FAQs

During this unprecedented time, the University of Dubuque remains committed to providing timely updates on the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to our campus community. The following FAQs reflect our current policies and resources. FAQs will be updated as the situation evolves. Please check back for the latest information.

Remember to follow 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.

View Face-to-Face and Safe for Fall 2021, UD's Commitment to Your Face-to-Face Leaning Experience

UNIVERSITY OPERATIONS

Is University of Dubuque open?

UD’s 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 to verify availability and consider scheduling appointments ahead of time.

For more information about facilities, please visit the COVID-19 Facilities Page

Are any buildings closed to the general public?

Charles C. Myers Library, Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center, Stoltz Sports Center, Veterans Memorial Training Center, and outdoor athletic spaces remain closed to the general public. Those areas are open for use by only UD students, faculty, and staff.

Will I have to wear a face covering while on campus?

UD’s mantra to help mitigate the spread of the virus is: Practice common sense – good hygiene, social distancing, and wear a face covering for yourself and for others.

Face coverings have been required in classrooms and lab spaces since the start of the 2020-2021 academic year. Additionally, until further notice, face coverings are required in all campus buildings.

Face coverings are also required in the City of Dubuque and Dubuque County. In August 2020, the Dubuque City Council unanimously adopted a city ordinance that requires everyone within city limits to wear a face covering in public, with some exceptions. In February 2021, the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors extended a countywide face covering mandate.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), face coverings offer some protection to the wearer and are also meant to protect those around the wearer, in case they are unknowingly infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. However, a face covering does not eliminate the need to practice good hygiene or social distancing of at least 6 feet.

Single-use face coverings are available at stations throughout campus should you forget your face covering. Should you enter a building and notice a station is out of face coverings, please contact the Office of Safety and Security at 563.589.3333. If you are not wearing a face covering, you will be asked to leave the building.

I'm fully vaccinated. Do I still need to wear a face covering on campus?

Yes. It’s important to continue to follow 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.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends fully vaccinated people continue to take steps to protect themselves and others in many situations. Those steps include wearing a face covering, staying at least six feet away from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces when in public, gathering with unvaccinated people from more than one other household, and/or visiting with an unvaccinated person who is at increased risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 or who lives with a person who is at increased risk. 

Learn more about the CDC’s recommendations for fully vaccinated people here

Do I need to wear a face covering in public within the City of Dubuque?

In August 2020, the Dubuque City Council unanimously adopted a city ordinance that requires everyone within city limits to wear a face covering in public, with some exceptions.

Do I need to wear a face covering in public within Dubuque County?

In February 2021, the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors extended a countywide face covering mandate.

Will I be expected to check my temperature daily?

Yes. 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 via an initial phone consultation and contact the following individuals:

  • University of Dubuque Main Campus 
    • Students: Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center at 563.589.3360 or StudentHealthCenter@dbq.edu and your professors
    • Student-Athletes: Erin Barsema, athletics health care administrator, at 563.589.3857 or EBarsema@dbq.edu and your professors
    • Faculty/Staff: Julie MacTaggart, director of human resources, at 563.589.3619 or JMacTaggart@dbq.edu and your supervisor
  • University of Dubuque LIFE – Dubuque
    • Students/Instructors/Staff: Melissa Gunnelson, senior director of LIFE advising, at 563.589.3123 or MGunnelson@dbq.edu
  • University of Dubuque LIFE – Cedar Rapids
    • Students/Instructors/Staff: Karen Middleswarth, academic advisor at LIFE – Cedar Rapids, at 319.775.0204 or KMiddleswarth@dbq.edu
  • University of Dubuque LIFE – Meridian
    • Students/Instructors/Staff: Esteban Paredes, director of LIFE admission – Meridian, at 785.829.7881 or EParedes@dbq.edu
  • University of Dubuque LIFE – Tempe
    • Students/Instructors/Staff: Heidi Burks, academic director at LIFE – Tempe, at 480.845.0081 or HBurks@dbq.edu

What are the safety procedures University of Dubuque is taking to clean and disinfect main campus?

