VU suspends in-person classes for remainder of fall semester - External Relations
VU suspends in-person classes for remainder of fall semester
November 16, 2020
VINCENNES, Ind. - Vincennes University President Dr. Chuck Johnson
announced the University is ending in-person classes earlier than
previously scheduled at both the Vincennes and Jasper campuses due to
rising COVID-19 positivity rates and accelerating growth in cases in
Indiana and the country.
The final day of face-to-face instruction for the fall semester is
Friday, Nov. 20, then VU will transition to virtual instruction for
the remainder of the semester.
Some exceptions will be made to permit in-person instruction through
Tuesday, Nov. 24, such as clinicals, labs, and internships, but those
exceptions will be granted only where absolutely necessary for
teaching the remaining material. Faculty members are working with
deans and VU Provost Dr. Laura Treanor to determine which classes must
continue through Nov. 24, and instructors will contact students in
The decision to cease face-to-face instruction helps protect the
health and safety of VU students, employees, and communities.
“While VU has thus far managed to keep the number of COVID cases
among employees and students on our campuses and sites relatively low,
we are also experiencing increases among faculty, staff, and students
who are positive cases, primary contacts, or awaiting test results,”
Residence halls will remain open through the end of the fall
semester, as before, but students are encouraged to move home, if
possible. Students who check out of residence halls before the end of
the fall semester will receive a pro-rata credit to their account for
room and board charges.
The University will announce any adjustments to its post-Thanksgiving
remote working plan for staff in the coming days.
Before Johnson’s most recent announcement, in-person classes were
scheduled to stop after Tuesday, Nov. 24.
All VU sites are closed Nov. 25-30 for Thanksgiving and Fall Break.
Fall Break for students runs through Tuesday, Dec. 1.
After Thanksgiving and Fall Break, classes resume virtually on
Wednesday, Dec. 2. The final day of the semester is Friday, Dec. 11.
Virtual Mid-Year Commencement is slated for Saturday, Dec. 12.
Spring semester begins virtually on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Face-to-face
classes start on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021.