11 Mar COVID-19 and Transportation to/from Chicago
We have received a copy of the email below. Based on this information, we are still leaving campus as scheduled this week. We will be working on alternate schedules for returning ISU Chicago area students back to Ames. Please be patient as we put this together. If you purchased a round-trip ticket, you will still have a round trip option.
|March 11, 2020
Dear Iowa State University Community,
The World Health Organization (WHO) has just declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. While cases have increased in Iowa, there are no reported cases on the Iowa State campus, in Ames, or Story County. However, Iowa State University is moving all classes online beginning Monday, March 23 and continuing through April 3, 2020. The university will reassess the situation during the week of March 30. The period of online instruction may be extended if conditions warrant.
We know how disappointing and disruptive this is to our students, faculty, and staff. This decision was made in consultation with the Board of Regents out of an abundance of caution to prioritize health and safety as the outbreak continues to spread and circumstances rapidly evolve. We also continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the Iowa Department of Public Health.
The university will remain open and continue normal daily operations to the extent possible. Additional guidance for supervisors and employees will be shared tomorrow (Thursday) and the Employee FAQ will be updated.
Assistance for Faculty
Other Events Scheduled on Campus
Accurate, timely information
We will continue to provide accurate and timely information. The university’s central source for information about our response to the COVID-19 outbreak is the campus safety page. Please check this website often for updates and answers to frequently asked questions.
Please know we do not take these decisions lightly. Our team of senior leaders, emergency management experts, and issue-specific working groups are in constant discussions and considering the best interests of our students, faculty, and staff. We deeply appreciate your patience, understanding and care for each other as we continue to address this rapidly evolving situation.