FAQ: Parents and families

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 will be canceled.

The residence halls will close, but students who are unable to return home can request an exception to stay on campus. University apartments will remain open. The department of residence will contact students directly with plans to start moving out of the residence halls. Move-out instructions to support social distancing, and criteria for students who need to stay is available on the Department of Residence website.

  • All lectures, discussion sections, seminars, and similar activities that traditionally take place in classroom settings will be delivered online. 
  • Laboratories, studios, performance instruction, computer labs, and other experiential learning sections will not be held. Substitute assignments or make-up activities during or after that period will be at the discretion of the academic program.

Students will receive additional information from their instructors before March 23 regarding their classes, assignments, and exams.

ISU Extension and Outreach offices, which are located in every Iowa county, and have high-speed internet for rural connectivity. Some ISU Extension and Outreach offices are operating at reduced hours or students may be able to access a wifi signal from outside the building. Students are encouraged to call the extension office, check their website or check signage on the office door about hours and wifi access. Students beyond Iowa’s borders may wish to contact their state’s Extension program for similar access.

Eduroam allows students, faculty and staff from academic institutions to use members’ internet (anywhere in the world) using their ISU login credentials (username@iastate.edu and your password). Iowa State University is a part of the worldwide Eduroam community. An online interactive map shows locations of participating members. Sites in Iowa include Northwestern College, Iowa, Iowa State, Drake and Northern Iowa. To access the internet, you have to be in wireless range, which in most cases, is on campus.

ISU is following CDC and IDPH guidance that recommends self-isolation, social distancing, and health monitoring for 14 days upon return to the U.S. We are asking students to comply with these recommendations.

  • Social distancing means staying away from large public settings, avoiding public transportation (buses, taxis, ride shares), and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others. Large public settings include shopping centers, movie theaters, stadiums, workplaces, schools and other classroom settings in which close seating or dense crowds may make social distancing impossible.
  • Returning students are receiving support from multiple campus offices including the Thielen Student Health Center, Study Abroad Center, Risk Management office and their academic programs.

The Iowa Department of Public Health recommends individuals in self-isolation stay in a room away from family members and use a separate bathroom if possible. As long as the student remains healthy, other family members can go about their daily activities as normal. There is no restriction on their movement.