Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Reminder: Virtual campus update on the student experience

The University of Iowa will host a virtual campus update focused on the student experience from 2 to 3 p.m. today (July 8) and 10 to 11 a.m. tomorrow (July 9).

The update will be presented by Sarah Hansen, vice president for student life; Angie Reams, associate vice president and dean of students; and others.

The presentation is one of a series of virtual campus updates focused on different elements of the plan for the fall 2020 semester, which was released on June 17.

The updates will be streamed live on the UI’s YouTube channel:

The updates also will be recorded and published to the UI’s coronavirus website,

Members of the campus community who have questions after reviewing the fall 2020 plan should email their question 24 hours in advance to Viewers will not be able to submit questions live during the updates.

You can find the dates and times of upcoming virtual campus update here.


Temporary alternative work arrangements for medically vulnerable populations

The university is committed to supporting employees upon their return to work on campus, including those who are medically vulnerable and at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Employees (outside of UI Health Care) who fall into one or more of the high-risk categories identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or who have a household member in one of the high-risk categories, and who wish to seek a temporary alternative work arrangement beyond the COVID-19 workplace measures taken by their respective department or unit, may request a temporary alternative work arrangement. Requests may be made by either the employee or the employee’s human resources representative by completing an electronic request form.

The request form and additional information is available on the UI Faculty and Staff Disability Services website. Faculty members who wish to request an alternative work arrangement related to teaching during the fall 2020 semester are encouraged to submit a request form by July 17.


Reminder: Face coverings must be worn when working on campus

Everyone entering a university building is expected to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Unless otherwise indicated, you must wear applicable face coverings (cloth covering, disposable or cloth mask, face shield) when working on campus unless you are alone in a private office.

At this time, there is still no campuswide date for employees who are currently working remotely to return to campus. If you are working remotely, you should continue to do so until further notice and should not return to campus until you are asked to do so by your dean, vice president, or unit manager.

When you are directed to return to campus, you will be provided:

  • 2 reusable cloth face coverings
  • 2 disposable masks
  • 1 face shield

If you are not currently working on campus but need to visit your office, you should communicate your needs with your supervisor and follow public health and university guidance regarding protective equipment and social distancing when in campus buildings.

How should your department procure services and supplies?

  • Departments will contact their assigned University Shared Services representative to procure services and supplies.
  • If a department does not have an assigned University Shared Services representative, please contact University Shared Services Supervisors at uss‐
  • UI Hospitals & Clinics and the State Hygienic Laboratory will procure items following their normal process and not through University Shared Services.



For the health and safety of our community, campus communicators have started a face covering campaign. The effort is to encourage all Johnson County residents, especially students, to responsibly help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Many of these efforts are taking place on social media. You can join the important conversation and voice your support by using the hashtag #MaskUpIA.