Help us slow the spread of COVID-19.

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 CDC. The information on this page reflects current campus guidelines. Fall 2021 guidelines are available here.

Campus health and distancing practices

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Face masks and social distancing

The University of Iowa has revised its face mask policy to align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) interim public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people.

Effective Thursday, May 20, 2021, fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in university buildings or on campus, except in health care settings and where required by state or federal guidelines (e.g., passengers on CAMBUS).

Currently, people are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen).

While wearing a mask is optional for those who are fully vaccinated, you should feel comfortable continuing to wear a mask if you choose.

NOTE: UI Health Care has separate face covering guidelines due to patient care. For full personal protective equipment requirements for UI Health Care staff, see The Loop. In addition, the Office of the Vice President for Research has posted guidance for the research enterprise on its website.

Employees who wish to request a workplace accommodation based on a health conditions should contact their local human resources representative to initiate an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation review with and Faculty and Staff Disability Services (FSDS).

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Wash hands frequently

Use provided hand sanitizer stations or wash hands with soap for at least 20 seconds.




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Stay home

Do not leave home, attend class or go to work if you develop any symptom(s) consistent with COVID-19, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.


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Call your doctor

Consult your UI Health Care provider, Student Health, or personal health care provider about any symptoms to see if you need a COVID-19 test.


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Stay informed

Communicate regularly with instructors, student housing, and unit leads to stay up-to-date on procedure changes.

If you feel sick

Learn more about what to do if you are experiencing symptoms or have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 symptoms

  • Fever (temperature >=37.8 C or 100.0 F) or Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Care for your mental health

Coping in the time of COVID-19 is an uncharted, life-changing task for everyone. As a result, it can make caring for our own mental health and that of those around us challenging.

High-risk populations


The university supports students and employees who are medically vulnerable and at higher risk of severe illness caused by COVID-19. Students wish to seek a Temporary Alternative Learning Arrangement (TALA) and Faculty/Staff may request a Temporary Alternative Working Arrangement (TAWA).


Temporary Alternative Learning Arrangements

Temporary Alternative Work Arrangements

Stay informed


Stay up-to-date on COVID-19 information, case reporting data, and guidance from national and state agencies.

Iowa Department of Public Health

CDC COVID-19 information

National case data