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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...

Cambus to temporarily close stops, with updated routes and mitigation efforts

Cambus stop 0125 for the IMU is seen on Monday, July 27, 2020. This stop is one of many that are deemed “walkable” and are being closed for the Fall 2020 semester in response to COVID-19.

Mary Hartel, News Reporter

August 3, 2020

Cambus routes are shifting and stops deemed walkable will be temporarily eliminated as campus transit operations prepare to resume campus services at the University of Iowa on August 17, to prioritize health and safety and slow the spread of the coronavirus. Mia Brunelli, Cambus operations manag...

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...

Iowa Athletics Department reports latest COVID-19 testing results

Carver Hawkeye Arena is seen during a Women’s basketball game between Iowa and North Alabama on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Lions, 86-81.

Robert Read, Sports Editor

August 3, 2020

The Iowa Athletics Department announced Monday that it conducted 70 COVID-19 tests for the week of July 27 - August 2 and received five positive tests and 65 negative tests. As part of Iowa's return to campus protocol, testing began May 29 and includes student-athletes, coaches, and staff. A tot...

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...

Former President Barack Obama endorses Rita Hart, other Iowa Democrats

Rita Hart, Democratic candidate for Iowa's Second Congressional District, speaks to supporters at Yotopia in Iowa City on Sunday.

Lauren White, Politics Reporter

August 3, 2020

Former President Barack Obama endorsed Rita Hart, the Democratic candidate for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, along with other Democrats running in Iowa and other states on Monday through his social media.  I’m proud to endorse this diverse and hopeful collection of thoughtful, empathe...

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...

University of Iowa Food Pantry sees increased clientele during pandemic

The West Side Food Pantry is seen in the University of Iowa Pride Alliance Center on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. The pantry is about to celebrate its first year in the Pride Alliance Center.

Lillian Poulsen, News Reporter

August 2, 2020

Due to recent budget cuts at the UI and the loss of jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, the University of Iowa Food Pantry has distributed 12,228.5 pounds of food since it opened at the start of the summer. Executive Director Charlotte Lenkaitis said this is a significant increase from the 1...

University of Iowa students petition for administration to take pay cuts before faculty

The Old Capitol is seen on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

Lillian Poulsen, News Reporter

July 30, 2020

In response to the recent nonrenewal of several faculty and staff contracts across campus, University of Iowa students have started a petition calling for members of the administration to take pay cuts before faculty and staff do. UI student Hannah Zadeh started the petition last week, which highl...

Some local University of Iowa students opt to live at home instead of on campus in fall 2020

University of Iowa freshman, Julian Wemmie sits down for a Zoom interview from his home on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Due to health concerns regarding the Coronavirus, the university is changing procedure in ways that encourage some students to do the entire semester virtually.

Natalie Dunlap, News Reporter

July 30, 2020

Incoming freshman at the University of Iowa Acacia Lopez said her experience on campus at band and robotics events heavily influenced her decision to commit to the school as she made her college decisions. “I eventually fell in love with the campus, and just the way it felt being there,” Lopez...

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...