Coming back to a new academic year will look different this fall because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business, we realize students and their families have been experiencing various levels of stress about returning to campus. We get that. The health and safety of our students, staff, and faculty is our number one priority.

We are excited to have students return to campus and to the Gerdin Business Building at the Ivy College of Business. We are doing all we can to make it as healthy as possible for everyone. Our Ivy COVID-19 Task Force, formed in April, is creating a return-to-campus plan that supports the university’s commitment to providing the highest quality education.

We fully support the university’s Cyclones Care awareness campaign, which promotes the many steps we can all take to ensure the health of our students, staff, and faculty. Students will see consistent messages as they move about the campus and throughout university buildings.

At Ivy, we are busy preparing the Gerdin Business Building for the arrival of our students. Here are a few examples:

  • Classrooms are being prepared to offer classes at 50 percent capacity.
  • Many classroom doors have ENTRANCE ONLY and EXIT ONLY signs to direct the flow of traffic.
  • Internal signage promotes the Cyclones Care awareness campaign.
  • New signage will also be on the floors to direct traffic patterns.
  • We are reducing the overall density in the building by alternating schedules for some employees, while some continue to work from home.

The Cyclones Care campaign includes several videos, including “COVID-19 Testing and Move In at Iowa State,” which you can see here.

We hope students and their families feel comfortable as we start this new school year. Please follow us on social media for the latest updates. For additional information, visit the university COVID-19 website, which is updated regularly.