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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

  • 4/12/21—We have identified 15 students living in Fairview House who have recently tested positive for COVID-19. As a precautionary measure, we will require free PCR testing of all students (including those who have been vaccinated) living in Fairview on Monday, April 12, and Tuesday, April 13 in the Fairview Community Room.

  • 4/1/21—In preparation for the campus COVID-19 vaccine clinic on April 7-9 in the Efroymson Family Gym at Hinkle Fieldhouse, students are required to register and schedule an appointment in advance. Students will soon receive an email from the Indiana Department of Health with a link to complete the registration process. From the time the registration email is sent, the first 48 hours will be reserved for students only to register. After that time, registration will open to faculty and staff. 

  • 3/31/21—Mandatory surveillance testing of asymptomatic students will continue through April 23. Butler will offer optional COVID-19 testing from April 24–May 7. Students can schedule their final appointment now through the Health Portal.

  • 3/29/21—Butler University will offer free COVID-19 vaccinations for all students. The first dose will be administered April 7-9; the second dose will be administered May 4-6. Registration information will be sent to all students April 1.

  • 3/15/21—All undergraduate students should have had at least two COVID-19 tests (in addition to their re-entry test), or have an appointment scheduled to receive their first test, by Wednesday, March 17. Failure to get tested by March 17 will result in a change in badge status to “Overdue” (yellow) and access to common areas on campus (including dining halls, the library, the Health and Recreation Complex, and Hinkle Fieldhouse) will be restricted. Students who have already been tested should schedule an appointment now for their next round of testing. All appointments can be scheduled through the Health Portal. Please do not report to the Fairview Community Room for your test if you are experiencing symptoms. Instead, report your symptoms to Health Services via your daily health survey. Students who have been fully vaccinated are exempt from surveillance testing. Please send a copy of your vaccination card to healthservices@bulter.edu.

  • 3/1/2021—Faculty, staff, and students who have received the COVID-19 vaccine should notify Health Services by emailing a copy of the vaccination card (containing the date of immunization, lot #, and expiration date) to healthservices@butler.edu.

  • 2/17/21—All undergraduate students should have had at least one COVID-19 test (in addition to their re-entry test), or have an appointment scheduled to receive their first test, by Wednesday, February 24. Failure to get tested once by February 24 will result in a change in badge status to “Overdue”(yellow) and access to common areas on campus (including dining halls, the library, the Health and Recreation Complex, and Hinkle Fieldhouse) will be restricted. Students who have already been tested should schedule an appointment now for their next round of testing. All appointments can be scheduled through the Health Portal. Please do not report to the Fairview Community Room for your test if you are experiencing symptoms. Instead, report your symptoms to Health Services via your daily health survey.

  • 1/29/21—Beginning Wednesday, February 3, and throughout the spring 2021 semester, Butler University will conduct mandatory COVID-19 surveillance testing for asymptomatic undergraduate students—allowing us to better understand the prevalence of COVID-19 on our campus and further inform our decision-making to mitigate the spread of the virus. Students will need to access the Health Portal once every three weeks throughout the semester to schedule their appointments. For more information about student surveillance testing, visit Health & Safety Practices FAQs.

  • 1/29/21— Beginning Wednesday, February 3, and throughout the spring 2021 semester, Butler University will offer optional COVID-19 testing to certain faculty and staff members. Faculty and staff who work on campus, as well as faculty and staff who are in quarantine, are eligible for the free COVID-19 tests. Faculty and staff can schedule a test by logging on to myhealth.butler.edu. For more information about student surveillance testing, visit Health & Safety Practices FAQs.

  • 1/22/21—President James M. Danko, Director of Health Services Rhonda Jackson, VP for Student Affairs Frank E. Ross, and Chief of Staff Brent Rockwood discuss a number of health and safety topics ahead of the start of the spring 2021 semester. The recorded session is available here.

  • 1/21/21—Butler University will hold a “BUBeWell Weekend” on Saturday, March 13 and Sunday, March 14. During this weekend, the Office of Student Affairs will create additional wellness-related programming and support for students as we encourage them to focus on downtime, sleep, and self-care.  Faculty will hold class in the days before and after this weekend, but refrain from holding any exams or having due dates for any major assignments on Monday, March 15 and Tuesday, March 16. In doing so, we will support students’ ability to step away from their academic work and focus on holistic well-being over the weekend. 

  • 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 butler.edu/quarantine-faq.

  • 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.

  • 10/7/20—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—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.

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.