COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

RECENT COMMUNICATIONS (please scroll to bottom of this page for all University communications)

President's Communication: Remote Work Announcement March 24, 2020 10:19 AM

President's Communication to Iowa Students: COVID-19 Travel Outside of Iowa Update March 22, 2020 7:27 PM

President's Communication - COVID-19 Travel Outside of Iowa Update March 22, 2020 7:07 PM

President's Communication - Extended Check-Out Dates for Fayette Resident Students March 20, 2020 3:27 PM

President's Message - 2020 Commencement March 19, 2020 4:20 PM

Student Communication - Room and Board Refund March 18, 2020 5:51 PM


Dear Upper Iowa University Community,

The health and safety of our students, employees and visitors are a top priority at Upper Iowa University. With this is mind, University leadership and emergency operations personnel continue to communicate with and receive guidance from public health officials with regard to COVID-19.

UIU’s current course of action:

  • UPDATE (3/16):  All Session 4 courses originally scheduled to be taught face-to-face will now be taught in the online format, with a start date of Monday, March 23, and an end date of Thursday, May 7.
  • Courses that are scheduled as online will still start the week of March 16.
  • All students must follow attendance and participation policies found on page 45 of the UIU Catalog.
  • As there are advantages to social distancing, we encourage those of you who can return to your permanent homes to do so. For students who are unable to return home or elect to stay on campus, we will continue to fully support you. More information will be forthcoming from Student Life.

Prevention

There is a lot each of us can do to control the spread of this virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that we frequently wash our hands the right way and also do these other things to stop the spread of the new coronavirus and other viruses:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough/sneeze, ideally with a tissue; throw away the tissue and wash hands.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Clean/disinfect surfaces regularly.
  • Stay home when you are sick; seek medical advice if you are seriously ill.

If you are traveling, it is recommended that we keep a daily log of our location so we can recall where we were on specific days should that be needed in relation to health-related inquiries. Our University Facilities team is also undertaking a number of precautions at the residential campus to help keep our students, faculty and staff safe, including a deep cleaning of Fayette Campus this week and ongoing increased use of disinfectant.

If You Have Symptoms

Illness related to COVID-19 is often in the form of mild symptoms, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath; however, some patients, particularly those who suffer from other serious health conditions, have suffered from a more severe form of the COVID-19 illness. Symptoms develop 2-14 days following exposure to the coronavirus. The CDC recommends that any student or employee experiencing acute respiratory illness to include the symptom above, or those who have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, should call the appropriate medical care provider in their area, not go to class or work, and limit their contact with others. Please call your medical provider before going to see them to avoid unnecessarily exposing others.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact:

If a student:

Student Life
563-425-5215
studentlife@uiu.com

If in Fayette and after hours:

Campus Police
563-425-5372 (campus)
563-425-3500 (city office)

If an employee:

Human Resources
563-425-5990
hr@uiu.edu

Recommendations for well individuals with potential COVID-19 exposure

Stay at home and isolate themselves from others in the home in the following situations:

    • Taken a cruise anywhere in the world in the last 14 days.
    • Traveled internationally to a country with a level 3 travel warning in the last 14 days. 
    • Close contact with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case in the last 14 days. 

Recommendations for all ill individuals

Stay home and isolate from others in the house until:

    • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers)

AND

    • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)

AND

    • at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.

If You Have Concerns

It is normal to have questions and concerns about the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19. There are a number of great resources on local, state, and federal websites that provide up-to-date information about the coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease it causes. A number of those sites are listed here:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC - Higher Education Guidance

World Health Organization

Arizona Department of Health Services

Iowa Department of Public Health

Illinois Department of Public Health

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Louisiana Department of Health

Oklahoma State Department of Health

Texas Department of State Health Services

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

While we want everyone to be safe, we will also be a welcoming University that embraces diversity and supports each other as we tackle a common foe in COVID-19. Please refrain from making assumptions of the risk of illness about someone based solely on their identity. We will not tolerate anything but a safe and inclusive campus for people of all backgrounds, and we must recognize the harm we do to our community if we allow ourselves to make such assumptions.

If you are a student and are feeling overwhelmed, we invite you to call Counseling Services at 563-425-5786.

Employees may utilize the EmployeeConnect employee assistance program by calling 888-628-4824 or visiting www.GuidanceResources.com. Login credentials and more details about the employee assistance program can be found in this document on myUIU (must login to myUIU to view document).


FAQ

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is the name that has been given to the illness caused by the novel (new) coronavirus.

How do I protect myself from COVID-19?

