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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

  • 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 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

  • 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—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.