VU suspends in-person classes for remainder of fall semester

VU suspends in-person classes for remainder of fall semester

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November 16, 2020

VINCENNES, Ind. - Vincennes University President Dr. Chuck Johnson announced the University is ending in-person classes earlier than previously scheduled at both the Vincennes and Jasper campuses due to rising COVID-19 positivity rates and accelerating growth in cases in Indiana and the country.

The final day of face-to-face instruction for the fall semester is Friday, Nov. 20, then VU will transition to virtual instruction for the remainder of the semester. 

Some exceptions will be made to permit in-person instruction through Tuesday, Nov. 24, such as clinicals, labs, and internships, but those exceptions will be granted only where absolutely necessary for teaching the remaining material. Faculty members are working with deans and VU Provost Dr. Laura Treanor to determine which classes must continue through Nov. 24, and instructors will contact students in those cases.

The decision to cease face-to-face instruction helps protect the health and safety of VU students, employees, and communities.

“While VU has thus far managed to keep the number of COVID cases among employees and students on our campuses and sites relatively low, we are also experiencing increases among faculty, staff, and students who are positive cases, primary contacts, or awaiting test results,” Johnson said. 

Residence halls will remain open through the end of the fall semester, as before, but students are encouraged to move home, if possible. Students who check out of residence halls before the end of the fall semester will receive a pro-rata credit to their account for room and board charges.

The University will announce any adjustments to its post-Thanksgiving remote working plan for staff in the coming days.

Before Johnson’s most recent announcement, in-person classes were scheduled to stop after Tuesday, Nov. 24.

All VU sites are closed Nov. 25-30 for Thanksgiving and Fall Break. Fall Break for students runs through Tuesday, Dec. 1.

After Thanksgiving and Fall Break, classes resume virtually on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The final day of the semester is Friday, Dec. 11. Virtual Mid-Year Commencement is slated for Saturday, Dec. 12.

Spring semester begins virtually on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Face-to-face classes start on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021.

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