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Here is a list of frequently asked questions, organized by topic. 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.

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Academics, Classes and Classrooms

How will social distancing work in classrooms? Are class capacities being capped?

Because of the variation in capacity of our classrooms, class numbers are not capped. However, we are doing our best to optimize the space we have using increased cleaning schedules and moving classes to larger spaces, whenever possible. Additionally, masks are required in all University spaces including classrooms, and students and faculty are required to wear their masks for the duration of the class period. Students are encouraged to socially distance while in classrooms and to choose seats that are not close to each other.

How are classrooms being cleaned? Are they being sanitized after every use?

All classrooms and laboratories will be disinfected overnight. Sanitizer spray and towels are available for use in all classrooms and laboratories. In addition, hand sanitizer dispensers are installed in all classrooms and laboratories. Custodial staff will be disinfecting high touch surfaces in all buildings throughout the day and will service classrooms and conferences rooms when they’re not in use.

Will classrooms be locked when not in sessions?

No.

How will a student continue with classes if they need to isolate?

If a student is required to isolate or quarantine, he or she will use the hybrid online option. The delivery model was created so that students are able to seamlessly complete the courses even if quarantine or isolation is ordered mid-semester or mid-session.

What class options are available to students who don’t feel comfortable going in-person?

The traditional program will be offered in a “hybrid model,” with online connection and recording options for students who are unable to attend live session due to quarantine, illness, or comfort level. If the student will not be attending class, they should immediately reach out to their professor for additional information. Students may also reach out to their success advisor.

What academic support is available to students during this time?

During a global pandemic and at all times, Indiana Tech has a wide variety of student learning resources in place, which are designed to help you succeed.

Chiefly, Indiana Tech’s Office of Student Success (the OSS) was created to help students navigate around any obstacles they may encounter during their college career. The OSS will help students improve study skills, get connected with a tutor, advise them on future class selections and much more. In addition, the OSS is the starting point for students with disabilities.

The focus of the Indiana Tech’s Office of Student Success is to keep all students moving forward in their pursuit of their academic goals.

Is there a chance we will move to online classes before Thanksgiving break?

It is not Indiana Tech’s intent to move to online classes before Thanksgiving break, but it is a possibility. We will follow state and local health guidelines and monitor the health of our Tech community to maintain as safe of an environment as possible for as long as possible. But, if the safety of our students and faculty are at risk or our local government requires it, we will transition to all-online classes before Thanksgiving.

CPS students who prefer not to attend face-to-face can sign up for online classes.

When will students know if the university will make any operational changes for second semester?

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.

Beginning the School Year

Will students need to be tested for COVID-19 or isolated before returning to campus?

Students are not required to be tested before returning to campus. We are asking that anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, has been around someone diagnosed with COVID-19 or is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms notify Indiana Tech’s Office of Student Affairs at studentaffairs@indianatech.edu.

Following guidance from the CDC, international students returning to Indiana Tech from abroad will be asked to isolate once they return.

Will traditional students be required to complete a disclosure form prior to moving in to the main campus?

Yes, students will receive a COVID-19 Housing questionnaire from the Office of Residence Life and will be asked to complete it, preferable two to three days prior to campus move-in.

If I have tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms, what should I do?

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms, please complete a COVID-19 Exposure Form or contact studentaffairs@indianatech.edu.

Should I bring preventive items to begin the year?

Yes, consider adding some preventive items to your supply lists, including antibacterial hand soap, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, disinfecting cleaning supplies for bathrooms and/or common surfaces.

Where on campus are face coverings required?

Face coverings that cover both the nose and mouth are required at all times—including outdoors—when social distancing is not possible.

Buildings and Grounds

Will the Fitness Center be open? If so, what operational changes have been made to maintain the safety of its users?

Yes. Certain pieces of fitness equipment are being blocked off to provide space and distancing between users. In addition, cleaning protocols have been enhanced. Finally, users of the Fitness Center are asked to wear a mask while working out. If activity becomes too taxing with the mask on, it may be taken off.

Will the McMillen Library be open?

Yes. It will undergo the same enhanced cleaning protocols as the rest of the university. Patrons are asked to follow the university’s mask protocol while in the library.

Where on campus are face coverings required?

Face coverings that cover both the nose and mouth are required at all times—including outdoors—when social distancing is not possible.

Dining

What changes have been made to the dining hall and other dining areas on campus?
  • Open-serving options (i.e. salad bar in the Andorfer Commons dining hall) have been eliminated. As a result, more pre-made food options in closed containers will be provided.
  • Students will self-swipe their IDs.
  • We will be monitoring/limiting the number of people in the serving line and dining areas to preserve social distancing.
  • Seating modifications are being made in each venue to maximize distancing efforts.
  • Dining areas will be cleaned more frequently, with common touch surfaces being cleaned more regularly.

