Fall 2020

Helping you prepare for the semester ahead

Indiana University Fort Wayne is excited to welcome students, faculty, and staff to the fall semester and share what learning, teaching, and research will look like.

On this web page, you will find campus-specific information for Indiana University Fort Wayne as information becomes available.

Latest news

FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2020
IU Fort Wayne will open for in-person classes for the 2020-21 academic year.

THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2020
At this time, Indiana University Fort Wayne is closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and is actively working to align our efforts for the 2020-2021 academic year and campus operations with our campus partner Purdue University Fort Wayne.  

Frequently asked questions

Fall semester

The university is not planning any changes to the academic calendar. Classes will begin on August 24, and the rest of the fall semester will proceed as scheduled. Decisions about spring semester will be made at a later date.

Note: There may be some IU program courses that will follow a slightly altered scheduled. Your academic school will be sending out additional information.

For some classes, faculty members may be teaching classes in hybrid scenarios that involve a mix of in-person and online classes.

Labs, studios, and field work will be conducted in modified in-person settings with students. Some classes may be moved to larger classrooms, to other locations on campus, or partially or fully online to accommodate more students and reduce density in classrooms.

We are not planning any substantive changes to class schedules at this time. 

On-campus housing

Campus Housing is currently open with some students in residence over the summer. We continue to accept students for fall.

Due to the high demand for housing, students are encouraged to act soon to secure a spot.

All housing is apartment style and affords adherence to distancing standards and recommendations. There are no traditional dormitory-style rooms in housing.

On-campus dining

Campus dining venues will reopen on August 3, with only grab-and-go options planned through the fall semester. Additional specifics and information on catering will be forthcoming.



Yes, signage will be placed around campus to inform students, faculty, staff and visitors of public health guidance and any restrictions in place.

Air handling units in all buildings have been undergoing inspections and upgrades, and will now be running 24/7 in order to provide maximum air circulation, air balance, and room air exchanges (six to 15 exchanges per hour).

Air filters are being significantly upgraded with the highest-rated filters possible. Some filter units are being replaced with units with high-efficiency capacity.

The university has been implementing enhanced cleaning and sanitization protocols everywhere. While most faculty and staff have been working remotely since March, campus cleaning crews have been deep-cleaning classrooms, offices, computer labs, public areas, restrooms, etc. Enhanced sanitization protocols are in place and will increase as more people begin returning to campus.

Helmke Library will reopen on July 1. We are taking measures to reduce the density of people throughout the library, including the Skybridge.

All campus buildings will be open, effective August 3. Many buildings on campus will continue to have restricted access through July 31, except for those being utilized for limited purposes for the second summer session, which begins on June 29.

Face masks

The university is requiring face masks to be worn by everyone on campus, in every building, effective immediately and until further notice.

IU Fort Wayne has ordered two cloth masks for each student, faculty and staff member free of charge. 

Social gatherings and events

In order to provide intensive focus on students and the academic mission, external rentals and large-scale community events on campus are canceled or postponed through December 31.

Visitors will be allowed on campus on a limited basis for meetings and gatherings not to exceed 25 people and subject to enhanced health and safety and contact tracing protocols.

Student Affairs events and programming for students are exempt from this limitation and will proceed with enhanced health and safety protocols with appropriate oversight. 

How IU will be teaching classes

At the end of July, students will be able to check their class schedules and see the format of each of their classes. Click the link below to see the various ways IU classes will be offered this fall.

View modes of instruction for the 2020-21 academic year

New to IU Fort Wayne

Incoming student Q&A

We recently hosted a Town Hall for incoming students and parents to ask question about Fall 2020. Watch the recording to learn how IU Fort Wayne is working to ensure our new students have a seamless transition to campus life.

We are here for you

Have a question, need support or have concerns? Contact fwcampus@iu.edu. We are here to help!