GREENCASTLE, Ind.–Only freshmen and sophomores will be allowed to return to campus at DePauw University this fall, with a few exceptions depending on specific situations.
“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,” said DePauw President Lori White in a letter sent out to DePauw students, families, faculty, and staff.
“During fall term, we will prioritize first-year, sophomore (Class of 2023) and new transfer students who want to live and study on campus; international students who must remain on campus due to travel and government regulations; students whose home environment is not conducive to academic success; students who exhibit particular academic risk; and selected student leaders, including some RAs, peer mentors and organizational, and Greek leaders. Should space permit, after allowing for necessary isolation and quarantine capacity, we also hope to be able to welcome, in priority order, some seniors and juniors,” said White.
White says they will try and bring all students back to campus in the spring, “if possible.”
“If not, we will prioritize our seniors and juniors, new midyear transfers, and other specific populations as described above. If space permits, based on the number of isolation and quarantine spaces required, we also will welcome some first-year students and sophomores,” said White.
Fall classes will now begin August 31, two weeks later than previously announced to allow the school to fully implement coronavirus testing protocols and finalize campus safety enhancements.
The last day of the fall term on campus remains Nov. 20, as previously announced.
Two weeks of fully remote instruction will start Nov. 30, after a one-week Thanksgiving break (Nov 23-27). This instruction will be followed by a week for projects, papers, and exams, ending Dec.18.
You can read the full letter from White here.