Full USI Safe Return to Campus Plan available for July 6 reopening

June 30, 2020

Dear USI Family,

After more than three months away from our beautiful campus, we are now just a few days from our planned return on Monday, July 6. I look forward to seeing each of you and continuing the important work of this University—together.

However, it is important for all of us to understand the decision to reopen campus was reached with the knowledge that the University—and each of us—must make adjustments to keep our students, faculty and staff safe as we continue to deal with the impact of COVID-19.

Based upon recommendations from the USI COVID-19 Task Force, and with my approval, the Steering Committee has created a Safe Return to Campus Plan. As we know well, this is an evolving situation and we will continue to update our plans and our actions, with safety top of mind, as we move forward.

This detailed plan provides information about many aspects of the University’s physical reopening, including:

  • COVID-19 Preparedness Training
  • Face Coverings
  • Physical Distancing
  • Staffing
  • Housing and Housing Move-In
  • Fall 2020 Class Schedule
  • Eating and Drinking on Campus
  • COVID-19 Testing

Additional topics are addressed in the full plan, which can be found on the USI COVID-19 website. Please take the time to carefully read the entire plan prior to your return to campus. Nothing is more important than our health, and the health of our families. We must all do our part to keep each other safe.

As we make this transition, each of us will be affected differently. Despite our best efforts to provide complete guidance in advance, I realize that questions may arise that are not addressed in the Return to Campus Plan. I encourage you to join me and leaders of the COVID-19 Task Force for an update on the plan during two Zoom sessions tomorrow, Wednesday, July 1.

While our return to campus will assuredly not be without challenges, I am confident it will be successful if we continue to work together.


Ronald S. Rochon, PhD
USI President