This page contains program information and updates specific to Tippie students, faculty, and staff. Visit coronavirus.uiowa.edu for campus information, resources, and updates.

Please note that things are constantly changing, and we will attempt to keep this up-to-date as much as possible. We appreciate your understanding.

Tippie-specific Frequently Asked Questions

Note: The university's COVID-19 website provides information on the plans for the Fall 2020 semester.

Am I required to take safety training? 

Yes, all UI employees are expected to complete a brief training module, whether you are returning to campus or continuing to work remotely. The training takes approximately 20 minutes and covers topics such as employee expectations, protective equipment, cleaning and more. To access the training, log into UI Self Services, click on My Career, then My Training, then Enroll in Courses, and finally My Compliances. Then choose course #WCVD01 UI COVID Safety Practices. Please complete this training as soon as possible.

In addition, all employees must read and sign the Employee Health and Safety Acknowledgement on Return to Campus statement. This appears as a banner at the top of your Employee Self-Service homepage. If you have questions regarding this statement, contact the Tippie HR team.  

What do I do if I am an employee who is medically vulnerable or someone in my household has vulnerabilities and I am uncomfortable returning to campus?  

Employees who are medically vulnerable or have someone in their household with vulnerabilities should complete a Temporary Alternative Work Arrangements (TAWA) through this process:

  • Discusses their situation with Tippie HR (Faculty: Rubi Eichelberger, Staff: Nancy Kroeze)
  • Review information on this webpage and complete the TAWA form
  • After submission, the form is routed to Faculty and Staff Disability Services (FSDS) and then to the Tippie HR team. 
  • The Tippie HR team works with the supervisor to determine if a TAWA is available. 
  • The Tippie HR team and supervisor work with the employee to communicate and implement the TAWA and assist with any documentation. 

I have heard that students may have a TALA? What is that and how does it affect me if the student is in my class? 

The Temporary Alternative Learning Arrangements (TALA) is similar to the TAWA listed above in that it provides formal documentation for students who are uncomfortable attending a class in person either because of their own or a family member's medical condition or for other reasons such as anxiety, etc. The student must formally document their request. Faculty members will be notified if a student in their class has a TALA. You will not be notified WHY they have the TALA, only that they do have it. We are having all classes recorded in order to provide course content to any student with a TALA.  

What do I do if a student reaches out to me directly regarding their ability/willingness to be in class? 

If a student requests special accommodations for their course, please contact Mike Schluckebier (undergrads) or Meghan Davis (on-campus grad students) to make sure that their requests are documented. 

Why are all classes being recorded on Panopto? 

Recording all classes provides students who cannot participate live receive the same content and progress toward degree completion.This is ideal for students with a TALA, those who are quarantined due to exposure or illness, or international students who were unable to return to the United States.  

What is the difference between Panopto and Zoom? 

The biggest benefit of Panopto is that it automatically loads the recording into your ICON page. Zoom works best if you have a guest speaker participating in the class virtually. Note: make sure you have your speaker's permission to record. 

I have lots of questions about using Panopto. Where can I get answers? 

Visit the Tippie ICON page for more information and tutorial videos on using Panopto. This site also provides helpful resources. 

Are Canvas discussion boards required? 

If you require students to use discussion boards in your class, we strongly recommend that you provide students the option to use the discussion boards built into ICON. If you need assistance setting up a discussion board, Stead Tech can provide assistance. 

How do we take attendance for students who are participating asynchronously? 

For financial aid purposes, attendance means that the students are "participating in at least one academic activity," not just physically present in the room. Academic activity is defined on this page

Can I require that my students have a photo on their Zoom profile? 

Yes, you can set that expectation with your students. 

Will we be provided with protective equipment (PE)? Are masks/facial coverings required in the building? 

All employees and students will be expected to wear some sort of facial covering when in public/shared spaced in the building. The university will be providing protective equipment (two cloth masks, two disposable masks, one face shield) for all faculty, staff, and students. When you return to your office (at the approved time according to the Return to Work plan), you will find it waiting for you. Please wear a mask into the building when you come in to retrieve it. Adjunct faculty will find their PE in the mailroom. 

Will the college provide PE for a guest speaker or a student without a mask? 

Yes, there will be extra disposable masks by the lectern in every classroom and at building entrances. You can use those for your guests or for students without a mask. 

What will be open this fall in the Pappajohn Business Building and the Pomerantz Center? 

The building will be open, but social distancing will be observed. Courses may shift to different classrooms to provide appropriate spacing. The ITC will operate as a computer classroom and additional computers will be available on the 4th floor of the library. We will utilize the 401 rooms as classrooms, so they will not be available for meetings. Chairs and tables will be spaced out in the BizHub and other areas in the building. Pat's and Pat's Too will be open for business, but hours may be adjusted based on demand and seated limited. In the Pomerantz Center, the Exchange will be open but seating will be moved to observe social distancing. 

I have young children. What are my options if their school goes virtual or their childcare option is unavailable? 

