Frequently Asked Questions


(UPDATED July 30, 2020)


 If your question is not answered in this list, please contact keeplearning@vinu.edu with your question. 

Glossary of COVID-19 Related Terms

Classes & Students

Facilities, Events & Visitors 

Bookstore

Additional Resources

 


 

CLASSES & STUDENTS


 

What is the VU Face Mask Policy?

The VU Face Mask Policy is available to view online & print here.

 

How do I register for fall classes?
You can sign up for advising/classes now by visiting www.vinu.edu/startvu advising for fall 2020 is open.  

For returning students, please reach out to your advisor via email, phone, or Blackboard to register for classes.  You may also contact the Student Success Center at 812-888-4451 or through email at studentsuccesscenter@vinu.edu for assistance.


I am a Vincennes University dual credit student and my high school closed. What does that mean for me?  
If your school corporation is closed because of COVID-19, follow the directions provided to you by your school. Vincennes University will work with dual enrollment students who are impacted by local school closures.


Can I still visit the VU Testing Center? And what about proctored tests? 
Yes, the VU Testing Center will be open to VU students, but please contact the location directly at 812.888.5404 to ensure there is ample capacity to account for appropriate social distancing. 

 

How can a student who wishes to withdraw completely from the semester and drop all courses do so?

Students are encouraged to continue in their classes for as long as possible before making the decision to withdraw.  Students choosing to withdraw completely from the semester should contact the Dean of Students Office or the appropriate campus administrative official to withdraw from the university.  Before making a decision to withdraw from classes please seek out your advisor. Perhaps, there might be an alternative that would allow you to stay in school. Ask yourself some important questions such as how will this impact my Financial Aid? How will this impact me if I live in campus housing? Would it be possible for me to move to part-time?  If you still elect to withdraw from classes please contact the Dean of Students Office or the appropriate campus administrative official.

 

Will there still be tutoring services available and will the Shake Library be opened?

Yes. Students can log into their MyVU account to schedule an appointment with a free tutor who can assist them in a virtual format. 

VU is also expanding virtual tutoring resources. We will be offering Brainfuse Online Tutoring for the following courses:

  • All Math
  • ENGL 101 - Comp I
  • ENGL 102 - Comp II
  • HIST 139 - American History I
  • SOCL 151 - Principals of Sociology
  • GEOS 100 - Earth Science
  • MGMT 100 - Introduction to Business
  • COMP 177 - Introduction to Programming Logic, Design, and Development
  • NURS 100 - Nursing Fundamentals
  • BIOL 111 - Anatomy and Physiology I
  • CHEM 105 - General Chemistry I

Students are initially allotted 2 hours of tutoring, but can request more by emailing DRalston@vinu.edu.
In addition to Brainfuse, all areas where we are offering face-to-face will have virtual hours as well. Students can find a current list of available subject through the appointment scheduler. Directions for making an appointment are located on the LSS website: https://www.vinu.edu/web/learning-support-services 

I'm a current student and I  have some questions that I don't see on this FAQ list.  Who can I direct my questions to?
VU is here to support you in this new learning environment and has established a Student Concern Initiative.  A link to the email address keeplearning@vinu.edu can be found in red on your MyVU sign-in page.  Use this email for any questions or problems you have and our staff members will work to find the answer to your question or the best solution to your problem.

 


 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS


Can nonimmigrant students participate in online classes from outside the U.S. and still maintain their nonimmigrant status?
Yes, nonimmigrant students can temporarily engage in distance-learning, either from within the U.S. or outside the country, in light of COVID-19. SEVP will provide updated guidance as additional information concerning the scope and length of this situation becomes clearer.  In evaluating these changes, SEVP is focused on ensuring that nonimmigrant students are able to continue to make normal progress in a full course of study as required by federal regulations. SEVP intends to be flexible with temporary adaptations.
 
Will students be able to return to the United States if they are continuing their studies outside of the country as a result of COVID-19? 

Students who continue to make normal progress in their course of study remain eligible for admission into the United States. However, because of the changing array of travel restrictions, nonimmigrant students should refer to their local embassy’s website through the U.S. Department of State for any updates about visa issuance. Also, DHS and CDC websites provide information about current travel restrictions to the United States. 

 


 

PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

 

I am a potential student planning to visit the campus, should I still visit?
If you are interested in scheduling a campus tour please contact us by phone at 812-888-4313 or email vuadmit@vinu.edu.

What is the latest information about PreVU?
VU will be shifting PreVU to a virtual format. There will be more to come regarding specific details.

What is the latest information about Start VU?

Students can now register for advising/classes  by going to www.vinu.edu/startvu 

VU is conducting all advising, registration, and orientation processes in a virtual environment. Students are strongly encouraged to complete placement testing, advising/registration, and orientation as soon as possible. A member of VU's team will be in contact with new students in the coming weeks to provide information on the virtual Start VU process and also provide assistance.


How can I contact VU Admissions?
The Office of Admissions is here for you!  You can reach us by phone at 812-888-4313 or email vuadmit@vinu.edu.
 


 

FACILITIES, EVENTS, & VISITORS
 
Will VU facilities be closed for the rest of the semester?
Operation schedules campus-wide have been adjusted to encourage social distancing. 
Most VU facilities are closed to the public through January 5, 2021. Reservations for 2021 will be placed on hold pending review in December. Due to the uncertainty of the COVID 19 pandemic no guarantees will be granted.
 
Are there restrictions on on-campus visitors?

While all offices are now open, Vincennes University encourages individuals to utilize the telephone, email, or other means of communication to connect with campus personnel.

When will VU’s recreational facilities reopen? 
For information on the Student Recreation Center click here. For information on the P.E. Complex click here.

Is the Shake Learning Resource Center (LRC) Open?

The library is open to all.  Please use the return box by the main entrance for book returns. Please note this could change based on COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions.  For more information about the Shake Library visit: https://www.vinu.edu/web/shake-library/welcome.

What should be done with books checked out of the Library?

Library books can now be brought directly to the library. Please place items in the book return at the front entrance. If you are unable to come to campus please contact us at 812.888.4165.  Jasper campus students should call 812.481.3030.

 


 

BOOKSTORE


Is the Old Post Bookstore open? 
The Old Post Bookstore is available to assist students, faculty, and staff on a revised basis.  The bookstore can be reached at 812-888-4334.

Book orders may be placed using the following links:
Vincennes Campus Bookstore: http://vubookstore.vinu.edu/SelectTermDept
Jasper Campus Bookstore: http://vujcbookstore.vinu.edu/SelectTermDept

Beginning Monday, August 10th, you may pick up your books ordered online at the bookstore. You may charge eligible books and supplies to your student account if you have remaining financial aid. Remaining aid is the amount of financial aid, scholarships, and grants that you have left after you are charged for tuition, fees, supplies, and housing when applicable. Bookstore charges you make using your remaining aid will be deducted from your financial aid.

Books not ordered online may be purchased at the bookstore in person. If you are eligible, please print your FAST PASS vouchers under your MyVU account. Social distancing guidelines will be followed.

 

What are the Bookstore hours of operation?

August 10, 11, 12: 8am-430pm

August 13, 14: 8am-6pm

August 15: 9am-5pm

August 16: Noon-4pm

 

Starting August 17:

Monday-Thursday: 8am-6pm

Friday: 8am-430pm

Saturday: 11am-3pm


 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES


The latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
 
Many academic resources can be accessed online through VU’s Shake Library:
https://www.vinu.edu/web/shake-library
 
Indiana State Government COVID-19 website:
https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/