TO: Parents of Fayette Campus students
SUBJECT: A Message from UIU President Duffy
On behalf of our Board of Trustees and employees, I send you warm holiday wishes for happiness and safety as we begin to celebrate Thanksgiving.
UIU has much to be thankful for, and most importantly, our students! With the majority of our students abiding by UIU’s guidelines, we were able to successfully remain open for the fall session with limited COVID-19 positive cases. We are also very proud and appreciative of our outstanding faculty and staff who transitioned their academic content, classrooms, and operations to teach in multiple modalities to help ensure and maintain quality teaching and the safety of our students.
As a reminder, our Fayette students will be transitioning to online courses on November 26, and will remain online until the send of Session 2 (December 17). It is important that your student continues to be engaged in the online format to ensure a strong finish. We hope that this extended period will also enable each of you to enjoy valuable time with your student(s) over the Thanksgiving/Holiday break and into the New Year.
For students who have chosen to remain at UIU during the holidays, housing continues to be open through the remainder of Session 2 (December 17). Students who wish to stay in University housing from Friday, December 18, until classes resume in January for Session 3, will be charged a flat cost of $100. Students who are interested in remaining on Campus during this time must notify Student Life at [email protected]. Fayette Campus food service is available through December 17 and will resume on January 11.
I want to assure you that the health and safety of our students is always our top priority. University leadership and emergency operations personnel continue to communicate with and receive guidance from public health officials with regard to COVID-19. The UIU Care Team, a dedicated group of volunteer staff members, led the effort in creating the University’s well-managed Care Plan and continues to work hard in supporting students through these unprecedented times. Beginning January 11, a Winneshiek Medical Center nurse will be on campus three days a week to provide on-campus care for Fayette Campus students. With this planning and support, we are confident that Fayette Campus is a safer place to live and learn.
The Care Team and the entire Campus community continue to work hard to maintain a comfortable and safe learning and living environment. We are proud of the efforts that students, faculty, staff and others have made in the interest of the health and welfare of our campus community, and we will continue to take the necessary precautions that provide for a great educational and student life experience.
Again, we hope you and yours have a wonderful and safe holiday experience, and we look forward to seeing your student back on campus for face-to-face classes beginning January 18, 2021!
Very Sincerely and GO PEACOCKS!
William R. Duffy II, Ed.D., Ed.S.
Upper Iowa University