COVID-19 Campus Updates and Resources: Hawkeye is now open. Wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing are required. Read the full update for more information.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Most Recent Update

Monday, June 22, 2020: Fall Semester Plans

Dear Students.

We are looking forward to seeing you on campus this fall.

Over the last several months Hawkeye has been making several changes to our campus and college operations. However, our commitment to you to provide a high quality education and personalized learning experience remains the same.

Fall Semester Begins Monday, August 24

Hawkeye will resume face-to-face classes for fall on Monday, August 24 and the academic calendar will run as scheduled.

Classes will be offered in a variety of formats including face-to-face, hybrid, and online.

Delivery formats will vary by program to meet their specific requirements.

Courses may run at 50% occupancy.

Safety Precautions

Hawkeye will continue to adhere to all Iowa public health and CDC guidelines to protect the health and safety of students, employees, and the community.

The following safety precautions have been implemented:

  • Classroom modifications to ensure physical distancing.
  • Face coverings are required to be worn by everyone on campus.
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitation of classrooms, labs, equipment, and common areas.
  • Hand sanitizer is widely available.
  • Plastic shields have been installed in reception and office areas.
  • Frequent hand washing is encouraged.
  • Health self-monitoring with temperature checks.

Campus is Open

Last week, Hawkeye began limited face-to-face classes for hands-on learning. Offices are open to provide services for students and visitors, however appointments are recommended.

Thank you for your support! Stay Healthy. Stay Safe.

Dr. Todd Holcomb

Report COVID-19 Direct Exposure or Contraction

Campus Re-Opening

Campus will re-open to students and the public Monday, June 15.

Protective measures, including wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing, are required when two or more people are in a common area on campus.

Please check your temperature and self-monitor for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat daily before coming to campus.

Returning to Campus Guide [pdf]

Returning to Work, Employee Guide [pdf]

Athletics Return to Play Guide

Hawkeye Resources

External Resources

Help with Basic Needs, Medical Care, and Crisis Assistance

If you need help with basic needs, medical care, or crisis assistance, there are many agencies that are ready to support you and provide relief. See Service Providers for Basic Needs, Medical Needs, and Crisis Assistance for a list of agencies.

Money Issues?

Hawkeye has Emergency Funds available for students to help with expenses such rent, utilities, gas for the car, and food. Contact your student success specialist or email Student Services for more information.

Communications to Students, Faculty and Staff

  • Monday, June 22, 2020: Fall Semester Return to Campus
  • Thursday, June 11, 2020: Main Campus Phased Re-Opening
  • Wednesday, May 27, 2020: Return to Campus Guide
  • Thursday, April 23, 2020: Hawkeye's Plans for Summer Classes
  • Monday, April 20, 2020: Hawkeye Bookstore Update
  • Monday, April 20, 2020: Student Health Clinic Offers Telemedicine
  • Friday, April 10, 2020: Update
  • Thursday, April 9, 2020: Pass / Non Pass Grade Option Added for Spring Semester Hawkeye Alert
  • Monday, March 30, 2020: Update
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020: Update
  • Monday, March 16, 2020: Hawkeye Is Moving Instruction Online Hawkeye Alert
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020: COVID-19 Update Hawkeye Alert
  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020: Coronavirus Update to Students
  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020: Coronavirus Update to Hawkeye Faculty and Staff
  • Tuesday, March 3, 2020: COVID-19 Information — Tuesday, March 3 Hawkeye Alert

Travel Restrictions

Hawkeye has cancelled all college-sponsored international travel, including the spring break study abroad trip to Brazil. Non-essential college-sponsored domestic travel should be postponed or canceled through March 31.

The Pandemic Preparedness and Response Team will monitor travel conditions and re-evaluate as needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is 2019 Novel Coronavirus?

2019 Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, China.

Q: How does the virus spread?

Many of the initial patients in the outbreak had a link to a large seafood and live animal market in Wuhan, China, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, the virus is now being spread person-to-person.

Most often, spread from person-to-person happens among close contacts (about 6 feet), mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It’s currently unclear if a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes.

Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged COVID-19 from the CDC.

Q: Is COVID-19 the same as other coronaviruses?

It is important to understand that there are seven different coronaviruses known to infect humans. Four of the seven coronaviruses are very common, cause milder symptoms (similar to the common cold), and most people will be infected with at least one of these in their lifetime. The other three of the seven coronaviruses are rare and can cause more severe illness; this includes the COVID-19.

Q: How can I prevent COVID-19?

Take the same precautions for COVID-19 as you would for other respiratory illnesses like flu:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper arm/elbow
  • Clean your hands frequently with soap and water
  • Contain germs by staying home when ill

Q: How can I prepare for COVID-19?

It is important to prepare for the potential of COVID-19 in the same way you prepare for severe weather or other events that could disrupt your normal routine.

Make a plan and discuss it with your family. What would you do if you could not go to work or school because of illness? What if your daycare provider was ill? How would you get groceries if you were ill? These are all questions to think about.

Q: Is it normal to be concerned about a new virus?

Being uncertain and anxious about COVID-19 is normal, especially with reports of illness and death

It is important to understand the risk of influenza is much higher than the risk of COVID-19 in Iowa right now.

Q: What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

Q: Is there a vaccine to protect against COVID-19?

There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.

Q: Is there a risk for COVID-19 from products shipped from China?

People receiving imported goods from China are not at risk of contracting COVID-19. Coronaviruses do not survive long on objects such as letters or packages.

Q: What if I recently traveled to China and got sick?

If you traveled to China in the past 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing, you should seek medical care right away. Before you go to a healthcare office, call ahead and tell them about your travel and your symptoms.

Q: What is the risk of the COVID-19 to Iowans? Are certain groups of people more likely to be infected with COVID-19 than others?

Currently, the risk for COVID-19 is associated with recent travel to China, not race or country of origin. Overall, the COVID-19 risk to Iowans remains low at this time.

Learn more about the COVID-19 virus from CDC.

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