Current updates are posted on the COVID-19 website.


March 20, 2020

  • Study Abroad: Due to global uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic, study abroad courses that start before Aug. 15, 2020, are canceled. Academic colleges will follow up with impacted students regarding these trips in the coming days.
  • Summer Term: Full Summer courses and the Summer Session I academic term, which begins Monday, May 18, will be offered through virtual instruction only. A decision on Summer Session II, which begins June 15, will be made later in the spring.
  • Research: To further promote the safety of Iowa State faculty, staff and students, the Office of the Vice President for Research has worked with the colleges to update many of the COVID-19 and Research FAQs on the VPR website and develop additional guidance for researchers. Please review and implement when planning and conducting research activities.
  • U-Bill: Finance charges will not be assessed on U-Bill balances due March 20. Email questions to

March 19, 2020

The residence hall move out process begins at 5 p.m. on March 20, and continues through noon on May 9. Move-out instructions to support social distancing, and criteria for students who need to stay is available on the Department of Residence website.

March 18, 2020

All courses will be moved to virtual instruction for the remainder of the spring semester, beginning Monday, March 23. 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). Spring commencement ceremonies for undergraduates, graduate students and veterinary medicine students are canceled.

More information about transition to virtual instruction and updates on university operations is available in the President's message.

March 17, 2020

Iowa State University is asking all divisions, colleges, departments and units to accommodate flexible work arrangements to maintain university operations while maximizing social distancing – a CDC mitigation strategy to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 cases.

Guidance for Supervisors and Employees is outlined in President Wintersteen's campus message. Please refer to the Employee FAQ for additional information. 

March 14, 2020

The Board of Regents has directed Iowa State University and the other Regents institutions to recall all faculty, staff and students who are out of the country. The university is working to communicate directly with faculty, staff, and students impacted by this decision. 

All university-related non-essential domestic travel is prohibited until further notice, effective immediately. This restriction applies to university-related interstate travel. Faculty, staff, and students are not to travel out of state for non-essential university business. Travel exception requests should be submitted to and must demonstrate that the travel is essential to the operation of Iowa State University; that no alternative method of convening is possible; and that the health and safety of Iowa State employees will be appropriately managed. 

Additional guidance is outlined in President Wintersteen's campus message

March 13, 2020

Events canceled, postponed or moved online

While the university remains open, we are putting practices in place to support social distancing. All Iowa State University events, activities, and exhibitions, on or off campus, must be canceled, postponed, or moved online, effective Monday, March 16, and continuing through Saturday, April 4, 2020. Third-party events held on campus must also be canceled, postponed, or moved online, effective Monday, March 16, and continuing through Saturday, April 4, 2020. This period could be extended if conditions warrant, and we encourage any group with an event scheduled after Saturday, April 4, to begin considering alternative plans. If you feel your event, activity, or exhibition should still be held in person, please contact and your request will be reviewed by senior leadership.

Visitors are strongly encouraged to reconsider coming to campus. 

We also strongly encourage all university meetings to be moved online (e.g., Webex, Skype, or webinar), but we recognize that some small in-person meetings are necessary to support the university’s daily operations and response to the COVID-19 outbreak. These meetings should be limited to essential university business and include a minimal number of in-person attendees who can practice social distancing (e.g. sitting at least six feet apart). If other attendees are needed, they should join by phone.

All Recognized Student Organization events and meetings scheduled through April 4 must be canceled, postponed, or moved online. 

Stay connected in spite of social distancing

We understand this situation is causing concern, stress, and anxiety. While we practice social distancing, it is more important than ever that we promote other ways of connection and expressions of care and support. Please be sure to reach out and make those important verbal or written connections in place of physical contact, and continue to reject stigmas associated with this pandemic. If you are in need of additional support, please reach out to any of our campus resources

March 12, 2020

Iowa State is restricting all university-sponsored travel to Europe following the CDC’s Level 3 travel health notice. Consistent with previous travel decisions, study abroad students, faculty and staff should return to the U.S. Because the situation is rapidly changing, Iowa State is strongly recommending all study abroad students, including countries not designated CDC Level 3, suspend their study abroad programs and return to the U.S.  

The Employee FAQ has been updated with additional guidance regarding Telework/Remote Work, Student Employees, Graduate Assistants, and Hiring during the university online instruction period (March 23-April 3). Additional information is also provided in the FAQ on topics such as Employee Health Care, Child Care, and FMLA. 

Domestic travel by Recognized Student Organizations (student-led travel) is suspended until April 4. Other university-sponsored student domestic travel will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and should be reviewed by applicable university departmental leadership.

The university has developed guidance on whether to cancel or modify large events.

March 11, 2020

Iowa State University is moving all classes online beginning Monday, March 23, and continuing through April 3, 2020. The university will reassess the situation during the week of March 30, and may extend online instruction if conditions warrant. Please review President Wintersteen's announcement and refer to the FAQs for more information for students and employees. A video recording of the March 11 media update is available.

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) and college online learning offices are available to assist instructors with migrating their class online. Resources also are available on the CELT website.

In an email sent to students living on campus, the Department of Residence clarified that housing and dining will remain open and provide services to on-campus residents who need to stay. Detailed information about those services and the process to stay on campus will be sent to those students.

We are working with event sponsors and organizers to evaluate large events scheduled to take place on campus from March 23 to April 3. Changes, such as cancellations, postponements and closures, are being posted as they are received.

March 10, 2020

The Board of Regents released a statement asking all the Regents institutions to move as quickly as possible toward delivering instruction online, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Iowa State University has been planning and preparing for this contingency with our emergency management leaders and working groups, and we will share more information soon.

The Board of Regents also announced today it will be extending the 30-day international travel ban by seven days each Monday, effective March 9, until conditions improve. The travel ban initially took effect March 5 and applies to university-sponsored international travel for students, faculty, and staff.

March 9, 2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health is reporting five additional presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, for a total of eight cases in Iowa. Seven cases are in Johnson County and one in Pottawattamie County. There are no reported cases of COVID-19 on Iowa State’s campus, in Ames, or Story County. IDPH recommends following simple daily precautions to prevent the spread of all respiratory illness including washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when ill.

March 8, 2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health announced three presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa. All three cases are in Johnson County. There are no reported cases of COVID-19 on Iowa State’s campus. 

March 5, 2020

The Board of Regents has directed Iowa State and the other Regents institutions to suspend all university-sponsored international travel for 30 days, effective immediately. Please note this could be extended as conditions change. Students, faculty and staff who are currently out of the country on university-sponsored travel will be recalled if a Level 3 travel health notice is issued for that country by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At this point, those countries include China, South Korea and Italy. Information about what is considered “university-sponsored international travel” is available in the University Policy Library.

March 4, 2020

Iowa State is suspending spring break programs in Africa, Asia and Europe, effective immediately. This suspension impacts approximately 95 students who have not yet departed for their programs. Students have been notified of the university's decision, which is based on ongoing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of State, and the Iowa Department of Public Health, as well as the potential for widespread disruption in travel for individuals visiting countries in these regions.

A video recording of the March 4 media update is available. Participants include Shaun Jamieson, international risk analyst in the Office of Risk Management; Erin Baldwin, assistant vice president for student health and wellness; and Frank Peters, director of the Study Abroad Center.

Feb. 29, 2020

In response to a Level 3 travel health notice issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the university is prohibiting all travel to Italy. We have notified students currently studying abroad in Italy and are making arrangements for their return to the U.S. Please see the study abroad section below for information related to academic credit, financial aid, etc. Employee travel is also restricted. University-sponsored travel to China and South Korea is also prohibited.