We are committed to providing a world-class educational experience for our students during this challenging time. 

The university has made a number of changes to the academic experience to enhance online learning and keep our community as healthy as possible during COVID-19. Here are some of the key points to be aware of as you plan for the coming semester. The information on this page reflects current campus guidelines. Fall 2021 guidelines are available here.

Academic experience information

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Courses with more than 50 enrolled will be delivered online. Select courses will be reviewed for exception.

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The university has altered the spring academic calendar. There will be no spring break, but there will be two instructional breaks (March 2 and April 14) to give students and faculty a brief respite from instruction. The semester will end on May 14, 2021.

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Face masks are required during in-person classes and in all university facilities unless otherwise indicated.

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Each first-year student will have at least one in-person class, if desired.

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Campus operations, including Housing and Dining, will remain open to serve those who rely on university services.

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Final exams will be delivered remotely.

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Buildings will be marked with entrance procedures and circulation plans have been created to help maintain social distancing.

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Ventilation and filtration systems have been updated to lower the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Classrooms are the priority.

More information

Read the full Steps Forward Plan for more details on the campus experience.

Classroom Experience 

The university is taking deliberate steps to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for our students, faculty, and staff, as well as our surrounding community.

Rod Lehnertz, senior vice president for finance and operations, recently walked through the UI’s Pappajohn Business Building to demonstrate what to expect as you return to campus buildings.

Learn More

Learning Online

Access the tools and resources you need to continue your education at Iowa online.

Student support

Student Health

Student Health is available for appointments and consultations.

University Counseling

If you need support managing the impact of COVID-19, we're here to help.

Student disability services

If you're vulnerable to serious illness, learn more about temporary alternative learning arrangements and other accommodations.

Cultural Centers

The centers will follow public health and university guidance regarding density, protective equipment, large gatherings, and social distancing.