Allen College Information Related to COVID-19
November 13, 2020 | 10:30 a.m.
Dear Allen College Students,
I want to provide an update on our current pandemic response and some updated guidance that we are going to enact for the remainder of the fall semester. After discussion with the Executive Leadership team, I want to reiterate our commitment to find a way to complete the fall semester without disrupting your classroom/clinical/fieldwork experiences. The data provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health has not been trending favorably in the last few weeks and Governor Reynolds has enacted some restrictions for the remainder of November to slow down the spread of SARS-CoV-2.
As a result of the review of the data, and discussion on maximizing the factors we have control over, we are implementing the following guidance for the remainder of the fall semester. Effective Monday, November 16:
- Masks/face coverings are now required across campus at all times. This will include wearing masks/coverings in all classes, even if the rooms are setup for social distancing and masking was not previously required. The only exception to the universal campus masking is if you are actively eating/drinking. If you do decide to eat on campus, you must find a seat or location that is a minimum of 6 feet from another person until you are finished and can replace your mask/covering.
- For students in McElroy Hall, it is highly recommended to avoid eating in break rooms or in close proximity to anyone. The current evidence suggests that the virus is spreading in smaller gathering situations and eating with your classmates/peers is equivalent to a small gathering. There are no plans to remove tables/chairs from any break room; however, I am monitoring the number of faculty/staff/students who are currently out and if the numbers continue to rise, or I am provided evidence that spread is likely in a break room setting, I will enact changes to reduce the likelihood of spread.
- The current plan is still to continue with our in-person commencement on December 18. The mitigation efforts we put in place in August were effective but I also am not willing to place anyone attending graduation in a high-risk situation. I will continue to monitor the public health data and will meet with our Enrollment Management Team to make any adjustments necessary to conduct a safe event. The current proclamation set by Gov. Reynolds expires at the end of November, but if the proclamation is extended or expanded, it may force a change in our commencement plans.
I also wanted to share that the College’s Leaders are tracking and monitoring every faculty/staff/student who has been tested or reports symptoms. We have been tracking this information since classes resumed and review the data daily to inform our decisions on our campus activities. If our campus data requires us to make a change, I will quickly communicate those changes with you.
As always, the College’s Leaders are constantly monitoring the situation and we are prepared to quickly enact any changes necessary to keep our campus healthy and safe. I would like to thank you for your patience and understanding through this very difficult semester.
Jared Seliger, PhD, CNMT
Previous COVID-19 Communications
August 24 - December 18, 2020
Building Hours & Screening Protocol
Note: All Allen College faculty, staff, students and visitors must be screened for COVID-19. A face mask is required when entering campus, when in any common area of campus and/or in situations where a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained. Refer to the Temporary Pandemic Policy for more guidance.
Barrett Forum, Winter Hall and Gerard Hall campus hours (Screen for COVID-19)
Monday - Thursday 7 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
McElroy Hall campus hours (Screen for COVID-19)
Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Alumni Hall campus hours (Screen for COVID-19 in Winter Hall or McElroy Hall before entering Alumni Hall).
By appointment or lab schedule only.
Below is a list of events that have been cancelled or rescheduled: