Absence from Class for Non-COVID Related concerns

If a student misses or will be missing a class for a non-COVID related concern 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 for a non-COVID related concern and it will be 5 or more consecutive days before they return and the absence is due to illness (non-COVID) 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. 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 notified they were a close contact

For students who have tested positive or are presumed positive for COVID-19 by a healthcare provider:

  • Students are strongly encouraged to complete the university’s self-report form using this link.
  • Students should also:
  • 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 been contacted by a county health official (such as Johnson County Public Health) that they have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID:

  • Students are strongly encouraged to complete the university’s self-report form using this link
  • Students should quarantine until guidelines from the CDC are met. Quarantine includes: staying home until 14 days after your last contact, checking your temperature twice daily, and watching for COVID-19 symptoms (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/COVID-19-Quarantine-vs-Isolation.pdf). 
    • Students living on campus will quarantine in a designated area coordinated by UH&D. 
    • Students living off campus should quarantine in their residence


For students who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19

If you are beginning to show symptoms of COVID-19 as identified by the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html):

You should leave campus and remain in your assigned living space. You need to speak with a healthcare provider to determine whether or not you will need to be tested for COVID-19. Options for this include:

Please communicate with instructors and supervisors as you usually would for an absence due to illness (please refer to the absence policy and form for non-COVID related concerns above) until you are able to determine next steps with your medical provider.

For those testing positive, please fill out the self-report form to assist in additional notifications. 

For those not taking the test and continuing to experience symptoms, continue to remain home as directed by your medical provider and communicate as appropriate about your absence to instructors and supervisors.