Anderson University’s Response

Anderson University isn’t a place. It’s our people. It’s our students who choose to learn with us. It’s our faculty who dedicate their lives to the most noble pursuit of educating the next generations. It’s our staff who work tirelessly to make sure the campus is the best place to get a college education.

This unprecedented event that we are living through is our chance to live out real life together. It’s all of us working together to do the most good that we can.

We believe that the good we can do extends outside of the classroom. We believe that right now, especially, it has to. We have to care for our community, the one on campus and all of the ones surrounding it.

There have been hard decisions we’ve had to make already, like postponing trips, canceling or rescheduling events, and moving classes temporarily online. These are not decisions we make lightly. We know these events and activities are important to students. They’re important to us, too.

Even more important to us, though, than the day-to-day activities that make up college life is the safety of the people we spend those days with. Because of this, a Task Force has been set up to quickly make decisions to ensure the safety of our community.

Recent Updates:

3/27/2020 10:00 a.m. Update from the President

President Pistole sent out an update to students regarding common questions and concerns. Read the full letter here

3/26/2020 9:00 a.m. On Campus Student Update

Any students who have remained on campus and begin experience symptoms should fill out the Self Report Form and wait for contact from Sarah Neal.

3/20/2020 4:40 p.m. Campus Housing Update

Due to travel restrictions in Madison County, students will not be allowed to return to collect their belongings at this time. Read the full note here.

3/20/2020 3:39 p.m. ACT/SAT now test optional for admission

Anderson University has officially announced that the SAT and ACT are optional when applying. The decision was originally planned for the 2020-2021 academic year, but the university felt it was best to implement the change now, during this crucial moment in our nation’s history. Read the full article here.

3/19/2020 1:07 p.m. Update from the Office of the Registrar

In response to the rapidly evolving novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the Office of the University Registrar has suspended in-person office visits.
While our physical locations will be closed, the day-to-day operations will remain available on a virtual basis.

Virtual office hours:
Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Registrar contact: | 765-641-4165

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For questions regarding graduation, please call 765-641-4164

3/19/2020 10:00 a.m. Campus Housing Update

New information regarding campus housing can be found here.

3/18/2020 7:13 p.m. Video from President Pistole

3/18/2020 7:10 p.m. Campus Housing Closures

Maggie Platt, Director of Residence Life, published a letter to students and families about the closing of campus housing. Read the whole letter here.

3/18/2020 2:43 p.m. Letter from the President

All classes for the remainder of the semester will be online. All athletic events and music, theatre, and dance performances are canceled. Read the full letter from President Pistole here.

3/16/2020 11:24 a.m. Nicholson Library Update

The decision has been made to close Nicholson Library for Spring Break and the e-learning week. Read more here.

3/16/2020 11:12 a.m. Campus Update

The Office of Work Life Engagement provided an update for faculty and staff moving forward. Read the letter here.

3/13/2020 11:19 p.m. Campus Update

Please call ahead (765-641-4222) to be seen at Health Services.

3/13/2020 4:58 p.m. Campus Update

The decision has been made to close the entire Kardatzke Wellness Center for both the spring break week and the e-learning week.

3/13/2020 4:38 p.m. Letter to Parents

Read President Pistole’s full letter to parents here.

3/13/2020 4:28 p.m. Campus Event Update

Due to students remaining off campus the week following Spring Break, Spring Into Dance has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 2. There will be two performances that day, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. If you already have tickets, they can be used for either performance since it is general admission and there are no assigned seats.

3/13/2020 11:13 a.m. Coronavirus FAQ

Anderson University has developed an FAQ regarding coronavirus, our response, best practices, and more. View the full document here.

3/12/2020 7:27 p.m. Campus Food Service Update

View the statement from our campus food service regarding coronavirus here.

3/12/2020 5:55 p.m. Update from Campus Life

In our continued effort to provide the safest and healthiest environment we would ask that you please pay close attention to the following information concerning being on Campus. If you have indicated that you need to stay on campus over Spring Break or the e-learning week you will want to pay special attention. Read the full letter here.

3/12/2020 3:45 p.m. Update from the Office of Chapel Attendance

The campus will not be gathering for Chapel during e-learning week. Therefore, the total number of opportunities remaining, and the minimum attendance requirement for non-exempt and partially exempt students has been reduced by two for this semester. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter, please send an email to

3/12/2020 3:25 p.m. Update from Admissions

The health and well-being of our prospective students and their families remains our highest priority.  We are navigating this situation as new information is made available.  In light of recent developments with the COVID-19 virus, Anderson University is suspending all face to face campus visits at this time.  Your visit experience is still important to us as we know you have big decisions to make. We are offering virtual Admissions appointments! Please view our visit page for more information.

3/12/2020 9:19 a.m. Campus Update

All Spring Break Tri-S trips have been postponed. Read more here.

3/11/2020 4:47 p.m. Letter from the President

For the week following spring break, March 23-27 we will shift all classes to an online, e-learning system.  There will be NO in-person classes that week. Read the full letter from President Pistole here.

3/11/2020 9:03 a.m. Parent Letter

With COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, at the forefront of everyone’s mind Anderson University wanted to clarify what is happening with Tri-S trips over Spring Break. Read the full letter here.

3/10/2020 2:47 p.m. Campus Update

The London Spring Break Tri-S trip has been postponed. All other Spring Break trips remain unchanged. Read more here.

3/07/2020 3:03 p.m. Parent Letter

Anderson University updates parents on a letter previously shared with students. Read the full letter here.


What is COVID-19?

According to the World Health Organization, “Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.  In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19. COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.”


Know The Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath

Seek medical attention if you develop symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live/have recently been in an area with an ongoing spread of COVID-19.

If you are in contact with a student (or faculty/staff) who is complaining of fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please advise them to return home and call campus health services (x4222) to determine next steps regarding treatment.  Our nurse practitioners will determine if they should be seen at health services or elsewhere.

Health Precautions

  • Frequently wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, and keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or the crook of your arm and immediately throw the tissue away.
  • Routinely disinfect surfaces of commonly used objects.
  • Stay home from work or school if you are sick. Communicate to others the importance to do the same.

Emergency Alerts

Raven Mobile Safety is an emergency alert system capable of delivering messages to your Anderson University and personal email addresses, as well as your office and cell phone.

Faculty and staff can update their contact information by submitting this form to the Office of Work Life Engagement. Students should submit this form to the Registrar.

Community Hospital Anderson COVID-19 hotline


Community Health System hotline


Indiana State Department of Health hotline

After hours:  317-233-1325

AU Health Services