Absence from Class 

This section is for non-Covid related absences, see Covid related absence information below in second section

If a student misses or will be missing a class due to illness, emergency, or extenuating circumstances they should contact their instructor as soon as possible regarding make-up work. A PDF iconStudent Absence Form may be used to report an absence to an instructor. If the absence is in the future the student should submit the forms to their instructors as soon as they know of the upcoming absence.

If a student is currently absent and it will be 5 or more consecutive days before they return and the absence is due to illness or other emergency, please contact the UI Service Center at (319) 384-4300 or registrar@uiowa.edu. If the student is not able to contact the service center, the absence can be reported by someone else on the student's behalf. The service center will send an email with information on the absence to all of the student's current instructors, advisor, and the Academic Support & Retention Office, and Student Care and Assistance. A copy of the email will also be sent to the student. It will still be the student's responsibility to contact instructors as soon as possible regarding make-up work.

If the 5 or more day absence is in the future or is not reported before the student returns to attending classes then the student is not required to contact the UI Service Center. The student would use the PDF iconStudent Absence Form form to report the future or past absence to each instructor.

Absence from Class for Students that have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been told they were a close contact

For students who have tested positive, are presumed positive for COVID-19 by a healthcare provider, or have been told they were a close contact:

  • Students are expected to complete the university’s self-report form.
  • Students should also inform their household contacts and close contacts as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
  • If you live on campus, your name and contact information will be forwarded to University Housing and Dining for follow up. Staff will call you to make appropriate living arrangements. Students who complete their self-report form by 6:00 on weekdays and 4:00 on weekends will receive a call from hall staff that night. Reports received after will be followed up the next day.
  • If you live off-campus you should self-isolate until you meet CDC criteria to discontinue self-isolation

For students who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19

If you are beginning to show symptoms of COVID-19 as identified by the CDC (Symptoms of Covid-19) you should isolate until you receive a negative test.  Additionally, you should obtain a COVID-19 test either by picking up a test kit, which are available across campus, or by contacting a health care provider regarding your symptoms.  Options for this include: