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Current COVID-19 Policies

Beginning Monday, August 2, face coverings will again be required indoors at all Ivy Tech Community College campuses statewide, regardless of vaccination status.

This change in Ivy Tech policy is a result of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated masking guidance issued earlier this week. The College has consistently followed CDC guidance throughout the pandemic to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and communities.  

The number of individuals getting infected with the COVID-19 virus is on the rise again, and as a result the CDC has recommended that all individuals, vaccinated and unvaccinated, wear face coverings indoors in areas of the country where infection rates are at a substantial or high transmission levels. Almost two-thirds of our campus locations are currently in either in high or substantially high areas of infections. 

This facial covering policy will not result in any changes to course modalities or course schedules and should not impact activities and normal operations as the Fall semester begins.

Vaccinations have been shown to be a strong defense against COVID-19 and its current and emerging variants. Ivy Tech strongly encourages students, employees, and guests to obtain a vaccination as soon as possible. Efforts are underway to again offer vaccinations on our campuses. More information on this initiative will be forthcoming.

We will continue to monitor the situation with Covid-19 and take all of the necessary steps to ensure the well-being of our students, faculty and staff.

Positive Case Reporting Link

Please continue to use this button to report positive cases to the College. 

COVID-19 Dashboard

Click here to view the current COVID-19 Dashboard, which includes case numbers by campus.

COVID-19 Resources


Isolation:
According to the CDC anyone that tests positive should isolate away from others.  You may return to work or school after you have isolated for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, or a  positive test, 24hrs with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and other Covid-19 symptoms are improving* 
*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation​

 

Quarantine:
According to the CDC: Quarantine if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have been fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms.


COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

We are proud to announce that Ivy Tech, in partnership with local pharmacies and health departments, is offering vaccination clinics for our students, faculty, and staff. The number of individuals getting infected with the COVID-19 virus is on the rise again and vaccinations have been shown to be a strong defense against COVID-19 and its current and emerging variants.

Current students and employees are eligible to receive an incentive if this is their first dose of the vaccine. For those receiving the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine, they will receive one $50 gift card following their first dose, and a second $50 gift card following their second dose. For the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, they will receive a $100 gift card. The gift card options include: Walmart, Target, or Amazon. Those that are already vaccinated are not eligible and the incentive is only valid for current students and employees of Ivy Tech.

More details regarding the gift card registration will be available on-site during the campus clinics. It is important to note, those under 18 will need to have parent consent, which can be completed while on-site.

Check the chart below for information on clinics take placing at an Ivy Tech location near you.

Ivy Tech Covid-19 Vaccine Clinics
Ivy Tech Location Date of Clinic
Anderson September 15, 2021
Bloomington August 26, 2021
Columbus August 27, 2021
Evansville August 30, 2021
Fort Wayne September 10, 2021
Hamilton County October 13, 2021
Indianapolis (Downtown) September 1, 2021
Indianapolis (Lawrence) August 31, 2021
Kokomo August 31, 2021
Lafayette September 15, 2021
Lake County September 30, 2021
Lawrenceburg September 9, 2021
Madison August 31, 2021
Marion October 6, 2021
Muncie September 30, 2021
Richmond September 8, 2021
Sellersburg August 31, 2021
South Bend - Elkhart TBA
Terre Haute August 26, 2021
Valparaiso September 2, 2021

Please Note: Students under 18 will need to have a completed parental consent form in order to attend a clinic.


Virtual Campus Support

Below click on the link of your home campus, the campus nearest you, or the campus where you attend classes to access the email of your campus virtual support team. In your e-mail please describe the assistance being requested and provide your name and C Number, whenever possible, if you are looking for specific information regarding your situation.

Anderson Kokomo Muncie
Bloomington Lafayette Richmond
Columbus Lake County Sellersburg
Evansville Lawrenceburg South Bend/Elkhart
Fort Wayne Madison Terre Haute
Indianapolis Marion Valparaiso

COVID-19 FAQ

Masks

What is the mask mandate?

“Beginning Monday, August 2, face coverings will again be required indoors at all Ivy Tech Community College campuses statewide, regardless of vaccination status. 

This change in Ivy Tech policy is a result of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated masking guidance issued earlier this week. The College has consistently followed CDC guidance throughout the pandemic to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and communities.   

The number of individuals getting infected with the COVID-19 virus is on the rise again, and as a result the CDC has recommended that all individuals, vaccinated and unvaccinated, wear face coverings indoors in areas of the country where infection rates are at a substantial or high transmission levels. Almost two-thirds of our campus locations are currently in either in high or substantially high areas of infections.  

This facial covering policy will not result in any changes to course modalities or course schedules and should not impact activities and normal operations as the Fall semester begins. 

Vaccinations have been shown to be a strong defense against COVID-19 and its current and emerging variants. Ivy Tech strongly encourages students, employees, and guests to obtain a vaccination as soon as possible. Efforts are underway to again offer vaccinations on our campuses. More information on this initiative will be forthcoming. 