The university is committed to working with employees and supervisors to determine how best to use flexible work arrangements and other options to manage child care concerns. Please speak with your supervisor and your HR representative about your family's unique situation, concerns, and ideas. The university does have several options in place including: 

  • Flexible work arrangements: Visit https://hr.uiowa.edu/well-being/family-services/workplace-flexibility to learn more about the types of flexiblity supported by the UI. 
  • Childcare resources: Local child care providers are currently working on plans to support families with school-aged children whose parent(s) need to work during the school day. The Just-in-Time Child Care Resources webpage will be updated regularly with information about child care options for employees. 
  • Covid-19 leave scenarios: The UI provides leave options for employees needing time off to care for children during school and daycare closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit this webpage and talk to your HR representative or supervisor about your options. 

I have heard a lot about budget cuts. What is happening with the college's budget? 

The legislature is providing less funding to the public universities in Iowa, as has been expected. As we have developed our budgets, we have taken that into consideration. Because of the need to cancel many events in Spring 2020, we ended the year with a positive balance in several of our accounts. In addition, enrollments in our Graduate Management Programs (GMP) have been strong for summer and fall. While we are developing many different budget scenarios, we are hopeful that the employee impact will be minimal in our college. We will continue to be prudent with planning and expenses to address the state appropriate cuts and any decline in undergraduate student enrollment. 

When will we know what will happen in the spring of 2021?

The university wants to make data-informed decisions. For that reason, we will observe both the infection rates and the behavior of students, faculty, and staff this fall. We hope to return to full face-to-face instruction, but if many people are sick, we may be forced to continue in virtual and blended delivery formats. We have not set a specific date to decide, but senior university administrators will be meeting routinely in the fall to discuss options  

Can I still record in classrooms this summer?

Yes. If you reserve the room in advance. If you have not already gotten permission to record in a classroom, contact your department administrator who will reserve the room with classroom scheduling. Once reserved, contact STSG so that they can check the technology in advance to make sure that it is ready. We will have staff to clean all equipment before you begin and when you finish.

If I am scheduled to teach in a hybrid fashion, can I change my mind and take my class to a virtual-only format? 

For an instructor to change the mode of instruction, the request must be approved by the Provost's Office. If an instructor has been provided with a TAWA accommodation, this may be approved. This is a challenging situation as we hope to mitigate risk but also fulfill the university's commitment to providing students with face-to-face instruction. Faculty that are concerned about their mode of instruction should reach out to Rubi Eichelberger who manages faculty HR issues. 

Will Fall 2020 ACE scores be used in future evaluations? 

Yes, we will be collecting ACE scores for all Fall 2020 courses and these will be used in your review process. 

Has COVID-19 changed the Promotion and Tenure process? 

Annual and reappointment reviews for both probationary and non-tenure track faculty should still be completed for this academic year (virtually), using current practices. The deadline for completion and submission to the Office of the Provost has been moved back to June 1, 2020. Departments and colleges should try to complete annual post-tenure reviews (virtually) whenever possible. If not possible, post-tenure annual reviews may be postponed to the fall 2020 semester. Post-tenure peer reviews may also be postponed until the fall semester.

The university is providing all tenure-track probationary faculty a one-year automatic extension of their tenure clock. The extension will apply to the current probationary period and may lengthen the time to the first probationary review (year 3 or 4 depending on the college) or the time to tenure review. The Office of the Provost will enter the extension into Workflow effective May 1, 2020.

You may decline the automatic extension, but after declining you will not be able to reinstate the extension. Remember that the tenure expectations remain the same whether an extension has been applied or not. Faculty who are affected by this extension will be contacted individually with more specific information. 

For details on these changes, please see: https://provost.uiowa.edu/temporary-changes-faculty-policies-spring-2020

I need technical support. Who do I go to? 

The University has established a Keep Teaching at Iowa website where you can find a variety of resources. Information Technology Services (ITS) is ready to help with employee computer-related support. Visit the Tippie ICON page for these and other teaching resources. This document in TIP provides additional technical support. For technology support, you can contact:  

How do I keep sensitive data protected when working from home? 

The Information Security and Policy Office (ISPO) has created a resource designed to provide guidance on this subject. 

Are we notified if a student in our class tests positive for the coronavirus? And do we need to quarantine if that happens? 

When a student tests positive, they will go through the process of securing a TALA and will be quarantined for 10 days. If they are asymptomatic, they may return to the class with protective equipment. The faculty member is notified that a student has tested positive but not WHO tested positive. The faculty member and other students are not asked to quarantine. 

What if I have been exposed to someone who has COVID-10 or I am showing symptoms?

If you have tested positive and/or have Covid symptoms, do not come into the classroom and contact your DEO as soon as possible. If necessary, your DEO will work with you to find a substitute or other solutions to keep the class programming. If you have been exposed to Covid, we recommend that you be tested and that you teach virtually rather than in person. 

Note: College-specific messages regarding COVID-19 are being collected on TIP. In addition, the HR section of TIP provides other resources for employees. 

Note: The university COVID-19 website provides information for Fall 2020. In addition, the UI Human Resources Department has additional information for staff. 

