Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Information about COVID-19 risk mitigation on campus

In this video, Brooks Jackson, University of Iowa vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, discusses COVID-19 risk mitigation on campus.


Tuition and fee payment calendar revised

In order to provide greater flexibility to students and families, the university is delaying the assessed tuition and fees calendar by one week. Please refer to the following chart for the new timeline:

Course week withdrawal Previous Tuition Percentage Responsibility 2020 Tuition Percentage Responsibility
Full withdrawal through Aug. 30 10% 10%
Full withdrawal through Sept. 6 25% 10%
Full withdrawal through Sept. 13 50% 25%
Full withdrawal through Sept. 20 75% 50%
Full withdrawal through Sept. 27 100% 75%
Full withdrawal through Oct. 4 100% 100%
Last day to drop a course and reduce tuition Sept. 4 Sept. 13

Please note: Students are not charged for more than 12 credit hours, so if you drop a course and still remain above 12 credit hours there will be no reduction in tuition.


Fall 2020 commencement ceremonies moving virtual

We are extremely disappointed to announce that fall 2020 commencement is moving to a virtual format. We know how much these ceremonies mean to our students and their families. And while December seems a long way off, we feel it is the right decision to make now to maintain the health and safety of the entire campus community.

We acknowledge the disappointment of our spring 2020 graduates who were unable to attend an in-person spring commencement ceremony and planned to participate in December. At this time, we anticipate all 2020 graduates will be able to take part in an on-campus or in-person ceremony in the future.

We will livestream all of the fall 2020 virtual commencement ceremonies. Please sign up here to receive updates.


University of Iowa self-reported COVID-19 testing

The data below reflects new cases since Aug. 31, 2020.

The University of Iowa has published an updated snapshot of self-reported positive COVID-19 tests from faculty, staff, and students.

Number of self-reported cases of COVID-19


  • New cases: 220
  • Semester-to-date: 1,142


  • New cases: 3
  • Semester-to-date: 16

These numbers reflect only self-reported positive or presumed positive COVID-19 tests from UI faculty, staff, and students on the academic campus since Aug. 18, 2020. The data will not match data reported by the UI Hospitals & Clinics or by the Iowa Department of Public Health for several reasons, including different testing time intervals and geographic scope. Students who also are employees of the university are only reported in the student number to avoid double counting. The UI has more than 30,000 students and nearly 30,000 employees. Many employees continue to work remotely, but have self-reported to authorize sick leave.

Number of residence hall students in quarantine: 24*

Number of residence hall students in self-isolation: 78**

*Quarantine: Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others.

**Self-isolation: Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are symptomatic and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected.