Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Classes resume January 18

Iowa Board of Regents President Mike Richards has confirmed that campus operations at the three public universities will continue to follow the guidance provided by the board on May 20, 2021. The University of Iowa will start the spring semester as planned with in-person classes and activities held as scheduled. Find the full spring 2022 semester guidelines at

KN95 respirators

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says correct and consistent mask use is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19. You can find tips for selecting the most appropriate mask on the CDC website.

To provide students, faculty, and staff an additional mask option, KN95 respirators are being added to the health stations at the entrances of all campus buildings. A KN95 is the designation China gives to its respirators that filter 95% of particles. These will be in addition to the Level-1 medical-grade masks and hand sanitizer currently supplied at these health stations.

Health Station

Building health stations and classroom support

Facilities Management Custodial Services support more than 200 health stations, and 300 hand sanitizer stands in university classrooms and buildings across campus. Building attendants ensure classrooms are stocked with cleaning and sanitizing supplies and that high-frequency touch points receive extra attention. If you have questions about this program, contact Facilities Management.

Health accommodations

Employees concerned about working on campus due to a health condition that puts them at greater risk for COVID-19 should contact Faculty and Staff Disability Services to discuss accommodations.

Self-reporting positive cases

If you test positive for COVID-19, it’s important to self-report, even if you are working remotely. This ensures your supervisor and HR Leader provide appropriate support for you and your colleagues. In the event you test positive:

Tracking COVID-19 cases

The University of Iowa continues to publish an updated snapshot of self-reported positive COVID-19 tests from faculty, staff, and students as well as the 7-day rolling average of Johnson County COVID-19 cases three times a week. You can find updated information every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at

Guidance for instructors

Please review the guidance provided by Executive Vice President and Provost Kevin Kregel for the spring semester.

Health and mental well-being

Coping in the time of COVID-19 is an uncharted, life-changing task for everyone whether you are on campus or not. Everyone is impacted in some way. The Mental Health at Iowa website provides several valuable resources that may help you or someone you care about.