Health and Safety Notices

Health and Safety Notices provides information such as building or floor closures for cleaning and disinfecting. These notices may also include health care reminders and links to the latest information on COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).


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



November 17, 2020

Dear University of Dubuque Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a new proclamation that requires people in Iowa over the age of 2 to wear face coverings in indoor spaces. At University of Dubuque, we have required face coverings in classrooms and lab spaces since the start of the academic year. Additionally, we have encouraged people to wear face coverings inside all campus buildings.

As cases of COVID-19 climb across the country and in light of the proclamation that expires at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, December 10, face coverings are required in all campus buildings.

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 Ext. 3333. If you are not wearing a face covering, you will be asked to leave the building.

In addition to face coverings, the proclamation also prohibits group fitness activities. There will be no group fitness activities in Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center until further notice.

Remember, certain areas on campus are open for use by only UD students, faculty, and staff as a precaution and for the health and safety of our campus community. The following areas will continue to be closed through at least the fall semester to the general public, including family members who are not UD students, faculty, and staff:

  • Charles C. Myers Library
  • Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center
  • Veterans Memorial Training Center
  • Stoltz Sports Center
  • Outdoor Athletic spaces

The COVID-19 Recovery Task Force is evaluating campus events and how they may or may not be impacted by the proclamation.

Please remember to follow the UD Mantra: Practice common sense – good hygiene, social distancing, and wear a face covering for yourself and for others. 

To view the full proclamation from Reynolds, please click here

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



August 13, 2020

As a precaution and for the health and safety of our campus community, the following campus areas will be closed to the general public for the fall semester and only open for use by UD faculty, staff, and students:

  • Charles C. Myers Library
  • Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center
  • Veterans Memorial Training Center
  • Stoltz Sport Center
  • Outdoor Athletic Spaces

Those using these facilities will need to follow the safety guidelines that are currently in place. The safety and well-being of the campus community is a top priority. Please remember to follow UD’s mantra to help mitigate the spread of this virus: Practice common sense – good hygiene, social distancing, and wear a face covering for yourself and for others.

Monitor www.dbq.edu/COVID-19 for updates on UD’s response to the pandemic. You can find COVID-19 symptoms and advice on when to seek emergency medical attention on the CDC’s website here.

Thank you for your cooperation,
Office of Safety and Security



July 4, 2020

Hello Marge Kremer Little Spartans Childcare Center Families,

We have been informed that a person from within the Marge Kremer Little Spartans Childcare Center tested positive for COVID-19. The person is receiving appropriate care and is in self-isolation at home. 

The childcare center and University of Dubuque are cooperating with the Iowa Department of Public Health, who will contact individuals who have had close contact with the person who tested positive to discuss precautions and any necessary health measures.

Unfortunately, the childcare center will be closed next week while we wait for additional guidance from the Iowa Department of Human Services. Please check your email for updates.

Following protocols developed by UD’s COVID-19 Recovery Task Force, additional cleaning procedures were implemented earlier this summer at the childcare center in line with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

In accordance with federal laws, it is our responsibility to safeguard the privacy of the person who tested positive so that they may focus on their health.

Your safety and well-being remains a top priority. Everyone can do their part to help prevent the spread of germs. Here are some other recommendations from the CDC:

  • 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 or in your residence hall if you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

Monitor www.dbq.edu/COVID-19 for updates on UD’s response to the pandemic. You can find COVID-19 symptoms and advice on when to seek emergency medical attention on the CDC’s website here.

We appreciate your understanding during these unprecedented times,

Tammy Pierro
Early Childhood Director
University of Dubuque
1001 McCormick St.
Dubuque, IA 52001
Phone:  563.585.7461
Email: TPierro@dbq.edu 



June 30, 2020

The Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center is closed for cleaning and disinfecting following protocols developed by University of Dubuque’s COVID-19 Recovery Task Force and guided by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) given a positive COVID-19 test. The CRWC will reopen Monday, July 6, after the holiday break.

Your safety and well-being remains a top priority. Please remember to follow UD’s mantra to help mitigate the spread of this virus: Practice common sense – good hygiene, social distancing, and wear a face covering for yourself and for others.

UD is cooperating with the IDPH, who will contact individuals who have had close contact with the person who tested positive to discuss precautions and any necessary health measures.

In accordance with federal laws, it is our responsibility to safeguard the privacy of the person who tested positive so that they may focus on their health.

Monitor www.dbq.edu/COVID-19 for updates on UD’s response to the pandemic. You can find COVID-19 symptoms and advice on when to seek emergency medical attention on the CDC’s website here.



June 29, 2020

University of Dubuque has been informed that one member of the UD Community tested positive for COVID-19 and is receiving the appropriate care and is in self-isolation at home. UD is cooperating with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), who will contact individuals who have had close contact with the employee to discuss precautions and any necessary health measures.

Your safety and well-being is a top priority. Our COVID-19 Recovery Task Force has prepared protocols with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), and various other national, state, and local agencies.

In accordance with federal laws, it is our responsibility to safeguard the privacy of the employee so that they may focus on their health. We ask that you avoid speculation and rumors.  As a community, we must do everything we can to support these individuals and one another through this challenging time.