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. 

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. 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 20, 2021: The Board of Regents lifted its state of emergency for regent institutions. This decision removes requirements for face coverings and requires faculty and staff to return to campus on July 1, 2021. Read the full statement from Board President Mike Richards and the campus message from university leaders.
  • May 19, 2021: A campus message included updates to the university's face covering policy based on new CDC guidance.  
  • May 10, 2021: COVID-19 test results for May 3-9: 22 positive results (on-campus testing and self-reports) and positivity rate of 4.47%. More information in the weekly snapshot.
  • May 5, 2021: A campus message provided updates on vaccinations and more information about the summer transition on campus.
Updates archive (as of Feb. 29, 2020)


Face coverings

On May 20, 2021, The Iowa Board of Regents lifted its state of emergency for regent institutions and removed campus requirements for face coverings. Faculty, staff, students and visitors to campus are not required to wear a face covering. This guidance does not apply to CyRide, veterinary medicine facilities, research laboratories and health care operations. Unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to continue to wear a face covering while on campus.