The University of Iowa is committed to providing a world-class educational experience for our students and a great place to grow and thrive for faculty and staff. 
The university has been developing and implementing new policies and procedures to help lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure and spread. For detailed information, read the university’s Fall 2020 Steps Forward Plan.

Academics and the Classroom

Academic Calendar

The university plans to resume hybrid, face-to-face instruction this fall and will follow the current academic calendar, with the semester beginning Aug. 24 and ending on Dec. 18.

The university will move to online instruction after Thanksgiving, beginning Nov. 30, and final exams will be delivered remotely. Clinical and experiential activities will be addressed on a program-by-program basis.

Keep Teaching at Iowa

Resources to help you move your classes online.


Working Remotely

Access technology resources from off campus.


Campus Health and Distancing Practices


To protect employee health and safety, students, faculty, and staff must:

  • Wear applicable face coverings (cloth covering, disposable or cloth mask, face shield) in all university buildings, including classrooms, unless alone in a private office. All students, faculty, and staff will be provided:
    • 2 reusable cloth face coverings
    • 2 disposable masks
    • 1 face shield
  • Follow social distancing guidelines of maintaining at least 6 feet of separation from others on campus when feasible.
  • Stay home (and report) if you develop any symptom(s) consistent with COVID-19 (cough, difficulty breathing, fever or chills, sore throat, muscle or body aches, loss of taste or smell, fatigue, headache, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea).


Self-Reporting Guidelines

For all employees who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19

Steps for Self-Reporting COVID-19 Diagnosis to the University (Employees and Supervisors)
Word document    PDF

Communications Template: Employee Self-Reports Positive Test
Word document    PDF

Meetings and Events


All university meetings, to the greatest extent possible, will take place in an online format in order to maximize the amount of available classroom space. Using virtual options such as Skype, Zoom, or conference calls is recommended whenever possible.


All events scheduled to be held on the UI campus during the summer will be canceled, postponed, or conducted virtually through July 31, 2020.

Beginning Aug. 1, all essential in-person events will be limited to 50 in-person attendees and must follow public health and university guidance regarding protective equipment and social distancing or be offered through a virtual format.

More Information

Human Resources

Working during COVID-19, current pay practices, and taking care in tough times.


Health Information

The university has been developing and implementing new policies and procedures to help lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure and spread. For details, see the university’s Fall 2020 Plan.



COVID-19 information for researchers provided by the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) for University of Iowa research PIs, staff, and administrators.



The university continues to follow and monitor travel warnings issued by the CDC and the U.S. Department of State, as well as guidance issued by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.


Frequently Asked Questions

There is still no campuswide date for when employees who are currently working remotely should return to campus. Employees working remotely should continue to do so until further notice and should not return to campus until they are asked to do so by their dean, vice president, or unit manager.

Note: UI Health Care employees and those associated with public health efforts may be called back to work sooner than other areas of campus, depending on patient volumes and specific organizational or research needs.

You can find more information on COVID-19 pay practices on the human resources website or by speaking with your human resources representative. See full FAQ.

We understand some members of our community may be unable to work because they are sick, caring for a loved one, or because of other complications due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act provides 80 hours of new paid sick leave (prorated for part-time employees) for COVID-related needs. 

The Board of Regents also has authorized the university to provide additional sick leave for COVID-19-related needs and has waived the cap on family-caregiving leave.

Additionally, the Federal Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act provides up to 12 weeks of job-protected FMLA leave for employees who need to care for children during school closures.

If you would like to know more, you can find a list of FAQs here

If you have additional questions about pay and paid leave, please reach out to your designated HR representative who will consult with Faculty and Staff Disability Services if you are part of the main campus, or with Leave and Disability Administration if you are a member of the UI Health Care team.

UI Health Care will issue more specific guidelines for its employees on the application of these new rules.

University Human Resources Family Services office has resources to assist in finding alternate child care arrangements. This site will be updated regularly as new information and resources for our caregivers of children becomes available. Managers should direct employees here for assistance.

In addition, the new Federal Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion provides up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave for employees who are unable to work due to the need to care for a minor child due to school or childcare closures as described above.

We know that dealing with this evolving situation can cause stress and anxiety.

Please remember that there are campus and community resources available:

Faculty and Staff

UI Employee Assistance Program, 319-335-2085 or

CommUnity Crisis Services(formerly the Crisis Center), 319-351-0140


If a student is in need of additional support, they should connect with one of these campus or community resources:

University Counseling Services, 319-335-7294 or, to schedule an appointment

Student Care and Assistance, 319-335-1162 or

CommUnity Crisis Services(formerly the Crisis Center), 319-351-0140

Please visit the UI Human Resources website: