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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, and planning for, a safe return to an on-campus educational and living experience in the fall. At the same time, we acknowledge that our top priority in doing so 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.

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Return to Campus Plan for Students

Return to Campus Plan for Employees

Latest Updates

  • Butler University will be testing all residential students prior to their move-in and will require all non-residential students to undergo the same testing before they come to campus for the first time. 
  • The University has released its plans for an on-campus, residential experience for the fall semester. Information on academics, health and safety practices, housing, campus activities, etc. may be found on the student health and safety website.
  • The fall semester move-in process for campus apartments and residence halls will take place by appointment; Apartment Village, South Campus Apartments, Butler Terrace, University Terrace beginning August 8, and Irvington House, Residential College, Ross Hall, Fairview House beginning August 16. Students residing in fraternity or sorority housing will receive move-in information directly from their organization.
  • Undergraduate students who wish to explore a fully remote educational experience for the fall semester should contact the Associate Dean in their college to discuss options.
  • The academic calendar has been modified for the fall semester to remove breaks in order to minimize the number of times students come and go from campus. The first and last days of instruction will be on August 24 and November 24, respectively, with final exams to be completed remotely December 2–December 8. Labor Day will become a class day, and Fall Break is canceled. More information can be found on the Coronavirus communications page.
  • Butler’s Health and Safety workgroup has formalized an Employee Health & Safety Plan to guide a gradual and methodical return of faculty and staff to campus. Actions include a self-screening process for all on-campus employees, following the Indiana State Department of Health's COVID-19 testing and contact tracing protocols, requiring that face masks be worn at all times on campus when employees are in the company of others or in common areas, and implementing CDC social distancing requirements. More information can be found here.  
  • Butler recognized the graduating class of 2020 with a brief Celebration of Degree Conferral on Saturday, May 9. The event is available for viewing on the Commencement website. Graduates have received a special package containing their diplomas among other items to mark the occasion.
  • A full Commencement Ceremony to celebrate all May, August, and December 2020 graduates will be held Friday, December 18, 2020, in Hinkle Fieldhouse.
  • All Summer Session courses will be held online (with the exception of a small number of Chemistry courses). Visit the Coronavirus FAQ page for details.

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.