COVID-19 Information for Faculty and Staff

Updated 7-1-20*

For faculty and staff

*Reporting a Positive COVID-19 test result

Administrative help

  • 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.

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

Mail and package procedures

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.