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Spring semester to continue as planned

A student walks into the Health Professions Building
11:59 am

The university is continuing with its plans to begin classes and continue campus housing in the spring. Despite pandemic numbers getting worse in Vanderburgh County, the university will continue the...

Rapid COVID-19 testing available on campus

a car pulls into a drive through testing clinic
December 2, 2020

Students and faculty have access to rapid COVID-19 testing at the University Health Center starting Dec. 1. Students remaining on campus until the end of the fall semester, first responders and employees,...

University accumulates over 500 positive COVID-19 cases, 37 this week

University accumulates over 500 positive COVID-19 cases, 37 this week
November 23, 2020

Note: Data is current at the time of publication and is subject to change with further updates. Last week the university accumulated over 500 positive COVID-19 cases. The university’s COVID-19...

Students cautious about returning home for Thanksgiving

A student walks towards the University Center.
November 20, 2020

Students are taking precautions before returning home for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving break starts Nov. 25, after which all classes will continue online. Some students will be heading home for break...

Students struggle with online classes, isolation, communication

An empty classroom
November 18, 2020

“Am I really going to USI or am I just taking classes online?” Madison Martin, freshman pre-nursing major, said. Online classes have become more common amongst students due to COVID-19.  Besides...

University could feel impact of COVID-19 for the next four years

University could feel impact of COVID-19 for the next four years
November 5, 2020

Steve Bridges, vice president of finance and administration, said the university could feel the impact of this semester for the next four years as the smaller freshman class works its way through the pipeline. The...

37 New Positive COVID-19 Cases, 392 Cumulative

37 New Positive COVID-19 Cases, 392 Cumulative
October 30, 2020

The university’s COVID-19 dashboard reported 37 new positive cases for the week of Oct. 18 through Oct. 24. The total positive cases since The Office of Planning, Research, and Assessment introduced...

Quarantine Life as a Freshman

Quarantine Life as a Freshman
October 28, 2020

A sweet-toned phone call masks dreaded news. During this fall semester, freshman students are beginning the college experience with an added stress: quarantine.  Freshman suitemates Chase Hollenkamp,...

Week eight COVID-19 data shows a decrease in new cases

Week eight COVID-19 data shows a decrease in new cases
October 16, 2020

The Office of Planning, Research and Assessment updated the university’s COVID-19 dashboard today with new data from Oct. 4 to Oct. 10. The new data shows there were 33 new COVID cases last week,...

COVID-19 protocols to continue

COVID-19 protocols to continue
October 15, 2020

Fall semester started eight weeks ago and students here are still on campus. Provost Mohammed Khayum said the plan for reopening campus and staying at school involves the COVID-19 task force to monitor...

Students ‘love’ COVID dashboard

Students ‘love’ COVID dashboard
October 8, 2020

Colleges around the country have come up with a COVID-19 dashboard so their communities can keep track of cases at universities. The goal of the university’s dashboard is to provide the campus community...

Counseling Center offering telehealth, Zoom appointments

Counseling Center offering telehealth, Zoom appointments
September 22, 2020

Thomas Longwell, director of the Counseling Center, said he hasn’t met anyone who isn’t struggling right now. “COVID fatigue is real,” Longwell said. “It’s hard and it’s as hard on us...

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