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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Indiana Tech’s Crisis Management Team is paying close attention to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and is providing updates to the Indiana Tech community as relevant information becomes available.

Critical Information by Audience and Topic

Click on a link below to find Indiana Tech’s post-COVID-19 protocols, schedules and related information for different populations within the university community.

Symptoms and Prevention

We are asking students, faculty and staff to stay informed, take precautions and use good judgement to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, like COVID-19. Here is some information to help you do that:

Common symptoms: Information to date suggests COVID-19 is causing symptoms consistent with a respiratory illness, including cough, fever and shortness of breath.

How it spreads: Like other respiratory illnesses, such as influenza, COVID-19 is most commonly spread to others from droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or when one has close personal contact with an infected person.

How it is treated: There is no specific treatment for COVID-19; however, many of the symptoms can be treated. Treatment is based on the patient’s condition.

Preventive measures: As with other respiratory illnesses, there are steps that everyone can take daily to reduce the risk of getting sick or infecting others with circulating viruses.

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Help young children do the same.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Indiana Tech has purchased additional supplies of hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes that will start to be distributed to high-traffic areas around campus in the coming days.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Limit close contact, like kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
  • Get a flu shot – it’s not too late to be protected against influenza.

Considerations for Faculty and Managers

  • Encourage your students and staff members to use the preventive measures identified above to reduce the risk of getting sick or infecting others.
  • Monitor your students and staff members for illness. If someone is sick, recommend that they go home.
  • Faculty members: practice flexibility with absence policies during this time.
  • Managers: be flexible with staff illnesses.

Archive of Daily Updates

Update for March 27 (4:45 p.m.)

Indiana Tech’s leadership team has decided to postpone our May 2020 commencement ceremonies until Oct. 3 of this year.

The graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies, originally scheduled for May 8 and 9, respectively, will now take place during homecoming weekend this fall. We will now have a single commencement ceremony for undergraduate and graduate students on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 10:30 a.m., at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne. Additional details will be provided in the coming weeks as we make further progress in planning the event.

Commencement is the most special day on the calendar each year for all of us at Indiana Tech. It’s the day when we all come together to celebrate the life-changing accomplishments of our students who have earned their college degrees. While it is disappointing that we will not be able to gather in May, the accomplishments we celebrate have not changed, and we will honor all of our graduates accordingly in October.

Additional information will be provided as we work through further details, and will also be posted on the Indiana Tech commencement website.

Update for Friday, March 27 (10:15 a.m.)

Beginning Monday, March 30, Indiana Tech’s dining services will follow these revised hours:

Monday through Friday

Breakfast: 9-10 a.m.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Dinner: 5-6 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday

Brunch: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Dinner: 5-6 p.m.

Update for Friday, March 27 (10 a.m.)

Students: If you are unable to retrieve your belongings due to travel considerations but you are no longer on campus, please contact residencelife@indianatech.edu. We will update you with more information on how we may assist you beginning in April.

Update for Wednesday, March 25 (8:45 a.m.)

Students, to check the remaining meals on your block plan or the remaining balance of funds on your ID card, log in to the OneWeb portal with your university credentials.

Update for Tuesday, March 24 (1:45 p.m.)

Temporary Course Grade Policy Change

In response to the disruptive circumstances created by the current global pandemic, Indiana Tech will adopt an alternate grading option to mitigate the impact of this disruption on our students. This change will be in effect for all Indiana Tech classes currently underway as well as those yet to begin through the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. This change applies to faculty and students in all classes in all programs and all delivery modalities in the following term/sessions:

Term / SessionEnd DateDeadline to Request Grade Change to “P”
Traditional Undergraduate Spring 2020 (through finals)May 7, 2020June 6, 2020
CPS Undergraduate 6March 28, 2020April 27, 2020
CPS Undergraduate 7May 2, 2020June 1, 2020
CPS Undergraduate 8June 6, 2020July 6, 2020
CPS Undergraduate 9July 11, 2020August 10, 2020
CPS Graduate (6-Week) 6April 25, 2020May 25, 2020
CPS Graduate (6-Week) 7June 6, 2020July 6, 2020
CPS Graduate (6-Week) 8July 18, 2020August 17, 2020
CPS Graduate (8-Week) 4May 9, 2020June 8, 2020
CPS Graduate (8-Week) 5August 1, 2020August 31, 2020
Ph.D. 4May 2, 2020June 1, 2020
Ph.D. 5June 20, 2020July 20, 2020
Ph.D. 6July 5, 2020August 4, 2020
Ph.D. 7August 8, 2020September 7, 2020

Guidance for Instructors

Instructor grading of student work, including the submission of final class letter grades for all students, will continue in the same manner as is currently required. This includes the expectation that instructors post grades of all student work to the class Blackboard site in a timely manner. The submission of final class letter grades for all students in Jenzabar (my.indianatech.edu) should be done using the same approach and schedule currently in place.

