COVID-19: Moving Forward

Springtime view of the campanile and lawn


The Moving Forward Coordinating Committee is working closely with the different working groups to coordinate plans for the upcoming year and create the framework that will guide units and departments in making decisions locally. 


A tentative timeline is set for decisions and information on the following issues: 

  • Early June: Ventilation, capacity and cleaning 
  • Mid-July: Fall mitigation measures, including face coverings 

Please understand this timeline is subject to change. University planning and decision-making remains rooted in science-based information and public health guidance.

Response Teams

The University Response Team is available to assist faculty and staff with questions or address issues during the summer transition. Please use the appropriate contact information for your unit or college.


Have questions about vaccines or COVID-19 testing? Use the buttons above for more information about options available on campus.  

Guidance for events, gatherings and venues has changed for summer (May 10–Aug. 1). The updated guidance includes details on face coverings, physical distancing and occupancy limits, and appropriate contacts for registering events.  

Updates on plans for the upcoming year will be shared through email, Inside Iowa State, and this website.



  • May 5, 2021: A campus message provided updates on vaccinations and more information about the summer transition on campus.
  • May 3, 2021: COVID-19 positive test results for April 26 - May 2: 42. The weekly positivity rate is 6.98%, and cumulative rate since Jan. 1 is 3.9%. More information in the weekly snapshot.
  • April 29, 2021: A recording of the virtual Town Hall for faculty and staff is now available. An FAQ is available to help employees and supervisors plan their return to campus.
  • April 26, 2021: Details for the April 26-30 vaccination clinic (open to all students and employees) were added to the COVID-19 Vaccinations page.
Updates archive (as of Feb. 29, 2020)


Face coverings required

Face coverings are required on campus, in the city of Ames, and in Story County.


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