Student life

COVID-19 Policy on Student Social Gatherings

Effective Aug. 21, 2020, all on- or off-campus social gatherings involving university students must comply with all public health orders in place (Federal, State, County, City, and University). Students attending on- or off-campus social gatherings must wear appropriate face coverings, as outlined in the University Policy on Face Coverings, and comply with physical distancing guidelines of the CDC. Read the full policy and FAQs for more information. 

Department of Residence

Iowa State is offering both single and double occupancy in its residence halls for the 2020-21 academic year. The Department of Residence is implementing a variety of sanitizing measures, as well as standards for residents’ behavior (wearing face coverings in common areas, for example). Additional information can be found on the residence department website.

ISU Dining

ISU Dining facilities, both in the residence halls and in cafes across campus, adhere to public health guidelines. Among other measures, they will modify their operations to reduce capacities in their facilities, eliminate self-service options where possible in dining halls, and expand take-out options, including to-go meals and food trucks. Additional information is available on the ISU Dining website.

Face coverings and community expectations

Cloth face coverings are required indoors in all university buildings, and outdoors in the presence of others. Please review ISU's complete face covering policy. Campus buildings will have signage to remind you. It’s a good idea to keep a face covering handy at all times, and make sure to wear it correctly – over your mouth and nose.

The Dean of Students Office, working with the Academic Continuity Workgroup, has developed a set of community expectations, which provides guidance for handling issues of non-compliance. Faculty and staff should contact their own supervisor when the situation involves another staff or faculty member. Modeling appropriate behavior and creating positive reinforcement are the best methods to encourage compliance.

Accommodations for students concerned about their risk for COVID-19

Students at a higher risk to develop severe illness from COVID-19 based on their age or underlying medical condition, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control, will be given preference for placement in online courses. Additional information on this process can be found on the Dean of Students website. However, it is important to note that we will not be able to offer all scheduled courses with an online option in cases such as labs where students use special equipment, or courses that feature a unique instructional experience.

Student organization activities

Participation in student organizations and their activities is an integral part of the Iowa State student experience. While many activities remain unchanged, the organizations must also follow guidelines related to room capacities, face coverings, physical distancing, food restrictions, and more.

Events and activities outside normal meetings should be registered with the university’s online event authorization system. The Student Activities Center developed health and safety guidelines to help student organizations assess and mitigate risks.

Recreation facilities and services

Iowa State University recreation facilities, including Beyer Hall, State Gym, and the Lied Recreation Center, will be open with some restrictions, including reduced capacities, face covering requirements and amenities.

Many programs and services will be available, including:

  • Intramural sports
  • Fitness classes
  • Personal training
  • Outdoor recreation equipment rentals

Off-campus, too

It’s important to practice healthy behaviors off campus. Avoid large gatherings, wear face coverings and social distance when in public spaces, especially around people you don’t live with.

On-campus study spaces

Need a place to study or connect to your online course while on campus? Check out this list of classrooms that are open during designated hours. No need to reserve the space. Room capacities will be posted.   

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