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, UD is implementing additional cleaning procedures in line with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For instance, UD increased the cleaning of frequently touched surfaces such as door handles and high traffic areas. Students in UD-owned housing will be provided educational information on recommended cleaning supplies.

Are dining services available?

Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall in Peters Commons and CyberCafé in Heritage Center are open for carry-out and dine-in. The CRWC Health Bar in Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center is also open.

For more information about facilities, please visit the COVID-19 Facilities Page.

Is the Charles C. Myers Library open?

The Charles C. Myers Library remains closed to the general public. It is, however, open to UD students, faculty, and staff.

UD students, faculty, and staff are asked to scan their UD ID outside the exterior door before entering the library. If your UD ID is over 10 years old, please contact the Office of Safety and Security at 563.589.3333 to verify whether you need your card replaced. 

For more information about facilities, please visit the COVID-19 Facilities Page.

Are fitness facilities opened? 

The Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC), Stoltz Sports Center, Veterans Memorial Training Center, and outdoor athletic facilities remain closed to the general public.

CRWC’s fitness facilities are open for use by UD faculty, staff, and students with strict precautions based on state and federal guidelines including wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing.

CRWC’s Cottingham and Butler Fitness Center is open noon to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday. CRWC’s courts and A.Y. McDonald Indoor Track is open for only non-contact activities such as racquet sports and individual basketball shooting. In addition, Douglas J. Miller Track and Chalmers Field is open.

For more information about facilities, please visit the COVID-19 Facilities Page.

Are campus stores open?

Babka Bookstore, Mike and Betty’s Ice Cream Shoppe, Sparty’s Convenience Store, and Sylvia’s Common Ground are open with additional protocols in place. For instance, no more than three customers are allowed in Babka Bookstore, Sparty’s Convenience Store, and Sylvia’s Common Ground at one time.

For more information about facilities, please visit the COVID-19 Facilities Page.

Can I come to campus for a campus visit?

Yes. Schedule a campus visit here. Campus visits are available at 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., noon, and 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Campus visits are also available on Saturdays. Students may schedule a campus visit by contacting the campus visit coordinator, Becky Stolk, at campusvisits@dbq.edu or 563.589.3174.

Once the day/time is set, you will receive a confirmation email providing instructions about where to park, check-in information, and details about campus visit protocols related to COVID-19. Please plan ahead, and, when possible, schedule your campus visit in advance. Walk-in campus visits are not available at this time, and residence halls are not currently open for campus tours. Prospective students may also experience UD virtually here.

ACADEMICS

What is the plan for fall 2021?

Fall 2021 classes will be completely face-to-face. Remote class attendance will be available only in limited and short-term situations. View Face-to-Face and Safe for Fall 2021, UD's commitment to your face-to-face learning experience.

Is the Charles C. Myers Library open?

The Charles C. Myers Library remains closed to the general public. It is, however, open to UD students, faculty, and staff.

UD students, faculty, and staff are asked to scan their UD ID outside the exterior door before entering the library. If your UD ID is over 10 years old, please contact the Office of Safety and Security at 563.589.3333 to verify whether you need your card replaced. 

For more information about facilities, please visit the COVID-19 Facilities Page.

Is the Babka Aviation Learning Center opened?

The Babka Aviation Learning Center began a phased reopening for flight training operations in May with new protocols for the safety and well-being of students, flight instructors, staff, and faculty. Before visiting the facility, call 563.589.3121 to schedule an appointment unless you are a student with a scheduled flight block or in a face-to-face class.

For more information about facilities, please visit the COVID-19 Facilities Page.

RESIDENCE LIFE

Will residence halls be open in the spring?

The Office of Residence Life is committed to the safety and security of every student who has decided to call UD home. The health and safety protocols that were in place for fall will continue for spring.

Will face coverings be required inside residence halls and other UD-owned housing?

Roommates and suitemates are considered a family unit and, as such, students will not be asked to wear face coverings within their rooms. However, face coverings will continue to be necessary in all campus buildings including all areas of residence halls outside of bedrooms or family units, classrooms, and common areas. Students will be asked to continue to practice social distancing in common areas and hallways. There are disciplinary measures for students not abiding to this policy.