A grade of “I” will continue to be available as a temporary grade to signify that the student’s work is incomplete and that the student is engaged in an instructor-approved plan to complete the course by the end of the following semester (in this case, the fall 2020 semester).

Guidance for Students

After final letter grades are submitted for all courses in the above term/sessions, all grades of “F” will be automatically replaced with a grade of “NC” (No Credit). While a grade of “NC” will not yield credit for the course, it also will not be counted in a student’s term or cumulative grade-point-average (GPA).

For all courses in which a student earns a grade of A through D, he/she will have the opportunity to request to change one or more (passing) class final grades from the letter grade earned to a grade of “P” (Pass). Students will request this change by submitting an online form to the Registrar’s office. A Web link to this form will be sent to all students as soon as the form has been posted to the website. The deadline for requesting the change of one or more grades to “P” will be thirty days following completion of the class as noted in the chart above. Following this date for each term, class grades will be finalized for all students.

Important Notes

  • All grades of “P” will be deemed to satisfy Indiana Tech degree and prerequisite requirements and will allow the student to advance to higher-level courses. Various grade prerequisite requirements, i.e., “C or better,” are suspended during this period. Grades of “NC” will not satisfy existing prerequisite requirements.
  • All Indiana Tech decisions and actions related to students’ academic status will be deferred until after completion of the fall 2020 semester. Students whose academic performance suggests the need for intervention will continue to be referred to various campus support offices to enhance their prospects for success.
  • Concerning financial aid, specifically U.S. Title IV funds, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has not yet issued guidance about how it will address students’ Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) status during this period. Assuming it is permissible by DOE, Indiana Tech intends to treat the current situation as presumed grounds for granting a student’s SAP status appeal until at least the completion of the fall 2020 semester.
  • For students wishing to transfer otherwise acceptable course credit toward completion of an Indiana Tech degree, Indiana Tech will accept transfer credits earned at other institutions with a grade of “P” (or similar passing grade) during the spring 2020 semester.
  • We have received word from NAIA that a student’s athletic eligibility will not be impacted by his/her decision to receive a letter grade or a “P” in a given class.
  • At the time of this policy change, several external organizations, including various employers and agencies providing tuition reimbursement, have not yet provided guidance about how they will treat grades of “P” during this extraordinary period. We will broadly share information from these and other bodies as it becomes available. Nevertheless, each student should seek individual guidance as he/she considers whether to request conversion of letter grades to “P” grades. Students who plan to pursue graduate school should also explore the possible implications of the decision to convert letter grades to “P” grades.

If you have questions about any aspects of this policy change, contact Dr. Tom Kaplan, vice president for academic affairs, at 260.422.5561, ext. 2207. For specific questions about grades in individual classes, please contact the Registrar’s office at registrar@indianatech.edu or by phone at 800.937.2448, ext. 2320.

 

Update for Monday, March 23 (4 p.m.)

Today, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued a stay-at-home order for all state residents, effective March 25 through April 7. For Indiana Tech, this means that all non-essential personnel will begin work from home starting tomorrow, March 24 until April 7. Here’s what that means for the various members of our community:

Traditional Undergraduates:

  • Students who remain in their residence halls still have access to their rooms.
  • Andorfer Commons remains open for dining services, the security office and Wi-Fi in common areas.
  • The Fitness Center, Rec Center, health clinic and Tech Treasures will be closed after 5 p.m. today.
  • Counseling services remain available through telephone and video sessions. Currently, due to state regulations, these remote counseling services are available only to students who reside in Indiana. We are working with other universities and state government to make this available to out-of-state students as well.
  • All other buildings on campus will close at the end of the day, today, March 23.
  • Online classes continue as scheduled.
  • Faculty and staff members continue to work remotely during this time, and remain available to assist you with any needs you may have.

College of Professional Studies (CPS) Students:

  • Online classes continue as scheduled.
  • All CPS regional campus locations will be closed March 24 through April 7. This includes offices, classrooms, meeting spaces and computer labs.
  • Faculty members, staff members and resources such as the Warrior Information Network (WIN) continue to work remotely during this time, and remain available to assist you with any needs you may have.