Am I required to take safety training? 

Yes, all UI employees are expected to complete a brief training module, whether you are returning to campus or continuing to work remotely. The training takes approximately 20 minutes and covers topics such as employee expectations, protective equipment, cleaning and more. To access the training, log into UI Self Services, click on My Career, then My Training, then Enroll in Courses, and finally My Compliances. Then choose course #WCVD01 UI COVID Safety Practices. Please complete this training as soon as possible.

In addition, all employees must read and sign the Employee Health and Safety Acknowledgement on Return to Campus statement. This appears as a banner at the top of your Employee Self-Service homepage. If you have questions regarding this statement, contact the Tippie HR team.  

What do I do if I am an employee who is medically vulnerable or someone in my household has vulnerabilities and I am uncomfortable returning to campus?  

Employees who are medically vulnerable or have someone in their household with vulnerabilities should complete a Temporary Alternative Work Arrangements (TAWA) through this process:

  • Discusses their situation with Tippie HR (Faculty: Rubi Eichelberger, Staff: Nancy Kroeze)
  • Review information on this webpage and complete the TAWA form
  • After submission, the form is routed to Faculty and Staff Disability Services (FSDS) and then to the Tippie HR team. 
  • The Tippie HR team works with the supervisor to determine if a TAWA is available. 
  • The Tippie HR team and supervisor work with the employee to communicate and implement the TAWA and assist with any documentation. 

 I have young children. What are my options if their school goes virtual or their childcare option is unavailable? 

The university is committed to working with employees and supervisors to determine how best to use flexible work arrangements and other options to manage child care concerns. Please speak with your supervisor and your HR representative about your family's unique situation, concerns, and ideas. The university does have several options in place including: 

  • Flexible work arrangements: Visit https://hr.uiowa.edu/well-being/family-services/workplace-flexibility to learn more about the types of flexiblity supported by the UI. 
  • Childcare resources: Local child care providers are currently working on plans to support families with school-aged children whose parent(s) need to work during the school day. The Just-in-Time Child Care Resources webpage will be updated regularly with information about child care options for employees. 
  • Covid-19 leave scenarios: The UI provides leave options for employees needing time off to care for children during school and daycare closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit this webpage and talk to your HR representative or supervisor about your options. 

Will we be provided with protective equipment? Are masks/facial coverings required in the building? 

All employees and students will be expected to wear some sort of facial covering when in public/shared spaced in the building. The university will be providing protective equipment (two cloth masks, two disposable masks, one face shield) for all faculty, staff, and students. When you return to your office (at the approved time according to the Return to Work plan), you will find it waiting for you. Please wear a mask into the building when you come in to retrieve it. 

Will fall classes be online or face-to-face?

This fall, we are using a blend of teaching approaches. Some classes will be fully virtual, some will be fully face-to-face, while others will be presented in a hybrid fashion. Classes will move entirely to virtual after the Thanksgiving break so all faculty will have some online component to their courses including final exams. 

Will offices be open for business? 

General offices in our building (Dean's Office, UPO, GMP, JPEC, and departmental offices) will be open and we have developed plans for staffing those offices. We encourage employees to talk candidly with their supervisor/DEO about any ideas and concerns related to returning to work and being in the building.  

I have heard a lot about budget cuts. What is happening with the college's budget? 

The legislature is providing less funding to the public universities in Iowa, as has been expected. As we have developed our budgets, we have taken that into consideration. Because of the need to cancel many events in Spring 2020, we ended the year with a positive balance in several of our accounts. In addition, enrollments in our Graduate Management Programs (GMP) have been strong for summer and fall. While we are developing many different budget scenarios, we are hopeful that the employee impact will be minimal in our college. We will continue to be prudent with planning and expenses to address the state appropriate cuts and any decline in undergraduate student enrollment. 

When will we know what will happen in the spring of 2021?

The university wants to make data-informed decisions. For that reason, we will observe both the infection rates and the behavior of students, faculty, and staff this fall. We hope to return to full face-to-face instruction, but if many people are sick, we may be forced to continue in virtual and blended delivery formats. We have not set a specific date to decide, but senior university administrators will be meeting routinely in the fall to discuss options

What will be open this fall in the Pappajohn Business Building and the Pomerantz Center? 

The building will be open, but social distancing will be observed. Courses may shift to different classrooms to provide appropriate spacing. The ITC will operate as a computer classroom and additional computers will be available on the 4th floor of the library. We will utilize the 401 rooms as classrooms, so they will not be available for meetings. Chairs and tables will be spaced out in the BizHub and other areas in the building. Pat's and Pat's Too will be open for business, but hours may be adjusted based on demand and there will be no seating for eating there. In the Pomerantz Center, the Exchange will be open but seating will be moved to observe social distancing.   

Will I be able to come to my office this summer?

Yes. While PBB and PC are closed to the public, if you have prox card access you can use it to enter the building. As of August 14, the building will be unlocked and open to the public.

How can I find out more about how this will change my accrued leave and/or my hourly pay?