Face coverings are also required in the City of Dubuque and Dubuque County. On Aug. 7, 2020, the Dubuque City Council unanimously adopted a city ordinance that requires everyone within city limits to wear a face covering in public, with some exceptions. On Nov. 18, 2020, a countywide face covering mandate went into effect in Dubuque County.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), face coverings offer some protection to the wearer and are also meant to protect those around the wearer, in case they are unknowingly infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. However, a face covering does not eliminate the need to practice good hygiene or social distancing of at least 6 feet.

Single-use face coverings are available at stations throughout campus should you forget your face covering. Should you enter a building and notice a station is out of face coverings, please contact the Office of Safety and Security at 563.589.3333. If you are not wearing a face covering, you will be asked to leave the building.

Will guests be allowed in residence halls and other UD-owned housing?

Only residents of each residence hall or building are allowed in that residence hall or building. Additionally, residents of residence halls or buildings are not allowed on any floor or in any POD, apartment, or house that is not their floor, POD, apartment, or house. UD will continue to not allow outside guests or visitors. There are disciplinary measures for students not abiding to this policy.

If I leave campus for the weekend, what will I need to do to return to campus?

You will need to continue to self-monitor for any illness throughout the academic year and with any travel. Students who become ill should contact their primary health care provider and Erin Barsema, health services administrator, at EBarsema@dbq.edu or 563.589.3857. Students will receive guidance from the Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center when it opens this fall.

How often are common areas being cleaned in residence halls?

UD will continue to implement increased cleaning and disinfecting practices on high use surfaces and in high traffic areas. This includes cleaning and disinfecting common areas, communal restrooms, and lounges. UD encourages students to wash face coverings and bedding regularly.

Will I need to self-quarantine if I'm a student who lives internationally or a student returning from international travel?

Students who are returning from international destinations should continue to self-monitor for 14 days and fill out the University of Dubuque Self-Monitoring Log. Return the completed form to the Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center at StudentHealthCenter@dbq.edu. Student-athletes should return the form to Erin Barsema, athletics health care administrator, at EBarsema@dbq.edu.

For more information about travel during the pandemic, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

What is the isolation and quarantine procedure for residential students?

The Office of Residence Life, through the implementation of new protocols, is committed to the safety and security of every student who has made the commitment to call UD home. We have temporarily adopted an isolation and quarantine procedure in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. This procedure will be refined as information and understanding of COVID-19 evolves.

Please click here to learn about the Office of Residence Life’s isolation and quarantine procedure.

ATHLETICS

Will athletic events happen for the winter and spring seasons?

At this time, with guidance from the NCAA and American Rivers Conference, in compliance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as federal and state health officials, UD plans to hold competitions for the following sports:

Winter Sports:
  • Indoor Track and Field
  • Men’s Basketball
  • Women’s Basketball
  • Wrestling
Spring Sports:
  • Baseball
  • Men's Golf
  • Men’s Lacrosse
  • Men's Tennis
  • Outdoor Track and Field
  • Softball
  • Women's Tennis
Fall Sports That Were Moved to Spring:
  • Football
  • Men’s Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Women’s Soccer

How will student-athletes be protected during practice and sporting events?

The Department of Athletics’ commitment to safety protocols for our student-athletes will continue for the winter and spring seasons. All student-athletes, coaches, trainers, and other athletic staff will receive additional education and training on safety and minimizing risk of infection. For more information, please visit the COVID-19 Athletic Updates Page.

Will spectators be allowed at winter and spring sporting events?

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.

The UD attendance indoor event policy has not changed at this time.

Stoltz Sports Center (Jon Davison Court)
Student-athletes, coaches, and staff members are allowed up to two people each. The spectator list is submitted by the teams competing. Spectators must check in at the registration table.

Additional spectators will be allowed depending on the number of home and away teams’ fans present. UD students, faculty, and staff will receive an email before home basketball games with a sign up link to attend games – first come, first served. Those who sign up must check-in at the registration table. Anyone who has not signed up in advance will not be allowed to stay for the competition.

All UD athletic facilities are closed to the general public.

