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Updated student organization protocols

As you likely know, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a new proclamation effective at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 17 and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 10. The proclamation states:

  • Masks are required in indoor spaces when individuals are within 6 feet of one another for 15 minutes or longer
    • UI’s policy requires face masks to be worn indoors at all times, except when actively eating or drinking. Individuals can remove masks only in private spaces assigned to them, such as a residence hall room, an office, or an individually reserved study space.
    • Exceptions exist for this rule. See the proclamation for more information.
  • Gatherings of 15 or more indoors are prohibited.
  • Gatherings of 30 or more outdoors are prohibited.
  • Sports clubs and group recreational sports are prohibited; individual recreational sports may continue, in addition to sports and recreational activities that maintain 6 feet of social distancing.

The proclamation changes earlier student organization guidance regarding in-person events. Student organizations are strongly encouraged to hold events virtually this semester, especially given the current rate of positive COVID cases and as we transition to virtual instruction after Thanksgiving recess.

As was communicated earlier in the semester, the Office of Student Accountability will issue swift discipline regarding reports of organizations and students out of compliance with this guidance. Participation in any in-person event or social gathering on or off campus that includes 15 or more individuals indoors or 30 or more individuals outdoors and does not follow the requirements set forth in the governor's Nov. 16 proclamation will be considered a violation of the Code of Student Life and may result in disciplinary action by the Office of Student Accountability.

The Office of Student Accountability may immediately impose an interim suspension on reported registered student organizations. The interim suspension will remain in place for the duration of the investigation into the allegations, and all activities and operations of the registered student organization will be suspended. This includes all in-person or virtual student organization, programs, or social events. 

If you need help shifting an in-person activity to a virtual one, please do not hesitate to reach out to Leadership, Service, and Civic Engagement for assistance. They are here to help you and your student organization be successful while this proclamation is in place.