Campus Updates

Students - Return to Campus

Campus Life

We need your help: Students, please respond to this short survey  HERE  to gauge your campus life interests/concerns. 

Assumptions:  Face coverings and 6 feet physical distancing will be required for all activities (both indoor and outdoor gatherings).Restore Illinois Phase 4 allows groups to gather up to 50 participants. Catering and events with food may feature individually packaged foods/boxes only. Students who are not feeling well should not attend any activities under any circumstances. Symptom screening and liability waivers may be required for some high-contact activities.

Campus events:  Much like the academic delivery plan which includes in-person, virtual, and hybrid delivery, we anticipate that traditional campus life experiences will follow suit. In-person activities will have fewer than 50 participants and will meet in spaces sized appropriately for the group. Unfortunately, we will be unable to have all-campus or other large events. We encourage virtual and outdoor meetings and events when possible. CAB and Student Involvement have done an outstanding job demonstrating these flexible event options through a sampling of fall events: In-Person Grocery Bingo, Fall Fest Activities, Campus Feud, Escape Rooms and more!

Traditions that Change:  Titan traditions will change, in both major and minor ways. The Titan Carnival will be replaced with a virtual Casino Night as well as some smaller group and in-person activities. The RSO Fair will be re-tooled to allow us to promote student organizations differently by utilizing virtual and in-person hybrid experiences. We will see our successful Career Fair take shape in a different form, yet maintain our institutional focus on creating opportunities for job placement. Fraternity and sorority new member recruitment (September 9-13) will be hosted as a hybrid of activities, with a combination of virtual and in-person recruitment events. Event series like 3D: Diversity, Dialogue and Dignity and ReligiosiTEA will be facilitated both in-person and virtually. Because of the risk of spreading COVID-19 through travel, parts of Family Weekend will be held virtually in support of parents, and social aspects will be scheduled for the future, when, hopefully, a vaccine is developed. The “Big Show” that traditionally occurs in the spring will be sponsored as multiple virtual concerts and events, specifically for IWU students, with artists, performers and celebrities!

Area-specific information:  For more detailed information about specific areas of campus life, please visit the links below:

Convocations/Lectures/Panels

Theatre/Music Events

Athletic Events

Recreational Fitness/Intramurals

RSO events and meetings

Hosting events

Planning meetings

Tracking attendance at events

Additional FAQs

Events calendar:   IWU Mobile App  will continue to be your best source for campus events information. When reservations are made, planners will indicate whether the event is virtual, in-person with a location, or a hybrid.  


Housing and Dining

Background:  A residential campus is very similar in density to other residential communities that have seen high incidence for COVID-19. The fastest growing age group for COVID-19 positive cases is our college-aged demographic; however, they are also the least likely to experience severe symptoms. For all of these reasons, we are taking appropriate precautions to prioritize student well-being in our dense residential community. We also realize that physical distancing of 6 feet per person challenges both the social and residential experience for students in the residence halls and the dining spaces. 

Housing Priorities:   We are committed to the residential student experience. During the pandemic, we believe that single rooms provide the healthiest option for students, both to minimize risk and to allow isolation/recovery should a student be exposed to COVID-19. For some students, a roommate is an important source of support; because health guidelines allow roommates to be considered a “family unit”, we want to honor that relationship where we can. We have not yet finalized the reassignment process and many of the implementation details; your preferences in the supplemental housing form mentioned above and the following guidelines will help us further our decision-making for the fall semester:   

Dining Priorities:  We appreciate the leadership of the Dining Services (Sodexo) team in bringing their expertise to providing appropriate changes to our dining program, given the health protocols required under COVID-19. We are confident that we can provide a quality dining experience for students; and, like all things COVID-19 related, things will be different from your traditional dining experience. All of our dining spaces must honor the 6 feet physical distancing requirements and occupancy reductions. Self-serve, high-touch items are prohibited in food safety protocols for restaurants and dining facilities.  


Academic Planning  

Assumptions:  Given guidance from the CDC and State of Illinois, physical distancing and wearing masks will be a requirement across campus. And, the 6-feet physical distancing requirement means that classroom occupancies will be much smaller than usual. Courses may meet in atypical places or with students rotating between in-person and online attendance.  Many faculty will use a new Zoom license to safely maintain active and engaged learning through discussion, group work, office hours, etc.  Because of cleaning protocols and technology changes, we will need more time between classes; the transition has been extended from 10 to 15 minutes.

Course delivery:   Course delivery will vary. When the revised course schedule is available in late July, individual courses will be designated as in-person (P), hybrid (H), online (O), or HyFlex (F).

Students who cannot come to campus owing to health concerns or travel restrictions will need to enroll in online (O) or HyFlex (F) courses for fall 2020.

Informed by public health guidance and surveys of the campus community, we have begun the complex process of designating each course as  P,  H,  O, or  F  and identifying and configuring large spaces for in-person instruction. Thank you for your thoughtful responses to our student survey; it has helped us understand the range of students' instructional and medical needs. It is our hope that by the end of July, you will be able to revisit your fall schedule, see the mode of delivery of each course, and adjust your schedule if needed. If you anticipate needing to study completely online for fall 2020 owing to medical or travel constraints, we recommend letting your academic advisor and  academic department chair or director  know after July 20, when the course schedule information is available.

Support for teaching and learning:

Over the summer, we are expanding peer tutoring services through the new Center for Engaged Learning headquartered in The Ames Library; reconfiguring classrooms for socially distanced, in-person instruction; providing faculty opportunities to become certified online instructors; adopting a campus-wide Zoom license; and updating classroom and faculty technology for smoother online interactions. We have been inspired to hear how individual faculty and departments are responding creatively to the COVID challenges.

Questions:   You likely have many questions, some that we’ve resolved and others we are still working on. We’ve tried to anticipate a few questions below that will link to an  FAQ page  that will be regularly updated.