Department of Economics COVID-19 Information

Updated 3-27-20*

Iowa State University’s top priority continues to be protecting the health and safety of faculty, staff, students, and visitors by reducing the transmission risk associated with COVID-19. This approach means that many University courses will move online and campus will be staffed at a significantly reduced level.

If you need to contact us you can call our main office number: 515-294-6740. Or send an email to and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

If you have found helpful information elsewhere that is not included on this page, please share it with Karen Kovarik ( or Deb Gruca (

For students

Academic advisers and Lydia Richards will be available by email ( during normal business hours (M-F, 8-5) beginning 3/17/20.

You may also call the main undergrad office phone (515-294-5436) and leave a voicemail. Voicemails will be followed up during normal business hours, with an email or callback as appropriate. The email box will also be monitored and answered.

*Keep fit. Exercise virtually!
Check out the Rec Center's live classes.

Help with downloading Adobe applications
If students are required to use or are recommended to use any Adobe applications, Adobe is allowing the use the those applications via the federated (using their NetID via Okta) Adobe Creative Cloud application until May 31, 2020.

Keep Community, Stay Informed, Be Well
This tool is a great resource for all student organizations, including peer mentor groups, residence hall houses, sororities and fraternities, and more! Check with the website for constantly updated information for student wellness.

For faculty and staff

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

Mail and package procedures

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.

FAQs about Workday
Continuity in Workday business operations

UHR Service Center

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. 


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.

ISU COVID -19 Information resources

Moving courses online

Guidance for Shifting Classes Online pdf

Chronicle of Higher Education articles:


Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)

1) Pedagogical Alternatives:  
a. Allow students to take non-proctored Canvas examinations (called quizzes in Canvas) using best practices for maximum security including, question groups, shuffling questions, and time limits.   
b. Consider other methods within Canvas such as homework, quizzes, discussion postings that allow for assessment of the same content.  

2) Technology Alternatives:  
a. Consider Online Proctoring: CELT is evaluating options for necessary online proctoring. More information will be available on Wednesday, March 18, “explore online delivery methods” site.  
b. Top Hat allows for student quizzing; best practices should be used for Top Hat quizzing.  

3) Other Alternatives:  
a. If the exam was a paper-based exam, consider making it an open book examination. Students would then need to take a picture or scan the document and submit it as an assignment in Canvas.  
b. Consider delaying the exam and/or including the exam content on a comprehensive final exam.


NIFA deadline extensions due to COVID-19

Current information on COVID-19 and Research from the Office of the VPR


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

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.

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.