Campus Updates

Important dates & academic calendar changes

  • Spring classes begin: January 19 (remote instruction for first 3 weeks)
  • Classes may pivot to in-person instruction: February 8
  • Fall 2021 Registration Opens: March 26
  • Last day of Spring classes: April 25
  • Final exams: April 26 - May 2

No spring break.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are visitors allowed on campus?

At this time, in-person visits to all IU campuses are not allowed. Previously scheduled visits are postponed indefinitely and the campus will contact you about virtual alternatives in the coming weeks. Although campus will not be hosting visitors at this time, please note that the Office of Admissions will continue to be accessible via phone and e-mail during their posted business hours for any questions you may have.


How can I take a campus tour?

Virtual and in-person visits are available so you can discover everything there is to love about IU East! Please get in touch to plan your visit:

Register for a virtual or on-campus visit!

Contact the Office of Admissions

The latest information about Commencement in May 2021 is on the Commencement website, including frequently asked questions including:

  • Will IU East have a Commencement ceremony in May 2021?
  • May I attend IU East’s May 2021 Commencement if I am a 2019 or 2020 graduate?
  • How can I receive updates about Commencement 2021 if I am a 2019 or 2020 graduate?
  • What do I do if I have already ordered my apparel?
  • When and how do I order apparel if I haven’t done so?

Why was I assessed the DE fee?

The university-wide $30 per credit hour DE fee supports the technologies, instructional design, and student services required to deliver coursework in an online environment. You can see a bit more information about these services by going to IU Online, or you can explore them by going to Teaching Online at IU. Because the online support services were extended to all online courses (those originally scheduled as online, and those that transitioned), the DE fee was assessed to all course offerings. Any additional per credit hour fee assessed by the campus goes to support campus-based initiatives. The campus at which you enroll would need to provide additional information regarding the allocations of this fee.

Why must I pay the DE fee when my class was originally planned to be offered face-to-face?

The DE fee is spent to support the technologies, instructional design, campus-based initiatives and student services required to deliver coursework in an online environment. You can see a bit more information about these services by going to IU Online, or you can explore them by going to Teaching Online at IU. In light of the current situation, the campuses decided to extend these services to all online courses (those originally scheduled as online, and those that transitioned), so the DE fee was assessed to all course offerings.

I want a refund for the DE fee.

Indiana University is transitioning all classes to online modality to best protect and accommodate students and faculty during the current COVID-19 pandemic. No refunds will be offered, and all reasonable efforts will be made to ensure students will be able to complete their courses. As professors are adjusting instruction modality and syllabi, please watch closely for updates. This includes courses that were originally scheduled to be offered online, as well as those that were transitioned to an online format.

Since I’m not coming to campus, online courses should be cheaper, right?

While it is commonly assumed that online education incurs less expense than face-to-face instruction, this is not the case. Although physical classroom space may not be used, we still have other expenses—for example, expenses for new technologies, accessibility technologies, studio space, regulatory costs, instructional design, expanded student services, and remote proctoring which are increased due to online delivery. These services, and others, are supported by the DE fee. The regional campuses decided to extend these services to all their online courses this summer to ensure that all courses and students would be fully supported. The fee was likewise extended to include all online courses.

I do not have the money to cover the DE fee.

IU is committed to supporting students during this trying time. Please connect with your financial aid office and explore options for additional emergency aid for funds that may be available. If you have questions about other fees, please contact your Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships and Office of the Bursar for more information.

I was not notified in an appropriate timeframe that my course would be online, or that I would receive a DE fee.

The regional campuses of IU worked very hard in light of this situation to redesign their schedule of classes as quickly as possible so that students would know that courses would be delivered online and that they would, therefore, be assessed the DE fee. At this time, all classes are being offered online for the health and safety of all faculty and staff.

The class I planned to enroll in has been canceled, what do I do?

Taking a class through a different IU campus may allow you to still complete the courses you intended to take this upcoming semester. Please search the full listing of online courses across all campuses here. If you find a course of interest, you may complete the temporary intercampus transfer request form on the “Register for a Class” tab. This form takes about 60 seconds to complete, and then is automatically sent to the campus in which you are interested in taking a course from. That campus will then contact you directly regarding registration in your chosen course.

I’m only taking one or two online courses, so why should I have to pay the DE fee?

Many of the services provided to online coursework are still available to students who are only taking one or two courses.  Services like instructional design, access to technology and library services, math and writing services, and course proctoring are still used in coursework, regardless of the number of courses a student is enrolled in.

Do I have to wear a mask on campus?

Cloth masks are required for everyone on campus. They are required whenever you are in a building, or entering/exiting. They must be worn in all high traffic areas and public spaces. If you instructor moves your class outside, you must still wear a mask unless everyone can be at least 6 feet away from each other. The mask must cover your nose and mouth.

What if I don’t have a mask, or I forgot to bring one?

There are extra masks at the _______________.

Where am I allowed to eat or drink on campus?

You may eat outside without a mask as long as you are physically distanced, or in the The Den before or after classes. At this time, no food or drink will be allowed in any classroom. You may have food and drink in the Library, as long as you are physically distanced.

Is there an online option to order food? DELETE THIS RIGHT?

The Den has an online ordering app, available in the Apple and Google Play stores for free download, that allows you to order and pay online with a debit or credit card, and skip the line to pick up your food at a designated station.

Can I work out at the Graf Fitness Center?

Spring semester hours will be re-evaluated prior to the return-to-campus date of February 8.

Will I be tested for COVID-19?

Mitigation testing is part of IU East’s plan to ensure the safety of the campus community. Nearly all faculty, staff, and students are included in the random testing, with the goal of quickly identifying and isolating individuals who test positive for the virus, including asymptomatic carriers.

How will I know if I have been selected?

You will receive an email notifying you, with a link to register for a time by Friday of that week.

Where and when does testing take place?

Testing will be in the Whitewater Hall lobby, from ______.

Can I opt out of testing?

Participation in mitigation testing is essential to our ability to continue safely offering in-person testing this year. Consequently, students, faculty and staff contacted for testing who fail to take the test may be subject to disciplinary action, up to removal from campus or administrative leave without pay. Those who do not come to campus this semester may be exempt. A link to an exemption request form will be made available upon request.