Free wi-fi access for IU students during winter intersession

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In response to the Covid-19 crisis, IUPUI is offering free Wi-Fi access to students who may need it.

The purpose of the hotspots is to ensure that students can access their coursework at the beginning of next semester, as classrooms will remain closed until February. 

The Wi-Fi access is a 24 hour high speed internet service that is open to staff, students, faculty and the general public who may not have access to the internet due to library and business closures.

IUPUI senior Sarah Barr believes this could be a great resource for students if they have access to transportation.

“Since it is offered on campus, students would need a reliable transportation option to use it. I think it will be helpful to those who have the resources to come to campus to take advantage of the hotspots,” Barr said. 

Hot spot lots are being set up across Indiana University campuses that will allow students to connect to the internet while practicing social distancing guidelines. There are locations at IU Bloomington, IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, IU Southeast, IUPUC and of course IUPUI. 

IUPUI will have two locations where the community can access the hot spot. One location is on the first floor of Gateway Garage, and the second is in Barnhill Garage near the elevators. 

According to Indiana lieutenant governor Suszanna Crouch, these hotspots will allow not only IU students to access their coursework while maintaining social distancing, but also the public throughout the entire state will be able to get work down using IU Guest networks. 

"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,” Crouch said.

All who use these hot spots are asked to stay in their car, turn off their car to reduce emissions and save gas, only remain on the site as long as needed and never leave a child in a vehicle unattended.

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