We will continue to monitor the situation with Covid-19 and take all of the necessary steps to ensure the well-being of our students, faculty and staff. 

The terms face covering and mask have been used at Ivy Tech. Are they the same?

Face coverings can include gaiters, bandannas, and masks. The term has been used interchangeably at Ivy Tech to mean mask as defined by the CDC.

Can a gaiter be worn instead of a mask?

Yes, as long as it has 2 layers or can be folded to make 2 layers in accordance with CDC guidelines.

If I need an accommodation, who do I go to?

Students can contact the Disability Support Services (DSS) representative on their campus. Employees can do the same with their Human Resources representative.

Must I wear a mask in my personal work space?

It is not necessary to wear a mask in your office or work cubicle. However, if approached by someone, a mask must be worn. 

What if I forget to bring my mask with me to an Ivy Tech building?

Disposable masks will be available at each campus.  Please see the receptionist for the exact location to receive a mask.

Has Ivy Tech's HVAC system been modified to ensure a high level of air exchange?

Yes.


Social Distancing

What is the recommended social distance one should maintain?

The CDC recommends 6 feet.

What if social distancing cannot be maintained in specific campus environments?
  • According to the CDC, when social distancing is not “possible” or “feasible,” masks should be worn. We currently have the mask mandated.
  • OSHA states there should be a “multi-layered approach” that includes ventilation, face masks, PPE, cleaning of high touch surfaces, etc.
  • The best approach is to make a good faith effort to social distance where possible and feasible.

Vaccines

Is the vaccine mandatory?

Ivy Tech is not requiring the vaccine for students, faculty, and staff. We encourage all who are able to get the vaccine to do so when it becomes available to them.

Where can I get more credible information about the vaccine?

Please see the Center for Disease Control or the Indiana Department of Health website for more detailed information about the science, vaccine safety, rollout, and who should receive the vaccine.


 

Student Travel

What are the in-state travel restrictions for students?

Currently the only restriction for in-state student travel is that everyone must wear a facial covering when traveling with other students, faculty, or staff.

What are the domestic out-of-state travel restrictions for students?

Any person traveling on behalf of Ivy Tech, on or after August 1, 2021, will need to follow all CDC recommendations in place at time of travel which currently includes being fully vaccinated. 

A vaccine affirmation form must be completed and provided to the Ivy Tech employee in charge of the out of state travel.

Additionally, while on Ivy Tech travel, employees and students are still subject to the Ivy Tech facial covering policy and should make themselves aware of any safety regulations of the location to which they are traveling.  

What are the international travel restrictions for students?

Any person traveling on behalf of Ivy Tech, on or after August 1, 2021, will need to follow all CDC recommendations in place at time of travel which currently includes being fully vaccinated. 

A vaccine affirmation form must be completed and provided to the Ivy Tech employee in charge of the out of state travel.

Additionally, while on Ivy Tech travel, employees and students are still subject to the Ivy Tech facial covering policy and should make themselves aware of any safety regulations of the location to which they are traveling.

Can more than one person ride together in a vehicle on Ivy Tech business?

It is preferred, if funds will allow, that students and employees ride in separate vehicles. However, if this is not possible or feasible, all riders should wear masks, vehicle ventilation should be set to refresh the air or windows should be opened, and riders should strive to social distance as much as possible.


Employee Travel

What are the in-state travel restrictions for employees?

Travel by employees, in the normal course of their job function, is permitted. Travel for professional development, conferences, or other gathers should be approved by the Chancellor/Senior Vice President and only granted if a virtual option is not available.

As the in-state landscape continues to change, we will monitor travel restrictions and may make adjustments. Please check the CDC website for the most recent travel restrictions.

What are the domestic out-of-state travel restrictions for employees?

Any person traveling on behalf of Ivy Tech, on or after August 1, 2021, will need to follow all CDC recommendations in place at time of travel which currently includes being fully vaccinated. 

A vaccine affirmation form must be completed and attached to each pre-approval in Chrome River for out of state travel to be approved.

Additionally, while on Ivy Tech travel, employees and students are still subject to the Ivy Tech facial covering policy and should make themselves aware of any safety regulations of the location to which they are traveling.  

What are the international travel restrictions for employees?

Any person traveling on behalf of Ivy Tech, on or after August 1, 2021, will need to follow all CDC recommendations in place at time of travel which currently includes being fully vaccinated. 

A vaccine affirmation form must be completed and attached to each pre-approval in Chrome River for out of state travel to be approved.

Additionally, while on Ivy Tech travel, employees and students are still subject to the Ivy Tech facial covering policy and should make themselves aware of any safety regulations of the location to which they are traveling.  

Can more than one person ride together in a vehicle on Ivy Tech business?

It is preferred, if funds will allow, that students and employees ride in separate vehicles. However, if this is not possible or feasible, all riders should wear masks, vehicle ventilation should be set to refresh the air or windows should be opened, and riders should strive to social distance as much as possible.


