FAQs

The following FAQs provide important information as it relates to UD’s COVID-19 policies and resources. We will update our guidance and add to these FAQs as needed.

CAMPUS OPERATIONS

Is University of Dubuque closed?

No. Main campus is open with limited and restricted access per guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. Please call ahead prior to visiting campus offices or buildings to verify hours and availability.

Are campus services available?

Per guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, some campus services are closed, available in-person by appointment, or offered virtually. Please call ahead prior to visiting campus offices or buildings to verify hours and availability.

Are fitness facilities opened?

On Monday, June 1, 2020, fitness facilities at the Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC) and Veterans Memorial Training Center (VMTC) on University of Dubuque’s campus will reopen for use by UD faculty, staff, and students with strict precautions based on state and federal guidelines.

CRWC’s Cottingham and Butler Fitness Center will be open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The track and courts remain closed until further notice. CRWC staff will limit the number of participants to 50 percent capacity.

At the VMTC, only one patron per rack and lift will be allowed at a time by appointment through UD strength and conditioning coaches.

Please click here to learn about the precautions in place.

Are campus activities happening?

No. On-campus events for the spring semester were canceled or postponed based on guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. May Commencement will be held in a virtual format on Saturday, May 16. Graduates are also welcome to return to campus to participate in the December 2020 Commencement or May 2021 Commencement. To learn more about May Commencement, please click here.

Are athletic events happening?

On May 15, 2020, the Presidents Council of the American Rivers Conference announced its intention to conduct intercollegiate athletics programs this fall and for the entirety of the 2020-21 academic year. The College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin has not made an announcement yet about fall sports.

In March 2020, the American Rivers Conference and College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin canceled the remainder of the winter and spring athletic seasons. The cancellation includes baseball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s lacrosse, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s track and field.

Are campus visits happening?

We’re not currently conducting in-person campus visits. Please experience UD virtually here. Our Office of Admission counselors will continue to reach out to you, talk with you, answer your questions, and assist you in your application as you finalize your plans to enroll in August 2020. We are on track to receive another stellar entering class.

Are there any travel restrictions?

Yes. All UD-related international travel is suspended until further notice. Non-essential UD-related domestic air travel is also suspended until further notice.

STUDENTS

How long will classes be delivered remotely?

Classes will be delivered remotely for the spring 2020 semester.

Will this affect May Commencement?

On-campus events for the spring semester were canceled or postponed based on guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. May Commencement will be held in a virtual format on Saturday, May 16. Graduates are also welcome to return to campus to participate in the December 2020 Commencement or May 2021 Commencement. To learn more about May Commencement, please click here.

Will residence halls be open?

All students living in UD-owned housing were contacted by the Office of Residence Life with instructions on how to properly check out of their residences. Students were asked to retrieve their belongings by 6:00 p.m. March 22, 2020.

Students with extenuating circumstances were allowed to request to remain on campus. Requests must be approved by the Office of Residence Life and are subject to change, pending US Centers for Disease and Control Prevention or other governmental directives.

For those students who are approved to remain on campus, please limit yourselves to your respective residence hall and room with no outside guests. Failure to follow these guidelines may result in your removal from campus.

Will food services be available?

The Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall in Peters Commons will only provide carry-out meal service. Lunch can be picked up Sunday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and dinner can be picked up Sunday through Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

CyberCafè, CRWC Juice Bar, Mike and Betty’s Ice Cream Shoppe, Sylvia’s Common Ground, and Sparty’s Convenience Store are closed until further notice.

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

Stay home and rest. Please click here to learn who to contact at University of Dubuque.

How are graduate programs impacted?

Graduate students should contact the following individuals for more information:
  • MAC: Contact Abdul Sinno, program director, at ASinno@dbq.edu or 563.589.3288
  • MBA: Contact Ricardo Cunningham, program director, at RCunning@dbq.edu or 563.589.3728
  • MMAL: Contact Chaminda Prelis, program director, at CPrelis@dbq.edu or 563.589.3835
  • MMCM: Contact Abdul Sinno, program director, at ASinno@dbq.edu or 563.589.3288
  • MMDI: Contact Ricardo Cunningham, program director, at RCunning@dbq.edu or 563.589.3728
  • MMSM: Contact Kevin Cattani, program director, at KCattani@dbq.edu or 563.589.3454
  • MSPAS: Contact Natalie Weber, program director, at NWeber@dbq.edu or 563.589.3665
  • DMIN: Contact Timothy Matthew Slemmons, program director, at TSlemmons@dbq.edu or 563.589.3578
  • MACL: Contact Susan Forshey, program director, at SForshey@dbq.edu or 563.589.3353
  • MAMD: Contact Christopher James, program director, at CJames@dbq.edu or 563.589.3859
  • MDIV: Contact Sue LeFeber, program director, at SLeFeber@dbq.edu or 563.589.3114
  • For general questions, contact the Office of Academic Affairs – VPAA@dbq.edu or 563.589.3246

How is LIFE impacted?

LIFE students should contact the following individuals for more information:
  • LIFE – Dubuque: Contact Melissa Gunnelson, senior director of LIFE advising, at MGunnelson@dbq.edu or 563.589.3123
  • LIFE – Cedar Rapids: Contact Karen Middleswarth, academic advisor, at KMiddleswarth@dbq.edu or 319.775.0204
  • LIFE – Tempe: Contact Heidi Burks, academic director, at HBurks@dbq.edu or 480.845.0081

How is University of Dubuque Theological Seminary impacted?

Residential classes have been moved to an online format. Nearly all of the spring semester courses already had an online section, so the residential students will simply be incorporated into these ongoing courses. UDTS has been offering high-quality theological education in a distance format for nearly 20 years.

EMPLOYEES

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, please contact Julie MacTaggart, director of human resources, at 563.589.3619 or JMacTaggart@dbq.edu.

Are employees encouraged to wear a face covering?

Yes. Employees are encouraged to wear a face covering to protect our campus community.

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

Stay home and rest. 

Main campus employees should contact their supervisor and Julie MacTaggart, director of human resources, at JMacTaggart@dbq.edu or 563.589.3619.

University of Dubuque LIFE – Dubuque employees should contact Melissa Gunnelson, senior director of LIFE advising, at MGunnelson@dbq.edu or 563.589.3123.

University of Dubuque LIFE – Cedar Rapids employees should contact Karen Middleswarth, academic advisor of LIFE – Cedar Rapids, at KMiddleswarth@dbq.edu or 319.775.0204.

University of Dubuque LIFE – Tempe employees should contact Heidi Burks, academic director of LIFE – Tempe, at HBurks@dbq.edu 480.845.0081.

If your symptoms persist or worsen, you have traveled to an area with an active COVID-19 spread, or you have been in proximity to a person infected with COVID-19, please call your healthcare provider immediately for an initial phone consultation before going to see them.

HEALTHCARE

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 CDC’s recommendation to cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on children under age 2. To learn more about the CDC’s recommendation on cloth face coverings, click here.

Where can I get more information about COVID-19?

Information about COVID-19 can be found at the Iowa Department of Public Health and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as Arizona Department of Health Services for those at LIFE – Tempe.

How do I know if I need to self-monitor?

If you have recently traveled outside of Iowa and/or have been in contact with someone known to have COVID-19, please self-monitor for 14 days. This measure is out of an abundance of caution and in line with recommendations from the Iowa Department of Public Health. Please see the University of Dubuque Self-Monitoring Checklist