Dear VU Colleagues, Students, and Stakeholders,
These past months a global pandemic forced our university family to transform the way we educate, interact, and operate as a whole. In true Trailblazer fashion, you did not allow this to become a stumbling block but rather a stepping-stone. I have never been more proud to be part of this community. I greatly appreciate each of you and the ingenuity and determination you brought to these trying times.
Next week we will receive the remaining final reports of the three COVID-19 action teams appointed in April. These teams of faculty and staff are preparing road maps outlining methodologies for Vincennes University to safely reopen with face-to-face instruction this fall. The results of these reports will inform the decisions and specific plans we are making that will be shared with you in the coming weeks. I want to thank the members of the action teams for their hard work on behalf of our university community.
As we await the final reports, however, I want to be clear on one thing: Vincennes University intends to resume face-to-face instruction on all sites for fall semester, beginning August 17. We will need to adjust some of our environments and practices to promote social distancing and protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and communities, but we intend to make things as normal as possible for everyone. More specific information based on the work of our COVID-19 action teams will be shared soon. But for now, please be assured that we expect to be back in our classes and labs again this coming academic year.
As we continue to learn more about COVID-19, we will remain vigilant, adapt, and our efforts will undoubtedly evolve. At the same time, we must all be prepared to make additional adjustments if changes in conditions require us to do so.
Together we will move forward with resolve, knowing that we will have prepared thoughtfully and thoroughly.
I look forward to seeing you on campus very soon!