Health Resources

Who should I contact if I think I have COVID-19 symptoms?

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and do not go to class. The Parkview COVID-19 Symptom Checker may assist you in determining if you need to be tested. Complete a COVID-19 Exposure Form or contact the Office of Student Services immediately. In addition, seek medical attention for testing and treatment.  To find a COVID-19 testing site within the state of Indiana, visit the Indiana State Department of Health website.

I'm anxious about the ongoing situation. Does Indiana Tech offer resources or support for my wellbeing?

Yes, Indiana Tech’s Wellness Clinic is equipped with qualified counseling professionals. The Wellness Clinic is in Andorfer Commons Room 150, and will be available for face-to-face visits beginning Aug. 17.

  • Call 260.266.8060 or 800.721.8809 to schedule an appointment.
  • The After-Hours Crisis Line is 260.446.1867.
  • Email Counseling@indianatech.edu.
Will the nurse practitioner be available in the Wellness Clinic this fall?

Yes, the nurse practitioner will be available this fall, Monday-Friday, 1:30-4:30 p.m., in Indiana Tech’s Wellness Clinic. The Wellness Clinic is in Andorfer Commons Room 150.

However, you must schedule an appointment to see the nurse practitioner. No walk-in visits will be permitted.

Schedule your appointment, then:

  • Click on Indiana Tech Onsite Clinic
  • Select Clinic Visit
  • Choose the date and time
  • Enter your name, your email address, and any notes or special requests
  • Hit submit

NOTE: You will receive a confirmation email that you must open and click on the “Click Here” button. You must do that to confirm your appointment.

International Students

How can international students continue the fall semester from their home countries if flights are not fully available by August?

Indiana Tech has implemented upgraded audio/video technology in classrooms to improve its live-stream delivery of courses. Thus, classes will be live-streamed and video-recorded to allow students to attend their classes remotely as needed. This includes international students and others unable to return to campus for the start of the semester, as well as students with health concerns. Indiana Tech encourages students to participate in face-to-face classes. In the event they cannot, the upgrades we have made to our classrooms will improve their online experience.

With whom should international students contact to address any concerns that they might have?

Please contact Indiana Tech’s international admissions department at internationaladmissions@indianatech.edu or 260.399.2864.

You can find more information on the International Admissions website.

Mask Policy

What is the mask policy for Indiana Tech campuses?

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.

View the full policy

What are the consequences if students will not wear a mask?

We are asking everyone to comply to keep others safe. Our hope is that by trying to keep everyone healthy for as long as possible, we can stay in person for as long as possible. That being said, if students fail to comply after several conversations the behavior could escalate to a conduct violation.

Are face coverings required within a cubicle setting?

If one is within a cubicle environment and there are others within six feet, a face covering must be worn.

If I am outside with a group of friends and we are all socially distancing, do we still have to wear masks?

Masks or face coverings will be required outdoors when social distancing cannot be achieved.

Is the university providing masks for students? How will they be distributed?

Traditional students will each receive three masks.

  • Residential students will get them when they get their keys upon move-in.
  • Commuter students will need to pick theirs up in the Office of Student Affairs.

CPS students taking on-campus classes will receive one mask, which will be available at their regional campus location at the time of their first class.

Will fabric masks be available for purchase on campus or online?

Yes, they should be available after Aug. 21 for purchase, in Tech Treasures, Indiana Tech’s gift shop located in Andorfer Commons. You can also shop Tech Treasures online.

Residence Halls

Will students still have a roommate this year, or will there be one person per room?

The university is taking several measures to reduce the potential exposure and spread of the COVID-19 Virus. Rooms will remain double occupancy and roommates will be viewed as a “household” or family unit. Students who have assigned roommates in a double room for the upcoming year will still be assigned with that roommate.

Will visitors be allowed in dorm rooms?

For the purpose of this discussion, Indiana Tech defines a visitor as anyone who doesn’t live in the building where they are visiting, which includes residents from other buildings. 

Overnight visitors: For the safety of all of our residents, we are not authorizing overnight visitors in any facility until further notice.

Temporary visitors: Temporary visitors must be accompanied by their host upon entry to the building and should be kept to the common spaces in the residence hall facilities such as lobbies unless you are in a private room situation.  These locations would include Rogers, Townhouses, and Summit Hall or if a student has purchased a single room in another facility.

One visitor at a time: Residents may not have more than one visitor at a time.

  • We discourage having visitors inside personal rooms and encourage the use of common spaces such as lobbies; but, should you choose to do so, exercise proper safety which includes continuing to wear your masks and social distance and only if roommates agree to having visitors inside the room.
  • Remember that masks are required inside the building in all lobbies, common spaces and hallways.
What will the requirements be in terms of group settings in a dorm room? Will face coverings be required in a dorm setting, or just social distancing?

