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Updates for the IUPUI community

Page Updated September 14, 2020

Plans for Academic Year 2020-21

On May 27, 2020, IUPUI Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar announced plans for AY2020-21 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. To see the updates that were outlined in the announcement please visit IUPUI's Fall 2020 operations page.

See other updates:

Chancellor Paydar's message to students

May 27, 2020

Read the message

Chancellor Paydar's message to faculty and staff

May 27, 2020

Read the statement

President McRobbie's Fall 2020 update

May 27, 2020

Read the update

Campus operations

In order to ensure the health and safety of the university community, the following changes have been made:

  • All teaching has moved to virtual modes for the remainder of the spring and for all summer sessions.
  • Most IUPUI staff and faculty are working remotely until further notice.
  • Campus buildings are locked and only accessible to essential employees.
  • IUPUI has closed most of its student housing as of March 20.

Housing, Campus Recreation, and Meal Plan fees

Students who lived in campus housing, acquired meal plans, and/or purchased a membership to the fitness center no longer have access to these services. Therefore, prorated credits—if applicable—will be posted to your bursar account.

For more information, read the update from Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Eric Weldy.

Grading policies

IUPUI has approved new flexibility with grade policies to support student success in Spring 2020 coursework. Both of these options protect students' GPAs from the negative impact of grades they might consider lower than what they would earn in more normal circumstances.

  1. Satisfactory Grade Option. This option converts a grade of a solid C or higher to an S-Satisfactory. The S grade satisfies degree requirements and pre-requisites for future classes, but it is not calculated in students' GPAs.
  2. Passing Grade Option. This option changes a grade of D-, D, D+, or C- to a P-Passing. The P grade does not satisfy degree requirements or pre-requisites for future classes, but they do count for elective credit. Additionally, P grades are not calculated into students' GPAs.

To exercise either option, students need instructor and advisor permission, so they should start discussing these options now. Advisors can help students understand how these options fit within their academic and professional goals.

Deadline to Exercise Grade Options: May 29

A summary of changes and closures

Some services and buildings have adjusted hours for the remainder of the semester due to spring break and the suspension of in-person classes.

Remote Jaguars

In the March 15 university update, the decision was made to move all teaching to virtual modes for the remainder of the spring semester. Additionally, all nonessential IUPUI employees are encouraged to work remotely until further notice.

See IUHR's COVID-19 Policy

In light of this new environment in which Jaguars find themselves, the following resources can help with the transition to remote teaching, learning, and working as well as how to stay connected if you don't have access to reliable internet at home.

Stay connected

Teach from home

  • Visit the IU Keep Teaching website for resources for teaching remotely.
  • Visit the IUPUI Office of Academic Affairs to read latest faculty updates, hear from Executive Vice Chancellor Kathy Johnson, and browse more IUPUI-specific resources for teaching remotely.

Learn from home

Work from home


Beginning August 1 and continuing until further notice, all events and conferences, both those hosted on university property and off-site, will require review by the University Event Request Committee (UERC) and approval by an executive vice president or designee. Virtual-only events and virtual-only conferences will not require this approval. The approval process is designed to help ensure the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and guests.

Learn more about event guidelines


In the interest of public health, IUPUI spring commencement exercises have been postponed to a later date when it will be safe to celebrate together. This change does not affect the timing in which students will receive their degrees.

To learn more, please read President McRobbie's message.

Watch Chancellor Paydar's message to the IUPUI Class of 2020


As of August 13, 2020, the Horizon League has postponed competition for the fall season. For more information, read the announcment from IUPUI Jaguar Athletics.

As of August 3, the Natatorium will be open for lap swim only. Please check the IU Natatorium website for updates.

Health and wellness

Throughout this evolving public health situation, the health and wellness of Jaguars are of utmost importance. The following resources can help you learn more about COVID-19, share tips for staying emotionally well, and provide a link to CAPS if you need help.


Learn more about COVID-19, see tips on how to prevent the spread of the disease, and educate yourself on what to do if you are experiencing symptoms.

Go to FAQs

Emotional wellness strategies

Browse options for maintaining your emotional wellness during this rapidly evolving and unpredictable time.

Browse Strategies


IUPUI's Counseling and Psychological Services is operating with modified hours during this time. Reach out if you want or need to speak with a professional.

Get more information


The university has outlined its guidelines for travelers on the homepage of the IU Coronavirus COVID-19 resource website.


All tours and in-person visits have been canceled for the remainder of the semester. If you had planned a campus visit through the Office of Admissions for the coming months, virtual tour options have now been added to the office's website.

Additional resources

In addition to the information on this site, these resources are of particular interest to the IUPUI community. Please check this site frequently for the latest details regarding IUPUI’s preparation and response related to the COVID-19.