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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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Daily Reporting, Quarantine, Isolation FAQs

Return to Campus Plan for Students

Return to Campus Plan for Employees

Latest Updates

  • 1/20/21—We have developed a new webpage that includes FAQs for Daily Health Screenings, Quarantine, and Isolation. You can access the page at

  • 1/19/21—Classes for the spring 2021 semester will begin January 25, 2021.

  • 1/6/21—COVID-19 testing will be required of all students returning to campus for the spring 2021 semester. Testing will take place from January 11-24, 2021.

  • 11/15/20—The Marion County Department of Health has approved a fan capacity of no more than 25 percent for Butler Basketball games at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The reduced capacity accommodates physical distancing, and the plan developed by Butler Athletics implements a number of procedures recommended by the Marion County Department of Health, Butler University, the BIG EAST Conference, the NCAA, and partner organizations.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 8/21/20—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.