Updates and resources

This site was established to provide campus updates and information related to COVID-19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus. Confirmed cases are tracked by the Iowa Department of Public Health.  The university's emergency operations team is considering the best interests of our students, faculty and staff. We deeply appreciate your patience and understanding. Please show care and support each other, and continue to reject stigmas.


Sept. 24, 2020

President Wintersteen and Athletics Director Jamie Pollard sent a letter announcing plans to allow a limited number of fans at the next home football game on Oct. 3. Face coverings are required and tailgating is not allowed. The letter includes a detailed mitigation plan for gameday.  

Sept. 21, 2020

Weekly and daily testing updates are now posted. For the week of Sept. 14-20: Total positive test results (on-campus testing and self-reports): 63. The percentage of positive test results was 4.60% – down from 7.81% the previous week. You can find more data on the COVID-19 Public Health website or access the weekly snapshot.

Sept. 16, 2020

Iowa State is extending the deadlines for withdrawals and tuition adjustments for the fall 2020 semester to help students who are facing hardships because of the COVID-19 pandemic. President Wintersteen sent a letter to students outlining the changes and new dates. The letter also includes links to resources to support students' academic success, health and wellness.  

Sept. 14, 2020

Test results for the week of Sept. 7-13 are now posted on the COVID-19 Public Health Data website. Of the 1,204 tests conducted on campus, 95 people (91 students, 4 staff) tested positive, and 17 people (15 students, 2 staff) self-reported positive results. The website also includes campus isolation and quarantine data.

Sept. 14, 2020

In a letter to the campus community, President Wendy Wintersteen announced that spring classes will begin Jan. 25. The semester will end May 6, consistent with the current calendar. Classes will be held during spring break, originally scheduled for March 15-19. Courses will also continue to be offered in four delivery modes: face-to-face, online, hybrid, and arranged. Academic leaders also are planning a five-week, online winter session, beginning Dec. 14 and ending Jan. 21. Additional information, including class schedules and tuition rates, will be available in the coming weeks.


Previous updates (as of Feb. 29, 2020) and archive