Student Agreement

Welcome back to campus!  We must work together to reduce the dangers posed by COVID-19. Given the risk of community spread of COVID-19, any of us could be exposed to the virus on and off campus. To keep all of us safe, University of Iowa students (undergraduate, graduate, professional) have agreed to the following conditions for return to campus.

  1. As directed by university leadership, students will use face-coverings in public settings and university buildings, including public areas of the residence halls, classrooms, the Iowa Memorial Union, and the libraries, and especially where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  2. Students will follow social distancing guidelines by maintaining at least six feet of separation from others on campus, where possible.
  3. Students will frequently wash and/or sanitize their hands and follow public health guidance about covering their coughs and sneezes.
  4. If a student develops symptoms 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), they will contact the Student Health Nurseline or their local healthcare provider and self-isolate while seeking medical advice to determine if they have COVID-19.
  5. If they are diagnosed with COVID-19, they will:
    • Follow the directions provided by the university, including self-isolating until 10 days after the positive test/start of their symptoms, their symptoms have improved, and they are fever-free for 3 days (72 hours) without fever-reducing medication.
      • If they are living on campus, they will be provided housing to isolate during this time period.
    • Cooperate fully and honestly with contact tracing efforts to determine whether they might have exposed others to COVID-19.
  6. If they are identified as a contact of someone who has been diagnosed with or tested positive for COVID-19, they will follow public health and/or medical recommendations for testing and isolating.
    • If they are living on campus, they will be provided housing to quarantine during this time period.
  7. If they believe they have been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, whether on campus or off, they will contact the Student Health Nurseline, cooperate fully and honestly with contact tracing efforts, and follow public health and medical recommendations regarding isolation.

All students are encouraged to also comply with these expectations while off campus and in the community in order to continue to reduce risk and work to limit exposure for all our campus community.

These rules may be modified at any time with appropriate notice and will be based on updated guidance from public health experts at the UI, the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention, and others. 

Students should understand that these procedures are a condition of their continued enrollment at the University of Iowa and that the failure to meet these procedures may be addressed through the Code of Student Life and Accountability Procedure. Individuals can report potential violations of the above expectations here.