The spring semester at IUP will begin as scheduled on Jan. 19, 2021. However, all hybrid classes will be strictly online until Feb. 8. Students are strongly encouraged to delay returning to campus or the Indiana community until the first week of February.
Arrival/Return to Campus
Safety Kits for Students and Employees
Modifications to Buildings and Spaces
County Status Change (Red/Yellow/Green)
Our COVID-19 response plan continues to call for bringing fewer students to campus for face-to-face instruction. This helps us keep those who are here safe through distancing and other measures. The students we’re asking to come to campus starting Feb. 8 are those who will benefit the most from in-person classes:
Our other students are asked to take their classes remotely, to protect both them and their on-campus peers. Students who believe they cannot take classes remotely should contact their department chair or dean to discuss options. Students with face-to-face classes on their spring schedule should hear from their dean's offices about the status of those courses by Friday, Jan. 8.
Campus resources, facilities, and services (including computer labs, dining halls, and fitness centers) are available to all students, including those taking all-remote classes, as long as they follow safety guidelines.
Students who will be on campus this spring should get tested for COVID-19 at the KCAC. Testing begins Jan. 11, and it's at no charge to students. We strongly recommend that anyone who will be on campus this spring get tested.
Employees, students, and visitors who will be on campus must adhere to these expectations:
While we encourage all students to delay their return to campus until February, the academic calendar will remain the same:
This approach allows our students to complete their coursework and graduate on time.
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 be available for students starting on Jan.
19, and will continue to follow COVID-19 restrictions.
IUP Health Service will be open for student patient care, using the same format as the fall.
IUP strongly recommends that students who do return take advantage of COVID-19 testing being offered at the KCAC starting Jan. 11.
We have contracted with Virus Geeks to conduct these tests at no charge to those students. (Virus Geeks will bill your insurance when available.) Read more information about the testing process, and how to sign up, our our Health and Safety page.
Student athletes will be returning to campus as scheduled, and will follow the NCAA-required testing schedule.
Clock-hour programs at the Academy of Culinary Arts and IUP Criminal Justice Training Center, as well as EMT and paramedic training courses through the Center for Rural Health and Safety, will proceed as scheduled. These classes will not be delayed and
these students do not need to delay their return to campus.
When possible and practical, IUP employees are encouraged to work remotely to limit the number of people on site.
The guidelines below will assist managers in overseeing employees' return to campus. This information—which follows guidelines established by the Pennsylvania Department of Health,
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Pennsylvania Department of Education
—enables effective operations and employees’ safe return when in-person operation is required.
Note that individual employees with health conditions that might place them at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19, as defined under CDC guidance, may request a flexible work assignment. Employees wishing to make such a request should follow the
process outlined on the Human Resources website.
The following guidelines are to ensure faculty members can safely return to their offices as needed:
Masks or other face coverings must be worn by all employees, students, and visitors when in buildings and vehicles owned or leased by IUP.
Allowable exceptions include the following:
Social distancing (maintaining a minimum distance of six feet between you and others) is encouraged whenever possible and required when a face covering cannot be worn.
When outside, face coverings are required when social distancing (maintaining a minimum distance of six feet between you and others) is not possible.
IUP students and employees can learn more about IUP's approach to enforcing the requirement on our General Guidance page. Campus police should not be called to enforce rule violations.
Students who indicate they cannot wear a face covering and, therefore, that they need a reasonable accommodation for the IUP face-covering policy should contact the Department for Disability Access and Advising, email@example.com.
Students will need to provide documentation of disability and certification of the inability to wear a mask or other face covering from a physician or another appropriate medical provider. The Department for Disability Access and Advising will evaluate
the information, issue an accommodation letter for the student, and copy the Health Service. The student can then present the letter on campus.
The Department for Disability Access and Advising will ask about the student's ability to wear an alternative, such as a face shield, which the department can provide.