Faculty and Staff Members:

  • Indiana Tech’s facilities will close for all non-essential personnel starting March 24, through April 7.
  • Non-essential personnel should continue to work their normal hours, remotely. Those needing additional resources or flexible schedules should work with their supervisors.
  • Essential personnel are already aware of their status. Departments which include essential personnel: security, residence life, dining services, facilities and custodial services, the mail room, book shipping on certain days, and cabinet members.
  • Those who need items from their offices may come to campus to pick these items up, but are asked to do so by end of day on March 24. After this time, you may still come to pick up items from your office but are asked to contact security (260.422.5561, 2230) to assist in providing access to your office.
Update for Friday, March 20 (2:15 p.m.)

In response to moving our courses online due to coronavirus/COVID-19, the Textbook Department will be implementing the following changes to our usual textbook return procedures.

For Traditional Undergraduate Students:

  • If you do not need your textbooks for the remainder of the semester because your instructor has online material for you, please return your books before leaving campus.
  • If you are unable to return to campus until the Fall semester or you need your books for the online classes, keep them with you at this time. You will need to return your books either during the summer or the beginning of the Fall semester before picking up your new books.
  • If you are a graduating senior or otherwise not returning to Indiana Tech, please email me at JBNeff@indianatech.edu with the subject line “Return Label,” and I will email you a prepaid UPS return label to use in shipping books back to us.

For College of Professional Studies (in-person/evening classes)

  • If you took an evening class in Session 6, you can return your books after the session ends to your local campus.
  • If you took an evening class in Session 6 and you cannot return to your local campus, please email me at JBNeff@indianatech.edu with the subject line “Return Labe,l” and I will email you a prepaid UPS return label. Please use your student email or include your student ID in the email.
  • If you were scheduled for an evening course in Session 7, we will be including a prepaid package with your textbook to return your books via UPS after the session ends.

For College of Professional Studies (online classes)

  • For online classes, the return process remains the same. Use your included return package to ship your books back via UPS after the session ends.

The Textbook Department maintains office hours throughout the year Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Until further notice, this will not be changing. If you have any other return situations that haven’t been addressed please let me know via email.

Update for Friday, March 20 (11:45 a.m.)

Dear Parents:

Indiana Tech will issue room and meal plan credits to students based on the date that a student checks out of their residence hall and keys are returned to Residence Life. Credits will be issued based on the weeks remaining after the student’s departure. The amount of the credit will be calculated and applied to their student account. If there is a balance on the account, the room and meal plan credit will be applied to that balance prior to issuing a refund. For students with active payment plans, Indiana Tech will cancel or reduce the payment plan amount in accordance with their new account balance.

Examples:

  • If your room and meal plan credit is $2,000 and your current balance is $0: This will result in a refund of $2,000.
  • If your room and meal plan credit is $2,000 and you currently have a payment plan balance of $2,500: There will be no refund. We will adjust your remaining payment plan payments down to equal the remaining $500 balance.
  • If your room and meal plan credit is $2,000 and your payment plan balance is $1,000: This will result in a refund of $1,000.

Block meal plans will be extended for use in the 2020-21 academic year. If a student is graduating this spring, we will issue a credit to their account. If a student chooses not return in Fall 2020, we will issue a credit to their account at that time. Again, any balance on an account will be deducted from the credit prior to issuing a refund.

Credits will be issued according to federal financial aid rules, which means most refunds will be issued directly to students utilizing BankMobile. In instances where we are able to hold the credit to 2020-21 in order to reduce a student’s Fall 2020 balance (and reduce the need for loans), we will do so.

We will begin processing refunds no later than the week of April 13. Please ask your student to watch for emails to their student account for further information. If you have further questions, please contact businessoffice@indianatech.edu or residencelife@indianatech.edu.

Best regards,
The Indiana Tech Student Financial Services and Residence Life Teams

Update for Wednesday, March 18 (4:30pm)

President and Mrs. Karl Einolf recorded a video message for Indiana Tech students to share more information about how the entire Tech community can stay connected during this time. View the video on YouTube below:

Update for Monday, March 16 (5 p.m.)

Some updates have been made to the “Critical Information by Audience and Topic” section below, the most of which affect the Traditional Undergraduates population.

Depending on which population you belong to, please take a look to see if these updates affect you.

Update for Monday, March 16 (11:30 a.m.)

