Following up on Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie's March 10 IU-wide update regarding the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 situation, IUPUI leaders are actively reviewing major campus-sponsored events that might be affected by the revised university policies.
Per President McRobbie's message regarding events of 100 people or more: "No new non-essential, large events should be scheduled through April 6. For events already scheduled through April 6, organizers are strongly encouraged to immediately consider canceling or rescheduling these. Any large events that it is proposed should continue must seek the approval of the Executive Vice President for the relevant campus or unit. Athletic events will follow the guidance of their Conference Governance and public health officials."
With the safety of the campus community at the forefront, event organizers are working to either reschedule or cancel events that bring together more than 100 people. They are carefully reviewing whether to hold smaller events depending on a number of factors, including whether the space allows for a safe amount of social distance between attendees. All of this is being done in order to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
Several large-scale IUPUI-sponsored events that were canceled this week include the 31st annual Taylor Symposium, hosted by the School of Liberal Arts; the 17th annual Thomas H. Lake Lecture with David Brooks and Anne Snyder, hosted by the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving in the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy; and the 2020 Christel DeHaan Family Foundation Visiting Artist Lecture with Tsherin Sherpa. These events anticipated attendance between 100 and 500.
If you are planning to attend an event at IUPUI between now and April 6, check the IUPUI events calendar to see whether your event is still taking place. You may also check with the event organizers listed on your invitation.
In addition to this new policy regarding large events, IUPUI has imposed university-affiliated travel restrictions, implemented telecommuting options for faculty and staff where possible, and suspended face-to-face classroom teaching for two weeks following spring break, with face-to-face teaching scheduled to resume Monday, April 6. The situation is fluid, and this schedule and these policies may be adjusted.
Stay apprised of the situation as it relates to the IUPUI community by regularly visiting coronavirus.iu.edu. There, you'll find all of the university's public safety advisories, travel information and frequently asked questions, as well as a link to IU Human Resources' frequently asked questions related to COVID-19.