Ivy Tech allowing individual campuses to make decisions on COVID protocols

A sign on an Ivy Tech Community College Columubs entry door shows a capacity limit for the room. Photo by Jana Wiersema/The Republic.

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College system is allowing its campuses to make their own decisions about COVID-19 protocols in the classroom, as the fall term approaches.

“Each campus is allowed to develop their own policies,” said Chancellor Steven Combs at a recent campus board of trustees meeting. “… I really think that’s appropriate because the rates of infection, the rates of vaccinations are different in all of the counties.”

Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Jackie Fischer said that vaccinated individuals are not required to wear masks when they come to campus, but unvaccinated individuals are asked to wear them. These guidelines are also stated in the Ivy Tech system’s updated facial coverings policy, which into effect on June 7.

“We know that we are a community that cares about each other, so we anticipate that our students will adhere to these parameters,” Fischer said.

Campus leaders also stated that masks should be worn in certain instances where social distancing is not possible.

In regards to distancing, Fischer said that campus guidelines are still being developed, and more information will be shared in the near future.

For the full story, see Wednesday’s Republic.