All 2019 Novel Coronavirus Updates

COVID-19 Case Confirmed on Campus

To: All Members of the Valparaiso University Community
Posted: March 31, 2020 at 7:58 p.m.

The welfare and safety of our community during this time is Valpo’s primary concern. We are writing to inform you of a recent development relating to COVID-19. In addition to monitoring your emails, you can also visit valpo.edu/coronavirus for regular updates, and check the CDC for national news.

We recently learned of one employee who was last working on campus in Loke Hall on March 18th who has tested positive for COVID-19 on March 30th. Public healthcare and Valpo officials acted quickly and we understand appropriate protocols are being followed. 


President Mark A. Heckler: Community of Learning

To: Students, Faculty, and Staff
Posted: March 30, 2020 at 8 a.m.

Valpo’s mission statement describes us as a community of learning. We have been asked to learn a great deal over the past two weeks. We have learned how to move our entire University community online in the space of a few days. We have learned how to teach, study, and create from home. We have learned how to adapt our academic and administrative policies in response to a rapidly changing and unpredictable environment.


Health Center: Telehealth Option as Part of Student Insurance

To: Students
Posted: March 27, 2020 at 2:05 p.m.

The Valpo Health Center is working remotely answering voicemail and email throughout the day, as well as receiving medication refill requests via fax from your pharmacy. If you have general questions for the Health Center staff email health.center@valpo.edu or call the main number 219.464.5060.


Kevin Goebbert: Temporary Changes to the Honor System, Course Withdrawal, and S/U Deadline

To: Students, Faculty, and Staff
Posted: March 27, 2020 at 8:15 a.m.

We hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well. In light of the extraordinary circumstances under which the spring 2020 semester is concluding, the Faculty Senate has approved changes to the grading system for the spring 2020 semester and the Honor Council has approved temporary changes to the Honor Council process. An overview of each is provided here, with links to the detailed changes.


VP Julie DeGraw: Online Resources for Students, Faculty, and Staff

To: Students, Faculty, and Staff
Posted: March 26, 2020 at 2 p.m.

Students, this message is to remind you that your faculty and staff team here at Valpo continues to be committed to your academic success and your emotional, spiritual and physical well-being.  Our team has worked together to try to provide one place that we list the many resources that are available to you so that they are easily accessible. 

Faculty and staff, we have included a few resources for you as well and also wanted to be sure you knew what we were communicating to students.  


COO David Phelps: Update on Campus Events

To: Students, Faculty, and Staff
Posted: March 26, 2020 at 12:25 p.m.

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, and following the executive orders of Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Valparaiso University has cancelled all events of more than 10 participants through May 10, both for internal and external groups. A decision regarding Commencement week activities and events has not yet been made.


COO David Phelps: Updates on Building Operations

To: Students, Faculty, and Staff
Posted: March 24, 2020 at 8 a.m.

Yesterday, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued four executive orders, including a stay-at-home order instructing all Indiana residents to remain in their homes except for essential activities. An FAQ outlining the details of this order is available online. In light of this directive, Valparaiso University’s campus is moving to remote delivery of most services, effective 10:59 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, March 24.


COO David Phelps: COVID-19 Update – Essential Personnel

To: Faculty and Staff
Posted: March 23, 2020 at 8 p.m.

Consistent with Governor Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-08 mandating all Indiana residents to stay at home, excluding those who are providing essential services as defined in the order, Valparaiso University, as an Essential Business, is announcing the following actions.


VP Julie DeGraw: Residence Halls Update

To: Residential Students
Posted: March 23, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

We have received notice that the Governor of Indiana has issued an executive order to “stay at home” beginning March 25 at midnight through April 7.  This order has significantly changed our current circumstances as a campus and may result in students not being able to travel in the near future.


President Mark A. Heckler: Update on 2019 Novel Coronavirus

To: Alumni and Friends
Posted: March 20, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

As the coronavirus global pandemic continues to evolve rapidly with nearly 60 positive cases in the state of Indiana, we have taken unprecedented steps to ensure the health and well-being of the Valparaiso University community. Valparaiso University leadership has been meeting daily and reviewing continuously reports from local, state, and national health agencies and guidance from the CDC regarding COVID-19.


VP Julie DeGraw: Important Residence Halls Update

To: Residential Students
Posted: March 20, 2020 at 11:20 a.m.

As you have heard today’s email from President Heckler, it has been determined that courses at Valparaiso University will be delivered remotely for the remainder of the semester. This email is to address any questions you have regarding your current housing situation resulting from this change.


President Mark A. Heckler: Remote Instruction to Continue for Remainder of Semester

To: Students, Faculty, and Staff
Posted: March 20, 2020 at 11 a.m.

Yesterday, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb outlined several actions to protect and support Hoosiers during the COVID-19 outbreak. Today, I must inform you that we have made the difficult but necessary decision to extend remote instruction for the remainder of the spring semester, including the final exam period.


President Mark A. Heckler: A Message to the Class of 2020

To: Seniors
Posted: March 20, 2020 at 11 a.m.