Social distancing guidelines will be implemented in all common area space and residential hallways in residence halls. Students are to follow all instruction regarding social distancing including official floor decals that are used to designate social distancing spacing for individual offices and common area space in residence halls. The use of masks/facial coverings will be required, and students should maintain 6 feet of social (physical) distance from anyone they do not live with. Students are not required to wear masks/facial coverings in the privacy of their own room and with a roommate.

Will residence hall lounges and other campus study areas be open for use?

Yes, provided mask protocols and social distancing are followed.

What if my roommate doesn’t practice social distancing and safety measures? How can my health and safety be protected?

We ask that all students use common sense and show respect for the health and safety of the people living within their community. As roommates, it is essential to establish mutual guidelines and expectations to reduce risky behavior and potential exposure. Communication is key in building trust and setting reasonable expectations.

While Indiana Tech is implementing several health and safety measures to protect our community, it is extremely important that all of our students take proper precautions to safeguard their own health as well as the health of those around them.

Your resident assistant and residential coordinator will be able to assist in issues with roommates.

If the semester must be finished virtually, will refunds be issued to students?

It is the university’s intention to provide residential living experiences this fall utilizing protective measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19. If COVID-19 were to increase in such a magnitude that required a university decision to close residential facilities in the fall semester, the university would provide prorated housing and meal plan refunds to students who are required by university policy to vacate residential facilities.

Testing for COVID-19

Will COVID-19 testing be available on campus?

No, but to find a COVID-19 testing site within the state of Indiana, visit the Indiana State Department of Health  website.

Will the university pay for COVID-19 testing?

No. However, students who have paid for student health insurance through the university, will have their COVID-19-related expenses covered. Read United Healthcare’s COVID-19 FAQ to learn what Indiana Tech’s student health insurance plan covers in relation to COVID-19.

Will temperatures be checked each day as students and employees arrive on campus?

No. We are asking that everyone use the self-monitoring checklist to evaluate any potential COVID-19 symptoms and to report them to the university via the COVID-19 Exposure Form.

Are Indiana Tech traditional undergraduate students required to stay on campus throughout the semester?

No, students are not required to stay on campus. However, they will be encouraged to minimize trips off campus unless those trips are unavoidable.

What if Someone on a Tech Campus Tests Positive?

What will the COVID-19 protocol be if someone on campus tests positive?

If someone tests positive, they need to report their result to Student Affairs by completing a COVID-19 Exposure Form or emailing studentaffairs@indianatech.edu.

They will be asked to isolate at home if they live within a reasonable proximity to campus, if that’s not possible and living on-campus, they may be moved to a single room set aside for isolation purposes. These rooms are located in less trafficked areas of their respective buildings and are equipped with individual heating, ventilating and air conditioning units. They will be given instructions to check in daily with staff, monitor their health, not to leave the room, and food will be delivered to them. Indiana Tech will work with the Allen County Department of Health for contact tracing and for instructions to be “released” from isolation.

How will students isolate if they have come in contact with a positive case?

This response depends on length of time and instructions from the Allen County Department of Health. They will likely be asked to quarantine for a certain number of days.  If they start to experience symptoms during that period, they will be asked to get tested.

How will the isolation policy be supported and enforced?

Individuals who test positive will be asked to isolate at home, as opposed to staying on-campus, when possible. For individuals who remain on campus for their isolation period, they will be monitored daily. If someone fails to adhere to the expectations, they could be asked to leave campus for the duration of their isolation period or face disciplinary action for not complying.

Has space on campus been identified to house students displaying COVID-19 symptoms?

In the event a student needs to be quarantined and cannot quarantine at home, we have identified rooms that would be best suited for that purpose. These rooms are located in less trafficked areas of their respective buildings and are equipped with individual heating, ventilating and air conditioning units.

Miscellaneous

Can my community group rent one of Indiana Tech's rooms to host its event this year?

Indiana Tech will not be hosting events for groups or organizations outside the university until further notice. Administration will evaluate this practice in January 2021 and make adjustments if a healthy environment for our students and community guests can be maintained while reopening to external groups or organizations. Indiana Tech looks forward to having the community back on campus as soon as can be safely done so. Any external group or organization who would like to consider hosting an event on campus in spring or summer of 2021 can email ConferenceServices@indianatech.edu as a waiting list for events is being created.

What does Indiana Tech's student health insurance plan cover in relation to COVID-19?

Read United Healthcare’s COVID-19 FAQ to learn what Indiana Tech’s student health insurance plan covers in relation to COVID-19.

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