Recommendations for Fall 2021

The University of Iowa is looking forward to returning to an on-campus, residential experience in fall 2021.

Faculty will return to in-person classroom teaching under the following scenarios:

  • The university will continue to take deliberate steps to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for our students, faculty, staff, and surrounding community.
  • The university will continue to follow guidance from the Board of Regents, State of Iowa; the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH); Johnson County Public Health (JCPH); and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the wearing of masks and social distancing in campus buildings.
  • The university will be holding classes in buildings that meet CDC COVID-19 ventilation recommendations. This means some lecture sections with more than 150 students may be moved online to provide greater classroom flexibility.
  • Courses that have been taught online prior to COVID will presumably remain online. These courses are designated as an EX* section.
  • Requests can be made for courses with enrollments less than 150 to be taught virtually if the plan is to move the course permanently online and there is a strong pedagogical reason to do so. These courses would be designated as EX* sections.
  • Faculty will not be required to offer an online option for a course that is scheduled to be taught in-person based on a student request.
  • Thesis and dissertation defenses may be held virtually or in-person.
  • Office hours may be held virtually or in-person.
  • There will be no faculty Temporary Alternative Work Assignment (TAWA) process for the fall semester. Any requests for a difference from above will need to move through Faculty and Staff Disability Services (FSDS) for accommodation requests as they would for any other type of disability request.
  • Faculty are expected to be on-campus during the academic year. Faculty members requesting to temporarily teach from out-of-state or internationally should consult with their DEO and will need to submit the request through workflow and receive prior approval.

  • Research laboratories may return to their usual processes and procedures based on OVPR guidelines.
  • Lab/staff meetings may be a mix of in-person and virtual. If meetings are held in-person, it is the expectation everyone will wear face masks.
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  • Staff meetings are encouraged to be held virtually.
  • Conferences, seminars, etc. may remain virtual or have a virtual option to enhance participation.