Rose-Hulman suspends in-person instruction; moves to virtual learning

Coronavirus

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology announced Thursday it will be suspending in-person instruction and moving to virtual learning.

All Friday, March 13 classes will be canceled, and spring break will be moved to March 13 through 22.

Online classes will be held March 23 through April 19, at a minimum. All athletic events have also been suspended during this time.

“Students come to Rose-Hulman for a world-class education, experienced in a community that unites students, faculty and staff in authentic care and mutual support for one another,” Rose-Hulman president Robert A. Coons said. “These values have been foremost in our careful consideration of possible responses to the public health situation caused COVID-19 coronavirus. Ultimately, we have decided that we can best serve our students and community at this time by transitioning to remote learning, canceling face-to-face class meetings and most on-campus events.”

Coons noted there are no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Rose-Hulman campus.

Other measures being taken by the school are:

  • All classrooms, labs and learning facilities (such as the Branam Innovation Center/Kremer Innovation Center), as well as the Logan Library, will be closed to students during this time. Residence halls and the Mussallem Union will remain open. Dining services will continue to operate.
  • Some students will elect to remain home to take their online courses, whereas others may choose to remain on campus. Student Affairs will communicate with students to learn of their intentions.
  • Faculty will identify courses that cannot be taught remotely and will put plans in place to respond to those situations. Students should be informed of those plans by Wednesday, March 18, from that area department head or academic advisor.
  • Students should contact their faculty for any specific software needs for e-learning.
  • Faculty will work with students taking their classes on their e-learning approaches and expectations.
  • All on-campus events, without written special permission through the Office of the President, are canceled through March 31.
  • The campus will not be closed during this period, including spring break. Campus offices and services will remain open. The institute will continue to employ advanced cleaning and disinfecting measures on all building hard surfaces.
  • Employees, except those on sick, vacation or FMLA leave, are expected to report to work as normal. Area vice presidents will offer guidance on expectations during this time.
  • All non-essential, institute-related domestic travel is suspended through March 31, at a minimum.
  • We have shared with our campus community best practices around preventive measures to control the spread of the virus.

Rose-Hulman will continue to update our website with institute actions based on information provided by the CDC, Indiana State Department of Health, and the Vigo County Health Department. You can find that page at https://www.rose-hulman.edu/about-us/community-and-public-services/health/index.html.

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