Student Information for 2020-2021 Academic Year
On this page:
- Spring 2021 plans
- Fall 2021 plans
- Graduate student information
- COVID-19 testing for students
- Reporting positive COVID-19 test results
- Tools for online course success
- Study abroad, travel updates
- Student organization meetings, events
- Undergraduate student employees
- Wellness resources
The spring semester, including final exams, will end May 6, 2021.
If COVID-19 cases remain in check, in-person spring graduation events will take place May 7-8. Stay tuned for further details.
We are planning to return in-person classes, labs, studios, residence, dining, student activities, and campus events to pre-pandemic levels. Read more in this letter from President Wendy Wintersteen.
Graduate assistants should contact their supervisors with specific concerns due to their health, work environment, duties and schedules.
On-campus testing at Johnny's at Hilton Coliseum
On-campus testing for the spring semester is available in Johnny's at Hilton Coliseum (east side). Students who have symptoms or had close contact with a positive case can schedule an appointment online at Thielen Student Health Center and must complete the pre-test questionnaire. Call 515-294-5801 to schedule an appointment, or make an online appointment.
Visit the FAQ: Quarantine, Isolation and Contact Tracing webpage for additional information.
It is required that all students self-report using this form and self-isolate once they receive a positive COVID-19 test result. Self-reporting is a safe and confidential process and will allow ISU’s Public Health Team to provide support to those who test positive.
Visit Iowa State's Personal Health webpage for additional information about quarantine, isolation and contact tracing guidance.
Access to Wi-Fi on campus:
Campus users are now able to access wireless internet in select outdoor areas around campus, as shown on this outdoor wireless locations map.
All study abroad programs scheduled to depart before Aug. 1, 2021, have been canceled.
Questions about study abroad can be directed to CALS Study Abroad Program Coordinator Jodi Cornell, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health and Safety Guidelines for Student Organizations regarding meetings, events, and other functions can be found on the Student Activities Center website.
All on- or off-campus social gatherings involving university students must comply with all public health orders currently 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. Further information is available on ISU's COVID-19 Response webpage.
Student employees who continue to work are expected to perform the normal practice of check in and out for time worked, and to submit their time sheet in Workday at the end of the work week as they normally would.
Further information about student workers can be found on the university's student FAQ webpage.
- The university encourages students who may have anxiety or depression regarding how they are affected by the COVID-19 outbreak to seek mental health services through Student Counseling Services or the Thielen Student Health Center. CALS students may also reach out to CALS Assistant Dean for Student Services Howard Tyler or CALS Student Services Specialist Audrey Kennis.
Student Counseling Services continues to offer a full range of services, including consultation, crisis intervention, individual counseling, group counseling, outreach presentations and more. Here are a few links as reminders to resources available to students:
- In crisis now? Get help. Or send a text to ISU Crisis Text Line, 24/7
- Mental health services available through primary care and psychiatry at Thielen Student Health Center
- Therapy Assistance Online and Let's Talk are virtual programs to increase support, reach and access for students
- Food insecurity worries? The SHOP food pantry remains busy and open to the campus community
- Keep Community, Stay Informed, Be Well. Student Health and Wellness, in partnership with ISU WellBeing, has launched the Keep Community, Stay Informed, and Be Well campaign during remote work, online instruction and social distancing. Students are navigating many changes, so prioritizing your well-being is essential.