Friday, September 18, 2020

The care for the health and safety of our community that you have demonstrated is admirable. The decrease in the COVID-19 cases on campus and in the local community are showing the impact we can have when we work together toward a common goal, and I appreciate all your efforts.

As you are likely aware, the governor’s Aug. 27 proclamation, which closed bars and prohibited restaurants from serving alcohol after 10 p.m., expires on Sunday, Sept. 20, at 11:59 p.m. While the county-wide mandate will be lifted, I would like to remind you that all students are expected to follow the expectations outlined in the student agreement. Failure to uphold these expectations will be responded to using the Code of Student Life.

The responsibility is on all of us to continue to engage in the behaviors that help mitigate the spread of the virus. This includes wearing face coverings whenever inside university buildings or whenever social distancing is not possible, as well as avoiding large group gatherings on and off campus. We are able to continue to work together to create the culture we desire at the University of Iowa.

Individual students and organizations that are found to be engaging in behavior that the university has deemed unsafe, such as gatherings exceeding the stated capacities of a space, gatherings where individuals are not wearing face coverings, or maintaining six feet of physical distance, may result in discipline. Additionally, community members that observe concerns are encouraged to report the concern to the Office of Student Accountability using the webform linked here.

Our combined efforts over the last few weeks illustrate that we can help slow the spread of COVID-19 through our collective actions. Let’s continue to display care for our community in the coming days and weeks.

Update: In a proclamation issued on Sept. 18, 2020, Governor Reynolds continued the closure of bars through 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 27.


Angela Ibrahim-Olin

Pronouns: she | her
Assistant Dean and Director of Student Accountability
203 Iowa Memorial Union
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