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IU increases exclusively online classes by 46 percent for fall semester

Indiana University students are learning some or all of their classes for the fall semester will be online as the university plans for social distancing.
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Indiana University students are now learning which classes will be in person, online and those that will be a hybrid of the two.

IU spokesman Chuck Carney told 13News there is a 46 percent increase in exclusively online classes this fall compared to 2019.

Carney said the move was made, in part, because social distancing requirements means a loss of 60-70 percent of the classroom capacity on the Bloomington campus.

Enrolled students received an email Wednesday which detailed the new designation for each class. Depending on their classwork, it is possible some students learned all their coursework will be online.

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Carney said 40 percent of the classes for all IU campuses will have some in-person classwork, 42 percent will be exclusively online and the remaining 18 percent represent a combination of independent, directed study or other internship related credits.

Carney reports 2020-2021 enrollment numbers are down slightly but so far holding relatively steady.

The reopening of the renovated McNutt Foster Quad and half of the Teter Quad are helping with socially distanced housing requirements. Carney said all on-campus housing will be designated as single rooms. Exceptions are being made for those students who have requested a roommate and have agreed to practice safety guidelines together.

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