Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Office of the Vice President for Research

Good morning:

Many of you may have seen the university’s updated COVID-19-related guidance on masks and social distancing this morning. 

While there are some exceptions, effective on Thursday, May 20, masks and social distancing requirements will be lifted across the University of Iowa campus. This will include all research areas, with a couple caveats:

  • Research taking place in campus areas that continue to require masks and social distancing, including UI Health Care, must follow those guidelines.
  • Those who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and/or who are experiencing any symptoms are strongly encouraged to work remotely if possible and otherwise wear masks indoors when working in close proximity to others. It is also appropriate to ask research subjects, guests, and others coming into your research space to do the same.
  • There may be other restrictions or limitations on resumption of on-campus activities beyond COVID-19. Refer to your particular unit’s return to campus plan for guidance or contact your associate dean for research.

OVPR’s COVID-19 information page continues to offer the latest guidance for university research.

Thank you for your ongoing cooperation.

Marty Scholtz

Vice President for Research