Monday, May 17, 2021

Update: Campus meeting and event guidelines

New campus guidelines for meetings and events are in effect today (Monday, May 17) through Aug. 2.

Deans and vice presidents (or their designees) will manage decisions associated with meetings and events based on campus guidelines. These leaders are best positioned to make decisions that support their respective missions.

The University of Iowa will continue to rely on guidance from the Board of Regents, State of Iowa; the Iowa and Johnson County departments of public health (IDPH, JCPH); the Big Ten Conference; and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

While university meetings may take place face-to-face, the university is prioritizing all spaces for instruction. To accomplish that goal, meeting conveners should continue to avoid conflicts in scheduling spaces used for instruction.

More details on best practices for meetings and events can be found on the UI Coronavirus website at this link.

Please note these guidelines do not apply to UI Health Care.

Campus health and distancing guidelines

The university is reviewing the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) interim public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people and will share any changes to campus health and social distancing practices in an upcoming campus COVID-19 update.

The university will continue to rely on guidance from the Board of Regents, State of Iowa; the Iowa and Johnson County departments of public health (IDPH, JCPH); the Big Ten Conference; and the CDC regarding face masks, social distancing, and other health and safety measures.

Publishing note

With the number of COVID-19 cases in our community declining and vaccine availability dramatically increasing, the University of Iowa will transition from sending three COVID-19 updates a week to providing regular updates in your IowaNow emails. Beginning the week of May 31, the number of self-reported cases of COVID-19 will be published on the university’s coronavirus website each Wednesday and shared along with any additional updates or policy changes in your Thursday Iowa Now email.

We will continue to publish the news and updates shared with campus on

Reminder: Get vaccinated now


The American College Health Association recommends students get vaccinated as soon as possible.

To schedule your vaccination, call Student Health at 319-335-8394 for vaccine availability during summer break. Student Health currently has Pfizer BioNTech and the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines in the clinic.

If you need a second dose of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, please call the Nurseline at 319-335-9704 to discuss arrangements.

When you complete the COVID-19 vaccine series (both vaccines for Pfizer/Moderna, or one Johnson & Johnson), don't forget to take your vaccine card (or other vaccine record) to the IMU Welcome Center for your $10 gift card to the Iowa City Downtown merchants. These will be available in the summer and into the fall, while supplies last.


You are now able to schedule your first COVID-19 vaccination appointment with the University Employee Health Clinic by emailing or calling 319-356-3631, Option 3.

If you receive your vaccine elsewhere before your scheduled appointment, or need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, contact the University Employee Health Clinic.

For more information, please visit the COVID-19 hub for vaccine information on The Loop.

We urge you to get vaccinated as soon as you can.

Campus operations

The university continues to monitor self-reported COVID-19 testing data on campus, while also tracking state, region, and national COVID-19 infection rates.

University of Iowa seven-day rolling average

University of Iowa self-reported COVID-19 testing

These data reflect new cases since May 14, 2021.

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: 2
  • Total cases: 3,192


  • New cases: 0
  • Total cases: 498

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. These data will not match data reported by 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: 0*

Number of residence hall students in self-isolation: 1**

*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.