There is a lot each of us can do to control the spread of this virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that we frequently wash our hands >the right way and also do these other things to stop the spread of the new coronavirus and other viruses: Avoid close contact with people who are sick; cover your cough/sneeze, ideally with a tissue (throw the tissue away and wash hands); avoid touching your face; clean/disinfect surfaces regularly; stay home when you are sick; and seek medical advice if you are seriously ill.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19 and what should I do if I develop symptoms?

Illness related to COVID-19 is often in the form of mild symptoms, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath; however, some patients, particularly those who suffer from other serious health conditions, have suffered from a more severe form of the COVID-19 illness. Symptoms develop 2-14 days following exposure to the coronavirus. The CDC recommends that any student or employee experiencing acute respiratory illness to include the symptom above, or those who have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, should call the appropriate medical care provider in their area, not go to class or work, and limit their contact with others. Please call your medical provider before going to see them to avoid unnecessarily exposing others. It is also suggested that you contact the University at the contact information listed under the “If You have Symptoms” section earlier on this page.

All employees covered by UIU health insurance are reminded that our plans do offer a telehealth option called Doctors on Demand. The CDC is recommending video visits with doctors to help avoid exposure and reduce the risk of being exposed to germs in the waiting room.

Beginning March 17 and lasting For the next 90 days, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield will waive the cost-share for such virtual health care visits.

Learn how to use Doctors on Demand.

What is UIU doing to monitor COVID-19?

University leadership and emergency operations personnel continue to communicate with and receive guidance from public health officials with regard to COVID-19. While we have been told that the risk level remains low, we are closely monitoring the spread and planning diligently.

Is UIU canceling classes or moving them online?

UPDATE (3/16):  All Session 4 courses originally scheduled to be taught face-to-face will now be taught in the online format, with a start date of Monday, March 23, and an end date of Thursday, May 7. Courses that are scheduled as online still start the week of March 16. All students must follow attendance and participation policies found on page 45 of the UIU Catalog. UIU will continue to provide students with the support and services you need to achieve success. For those who have not yet taken an online class with UIU, people will be available to assist you with the transition. 

Resources for online classes.

uiuLearn demonstration to navigate online learning (YouTube)

What if I don't have internet?

A number of companies are offering promotions to students and others to help people through this challenging time. Of few of those are listed below. Others may be added as they are brought to our attention. You are also advised to check with your current cell phone and/or internet company to determine if they are offering any promotions for existing customers.

What do I do if I have internet issues and cannot turn in an assignment on time?

Students are advised to maintain communication with the faculty members instructing your courses and not to wait until last moment to turn in an assignment.

Where can I find online tutoring, writing help, and other assistance?

Online Tutoring:

There are two options for tutoring: NetTutor and Zoom tutoring.

Online Writing Assistance:
Visit the Writing Center website to learn more about how to get help with writing assignments:
https://uiu.edu/support/academic-success/writing-center/online-services.html

Disability Services questions and assistance

uiuLearn demonstration to navigate online learning (YouTube)

Other resources for online classes

If you have any additional questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to your academic advisor.

Are there resources offering free access to textbooks for students?

Vital Source is offering some of their books at no charge right now. Cengage is offering free access to all of their digital platforms and 14,000 ebooks through Cengage Unlimited for the remainder of the semester.

Is UIU closing its Fayette Campus or other locations?

There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported to UIU among students, faculty and staff, and we have not been advised by local public health agencies to close any of our locations. That being said, we continue to take a very close look at the situation. Out of an abundance of caution, we asked students who are scheduled for in-person classes to extend their spring break one week so University officials can better assess the situation. In-person classes are now scheduled to begin on March 23. This would include the Fayette Campus and all other locations. Classes will be modified to seven weeks and changed to ensure that students still receive the appropriate number of hours of instruction. Courses that are scheduled as online will still start the week of March 16.

What about Commencement? Is it canceled?

The 2020 in-person commencement ceremony on the Fayette campus is canceled.  UIU will release virtual ceremonies to honor and celebrate our graduates on Saturday, May 9, 2020. Please see the following revised schedule of virtual ceremonies: 

    • 9:00 a.m. – Military Locations
    • 11:00 a.m. – School of Business and Professional Studies
    • 1:00 p.m. – School of Arts and Sciences
    • 3:00 p.m. – Andres School of Education

2020 graduates are invited to participate in the 2021 commencement ceremony on May 8, 2021.

Will our diploma covers, commencement program, tassel, honor cord, and cap and gown be mailed to us?

