SOUTH BEND — Indiana University is providing free, 24-hour Wi-Fi access to students and the general public who may not have internet connectivity because of coronavirus- related closures.
IU’s University Information Technology Services networks division has set up “lot hot spots” in parking lots on eight IU campuses, including South Bend.
The hot spots will allow users to maintain social distancing while accessing the internet from their cars.
“I am so proud of the creativity and innovation that Indiana University is showing to supply Hoosiers with free and reliable high-speed internet access as we work together to combat the spread of COVID-19,” Suzanne Crouch, Indiana lieutenant governor, said in a news release.
Those with IU affiliations can access the university’s IU Secure and Eduroam networks at all “lot hot spots.” The general public can connect to the IU Guest network.
Participating locations will have directional signage to help people find their connection. Wi-Fi “lot hot spots” can be found at:
- IU South Bend: Student Activities Center parking lot
- IU Bloomington: Orange lot between Memorial Stadium and Assembly Hall
- IUPUI: Lot 92, N. Blackford St.
- IU East: Tom Raper Hall parking lot
- IU Kokomo: Main Building, Havens lot next to the Well House
- IU Northwest: Moraine Student Center, parking lot 2
- IU Southeast: Knobview Hall, Hickory parking lot
- IUPUC: Campus Center, Arnold Street parking lot
All IU face-to-face classes have been suspended and students and faculty are preparing to transition to virtual learning for the remainder of the spring semester. Online classes start next week.
IU South Bend officials are working to make campus technology resources available for students who may not have access to the technology at home or who are not familiar with taking online classes, according to the university’s website. Students will have access to certain on-campus computer labs with controls put in place for recommended social distancing. Hours and locations are still being worked out.
Students can find more information on online learning at www.iusb.edu/covid-19-faq.html.