Fall 2020

Supporting your success

IUPUI is committed to supporting you as we continue to navigate fall 2020. While the in-person portion of the semester has come to a close, we will continue to share relevant information and updates at fall2020.iu.edu and host monthly town halls.

November 18 Student Town Hall

On November 18, the Division of Student Affairs hosted a virtual town hall that shared information on campus operations during the intersession and staying well this winter. Below you’ll find a link to watch the recording of the town hall and a list of frequently asked questions from past town halls.

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 November 18 town hall.

Upcoming Town Halls

Town halls for the spring 2021 are currently being planned. We’ll share more information on how to connect in January.

Quarantine and isolation resources

Whether you’re living on or off campus, we’ve created guides that outline a variety of processes related to testing, quarantine, and isolation. You can also learn more about local and on-campus resources.


Frequently Asked Questions

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. 

When can students register for winter session courses?
Students will be able to register for winter session courses during priority registration for the spring semester which begins in late October. 

When will students know more of what our fall 2020 schedule will look like?
Students should be able to access their fall 2020 course schedule through One.IU.edu. to learn which classes will be conducted online and in person. Once in One.IU.edu, search for iGPS Plan, then click on “Continue Planning” to see the formats of your fall classes. If students would like to make changes to their schedule, they should contact their academic advisor to learn more about other class options.

Will online and in-person classes return on the same day?
Yes, all classes begin on August 24.

If a class is hybrid-traditional, will students be able to complete that class completely remotely?
Hybrid-traditional classes are designed to have an in-person component. If you wish to have all online classes, you should consult with your advisor and the faculty member of the class about whether the course will be offered with an online option.

If a class says TBA for location, what should students expect?
It means “to be assigned” and a building and room number will be assigned in the near future.

If a class says AAR for location, what should students expect?
That means the class time will be done by arrangement with the instructor. Consult with the instructor to learn about when the class will meet.

How can students access tutoring and academic support services, like the Mathematics Assistance Center, Bepko Learning Center, and the Library?
All of these services will offer both face-to-face support and remote support. Hours of availability in each format may vary across services so it is recommended that you consult the website for each of these areas to find the most current hours of operation. Additionally, the Bepko Learning Center website (blc.iupui.edu) contains information about mentoring tutoring and other academic support services.

Where can students find information regarding textbooks?
Information on textbooks can be found at https://iupui.bncollege.com/shop/iupui/page/find-textbooks.

Can students choose to take all of their classes online, especially if they are considered high-risk?
Students should consult with their academic advisor if they would like to take all online classes or change their in-person classes to online classes. Advisors will be able to help students identify a variety of options. To make an appointment with your advisor, log in at one.iu.edu and search “student appointment scheduler” and you can see your assigned advisor or search for another advisor.

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. You will be able to carry-out meals from Tower Dining if you do not want to eat in the common space.

The Campus Center will open six dining locations: Chick-fil-A, Pizza Hut, Panda Express, Caribou Coffee, Simply Puur, and The Market which will be open Monday through Friday. In addition, the Barnes & Noble Café will be open daily for coffee and grab-and-go food service. No fountain drinks will be served.

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.

I haven’t signed up for a meal plan, but received a bill for a plan. How can I change my meal plan?
Students can email meals@iupui.edu to change meal plan options. More information can be found at mealplans.iupui.edu.

Will virtual or online lab-based courses require students to pay lab fees?
Course fees can vary from class to class. Visit https://one.iu.edu/task/iu/master-fee-list to see the fees for the courses you’ll be taking.

If students have classes that require fees, do those fees need to be paid prior to the class starting?
No. Bills for the fall semester aren’t due until September 10, so no payments are required for tuition and fees before classes begin. Visit https://studentcentral.iupui.edu/pay-bill/index.html for more information about the billing process and payment options.

