Students, parents and visitors to Indiana Tech can find the most recent COVID-19-related announcements here.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding Indiana Tech’s COVID-19 protocols for the 2020-21 academic year, email us at COVID19@indianatech.edu.
The Allen County Department of Health will open two more free COVID-19 testing sites this month in Allen County.
Free polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests to detect active COVID-19 infection will be available to Hoosiers (with proof of Indiana residency such as a state-issued ID) regardless of symptoms. Rapid antigen tests and antibody tests will not be available at the sites.
Testing Site Locations:
Central (Opening Oct. 1)
3003 Lake Avenue
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
North (Opening Oct. 5)
1230 Ruston Pass
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
Appointments can be made any time at scheduling.coronavirus.in.gov, or by calling 260.449.3303, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Due to the expected volume, the Department is asking individuals to utilize the online registration if possible. An invitation code is prompted on the site but not required, and individuals should click the “I don’t have an Invitation Code” button to proceed with scheduling.
A complete map of test sites across the state is available at coronavirus.in.gov/2524.htm.
The Indiana Tech Department of Athletics has released its spectator policy for the 2020 fall sports season.
The decisions by Indiana Tech was made primarily for the safety and well-being of all attendees, including student-athletes, officials, staff and spectators. The policies below affect only Indiana Tech home athletic events for the fall sports season of 2020. The sports included in this are men’s soccer, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball and includes varsity and reserve events. No spectators are allowed at non-countable contests (ex. fall baseball/softball/lacrosse/men’s volleyball scrimmages) or preseason scrimmages (soccer/volleyball). Fans wanting to attend an away event for Indiana Tech should verify the fan policies on each school’s website before traveling this fall.
Each Indiana Tech player and coach will be allowed two guest passes per event. This pass list must be submitted by the head coach prior to the day of the event. Only these pass list guests, Indiana Tech students, staff and faculty, and game-day personnel will be permitted to attend home events for the sports of men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball during the fall season. Indiana Tech students must reserve a spot through Commons 803 or the CORQ app 24 hours prior to a contest in order to gain admission, and a valid Indiana Tech ID must be presented at the gate.
No other spectators or visiting fans will be allowed into the facility. Doors to the facilities will open 30 minutes prior to the start of the contest and will close 15 minutes after the contest has started. Spectators may be required to have their temperature taken and undergo COVID-19 screening prior to entering.
All venues will follow the 250-person (including participants, coaches, game-day personnel, officials, etc.) limit for large gathering events as mandated by the state of Indiana. Game-day site supervisors will monitor crowd size and enforce social distancing and Indiana Tech’s mask protocols. Individuals that dwell in the same household are permitted to sit near one another. Otherwise social distancing should be practiced (at least six feet of space between individuals).
Any gatherings such as tailgating, group meals, student sections, parent groups, etc. are prohibited. Watching from outside the fence for soccer matches at Warrior Athletic Field is also prohibited. Concessions will not be available in the Schaefer Center or at Warrior Athletic Field.
Home tennis matches that take place at Swinney Tennis Center or Wildwood Racquet Club are subject to any spectator limits or restrictions from the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department/Wildwood, the Allen County Department of Health and/or the state of Indiana.
Spectator policies for winter and spring sports have not been decided at this time. More information will be released later this fall.
In relation to COVID-19, Indiana Tech began tracking efforts on Aug. 1. Since that time:
- There have been 8 total positive cases among students, faculty and staff members.
- 3 of those cases no longer have symptoms and have completed their isolation period.
- This means that 5 cases are currently active and in isolation.
- As a result of contact tracing, 42 people are currently in quarantine. This does not mean these 42 have or will contract COVID-19. Only that they were in close contact with someone who had a positive test.
- All of the positive cases and the majority of the quarantined contacts have isolated off campus since tracking began on Aug. 1.
We will continue to send these status updates on a bi-weekly basis, with the next one scheduled for Sept. 18.
Important reminders for everyone:
- Close contact is defined as a case where someone is within 6 feet of an individual for 15 minutes or more.
- The failure to maintain social distancing is our greatest threat. It is the cause of the 42 close contacts noted above who are now in quarantine.
Steps everyone should take:
- Conduct your daily self-check for symptoms.
- Wear your mask.
- Maintain the 6-foot bubble.
- Avoid large gatherings where you cannot maintain social distancing.
- Report symptoms, close contacts, or COVID results here.
- See something, say something. Hold each other accountable to keep us together.
- If you are sick, stay home!
A message to the Indiana Tech Community:
Please remember: it’s essential that we all remain proactive in protecting ourselves and others by following established policies and guidelines on the wearing of masks, social distancing and avoiding large group gatherings. Thank you to everyone who has been playing their part in keeping our community safe. Though things on campus are decidedly different this fall, by working together we can continue to have a successful fall semester.
It would be unrealistic to expect that there will be no COVID-19 cases here this fall. COVID-19 is here in our community as it is throughout the country. Yet it is within our control to limit the spread of this virus. So we will continue to share our expectations for accountability. Mask up. Wash your hands. Maintain physical distance. Self-monitor daily with the checklist found on our website. If you are experiencing any symptoms or generally not feeling well, use the self-reporting form and our nurse-practitioner will follow up with you promptly. Stay home and away from others when sick. Fully-embraced, these habits of care and respect will have a direct impact our fall semester.