These challenging and unprecedented times have created great uncertainty for us all. As we adjust to a rapidly changing environment, I pray the relationships formed and lessons learned at Valparaiso University will provide you with strength and comfort.


COO David Phelps: Change to Dining Services

To: Students
Posted: March 19, 2020 at 9:17 p.m.

Indiana Governor Holcomb has recently communicated directives to Indiana restaurants and the Porter County Health Department requires the University to no longer allow dine-in patrons. Effective immediately, patrons of Valpo Dining Services may acquire to-go meals in the Founders servery to be consumed in areas other than the Founders Dining Room, Hearth Room, or the Café dining area.  


COO David Phelps: Fitness Center Closing

To: Students, Faculty, and Staff
Posted: March 19, 2020 at 12:30 p.m.

As we continue to monitor updates regarding the quickly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the health, safety, and well-being of all campus community members remain at the forefront. Our Incident Command and Executive Management Council teams are meeting daily and in continuous discussion to respond quickly and adapt contingency plans as necessary.


Counseling Center: Staying Healthy in Uncertain Times

To: Students
Posted: March 18, 2020 at 12:35 p.m.

The Valparaiso University Counseling Center recognizes that during this time of change many may feel uncertainty and fear along with a host of other emotions. There may be concerns that affect your decisions about how to best manage your health and the health of those around you. In an effort to support you we have drafted a list of coping techniques and support resources to manage stress and anxiety.


COO David Phelps: Guidelines for Face-to-Face Gatherings, Social Events, and Meetings

To: Students, Faculty, and Staff
Posted: March 18, 2020 at 10:15 a.m.

As we continue to monitor updates regarding the quickly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the health, safety, and well-being of all campus community members remain at the forefront. Our Incident Command and Executive Management Council teams are meeting daily and in continuous discussion to respond quickly and adapt contingency plans as necessary.


Human Resources: COVID-19 Remote Work and Supplemental Leave

To: Faculty and Staff
Posted: March 17, 2020 at 10:24 a.m.
Last Updated: March 24, 2020 at 2:26 p.m.

As guidance from local, state, and federal health officials continues to evolve in response to the coronavirus national emergency, we are taking the following steps to maintain operations while keeping our campus community safe and healthy, and to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19.


Health Center: COVID-19 Updated Protocol

To: Students, Faculty, and Staff
Posted: March 16, 2020 at 8:24 p.m.

Starting March 16, the health center will be seeing patients by appointment only, no walk-in appointments will be accepted. This change is necessary for the safety of our patients and staff. 


Kevin Steele: Student Success Strategies for Remote Delivery

To: Students
Posted:  March 15, 2020 at 9 p.m.

Dear Students, 
The faculty have been busy converting your classes over to an online format. Many attended workshop sessions to get started on this endeavor over their spring break. Please be patient in this time of transition as new procedures, technologies, and teaching methods are being transitioned in a very short period of time. Your instructors will be in contact with you soon, if they have not been already.


President Mark A. Heckler: “Terra Nova” Community Message

To: Students, Faculty, and Staff
Posted:  March 15, 2020 at 11:15 a.m.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created great uncertainty for all of us. So much of what we take for granted looks different through the lens of this unprecedented moment. Yet, we must remember that, while our immediate circumstances require us to modify our behavior and make some difficult choices, the foundation upon which Valparaiso University is built and the ethos that informs this community has not changed. 


Associate Provost Stacey Miller: Guidelines for Returning to Campus

To: Students, Faculty, and Staff
Posted:  March 12, 2020 at 5:45 p.m.

As a reminder, all students, faculty, or staff who have traveled internationally or had significant domestic travel (beyond home and back) independently (not on University-sponsored trips) should complete this form to advise us of your travel history. This will allow the University to best support you on your return to campus, should you present with symptoms in the future.


President Mark A. Heckler: Campus Remains Open; Classes Moving Online Beginning March 16

To: Students, Faculty, and Staff
Posted: March 12, 2020 at 7 a.m.

As updates continue to emerge regarding COVID-19, we are monitoring the situation and meeting regularly to review local, state, and national health agency reports and assess preparedness plans. Out of an abundance of caution, we have modified the University’s operations in order to fulfill our educational mission as a student-focused residential campus, keep our campus community safe and healthy, and reduce the spread of COVID-19 to more vulnerable populations. 


COO David Phelps: Independent Travel and Self-Quarantine Information

To: Students, Faculty, and Staff
Posted: March 6, 2020 at 4:45 p.m.

To those of you who have been traveling internationally or had significant domestic travel (beyond home and back) independently (not on University-sponsored trips), we would like to ask you to let us know where you have been and when you are returning to campus by adding your information to a Google Form.


President Mark A. Heckler: Update on 2019 Novel Coronavirus and Campus Safety

To: Students, Faculty, and Staff
Last Updated: March 6, 2020 at 2:15 p.m.
Posted: March 4, 2020

Valparaiso University is closely monitoring the 2019 Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. College administrators have convened to discuss guidelines and implement recommendations made by government and public health agencies.