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Jan. 15: Health Recommendations and Requirements Update

Dear DePauw Students and Employees, 

We are truly excited to begin another term as Tigers and welcome many of you back to Greencastle. The COVID-19 Task Force, in collaboration with the Health and Safety Pod, has updated the Health Recommendations and Requirements for winter and spring terms. In particular, we hope the updated information provides clear expectations of campus life while providing a bit more flexibility for ‘life to return to campus.’ While we know the virus that causes COVID-19 is more pervasive and widespread than last term, the Student Academic Life team and all student-facing offices are dedicated to working within our guidelines while providing important student services and social opportunities. Read more. 


Jan. 4: COVID-19 Updates and Reminders

Dear Students and Employees, 

On Wednesday, December 30, Putnam County, home to DePauw University, moved into a Red status for COVID-19 cases, as referenced on the ISDH website. Because a county must remain at a lower weekly two-metric score for two consecutive weeks to move down to a lower advisory level, Putnam County will remain in Red until at least January 13. Read more. 


Dec 21: Spring Health and Safety Information

Dear Tigers -  

We are excited to welcome you to campus!  Below (and attached) is very important information about your return to campus, specifically related to the influenza vaccination and our return to campus health protocol.  I ask you to please read this email thoroughly, and print the attachment.  There are lots of details but my hope is that this information will guide you to a successful and on-time return to campus.  Your entire DePauw family is here to help and support you. Read more. 


Dec. 7: Move in information, testing details for Spring

Dear DePauw Students, 

In preparation for spring term, I write to share several reminders and high-level items for you all as a result of COVID-19 and Student Academic Life planning. While I know this is not an ideal week to receive detailed information and you are finding yourselves preparing for finals and papers, I felt it important to provide this update. We are certainly excited to start a term anew with many of you on campus, though I recognize your need for a nice long break. Read more. 


Nov 20: COVID-19 Travel: Before You Go

Dear DePauw Students and Employees, 

As you look toward travel over the next several weeks, either leaving campus or for other reasons, we want to remind you of the COVID-19 mitigation measures highly suggested by the CDC and state health departments. As of yesterday, the CDC is now recommending against travel for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Read more. 


Nov 5: COVID-19 Spring Term Update and Preparing for Campus Departure for Fall 

Please read below for reminders for wrapping up this term on campus and preparing for next term. Read more about what was sent to students here. 


Oct 23: Spring Residence Preference Form

Dear DePauw Students, 

As we begin to inch closer to the close of the fall term, I know you are eager to begin planning for spring in your decisions about both living and learning. I certainly understand that this has been a very unusual time regardless of the learning option that you selected and want to thank each of you for working with us in our effort to keep everyone healthy and safe. As President White indicated, we are eager to welcome all students who choose to live and learn on campus for the spring term. Read more. 


Oct. 9: Spring Term Update 

Dear DePauw Students, Faculty and Staff, 

Now that the October meeting of the Board of Trustees concluded earlier today, and discussions have been held throughout campus with staff members who are part of DePauw’s COVID-19 operations team, faculty, students and health officials, I am happy to share that for spring term we will welcome all students who choose to live and learn on campus. Read more. 


Sept 18: Changes to On-Campus Health Practice Recommendations and Requirements

Dear DePauw Students, Faculty and Staff, 

Given the current health of our campus, and due to the care of each of you who continue to take appropriate safe actions and maintain the health and safety protocols required by campus, the COVID-19 Operations Task Force, Health and Safety Pod and DePauw Student Government have made recommendations to President White regarding changes to our current on-campus policies. Below please find the details of the approved changes; implementation dates will be shared on the individual pages. Read more.


Sept 16: Employee Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing Program

Dear DePauw Faculty and Staff, 

As we welcome our students this academic year in these unprecedented times, we again want to thank each of you for your individual and collective efforts in doing your part in following University health and safety protocols as we seek to minimize the risk of this virus to our campus community. This is the ultimate TigersTakeCare moment! Read more


Sept 15: Dashboard Updates, Quarantine and Isolation

Dear DePauw Faculty, Staff and Students, 

With thanks to our ongoing planning teams working daily on testing, mitigation and health and safety surrounding COVID-19, we have some updates for your information below. Read more


Sept 7: DEADLINE: On Campus, Commuter, Remote Status Change

Dear DePauw Students, 

As many of you have now had several weeks to become accustomed to your living and learning situations, we know that some individuals have already had a need to find new living arrangements for various reasons. With the unusual circumstances of this year, some students have opted to change their campus residency and status between commuter, on-campus and remote. Read more.


