Health and Reporting
It is important that you self-monitor and check daily for symptoms of COVID-19. This is an important way we can all help keep our campus safe.
If you exhibit symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive or exhibits symptoms of COVID-19, you are required to fill out the Self-Report Form, remain off campus and contact the University Health Center at 812-465-1250 or your primary care physician for advice.
COVID-19 Testing on Campus
On-campus COVID-19 testing available for USI students and employees at the former Children’s Learning Center (not the University Health Center). Testing is available for USI students and employees by appointment only on Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings.
Call the University Health Center at 812-465-1250 to schedule an appointment to be tested for COVID-19.
Health and Wellbeing
All students and employees are strongly encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as it becomes available to them. In addition to protecting yourself and others, proof of full vaccination may also reduce required exposure quarantine time in some situations. The FDA-approved Pfizer vaccine is available at the University Health Center.
COVID-19 Close Contact Action Steps
The University is striving to maintain the safest campus environment possible, but in the case students and/or employees are exposed to or test positive for COVID-19, COVID-19 Close Contact—Action Steps and a COVID-19 Symptoms—Action Steps algorithms have been created to guide you on what to do if you or someone you know has/is exposed to the virus. Both can be found the COVID-19 Resources page.
Health Monitoring and Reporting
It is important that you self-monitor and check daily for symptoms of COVID-19. This is an important way we can all help keep our campus safe. If you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19, do not come to campus and see the section below about self-reporting.
A full list of COVID-19 symptoms can be found on the CDC website.
If you exhibit symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, or exhibits symptoms of, COVID-19, you are required to fill out the Self-Report Form, remain off campus and contact the University Health Center at 812-465-1250 or your primary care physician for advice. Self-reporting helps the University understand who has been exposed and also to implement contact tracing to protect others who might have been exposed.
While on the USI campus or University-owned and -operated facilities, students, faculty, staff, contractors, vendors and visitors are required to wear face coverings when in buildings, including in classrooms, hallways, lounges, restrooms and all other spaces. Face coverings must also be worn in outdoor areas where physical distancing is not possible. Face coverings are not required in private offices or when in a space alone. Face coverings can be removed for dining, but they should be worn as soon as finished.
Additional face coverings are available for purchase in the Campus Store. Disposable face coverings are available in numerous offices across campus.
Cloth face coverings should be laundered regularly.
While we expect each individual to assume personal responsibility and act in a manner to keep all members of the University community safe, we do understand that non-compliance may occur. We encourage issues with compliance to be handled with care and information sharing with the goal to de-escalate a situation.
If the individual is not wearing a mask, politely ask if the person is aware that face coverings are required. If possible, please let the individual know where disposable face coverings are available. If this situation takes place in the classroom and the individual is still non-compliant, the faculty member teaching the class should call the Dean of Students and notify their dean after class. DOSO will provide any necessary follow-up. For ongoing violations, please be sure to inform the Dean of Students Office. Employees should inform their supervisors. The duty of all USI employees is to avoid confrontations so that the situation does not escalate.
As a result of some respiratory or medical conditions, some students or employees may be unable to wear a face covering. Those students or staff may wish to contact Disability Resources or Human Resources, respectively.
In order to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19 to those at higher risk for severe illness, USI has implemented policies designed to create an expectation of physical distancing of at least three feet between people and discouraging large gatherings.
Signage has been added across campus both indoors and outdoors, promoting safe practices, indicating flow of traffic in buildings, and designating where traffic is restricted. Unless previously arranged, employees should refrain from visiting other offices on campus without prior notification. All meetings should continue to be held virtually when possible.
It is extremely important for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 that we all practice personal sanitation. Proper hand washing, as well as cough and sneeze etiquette, is important for all. Additional guidance is available from the CDC.
University Health Center
The University Health Center (UHC) remains open to provide medical services and health-related information to students, faculty and staff. You are asked to schedule your appointment online or by calling 812-465-1250.
The UHC is located in the lower level of the Health Professions Center. Always call ahead, especially if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
Flu Shots on Campus
The University Health Center (UHC) is once again providing flu shots for USI students and employees. All students and employees who wish to receive a flu shot on campus are asked to schedule an appointment online. Appointments can also be made by calling the UHC at 812-465-1250, though online scheduling is preferred. Flu shots are free for students with the Office Visit Plan. Students without the Office Visit Plan can bill the flu shot cost through insurance or pay $25.
Is it true that getting a flu vaccine can make you more susceptible to other respiratory viruses?
Flu vaccines are not thought to make people more susceptible to other respiratory infections. A 2012 study that suggested that flu vaccination might make people more susceptible to other respiratory infections. After that study was published, many experts looked into this issue further and conducted additional studies to see if the findings could be replicated. No other studies have found this effect. It’s not clear why this finding was detected in the one study, but the majority of evidence suggests that this is not a common or regular occurrence and that flu vaccination does not, in fact, make people more susceptible to other respiratory infections. (SOURCE: CDC)
The Vanderburgh County Health Department, with support from local health officials, has also recognized this misconception. Read the full letter on their website.
Similarities and Differences between Flu and COVID-19
What is the difference between Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19? Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. Read full story from the CDC.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Center
The COVID-19 pandemic is a time of unprecedented struggle for all of us, and USI Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has adapted. More information about scheduling appointments, resources and other information is available on the CAPS website.
We are also pleased to announce the addition of TalkCampus as another resource for all students. Day or night, sometimes you just need the support of someone who understands what you are going through. TalkCampus is a safe place where you can talk anonymously with others going through the same or very similar struggles. Talk about depression, anxiety, body-image, stress, your classes, a bad break-up, or anything else for which you need support. No judgement, no bullying; just people who get you. And, TalkCampus is a free download!
COVID-19 may cause increased fear, anxiety and/or stress. The University provides a confidential employee assistance program through Deaconess CONCERN which provides assessment, short-term counseling, referral and follow-up services for eligible employees and members of their household. Employees and members of their household are eligible for up to eight free visits; additional visits are covered by most health plans.
USI COVID-19 email and phone hotlines are now available. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and the phone number is 812-464-1990.
Additionally, Human Resources is providing a number of benefits for employees and is available on the HR website.
USI Rave Alert is the University’s official notification system that gives you immediate messages–via email, text message and voice message–about emergencies, severe weather, crime and other incidents impacting the University community. Everyone with an active USI email address is automatically enrolled in the Rave Alert system, but you are highly encouraged to also register your mobile and home phone number(s) and additional email addresses to receive alerts.
You are also encouraged to download the Rave Guardian mobile app, which allows you to access additional University safety resources like safety timers for travel, chat with Public Safety and one-click access to Public Safety.
Learn how to access and manage your Rave Alert account and the Rave Guardian app.