During basketball doubleheaders, Stoltz Sports Center will be cleared after the first game for cleaning before spectators will be allowed inside for the second game.

Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center
Due to the volume of participants and lack of adequately spaced viewing areas, no spectators will be permitted at this time for any NCAA athletic events. 

Face coverings are required at all times while inside campus buildings and social distancing guidelines are required unless you are members of the same household. Anyone not following these guidelines will be asked to leave the facility.

Your patience and cooperation is greatly appreciated and we welcome you to Spartan Athletics!

*Updated March 10, 2021

VISITORS AND EVENTS

Will visitors on campus need to wear face coverings?

UD’s mantra to help mitigate the spread of the virus is: Practice common sense – good hygiene, social distancing, and wear a face covering for yourself and for others.

Face coverings have been required in classrooms and lab spaces since the start of the 2020-2021 academic year. Additionally, until further notice, face coverings are required in all campus buildings.

Face coverings are also required in the City of Dubuque and Dubuque County. In August 2020, the Dubuque City Council unanimously adopted a city ordinance that requires everyone within city limits to wear a face covering in public, with some exceptions. In February 2021, the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors extended a countywide face covering mandate.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), face coverings offer some protection to the wearer and are also meant to protect those around the wearer, in case they are unknowingly infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. However, a face covering does not eliminate the need to practice good hygiene or social distancing of at least 6 feet.

Single-use face coverings are available at stations throughout campus should you forget your face covering. Should you enter a building and notice a station is out of face coverings, please contact the Office of Safety and Security at 563.589.3333. If you are not wearing a face covering, you will be asked to leave the building.

I’m fully vaccinated. Do I still need to wear a face covering on campus?

Yes. It’s important to continue to follow 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.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends fully vaccinated people continue to take steps to protect themselves and others in many situations. Those steps include wearing a face covering, staying at least six feet away from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces when in public, gathering with unvaccinated people from more than one other household, and/or visiting with an unvaccinated person who is at increased risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 or who lives with a person who is at increased risk.

Learn more about the CDC’s recommendations for fully vaccinated people here.

Are events allowed to happen on campus?

On-campus events or meetings organized and conducted by University of Dubuque students, faculty, and staff – in all departments – must be submitted for review and approval through the campus portal here. Approval of on-campus events or meetings will be based upon operational policies that follow UD’s regulations for physical distancing and other health protocols based on guidance from national, state, and local agencies. Third-party events hosted on campus will be evaluated and approved on a case-by-case basis.

Will Heritage Center host in-person events?

University of Dubuque Heritage Center’s compact Spring 2021 Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series will offer in-person performances for only UD faculty, staff, and students as well as virtual opportunities for the general public. Click here to learn more.

HEALTH AND PREVENTION

How can I protect myself and others?

Everyone can do their part to help prevent the spread of germs:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue whenever you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
  • Follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation to cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others. To learn more about the CDC’s recommendations on cloth face coverings, click here.

What should I do if I have flu-like symptoms?

Stay home or in your residence hall and rest. Call your health care provider before visiting the office and contact the following individuals:

  • University of Dubuque Main Campus 
    • Students: Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center at 563.589.3360 or StudentHealthCenter@dbq.edu and your professors
    • Student-Athletes: Erin Barsema, athletics health care administrator, at 563.589.3857 or EBarsema@dbq.edu and your professors
    • Faculty/Staff: Julie MacTaggart, director of human resources, at 563.589.3619 or JMacTaggart@dbq.edu and your supervisor
  • University of Dubuque LIFE – Dubuque
    • Students/Instructors/Staff: Melissa Gunnelson, senior director of LIFE advising, at 563.589.3123 or MGunnelson@dbq.edu
  • University of Dubuque LIFE – Cedar Rapids
    • Students/Instructors/Staff: Karen Middleswarth, academic advisor at LIFE – Cedar Rapids, at 319.775.0204 or KMiddleswarth@dbq.edu
  • University of Dubuque LIFE – Meridian
    • Students/Instructors/Staff: Esteban Paredes, director of LIFE admission – Meridian, at 785.829.7881 or EParedes@dbq.edu
  • University of Dubuque LIFE – Tempe
    • Students/Instructors/Staff: Heidi Burks, academic director at LIFE – Tempe, at 480.845.0081 or HBurks@dbq.edu

Will I be expected to check my temperature daily?

