Planning archive


July 23, 2020

In a message to the Iowa State community, President Wintersteen outlined the university's plans to prioritize health and safety, including testing, isolation and quarantine, contact tracing, face coverings, community expectations, and the Cyclones Care campaign.  

July 10, 2020

President Wendy Wintersteen and Senior Vice President and Provost Jonathan Wickert shared information on Iowa State’s academic experience for the fall semester in a letter to students. Graduate and Veterinary Medicine students also received messages about the fall academic experience. 

June 24, 2020

Face coverings and/or face shields will be required in classrooms, offices, and other areas where physical distancing is not possible, effective Wednesday, July 1. Faculty, staff, and students who test positive for COVID-19 should report that information to Thielen Student Health Center. More information is available in President Wintersteen's campus memo

June 17, 2020

Senior Vice President and Provost Jonathan Wickert shared a series of updates related to instruction in a communication to Academic Division faculty and staff, including:

  • Key dates in the adjusted fall academic calendar
  • Changes to Monday-Wednesday-Friday class times, easing congestion by allowing for more time between classes
  • Guidance for faculty and staff who have instruction and student service responsibilities on Labor Day
  • Classroom, laboratory, and studio safety; in particular, classrooms density will be limited to 50% of the room’s normal capacity
  • Support available to instructors available through the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
  • Clarifying academic appointments and graduate assistantships
  • Identifying backup instructors and contingency plans in case of a COVID-19 outbreak during the fall semester

The letter also included guidance on how courses will be delivered in the fall:

  • Large lecture-based classes will be online, supplemented by in-person recitation sessions or small group learning opportunities that allow students to interact with instructors, discuss course material, and ask questions
  • Medium and small lecture-based classes, studios, capstone, and team-based learning courses will be taught in-person, or in blended formats as appropriate, utilizing safety measures for all in-person sessions (Blended instruction uses a combination of in-person and online instruction modalities, and is a useful approach to promote safety, flexibility, and instructional goals)
  • Laboratory courses with fixed spaces and specialized equipment will be offered in-person and will include appropriate safety measures. Those not requiring fixed spaces or specialized equipment may be offered in blended formats, again utilizing safety measures for the in-person sessions.

Courses that need to be taught in a specific manner to comply with accreditation guidelines may use in-person instruction, following appropriate safety measures, and following other guidelines as provided by the respective accrediting body.

June 16, 2020

Reminder: employees returning to campus will be expected to wear a cloth face covering whenever physical distancing is not possible. Employees needing a cloth face covering should notify their supervisors. Campus units (not individual employees) may reserve a supply (up to two face coverings per employee) through central stores, at no cost to the department or employees.

June 12, 2020

You can watch a recording of the faculty and staff virtual Town Hall meeting here. If you participated in the Town Hall and your question wasn't answered, or you have other questions about fall decisions or the university's response to COVID-19, please email:

June 10, 2020

President Wendy Wintersteen shared several key decisions with students, faculty and staff regarding the fall semester. These include: 

  • Beginning fall classes Monday, Aug. 17
  • Ending fall classes Wednesday, Nov. 25; final exams will be held Saturday, Nov. 21, and Monday Nov. 23 – Wednesday, Nov. 25 during the week of Thanksgiving
  • Holding classes on Labor Day
  • Reconfiguring classrooms and course delivery to reduce the number of students in class, and on campus, at any one time
  • Offering courses in multiple delivery options – in-person, online, or using a hybrid approach – to meet the needs of both students and instructional faculty
  • Offering both single and double occupancy in university residence halls
  • Planning for testing and contact tracing
  • Expecting all members of the campus community to show care for each other by wearing face coverings, following physical distancing and hygiene guidelines, and cleaning frequently

Updates will be provided as information is available. Specific detail for select groups may be found on their respective websites:

Fall 2020

President Wintersteen named an Executive Committee on Fall Planning to develop and implement plans to reinstate teaching and research programs on campus for the Fall 2020 semester.

Using its guiding principles, the executive committee worked closely with Emergency Operations Center Working Groups, which include representatives from the Faculty Senate, Professional and Scientific Council, Student Government, and Graduate and Professional Student Senate. The buttons above provide links to more information about academics, personal health, student life and the Cyclones Care campaign.