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Student return to campus plan

Butler’s plans for an on-campus, residential experience

Please use the topics navigation to the right to learn the details of this plan, as well as to find the answer to frequently asked questions. (On mobile devices, this menu can be found via the set of horizontal bars in the site's title.)

The global pandemic is fluid and evolving, and conditions change rapidly. We continue to work diligently on the plan details, which will be updated as needed to reflect current conditions and new developments as they arise. We will continue to communicate any major developments and decisions to the Butler community through email. You are encouraged to review the plan on this website, and check it frequently for the most current information. 

The Butler Way

Campus operations at Butler are open, and faculty and staff are working diligently to prepare the campus in a way that promotes the health and well-being of the entire Butler community.

The success of Butler’s on-campus plan is dependent upon maintaining, and deepening, our culture of care and personal responsibility for oneself and others. Every member of the Butler community must do their part, in the spirit of The Butler Way, to protect one another. Now more than ever. 

Whether you live on campus, commute from home, or have chosen a fully remote educational experience, it is important that you take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. All students are expected to follow the guidelines in the Student Commitment for Personal and Community Well-Being and to fully comply with policies, protocols, and guidelines to promote the overall health and safety of our community.

The Butler Student Handbook outlines the Rules of Conduct that all students are expected to follow. The Rules of Conduct apply to both recently created COVID-19 policies and procedures, as well as established expectations for individuals and student groups. 

Students are responsible for regularly visiting this website for the most current information. Details and announcements will be added as decisions are made throughout the summer. Check back frequently, and stay informed about everyone’s role in creating a successful academic year.

Guiding Principles

  • Butler University’s policies and protocols for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic are premised upon working to ensure the safety and well-being of our entire campus community including students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The primary goals for Butler University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic are to protect public health and continue the institution’s vital mission of teaching and learning. 
  • The University will continue to follow a methodical and deliberative approach to plan for the upcoming academic year—utilizing the best health and safety guidance available to make the best possible decisions for the entire Butler community. 
  • Butler’s plans have considered recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American College Health Association, Indiana State Department of Health, Indiana’s Phased Reopening Model, and local ordinances of Indianapolis and Marion County as well as best practices from business and higher education communities.
  • Personal responsibility and care for others are critical to the success of the University’s plan. As such, we have developed the Student Commitment for Personal and Community Well-Being, which outlines our behavioral expectations, both in and out of the classroom, for all Butler students. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve, as does the pandemic. Our policies and plans will be updated as needed to reflect the current situation and new developments as they arise. 

While this plan was created to provide enhanced health and safety measures for our campus community, with the intention to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 on the Butler campus and any potential spread within our campus community, it is not possible to entirely eliminate risks due to the possibility of COVID-19 existing in any public place where people are present. By engaging in the on-campus community of Butler University, students voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Students can help keep our community healthy by being mindful of their actions and following the on-campus health and safety protocols, herein.


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


Updated 8/6/2020