Vincennes University President Dr. Chuck Johnson announced on Monday that the VU is ending in-person classes earlier than previously scheduled at both the Vincennes and Jasper campuses due to rising COVID-19 positivity rates and accelerating growth in cases in Indiana and the country.
The final day of face-to-face instruction for the fall semester will be on Friday, Nov. 20, then VU will transition to virtual instruction for the remainder of the semester.
Some exceptions will be made to permit in-person instruction through Tuesday, Nov. 24, such as clinicals, labs, and internships, but those exceptions will be granted only where absolutely necessary for teaching the remaining material. Instructors will contact students in those cases.
All VU sites are closed Nov. 25-30 for Thanksgiving and Fall Break. Fall Break for students runs through Tuesday, Dec. 1.
After Thanksgiving and Fall Break, classes resume virtually on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The final day of the semester is Friday, Dec. 11. Virtual Mid-Year Commencement is slated for Saturday, Dec. 12.
“While VU has thus far managed to keep the number of COVID cases among employees and students on our campuses and sites relatively low, we are also experiencing increases among faculty, staff, and students who are positive cases, primary contacts, or awaiting test results,” said Johnson.
Before President Johnson’s decision to suspend in-person instruction at the campuses, in-person classes were scheduled to stop after Tuesday, Nov. 24.
The decision to cease face-to-face instruction was made to protect the health and safety of VU students, employees, and communities.