Indiana Tech leadership has decided the university will continue to deliver its classes online through the remainder of the spring semester for traditional undergraduates and through Session 7 for the College of Professional Studies. Below shows how this decision will affect the different populations that comprise the Indiana Tech community:

Traditional Undergraduates

  • In-person classes that have moved online will remain that way through the end of the spring semester.
  • Students living on campus are asked to move out of their residence halls by 5 p.m., Sunday, March 29. We will be processing refunds for room/board in the coming weeks.
  • Students who need accommodations to stay in their residence hall beyond March 29 should contact residence life at residencelife@indianatech.edu.
  • Dining services, and health, wellness, fitness and recreational facilities will continue to be available under adjusted schedules. More information will be provided as schedules are determined.
  • Advising and registration for fall semester classes will continue in a virtual format. Your advisors will contact each of you individually.
  • Opportunities for student engagement will continue to be developed and communicated to continue to foster connection among our community.

College of Professional Studies

  • Current online classes remain unaffected.
  • Undergraduate and graduate in-person classes that have moved online for Session 6 will remain online through the end of the session.
  • Undergraduate and graduate in-person classes will also move online for all of Session 7. (Session 7 ends May 2 for undergraduate classes, June 6 for graduate classes, and May 7 for G4 classes).
  • Students in lab-based courses will receive additional individual communication about these classes from their instructors.

Faculty

Staff

  • University offices remain open under their normal schedules at this time.

The Status of Commencement

For commencement in May, we are currently exploring options. A final decision will be made and communicated in the coming weeks.

Update for Friday, March 13 (6:30 p.m.)

The Indiana Tech Department of Athletics is cancelling all contests and practices for the remainder of the spring semester due to the impact of coronavirus/COVID-19. The decision was made in conjunction with university leadership and the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC), which canceled all of its spring events. Athletes will be receiving additional communication from their coaches.

Update for Friday, March 13 (4:30 p.m.)
  • As we continue making preparations to begin all-online classes on Monday, March 16, we have updated our coronavirus update page with a new section titled “Critical Information by Audience and Topic.” There, readers can find Indiana Tech’s post-COVID-19 protocols, schedules and related information for different populations within the university community.
  • You can find “Critical Information by Audience and Topic” underneath the blue daily update section. Check back frequently as information for these audiences and topics areas will continue to be updated.
  • Finally, everyone within the Indiana Tech community should pay careful attention to their email for ongoing communication and notifications specific to their population. This may include class information and other details specific to their individual roles here at the university.
Update for Thursday, March 12 (4:45 p.m.)

As the situation regarding coronavirus/COVID-19 continues to evolve, the Indiana Tech Department of Athletics has made policy changes in regards to athletic events and practices in conjunction with university leadership.

With the announcement of the university moving all traditional undergraduate and College of Professional Studies in-person classes online Thursday, which goes into effect Monday, March 16 through March 30, the Department of Athletics has made the following changes.

Intercollegiate athletics competition is limited to:

  • In-season varsity conference (Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference) competitions while the university is under the online class format. Practices for varsity teams currently competing will take place in consultation with the head coach, Director of Athletics and other administration as needed. The men’s volleyball match with Millikin University for Friday has been cancelled.
  • All nonconference varsity events, junior varsity competitions and out-of-season team functions have been suspended, effective Friday, March 13 throughout the online-only delivery period. This includes practices for sports no longer in their championship season (fall and winter).
  • The NAIA announced the suspension and cancellation of the rest of their winter national championships, which includes the Men’s and Women’s Basketball and Men’s and Women’s Bowling Championships, effectively immediately (Thursday, March 12). Full NAIA release.
  • The men’s and women’s bowling teams, who were scheduled to compete in the USBC Sectionals this weekend in Stratford, New Jersey, are now returning to campus and will not be competing in USBC or NAIA postseason play. Full USBC release.
  • The men’s ice hockey team will not compete in the ACHA National Tournament in Frisco, Texas, scheduled for March 19-24, as the association cancelled the tournament Thursday. Full ACHA release.
  • For teams who are currently traveling on spring break trips, they will be allowed to complete their competitions and then return to campus. The baseball team has made the decision to return home and not play their weekend series at Georgia Gwinnett College. The men’s lacrosse team will return to campus following their game at Tennessee Wesleyan University Thursday afternoon. The softball team is slated to return to campus Saturday from Arizona.

Indiana Tech is encouraging social distancing at all home contests that will take place during the online class session, and is in continuing discussion on if fans will be permitted to attend games. Announcements on attendance policies will be released as the situation evolves. With students being encouraged to remain at home during the online class session, some home events will have limited live coverage options (streaming, stats, social media, etc.) that will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. For the most up-to-date information on what coverage options will be available for contests, visit www.indianatechwarriors.com 24 hours prior to the scheduled start time of the contest.

