August 17 – Classes begin
September 7 (Labor Day) – Classes will be held
November 20 – Regular classes end
November 21 - November 25 – Final exam period
December 19 – Commencement
The week of November 30 to December 4 will be available for make-up exams for students who cannot attend the scheduled finals due to university excused absences.
For more updates, please visit ForwardTogether.uni.edu
All UNI offices will fully reopen by August 3. We’re asking for your help in keeping your friends and fellow students as safe as possible through some simple modifications and actions.
Effective July 7, face coverings will be required inside all campus buildings and in outdoor spaces when physical distancing is not possible. Each student and employee will receive two free UNI face coverings as well as one free face shield. These can be picked up at the UNI bookstore with your university ID. These face coverings can also be picked up at Essentials in Maucker Union beginning Aug. 10. All residential students will pick up their face coverings during their residence hall check-in.
Exceptions to the face covering rule will include:
- times when a person is in their residence hall
- while eating in Maucker Union or other campus eateries,
- and other limited locations as posted.
All UNI students are required to complete a brief online tutorial prepared by UNI’s health and safety experts, which will help you understand the changes and expectations for the Fall semester. The Forward Together: Protecting our Panthers training for students will be available on BlackBoard in mid-July.
Classrooms and Courses
We are adjusting classroom locations in order to utilize more spacious rooms that allow for greater seating distance between individuals. In some cases, faculty may use a combination of in-class and online elements to allow smaller groups of students to meet together. In a limited number of cases, classes may move to online delivery. New course schedules will be available for students to view in the near future - students will be notified as soon as the schedules are ready. In order to assist the Iowa Department of Public Health with contact tracing, faculty will request students adhere to a seating chart in all classes.
Check forwardtogether.uni.edu for the latest updates.
We are excited to welcome students back to campus this fall! We know how important living the UNI experience is to our students and ultimately their success through to graduation. We remain committed to doing everything we can to provide an outstanding housing and dining experience.
In preparation for students’ return, we are making some important changes to the residence halls and dining centers to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. This includes outlining our expectations for our community members and emphasizing the responsibility of our residents to maintain a healthy environment. As a resource, we have developed a set of Frequently Asked Questions https://dor.uni.edu/covid to address the changes taking place this fall.
The information below covers what are currently our most frequently asked questions:
MOVE-IN and HOUSING
In an effort to reduce the density of students and their families in the residence halls during move-in, we will be offering two options this fall:
All students can sign up for a time to bring their belongings to campus anytime from August 3 to 11. This is a drop off and return home option. New students will then return to campus on Friday, August 14 to participate in UNI Now programming. Returning students are able to return to campus anytime on or after Friday, August 14 to stay for the semester. If feasible, we ask that upon your return, only the student comes to campus, having said their good-byes at home.
There will be designated move-in times on August 12, 13 and 14 for new students and August 14, 15 and 16 for returning students. These move-in times will afford students the ability to meet social distancing expectations and ensure we do not overload any particular community with additional residents or guests.
We recognize that everyone’s schedules are different, and hope that by offering these two options, we can meet students’ and families’ needs while working to reduce congestion and risk during move-in. Please note that the sign-up times will be two-hour windows and we ask that you bring no more than three guests with you to assist. We will reach out in early July with details on getting signed up for Option #1 or Option #2.
MEAL PLANS and DINING
Some temporary adjustments have been made to meal plans for Fall 2020 to protect public health and comply with the current state guidance for food service operations:
- Seating capacity in the dining centers will be reduced to ensure ample physical space and access will be limited to meal plan holders only; no guests.
The new Flex+ program will be put on hold for this academic year.
Meal plan participants can eat in the dining center, get any meal to-go or grab a specially prepared meal at a central location on campus during peak meal times.
We will only be offering the Panther Booster Pack. Those who signed up for a Purple or Gold Booster Pack will receive separate communication regarding their options.
Throughout the semester we will continue to monitor state guidance and make appropriate adjustments within dining should recommendations change.
The residence halls will open a week early to accommodate an earlier move-in schedule and remain open through winter break. Students are able and welcome to remain living on campus following the end of the fall semester; we do not require or ask that students move out of the residence halls over breaks. There will be no additional cost for the added week of housing.
We will, however, be making an adjustment to the dining portion of the housing & dining rates. While there will be one added week of service in August, as well as a combined week to cover Labor Day and Thanksgiving week when the dining centers would normally be closed, the semester is ending three weeks early. Therefore, a one week adjustment will be made to reduce the rate of the All-Access and Weekly 5 meal plans. Details on this adjustment will be forthcoming.
Knowing that the majority of our students have jobs locally which may require them to remain on campus after the semester ends, we will be offering an optional winter break meal plan. Information on this addition will be shared later in the fall semester.
We will continue to provide communication throughout the summer via mail, email, our website and social media.
Thank you for your continued understanding and support as we navigate through these ever-changing times. We know that everyone is looking forward to returning to campus and enjoying the experiences that makes our university a special place. We can’t stress enough just how excited we are to have students back on campus!
UNI Department of Residence
Below are some of our existing protocols as well as additional precautions we are currently taking to provide an extra level of safety and care across our facilities in an effort to control the spread:
Certified Cleaning Agents
We use hospital grade disinfectants that have been validated by the EPA to be effective against coronaviruses, including the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
We frequently clean and sanitize high contact surfaces such as door handles and countertops.
Hand Sanitizer & Wash Stations
Hand sanitizer is available in public areas where hand washing stations are not as readily available, and each student will get a small bottle of hand sanitizer during move-in.
We installed Lexan transaction barriers in locations where face-to-face interactions frequently take place, such as our retail outlets and front desk operations.
During move-in, masks will be provided to all residential students to wear. It will be recommended to wear a mask when in a public space where it may be difficult to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Measures are in place to easily allow for social distancing within our residence halls and dining centers. This includes reduced seating, directional traffic and signage, along with the option of taking your meal to-go.
Food Safety Standards
All dining staff are ServSafe® certified for safe food handling and service.
Retail customers can self-swipe most pre-packaged items, as well as self-swipe payment.
We are replacing finger scan technology with GETMyCard scanners so customers at the dining centers can access their dining plans via smartphone. They will also have the option to self-swipe their ID card.
Customers can use the GET app to order ahead and provide contactless payment.
Unlimited Meals To-Go
Students with a meal plan can choose to take any of their dining center meals to-go in addition to the option for pick-up from a satellite location.
In addition to the above measures, there are further considerations being discussed and prepared for as we plan for fall. While we do not know all of the details, below is a list of additional precautionary measures that may be implemented:
Offering a week-long move-in schedule in which students can sign up for individual time slots, limiting the number per time. Other modifications to the move-in process are also being discussed.
In addition to the measures already in place within our dining locations, we may limit the numbers that come together in communal spaces within the residential facilities. This may include capacity limits on rooms with guests.
Virtual Meetings and Programming
Provide staff and students the option to participate in meetings and activities via Zoom.
All menu items in our dining facilities would be served by attendants to avoid common contact points, such as service utensils.
Students may find changes to services provided in our facilities, including package/mail pick-up and check-out equipment.
For more information, please visit: https://forwardtogether.uni.edu/