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 the fall 2020 semester, including student life, personal health, Cyclones Care, and academics and learning, as well as the latest updates and resources and Iowa State Innovation at Work during this time.

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 main office, located in 101 Hamilton Hall, is open, and regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) have resumed.

You can continue to reach the main office staff at 515-294-4342 or

If you have IT support questions, contact If you have questions related to Greenlee labs, contact

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

Face Coverings and Physical Distancing in Hamilton Hall

Per the revised university face coverings policy, cloth face coverings are required indoors in all university buildings, including Hamilton Hall, and outdoors when others are or may be present where physical distancing is not possible (with some exceptions and clarifications). If you forget your face covering, disposable face coverings are available in 101 Hamilton.

In Hamilton Hall, two circular routes — around the first-floor student interaction area and in the lower level — have been designated one way to help with traffic flow. In areas of two-way traffic, please keep as far to the right as possible. Signage and floor markers have been posted around the building to designate the routes and help you find your way to classrooms and labs in the building.

In communal areas and hallways, some furniture has also been removed to create more space for physical distancing. Hand sanitizer stations have also been placed in several locations throughout the building.

Academic and Faculty Advising

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

Advising appointments are by appointment only (virtual or in person if there’s a pressing need). Schedule advising meetings with the academic advisers (Jessica Hansen-Moench, Kelsie Poe and Juli Probasco-Sowers) through EAB or by calling 515-294-4342 whenever possible rather than coming into the main office.

For in-person appointments, please arrive as close to your appointment time as possible. A designated waiting spot is marked in the hallway near the men’s restroom on the first floor.

Faculty office hours and meetings (including advising meetings, student organizational meetings, thesis/creative component defenses) should take place in a virtual environment this semester unless there is a pressing need to meet in person. Even then, some individuals may still require virtual options. Refer to our faculty directory for contact and appointment scheduling info for individual faculty members.

Greenlee Classes

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

Updated class lists, indicating delivery mode and locations, are now available on AccessPlus. At this time, students who wish to change their schedule to achieve more online or in-person courses, or switch sections of the same course, have the opportunity to do so in AccessPlus.  This graphic illustrates a comparison between delivery modes.

Classes begin on Aug. 17, and students may make changes to their schedules without instructor and/or adviser approval until Friday, Aug. 21. Students who need assistance in changing their fall course schedule should contact their adviser. A summary of academic decisions and key dates for the fall semester is available on the university’s fall planning page.

More information about procedures for classes in Greenlee teaching labs located in Hamilton Hall is available on our Labs & Equipment page.

Greenlee Lab Reservations and Equipment Checkout

The Greenlee School received permission to open some computer stations in our labs on an appointment-only basis during the fall 2020 semester. Students taking approved Greenlee courses will also be able to check out the necessary equipment once class lists are received from instructors and processed. Instructors will be notified one this has occurred. Find more information about reservations and procedures on our Labs & Equipment page.

See our Labs & Equipment page for more information on options for Adobe software availability.

ISU Laptop Requirement and 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. Iowa State University Information Technology Services established an information page about the requirement.

To support students, there is funding available through the CARES Act and loaners available through the Iowa State Library Laptop Loaner Program. For details, visit the ITS information page, and click on “What if I can’t afford to buy my own laptop computer?” Requests must be submitted by 5 p.m. CST Aug. 28 (updated).

The college has additional information on LAS-specific recommendations. Our IT staff has additional information on Greenlee-specific recommendations for optimum compatibility with Greenlee lab computers.

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 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. (Policy last updated May 15, 2020)

Greenlee COVID-19 Internship Policy for Spring/Summer 2020