Information on staff leave policies in the time of COVID-19, can be found on the UI Human Resources COVID-19 webpage and the HR Pay Practice FAQ. You may also reach out to the Tippie HR Team. 

What do I do if I become sick? 

If you aren't feeling well, discuss the situation with your supervisor and then call your health care provider or the UI Hospitals and Clinics (319-384-9010) and inform them of your travel history and symptoms or schedule a video visit through MyChart.

What do I do if I have extra capacity (not enough meaningful work) or the opposite - I have too much work? 

Employees in either of these situations should talk to their supervisors. Supervisors will work with Tippie HR to identify potential work or resources within the college. If no meaningful work can be found, we will follow the university's pay practices. 

What if I need a computer or other technology to work from home? 

If you need additional technology to work at home (an additional monitor, webcam, etc.), reach out to the staff in STSG. You may be able to check out some equipment to use on a temporary basis. Contact them at 319-335-0873 or email cba-stsg@uiowa.edu.

How do I remote in to my computer at work?

Refer to the university's page on working remotely.

I need technical support.

Information Technology Services (ITS) is ready to help with employee computer-related support. Please use one of the following options:

  • Click the “Request Help” button on the Keep Teaching at Iowa website
  • Email the ITS Help Desk at its-helpdesk@uiowa.edu
  • Conduct an online chat with the ITS Help Desk
  • Call the ITS Help Desk at 319-384-HELP (4357)

How do I use Skype on my home computer?

Refer to this document in TIP (scroll down for info on Skype).

Note: College-specific messages regarding COVID-19 are being collected on TIP. In addition, the HR section of TIP provides other resources for employees.

Note: The university COVID-19 webpage provides information for Fall 2020 Rollout.

Am I required to take safety training?

Yes, all students must take a safety training course designed to help with your transition to campus during COVID-19. The course will be available on ICON as of August 3 and must be completed by Friday, August 21. It takes approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. The final part of the course will ask you to carefully read a student acknowledgement statement. This signifies your commitment to follow all of the outlined expectations. Students will receive email communication regarding this training. 

Will the university be testing students?

The university is prepared to test symptomatic individuals and asymptomatic individuals with a known COVID-19 exposure in coordination with the Johnson County of Public Health. A student who believes they have been exposed to the virus or is experiencing symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) should call or email the Student Health Nurseline at 319-335-9704 or by email at student-health@uiowa.edu.  

Will the university be providing protective equipment to students? 

Yes, all students will receive a protective equipment (PE) kit for the fall 2020 semester. Each kit will contain two reusable cloth face coverings, two disposable masks, one face shield, and one small bottle of hand sanitizer. 

  • Students living in the residence halls will receive their PE kit as a part of the move-in process.
  • Incoming first-year students and transfer students living off campus will be issued their kits at On Iowa! check in at the 2nd floor ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. 
  • Returning students who live off-campus should plan to pick up their PE at one of several distribution centers between August 10 and 23. Students will need to bring their Iowa OneCard or student ID. A list of locations and times is available here
  • Students who would like to pick up a PE kit early, may do so by signing up for a time using this form. If you cannot pick up during one of the designated times, contact Pam Krogmeier, Office of the Dean of Students, by email at pamela-krogmeier@uiowa.edu

What if I am uncomfortable returning to class in person?

Students who are medically vulnerable and at higher risk for severe illness from Covid-19 according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, or who live with someone who is in a vulnerable population, may wish to seek a Temporary Alternative Learning Arrangement (TALA). The process for TALA requests include: 

  • Student completes the request form. After logging in with their UI HawkID and password, students should answer the questions and upload supporting medical documentation to certify the underlying serious health condition(s). Medical documentation will be kept confidential. 
  • Student Disability Services (SDS) determines eligibility. Once the request has been processed, students will receive an email notifying them and their college of enrollment that their request is approved. 
  • Temporary Alternative Learning Arrangement selection. After receiving the approval email from SDS, students should review their fall 2020 schedule, begin to make adjustments, and work with their college of enrollment, as needed, to identify possible options and solutions. 

If you are a student who may need to request an adjustment due to other Covid-19 circumstances, please consider applying for the TALA and it will be routed to the appropriate office. For additional information on types of temporary alternative learning arrangements and best practices for faculty and staff, see: https://sds.studentlife.uiowa.edu/fall-2020/covid-19-temporary-learning-arrangements/

Will classes be online or face-to-face?

This fall, we are using a blend of teaching approaches. Some classes will be fully virtual, some will be fully face-to-face, while others will be presented in a hybrid fashion. For example, some courses may ask you to come to only one or two weekly meetings (and watch the other sessions online) and some may have the lecture online but discussions face-to-face. Classes will move entirely to virtual after the Thanksgiving break. 

Will university dining options be different? 

Yes, UI Housing and Dining has made significant changes to its operations for fall 2020. All three market places (Hillcrest, Burge, and Catlett) will have two styles of service: express and online ordering. 

