Chancellor Susan Elrod has charged seven IU South Bend Restart Working Groups with developing a series of recommendations to guide the campus in steps needed to resume university operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The working groups will review and use the guidance provided in the IU Restart Committee Recommendations Report, as well as any information provided by IU-wide working groups in specific areas, to draft recommendations for campus operations and implementation by responsible departments and units. In addition, IU will be posting restart resources on a new website, fall2020.iu.edu.
These groups, described below, will work throughout the summer, into the fall, for as long as they are needed. Each working group will be led by a chair or pair of co-chairs and are comprised of faculty, staff and students, identified below. Governance groups were consulted regarding membership as well.
Recommendations from the working groups will feed up to an IU South Bend Restart Steering Committee. A summary of recommendations reviewed by the Restart Steering Committee will then be presented at cabinet meetings for review and decision-making on budget, policy matters, or large-scale process implementations. The working groups will not be responsible for implementing recommendations. Managing implementation of approved recommendations will be the responsibility of faculty and staff in relevant units with leadership by the deans, directors, and vice chancellors and oversight by cabinet and the chancellor. Additionally, the Restart Working Groups do not take the place of our regular governance structures. Appropriate governance committees will be engaged throughout the process as issues arise related to their regular purview.