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USI Aiming for July 6 Reopen


Friday's announcement included information on fall classes as well.

NOTE: This story was updated Friday at 3:18pm CDT to include new information.

During a conference on Zoom Friday morning, University of Southern Indiana President Ron Rochon said USI plans to reopen the campus on July 6.

Rochon said, "I want everyone to understand that we may have to move that date out farther depending upon where we are and what we're learning about COVID-19 and about 0ur preparation for enhanced safety measures."

Rochon said all of this summer’s classes will stay online. Fall semester classes will be a mixture of in-person and online, but he did not elaborate.

Other items outlined in Friday's announcement:

  • Any student or employee who test positive for COVID-19 must self-report.
  • When allowed back on campus, all students and employees should continue to practice social distancing, good hand hygiene and are strongly encourage to wear a face covering when on campus.
  • Children are not allowed on campus until further notice.

Task Force member Stephen Bequette said preparing for the fall semester will be a four-step process. 
Bequette said, "Number one,  we should prepare the workforce. Number two,  prepare the workspace. Number three, manage the physical distancing environment, and number four, adapt as medical advances develop."

President Rochon thanked all staff members for their work during the COVID-19 shutdown, including teachers who had to quickly pivot to online courses in March.

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