  • Express allows a student to enter the market place, select their items and leave. No seating will be available. Reservations will be required to enter the market place, and can be made using this link
  • Online ordering allows students to order a meal through Grubhub, pick up their order, and take thier meal to consume elsewhere. This option is only available at Burge and Hillcrest. 
  • There will be no dine-in market places and there will be no self-service of any menu items except for beverages. 
  • All retail locations have discontinued self-service items and have minimized made-to-order stations and refillable beverage stations. The Street Hawk Food Truck will not be in service during the 2020-21 academic year. 

When will we know what will happen in the spring of 2021?

The university wants to make data-informed decisions. For that reason, we will observe both the infection rates and the behavior of students, faculty, and staff this fall. We hope to return to full face-to-face instruction, but if many people are sick, we may be forced to continue in virtual and blended delivery formats. We have not set a specific date to decide, but senior university administrators will be meeting routinely in the fall to discuss options

What will be open in the Pappajohn Business Building? 

The building will be open, but social distancing will be observed. Courses may shift to different classrooms to provide appropriate spacing. The ITC will operate as a computer classroom and additional computers will be available on the 4th floor of the library. We will utilize the 401 rooms as classrooms, so they will not be available for meetings. Chairs and tables will be spaced out in the BizHub and other areas in the building. Pat's and Pat's Too will be open for business, but hours may be adjusted based on demand and seating will be eliminated or minimal.  

In the spring, there was an option for Pass/Non Pass. Is that available for summer and fall?

That grading option was offered in Spring 2020 because of the sudden change in instruction. It is not being offered as a broad option applying to all courses going forward. There was an original policy (before Spring 2020) that provided Pass/Non Pass (P/NP) as an option for pre-business and Tippie students to use for elective courses ONLY. Starting with Summer 2020, we will return to that original policy. 

How do I meet with my TA or professor for office hours?

Faculty will communicate to their students about their preferred way to interact. Please refer to each faculty member's ICON site for class-specific information. 

How do I meet with my advisor?

All student advising for all Tippie programs will be done via Zoom or by phone. Please schedule an appointment with your advisor through MyUI.

I’m not admitted to Tippie but have admissions questions. Can I still meet with an advisor?

Yes. If you are not advised in the Tippie Undergraduate Program Office and have an advising or admissions question, we are still happy to assist, as we would normally do during our drop-in hours. Please complete the online Drop In Referral form. It will be directed to the appropriate advisor who will be in touch with you.

I don’t have a course scheduling question, but want to meet with my advisor. Can I?

If you have a question that is not connected to registration, you may either email or schedule a remote advising appointment, depending on the length of your request. Please follow these guidelines:

  • If the matter could reasonably be resolved in a drop-in meeting (5-10 minutes), please email your advisor.
  • If the matter requires more time than this, please schedule an appointment with your advisor in MyUI. Please include your phone number in the “Notes” field when scheduling.

Will I still receive RISE credit if my course has been affected?

Please visit the Remote RISE Website to see the options for completing Tippie RISE without a face-to-face experience. If you have specific questions or concerns, talk to your advisor. 

I’m an international student. Will moving classes online affect my immigration status?

International Student and Scholar Services is working closely with the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) which oversees SEVIS in order to ensure that these courses still count towards your full-time enrollment as F-1 and J-1 students. You can find more information specific to international students on the International Programs website.

How do I access the Bloomberg terminal or other financial databases?

The university libraries have made arrangements for students to gain access to Bloomberg content from off-campus computers. Instructions for Bloomberg access are available on this website.

Is the Frank Business Communication Center still open?

The Frank Center will be open for one-on-one tutoring at a safe social distance as well as for online appointments. The One Button Studio is closed for the semester. After the Thanksgiving Break, all tutoring appointments will be online. Please see tippie.mywconline.com for more information.

I don't have technology available to me to learn online. What am I supposed to do?

The University is working hard to figure out ways to help students who do not have technology available to them. Please check the Keep Learning at Iowa website for additional information.

Is the Pomerantz Career Center still open?

Yes. The services of the Pomerantz Career Center will be available inn a combination of face-to-face and virtual services. You can find more information on their website.

What about involvement in student organizations? 

The university is developing guidance for student organizations that will outline how to host events, meetings, and outside gatherings. This guidance will: 

  • Follow public health and university guidance regarding density, protective equipment, gathering size, and social distancing. 
  • Programs, events, or meetings with 50 or more students/people will need to be held in a virtual format. 
  • Programs, events, or meetings with 50 or fewer students/people may be held in person as long as university guidelines are followed, particularly regarding social distancing and face coverings. 
  • Create opportunities for hybrid engagement through online meetings and online events/programs like what was done in the Spring 2020 semester. 
  • Provide videos and content to incoming students during orientation about how they can get involved at Iowa. 
  • Collaborate with academic affairs and campus partners to create and sustain engagement opportunities, including service learning. 
  • Provide support and engagement advising for student organizations by the Leadership, Service, and Civic Engagement team; Student Engagement and Campus Programs team; and Fraternity and Sorority Life team.
  • Allow for the continued development and implementation of the Hawkeye Engage online tool. 

What do I do if I become sick? 

