Pennsylvania has seen some recent improvements in COVID-19 cases, but statewide cases remain high. The rollout of vaccines has been slower than anticipated. And the number of cases resulting from New Year’s gatherings won’t be clear for another
Given these conditions, IUP is adjusting the upcoming semester to help ensure the safety of our students and community.
IUP will offer free, on-campus COVID-19 testing for all students in spring 2021. Testing is highly recommended as students move back to campus and into the IUP community. Details about how to sign up, who should be tested, and more is available on the Health and Safety page.
While the semester will start as planned on Jan. 19, IUP strongly encourages all students to delay returning to campus and the Indiana community until just before Feb. 8.
To encourage students to delay their return, all hybrid classes will be strictly online until Feb. 8. A small number of classes will require in-person instruction during the first three weeks of the semester. Students in these classes will be
notified by their dean’s office by Jan. 8. Unless notified, students should plan to remain away from campus and the Indiana community until immediately before in-person classes resume.
Because not all students will be able to delay their return, residence and dining halls will open as planned. Housing staff will return as scheduled during the week of Jan. 11. Dining halls will continue to follow COVID-19 restrictions.
IUP strongly recommends that all students, both on-campus and off-campus residents, take advantage of on-campus COVID-19 testing as they return to campus. Testing will be offered at the KCAC starting Jan. 11 and will continue through mid-April.
We have contracted with Virus Geeks, national testing company, to conduct these tests at no charge to those students. (Virus Geeks will bill your insurance when available.) More information on how to make a test appointment will be emailed to
you later this week.
Virus Geeks testing is available to asymptomatic students only. If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, please follow the advice of your personal health care provider or contact IUP Health Services.
The following policies and procedures will be continued from fall.
The first day of classes is still Jan. 19. As noted above, hybrid classes will be conducted online and most in-person classes will not start until Feb. 8. The calendar announced in November (no spring break, but seven non-class days) will be followed.
This approach allows you to complete your coursework and graduate on time.
View the COVID-19 Dashboard for current data.
When preparing for the academic year amid a global pandemic, each university must do what’s best for its situation and must be prepared to change course as new information becomes available.
IUP’s plan follows guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pennsylvania Department of Health,
American College Health Association, Pennsylvania Department of Education, and Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. It applies to IUP’s Indiana campus, regional campuses, and other sites.
The plan focuses on protecting our employees, students, and communities, while providing our students with the best educational experience possible.
If we are to be healthy and safe, we need every member of the IUP community to work together and follow the plan detailed on this site. Here’s what you’ll find:
Class delivery, safety measures for students and employees, face coverings, sanitation efforts, changes to buildings and procedures, building access, how the plan for COVID safety and updates will be shared.
Accessing medical care, prevention, what to do if you have been exposed, reporting procedures for students and employees, testing, contact tracing.
2020-21 academic calendar, study abroad changes, clock-hour programs, international students, academic and technology resources for students and employees.
Changes to room assignments, social distancing in the residence halls.
Eat-in dining, grab-and-go options, other ways to access food.
Event guidelines, major campus events, orientation, athletics, concerts and performances, conferences, admissions events.
Financial aid, student employment, student assistance, CARES Act.
Current status of buildings, facilities, services, and offices across campus.
University-related travel, research guidelines.
Parking, dining, visiting campus.
The IUP COVID-19 Response Committee, made up of more than 50 employees and students divided into 11 action teams, is coordinating these and other decisions for our campus. The input you have provided is also helping to shape our plans for the 2020-21 academic year..
Although we are navigating uncharted territory with this pandemic, we will continue to focus on these core guidelines:
If you have questions or concerns about IUP's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact a committee cochair: Paula Stossel, email@example.com, or Scott Moore, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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