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coronavirus information for the Butler Community

Covid-19 Information for the Butler Community

Butler University leadership, administration, faculty, and staff are working to manage the impact of COVID-19 on our community. We are very much committed to an on-campus educational and living experience. At the same time, our top priority is the health and safety of our entire campus community. 

This website, containing University Communications, FAQs, and links to External Resources, will be updated regularly to reflect the latest developments. Visit the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention for the most up-to-date information about the status of COVID-19.

If you have questions after reviewing this website and FAQ page, please complete this form which will then be directed to the appropriate department.

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Return to Campus Plan for Students

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Latest Updates

  • 10/14/20—The deadline for Butler faculty, staff, and students receiving required flu vaccinations has been extended to November 1, 2020. Those wanting to receive their flu shot on campus may schedule an appointment by calling Health Services at 317-940-9385. Students obtaining their vaccinations off-campus should submit documentation to Employees should submit off-campus documentation to

  • 10/13/20—Butler University will be testing all residential students in January 2021, prior to their move-in for the spring semester, and will require all non-residential students to undergo the same testing before they come to campus for the first time. 

  • 10/7/20—The Winter Commencement ceremony originally planned for December 18 has been rescheduled. Commencement for May, August, and December 2020 graduates—along with May 2021 graduates—will now be held in a series of Commencement ceremonies that will take place on May 8 and 9, 2021.

  • 9/18/2020—Students who wish to pursue fully remote status for the spring semester 2021 must declare this intention to their associate dean via email by Thursday, October 15. An email went out to all students containing further information as well as contact information for the associate dean of their college.

  • 9/18/2020—The Spring 2021 Academic Calendar has been adjusted to minimize the number of times students come and go from campus. The calendar changes the first day of class to Monday, January 25, 2021, and the last day of final exams to Tuesday, May 4, 2021. Spring Commencement will take place Saturday, May 8, 2021. The full Spring 2021 Academic Calendar is available here.

  • 9/8/2020—Admission Visitor Health Self-Screen—A self-health screen is now required for all Office of Admission visitors. Visitors must successfully pass this self-screening process prior to coming to campus and partaking in campus visits. Visitors with a failed or incomplete self-screen will not be able to participate in Office of Admission visits or tours and should not come to campus. More information is available on our Visit Butler page.

  • 9/1/2020—Butler will commence in-person classes for undergraduates on Monday, September 7, as well as select building access for undergraduate students and in-person studio instruction for dance majors, on Wednesday, September 2.

  • 8/28/2020—A COVID-19 Dashboard has been added to this website which reports on tests, positive cases, and isolation numbers. The dashboard will be updated every Friday at noon.

  • 8/25/2020—While we understand the desire some of you might have to return home during this semester, please refrain from doing so, the goal being to contain current cases of COVID-19 and to reduce the chance of community spread on our campus. The risk of new cases increases each time students leave and return to campus. Furthermore, the efforts of our staff to determine the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community and engage in effective contact tracing are greatly complicated by students coming and going from campus.

  • 8/21/20—Keeping the campus healthy is a shared responsibility. If you see behavior that violates Butler’s COVID-related expectations, please report it by clicking the COVID Concerns button on my.butler. 

  • 8/21/20—Face masks are now required outdoors when in the presence of other people, REGARDLESS of social distancing.

  • 8/12/20—A panel of Butler’s leadership team conducted a webinar for parents Tuesday evening, August 11. Questions were submitted by Butler parents and responded to by those on the panel. The webinar was recorded and can be watched in its entirety.

This is a complex and fluid situation that continues to evolve rapidly. All information on these pages is subject to change as deemed necessary by University leadership in accordance with guidance and recommendations issued by federal, state, and local public health and government officials.