|March 18, 2020 – 4:00p.m.
Re: Virtual instruction extended through end of spring semester – COVID-19 update 13
Dear Iowa State students, faculty, and staff,
As the COVID-19 pandemic escalates, Iowa State University has decided to move all courses to virtual instruction for the remainder of the spring semester. The state of Iowa is under a Public Health Disaster Emergency, which includes a directive that all gatherings of more than 10 people be canceled or moved online until the declaration is lifted.
Academic and Student Services
Department of Residence
The university remains open to support the transition to virtual instruction and provide critical operations and services; however, as communicated Tuesday, supervisors and employees are directed to accommodate flexible work arrangements to support social distancing.
Employee Leave Changes
The Board of Regents has permitted the university to make temporary changes to our leave policies to support employees during the COVID-19 emergency. We will share information about those changes next week.
University Events and Meetings
All university events, activities, and exhibitions, on and off campus, will be canceled or moved online, for the remainder of the spring semester (through May 9). All university meetings for the remainder of the spring semester must be moved online. If an in-person meeting is essential to support daily operations, it must include no more than 10 people who are practicing social distancing (e.g. sitting at least six feet apart).
We regret that Iowa State must also cancel spring commencement ceremonies for undergraduates, graduate students, and veterinary medicine students. Campus leaders are working on plans for a live-streamed graduation address in May. Graduates will also have the opportunity to participate in a future commencement ceremony in December.
Several university facilities have closed to reduce the potential risk of transmission, including the Memorial Union, Parks Library, Reiman Gardens, and Recreation Services. Please check the Changes and Closures page for the latest information.
Faculty, staff, and graduate students should prioritize social distancing and contingency planning for their research programs. Information on these topics and more will be updated tomorrow through the COVID-19 & Research FAQ.
Please check your ISU email frequently for university communications about our response to COVID-19, and also check the campus safety page – the central source for campus updates and answers to frequently asked questions.
I deeply appreciate the compassion and kindness you continue to show one another during these difficult and unprecedented circumstances. Please also continue to prioritize your health and wellness. Iowa State News Service has published a helpful article on ways to stay active and connected while social distancing. The Iowa State community is strong and resilient, and I am proud of our ongoing commitment to work together to support our mission.