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TO: Fayette Campus students
SUBJECT: President’s Communication – Fall Transition Details and COVID-19 Information

Dear Fayette students,

As the Thanksgiving break approaches, I want to remind you of the importance of staying vigilant in your efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Each one of us bears a responsibility to protect our friends, family and communities as we make plans for the Thanksgiving break and the remainder of Session 2.

Please keep the following items in mind:

  • Classes will continue in the face-to-face format through November 25. Classes will then transition to the online format from November 26 – December 17, 2020.
  • Avoid gatherings this weekend to help ensure you are in good health for the holiday break.
  • Be extra vigilant about wearing a mask, distancing, practicing good hygiene and following the guidelines outlined in the UIU Care Plan.
  • A reminder that masks are required in all locations and the dining area when not eating or drinking (i.e. when walking through the Servery, returning plates, talking with friends after eating)
  • Free testing continues to be available at Scott Pharmacy in downtown Fayette. Test results are returned in about 2-4 days. If you believe you may have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, now is the time to get tested.
  • On-campus housing remains open between Thanksgiving and December 17. If you are planning to live in on-campus housing between December 18 and January 17, please contact Student Life ([email protected]); there is a $100 charge for students staying on campus during this time (excludes winter sport athletes). Any student in quarantine or isolation is encouraged to delay your departure until your quarantine or isolation period ends.
  • As you plan to return to campus in January, consider being tested for COVID-19 if you have attended gatherings during break, been exposed to someone with the virus, or show symptoms of COVID-19. Contact the UIU Care Team ([email protected]) if any of these apply as you plan your return to campus.
  • Upon return, continue to utilize the COVID-19 self-screening app provided by SensorRX to honestly assess and report your health on a daily basis.

This is not a time to let your guard down. UIU has maintained a relatively safe campus environment; however, there is no denying that the virus is spreading across the country. We all need to do our part to mitigate the spread and prevent the worsening of this crisis.

Let’s all do our best to finish Session 2 strong together! We are committed to supporting you in the transition to online learning and look forward to welcoming you back to Fayette Campus for the start of Session 3. As always, we are #PeacockStrong.

Sincerely and GO PEACOCKS!


William R. Duffy II, Ed.D., Ed.S.
Upper Iowa University