USI announce plans for in-person, online learning for 2020 fall semester

USI announce plans for in-person, online learning for 2020 fall semester

VANDERBURGH CO., Ind. (WFIE) - The University of Southern Indiana announced more plans for their upcoming semester Thursday.

University officials announced a mix of online and on-campus learning.

“About 21% of our scheduled classes, which is over 1,800, are scheduled to be 100% online," USI Provost Dr. Mohammed Khayum said. “We expect for there to be some shift, but at this point, I don’t know what the exact mix will be.”

School leadership said that campus housing would be open at 85% to further separate students and allow for empty housing just in case anyone needs to be quarantined.

As for student activities, USI plans to still offer some options, while keeping social distancing in mind.

“For instance, our recreational and fitness center - we’re now going off of the recommendations not only of the CDC, but also the state of Indiana, on what it means to be in a gym and social distance because its more than the six feet,” VP of Student Affairs Dr. Khalilah Doss said.

USI President Ronald Rochon said he’s meeting with officials for the Great Lakes Valley Conference on Thursday to discuss sporting events.

“We’re getting a lot of feedback from the NCAA on how things may be altered if you will - number of games, competitions, where they’ll be located, etc.” Dr. Rochon said. “So we’re learning a lot about how we can best protect student athletes.”

After Thanksgiving break, students will resume classes online, and each class will determine whether their finals will be taken in person or through online tools.

USI has also made plans for staff and students who might be considered more vulnerable to catching COVID-19.

University officials are asking for these individuals to contact USI’s Human Resources office to make work arrangements that will keep them safe and allow them to continue to participate in the fall semester.

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