Yes. 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 via an initial phone consultation and contact the following individuals:

  • University of Dubuque Main Campus 
    • Students: Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center at 563.589.3360 or StudentHealthCenter@dbq.edu and your professors
    • Student-Athletes: Erin Barsema, athletics health care administrator, at 563.589.3857 or EBarsema@dbq.edu and your professors
    • Faculty/Staff: Julie MacTaggart, director of human resources, at 563.589.3619 or JMacTaggart@dbq.edu and your supervisor
  • University of Dubuque LIFE – Dubuque
    • Students/Instructors/Staff: Melissa Gunnelson, senior director of LIFE advising, at 563.589.3123 or MGunnelson@dbq.edu
  • University of Dubuque LIFE – Cedar Rapids
    • Students/Instructors/Staff: Karen Middleswarth, academic advisor at LIFE – Cedar Rapids, at 319.775.0204 or KMiddleswarth@dbq.edu
  • University of Dubuque LIFE – Meridian
    • Students/Instructors/Staff: Esteban Paredes, director of LIFE admission – Meridian, at 785.829.7881 or EParedes@dbq.edu
  • University of Dubuque LIFE – Tempe
    • Students/Instructors/Staff: Heidi Burks, academic director at LIFE – Tempe, at 480.845.0081 or HBurks@dbq.edu

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

People who are diagnosed with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms – from mild to severe. Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure and may include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea. Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for more information.

How does COVID-19 spread?

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. This includes between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. It may be possible that a person get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for more information.

What should I do if I suspect I have COVID-19?

If you develop symptoms related to COVID-19 and/or have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, seek care immediately. Call your health care provider before visiting the office and contact the following individuals:

  • University of Dubuque Main Campus 
    • Students: Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center at 563.589.3360 or StudentHealthCenter@dbq.edu and your professors
    • Student-Athletes: Erin Barsema, athletics health care administrator, at 563.589.3857 or EBarsema@dbq.edu and your professors
    • Faculty/Staff: Julie MacTaggart, director of human resources, at 563.589.3619 or JMacTaggart@dbq.edu and your supervisor
  • University of Dubuque LIFE – Dubuque
    • Students/Instructors/Staff: Melissa Gunnelson, senior director of LIFE advising, at 563.589.3123 or MGunnelson@dbq.edu
  • University of Dubuque LIFE – Cedar Rapids
    • Students/Instructors/Staff: Karen Middleswarth, academic advisor at LIFE – Cedar Rapids, at 319.775.0204 or KMiddleswarth@dbq.edu
  • University of Dubuque LIFE – Meridian
    • Students/Instructors/Staff: Esteban Paredes, director of LIFE admission – Meridian, at 785.829.7881 or EParedes@dbq.edu
  • University of Dubuque LIFE – Tempe
    • Students/Instructors/Staff: Heidi Burks, academic director at LIFE – Tempe, at 480.845.0081 or HBurks@dbq.edu

Is University of Dubuque providing testing for COVID-19?

The University has increased on-campus testing of COVID-19 among students, faculty, and staff since early August through partnerships with Education Test Iowa and The Ohio State University. These partnerships will continue into the spring semester. Faculty and staff can view on-campus testing dates and times on MyUD. Students can visit the Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center, which is providing testing specifically for students Tuesday through Friday at varying times. For more information on testing times, contact the health center at 563.589.3360 or StudentHealthCenter@dbq.edu. In addition, random/surveillance testing of student-athletes is occurring throughout the academic year.

What should I do if I am diagnosed with COVID-19?

Follow the guidance provided to you by your primary health care provider and/or local public health department officials.

If I test positive for COVID-19 and isolate for 10 days, will I be good again for the next three months?