We are still finalizing the details regarding what items will be mailed to those students who planned to participate in the May 9, 2020 ceremony at the Fayette Campus and when. At this time we need to check with our vendors to determine if their production/shipping of our commencement items has been delayed due to COVID-19. The Registrar will be sending a follow up email to all students currently on the participation list as soon as these details have been finalized.

Will my $70 graduation fee be refunded?

The $70 graduation fee is a fee for all students whether they participate in a commencement ceremony or not. This fee covers costs of production of the diploma and soft cover, a complimentary transcript that is included with the diploma, and postage costs for these items as well as general commencement expenses.

How do I sign up to participate in the May 2021 commencement ceremony?

There are two options for signing up for the May 2021 commencement ceremony:
      1. Send an email to commencement@uiu.edu. No resubmission of sizes is needed.
      2. Resubmit the request to participate form AFTER May 9, 2020.

Fayette Residence Hall Information

At this time, even with the decision  to move to online classes for the remainder of session 4, the residence halls will remain OPEN.  You have the option to stay on campus the remainder of the session or to checkout with the RA on your floor. 

  • UIU is aware of the ever changing situation related to COVID-19 and that some states are adopting ‘Shelter in Place’ orders, most recently established by the State of Illinois. At this time, UIU has published move-out dates of March 18 – March 25, 2020. We will continue these dates and will add additional dates as needed (exact dates TBD at this time). I ask that you please continue to communicate with Student Life if you are not able to checkout by March 25, 2020 by calling 563-425-5215.

  • Checkout will be held Wednesday, March 18 through Wednesday, March 25 (8:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.).  Please notify your Resident Assistant the date and time you would like to check out.  If you are unable to make the timeframe, please inform Student Life 563-425-5215 to let them know when you are able to make it to campus and call the RA on call to checkout when you arrive.  South On Call is 563-419-4250.  North On Call is 563-379-1407.
  • Students should stop at the mailroom to check their campus box and collect any packages before leaving for semester.  Students also need to complete an address forwarding form or email at breitsprecherm@uiu.edu /call at 563-425-5319.

REMINDER:  Fall 2020-21 Housing Application Portal is OPEN!  Below are the links to complete this process

CLICK HERE FOR THE HOUSING APPLICATION

COMMUTER REQUEST FORM 

Additional Information:  As registration for the Fall Semester approaches, we will now allow students with a balance under $3000 to register.

If you have any further questions regarding housing, please contact the Student Life office, email: studentlife@uiu.edu, phone: 563-425-5215.

I'm not returning to the Fayette campus, when will I receive a refund of room and board charges?

Room Refunds: Students who do not return to Fayette campus for Session 4 will receive a refund in the amount of one-half of the Spring Semester charges. Refunds will be posted to student accounts 45-60 days after students have notified Student Life and completed approved move out of the Residence Hall, or made arrangements for your belongings with Student Life. Students who are staying on-campus Session 4 will not receive refunds.

Board Refunds: Students who do not return to Fayette campus for Session 4 will receive a refund in the amount of one-half of the Spring Semester charges. As flex dollars are part of the overall meal plan, no additional flex dollar refunds will be returned to or withheld from students. Refunds will be posted to student accounts 45-60 days after students have notified Student Life and completed approved move out of the Residence Hall, or made additional arrangements. Students (residents and commuters) who continue to use their board plan after Spring Break week during Session 4 will not receive a refund.

IMPORTANT: For any changes to your enrollment status for Session 4, you are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to reach out to the Financial Aid Office, email: financialaid@uiu.edu, phone: 563-425-5299 PRIOR to withdrawing from courses. THIS MAY IMPACT YOUR REFUND AND IN SOME INSTANCES CREATE A BALANCE ON YOUR STUDENT ACCOUNT!

If you have any further questions regarding housing, please contact the Student Life office, email: studentlife@uiu.edu, phone: 563-425-5215.

When is Fayette Campus Dining open?

The Servery will be limiting hours of operation and The Café will continue to be closed, and beginning Thursday, March 26. The hours for The Servery will be as follows:

WEEKDAYS

Lunch:  11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Dinner:  5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

WEEKENDS

Lunch:  11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Dinner:  5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Items offered are grab-and-go; no dine-in option available.

When dining at Upper Iowa University, please do not practice communal dining to help in preventing the spread of germs.

Have student activities been canceled?

The student activities schedule has been significantly modified.  Stay up-to-date at What’s Happenin’ UIU.  See below for status of larger events. 

