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IU cancels all university and on-campus events through July 31



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A surgical mask rests on the ground March 12 in front of Sample Gates. All IU summer events through July 31 have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Ally Melnik

All university and on-campus events are canceled until July 31, IU spokesperson Chuck Carney said. The decision was made as a preemptive move because of the large amount of uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

Carney said July 31 was selected because most of the events that would take place on campus during the summer would take place before August. It is difficult to plan events when they don't know what's going to happen, he said.

He said the decision was discussed earlier this week by many IU leaders, mainly the Executive Policy Group, which is made up of top leadership representatives from all IU campuses.

This group meets when there is a challenging issue affecting the university, and Carney said they have been meeting regularly since January about the threat of the coronavirus. 

IU leaders are still calculating how much revenue the university will lose, Carney said. It will be a large hit, but he said they recognize that everyone is experiencing this during the pandemic.

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