As part of its efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Dubuque County Health Department has stated it is false to assume someone has immunity from COVID-19 for three months after being diagnosed and isolating for the recommended 10 days. In a poster created with other local entities, the health department states the following:

“You do not know how you will react to COVID-19 once you are sick. While it is less common for young adults to experience complications, that is not always the case.

“There is little evidence to show that someone is immune for a specific amount of time after getting COVID-19. The timeframe could be shorter than 3 months.

“The United States is now seeing cases of COVID-19 re-infection.

“Assuming that you are safe from COVID-19 could cause you to lower your guard and slack on following mitigation strategies. This could cause you to unknowingly pass COVID-19 to a family member, teammate, teacher, or friend.”

What is isolation?

Isolation is used to separate people infected with the COVID-19 virus from people who are not infected. Current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance states people 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. Please click here to learn more about isolation from the CDC.

What is quarantine?

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Iowa Department of Public Health provided additional options in December 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.

What is the isolation and quarantine procedure for residential students?

The Office of Residence Life, through the implementation of new protocols, is committed to the safety and security of every student who has made the commitment to call UD home. We have temporarily adopted an isolation and quarantine procedure in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. This procedure will be refined as information and understanding of COVID-19 evolves.

Please click here to learn about the Office of Residence Life’s isolation and quarantine procedure.

Where can I find more information about COVID-19?

Links to additional resources on COVID-19 can be found on the COVID-19 Updates Page.

Has University of Dubuque partnered with area hospitals?

We are blessed to be in a community where we have strong health and medical care providers. MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center and UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital are partnering with University of Dubuque, Loras College, and Clarke University as we plan to re-open our campuses this fall. Their willingness to lend their expertise and services provides us with a greater sense of comfort as we develop our safety guidelines, access testing, and provide care for our students, staff, and faculty.

What counseling and support resources are available?

Please take care of your brain health. Isolation is difficult for those among us who cope with depression, anxiety, and other brain health conditions. Call a friend. Support one another. And, if you could benefit from professional guidance, please call the Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center at 563.589.3911. For more information on counseling services, click here. Additional resources are available on UD’s ULifeLine website.

COVID-19 VACCINE

Will the University of Dubuque offer campus vaccine clinics?

UD has been approved to administer the COVID-19 vaccine on campus to faculty, staff, and students when the vaccine is available, as determined by the Iowa Department of Public Health. An email was sent to faculty, staff, and students in early April with a survey to determine interest in receiving a vaccine on campus.

Should I wait to get vaccinated until the University of Dubuque has campus vaccine clinics?

UD strongly encourages you to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. If you have the opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccine elsewhere, please do so. Do not delay getting vaccinated in order to wait for UD’s campus vaccine clinics. Visit VaccineFinder to find clinics, pharmacies, and other locations that offer COVID-19 vaccines in the United States.

Where can I find more information about COVID-19 vaccines?

UD strongly encourages you to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated, the COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help us get back to normal. Please click here to learn more about the myths and facts of the vaccine from the CDC.

I’m fully vaccinated. Do I still need to wear a face covering on campus?

Yes. It’s important to continue to follow 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.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends fully vaccinated people continue to take steps to protect themselves and others in many situations. Those steps include wearing a face covering, staying at least six feet away from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces when in public, gathering with unvaccinated people from more than one other household, and/or visiting with an unvaccinated person who is at increased risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 or who lives with a person who is at increased risk.

Learn more about the CDC’s recommendations for fully vaccinated people here.

UNIVERSITY RESPONSE

What are the safety procedures University of Dubuque is taking to clean and disinfect main campus?

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, UD is implementing additional cleaning procedures in line with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For instance, UD increased the cleaning of frequently touched surfaces such as door handles and high traffic areas. Students in UD-owned housing will be provided educational information on recommended cleaning supplies.

What can I do to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus and at LIFE sites?

Remember to follow UD’s mantra to help mitigate the spread of the virus is:  Practice common sense – good hygiene, social distancing, and wear a face covering for yourself and for others.

EMPLOYEE INFORMATION

Can employees work remotely?

Employees whose area of responsibility allows them to work remotely may do so with the documented authorization of their supervisor and the Office of Human Resources. For more information, contact Julie MacTaggart, director of human resources, at JMacTaggart@dbq.edu or 563.589.3619.

