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IU South Bend will begin Fall semester on Aug. 24 as planned and complete the 16-week semester on Dec. 20. Until Nov. 20, classes may be in-person or online. Nov. 30 through the end of the semester, classes will be online only. Spring semester begins Jan. 19 and ends May 9 and will offer a mix of in-person and online course options, with the first three weeks of the Spring semester being online only. In addition to 16-week course offerings, some courses may be offered for 13 weeks or 8 weeks.
There will be several different formats faculty may use to teach courses this year. Some courses that are small enough to operate within our health guidelines, may be taught in person, on campus. Some will be distance education courses, where students can log on to pre-recorded lectures on their own time. Some courses will require students to be online at certain dates and times. Many other courses will adopt hybrid models incorporating campus meetings with online learning. See below for more details on possible course formats.
Unlike this past Spring, online courses for the 2020-2021 academic year will be intentionally developed from the start as an online course. Faculty are putting a great deal of time and effort this summer in determining the best format for their classes and developing quality course content and instructional practices.
We have also put together a Guide for Decoding the Schedule of Classes to help you better understand the format of your courses.
100% asynchronous distance education. Students log onto pre-recorded lectures on their own time. There are no campus meetings. Traditional form of online education.
76 – 100% synchronous distance education. Taught using live video (e.g., Zoom, Canvas conferencing, Skype). Requires students to log in on specific days at specific times or to engage in person from their assigned classroom in order to have real time interaction with their instructor.
No DE or Hybrid course fee
26 – 75% asynchronous; remainder is synchronous distance education. Synchronous portions will require students to log in at specific times on a regular (often weekly) basis to participate in class.
No DE or Hybrid course fee
26 – 75% asynchronous or synchronous live video instruction with remainder in person. Portions of the course will be completed online, and portions will require students to come to campus on a regular basis to participate in class.
No DE or Hybrid course fee
0 – 25% online. Traditional courses in which almost all contact hours are delivered in person in a classroom, laboratory, or studio.
No DE or Hybrid course fee
For those of you planning to take online courses, be sure to check out Keep Learning IU. It is important that you have the technology you need to access your courses and a stable internet connection. Familiarize yourself with Canvas and Zoom, and make sure you can access these resources on your devices—preferably a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer. If you are concerned that you may not have the technology or internet access you need we have resources to support you. We want to ensure you have what you need to be successful!
The Schedule of Classes has information on course delivery method, location, length, and time. If you have already registered, check your Student Center to see any changes to your courses. If you want to change your schedule, you can do so through drop and add – there is no change in process, unless you need to gain permission to certain classes.
Spring semester begins Jan. 19 and ends May 9. The first three weeks of the semester will be online only with the remainder of the semester being a mix of in-person and online instruction.
Yes, the spring semester will be a mirror image of the fall semester with the first three weeks of the semester online-only and the remainder of the semester a mix of in-person and online instruction.
Due to COVID-19, all New Student Orientation activities, including registration for Fall 2020 classes, will be delivered virtually. You can learn more about New Student Orientation activities here.
Here are instructions to submit photos for approval after orientation: https://crimsoncard.iu.edu/about/submitting-photo.html
The next Drive-Thru Crimson Card pick-up will be held Thursday, August 6th from Noon – 4pm.
You must be enrolled in classes to pick-up your card. Please bring a form of photo identification with you. Pick-up will take place in the parking lot on the south side of the Education & Arts Building (EA) - near the library. If you cannot make this date, other dates/times for pick-ups will be announced next week. Appointments will also be scheduled beginning the week of August 17th. Please email email@example.com to schedule an appointment.
In the meantime, if you simply need your card to order books, you can go to: www.crimsoncard.iu.edu and get the information needed there off your card.
If you have additional questions, please call (574) 520-5555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keeping Campus Safe
A variety of measures are being put in place to help ensure your health and safety when returning to campus. Among these are providing and requiring cloth face coverings for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors, enacting rigorous cleaning procedures, and reducing the number of people on campus at one time. Signage will inform about public health guidance and any restrictions in place. Additionally, all IU students, faculty and staff will have access to a virtual symptom checker, virtual screening, and COVID-19 testing if needed.
Your health and safety is our number one priority. In order to keep the IU community safe, all students will need to review and sign the Student Commitment Form before returning to campus. Faculty and staff will be required to sign a similar agreement as well. The Student Commitment Form ensures students are informed of and commit to safety practices as part of our efforts to keep you healthy.
If you are a student employee, you will need to also complete the employee Community Responsibility Acknowledgement.
IU face masks will be mailed to student home addresses in mid-August.
If you are living on-campus, you will be required to complete a diagnostic or viral COVID-19 test and report test result here before returning to campus. Testing must be conducted within the 10 days prior to arriving on campus for move-in. For help find testing locations and more information on the pre-arrival testing requirement please visit the IU Screening and Testing FAQs. Students residing in campus housing will also be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival on campus for move-in. Please visit the IU South Bend Housing FAQs for more details.
All other IU students are strongly encouraged but not required to be tested at this time.
Students arriving from a location outside the U.S. do not need a pre-arrival test for COVID-19, but will need to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival in the U.S.
All IU students are asked to follow all of the CDC’s critical COVID behavioral guidelines for at least 14 days prior to arriving on campus, including wearing a mask, physical distancing, and avoiding large events.
Students arriving from a location outside the U.S. do not need a pre-arrival test for COVID-19.
Students arriving from a location outside the U.S. will need to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival in the U.S.
If a student develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19 during self-quarantine, they must obtain a COVID-19 test and follow the protocol for people exhibiting symptoms.
If you’re an international student and are already in the U.S. you’ll follow the same process as domestic students: have a COVID-19 test 10 days prior to moving on campus to stay.
The student should quarantine for 14 days before return. Students should understand that they may be tested on return to campus and will not be able to stay if they test positive on return.
The student should bring hard copy or digital verification of the test. The student will be re-tested on arrival. Students testing positive will return home.
Those testing positive should stay at home (not come to campus) and isolate for 10 days. You can discontinue isolation after 10 days if symptoms have improved and you have not had a fever for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medications).
No. However, specific guidance is in place to limit the number of individuals on campus during move in. Please follow guidance shared by your residence hall.
Keep Learning IU offers key tips and resources to help you make the shift to learning online.
This fall 2020, all Academic Centers for Excellence (ACE) tutoring services (The Learning Center, Writers' Room, Math Tutoring Center, Computer Science Tutoring Center) will continue to be conducted synchronously through Zoom.
To access a tutor’s Zoom meeting room, they will then click on the tutor’s name on the appropriate online schedule. Tutors will be in their virtual meeting rooms during their regularly scheduled drop-in shifts and supplemental instruction sessions.
Disability Support Services is available to assist students with accommodation requests. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call DSS at 574-520-4460 or email the office at email@example.com.
The Student Counseling Center offers confidential, free counseling services for a variety of personal and emotional issues. Whether you are an existing client, or new to the counseling process, please call 574-520-4125 to schedule a Zoom telecounseling appointment. If you or someone else is experiencing a mental health emergency after hours please contact one of the following community resources:
- Contact 911
- Call Memorial Epworth Center at (574) 647-8400
- Go to Memorial Epworth Center at 420 N. Niles Ave., South Bend, IN
- Or go directly to the nearest Hospital Emergency Room
24-Hr National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255. http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ (please note this service is not affiliated with Indiana University)