  • Sailesh the Hypnotist - postponed
  • International Culture Night – canceled
  • Greek Week – canceled
  • Student Life Awards – will be mailed
  • Josh McVicar - Magician - postponed
  • Fayette Appreciation Day – canceled
  • UIU Carnival After Dark – postponed

Any questions call Student Life at 563-425-5215

Is the Rec Center closed?

Starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Upper Iowa University Recreation Center will be closed to all users until further notice. All rec center related events including intramurals, group fitness, and personal training will also be canceled. Those with active memberships with the rec center will be put on pause until the facility is cleared to open again. This closure is part of Upper Iowa’s plan to help combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus in an effort to protect its students and staff, as well as our beloved Fayette community. Please stay tuned to the University’s rec center website, as well as its Facebook page for updates. If you have questions, please email carpentera62@uiu.edu.

Are athletic events still occurring at Upper Iowa?

March 16, 2020 Statement

On Sunday night, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference delivered a message to its 16 members suspending all intercollegiate athletics activities, canceling the 2020 spring NSIC competition and championships. Both the latest NSIC statement and a personal message from Rick Hartzell, Upper Iowa's Vice President for Athletics, are below.

Latest NSIC Statement

The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Board of Directors voted unanimously to suspend all activities related to intercollegiate athletics and cancel the remaining 2020 spring conference competition and championships due to concerns of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

The continued suspension of all countable athletically related activities (CARA) for all 18 NSIC sports remains in effect. The conference will re-evaluate CARA on or before April 1.

The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and fans is our top priority. It is our responsibility to take these unprecedented actions to address this public-health crisis.

From Rick Hartzell, Upper Iowa Vice President for Athletics

First and foremost, to our six winter sport NCAA Championship qualifiers; Brinn, Justin, Chase, Dalton, Nick and Triston, I cannot imagine the pain and frustration that you, as well as your families and friends, are feeling. Please know that you have my utmost respect and sympathy for the lack of closure to your tremendous seasons. You will be remembered not for what didn't take place at the championships, but for your exceptional seasons that earned you a spot with the nation's best last weekend.
 
To our Peacock spirit and women's bowling team, who lost the final competition of their season, as well as our spring sport athletes, who lost the remainder, and in some cases the entirety, of their seasons, your loss is a huge price to pay for the greater good of our University and community. Your sacrifice will be remembered as one of the solutions that helped our country stem the tide of this pandemic. Our coaches and administrators are working hard to find the answers to all your questions and concerns moving forward. Together, we will continue to work side-by-side through this difficult time.
 
On a final note, I want to thank all of our fans and alumni for their continued support of our Peacock athletics department and more importantly our student-athletes. Your outpouring of positive comments on social media for our six winter sport NCAA Championship qualifiers and all of our spring sport athletes were, and continue to be, well received and vital to them. Please continue to reach out to your fellow Peacocks and lift them up through this challenging time.

March 13, 2020 Statement

Upper Iowa University is a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, but also has affiliate membership in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for women’s lacrosse and men’s soccer and the Great Lakes Valley Conference for women’s bowling.

Following the announcement from the NCAA President and Board of Governors that all winter and spring championships in all sports and all divisions have been canceled, both the NSIC and GLIAC have released statements regarding athletic related activities moving forward.

NSIC Statement

Based on the latest developments and the continued spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) has announced the suspension of all athletic activities for each of its 16-member institutions. All NSIC contests are suspended immediately, while any non-conference competitions already travelled to are left to institutional discretion up to March 16, at which time all athletic activities must cease.

The league will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation and will make a determination on the remainder of the academic year later this month.  

GLIAC Statement

Effective immediately, the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, in consultation with the Council of Presidents and athletic directors, has canceled all athletically-related activity through May 31, 2020. During this unprecedented world-wide fight against the COVID-19 threat, the GLIAC supports national and NCAA efforts to protect student-athletes, coaches, fans and communities.

Based on the statements above the women’s lacrosse 2020 season has been suspended and will not resume this spring. The baseball, softball, women’s tennis, men’s golf, women’s golf, men’s outdoor track and field and women’s outdoor track and field seasons are also suspended at this time.

The women’s bowling team at Upper Iowa has withdrawn from the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament, which is still scheduled for Mar. 20-22, which ends their first season of competition.

The NCAA and our conferences will be working closely together over the next few weeks to identify all the questions related to eligibility, scholarship limits, academic requirements and much more. The administration and coaches of the Upper Iowa athletics department ask for your patience as we work with the NCAA and conferences to find solutions in the best interest of our student-athletes. We support the difficult decisions that were made by the governing bodies. We know that as an athletics department, we must do our part to keep the University, the city of Fayette and the community of Fayette County as healthy and safe as possible.