Financial Aid & Tuition

My financial situation has changed. Can I be considered for more financial assistance?

The FAFSA asks for your tax year information from two years prior to the academic year.  If your current income is significantly lower than what is reflected on your FAFSA, you may be able to request a Special Circumstances Review.  Reasons that may be considered for a Special Circumstances Review include loss of income due to layoff, disability, divorce, separation or loss of untaxed benefits.

If you feel you have a situation that may allow for a Special Circumstances Review, visit your campus Express Enrollment Center or Financial Aid Office to determine if you should complete the Special Circumstances Review Form. They will review your situation with you and determine what documentation you will need to submit to support your request for this review. Please click on Learn More for contact information and to request a virtual appointment.

Please note that not all requests for Special Circumstances Reviews are approved.  Also, if your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), based on your FAFSA results, is already zero, there is no need for you to request a Special Circumstance Review.

Special Circumstance Reviews can take up to 30 days to process upon completion of required steps and forms to the campus Financial Aid Office. Incomplete submissions are not processed and will delay the response.

For more information about Special Circumstance Requests please go to www.ivytech.edu/financial-aid/2524.html.

What if the student fails to meet financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) due to the impact of COVID-19?

Students who fail to meet financial aid SAP requirements who have extenuating circumstances may appeal their Financial Aid eligibility. Extenuating circumstances may include the death of a relative, an injury or illness of the student, or other special circumstances. Circumstances related to an outbreak of COVID-19, including, but not limited to, the illness of a student or family member, compliance with a quarantine period, or the general disruption resulting from such an outbreak may form the basis of a student’s SAP appeal. Appeals will be reviewed by the SAP Appeal Committee at each campus within 14 days after a completed appeal packet is submitted. Students will be notified at their Ivy Tech email address of the committee’s decision. Visit ivytech.edu/sap for more information.

Additionally, withdrawn courses and courses marked incomplete after March 13, 2020 can be excluded from the Completion Rate and Maximum Timeframe calculation for students with a COVID-19 related issue. If these provisions apply to your situation, please submit a COVID-19 Statement using the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Personal Announcement link on MyIvy.

How can I provide requested documents to my Ivy Tech Financial Aid Office other than postal mail?

Verification documents requested from our Verification Processing Center must be uploaded as instructed using the links provided in the email notifications. Exception: Students whose verification requirements include the Identity/Statement of Educational Purpose may download that form from our Financial Aid Forms page, print and sign, and securely submit it electronically (along with a copy of your government-issued photo ID to your campus Financial Aid Office (see link to campuses below).

Other documents requested by the financial aid office can be returned via postal mail or using Ivy Tech’s secure file drop.  By clicking on the link associated with your campus and entering your Ivy Tech student identification number (starting with C) and Ivy Tech email address, you will be able to securely upload documents.  The following file types are permitted: .bmp, .png, .jpg, .pdf, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx.

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Are Emergency FSEOG and Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund grants to students' taxable income?

No. Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grants to students and Emergency Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) awards under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) are not taxable income for the student. According to IRS FAQs, "Emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act for unexpected expenses, unmet financial need, or expenses related to the disruption of campus operations on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as unexpected expenses for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, or childcare, are qualified disaster relief payments under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code.  This grant is not includible in your gross income.

I am unable to pay my monthly payment plan installment due to being temporarily laid off. What should I do?

If you are not able to make payments as agreed, please contact your campus Business/Bursar Office to discuss options. It is best to reach out to your local campus.


Food Service

Where can I find general guidance on food service?

CDC guidance 

What is the guidance on food service on campus?

As much as possible, prepackaged food should be served. However, if plated meals will be served, there should be one person (wearing a mask and gloves) designated per service station to minimize multiple individuals handling utensils. Hand sanitizer should always be available. Furthermore, pre-packaged eating utensils and napkins should be available.

Can I have a pizza party?

Yes, as long as people are designated to serve the pizza, are wearing gloves and masks, and there is hand sanitizer close by.

Can I share my lunch with someone?

That decision is left up to the parties involved on a personal basis. However, cookies, brownies, pizza, and other food items that are not pre-packaged are not to be set out for general consumption.


ADA Accommodation Request

Process for Requesting Accommodation

The College is committed to full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  It is the responsibility of the employee to initiate a request for accommodation. Employees must complete the ADA Accommodation Request Form and submit completed form to the local Human Resources Office.  Please contact Human Resources to obtain the form.  Human Resources will review the request, supporting documentation and engage in an interactive process with employee, supervisor, and medical provider if necessary.  Human Resources will contact employees if any additional information is needed.  Requests are considered on a case by case basis for reasonable accommodation. 


Ivy Tech stands with all affected communities
At Ivy Tech Community College, diversity, equity, and belonging is grounded in our core values. We are working every day to build educational environments that respect and affirm the unique contributions of each individual, regardless of race, ethnicity, religious belief, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, disability, or political affiliation. As a community, we join with the efforts of those around the world that seek to challenge any personal or institutional bias, racism or xenophobia associated with the virus.