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280 UI instructors advocate for online classes, pledge to teach online-only instruction

UI graduate instructors John Jespen (Department of History) and Kassie Baron (Department of English), and associate professor Megan Knight (Department of Rhetoric) discuss why they will only teach online classes in the upcoming semester during a press conference over Zoom on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. They say returning to campus is a health risk for students and faculty, as well as members of the community.

Natalie Dunlap, News Reporter

August 4, 2020

Nearly 300 instructors at the University of Iowa have signed a pledge to “further the education of our students and protect the health and safety of our campus and community by devoting ourselves to planning for the safest, highest-quality online experience for our students in the Fall 2020 Semester...

Reynolds says schools will need to make up non-compliant online instruction hours

Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during the Condition of the State address at the Iowa State Capitol on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.

Rylee Wilson, News Editor

August 4, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said schools that do not comply with her guidelines to have at least 50 percent of instruction be in person will not have online-only days counted as instructional hours.  Schools that decide to begin the semester fully online, without permission from the Iowa Department...

University of Iowa international students dismayed by U.S. response to COVID-19

UI graduate student Ramin Roshandel poses for a portrait outside on Sunday Aug. 2 2020 outside Shaffer Hall. Roshandel is currently working on his Ph.D. in music composition.

Rachel Schilke, News Reporter

August 3, 2020

Some international students at the University of Iowa are concerned about the return to partially in-person instruction and have expressed dismay at the United States’ response to the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement announced on July 8 that students taking onlin...

University of Iowa students won’t be tested for COVID-19 before moving into residence halls

The Old Capitol is seen on Nov. 19, 2019.

Caleb McCullough, Summer Editor

August 3, 2020

The University of Iowa will not test students in the residence halls for COVID-19 before they come onto campus, and students will be eligible for a test if they show symptoms or are asymptomatic but have had a known exposure to a positive case. In a campus-wide email on Monday, the UI offered d...

Student-run instagram accounts post stories of racism, homophobia, sexual assault in Iowa City schools

A story posted on the @blackaticcsd Instagram page is seen on Sunday Aug. 2, 2020. The account posts stories from both students and alumni documenting their experience within the school district. The @blackaticcsd Instagram page also coincides with the @lgbtaticcsd Instagram page which shares the stories of LGBTQ+ students.

Natalie Dunlap, News Reporter

August 2, 2020

White teachers using the n-word. Heteronormative health classes. Male students sexualizing and harassing their female peers. These are a few of the stories students in the Iowa City Community School District have shared anonymously on community Instagram accounts. Accounts like these have poppe...

Luka Garza returning for senior season at Iowa with championship goals in mind

Iowa center Luka Garza attempt to push past Illinois forward Giorgi Bezhanishvili during a men’s basketball game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Illinois Fighting Illini on Sunday, February 2, 2020. The Hawkeyes defeated the Fighting Illini 72-65.

Robert Read, Sports Editor

August 2, 2020

Two minutes before the video conference where he was set to announce whether or not he was returning to Iowa for his senior season started, Luka Garza posted six words on his Instagram page that gave Hawkeye fans everything they wanted to know. "I'm back baby where the love?" The Big Ten P...

University of Iowa says failure to follow face-covering mandate could lead to one-day suspension from class

A mask sits on the Irving B. Weber statue in front of Van Allen on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

Cole Krutzfield, News Reporter

July 30, 2020

As the University of Iowa plans to reopen for in-person instruction in the fall semester, campus officials and the City of Iowa City are both working to mandate face-coverings in public in an effort to stop the transmission of the coronavirus. As previously reported by The Daily Iowan, Iowa City Mayo...

University of Iowa replaces liberal-arts dean following violation of employee ethics policy

Steve Goddard speaks during a forum as one of four candidates for the University of Iowa's Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Voxman Concert Hall on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. Previously, Goddard has served as the Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Rylee Wilson, News Editor

July 30, 2020

The University of Iowa has removed former dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Steve Goddard from his position, following an unspecified investigation that found Goddard had violated the Policy on Ethics and Responsibilities for UI staff.  Goddard has been replaced by Sara Sanders, the ass...

Iowa regents approve fiscal 2021 budget with decreased state funding, tuition revenue amid COVID-19 pandemic

Iowa Board of Regents President Michael Richards sits alongside President Pro Tem Patty Cownie during a meeting at the Iowa State Alumni Center in Ames, Iowa, on Thursday, June 6, 2019. The Regents voted in favor of a four percent tuition increase starting in the fall semester of 2019.

Katie Ann McCarver, News Editor

July 29, 2020

The state Board of Regents approved its fiscal 2021 budget in a virtual meeting on Wednesday, after the heads of Iowa’s three public universities presented their institutions’ financial plans. As previously reported by The Daily Iowan, the general university operating budgets for fiscal 202...

Janitors and Custodians remain essential workers during COVID-19 pandemic

The College of Public Health is seen on March 11, 2019.  (Katie Goodale/The Daily Iowan).

Mary Hartel, News Reporter

July 28, 2020

As businesses, schools, and public operations continue to open back up amid the COVID-19 pandemic, janitors and custodians are tasked with ensuring health safety through sanitation. “The good news is that for sanitation workers, and this applies for janitors as well, generally speaking, they...

Barry Schreier bikes 550 miles to raise money and awareness for UI Afro House

University of Iowa Counseling Services Director Barry Schreier is seen in his office at the Westlawn Building on December 12, 2019. Schreier recently was awarded the Association of University and College Counseling Center’s President’s Award for Meritorious Service in the National Field of Campus Mental Health.

Mary Hartel, News Reporter

July 27, 2020

Barry Schreier, director of the campus University of Iowa Counseling Service, left Iowa City on for Northport Wisconsin on his bike on July 25. The ride is estimated to be more than 550 miles and take up to five days. Before leaving, Schreier created a GoFundMe page, pledging to donate all proceeds from the ride to the University of Iowa Afro-American Cultural Center. The page aims to reach $10,000. “The Afro Hou...

Joe Biden rallies Iowa Democrats 100 days out from general election

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Iowa Democratic 2020 Hall of Fame Celebration on Sunday, July 26, 2020. (Hannah Kinson/The Daily Iowan)

Caleb McCullough, Summer Editor

July 26, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden was one of a few Democratic presidential hopefuls not to speak at last year’s packed Hall of Fame Celebration, which drew 19 of the party’s nearly two dozen candidates. This year, he headlined the event as the party’s presumptive presidential nominee. The Iowa Democratic Party’s summer f...