Sept 3: What does it mean to quarantine or isolate? 

Dear Parents and Guardians of on-campus students,

It was such a thrill to see many of you on campus as you helped your students move in and get settled for our new school year. As we begin to engage with each other on campus in new ways, we have seen the great care our students have for each other and their community. Our current COVID-19 motto, Tigers Take Care, can be felt across our community and we will continue to count on your support in helping it ring true. Read more. 


August 24: Welcome, Safety Guidelines, and Expectations

Dear Students:

A warm welcome to the class of 2024, and a welcome back to the fall term to the classes of 2023, 2022, and 2021. We have missed your active engagement with the campus and our faculty and staff! We are excited to get this academic year started, as I’m sure many of you are also. Read more. 


July 31: Updated FAQ, Student reminder to fill out live/learn form

Dear DePauw Students, Faculty, Staff and Families, 

With this email we wanted to provide you with a few updates and reminders: 

As a reminder, all students should fill out this Google form by July 31 at 11:59pm (Eastern) indicating their preferences for where they will learn and live this fall. Read more. 


July 25: Important Update Regarding Fall 2020 

Dear DePauw Students, Families, Faculty and Staff,

For several months, our faculty and staff have worked diligently on plans to allow all of our students who want to live and study on campus this fall to do so. Despite our best efforts, preparations and hopes, however, we now know that to safeguard the health of our DePauw and Greencastle communities in the face of an alarming resurgence of COVID-19 in our state and nation, we must limit the number who are living on campus at any one time. Read more here. 


July 8: Revised class meeting times for fall 2020 

Dear Colleagues,

We are writing to share information about revisions to the fall 2020 class time banks, which have been designed by the Course and Calendar Oversight Committee, working in consultation with the Fall 2020 Academic Planning Pod.  We also received valuable feedback from Bon Appétit and the Greek Community Board regarding lunch service  in Hoover Hall and in Greek Chapters respectively.  Read more. 


July 2: Change to Return to Work Date and Reminder of Health Policies 

Dear DePauw Faculty and Staff, 

With approval from Dr. White and her Cabinet, we are writing with two important updates from the COVID19 Task Force to share with you before we go into the extended holiday weekend. Read more. 


June 30: Reminders and and Update Re: Off-Campus Programs and Winter Term

Dear DePauw Students, Faculty, Staff and Families,  

Thank you for continuing to engage with us as we plan and make additional decisions regarding the university’s response to the virus that causes COVID-19. Read more. 


June 24: Student Email: Response Required: decision on where you will learn/live for Fall 2020 

Dear DePauw Students,

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through the process of developing plans for the upcoming academic year. A number of students, faculty and staff have been working hard to prepare for our return to campus while also providing options for students who want to live remotely. Read more.  


June 24: COVID Ops Team Update to Faculty and Staff

Dear DePauw Faculty and Staff, 

I’d like to provide an update on some of the ongoing work of the COVID-19 Operational Task Force over the last two weeks. While the below does not encompass all of the Task Force’s work, I will continue to provide updates such as these to provide actionable and important information, so please be on the lookout for regular emails regarding milestones in our work. Read more


June 17: Universal Mask Policy Update

Dear DePauw students, faculty, staff and families,  

As a follow up to our June 5 email, please find new details at this link regarding an updated universal mask policy for DePauw’s campus that has been approved by the DePauw cabinet and will go into effect Monday, June 22, 2020. Please also note that any updates to the COVID-19 webpage will now be housed in an updates section at the top of the page, and any questions and clarifications regarding COVID-19 fall planning and/or the Health Practice Recommendations and Requirements can be directed to covid19@depauw.edu


Julia Sutherlin Proctor, Associate Dean, Chair, COVID-19 Operations Task Force

Stevie Baker-Watson, Associate Vice President for Campus Wellness & Theodore Katula Director of Athletics and Recreational Sports, Health and Safety Pod Leader, COVID-19 Operations Task Force


June 5: COVID-19 Plans, Academic Calendar, Work-Return Update 

Dear DePauw Faculty and Staff, 

Thank you for your patience as we continue to plan for the fall term. This email serves as an update on a number of areas that impact our community, so please read each section carefully. All of this information is also being sent to students, but without the employee-related return-to-work information. Read more. 