Do employees need to wear a face covering while on campus?

UD’s mantra to help mitigate the spread of the virus is: Practice common sense – good hygiene, social distancing, and wear a face covering for yourself and for others.

Face coverings have been required in classrooms and lab spaces since the start of the 2020-2021 academic year. Additionally, until further notice, face coverings are required in all campus buildings.

Face coverings are also required in the City of Dubuque and Dubuque County. In August 2020, the Dubuque City Council unanimously adopted a city ordinance that requires everyone within city limits to wear a face covering in public, with some exceptions. In February 2021, the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors extended a countywide face covering mandate.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), face coverings offer some protection to the wearer and are also meant to protect those around the wearer, in case they are unknowingly infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. However, a face covering does not eliminate the need to practice good hygiene or social distancing of at least 6 feet.

Single-use face coverings are available at stations throughout campus should you forget your face covering. Should you enter a building and notice a station is out of face coverings, please contact the Office of Safety and Security at 563.589.3333. If you are not wearing a face covering, you will be asked to leave the building.

I’m fully vaccinated. Do I still need to wear a face covering on campus?

Yes. It’s important to continue to follow 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.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends fully vaccinated people continue to take steps to protect themselves and others in many situations. Those steps include wearing a face covering, staying at least six feet away from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces when in public, gathering with unvaccinated people from more than one other household, and/or visiting with an unvaccinated person who is at increased risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 or who lives with a person who is at increased risk.

Learn more about the CDC’s recommendations for fully vaccinated people here.

TRAVEL

What is UD’s policy on domestic travel during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Faculty and staff should coordinate with their supervisors when scheduling domestic travel that is sanctioned and/or sponsored by UD.

For more information about travel during the pandemic, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

What is UD’s policy on international travel during the COVID-19 pandemic?

International travel sanctioned and/or sponsored by UD is suspended through the spring 2021 semester. However, faculty and staff may begin preliminary planning for travel during May 2021 Term and summer 2021 sessions through the group travel planning and approval process. International travel may be canceled based on future pandemic-related guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and/or others. UD’s COVID-19 Recovery Task Force will continue to monitor the situation.

Note: Personal International Travel

Students who are returning from international destinations should continue to self-monitor for 14 days and fill out the . Return the completed form to the Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center at StudentHealthCenter@dbq.edu. Student-athletes should return the form to Erin Barsema, athletics health care administrator, at EBarsema@dbq.edu.

For more information about travel during the pandemic, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

What should I do after I return from traveling?

You will need to continue to self-monitor for any illness throughout the academic year and with any travel. If your temperature is 100.4 degrees or higher, stay home or in your residence hall. Consult your health care provider via an initial phone consultation and contact the following individuals:

  • University of Dubuque Main Campus 
    • Students: Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center at 563.589.3360 or StudentHealthCenter@dbq.edu and your professors
    • Student-Athletes: Erin Barsema, athletics health care administrator, at 563.589.3857 or EBarsema@dbq.edu and your professors
    • Faculty/Staff: Julie MacTaggart, director of human resources, at 563.589.3619 or JMacTaggart@dbq.edu and your supervisor
  • University of Dubuque LIFE – Dubuque
    • Students/Instructors/Staff: Melissa Gunnelson, senior director of LIFE advising, at 563.589.3123 or MGunnelson@dbq.edu
  • University of Dubuque LIFE – Cedar Rapids
    • Students/Instructors/Staff: Karen Middleswarth, academic advisor at LIFE – Cedar Rapids, at 319.775.0204 or KMiddleswarth@dbq.edu
  • University of Dubuque LIFE – Meridian
    • Students/Instructors/Staff: Esteban Paredes, director of LIFE admission – Meridian, at 785.829.7881 or EParedes@dbq.edu
  • University of Dubuque LIFE – Tempe
    • Students/Instructors/Staff: Heidi Burks, academic director at LIFE – Tempe, at 480.845.0081 or HBurks@dbq.edu

Feel free to use the University of Dubuque Self-Monitoring Log