If you feel you may have COVID-19, call or email the Student Health Nurseline (319-335-9704, student-health@uiowa.edu) or your local health care provider and inform them of your travel history and symptoms. After hours and on weekends, call the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (319-384-9010 or the 24-hur helpline, 319-384-8819) or your local health care provider. You may also wish to schedule a visit through MyChart.

How do I find help if I'm struggling? 

The university has compiled a list of various resources that are available for students on one webpage. Browse by a wide range of topics (from Free Internet to Child Care) or use the search button to find your resources.

University Counseling Services offer a ariety of services to help students with concerns about their mental health, including stress related to the pandemic. All services can be accessed virtually at this time, though there are limits to their ability to provide counseling services to some out-of-state students due to state licensure laws. If you are not currently in a state that allows them to provide counseling services, they can consult with you about the best route to seek counseling services in your area. Their outreach programming is also virtual and is available to all students regardless of location. Tippie students may connect with our embedded psychologist (Kristin Wurster, PhD) directly by emailing her at kristin-wurster@uiowa.edu

What is happening with University Housing and Dining? 

While instruction and final exams will be virtual after Thanksgiving, University Housing and Dining will remain open to serve those who rely on university services. As a result, we do not anticipate any reductions in housing and dining rates. The university will work with students with documented needs or allowable cancellation reasons (as defined by the housing and/or dining contracts). In the event University Housing does not allow students to return after Thanksgiving break, additional information regarding operations and potential financial impact to students will be shared at that time. 

I don’t have technology available to me to learn online. What am I supposed to do?

The university is working hard to figure out ways to help students who do not have technology available to them. Please check the Keep Learning at Iowa website for additional information. 

We are asking faculty to be mindful of these possible limitations and present their courses in ways that can be downloaded and completed in shorter blocks of time. If you find yourself unable to get WiFi access, then let your faculty member know. 

     

    Am I required to take safety training?

    Yes, all students must take a safety training course designed to help with your transition to campus during COVID-19. The course will be available on ICON as of August 3 and must be completed by Friday, August 21. It takes approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. The final part of the course will ask you to carefully read a student acknowledgement statement. This signifies your commitment to follow all of the outlined expectations. Students will receive email communication regarding this training.

    Will the university be testing students?

    The university is prepared to test symptomatic individuals and asymptomatic individuals with a known COVID-19 exposure in coordination with the Johnson County of Public Health. A student who believes they have been exposed to the virus or is experiencing symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) should call or email the Student Health Nurseline at 319-335-9704 or by email at student-health@uiowa.edu.  

    Will the university be providing protective equipment to students? 

    Yes, all students will receive a protective equipment (PE) kit for the fall 2020 semester. Each kit will contain two reusable cloth face coverings, two disposable masks, one face shield, and one small bottle of hand sanitizer. 

    • Students living in the residence halls will receive their PE kit as a part of the move-in process.
    • Incoming first-year students and transfer students living off campus will be issued their kits at On Iowa! check in at the 2nd floor ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. 
    • Returning students who live off-campus should plan to pick up their PE at one of several distribution centers between August 10 and 23. Students will need to bring their Iowa OneCard or student ID. A list of locations and times is available here
    • Students who would like to pick up a PE kit early, may do so by signing up for a time using this form. If you cannot pick up during one of the designated times, contact Pam Krogmeier, Office of the Dean of Students, by email at pamela-krogmeier@uiowa.edu

    What if I am uncomfortable attending class in person?

    Students who are medically vulnerable and at higher risk for severe illness from Covid-19 according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, or who live with someone who is in a vulnerable population, may wish to seek a Temporary Alternative Learning Arrangement (TALA). The process for TALA requests include: 

    • Student completes the request form. After logging in with their UI HawkID and password, students should answer the questions and upload supporting medical documentation to certify the underlying serious health condition(s). Medical documentation will be kept confidential. 
    • Student Disability Services (SDS) determines eligibility. Once the request has been processed, students will receive an email notifying them and their college of enrollment that their request is approved. 
    • Temporary Alternative Learning Arrangement selection. After receiving the approval email from SDS, students should review their fall 2020 schedule, begin to make adjustments, and work with their college of enrollment, as needed, to identify possible options and solutions. 

    If you are a student who may need to request an adjustment due to other Covid-19 circumstances, please consider applying for the TALA and it will be routed to the appropriate office. For additional information on types of temporary alternative learning arrangements and best practices for faculty and staff, see: https://sds.studentlife.uiowa.edu/fall-2020/covid-19-temporary-learning-arrangements/

    Will classes be online or face-to-face?

    This fall, we are using a blend of teaching approaches. Some classes will be fully virtual, some will be fully face-to-face, while others will be presented in a hybrid fashion. For example, some courses may ask you to come to only one or two weekly meetings (and watch the other sessions online) and some may have the lecture online but discussions face-to-face. Classes will move entirely to virtual after the Thanksgiving break. 

    Will university dining options be different? 

    Yes, UI Housing and Dining has made significant changes to its operations for fall 2020. All three market places (Hillcrest, Burge, and Catlett) will have two styles of service: express and online ordering. 

