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Return to campus

Indiana University is taking actions in light of COVID-19 with the goal of providing a safe working and learning environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The university will continue to adjust policy and guidance based upon the latest public health information, regulatory guidance, and peer best practices.

Student Commitment Form

Before returning to campus, all students need to review and sign the Student Commitment Form.

View and sign the form
Community Responsibility Acknowledgement

All faculty and staff need to review and sign the Community Responsibility Acknowledgement before returning to campus.

View and sign the acknowledgement

Return to campus guide

This document provides guidelines for returning to learning, teaching and working on campus.

Read the guide

Phased re-entry plan

An at-a-glance look at IU's phased plan for returning to campus.

Review the plan

Event and conferences guidance

A checklist for planning events and conferences during the ongoing pandemic.

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Campus visitors guidance

Details on IU's visitor policy.

See the policy

Importance of good hygiene

Everyone can reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 by:

  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If water is not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Personnel must be able to wash their hands after touching any surface/tool suspected of being contaminated, before and after eating or using the restroom, and before touching their face.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying home while sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Covering your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and immediately dispose of the used tissue.

When to wash your hands

Always wash your hands...

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • Before exiting the laboratory
  • After using the toilet
  • After contact with high touch surfaces (e.g., elevators, lobby areas, reception desks, etc.)
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After removing gloves or other personal protective equipment
  • After touching an animal or animal waste
  • After touching garbage

Cleaning procedures

Even under normal business conditions, a facility should clean common touchpoints on a recurring schedule based upon frequency of use, occupancy, and overall risk. Cleaning and sanitization procedures are expected to increase significantly in frequency and be consistent with the level of risk mitigation deemed feasible and appropriate by environmental, health, and safety professionals.

An advanced COVID-19 cleaning protocol has been developed and provided to appropriate maintenance groups outlining the steps to be taken when known or presumed positive cases exist and it’s not possible to temporarily close a space for 96 hours.

Receiving mail and packages

  • Limit in-person contact when accepting a delivery, or stay at least 6 feet away from the delivery person.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after touching the package.
  • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when soap and water are not available.
  • Use nitrile gloves when handling the package, if possible.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, or mouth.

Specific guidance for mailrooms has been developed and provided to relevant departments.

Physical distancing

Physical distancing within workplace environments is just as important as it is in the broader community. Utilizing distance to reduce the risk of infection is the basic concept behind physical distancing.

Physical distancing can include:

  • Staying at least 6 feet apart from others
  • Separating work stations by at least 6 feet or using physical barriers (e.g., shields, curtains)
  • Avoiding large gatherings of employees (greater than 10 people) when feasible
  • Eliminating contact with others (shaking hands, embracing, etc.)
  • Avoiding and reporting those who appear to be demonstrating symptoms (coughing, sneezing or stating they feel like they have fever-like symptoms)
  • Avoiding touching common surfaces (where possible) and ensuring frequent washing of hands if it’s not possible to avoid touching surfaces
  • Allowing only infrequent and intermittent passing within 6 feet
  • Encouraging employees to take the stairs
  • Maintaining physical distancing during breaks and at shift start and end times
  • Staggering break times and work schedules
  • Limiting in-person meetings to fewer than 10 people and maintaining at least 6-foot spacing
  • Taking separate vehicles
  • Avoiding hugging and handshakes
  • Minimizing the number of people in a work area at the same time