When positive cases are reported here at Tech, the Allen County Department of Health will conduct contact tracing with the assistance of the university. They will focus on those who have been less than six feet away, for more than 15 minutes, from a person who tests positive. If you have been exposed to a positive case under those conditions, the Department of Health and/or Student Affairs will contact you directly via phone, text and/or e-mail. No one else will be conducting tracing or contacting people about quarantining.
The university will not be releasing the names of those individuals who test positive. This is in accordance with medical privacy laws. It is also true that there is no straightforward way to convey all the detail and nuance of each case and trace in a timely, efficient manner to our community, and we have a responsibility to those students to protect their identities to the fullest extent possible.
We can successfully conduct classes this fall, but only if we all remain committed to responsible behavior and continued vigilance, kindness and care. Thank you for your efforts to keep our community safe.
If Indiana Tech identifies any operational changes that need to be made for the second semester of the 2020-21 academic year (i.e., alterations to our academic calendar or changes in the way our classes are delivered), those changes will be announced by the university early in October.
Approximately one week before traditional classes begin on Indiana Tech’s main Fort Wayne campus, students will receive an email directing them to complete a form within the university’s Residence Life Portal. This form will include a series of questions that each student must answer to be permitted back on campus. The questions are below, and, depending on one’s answers, some students may be asked to quarantine themselves until the two-week COVID-19 contagious period has passed.
- Have you traveled outside of the US in the past 10 months? If you can answer yes, please explain.
- Have you lived, or traveled, in the US to an area designated a “hot spot?” If you can answer yes, please explain.
- In the last 14 days, have you displayed any of the following symptoms? If you can answer yes, please explain when symptoms occurred and how long symptoms were present.
- Sore Throat
- Muscular Pain
- Shortness of Breath
- Loss of Appetite
- Loss of Taste
- In the past 14 days, have you been in contact with an individual diagnosed and/or treated for COVID-19? If you can answer yes, please explain.
All individuals in indoor University facilities must wear fabric or disposable surgical-style masks that cover their nose and mouth. Bandanas, scarves, and headbands are not acceptable. Masks must be worn by all passengers in University-provided transportation, such as fleet vehicles and buses. Drivers of University-provided transportation must wear a mask when passengers are in the vehicle.
Individuals may remove masks indoors only if they are:
- in their own private workspace with no one else present, or
- in an enclosed room with others and all individuals can maintain six of feet distance apart, or
- in a dorm room or apartment, or
- participating in activities in which a face mask cannot practically be worn, such as eating and drinking.
To find a COVID-19 testing site within the state of Indiana, visit the Indiana State Department of Health website.
For Illinois: dph.illinois.gov/testing
For Kentucky: govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19
Due to recent announcements by the U.S. government and related news coverage, I understand many of you may be concerned about the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) notification released on July 6. Please rest assured that this policy will not affect current international students here at Indiana Tech. Indiana Tech will proceed as normal with on-campus classes for the fall 2020 semester, so the guidelines in the SEVP notification are not applicable to us. The government’s regulation applies schools who will only offer online or hybrid courses for fall 2020.
If you are an international student in the U.S., please plan to return to campus for your classes as scheduled. Indiana Tech is planning for a safe return to campus and taking precautions to make sure students, staff and faculty remain safe and healthy after you arrive. Some of the many steps we are taking include, but are not limited to, requiring students to wear masks in classes, disinfecting classrooms and touchable surfaces on campus frequently and maintaining social-distancing in spaces around campus.
If you are a returning international student who is currently out of the country, please follow the guidelines provided to you by International Admissions for your return plans. If you are not planning to return to the U.S. and are planning to take classes remotely from your home country, please contact International Admissions ASAP for immigration advising. Any questions regarding your F1 status should also be directed to our International Admissions office and they will be happy to help you. The International Admissions team can be reached at 1.260.399.2864, firstname.lastname@example.org, or https://international.indianatech.edu/.
I hope that each of you, your friends and loved ones are staying well. I look forward to welcoming you back to campus this fall.
Fall Move-In Schedule: In an effort to spread out the move-in process and lessen the congestion at each residence, the following schedule for arrival is in place for the fall of 2020.
|Saturday, Aug. 1||Varies||Returning international students (due to 5-month visa requirements|
|Sunday, Aug. 2||2-4 p.m.||Summer Bridge students|
|Wednesday, Aug. 5||9-11 a.m.||RA staff|
|Friday, Aug. 7, through Monday, Aug. 10||Varies||New international students|
|Saturday, Aug. 8||9-11 a.m.||Women’s soccer/Tennis|
|Sunday, Aug. 9||9-11 a.m.||Men’s basketball/Women’s basketball|
|Monday, Aug. 10||9-11 a.m.||Cross country/Golf/Softball|
|Monday, Aug. 10||2-4 p.m.||Men’s wrestling/Women’s wrestling|
|Tuesday, Aug. 11||9-11 a.m.||Women’s volleyball/Bowling|
|Tuesday, Aug. 11||2-4 p.m.||Men’s lacrosse/Women’s lacrosse/Men’s volleyball|
|Wednesday, Aug. 12||9-11 a.m.||Baseball/Hockey|
|Wednesday, Aug. 12||2-4 p.m.||Men’s soccer|
|Thursday, Aug. 13||9-11 a.m.||Men’s track and field|
|Thursday, Aug. 13||2-4 p.m.||Women’s track and field|
|Friday, Aug. 14||9 a.m.-2 p.m.||New non-athlete students/Band|
|Saturday, Aug. 15 & Sunday, Aug. 16||11 a.m.-5 p.m.||Returning non-athlete students|