DePauw suspends in-person classes
In response to the threat of COVID-19, DePauw University will suspend in-person classes following the end of the day on Friday, March 13.
University officials announced the decision Wednesday evening, citing the designation earlier in the day of the new coronavirus as a global pandemic.
“It is increasingly clear that we need to take further action to protect the health of our campus and Greencastle community,” stated a letter signed by vice presidents Dave Berque, Alan Hill and Bob Leonard and Kathy Vrabek, who chairs the board of trustees.
“Although there are no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 on DePauw’s campus or in Greencastle, the number of cases in Indiana, the U.S. and across the globe continues to rise. Though unpredictable, the virus is known to be highly infectious and recommendations to slow transmission such as social distancing are challenging to achieve on our residential campus.
The first and most notable of the responses is the suspension of in-person class meetings beginning March 16 as well as the departure of students from campus housing.
There will be no class -- online or otherwise -- the week of March 16-20 in order to provide faculty and staff with time to prepare for a transition to e-learning alternatives and students to make plans for the remainder of the spring term.
Spring break will take place as scheduled, March 23-27. Beginning March 30, the university will transition to e-learning for the remainder of the spring term.
Students are expected to depart campus housing as soon as they are able, but no later than March 20, 2020. Students may petition to stay on campus to complete e-learning.
International students, those without reliable internet access at or near their homes, those who cannot return home for other reasons or other extenuating circumstances are among the reasons students might successfully petition.
A decision regarding May term will be forthcoming.
Additionally, all university-sponsored events remain canceled until further notice, except for athletics, which will continue until March 20 under a “no fan” policy.
Beginning March 21, all sports practices and competition are canceled for the remainder of the 2020 spring season.
Commencement remains scheduled for May 17 and Alumni Reunion Weekend for June 11-14. However, updates on both events will be provided closer to their dates.
University-sponsored travel has also been canceled, except in certain circumstances.