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Best Practices for Staying Healthy

Help us slow the spread of COVID-19.

By following the guidelines below, which reflect  guidance from the CDC, local health department, and UI health experts, you can help protect the health of our community.

Campus health and distancing practices

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Wear a face mask

Face masks (cloth mask, disposable mask, or face shield with mask) are required in all university buildings, including classrooms, unless alone in a private office or your residence hall room. Masks should be worn outside when social distancing is not possible. 

Effective Friday Oct. 23, 2020, the university will no longer allow gaiters or face shields (when worn without a mask) as appropriate face coverings.

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Maintain social distancing

Remain at least 6 feet away from others on campus when feasible.



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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.


Read Instructions

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.


Mental Health Resources

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


Student Disability Services

Temporary Alternative Work Arrangements


Human Resources

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