May 8: DePauw's Fall Planning and New Leadership Course

Dear DePauw Students, Faculty and Staff, 

The end of the spring term has been difficult for everyone on multiple fronts, requiring us to change every aspect of our lives. What hasn’t changed is our longing to be back on campus with one another, which is a testament to the close-knit community we have built.    

This shared desire has been a driving factor during our comprehensive fall planning efforts the past few weeks. After careful consideration, we plan to begin the fall term in August, in person and on campus, with significant health and safety precautions implemented to protect the health of our students, staff, faculty and the broader community. Read more. 


April 15: Updates for students, faculty and staff 

Dear students, faculty and staff,

With just over three weeks of classes remaining in the spring term, we wanted to check in with each of you and provide updates on the work of the Cabinet, CIMT, and many others across campus.

Student Academic Life sent their first newsletter, SAL-utations, yesterday to all students. The email is a weekly check-in from the division and offers additional ways to stay connected while we are away from campus. Students should expect SAL-utations in their inboxes each Tuesday. Seniors and senior families will receive an update regarding Commencement tomorrow, and we will forward this information to employees as well. Read more. 


April 6: On-Campus Summer Programs

Dear students, faculty and staff,

As you plan for the remainder of the spring term, we wanted to update you regarding May Term and summer on-campus programs. Due to the continued threat of the virus that causes COVID-19, we have regretfully decided that there will be no on-campus summer programs. This includes on-campus faculty-student summer research, on-campus internships and student employment, and on-campus summer camps. May Term travel courses were cancelled previously. While no on-campus May Term courses will be offered, we will offer several May Term courses that will be taught remotely. Details will be posted in the Schedule of Classes soon. Read more. 


April 3: Extended Stay at Home Order, Community Notification Reminder

Dear DePauw faculty, staff and students,

As of this afternoon, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has extended the stay at home order for the State of Indiana due to the virus that causes COVID-19. The executive order is extended for two more weeks through April 21. Holcomb has also extended Indiana’s public health emergency declaration through May 1. Read more. 


March 23: Indiana Governor Executive Order to Stay at Home

Dear DePauw students, faculty and staff,

Today Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has issued a stay at home order for the State of Indiana due to the virus that causes COVID-19. The executive order takes effect at 11:59pm on Tuesday, March 24.

The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff remain our highest priority and the CIMT and Cabinet have been preparing for such a scenario. We want to assure you that much of DePauw’s services will continue to operate. As such, as of 11:59 pm on Tuesday, March 24, we will suspend all on-campus operations with the exception of those that are essential and cannot be conducted remotely. Read more. 


March 17: Services and Hours, visitors to campus, notification update

Dear students, faculty and staff,

As we adjust to a new environment, we thank you for your continued flexibility as we make changes to our current operating procedures. The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and the Greencastle community are of the utmost importance to us. Read more. 


March 16, 2020: Shuttles, boxes and office hours for today

Good Morning,

Thank you to all the students that moved out of their housing units yesterday. This was a unique day at DePauw, and CDC recommendations continue to evolve. As of last night, the CDC released additional recommendations of no gatherings of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks. I appreciate all of the kindness and care students are showing one another as you adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. Likewise, I am very grateful for the large number of staff and faculty that came to campus yesterday to offer support and resources to our students. Read more


March 15, 2020: Students Must Leave Campus Housing by 5 pm Monday

Dear DePauw students, faculty, staff and parents,

As you know, we have been monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation while planning and preparing for its potential impact to our campus. The CDC has now declared a Global COVID-19 outbreak, which means that the U.S. is on a level 2 travel advisory

There are currently no presumptive positive or suspected cases of COVID-19 on campus. We will update the community immediately if that situation changes.

However, all students who are not already approved to stay and are not still awaiting a response to a previous submitted petition must leave campus at latest by Monday, March 16 at 5 p.m. Read more. 