    • Express allows a student to enter the market place, select their items and leave. No seating will be available. Reservations will be required to enter the market place, and can be made using this link
    • Online ordering allows students to order a meal through Grubhub, pick up their order, and take thier meal to consume elsewhere. This option is only available at Burge and Hillcrest. 
    • There will be no dine-in market places and there will be no self-service of any menu items except for beverages. 
    • All retail locations have discontinued self-service items and have minimized made-to-order stations and refillable beverage stations. The Street Hawk Food Truck will not be in service during the 2020-21 academic year. 

    When will we know what will happen in the spring of 2021?

    The university wants to make data-informed decisions. For that reason, we will observe both the infection rates and the behavior of students, faculty, and staff this fall. We hope to return to full face-to-face instruction, but if many people are sick, we may be forced to continue in virtual and blended delivery formats. We have not set a specific date to decide, but senior university administrators will be meeting routinely in the fall to discuss options.

    What will be open in the Pappajohn Business Building and the Pomerantz Center? 

    The building will be open, but social distancing will be observed. Courses may shift to different classrooms to provide appropriate spacing. The ITC will operate as a computer classroom and additional computers will be available on the 4th floor of the library. We will utilize the 401 rooms as classrooms, so they will not be available for meetings. Chairs and tables will be spaced out in the BizHub and other areas in the building. Pat's and Pat's Too will be open for business, but hours may be adjusted based on demand. In the Pomerantz Center, the Exchange will be open but seating will be moved to observe social distancing.  

    In the spring, there was an option for Pass/Non Pass. Is that available for summer and fall?

    That grading option was offered in Spring 2020 because of the sudden change in instruction. It is not being offered as a broad option applying to all courses going forward.

    How do I meet with my TA or professor for office hours?

    Faculty will communicate to their students about their preferred way to interact. Please refer to each faculty member's ICON site for class-specific information. 

    How do I access the Bloomberg terminal or other financial databases?

    The university libraries have made arrangements for students to gain access to Bloomberg content from off-campus computers. Instructions for Bloomberg access are available on this website

    Are the Library and its resources available to me remotely?

    Yes, all seven UI campus libraries and Special Collections are open online with 24-hour Hawk-ID access to databases, e-books, e-articles, streaming video, and e-images. If you need help with course reserves or library instruction, the Business Library staff are available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at lib-bus@uiowa.edu. They are also monitoring an online chat service from 8 to 5. More contact info is available on their contact us page.

    What happens if I get COVID-19 and cannot complete the class?

    The standard option for when a student has any health issue and cannot complete a class is that they take an incomplete for the course. If this happens early in your coursework, you can consider dropping the class. If you feel you may be sick with COVID-19, reach out to your faculty member ASAP to discuss your options.  

    I have never taken a course online before. 

    For people who have not taken an online course before, we recommend visiting this page to learn more about the recommended technology and other considerations for online courses. 

    When will we know what will happen in the spring of 2021?

    The university wants to make data-informed decisions. For that reason, we will observe both the infection rates and the behavior of students, faculty, and staff this fall. We hope to return to full face-to-face instruction, but if many people are sick, we may be forced to continue in virtual and blended delivery formats. We have not set a specific date to decide, but senior university administrators will be meeting routinely in the fall to discuss options.

    What happens if I get COVID-19 and cannot complete the class?

    The standard option for when a student has any health issue and cannot complete a class is that they take an incomplete for the course. If this happens early in your coursework, you can consider dropping the class. If you feel you may be sick with COVID-19, reach out to your faculty member ASAP to discuss your options. 

    Who should I contact and how do I contact them?

    Email is the method to reach people within the programs. See our list of contacts:

    Note: Information on the university's information on Fall 2020 Rollout is available online. 

    Am I required to take safety training? 

    Yes, all UI employees (outside of the UIHC system) are expected to complete a brief training module, whether you are returning to campus or continuing to work remotely. The training takes approximately 20 minutes and covers topics such as employee expectations, protective equipment, cleaning and more. To access the training, log into UI Self Services, click on My Career, then My Training, then Enroll in Courses, and finally My Compliances. Then choose course #WCVD01 UI COVID Safety Practices. Please complete this training as soon as possible. 

    In addition, all employees must sign the Employee Health and Safety Acknowledgement on Return to Campus statement. This appears as a header on your Employee Self-Service homepage.

    Is the Pappajohn Business Building open for research?

    With the start of Phase 3 of the university's research ramp-up, Pappajohn Business Building is available for on-campus research beginning on Wednesday, July 1. Here you will find detailed health and safety procedures. The TL;DR version: 

    • Your office assignment may have changed. Contact your departmental administrator to confirm.
    • Research studies in the behavioral lab, and field studies, need to be coordinated with Sara Maples.
    • Access to other shared resources such as the AI Lab and a Bloomberg terminal can be self-scheduled. Please contact Sara for access to the scheduler and usage guidelines.
    • Please continue your research from home to the extent possible. If you need to be on campus to continue your progress, please send Nick Street a justification for approval and we will work with Jim Chaffee to set up a schedule.
    • When in the building, please continue to observe social distancing guidelines. In particular, wear a face covering when you are anywhere except a private office.

