The university will continue to monitor local and national developments and 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).

fall 2021 guidance

What you can do

  1. Be mindful of signage and familiarize yourself with updated building procedures.
  2. Follow campus mask guidelines.
  3. Wash hands or use hand sanitizer stations (where available) upon entry and exit.
  4. Minimize time in communal spaces, hallways, and restrooms.
  5. Use supplies provided by the university to keep your work and learning spaces clean.
  6. *Remember, there are different building practices for UI Health Care and university research areas

Building practices

You may see some of the following when navigating campus facilities:

  • Touchless door openers
  • Reorganized furniture in communal spaces
  • Hand sanitizer stations at some entryways and exits
  • Plexiglass barriers to create separation


Facilities Management COVID-19 FAQs

Other facilities

Please contact building coordinators directly or consult their websites for additional information and updates.

Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, Exterior

Recreational facilities


Students in front of Iowa Memorial Union

Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)

  • The IMU will operate under fall 2019 policies for scheduling rooms in conjunction with the UI’s classroom scheduling office unless modified due to guidance by the previously mentioned groups.
  • The IMU will continue to partner with Academic Support and Retention in order to ensure supplemental instruction can be provided in the Academic Resource Center, in addition to providing online opportunities for select courses.
  • Online ordering and socially distanced pick-up options for textbooks and bookstore materials will continue to be provided, including drive-up and in-person options.
  • The Iowa House Hotel will continue regular operations and set aside some rooms for emergency room stays, as appropriate and needed.
  • The Clothing Closet will continue using a reservation process for clients.
  • Custodial procedures will follow CDC guidance.
Main Library


  • All campus libraries are open to the pubic (June 1, 2021).
  • No card swipe is currently required for entrance to any of the campus libraries.
  • Hours at many of our eight campus libraries have changed. Before you visit, check online for updates, including new hours for the Main Library Service Desk, Learning Commons, and Collections (floors 1-5).
  • Online requests for print books and other physical materials will be provided as an additional option for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Follow current campus health and distancing guidelines.