Update for Thursday, March 12 (8:50 a.m.)

Indiana Tech will move all traditional undergraduate and College of Professional Studies in-person classes online effective Monday, March 16, for two weeks, through March 30.

What this means for populations within the Indiana Tech community:

  • Traditional Undergraduates: Traditional undergraduates are asked to remain at home and not return to campus at the end of spring break this Sunday, March 14. For those unable to stay home, residence halls will remain open, and dining services will continue operations. You will receive additional information about accessing your online classes before Monday. To reiterate: CAMPUS REMAINS OPEN to students unable to stay home or access internet at home.  We are simply asking those who can remain home to do so, and we are moving classes online.  If students need to come to campus to use Wi-Fi to access their online classwork, to get items from their rooms, or conduct other business, they may do so.  Residence halls and dining services will also remain open for students unable to stay at their homes.
  • College of Professional Studies: Courses already offered online are unaffected – they remain online as scheduled. In-person classes at every Indiana Tech regional campus location will move online effective Monday, March 16. Students currently taking in-person classes will receive further information about accessing your classes online starting next week. We understand that there are some in-person classes that involve lab work, and we will be in further direct communication with students in these courses about how they will be handled going forward.
  • Faculty Members: The academic affairs team will provide further detailed updates, resources and support for taking your in-person classes to an online format. More information will be provided soon.
  • Staff Members: Main campus and our regional campus locations remain open for business until further notice.

As a reminder from previous communications:

  • International Travel: International travel for official business on behalf the university is currently prohibited. Those who have conducted recent personal travel internationally, including cruise travel, are required to report their travel information to Indiana Tech Human Resources at hr@indianatech.edu.
  • Domestic Travel: Before scheduling any domestic travel for official business, university faculty and staff are required to get prior approval from the vice president overseeing their area. We continue to monitor travel and conditions related to athletics competition and will make decisions on participation in consultation with conference and event officials. Personal domestic travel is currently discouraged. Those who have traveled through or from domestic locations where coronavirus cases have been reported should pay careful attention to any symptoms that might develop and be prepared to isolate.
  • Next Steps: We will continue to monitor the situation closely and continue posting updates at www.indianatech.edu/coronavirus. We will provide additional communication on whether online classes will continue past March 30, and the timing for resumption of in-person classes, in a time frame that will give you time to plan accordingly.
Update for Wednesday, March 11
  • General Status: No coronavirus cases have been reported among members of the Indiana Tech community. As of this afternoon, there were 10 reported cases in the state of Indiana.
  • Traditional Undergraduate Classes, Residence Halls and Dining Facilities: Traditional undergraduate classes on main campus remain scheduled to resume next Monday, March 16, at the conclusion of spring break. Residence halls and dining facilities remain open. We continue to take proactive precautions, communicating with government and health officials and continually monitoring the situation. Faculty have been receiving communication from academic affairs on preparing contingency plans to move classes online as needed. This situation continues to be fluid and any changes or updates to class schedules will be communicated directly to the members of the university community as they occur, and posted online at www.indianatech.edu/coronavirus.
  • College of Professional Studies Classes: Online class schedules remain unaffected. In-person classes will be evaluated based on the locality in which they take place. Any changes to in-person class schedules at our various regional locations will be communicated directly to those students affected.
  • International Travel: International travel for official business on behalf the university is currently prohibited. Those who have conducted recent personal travel internationally, including cruise travel, are required to report their travel information to Indiana Tech Human Resources at hr@indianatech.edu.
  • Domestic Travel: Before scheduling any domestic travel for official business, university faculty and staff are required to get prior approval from the vice president overseeing their area. We continue to monitor travel and conditions related to athletics competition and will make decisions on participation in consultation with conference and event officials. Personal domestic travel is currently discouraged. Those who have traveled through or from domestic locations where coronavirus cases have been reported should pay careful attention to any symptoms that might develop and be prepared to isolate.
Update for Tuesday, March 10
  • While cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in cities where Indiana Tech has a campus—namely Indianapolis, Louisville and Chicago—there are no known impacts to any of our campuses.
  • The CDC advises the immediate health risk for the general public from COVID-19 is considered low.
  • The university strongly discourages personal travel to countries with a current CDC Level 3 Travel Warning. You can find a list of those countries here. In the event of personal travel to these countries, Indiana Tech will restrict returning travelers from returning to campus for 14 days.
  • At this time, no need has been identified to cancel classes or social events. As such, commencement ceremonies, athletic events and other university events will go on as scheduled. If any changes occur, the Indiana Tech community will be notified.