Indiana Wesleyan University is still open with modified, online-only classes starting on March 16th. Due to the dynamic nature of this situation, we will continue to monitor the outbreak and will make decisions in response accordingly. Updates will be posted on this page.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How is each campus handling the potential outbreak of COVID-19?

 Updates from March 19, 2020 are highlighted; all other information listed remains in effect.

  • Beginning March 16th all classes will be taught online through the end of May.⁣ Please direct questions about your classes to related faculty member(s). 
  • Essential University operations and services will continue to function during this time, including residence halls & designated dining facilities which will remain open during the next 2 weeks for those who need to stay on campus with modified hours and dining.⁣ We ask students to select housing locations that are safest for their health and the health of their families. Students who wish to go home may do so.
  • IWU’s Recreation and Wellness Center will be closed indefinitely to all persons. This closure encompasses weight rooms, indoor track, gymnasiums, swimming pool, rock wall, and racquetball courts.
  • IWU’s Jackson Library will continue to serve students and faculty virtually but walk-in services will be largely curtailed.
  • Beginning Monday, March 16th:
    • Baldwin Dining Hall will remain open for students who are on campus. They are modifying food service procedures to minimize student contact with serving utensils as they continue taking proactive measures to ensure that workers have followed appropriate sanitary procedures.
    • Access to all academic buildings will stop at 5:00 p.m. with the exception of the library and the student center. Starting 3/19/20, many academic buildings will be locked.  Please remember to carry your ID with you so that you can use it to access the buildings for required academic purposes only.
  • Campus Housing
    • ALL RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS are being asked to report their plans and any potential exception needs during this closure by Friday, March 20 via https://housing.indwes.edu.
    • All students are asked to update emergency contact information via https://housing.indwes.edu.
    • Residence Halls will not be open for external visitors. 
    • With limited exceptions, all on-campus students will need to check out by Sunday, March 29 at 5:00 p.m., however, we encourage students to move home as soon as possible.
    • Students with significant travel difficulties/restrictions, compromised health situations at home, and/or online access issues are eligible for continued on-campus housing. We will continue to provide a safe living environment, food services and modified student support services for all students who need to stay on campus. 
    • All students will need to schedule their checkout time or apply for continued housing by Friday, March 20 at 3:00 p.m. The housing office will be communicating more detailed instructions to all residential students within the next couple of hours.
    • If you have already left campus and cannot easily return to check out of your room, please submit an exception request, and the housing office will work with you. 
    • Students staying on campus will be moved to other rooms to facilitate appropriate levels of support, social distancing, and health and safety. 
  • Room and board refunds – We are working on a plan for partial room and board refunds or credits for the spring semester. We are awaiting guidance from the Department of Education and recognize that federal financial aid rules impact our course of action. We will communicate updates as soon as possible.  
  • Commencement At this time, commencement services are on hold because of bans on large group gatherings and travel advisories that will likely remain in April. We will make a decision by March 25 and communicate that update.
  • Admitted Student Weekend (New Student Registration) was canceled. The Office of Admissions is working on several new options for registration and is fully committed to working closely with all students and families in regard to future New Student Registration events. More information to come. 
  • Effective immediately at the direction of the Crossroads League and the Council of Presidents, all IWU spring sports are suspended until March 31, with the hope play can resume on April 1. Games scheduled between now and March 31 will not be played or rescheduled.
  • The IWU Fusion Youth Conference 2020 will not be held on the IWU-Marion Campus. We are crafting an online version that will be streamed live..
  • Our previously scheduled World Changer events on March 24 and 25 are canceled. We are working with Tamika Catchings to find a future date and continue to look forward to officially inducting her into the IWU Society of World Changers.
  • If you traveled over spring break to areas with widespread COVID-19 outbreak, follow CDC guidance to self-isolate for 14 days & monitor for symptoms. If symptoms occur, stay away from campus & call your doctor.
  • Other issues – There are a variety of other issues we are working on, including summer campus programming, summer student workers, fall registration, etc. Please keep checking email, our website, and our social media accounts for updates. 

Updated March 18, 2020

  • Beginning March 16th all classes will be taught online through the end of May.⁣ Please direct questions about your classes to related faculty member(s). 
  • All University operations and services will continue to function during this time.
  • Online students will continue to carry out coursework as usual.
  • Students who are enrolled into practicums or internships will receive direct contact via email regarding their assignments.
  • You will receive direct contact if you are affected by any of these changes.
  • Off Campus Library Services (OCLS) is still available to National & Global students! Research help, APA style help, APA paper editing, and librarian appointments are all services offered by OCLS. Contact our librarians for help at OCLS@indwes.edu or 1-800-521-1848. For more information, visit: ocls.indwes.edu.
  • All students will continue to attend class online as usual.
  • All University operations and services will continue to function during this time.
  • No decisions have been made regarding upcoming international trips.

 

Has anyone from IWU been infected?

There are no confirmed cases of students, faculty or staff who have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

What internet options are available during this time? 

Due to the continued challenges facing students and employees as a result of the current Covid-19 outbreak, several internet providers have announced free internet for customers who do not currently have service for a period of 60 days. These offers are aimed specifically at supporting students. Many companies are waiving any cancellation fees if canceled within the 60 day limitation.  

Additionally, most phone carriers have also either raised data limits before extra charges would occur, or are temporarily allowing Hot Spot activation on existing plans so that customers may connect their computers to the internet through their phones at no additional charge. Details can be found through the provider’s main web sites.  

 

How are employees impacted by these changes?

Employees should consult the Announcements section of the University portal page for more information regarding changes about work schedule. 

 

Where can I learn more about COVID-19?

Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for information.

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