Are textbooks covered by financial aid?
Financial aid can be used to cover your books and supplies. If you plan to purchase your books from the Barnes & Noble bookstore, you can use your financial aid by making a CrimsonCard deposit and completing the Title IV authorization form. If you plan to purchase your books elsewhere, you may be able to use a refund of your excess financial aid to cover the cost of your textbooks.

For more information and updates specific to graduate and professional students, visit https://graduate.iupui.edu/support/coronavirus.html.

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.

How will the move-in process operate for students?
Specific instructions for move-in will be sent to students prior to arrival. In general, students will drive to a central location for step one (COVID testing, face covering pick up, Crimson Card distribution if they need one) and then will be given instructions on the move-in directions for their individual buildings. Students will not be able to move-in to their building until they have finished step one.

Do students living on campus need a COVID-19 test 10 days before AND on the day they are scheduled to move in?
If it’s possible to get tested for COVID-19 10 days prior to moving in, we recommend you do so. We will also test students on their move-in day. Students who test positive will be asked to return home. Students who test negative will be able to move in.

I’ve applied to live on-campus, but I haven’t heard anything. What should I do?
We are currently operating on a waitlist process for living in the residence halls. Students who have applied but haven’t heard anything should email reslife@iupui.edu, so our team can look into your application and situation individually.

Can students get into housing with a temporary CrimsonCard?
The CrimsonCard office will be on site during move-in at step one and can address questions then. Students should contact their office in advance if they have issues with their CrimsonCard. 

Will students be able to stay on campus during the winter session? Will Riverwalk have a different exemption process?
Housing and Residence Life will offer an exemption process for students who need to stay on campus during the winter session and all-online period. The exemption process will be the same for all residential communities.

Can a student who lives on campus in one residence hall visit another student who lives on campus in a different hall? Does the guest policy apply to everyone who doesn’t live in that building?
We are limiting guests to student rooms to just students who live in that building or residential community. If a student wanted to meet a student outside to visit in a residential courtyard then that would be acceptable. Also, some residence halls have large public spaces that will have modified seating to support physical distancing and students are welcome to have guests from other communities in those public spaces.  However, students cannot invite guests from other buildings to their individual rooms.

Can students commuting to and from campus visit me in my residence hall?
We are unable to allow students who do not live on campus visit the residence halls at this time.

How many people can visit me in my residence hall at a time?
Only students living in your residential community can visit you. If a student has a guest over from their floor or residential community, they should be able to maintain six feet of physical distancing. In most cases, this will limit students to one to two guests total at any given time. It’s best to ask a residence life team member before having guests if a student has a question about how many guests can visit their room.

Can students go home for the weekends if they’re living on campus? What expectations exist for this situation?
Students can go home on the weekends to visit family while they are living on campus. We ask that students maintain best practices for staying healthy and safe by wearing a mask, physical distancing, washing hands, etc.

If a student tests positive for COVID-19 and lives on campus, what will happen?
HRL is prepared to serve students if they are living on campus and test positive for COVID-19. We have a response team who is coordinating this effort, and students will be able to self-isolate in a different space on campus. We will also ensure students have access to meals and other necessities.

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

What are the testing requirements for students arriving from international locations?
Students arriving from a location outside the U.S. do not need a pre-arrival test for COVID-19, but will need to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival in the U.S. Campus Health will be coordinating arrival testing.

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.

How will parking change for fall 2020?
For the 2020-21 academic year, all student-issued permits rates were adjusted to reflect the revised academic calendar for each semester and would exclude December for a semester permit and the months of December/January for an academic year permit.

When will I be able to purchase my parking permit?
Students permits are now on sale and can be purchased online at the Parking and Transportation website. In just a few clicks, the permit will be on its way in the mail. A purchase confirmation email will be sent. Please be sure to print your temporary permit for immediate access while your permanent permit is being processed and mailed.  

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. To promote a safer ride, all riders should sit and no one should stand while the shuttle is in motion. This will help reduce the crowding that sometimes occurs during peak times. In addition, cleaning protocols on the shuttle buses have increased.

