Additional Questions or Concerns

If you do not fall into those categories, but still have questions or concerns about returning to campus, a variety of resources can be found on the COVID-19 FAQ Page.  You can also contact staff in Student Assistance if you have any additional questions or concerns.


Frequently Asked Questions for Students

What does it mean to be high risk? 

Although we are all at risk of contracting COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have identified certain groups of individuals who, based on their age or other medical conditions, are susceptible to severe complications if they contract COVID-19. For a list of these risk factors, please see this website.   

Should I fill out the form if I do not meet CDC criteria? 

We ask that you do not. In order to protect student privacy, we have purposely elected not to require students to submit health information to substantiate their requests. We are counting on members of our Cyclone student body to only use this system if they fall into the criteria established by the CDC. While colleges and advisers will make an effort to accommodate students who fall into a higher risk category, if ineligible students apply for an accommodation, it will jeopardize our ability to offer accommodations to those who need it most. 

I am an international student and cannot get a visa, can you guarantee me that I can take all my classes online? 

No. The availability of online classes will depend upon college and department offerings. While it is more likely that large introductory courses will be offered in an online format, some of those courses will have in-person discussion sections. In addition, most lab and studio courses will only be offered in an in-person format. 

I am an international student currently in the United States and am concerned about whether I am able to continue my studies at Iowa State. Will I be able to take most of my classes in person?

Iowa State University is committed to supporting our international students. Students with questions about the policy itself should contact our International Students and Scholars Office. While we continue to update our course offering formats, we expect complete those updates in Accessplus by August 3rd. Students will be able to make changes to their registration as changes are posted.  Our goal this fall is to offer face-to-face classes where physical distancing requirements and faculty availability permit. Our biggest  challenge in offering face-to-face class formats lies with our large lecture classes. In those courses,  finding adequate room capacity that will permit physical distancing is a challenge. In some cases departments may add face-to-face discussion sections for those courses to maintain student engagement. We expect that we will be able to offer many of our intermediate size classes as well as small seminar courses will be offered in a face-to-face format. In addition, most lab and studio courses will only be offered in an in-person format. We encourage our international students to continue to monitor Accessplus to track course modality changes and continue to consult with International Students and Scholars Office if you have questions.

I do not meet the criteria, but have anxiety issues that will be triggered by in a face to face environment, can I fill out this form? 

This form is intended for those that have the risk factors listed on this website.  We would encourage you to work with your providers to discuss how to navigate your diagnosis in this current environment.  We would also encourage you to work with Student Accessibility Services if you are not already connected to discuss if you qualify for any additional educational accommodations. 

What is the point of filling out the form? 

By completing the form, you will provide departments with information that will enable them to better tailor course offerings to student needs. In addition, this information will allow advisers to reach out to students who may need additional help registering for fall courses.