearing facial coverings?
Current guidance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 recommends the use of facial coverings when out in public and especially in places where physical distancing is not possible. Our public health experts agree that wearing facial coverings slows the spread of the virus.

Will testing be offered to all students or just those presenting symptoms?Through an agreement with Indiana University Health, IU students, faculty and staff will have access to a comprehensive series of services related to the screening, testing and management of COVID-19.

As part of the agreement, all IU students, faculty and staff at any IU campus or facility who have symptoms of COVID-19 will be able to use virtual visits and local clinics where samples can be collected for virus testing if needed.

What kind of mental health options will be available for students?
Counseling and Psychological Services will remain accessible to students in a virtual format and will provide one-on-one counseling, group counseling, weekly mindfulness meditation, and more. Learn more at caps.iupui.edu.

What will be done to ensure students receive the adequate self-care needed to prevent burnout, especially knowing breaks are canceled?

Students will have continued access to health and wellness services on campus. Counseling and Psychological Services will provide one-on-one counseling, group counseling, weekly mindfulness meditations, and more for students. They’ve also created a virtual care package and an emotional wellness resource guide that are free for students to access.

Health and Wellness Promotion offers a variety of free services, including individualized health and wellness coaching, for students to focus on and maintain optimal wellness. And, Campus Recreation is hoping to continue online fitness classes for students who will be away from campus.