Fall 2020 - Starting Classes
Special Issue
Plan for Safe Return for Students
Face Coverings
All students (residential and commuter) will receive USI-branded face coverings (limit one per student). You will need your student ID or your student ID number to pick up a face covering.  
  • Face coverings are required on campus.
  • Residential students will receive their USI face covering at Housing Move In check-in on Monday, August 17 through Thursday, August 20.
  • Commuter students will receive their USI face covering at Welcome Week Check-In or they can pick up a face covering from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday or Tuesday, August 23-24, at one of the five welcome tents located around campus.

Welcome Tent Locations:
  • Wright Administration Lawn (rain location: Redwood Lounge) 
  • Orr Center Bus Stop (rain location: Orr Center Atrium) 
  • Between Arts Center and Rice Library (rain location: LA 1st Floor Lobby) 
  • Nursing and Health Professions Center Back Entrance (rain location: NHP 1st Floor) 
  • Education Center Lawn (rain location: Education Center Lobby) 

If you do not receive a face covering during housing check in or at one of the welcome tents on August 24 or 25, you may pick one up with your student ID or student ID number at the Dean of Students Office Wednesday through Friday, August 26-28.

Face coverings distributed by the University are reusable and you are encouraged to wash them often.
University Health Center
The University Health Center provides medical services and health-related information to students, faculty, and staff. We are located in the lower level of the Health Professions Center.

We recognize that health and education are precious assets. Our goal is to help you maintain or improve your health, allowing you to reach your highest potential both in and out of the classroom. The healthcare providers at the University Health Center are employed by Deaconess Clinic.

Office Visit Plan (OVP):
Services Covered by the Office Visit Plan:
  1. Unlimited visits with the medical staff for illness or injury.
  2. Physical examinations needed to complete required forms for athletic participation and health professions majors and/or outside agencies. There may be additional cost depending on services required for completion of these forms.
  3. There are five CLIA Waive tests that are offered free of charge. They are strep test, mono test, urinalysis, pregnancy, and flu.
  4. A yearly flu shot.

There are two ways to enroll in the Office Visit Plan:
  1. All students living in University housing are required by University policy to be enrolled in the OVP. If you live in University housing the OVP fee is automatically charged to your account for every semester that you are consecutively enrolled at USI. Students who move out of University housing may request to drop the OVP.
  2. Students living off campus may submit an online form it to the University Health Center, Health Professions Building room 0091, 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, IN 47712. The OVP fee will then be charged to your account for every semester that you are consecutively enrolled at USI.

Health Center Contact Information
Recreational Fitness and Wellness Center
The Recreational Fitness and Wellness Center is making sure social distancing guidelines are being met. Check out their website for a lot more information about how this semester will look if you go workout!

Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness Center Contact Information
David L. Rice Library
Rice Library is offering several services to facilitate the safety and health of its users and library workers during the pandemic. You are encouraged to take advantage of extensive digital resources and online services, including walk-in item pickup and curbside item pickup. The Library is also offering online reservations for first floor study and technology spaces.

Beginning Monday, August 24, Rice Library will be open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Academic Advising
If you would like to meet with your academic advisor, please make an appointment. Walk-in hours will be limited and may require longer wait periods due to volume. For the Fall 2020 Semester, you are encouraged to schedule an appointment through AdvisorTrac or call the Advising Center of your intended major or the Center for Exploring Majors to schedule an appointment. You can email any questions or concerns to your assigned academic advisor or to USI.Advising@usi.edu

The Advising Centers are accepting face-to-face appointments at this time and also are offering Zoom/Teams meetings or phone appointments. We request that you wear a face covering for any face-to-face appointment. In-person meetings will always take place in rooms where social distancing of six feet or more can be maintained. Regular cleaning protocols of individual offices will also be in place for the fall and spring semesters. 

Watch Fall Opening Orientation Zoom Series Replay
New Student Information
Eagle Access Cards
Make sure to bring your Eagle Access Card with you when you come to campus. If you haven't gotten yours yet, you will be able to get it from the Eagle Access Card office located in the lower level of UC East.

Having the Eagle Access Card virtually eliminates the need to carry cash. Your Eagle Access Card serves as a means of access to different stored value accounts. Simply deposit funds into your personal FLEX or Munch Money account and then use your Eagle Access Card all over campus to make purchases! Click here to learn more about the Eagle Access Card.

There are several ways to get your USI Student ID:
  • All new students receive a USI Student ID. This card is used for meal plans, Munch Money, Flex Money, and more.
  • Residential students can get their ID during the Welcome Week Check-In Fair following Move In from Monday, August 17 - Thursday, August 20.
  • Commuter Students
  • The ID Office will be set up in University Center East Room 2220 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, August 17 thru Thursday, August 20 to handle larger numbers of students. These are new student move-in dates, but we encourage commuter students to also come out.
  • The ID Office will also be open the following hours before classes begin:
  • Friday, August 21 from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

All students will need to bring a government issued ID card in order to get your USI Student ID. 

