We're in this together.

The University of Iowa is taking deliberate steps to reduce the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus for our students, faculty, and staff, as well as our surrounding community. As a university employee, we are asking for your commitment to this shared responsibility when you work on campus.

Returning to the workplace


  • Your supervisor will notify you of the date you will return to your campus workspace.
  • Units that can continue to effectively work remotely will be encouraged to continue to do so in order to reduce the overall density of people on campus. 
  • Plans are being made on a unit-by-unit basis, so communicate with leaders to stay up-to-date. 
  • Direct any policy- or benefits-related questions or concerns to your unit's HR lead.


To protect employee health and safety, you have been asked to read and acknowledge a set of workplace expectations to limit exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Expectations include:

  • Wearing applicable face masks (cloth mask, disposable mask, or face shield with mask) in all university buildings, including classrooms, unless alone in a private office. Masks should be worn outside when social distancing is not possible.
  • Following social distancing guidelines of maintaining at least 6 feet from others on campus, when feasible.
  • Staying home (and reporting) if you develop any symptom(s) consistent with COVID-19.
  • Familiarize yourself with these guidelines for self-reporting if you test positive, or are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Report noncompliance with guidelines to your supervisor or local HR representative.


Self-Report A Positive Test or Close Contact


Working Remotely

Human Resources


Classroom Expectations

What to do if a student fails to adhere to campus health requirements.

Meeting and event guidelines


All attendee numbers for all essential in-person events (indoors or outdoors, on or off campus) will need to align with the most recent proclamation from Gov. Kim Reynolds. 

Effective Nov. 17, 2020: 

  • Masks are required in indoor spaces when individuals are within 6 feet of one another for 15 minutes are longer. Current UI policy requires face masks be worn indoors at all times, except when actively eating or drinking. Individuals can remove masks only in private spaces assigned to them, such as a residence hall room, an office, or an individually reserved study space. 
  • Gatherings of 15 or more indoors are prohibited. 
  • Gatherings of 30 or more outdoors are prohibited. 
  • Individual recreational sports may continue in addition to sports and recreational activities that maintain 6 feet of social distancing. 

All events must follow public health and university guidance regarding protective equipment and social distancing or be offered through a virtual format.

When necessary, building coordinators should review and verify appropriate space use with Campus Planning. Contact Maggie Vogel (margaret-vogel@uiowa.edu) for support. 


All university meetings, to the greatest extent possible, will take place in an online format in order to maximize the amount of available classroom space. Using virtual options such as Skype, Zoom, or conference calls is recommended whenever possible.


Hosts of events that do not align with these parameters need to complete this form for review by the UI’s Critical Incident Management Team (CIMT).

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Parking and transportation

Masks, distancing, and health