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A Message from UNI President Mark Nook

Planning a Safe Return to Campus 

Everyone at the University of Northern Iowa is excited to see our students back on campus this fall and to welcome our new Panthers. While our campus operations may look a little different, we are working to ensure the high-quality learning experience that students at UNI are accustomed to, while also protecting the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and Cedar Valley Community.

We will be reconfiguring our teaching and learning spaces and how we interact in our classrooms so that we can maintain the health and safety of our campus community, following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other state and federal agencies. We have made the following decisions regarding classroom spacing and other learning experiences:

  • Following the guidance of public health organizations, UNI students, faculty, staff and visiting community members will be required to wear face coverings in all campus buildings.

  • We will be reducing the number of students in each classroom so that we can maintain appropriate safety measures. Students and professors will be expected to wear face coverings when inside the classroom.

  • Classes will be a mixture of face-to-face, hybrid and online instruction. We are working deliberately to create an optimal teaching and learning experience for our students.

  • Cleaning and sanitation practices have been enhanced in all areas of campus to maintain safe educational, living and work spaces.

  • Learning experiences such as student teaching and internships will continue as planned, observing the protocols and procedures of those partner organizations and schools.

These changes will give us the opportunity to further protect our campus community while still holding a full semester of on-campus teaching and learning activities.

Questions or Suggestions?

If you have questions or suggestions about the UNI Forward Together process, please email us at forwardtogether@uni.edu.