COVID-19 Updates

University COVID-19 Information and Resources

Please check the Iowa State University Updates & Resources Page regularly for important updates surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The page includes all of President Wintersteen’s updates to the campus community, FAQs by audience, information about summer and fall 2020 planning, resource contacts, travel restrictions, learning and employee resources, closures and event cancellations, and other important details.

Guidance for students who may need to take extra precautions due to COVID-19 can be found here.

Iowa State COVID-19 Information and Resources


LAS Updates

For college-specific information for students and faculty and employees, please check the LAS COVID-19 Updates Page. This page includes messages from Dean Beate Schmittmann and other resources.

LAS COVID-19 Updates


Greenlee School Updates


Greenlee Offices

The Greenlee School’s main office and IT support office are physically closed until further notice. We’re still here for you though. The university remains open for business, and our faculty and staff are working remotely.

To reach the main office during summer business hours (M-F: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.), contact 515-294-4342 or

If you have IT support questions, contact

To reach Greenlee faculty or staff, see our online directory.

Greenlee COVID-19 Internship Policy for Spring/Summer 2020

The Greenlee School required internship (499A) is more than a course—it is an experience that prepares you to be more competitive for securing your next position in media and communication. Yet we understand COVID-19 has created a unique situation with regard to securing and completing internships, and we are committed to working with students to help them continue making progress toward graduation.

For students who (a) are or were working in their approved internship during the spring or summer semesters of 2020 or (b) are planning to graduate in spring, summer or fall 2020 or spring 2021, we are offering several options. Students should consult with their advisers as they consider what is best for their situation. (Last updated May 15, 2020)

Greenlee COVID-19 Internship Policy for Spring/Summer 2020

Fall 2020 PIE Testing

Passing the Poynter Institute Exam (known in Greenlee as the PIE) is a prerequisite for JL MC 201. The exam is offered as part of an online course offered through Poynter’s News University.

Students will take three assessments in grammar, punctuation and word use through the Poynter Institute website on their own time from any computer with Internet access.

Students have three attempts to pass each of the three assessments with a 78% or more (39 out of 50). Students must use these attempts by 4 p.m. CDT Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020.

Please find the directions for the online PIE on the Greenlee website. If you have any questions, please email Kelsie Poe at

Greenlee Classes

President Wendy Wintersteen and Senior Vice President and Provost Jonathan Wickert shared information on Iowa State’s academic experience for the fall semester in a letter to students.

A summary of academic decisions and key dates for the fall semester is available on the university’s fall planning page.

ISU will release course-by-course details in AccessPlus by August 3.

Associate Director Jay Newell shared an update on Fall 2020 Greenlee courses in a letter to students on July 13, 2020.

More information specific to Greenlee courses will be available later this summer.

Greenlee Labs and Equipment Checkout

Equipment checkout (cameras, microphones, etc.) and open labs will be closed during the spring and summer 2020 period of online instruction.

While open campus computer labs will be closed during the fall 2020 semester, we are working on ways for students to safely access the necessary software and equipment for our skills courses. Your instructor will share more info as details are finalized.

Greenlee IT Laptop Recommendations

Beginning in fall 2020, all students at Iowa State University will be required to own or obtain a laptop computer or other device appropriate to their discipline. The university’s IT department established an information page about the requirement, and the college has additional information on LAS-specific recommendations.

Our school IT department has additional information on Greenlee-specific recommendations for optimum compatibility with Greenlee lab computers.

Academic and Faculty Advising

Your academic or faculty adviser remains your point of contact for advising related questions.