COVID-19 Information for Faculty and Staff

Updated 6-21-21*

Administrative help for staff and faculty

  • Canvas: Please continue to email Lydia Richards ( clear instructions and corresponding files to post for Canvas, or other platforms that you have worked together on.
  • Curriculum: Please forward email documentation of major and minor curriculum or other changes to Lydia to update internal records. If possible, (I.e. student is not graduating this spring) have students wait until normal operations are resumed.
  • Newsletter items: Send newsletter items as usual to Deb Gruca ( by Thursday noon for the department newsletter or to Lydia by Friday at 4:30 for the undergrad newsletter as these will continue to be sent out on Fridays and Mondays.

*Multiple changes to COVID-related operations

Changes to the 2021-2022 academic calendar

International Travel Moratorium lifted
   Employee International Travel form

Moving forward to a new normal for the 2021-2022 academic year

Spring 2021 In-Person Commencement Announcement

COVID-19 information

COVID-19 Vaccination update, April 15

By the Numbers: Campus efforts to manage the pandemic

Spring Strategies for Campus: COVID-19 Response

Expanded student mental health services available

Quarantine guidelines revised

New primary testing site moves to Hilton Coliseum

Volunteers needed for case management, contact tracing

Positive COVID-19 Reporting Form

New hotline for staff COVID-19 questions 24/7

COVID Expections for students

Reporting a Positive COVID-19 test result

Instruction information

Iowa State course delivery modes

Fall 2020 In-person and online exam updates

Auxiliary exam space reservation

Key information for instructors - Fall 2020

Employee information

Labor Day guidance. ISU will be open and classes in session on Labor Day, Sept. 7. Faculty and staff with instructional or student support responsibilities are expected to work. UHR has FAQ on employees’ time off and leave information.

New retirement incentive option program

Flexible workplace guidance for employees

New Procurement and Payment Methods

SVPP resources
Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost Faculty and Staff resources

Mail and package procedures

Returning to work

FAQs about Workday
Continuity in Workday business operations

UHR resources for supervisors and employees
Resources regarding COVID-19 time off and leave. Any questions can be directed to
Beginning March 26th, in order to follow the CDC guidelines on social distancing, the Service Center and Benefits office will be open “by appointment only” to campus until further notice. This is an effort to limit the number of people in the office at any given time, therefore reducing the potential spread of COVID-19.  If you have team members that need to meet with either Service Center or Benefit Team staff, please call 294-4800, you can also email or for assistance.

This will impact any new hire that you may have starting in the near future or any faculty/staff member seeking consultation from a benefits/retirement representative.  Your HRC is available to help you schedule a time for your new hire to complete an I-9 on or before their first scheduled day of employment and/or to talk through any onboarding challenges you may be or anticipate having.


Installing WebEx
All university employees have access to WebEx. It can be accessed through Okta ( You might have to search for the WebEx Premium applet.

Working remotely

FAQ on Working from Home guidelines

Helpful homeschooling resources
Here's a list of some great resources to help with kids home from school.

Keep Community, Stay Informed, and Be Well
ISU WellBeing is launching this campaign during remote work, online instruction, and social distancing at ISU. Focusing on and prioritizing our wellbeing is essential. This tool is a great resource for Iowa State employees to navigate the many changes to their daily lives due to the COVID-19 global outbreak.

How to prevent Zoombombing of online classes
"Zoombombing" is a phenomenon in which non-students join your Zoom session for the sole purpose of disrupting class. These disruptions usually involve the sharing of racist, misogynistic or vulgar content with the class.

Important Technology Information
Most Iowa State University resources are easily accessible with just an internet connection, but may require some setup. Before you begin working remotely, understand what you will need to do to access ISU technology resources off-campus. Find more information about working securely when at a remote location and get guidance on conducting research during the COVID-19 outbreak.