Does UIU have any travel restrictions?

Upper Iowa University is canceling all University-sponsored international travel until further notice.

UIU's Iowa students and employees:

Based on March 21, 2020 Iowa government guidance, any Iowa resident who has traveled on an overnight trip outside of Iowa within the last 14 days should immediately self-isolate. The duration of this self-isolation should be 14 days from the individual's date of return. For example, if an individual engaged in overnight travel outside of Iowa and returned on March 15, the individual should remain in self-isolation until March 29. 

UIU students residing in Iowa should immediately self-isolate. Self-isolation is complete after 14 days AND the individual meets guidance previously provided regarding COVID-19 related symptoms or exposure. This would include no fever for at least 72 hours and at least 7 days since symptoms first appeared. A reminder that if you are experiencing symptoms such as a fever, dry cough or difficulty breathing you should contact your medical provider.

UIU employees residing and/or working at an Iowa location should not report to work at a UIU location if they have traveled and overnighted outside of the State of Iowa within the last 14 days. Return to work can occur once the 14-day self-isolation has been completed AND the individual meets guidance previously provided regarding COVID-19 related symptoms or exposure. This would include no fever for at least 72 hours and at least 7 days since symptoms first appeared. A reminder that if you are experiencing symptoms such as a fever, dry cough or difficulty breathing you should contact your medical provider.

 

I have traveled to a country where COVID-19 is widespread or have come into contact with someone who may have COVID-19.

The CDC provides information about COVID-19 for travelers, including a COVID-19 risk assessment by country, on their website. As this is a quickly evolving situation, location assessments can be changed or others added. UIU strongly suggests that you plan accordingly and avoid all travel to and through areas designated as level 3 by the CDC. If you have traveled to or through a location designated as level 3 by the CDC, please notify Student Life of that travel at 563-425-5215.

Are airlines providing free flights to students?

For a limited time, (purchase by March 23, 2020, qualifying flights/dates), college students can fly free on Frontier Airlines (promo code: FLYFREE).

I am feeling overwhelmed by all of this. Where can I go for help?

If you are a student and are feeling overwhelmed, we invite you to call Counseling Services at 563-425-5786.

Employees may utilize the EmployeeConnect employee assistance program by calling 888-628-4824 or visiting www.GuidanceResources.com. Login credentials and more details about the employee assistance program can be found in this document on myUIU (must login to myUIU to view document).

Where can I go for more information?

The following, also provided earlier on this page, are great resources for credible information that many colleges and universities, including UIU, are utilizing in their planning and decision making.

Previous Communications

Message sent via UIU Alert March 17, 2020 5:35 PM

Additional Info for International Students March 17, 2020 11:09 AM

Fayette Campus Rec Center Update March 16, 2020

NSIC COVID-19 Update - Spring Sports March 16,2020

Additional Information - Students Living in a Fayette Campus Residence Hall March 16, 2020

Message from the President - Session 4 Announcement (Center and Online Students) March 16, 2020 4:46 PM

Message from the President - Session 4 Announcement (Fayette Campus Students) March 16, 2020 4:42 PM

President's Communication: Session 4 Update (Faculty and Staff) March 16, 2020 12:57 PM

Message to City of Fayette March 13, 2020 1:53 PM

Peacock Spring Sports & COVID-19 Update March 13, 2020 1:27 PM

President's Communication - Message to Families of Fayette Students March 13, 2020 11:57 AM

University Announcement Regarding COVID-19 (Alumni) March 13, 2020 12:39 PM

Message sent via UIU Alert March 12, 2020 2:28 PM

President's Communication - Message to Center Students Regarding Session 4 Change and COVID-19 Preparedness March 12, 2020

President's Communication - Message to Fayette Students Regarding Session 4 Change and COVID-19 Preparedness  March 12, 2020 2:28 PM

President’s Announcement – Session 4 Start Delay for Face-to-Face Classes March 12, 2020 12:45 PM

President's Announcement: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Communication to UIU Faculty and Staff March 12, 2020 12:34 PM

COVID-19 Update March 10, 2020 1:44 PM

COVID-19--Message to Faculty March 9, 2020 4:29 PM

President's Communication: UIU Safety Update on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) for Fayette Community March 3, 2020 6:33 PM

Hong Kong update February 5, 2020 8:45 AM

Hong Kong Announcement January 29, 2020 10:02 AM