Staying in the Halls

The criteria outlined below will be used to determine who can return to campus and live in the halls the rest of the semester. Social distancing will be in place, no in-person programming will be offered, meetings with staff will happen virtually and ISU Dining services will be offered but limited to accommodate current circumstances and safe practices.

March 22 update: President Wintersteen's March 22 message emphasized Governor Reynolds' announcement that anyone who has traveled recently outside of Iowa is strongly encouraged to self-isolate for 14 days to support ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Please follow these guidelines if you are returning to campus from outside of Iowa.

Criteria to Stay in the Halls

If you meet the following criteria, you will be allowed to stay in the halls the rest of the semester:

  • Your permanent residence is outside of the United States and you are unable to travel to your home country.
  • Your academic department has deemed your internship, clinical or practicum will continue and requires your on-site presence. And, you have accepted this arrangement.
  • You have personal circumstances preventing you from returning home, some examples include: 
    • You are an independent student.
    • You are part of the foster care system.
    • You or your family does not have a permanent address. 
    • You have no other housing options.
    • Your home community is quarantined.
    • Returning to home represents a health/safety threat to you or those at home.                    
    • Returning home will prevent you from accessing your courses remotely because of insufficient internet and technology capabilities.
    • Other

Please fill out this application form by April 1, 2020, to remain on campus this semester.

Halls will continue to be routinely cleaned and disinfected following Iowa State University and Iowa Department of Health protocols as well as APPA standards. Bathrooms are disinfected daily. Entrances, public areas, corridors, study rooms and computer labs are cleaned daily. 

Staff are trained to OSHA standards and compliance regulations. When they begin employment, they have a five-day, one-on-one training and all staff have regular inspections of their work by supervisors. In addition, we have specially trained staff who are available to properly clean in situations that require a higher level of training. 

An overview of Dining Services during this time can be found here.