If the student is deemed not to have a disabling condition but, instead, to have a short-term medical issue disallowing face coverings, the student should be directed to contact the Health Service for options. Alternatively, the student can elect to take
the class online, if feasible.
Face coverings are required in the classroom. Faculty will be encouraged to include that information in class syllabi.
Employees who are required to work on campus and who are unable to wear a mask because of a medical concern or safety hazard should contact Anna Shively, firstname.lastname@example.org, in Human Resources.
Before classes begin, we will welcome students who will be on campus with a package that includes
More information about safety kit distribution for the spring 2021 semester will be shared closer to the beginning of the semester.
Individual employees returning to work on campus and each department will receive a safety kit. Employees do not need to submit separate orders for these items. Instead, each department should delegate one person to collect and submit a reservation for
that department’s needs. Ordering information is available on the Central Stores site. Office budgets will not be charged
for these start-up kits.
Currently, IUP has a strong supply of these and additional items related to health and safety. The list of items and information about ordering additional personal protective equipment is available on the Central Stores site.
Kits will be delivered to offices and departments as Central Stores receives notification of staff members returning to on-campus workplaces. Reach out to Central Stores at 724-357-3015 or email@example.com.
Each office will receive kits for each employee working in on-campus offices.
These kits are for each faculty and staff member and will include
In addition to each faculty and staff member receiving a kit, each department will receive a kit which will include
For those classes that will be held face-to-face at IUP campuses and centers, social-distancing recommendations will be followed.
Many lecture classes will follow a hybrid model, which means they will be divided into groups that rotate between being physically present in the classroom and being connected with the class via Zoom or similar technology. Classroom occupancy will be
reduced to approximately one-third the normal occupancy, depending on the room’s configuration, to maintain a distance of six feet between students.
When possible, classes will be moved to rooms large enough to allow all students to attend together while following social-distancing guidelines.
Students who wish to complete all components of a hybrid class remotely will be allowed to do so, unless that is not possible within the program's requirements. These students should contact their department chair with questions.
Courses already scheduled for online delivery will continue in that mode. If that's an option you prefer, please work with your faculty advisor to select the right courses for you.
During the beginning of the semester, faculty members will finalize arrangements for your class structure and clearly communicate what you are to do. Expectations related to health and safety guidelines will be publicized widely, including on class syllabi.
(Suggested wording for syllabi about safety measures, hybrid class structure, Zoom etiquette, and other topics was made available to faculty members.) Support for students with specific needs related to online learning or to learning in a hybrid format
is available through IUP’s Department for Disability Access and Advising.
More information about the academic calendar, courses, and support for students can be found on the Academic Information and Resources page.
If you are a student who has the option of learning face-to-face but you have health issues or you live with a person at greater risk of complications from COVID-19, you may wish to take as many of your courses as possible online.
Options are available for students to receive instruction through distance learning. The hybrid classes that allow for part-time, in-person instruction can be easily shifted to real-time classes that are fully online. In addition, new course sections
that are entirely online are being added to the fall schedule.
Of course, not all courses or experiences can be offered online. For example, state regulations prevent some nursing coursework from being completed remotely.
Because every student’s situation may be different, your faculty members will be your best source of information and advice. Please work with them to determine how best to continue your coursework while maintaining your health and safety.
The Department for Disability Access and Advising is also available to discuss accommodations for your online learning.
To help you feel more comfortable in the classroom, cleaning supplies will be available so that you can sanitize your seat and desk. We ask that students and faculty members sanitize their areas when they leave the classroom. Course syllabi
will reflect these new student and faculty responsibilities.
We will continue to follow rigorous cleaning protocols and guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state for common and high traffic areas, such as hallways, elevators, and restrooms, to
keep buildings safe. Employees are being trained on these processes.
Classroom space will be used for extracurricular activities only through an approval process designed to keep everyone safe.
Highly visible tape will be used to mark appropriate distancing from the podium in classrooms.
