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January 12, 2022

Comments from President Richards at January 11-12, 2022 Board of Regents Meeting

May 20, 2021

Statement from President Mike Richards Lifting Regents State of Emergency



Board of Regents President Michael Richards lifted the international travel ban, put in place in March, 2020, on March 11, 2021. All decisions regarding university-sponsored travel will be made the president of each university.


Board of Regents President Michael Richards declared a state of emergency on March 18, 2020. Numerous policies regarding sick leave, vacation time and virtual instruction of academic programs were waived to the extent outlined in the declaration. Additional policies have been waived since then. Below are links to emergency authorizations ratified by the full Board.

Emergency authorizations approved by the Board



Each institution has outlined procedures for the fall 2020 semester:


APRIL 4, 2020

The universities have updated information for prospective students with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic:


MARCH 18, 2020

President Richards declared a state of emergency on March 18.

The University of Iowa announced it will delay and extend virtual instruction. Courses will now begin March 30 and will conducted virtually. The UI will close most residence halls beginning Thursday, March 19 and cancel its commencement ceremonies. All employees outside of UI Health Care will work remotely.

Iowa State University announced it will extend all virtual instruction to the end of the semester, beginning March 23. All university events and activities are canceled or moved online for the rest of the term, and spring commencement is canceled. ISU will restrict the ability to live in residence halls beginning Sunday, March 22.

The University of Northern Iowa announced that all courses for the rest of the spring semester will be taught online beginning March 23, and summer 2020 courses will only be offered online.  UNI will limit the number of students living in the residence halls for the rest of the semester, and spring 2020 commencement will be canceled.


MARCH 14, 2020

The Board of Regents has directed each of our Regent Universities to recall all faculty, staff and students that are out of the country. The Board is giving each university president the flexibility to make exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Previously, the Board had the universities recall faculty, staff and students from any country that the CDC designated with a Level 3 travel health notice. This now applies to all countries.

University of Iowa Healthcare launched a COVID-19 Helpline. It is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


MARCH 12, 2020

The Board of Regents will hold a telephonic meeting on March 17, originating from the Board Office in Urbandale. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss emergency preparedness, in closed session, and to consider changes to the Board policy manual.

The Board's April meeting, originally scheduled as an in-person meeting, will be changed to an online format. The meeting will be live streamed via a link on the front page of the Board's website.


MARCH 11, 2020

The University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa will transition to online and virtual instruction on March 23 through at least April 3. 


MARCH 10, 2020

The Board suspended all University-sponsored foreign travel on March 5th, 2020. Additionally, until further notice, the Board will be extending the international travel ban by seven days each Monday, effective Monday, March 9th. Providing this continuous 30-day window, until conditions improve, will allow faculty, staff and students to plan accordingly.

With regard to university-sponsored domestic travel, at this time it is an institutional decision.  However, the Board will continue to evaluate daily and its current recommendation is to avoid areas with high numbers of identified cases of COVID-19.


MARCH 5, 2020

The Board suspended all university-sponsored foreign travel for 30 days and recalled those on university-sponsored travel from countries at a CDC Level 3 travel warning and higher.