Northeast Indiana colleges take precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19 as spring semester begins

As colleges are gearing up for the spring semester, things may look a little different for students. FOX 55 speaks with Purdue University Fort Wayne, Ivy Tech, and Indiana Tech about the precautions they’re taking to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Posted: Jan 19, 2021 4:27 PM
Updated: Jan 20, 2021 8:58 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- As colleges are gearing up for the spring semester, things may look a little different for students. FOX 55 speaks with Purdue University Fort Wayne, Ivy Tech, and Indiana Tech about the precautions they’re taking to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The spring semester is in full swing at Purdue University Fort Wayne.

History Professor Jeff Malanson says they replicated the spring semester after what they did in the fall.

“A little over a third of our classes are online, and the other two-thirds are face to face and hybrid,” Malanson said.

Malanson says PFW is working hard on ensuring student success in and out of the classroom.

“There’s a variety of social outreach opportunities for students, connection opportunities for students, and support mechanisms for students to make sure they have both social and emotional support and experience they need to round out a college experience,” he said. 

Across the street at Ivy Tech, classes began Tuesday. 

Wonder why the campus looks deserted?

Ivy Tech spokesperson Nick Spangle says it’s because they’re virtual for the first two weeks of the spring semester.

“Once we are past those first two weeks, we are keeping close tabs on the positivity rate of our counties and we have the ability to ramp up or ramp down our on-campus presence with both employees and students,” Spangle said. 

He says unfortunately classes like labs will still be in person.

If students come to campus, they’re required to have their temperature checked at the door.

“Lab stations are going to be six feet apart, no students utilizing the same equipment, disinfecting after every use. We’ve also increased our facilities cleaning crew rounds,” Spangle said. 

At Indiana Tech, classes will begin on Jan. 25, a week later than usual.

Vice President of Marketing and Communications Brian Engelhart says the first week isn’t the only days they’ve axed.

“We decided this year not to have a spring break to avoid some of the back and forth travel. We are sprinkling in some break days throughout the semester just to give students time off from class,” Englehart said. 

New this spring, Indiana Tech is asking students to get tested before arriving on campus or show proof that they’ve had it in the past and have recovered. In some instances, they’ll ask students to be vaccinated if they have a health-related job.

“For those who are unable to do that in their own community, as we know some communities testing can take longer, we’re also gonna have a clinic on campus the first week of classes where they can come and get a test,” he said. 

Indiana Tech is live-streaming and recording all of their classes for those who may not feel comfortable attending in person.

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Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 657037

Reported Deaths: 12450
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Lake48105871
Allen35552632
Hamilton31839393
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Elkhart25261412
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Johnson16242352
Porter15838267
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Wayne6586188
Grant6395157
Morgan6040124
Boone603388
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Henry539492
Marshall5390104
Cass537199
Noble506775
Jackson462063
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Lawrence4154111
Gibson399681
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Knox354484
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Cases: 958153

Reported Deaths: 16968
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Montgomery46927869
Summit39637941
Butler35004461
Lucas34724755
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Trumbull14136454
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Pickaway795898
Marion7936134
Wayne7791216
Erie6783181
Ross6065135
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Lawrence519073
Union505052
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Belmont484787
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Seneca4620103
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Mercer4559101
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