TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Indiana State University students returned to campus nearly a month ago after the school closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Masks requirements, isolation dorms and daily COVID-19 symptom checks are just some of the new protocols at ISU.
Students said they’re pleased with the university’s efforts to keep everyone safe.
“I think Indiana State did a really good job with the safety of students on campus, especially with social distancing guidelines. All of the lounges and things, there’s only two people and there are masks requirements. So they did a really good job,” said Jalen Day.
“It’s definitely like an adjustment from going completely online to being in person now because we still have to wear masks and social distance. So it’s definitely different, but it’s not terrible,” Mia Dausch said.
The university currently has 24 confirmed cases of covid-19 and 89 people are quarantined as of September 13.
Students who test positive or who have been in close contact with a positive case, must quarantine on campus in an isolated dorm or at their permanent residence.
Dr. Andy Morgan, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs said the procedures are new but it’s for everyone’s safety.
“Our staff is available to them 24 hours a day. It’s placed a lot of demand on our staff. It’s something that they’re obviously not used to and it is exhausting. But it’s exhausting for those students that are in those rooms as well. We are aware of that,” Morgan noted.
There are also consequences for students who violate COVID-19 policies, like suspension.
Morgan said he’s confident that if everyone follows the rules, campus will remain open.
“For the most part, our students have been behaving and doing what’s right and following the policies,” he said. “We’ve taken some actions to protect more of our students and those actions have proven to be beneficial. So it is a weird time and I hope we can get back to normal sooner rather than later.”
Students will switch to virtual classes after Thanksgiving break with plans to return to campus in January 2021. Morgan said the administration hasn’t made any changes to the 2021 academic calendar at this time.