CLAS Fall 2020 Resources: Undergraduate Academic Delivery

Classroom Health and Safety: Quick Guide for CLAS Instructors (download pdf)

CLAS Guidelines for CLAS Criteria for Changing Course Modalities: Fall 2020 (download pdf)

To our faculty and graduate assistants: Thank you for your academic leadership. We in the Dean’s Office are here to support you in your teaching, scholarship, scientific investigation, and artistic production. We are eager to see your many creative responses to our present realities as you discover new ways to teach and to engage in the sharing of knowledge.

Please lean on us as needed, and never hesitate to reach out with a collaborative spirit. We know that unanticipated situations and new questions will arise as we move into the semester—we will work through them together to ensure that you succeed in your academic and research missions.  —Interim Dean Sara Sanders

Pandemic Policies Fall 2020

Policies, procedures, and practices related to the Fall 2020 semester and the COVID-19 pandemic for undergraduate instructors. Topics include:

Absences: COVID-19 Related
Accommodations for Absences: What is Reasonable
Academic Calendar and Thanksgiving Recess: Move to Online
Classroom Health and Safety: Quick Guide for Instructors
Changing Modalities: Requests During the Semester (with link to form)
Course Modalities: CLAS Definitions
Final Assessments and Exams: New and Continuing Policies
Grading Strategies
Handling Student Disruptions Related to UI Health Directives 
International Students: Special Directives
Lessons from Spring 2020 Student Surveys
Management of Physical Classroom: Who Does What?
P/N Grades: Not an Option for Fall 2020
Syllabus Insert: Required Additions 
Syllabus: Required Additions
TALA: Temporary Alternative Learning Arrangements
Undergraduate Research

Contact the CLAS Office of Academic Programs and Student Development for questions about policy, procedures, and practices

Staff in CLAS Undergraduate Programs are available to assist faculty, staff, and students. You may email us at any time. We may be reached by phone at 319-335-2633 during our virtual office hours, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm weekdays (closed Wednesdays from 12 - 1 pm).

Phone and Virtual Appointments for students:

  • Virtual Appointments: Current University of Iowa students may make a phone or virtual appointment online in MyUI under Advising Appointment (choose "College Office" then "College of Liberal Arts and Sciences") or by calling
  • Phone Appointments: Call 319-335-2633 during our virtual office hours. We can meet with students by phone or using Zoom, Skype for Business, or Microsoft Teams.

Drop-in Hours (In-person, Phone, Zoom):

  • In-person drop-in hours in 120 Schaeffer Hall: 11 am - 2 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, while on-campus courses are being held.
  • Phone drop-in hours: 11 am - 2 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and from 11 am - 12 pm and 1 - 2 pm on Wednesdays. Call us at 319-335-2633 for assistance.
  • Zoom drop-in hours: 11 am - 2 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and from 11 am - 12 pm and 1 - 2 pm on Wednesdays. Use this link to sign in for a Zoom drop-in: Note: you must sign in to Zoom with SSO to using your Hawk ID and password.

After Thanksgiving, when the University switches to all online instruction, 120 SH will be closed and CLAS Academic Programs staff will be working regular office hours remotely.

Resources for Virtual Instruction

Instructional Support: Helpful resources from the UI Office of Teaching, Learning, and Technology

Watch presentations on demand: Hosted and recorded by the Office of Teaching, Learning, and Technology; Remote Instruction Team; and Division of Online Education, the topics of these on-demand presentations focus on a type of course (large lectures, discussion courses, or small groups), and are specialized by arts/humanities, sciences, and social sciences. 

Upcoming virtual sessions from the Center for Teaching include topics such as inclusive and equitable pedagogy, using Zoom effectively, equity and assessment, and more.

Five ways to support first-generation students in Fall 2020

This is a great resource from the UI Office of Assessment.

"Addressing Equity in the Classroom Setting During Times of Change: Tools for Faculty"

Watch this panel discussion from August 21, 2020, sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, Center for Diversity and Enrichment, and Center for Teaching.

Moderator: Teresa Mangum—Director, Obermann Center; Professor, Departments of English and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies


  • Cornelia Lang—CLAS Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education; Professor, Physics and Astronomy
  • Deborah Whaley—Professor, American Studies and African American Studies
  • Lina-Maria Murillo—Assistant Professor, History
  • Carolina Herrera—Undergraduate Student; Iowa Edge Peer Leader
  • Nick Creary—Associate Director, Center for Diversity and Enrichment
  • Sara Nasrollahian Mojarad—Assistant Director, Center for Teaching

Responding to Classroom Disruptions

Watch a presentation from the Office of Student Accountability about how to address disruptions in the classroom by students.