Top 4 Things to Remember

The semester will look different, but we are excited to start the new school year!

Masks are not required, but we will respect those who choose to wear them.

Please frequently check your school email for updates, as plans may be adjusted throughout the semester.

Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to not eat in Benson Hall. If an employee chooses to eat in Benson, extra caution is strongly recommended.

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Take note of the following schedule changes to the fall semester.*

Start of the Semester & Finals Week

  • The fall semester is still scheduled to start on-campus Monday, August 24, 2020. On-campus instruction will end on Wednesday, November 25, 2020.
  • Finals will be taken from home the following week after Thanksgiving.

Specific Changes to the Semester

  • Classes will be held on Labor Day.
  • The Missions Conference will end one day early so that normal classes can be held on Friday, October 30.
  • Classes will be held on Wednesday, November 25, which is the day before Thanksgiving.
  • Each class will have one recorded session that every student will be required to watch before Thanksgiving.

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We will respect those who choose to wear a face mask, but it is not required on campus. If close contact is necessary, students, employees, and visitors are encouraged, but not required to, wear a face mask. Close contact is interaction within less than six feet of someone else for more than 15 minutes.


Please regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds!

Signs will be posted across campus on how to stop the spread of illness, reminding us of proper handwashing procedures and other everyday protective measures.


Consistent with Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance, students, employees, and visitors should stay home and not interact with others if they are ill. We will follow the IDPH flowchart for evaluating sick individuals on campus.

Daily temperature checks are not required. However, all students and employees will complete daily self-screening using the #campusclear app.

Online Check-In Link

Illness Reporting Procedure

Procedures are in place for students, faculty, and staff on how to contact the campus nurse when the need arises.

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Social Distancing

Classrooms have been arranged to allow social distancing for all classes.

Faculty and staff should guard their interactions with students by maintaining social distancing.

Transitioning Classrooms

Students will be asked to follow the professor’s instructions for entering and exiting the classroom.

Faculty and students may wear masks, but are not required to, when transitioning between classes, if they feel more comfortable doing so.

Protective Measures

Six feet of social distancing will be established in all shared spaces including classrooms and chapel.

Increased cleaning and disinfecting will occur in all common areas and high touch surface areas including doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, and desks/tables. Hand sanitizer will be available at the main entrances of all buildings and in all classrooms.

Plexiglass barriers have been installed in various locations around campus, including the Patten Hall Library, Bookstore, receptionist desks, and Benson Hall.


All campus visitors will go through a screening process before attending the events.

For indoor athletic events, rows of bleachers will be marked off as “closed” to allow for six feet of distance up and down the stands. Within the open rows, individuals and “family groups” will be instructed to leave a minimum of four seat spaces between themselves and the next group.

For outdoor athletic events, minimal bleacher seating will be available based on social distancing protocol. It will be strongly recommended that fans bring their own seating or blankets to spread out around the field in socially distanced groups. Social distancing (6’) is required of all individual and family groups.

By attending an athletic event on campus, individuals are agreeing that you and anyone in your party:

  • has not had a persistent, dry cough.
  • has not had a headache.
  • has not been diagnosed with or had contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • has a NEW loss of taste or smell.
  • will take each person’s temperature before arriving to verify the absence of a fever (in excess of 99.9º).

If an individual cannot confirm that they are free from COVID-19 symptoms (see list above), they will be graciously asked to leave campus.

Faculty members are strongly encouraged to not attend indoor athletic events. A quality livestream for select events, including all games, will be available for those unable to attend in person.


Contact your department head with any questions you may have on the guidelines.