Timeline for returning to campus work locations

May 20, 2021


Dear Iowa State Community,

Health and safety guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to evolve rapidly. What may have seemed aspirational only a year ago has now come to pass, including widespread availability of vaccines, relaxing of mask mandates for those who have been vaccinated, and our plans to return to pre-pandemic operations in the fall.

Recognizing these changes, the Board of Regents today has lifted its State of Emergency and directed Regent employees to return to their primary on-campus work locations no later than Thursday, July 1, 2021. This directive replaces our previous guidance for staff to return no later than August 2, and applies to employees who work during the summer in on-campus work spaces; faculty on 9-month appointments, for example, will return to campus as their primary work location no later than August 19 as previously announced.

For many employees, this is not a significant change. Thousands of staff and faculty have been working on campus to serve our students throughout the pandemic, and many others already spend a significant amount of time in campus work spaces. However, we recognize this change may be challenging for others. We encourage these employees to work with their supervisors over the next six weeks to plan for a smooth transition back to campus. Questions about returning to your work space may also be directed to HR Delivery.

Please note the Regents’ announcement now sets our campus policy going forward regarding face coverings, superseding yesterday’s announcement and policy change. This includes that faculty and staff may not require masks or physical distancing during summer classes or meetings. Mask use continues to be encouraged for those who have not been vaccinated, and optional for those who have been vaccinated. Please review the Board of Regents announcement for specifics about the Board’s guidance.

Thank you, as always, for your work to support our students, your colleagues, and the people of Iowa. We look forward to seeing you on campus in the coming weeks.

Wendy Wintersteen


Jonathan Wickert

Senior Vice President and Provost

Toyia Younger

Senior Vice President for Student Affairs

Pam Cain

Senior Vice President for Operations and Finance


This email was sent to all faculty, staff, and students at Iowa State and is available online at Office of the President Communications.