Our COVID-19 Response

The Panther Community has made great efforts to keep campus safe. Wearing masks, physically distancing, washing your hands, reporting symptoms via the Panther Health survey and getting tested have all been vital this past year.

We do plan to safely return to in-person instruction and campus activities this fall. We are committed to continuing to provide educational and social activities that build strong friendships between students and personal relationships with faculty and staff.


Fall 2021 Plans

We will continue to take precautions to keep the Panther Community safe:

  • We recommend that all students, faculty and staff receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

  • We will continue to require mask wearing on campus in classes and where six feet physical distancing cannot be maintained.

  • We will continue to monitor public health advisories.

Protecting Our Panthers: News & Stories

Blake Thomas COVID story

Former UNI football player tackling disease research

Now in grad school with plans to become an epidemiologist, Blake Thomas is studying how to fight diseases that disportionately impact minoritized communities. “I want to help people,” he said.

Read Story

Maddie Johnson COVID story

Modeling COVID-19 infection

UNI physics student Madelyn Johnson is working on an infection model that examines how COVID-19 spreads through a community.

Read Story

Answering the Call COVID story

Answering the call

In the early months of the pandemic, thousands stepped up to provide personal protective equipment in the U.S., including many Panthers. Now a team of sociologists at UNI and elsewhere are researching what led to the outpouring of support.

Read Story


Questions or Suggestions?

Parents and community members—if you have questions or suggestions about our response to COVID-19, please email us at forwardtogether@uni.edu.

Students who have COVID-19 related concerns to share should email forwardtogether@uni.edu.