VINCENNES, Ind. - As the new academic year approaches, Vincennes
University is pledging to welcome Trailblazers back to campuses with
safety as the highest priority. We are asking you to pledge to join
us in these efforts to promote health and safety for all.
Here are some of the many actions taken to protect the VU
-> Three COVID-19
action teams were appointed in April and these teams of faculty
and staff have prepared roadmaps outlining methods, rules, and
principles to help us safely reopen. Their recommendations will
continue to inform the decisions and specific plans we are making to
protect the health and safety of all.
-> Numerous hand sanitizing stations are placed throughout every
building. VU has roped off areas to reduce capacity, installed room
dividers, and added ample signage with health and safety information
-> We are maintaining a healthy campus and community with enhanced
sanitizing and disinfecting procedures for facilities, equipment, and
high-traffic areas. University buildings and facilities are being
properly sanitized and disinfected thoroughly. Common areas and high
touch points are routinely disinfected throughout the day.
-> VU is following the CDC recommendations that social
distancing of at least six feet be maintained in all workspaces,
facilities, classrooms, and outdoor spaces. Protective dividers have
been installed in labs and public-facing work areas as an extra
measure to promote social distancing.
halls will operate at reduced capacity with social distancing
protocols and other measures in place. VU has adjusted operating hours
in our facilities and reduced capacity in all buildings.
Dining Center (TDC) is modifying its service to reduce traffic
and is eliminating self-service options. TDC also has to-go options available.
-> VU will minimize
events on campus. The number of guests on campus and activities
hosted will be highly limited. This does not include University
internal meetings and activities, which will be managed using social
distancing and the use of masks and other PPE when called for.
-> The NJCAA has adjusted
the calendar for the 2020-21 sports year. All VU's close-contact
fall sports competition and all winter sports competition has shifted
-> Body temperature detection cameras are now in place on campus
in all residence halls and many key campus locations. VU's new InVid
Tech products identify individuals’ temperatures and indicate if a
person presents with a higher than average skin-surface temperature
relative to a sample population.
-> At the request of health officials, VU is requesting that
students isolate themselves as much as possible from now until they
arrive on campus in two weeks. Isolation means avoiding large crowds
and non-essential gatherings, or other settings where masking and
social distancing cannot be observed. If you can't isolate, please
wear a mask whenever in public or whenever you can't be socially distant.
-> VU has introduced a mask
policy requiring a mask or other facial covering in public places
and when social distancing cannot be practiced. Students, faculty,
staff, and visitors are required to wear a mask when entering all VU
facilities and common areas. Washable masks will be provided to all
students, faculty, and staff. Free disposable masks are available to
visitors and in limited quantities when an individual has forgotten a
mask. VU encourages everyone to wash or replace face masks daily.
->VU has plans in place for contact tracing and handling of
isolation and quarantine, including space near campus that will be
used for residential students who cannot isolate or quarantine at home.
-> A dedicated email was created to answer questions that are
not listed on vinu.edu (CovidQuestions@vinu.edu).
-> Communication systems are in place to answer questions and to
inform appropriate personnel/healthcare officials of suspected cases.
-> A portal has been created in MyVU for individuals in the VU
community to self-report if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or
if they have been deemed a primary exposure to a positive case by a
health official. Reports will be used to inform the appropriate
personnel/healthcare officials and notify to the best of our ability
individuals who may have been in contact with any potential cases.
Important information regarding academics:
-> VU has put forth a revised
academic calendar. The 2020-21 academic calendar has been
modified, reallocating spring and fall break dates. This will allow
students the opportunity to stay home during the final two weeks of
the Fall semester and the first two weeks of the Spring semester.
Face-to-face classes resume on February 1, 2021. The residence halls
and dining center will remain available during break however, students
will have the opportunity to complete virtual instruction
-> VU is committed to maintaining a high-quality educational
experience for our students. The conditions we are facing this coming
school year, however, require us to do all we can to balance quality
instruction with the health and safety concerns of everyone in the VU
community. Face-to-face instruction will be an important part of
course delivery in the fall, and many of VU's fall course offerings
will be a combination of face-to-face and virtual instruction with
some being virtual only.
-> Fall registration/StartVU for new students is being offered in
a virtual format. Students can click here to register for
courses and experience a virtual campus tour.
-> Some students were notified they needed to take placement
testing before registering for courses at VU. Along with offering the
Accuplacer testing in a virtual format, VU has opened up additional
face-to-face options that you can view/register
->The University is providing guidance to students and instructors
regarding the attendance policy so as to accommodate students who are
unable to attend class. Students
who feel ill should refrain from going to class and coming in
contact with others. They should contact their instructors and
healthcare providers as soon as possible.
-> VU encourages Trailblazers to download the Fall Course FAQ’s and
For anyone in the VU community with a COVID-19 healthcare-related concern:
Please call the COVID-19 hotline, 812.888.4911 in the following circumstances:
1. You have been diagnosed with COVID-19
2. You have been notified by a health official that you are a
primary contact of someone who has been diagnosed
If you believe you may have COVID-19 symptoms, testing is available
in various locations around Indiana and Illinois. Information about
COVID-19 testing sites can be found at:
Please look for updates to these processes to be announced in the
coming days. VU will continue to monitor this virus and provide frequent updates.
Vincennes University is aligning its practices with the advice
provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on
how to limit the spread of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19.
Safety is our number one priority. For information from the CDC
regarding preventing illness and more please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/index.html
Success will take all of us working together as a team. Join us in
pledging to maximize safety during these unprecedented times.