Eagle Access Card Contact Information
Campus Dining
There are a variety of dining options available on campus which provide the social experience essential to campus life. It gives you the opportunity to gather with friends, take study breaks, hang out, relax and unwind after a hard day of classes and activities. Come dine at the USI restaurants and enjoy the comfort, convenience, outstanding food, and inviting atmosphere all designed especially for you. You have a variety of restaurants to choose from, all conveniently located withing walking distance of on-campus housing and labs/classrooms. 
Meal Plans
There are a variety of meal plans available to students. As a residential student you have choices. Students that live in the Residence Halls must select a Red, White or Blue meal plan because you don't have cooking facilities. Students that live in the apartments can select from all or do not need to have a plan. All of the meal plans are a combination of meals in the Loft and Munch Money.

Students can purchase a meal plan or make a change to the plan they have already selected by contacting the Eagle Access Card Office.

USI Dining Contact Information

Deadline to change a meal plan is midnight August 23 in writing by emailing foodmealplans@usi.edu
Meal Plan Lingo
  • Meal Plan Swipes - Eagle Meal Plans are for students who prefer to eat every day of the week in The Loft and flexibility for retail dining at their leisure.

  • Munch Money - Munch Money can be used to purchase anything that is sold in the food service operations, including non-food items at the EagleXpress Convenience Store (C-Store) located in the Community Center. and Starbucks.

  • Flex Money - Is for students to use the laundry utilities and for using the Printers. Funds can also be spent on food, but there is no tax-saving option.
USI Dining Updates
Here are some of the updates about campus dining for the 2020-21 school year:
  • All campus food vendors have gone to cashless dining. Please use your Eagle Access Card, or a debit or credit card.
  • There will be limited seating in The Loft dining area and addition seating will be available in other parts of the University Center 2nd floor.
  • Be mindful of queues and directional sign at all dining locations including dots on floor for waiting areas.
  • Coke fountains will be contactless with disposable cups with rfid chips or by purchasing a USI tumbler with an embedded chips at most USI dining registers. Additional drinks products can be purchased.
Food Brought From Home
Students can eat food brought from their residence in all dining seating areas in the University Center.
USI Insider Tips - New Student Tips
Start this year out right by looking over these tips. Make sure you are getting everything you need and making sure you are on top of everything so this will be the best school year, yet!

  1. Make sure to get the books you need for class
  2. Get a planner, and use it to stay on top of all your homework and assignments.
  3. Know your class schedule - AMIGOs will be available during Welcome Week to show you where your classes are
  4. Meet at least one new person in each of your classes - to help make conncections and if you have questions you will be able to be there for each other.
  5. Explore campus - You might find short cuts to your classes and the more you explore campus the better you will be at finding new places you might need to get to or help out other fellow Screagles.
  6. Find good study spots- Find the place that works for you, know what kind of environment you study best in. Is it the 4th floor in the library with no noise at all or is in Starbucks were everyone is on the go? Or somewhere in between?
Campus Information
August 17-28, 2020
*Events and dates are subject to change and this is not an exhaustive list

*Students, please bring Student ID to all events after you receive it, and face coverings are required at all events. 

Monday, August 17 - Thursday, August 20

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. | On-Campus Move In | Parking Lot B
  • Residential students will sign up online for a 45-minute move in time slot for unloading and moving vehicles. Residential students will receive more information from Housing and Residence Life later this summer.
  • Residential students will receive their USI face covering at Housing Move In check-in.

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Welcome Week Check-In Fair | University Center
  • All new students are invited to attend this fair to prepare for the fall semester. Campus departments will be available to handle University business as you prepare for the fall.
  • Students will receive their USI Student ID during this time. Students need to bring a government-issued ID to get their Student ID.
  • Commuter students will receive their USI face covering at Welcome Week Check-In or they can pick up a face covering from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday or Tuesday, August 23-24, at one of the five welcome tents located around campus.

Friday, August 21 - Sunday, August 23

Friday, August 21
  • 10:30 am | Convocation, College Meetings and Lunch
  • Participate in Convocation, the official welcome and induction to USI for all new students. Then meet with your college, have lunch and learn how to get involved in your major.

Saturday, August 22
  • 3 pm | Eagle Experience: Virtual Program
  • Get a jump-start on your college experience! Freshmen are required to participate in Eagle Experience. This will be a virtual panel discussion presented on the Saturday prior to classes. We will discuss campus values and expectations during a pandemic. More information will be emailed to all freshmen. 
  • Transfer students are encouraged to attend all events including the Eagle Experience activities but do not need to attend Eagle Experience: Virtual Program.

Deadline to change a meal plan is midnight Sunday, August 23 in writing by emailing from your USI account with your student ID number: foodmealplans@usi.edu
Music Auditions
All new students interested in participating in Chamber Choir, Women's Choir, or Jazz Band must audition to be placed in a music group. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, these auditions are being held online.

If you are interested in the Chamber Choir or Women's Choir contact Dan Craig, associate professor of music, dcraig@usi.edu.

If you are interested in the Jazz Band contact Thomas Drury, instructor in music, twdrury@usi.edu. 
Campus Office Information
Check out the following offices for new student and campus information:
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Tips & Reminders