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 Face-to-Face and Safe for Fall 2021, UD’s Commitment to Your Face-to-Face Learning Experience

  • Fall 2021 classes will be completely face-to-face. Remote class attendance will be available only in limited and short-term situations.
  • Mitigation strategies from spring 2021 will continue through at least summer 2021. Those strategies include a requirement of face coverings in all campus buildings. If you are not wearing a face covering, you will be asked to leave the building.
  • UD strongly encourages you to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Visit VaccineFinder to find clinics, pharmacies, and other locations that offer COVID-19 vaccines in the United States.
  • 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.
  • Significant developments will be shared via email 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 AEdmonds@dbq.edu

Athletic Facility Protocols for Spring Competition
March 12, 2021

Dear University of Dubuque Community and Parents,

Working in conjunction with the University’s COVID-19 Task Force in preparation for upcoming athletic competitions this spring, the Department of Athletics has implemented the following outdoor spectator policies:   

Softball Field and Dan W. Runkle Baseball Field 
All spectators are asked to social distance from people outside their immediate home. Face coverings are required when social distancing cannot be maintained. There are no spectator limits at this time.

Oyen Field (Soccer and Lacrosse)
All spectators are asked to social distance from people outside their immediate home.

Face coverings are required upon entrance to the venue and when social distancing cannot be maintained.  There are no spectator limits at this time. Food is not allowed inside the venue.

Chalmers Field (Football)
All spectators are asked to social distance from people outside their immediate home. Face coverings are required at all times while inside the venue. There are no spectator limits at this time. No tailgating will be permitted. No concessions will be available.

Douglas J. Miller Outdoor Track
All spectators will be asked to social distance from people outside their immediate home. Face covering are required at all times while inside the venue. Seating will be on the stadium side connected to the Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center. Spectators are not allowed inside designated team camp areas, which will be clearly marked. There will no spectator limits at this time.

Thank you in advance for your support and participation!

Dan Runkle
Director of Athletics


Updated COVID-19 Quarantine Options
December 7, 2020

Dear University of Dubuque Students, Faculty, and Staff,

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Iowa Department of Public Health have provided additional options to shorten the length of quarantine in some situations. Under the new options, quarantine may end:

  1. After 10 days without a COVID-19 test AND if the person has experienced NO symptoms during the 10-day period.
  2. After 7 days with a negative COVID-19 test conducted no earlier than Day 5 from the last exposure AND if the person has experienced NO symptoms during the 7-day period.

The best way to protect yourself and others is to stay home for 14 days if you think you’ve been exposed to someone who has COVID-19.

To work through quarantine options, main campus students must contact the Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center at 563.589.3360 or StudentHealthCenter@dbq.edu and student-athletes must contact Erin Barsema, athletics health care administrator, at 563.589.3857 or EBarsema@dbq.edu. Main campus faculty and staff must contact Julie MacTaggart at 563.589.3619 or JMacTaggart@dbq.edu. Students, instructors, and staff at LIFE sites can find a list of who to contact here.

If you are following one of the additional quarantine options listed above, continue to watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure. If you develop symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your health care provider and your UD contact, listed here.

Quarantine is used to keep people who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others.

Isolation is used to separate people infected with the COVID-19 virus from those who are not infected. CDC guidance continues to state that individuals should stay in isolation for 10 days since symptoms first appeared and be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.

We all play a role in helping to maintain our campus community’s health and well-being. Please remember to follow the UD Mantra: Practice common sense – good hygiene, social distancing, and wear a face covering for yourself and for others.

Also, continue to check your temperature and evaluate for signs or symptoms of COVID-19 daily before coming to campus or leaving your residence hall. If your temperature is 100.4 degrees or higher, stay home or in your residence hall. Consult your health care provider and contact the appropriate person on campus. Click here for a reminder on who to contact.

Visit www.dbq.edu/COVID-19 for more information on UD’s response to the pandemic.

Thank you for your cooperation,

Office of Safety and Security
Smith Hall, First Floor
563.589.3333



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