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novel coronavirus (covid-19)

william penn university fall 2020 return to campus plan

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return to campus - adjustment levels

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william penn university is tracking and reporting data related to covid-19. we are currently at a green, level 1 status. those in isolation have tested positive, while those in quarantine have been identified with a potential exposure to covid-19 through contact tracing.
10 students in active isolation 18 students in active quarantine
0 employees in active isolation 1 employee in active quarantine

last update: december 8, 2020 11:45 am

to read previous updates, please click on the links below.

campus events

to reduce the risk of transmission of covid-19 consistent with the iowa department of health, william penn university has announced restrictions for summer camp activity on the premises. any overnight camp will be limited to no more than 50 campers. all day camp activity will take place outdoors and use of the penn activity center is prohibited for anyone’s use other than william penn students and employees. this decision is based on the governor’s proclamation and cdc guidelines (which would require social distancing and additional hygiene measures) and in the interest in protecting the participants along with the students and employees at william penn university.


commencement ceremonies scheduled for may 9, 2020 have been rescheduled for october 10, 2020. please watch your william penn email and our website for more information.

cares act

william penn university will use funds received under section 18004(a)(1) of the cares act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students. click here to read more about the cares act or the heerf quarterly reporting.

covid-19 resources

this is an evolving situation and updates are available from the iowa department of public health and the centers for disease control and prevention (cdc), including updated travel notices for countries with community transmission.

frequently asked questions

at this time, we will be using the original 2020-21 academic calendar as approved. fall classes will begin on monday, august 24 and final exams will be held december 9-11. the spring 2021 semester is scheduled to begin on monday, january 11, 2021 and final exams will be held may 3-5.

date updated: july 30, 2020

face coverings will be required in classrooms and common spaces (hallways, public restrooms, etc). students are also expected to wear face coverings in the cafeteria when they are not eating.

date updated: july 30, 2020

every student and employee will be given a cloth wp face covering that is washable. additional disposable masks are also available. the team store also has face coverings available for sale.

date updated: july 30, 2020

yes, the fall seasons will begin with camps in august and competition is scheduled to start in early september. fall athletes should contact their coach(es) if they have any questions. game schedules can be found at

date updated: july 30, 2020

yes, classes will be held face-to-face. face coverings will be required in classrooms.

date updated: july 30, 2020

all students will be tested for covid-19 when they return to campus in addition to screening questions. students will also be required to monitor their health through the presage app daily. students should check their university email account for further information about testing and the app in early august.

date updated: july 30, 2020

additional move-in dates and times have been added to the calendar. students must sign up for a 2-hour block of time to move in so we can regulate the number of students moving in to a building at one time. each student may have two guests assist them with move-in. students should refer to their university email for additional and instructions related to move-in.

date updated: july 30, 2020

we do have rooms set aside for students who test positive for covid to isolate in. daily virtual check-ins will be held with an isolated students and meals will be delivered to them. additional information about the isolation and quarantine plans can be found in return to campus plan, located at

date updated: july 30, 2020

the cafeteria has adjusted the traffic flow to reduce congestion and will also operate at 50% capacity with the scheuermann room serving as an overflow area. additional hours have been added to allow students to spread out their meal times. students may also order food ahead of time through the bite+ app. students can also use a provided to-go container and take food out of the cafeteria. further information about dining services can be found in the return to campus plan at

date updated: july 30, 2020

students living in residence halls will be billed for a full semester. the residence halls and dining services will be available for the duration of the semester.

date updated: july 30, 2020

students who feel ill should stay in their residence hall or off-campus living environment. if a student needs medical care or suspects they have been exposed to the virus should call the william penn health clinic at 641-676-7361 or william penn university sports medicine department at 641-673-1293. students in the residence halls should also contact the dean of students to make meal arrangements.

date updated: july 30, 2020

mental health resources

counseling center is closed for the summer. sessions will resime the week of august 24, 2020.