COVID-19 Updates

University of Dubuque is closely monitoring and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our COVID-19 Recovery Task Force is following guidance and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and other national, state, and local agencies. Our top priority is the safety and well-being of our UD family both on campus and at our LIFE sites.

View Shaping Our Return, the UD COVID-19 Response Plan.

  • Fall classes are synchronous and flexible, giving students the ability to participate in a class at its scheduled time face-to-face or remotely, as needed.
  • Main campus and LIFE sites are open; however, some buildings and offices may still have limited access with safety protocols in place. Please call ahead prior to visiting.
  • Students are asked to fill out our COVID-19 Health Assessment (via DocuSign) survey at least two days prior to coming to campus for the fall semester.
  • For statewide and county COVID-19 statistics, please visit the IDPH, Arizona Department of Health Services, and
  • Significant developments will be shared that are important to the safety and well-being of our campus community.
  • For COVID-19 questions, contact Amy Edmonds, coordinator of university safety and awareness, at 563.589.3642 or


DATE: September 24, 2020

Dear Members of the University of Dubuque Family,

I am writing to update you on how the University continues to adapt our protocols as it relates to COVID-19. To date, our students have done a responsible job of adapting to the challenges presented by COVID-19. They, along with our faculty and staff, have followed UD’s mantra to help mitigate the spread of the virus: Practice common sense – good hygiene, social distancing, and wear a face covering for yourself and for others

We have increased our testing of COVID-19 across campus for students, faculty, and staff since early August through partnerships with The Ohio State University and Education Test Iowa. As part of our regular testing routine, an additional 200 individuals underwent testing recently, 30 of which tested positive. 

Student safety is our number one priority. We want to ensure students have a safe and secure space in which to isolate if they test positive. Because of the fluctuating numbers of positive cases, the availability of isolation spaces for residential students varies as well. There are three possible isolation options for our residential students:

  1. On Campus: We have designated spaces on campus for isolation. If one of those spaces is available, that is our first option for isolating residential students who test positive.
  2. In Dubuque: We have secured a limited number of safe off-campus spaces for isolation. If no isolation spaces are available on campus and an off-campus space is open, that is our second option for isolating residential students who test positive.
  3. At Home: If we are unable to offer a safe and secure isolation space on or off campus, we will work with the student and their family to return the student home to isolate.

Regrettably, at this point we find ourselves in the position of needing students to return to their home in order to isolate. Students will be able to access their classes remotely, but they will not be able to be on campus until their isolation period has ended. We understand that this is not the preferred option for students, for their families, or for us. However, until we can identify additional space that we deem to be safe, secure, and conducive to our students’ well-being, we are left with no other option. Please know we are actively searching for additional safe and secure off-campus locations for our students to isolate.

If you have any questions, please email me at or Dean Mike Durnin, dean of student formation, at

Thank you,

Rev. Jeffrey F. Bullock, PhD
President of the University

DATE: September 21, 2020

Cedar Rapids, Iowa - The American Rivers Conference will postpone all winter sports competition until no earlier than January 1, 2021. The announcement was made by the conference's Presidents Council, which voted unanimously to approve the recommendation of the A-R-C's Directors of Athletics Council. The decision was made in response to the ongoing impact of COVID-19.

The conference sponsors the winter sports of women's and men's basketball, women's and men's indoor track and field, and wrestling. The postponement is for all competition -- games, scrimmages, exhibitions, and/or joint practices -- but does not prohibit practice in those sports. Basketball and wrestling can start practice no earlier than October 1. Indoor track and field could start practice immediately.

The conference expects to release schedules for the previously postponed fall sports of football, women's and men's soccer, and volleyball by not later than September 30.

Further announcements will be made public as appropriate.