Will the Jaguar Campus Recreation fitness facility be open this fall?
Yes, The Jag will be open this fall. Students will be able to exercise in the larger workout space and take in-person fitness classes. Virtual fitness classes will also be offered.

Will rec sports, like intramural and club sports, take place this fall?
Intramurals will continue to operate, and students can sign up for fall leagues at rec.iupui.edu. Club sports will also be able to operate and will need to follow university event and physical distancing guidelines.

Is Bridge Week required for students this year?
Bridge Week is not required for all students, although all students are encouraged to attend Bridge Week, which is open to all students for the first time this year. A wide variety of virtual activities are planned as well as an optional in-person activity on the last day of Bridge Week. Bridge Week will provide students with a great opportunity to make connections with other students, faculty, as well as learn about key resources across campus.

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.

Will student clubs and organizations be able to meet in person this fall?
Student clubs/orgs will be able to meet in person, and will be required to abide by university event and physical distancing guidelines. More information can be found at https://fall2020.iu.edu/return-to-campus/events.html.

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 physical 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.

Additional answers regarding testing and screening can be found here.

What can students do to stay safe, aside from wearing a mask?
Students should wash their hands frequently and/or use hand sanitizer, maintain physical distancing from others when possible, and practice general good hygiene habits.

What are the testing requirements for international students arriving from international locations?
Students arriving from a location outside the U.S. do not need a pre-arrival test for COVID-19, but will need to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival in the U.S. Campus Health will be coordinating arrival testing.

If there are increased positive cases on campus, what will the university do?
There is a team who will be doing contact tracing on all people with a positive COVID test. This will provide the university and Campus Health real time information about localized outbreaks among a close group of people or about a wider spread outbreak that is not localized to a small group. The Chancellor’s office, Campus Health, the Medical Response Team, and other university offices and administrators are in continual communication about this situation and will make decisions about moving to virtual learning or a hybrid learning model should the need arise. 

Is there a plan for continued testing throughout the semester?
Yes. There will be random sampling and testing throughout the semester. 

Where can students provide test results?
Report your pre-arrival test results here.

Will flu shots be mandatory for students, faculty, and staff this year?
Yes. Campus Health will be offering multiple flu vaccine clinics to ensure all students, faculty, and staff have access to vaccines. 

If we are not able to get tested prior to move-in, can we still move in on our scheduled day?
If it’s possible to get tested for COVID-19 10 days prior to moving in, we recommend you do so. We will also test students on their move-in day. Students who test positive will be asked to return home. Students who test negative will be able to move in.

When is the deadline for immunization records to be submitted in order to start classes this fall?
Students must be compliant with the IU immunization requirements before they are allowed to register for their second term. The registrar places a hold onto accounts of those who have not complied between weeks 2 and 3 into the semester. For the new students entering the fall 2020 semester, they can attend classes for the semester, but the hold will go onto their accounts on September 8 if they haven’t complied. This is earlier enough to prevent registration for the spring 2021 semester.

How do we find COVID-19 testing centers?
Out-of-state students should check https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/community-based-testing-sites/index.html to find a location nearby. They are encouraged to consult their primary-care physician or county/state health departments regarding testing options. 

In Indiana, a number of options are available. Call the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) at 888-634-1116 or register online at https://lhi.care/covidtesting to locate a free testing site.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website, testing is available in Indiana at select drug stores and retailers below:

Additionally, test-at-home options are available. Read closely whether you are eligible to take them, as well as processing times and costs if applicable:

Will students who live off campus be tested for COVID-19?
Yes. There will be continued testing throughout the semester. 

How will masks and physical distancing be enforced on campus?
Everyone on campus (students, faculty, staff, visitors) should be wearing a face mask when inside an IU building, as well as outside when physical distancing is difficult to maintain. Masks 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.

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. You can learn more about this at https://iuhealth.org/covid19/virtual-coronavirus-screening.

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 will continue virtual fitness classes for students who will be away from campus.