Our Work to Mitigate the Impact of COVID-19

We've made it to the end of an unprecedented semester, and everyone should feel proud that we persevered through new rules and guidelines to help keep our campus safe. Now, as we embark on an extended winter break, it's important that we maintain our vigilance in order to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19. 

We will continue to communicate to campus over the winter break if the need arises. We also plan to be in touch in the weeks prior to the start of the spring semester to provide updated information on campus health and operations.

A Safe Holiday Message from UNI President Mark Nook

Important Spring 2021 Information

Spring 2021 Semester

Building on what we’ve achieved together this fall semester, the spring 2021 calendar has been modified in response to the ongoing pandemic. Key changes to our spring schedule of classes are as follows:

  • Spring semester classes will begin on Monday, January 25, later than originally scheduled

  • Spring break will not be held

  • Final exams will take place Monday, May 3 through Friday, May 7

Spring Semester Delivery Mode

For spring semester, the current plan is to continue with primarily face-to-face instruction like we had in the fall. The current breakdown of classes for spring 2021 is as follows:

  • 74% In-person

  • 7% Hybrid

  • 17% Online semester based

  • 2% Online independent study



Winter term classes will be part of students’ spring course load in terms of credit hours, tuition and billing. The dates for the winter calendar are as follows:

  • 3 week - Nov. 30 to December 18 (up to 3 credits only)

  • 3 week - January 4 to January 22 (up to 3 credits only)

  • 6 week - Nov. 30 to January 22 (with two week break from Dec. 21 to Jan. 1) (up to 6 credits only)

Visit the Winter@UNI website to register for classes and for more information.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.