The University of Iowa is committed to providing a world-class educational experience for our students and a great place to grow and thrive for faculty and staff.
The university has been developing and implementing new policies and procedures to help lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure and spread. For detailed information, read the university’s Fall 2020 Steps Forward Plan.
Academics and the Classroom
The university plans to resume hybrid, face-to-face instruction this fall and will follow the current academic calendar, with the semester beginning Aug. 24 and ending on Dec. 18.
The university will move to online instruction after Thanksgiving, beginning Nov. 30, and final exams will be delivered remotely. Clinical and experiential activities will be addressed on a program-by-program basis.
Keep Learning at Iowa
Be ready to keep learning during sudden or prolonged campus disruptions or building closures.
Campus Health and Distancing Practices
To protect employee health and safety, students, faculty, and staff must:
- Wear applicable face coverings (cloth covering, disposable or cloth mask, face shield) in all university buildings, including classrooms, unless alone in a private office. All students, faculty, and staff will be provided:
- 2 reusable cloth face coverings
- 2 disposable masks
- 1 face shield
- Follow social distancing guidelines of maintaining at least 6 feet of separation from others on campus when feasible.
- Stay home (and report) if you develop any symptom(s) consistent with COVID-19 (cough, difficulty breathing, fever or chills, sore throat, muscle or body aches, loss of taste or smell, fatigue, headache, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea).
If you come to class or work and begin experiencing any possible symptoms of illness, you must leave as soon as possible and inform your health care provider and local HR leader.
Your own department or college may have specific procedures for daily attestations of wellness.
24/7 COVID-19 Helpline from UI Hospitals & Clinics
Campus Inclusion Team
Report a concern
Housing and Dining
Residence halls and dining facilities will remain open after the university moves to online instruction after Thanksgiving break in order to serve those who rely on university services.
- Common spaces will be set up to follow guidelines that limit gatherings and promote social distancing.
- Rooms will be set aside for emergency use, such as for illness, student interaction concerns, or other matters, per protocol.
- One visitor/guest will be allowed per resident at one time.
- Visitors/guests must wear a face covering in all public spaces.
- Custodial work will follow CDC guidance.
- RAs will be present and available to support students. RAs will be provided with appropriate protective equipment to support them in their jobs.
- Dining will offer both dine-in and take-out options.
- Touchless payment and an online ordering system will be implemented.
- Dining areas will be set up to allow for appropriate social distancing.
- Menu items will be served to students by request and physical barriers will be added.
- Self-screening of employees will follow public health and university guidelines.
- Custodial procedures will follow CDC guidelines.
Student Travel and Study Abroad
The current ban on UI student travel abroad has been extended for departure through Sept. 15, 2020.
More information on COVID-19 for graduate students, compiled by the Graduate College.
The university is developing guidance for student organizations that will outline how to host events, meetings, and outside gatherings.
Frequently Asked Questions
Certain populations are at higher risk to contract the COVID-19 virus due to sociodemographic circumstances or have an increased risk of morbidity and mortality due to age or underlying health conditions. Additionally, members of the UI community may live with others who are in vulnerable populations. Students are encouraged to speak with their health care provider and self-identify if they have concerns regarding a medical vulnerability.
Students are encouraged to contact Student Disability Services to discuss options for accommodations.
Strategies to mitigate the risk to vulnerable populations include:
Allowing remote work and remote coursework.
Providing workspaces that minimize contact with others (such as a single office or physical barriers).
Encouraging students, faculty, and staff with vulnerabilities to wear both a face covering and face shield.
Discouraging non-essential travel.
Using online technologies for meetings and events.
Full tuition is necessary to cover the University of Iowa’s ongoing operations, including retaining the faculty and staff needed to provide instruction and student support services, whether that be online, face-to-face, or blended instruction. While the fall semester will not be a traditional experience, the university is committed to delivering excellent instruction allowing students to receive course credit and stay on their education path toward degree completion and graduation. We are confident our students will receive the knowledge and skills they need to be successful.
Full tuition is necessary to cover the University of Iowa’s ongoing operations, including retaining the faculty and staff needed to provide instruction and student support services, whether that be online, face-to-face, or blended instruction. The difference between the cost of in-state and out-of-state tuition is based on the premise that the University of Iowa receives state funding to provide higher education for students who resided in Iowa when they applied to the university. In this specific, unprecedented and unanticipated situation, this is a short-term circumstance and one that has taken considerable UI-wide efforts to ensure appropriate learning and make sure all UI students stay on-track for future intended graduation. The University of Iowa is committed to providing world-class virtual instruction to all of its students, no matter where they are located when receiving instruction.
While the fall semester will not be a traditional experience, the university is committed to delivering excellent instruction allowing students to receive course credit and stay on their education path toward degree completion and graduation. We are confident our students will receive the knowledge and skills they need to be successful.
While the fall semester will not be a traditional experience, the university is committed to delivering excellent instruction allowing students to receive course credit and stay on their education path toward degree completion and graduation. Information on which specific course sections will be online vs in-person will be forthcoming. Students should watch for a campus communication announcing this information and then contact their academic advisor if there are questions.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) that provides emergency funding to higher education for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis.
The University is required to provide details on the distribution of these funds to students, and is available here: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Report (PDF)
This report will be updated in July and potentially in August.