    Additional information is available through the UI Vice President for Research.

    Will fall classes be online or face-to-face?

    This summer, we shifted all Tippie classes to be online. This fall, we are using a blend of teaching approaches. Some classes will be fully virtual, some will be fully face-to-face, while others will be presented in a hybrid fashion. Classes will move entirely to virtual after the Thanksgiving break so all faculty will have some online component to their courses including final exams. University resources on consolidated on the Pandemic to Planned webpage, which is linked on the Keep Teaching at Iowa website. Tippie's Teaching and Learning committee will be putting together additional support resources that will be available on TIP.

    Will we be provided with protective equipment? Are masks/facial coverings required in the building? 

    All employees and students will be expected to wear some sort of facial covering when in public/shared spaced in the building. The university will be providing protective equipment (two cloth masks, two disposable masks, one face shield) for all faculty, staff, and students. When you return to your office (at the approved time according to the Return to Work plan), you will find it waiting for you. Please wear a mask into the building when you come in to retrieve it. 

    Will offices be open for business? 

    We are currently working through issues related to the opening of certain offices in our building (Dean's Office, UPO, GMP, and JPEC offices). We encourage employees to talk candidly with their supervisor/DEO about any ideas and concerns related to returning to work and being in the building.  

    Will I be able to come to my office this summer?

    Do not come to the office for work at this time. The Pappajohn Business Building is closed to the public, but if you have prox card access you will be able to use it to enter the building ONLY for a specific task that can be completed quickly, such as record a lecture or pick up a book, and then leave. You will receive specific information about returning to the building from your department administrator soon. This may involve using a different office to ensure proper social distancing. If you need to be on campus to continue your research progress, please send Nick Street a justification for approval and we will work with Jim Chaffee to set up a schedule.

    Will there be anyone available in the building this summer?

    Yes. We have identified a set of “essential personnel” who will be keeping the building and technology safe and running smoothly. The total number will be less than five.

    What does this mean for PhD comprehensive and final exams and finishing up my degree?

    Please contact Renea Jay directly about any upcoming exams.

    Are the Library and its resources available to me remotely?

    Yes, all seven UI campus libraries and Special Collections are open online with 24-hour Hawk-ID access to databases, e-books, e-articles, streaming video, and e-images. If you need help with course reserves or library instruction, the Business Library staff are available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at lib-bus@uiowa.edu. They are also monitoring an online chat service from 8 to 5. More contact info is available on their contact us page.

    Can I still record my lecture in classrooms?

    Yes, if you reserve the room in advance. If you have not already gotten permission to record in a classroom, contact your department administrator who will reserve the room with classroom scheduling. Once reserved, contact the Stead Tech Services Group (STSG) so they can check the technology in advance to make sure that it is ready. We will have staff to clean all equipment before you begin and when you finish.

    I still have questions about teaching remotely?

    The university has established a Keep Teaching at Iowa website where you can find a variety of resources. In addition, the Tippie College has created an ICON page for teaching-related materials and videos of our teaching sessions and town halls. Visit the Tippie ICON page for these and other teaching resources compiled by STSG.

    What if I am uncomfortable attending class in person?

    Students who are medically vulnerable and at higher risk for severe illness from Covid-19 according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, or who live with someone who is in a vulnerable population, may wish to seek a Temporary Alternative Learning Arrangement (TALA). The process for TALA requests include: 

    • Student completes the request form. After logging in with their UI HawkID and password, students should answer the questions and upload supporting medical documentation to certify the underlying serious health condition(s). Medical documentation will be kept confidential. 
    • Student Disability Services (SDS) determines eligibility. Once the request has been processed, students will receive an email notifying them and their college of enrollment that their request is approved. 
    • Temporary Alternative Learning Arrangement selection. After receiving the approval email from SDS, students should review their fall 2020 schedule, begin to make adjustments, and work with their college of enrollment, as needed, to identify possible options and solutions. 

    If you are a student who may need to request an adjustment due to other Covid-19 circumstances, please consider applying for the TALA and it will be routed to the appropriate office. For additional information on types of temporary alternative learning arrangements and best practices for faculty and staff, see: https://sds.studentlife.uiowa.edu/fall-2020/covid-19-temporary-learning-arrangements/

    What do I do if I think I am sick with COVID-19?

    If you feel you may have COVID-19, call or email the Student Health Nurseline (319-335-9704, student-health@uiowa.edu) or your local health care provider and informat them of your travel history and symptoms. After hours and on weekends, call the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (319-384-9010) or the 24-hour helpline (319-384-8819) or your local health care provider. You may also wish to schedule a video visit through UIHC's MyChart.

    What happens if I get COVID-19 and cannot complete a class?

    The standard option for when a student has any healthy issue and cannot complete a class is that they take an incomplete for the course. If you feel that you may be sick with COVID-19, reach out to your faculty member ASAP to discuss your options.