If faculty members are uncomfortable wearing just a mask, they can check with their dean's office about wearing a face shield instead.
Stickers will be placed on seats that students can use. In some rooms, seats not designated for use will be taped off and/or set aside.
Signs will be placed at the entrances of all buildings and throughout the buildings reminding people to wear face coverings.
Hallways will be equipped with signage reminding people to maintain a safe distance from others. Where feasible, one-way traffic flow will be indicated and “stay-in-your-lane” traffic-flow markers with directional arrows will be displayed.
Elevators will be limited to three riders per trip, with priority given to students, faculty members, or staff members who are handicapped. Appropriate signage will be posted at each elevator.
Cleaning priority will be assigned to high-touch surfaces (door handles, elevator buttons, bathroom stalls, stair railings, etc.).
Hand dryers in restrooms will be disconnected or taped off.
In public computer labs, alternating computers will be made inactive, and chairs at those stations will be removed or labeled. These spaces will be stocked with cleaning supplies, and users will be responsible for wiping off equipment when work is completed.
Disinfectant and hand sanitizer should be left in each designated meeting area, and individuals are encouraged to wipe down all surfaces and equipment utilized. Furniture in student seating areas will be spaced apart, with accompanying signage to encourage
All interactions in non-classroom facilities must follow up-to-date Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, commonwealth, and State System guidelines for social distancing and group gatherings.
Occupancy limits will be determined by IUP's Office of Engineering and Construction according to social-distancing guidelines.
A limited number of facilities and rooms have been identified for essential meeting activities, allowing for focused IUP building sanitization efforts.
The use of academic buildings will be reserved for classes and department daily work activities only, unless otherwise approved as a meeting space for prescheduled activities. Classroom areas should not be utilized for elective activities during off-hour
periods, so the focus can remain on providing a safe environment for face-to-face classroom activities.
Department offices should limit in-person contact with students, faculty and staff members, and visitors. Barriers should be installed as needed. Office hours and advising should be conducted virtually.
Pay-by-space machines will be cleaned at the beginning of each day’s shift by Parking security officers as part of a daily maintenance check. The Passport Pay-by-Phone app will be promoted to make no-contact payment available.
IndiGO will operate the campus shuttle route according to current social-distancing guidelines, reducing bus occupancy, spreading out seating, and requiring riders to wear masks. All active students with an I-Card will continue to have free IndiGO bus
IUP will comply with guidelines set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the State System to comply with status change.
IUP will use a digital-first strategy that provides all of our audiences a clear overview of what to expect during the 2020-21 academic year, including general guidelines to keep the community safe.
Overall methods of communicating include this website, the MyIUP student portal, electronic newsletters, IUP social media channels, email, videos, printed materials and packets, and campus signage.
We will report confirmed student cases of COVID-19 via our COVID-19 Dashboard. The dashboard notes if the student is an on-campus or off-campus resident.
Information about testing and quarantine procedures are found on the Health and Safety page as well.
Students will receive an informational flier in their safety kits. They will also receive information and updates through MyIUP, email, a mailed letter, and additional methods.
Parents will receive a COVID-19 Parent and Family Orientation Packet during parent receptions on move-in days. Information and updates will also be available via the parent newsletter and this website.
Employees will receive information through the electronic newsletter, email, communications from Human Resources, and this website.
IUP and Indiana County leadership are collaborating on communication campaigns to promote responsible behavior that protects the health and safety of the entire county and of students’ home communities.
If needed, emergency notifications will be sent through the Everbridge system, which includes text messages, phone calls, and emails. If you are not registered for these emergency notifications, you can do so online.
Emergency messages will also be shared on the IUP website (alert banner on the home page, updates to this site, news item), through MyIUP announcements for students, and on IUP social media channels.
If necessary, messages will be sent to additional audiences outside of the campus community, including alumni, friends, and prospective students.
This site will have the most recent and current information.