The University of Southern Indiana is planning to move to in-person instruction for the fall semester. The university says it will move toward more normal operations as COVID-19 cases continue to fall and as larger portions of the population become vaccinated.
“We are excited about the prospect of being together again as a community,” said USI President Ronald Rochon. “Since this pandemic began last March, we have taken unprecedented measures to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors. Now it’s time to consider the return to our beautiful campus while maintaining the vigilance and safety measures that guided us through this pandemic to date.”
The university says it has found ways to adapt over the past 12 months, from remote instruction to a hybrid learning model and continues to pivot and adapt to keep pace with national, state and local guidance.
“The more people who are vaccinated, the greater our chance of returning to a more normal semester this fall,” said Rochon. “Vaccinations will be key to our ability to return to in-person classes, events, campus housing and community involvement. Because we want to return to a sense of normalcy, we all must play our part. As we have seen, nothing with this pandemic is a certainty. We must remain vigilant and flexible as we move toward the Fall Semester.”
USI says masks, social distancing and other safety measures will continue to be enforced on campus until further notice.