March 13, 2020: Faculty Staff Update 

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Before we share information specific to faculty and staff work concerns, we would like to express how grateful we are for those who continue to respond and react to this rapidly evolving situation – and for doing so with the health and safety of our community as our shared goal. Without question, the decisions announced Wednesday evening pose significant challenges, which we will work together to resolve. Read more. 

March 13, 2020: Departing Campus ASAP, Funding Resources

Dear students,

As you are wrapping up classes, it is urgent that you depart campus as soon as you are able. Once you leave campus, you are not allowed to return to campus until further notice.

Indiana’s Governor, Eric Holcomb, last night announced new steps to protect the public from COVID-19 in the state of Indiana, which includes limiting non-essential gatherings and social events, and encouraging employers to allow employees to telecommute. Although campus will be open, we need to reduce the number of students physically on campus and make decisions in the interest of community health. Read more. 


March 12, 2020: Student Academic Life follow up re: spring term

Dear students,

Many of us have been members of the DePauw community for a number of years and we have greatly valued the continued focus on students and community that this University has had throughout the duration of our time at DePauw. We recognize how difficult this time will be for you and your families. The health, safety and welfare of all members of our campus community are vitally important. Read more. 


March 11, 2020: Coronavirus Update: suspension of in-person courses

Dear DePauw Students, Faculty and Staff,

As we continue to monitor Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments, including its designation today as a global pandemic by the World Health Organization, it is increasingly clear that we need to take further action to protect the health of our campus and Greencastle community. 

Although there are no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 on DePauw’s campus or in Greencastle, the number of cases in Indiana, the U.S. and across the globe continues to rise. Though unpredictable, the virus is known to be highly infectious and recommendations to slow transmission such as social distancing are challenging to achieve on our residential campus.  Read more. 


March 9, 2020: Coronavirus Updates: Suspension of in-person classes March 19, 20; travel restrictions; on-campus athletic events attendance; local community service; and precautions

Dear DePauw Students, Faculty and Staff, 

After consultation with the Critical Incident Management Team and the Course and Calendar Oversight Committee, the Vice President for Academic Affairs has asked DePauw faculty to use the two days leading up to spring break (Thursday 3/19/20 and Friday 3/20/20) to prepare to shift to online instruction at a future date should that be needed. While in-person classes will not meet on these days, students may be expected to participate in virtual instructional activities and to complete assignments.  Staff will continue to work their regular schedule. The University will remain open on these dates and students will be fully supported. Faculty have received detailed information about resources for preparing for online instruction. Read more. 


March 6, 2020: Coronavirus Update 

Dear DePauw students, faculty, staff, parents and guardians, 

We are writing to update you regarding COVID-19. The first positive case of COVID-19 has been identified in Marion County, Indiana, near Indianapolis. The individual is an adult who recently traveled to Boston, has a mild case of the virus and followed recommended protocols. Although Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has declared a public health emergency, the individual is currently in isolation and the Indiana State Health Commissioner stated that there is no ongoing risk to the public. 

There are currently no confirmed cases at DePauw and no suspected cases. Public health officials continue to advise that it is safer to remain in place and avoid large events or gatherings rather than travel elsewhere. Read more. 


March 4, 2020: Travel Safety Advisory

Dear students, faculty and staff,

This message is a follow up to the message shared with the DePauw University community on March 2, 2020. 

 What’s new

  • Travel restrictions implemented
  • 14-day Self Quarantine before returning to campus after travel to CDC level 2 and 3 COVID-19 areas
  • DePauw Traveler Information Form
  • Supporting our students and scholars overseas



March 2, 2020: Coronavirus Update 

Dear DePauw Students, Faculty and Staff,

As Spring Break approaches, we want to provide an update to our Jan. 24 message regarding precautionary health measures to take for Coronavirus COVID-19. Separately, the DePauw International Risk Assessment Committee, Critical Incident Management Team and Cabinet have been meeting to finalize a series of recommendations regarding international travel safety and preparedness, on which we will update you within 48 hours. Read more. 


Jan. 24, 2020: DePauw Update on Wuhan Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Dear DePauw Community,

There is a new virus that has been identified in Wuhan, China, Hubei province that the US Centers for Disease Control is monitoring.

There are currently NO cases in the DePauw campus communityRead more.