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University of Iowa to push forward with in-person instruction amid student, instructor calls for virtual learning

A protester holds a sign outside the IMU to object against the university's plan to offer in-person classes amid a pandemic on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Inside the IMU, UI administrators hold a press conference discussing plans for the upcoming semester.

Natalie Dunlap, News Reporter

August 11, 2020

University of Iowa administrators answered questions in a press conference on Monday on a long list of policies that administrators say will allow students, faculty, and staff to return to campus safely for in-person learning. Just half an hour beforehand, a protest by a graduate student union advoca...

University of Iowa resident assistants demand more transparency from campus administration

Hillcrest as seen on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. Hillcrest is one of the University of Iowa's Residence Halls.

Rachel Schilke, News Reporter

August 7, 2020

In an open letter to the University of Iowa Housing and Dining and campus administration, resident assistants expressed concern and uncertainty about how the school year will operate in the residence halls amid the COVID-19 pandemic and demanded more transparency from UI leadership. Among the c...

Student governments urge University of Iowa to move to virtual learning

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

Sarah Watson, Executive Editor

August 7, 2020

University of Iowa student governments  are urging campus administration to shift all non-essential in-person learning, activities, and events to a virtual format for the fall semester. "We cannot, in good conscience, support in-person classroom learning and full opening of residence halls in the...

Moratorium on eviction ends, Iowa City nonprofits seek to provide assistance to local renters

The Iowa City Shelter House is seen in Iowa City on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (Shivansh Ahuja/The Daily Iowan)

Natalie Dunlap, News Reporter

August 5, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has not created a housing crisis, but it has deepened existing inequalities and created more urgency around housing problems, said Sara Barron, executive director of the Johnson County Affordable Housing Coalition. A national moratorium on evictions imposed by the Coron...

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...

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...

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...

Gov. Kim Reynolds introduces guidance for reopening of schools

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

Caleb McCullough, Summer Editor

July 30, 2020

K-12 schools in Iowa may be allowed to move to primarily online education depending on the condition of the coronavirus spread in their county once school begins in August.  State medical Director Caitlin Pedati and Iowa Department of Education Director Ann Lebo outlined the guidance that th...