Campus COVID-19 Plan for Operation Update - May 20, 2021

May 20, 2021

Dear Members of the University of Dubuque Family,

As I did in one of my first COVID-19 updates over a year ago, I want to compliment and affirm each of you for your care for one another and your willingness to be flexible and adaptive. We are here for each other, and we will get through this challenge together.

Since my last update, the City of Dubuque and Dubuque County rescinded their face covering mandates.

Effective immediately, face coverings will be optional on the University of Dubuque campus, except in the Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center and at clinical sites or internship locations that require face coverings.

Face coverings are recommended for those who are not fully vaccinated, which is in line with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People are fully vaccinated two weeks after a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or two weeks after a single-dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

We strongly encourage students, faculty, and staff to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Please visit to find locations that offer COVID-19 vaccines in the United States.

The University of Dubuque will continue to implement additional cleaning procedures that have been in place since the beginning of the pandemic. Hand sanitizing stations and face covering stations will remain at various locations throughout campus.

I’m excited to share that campus buildings closed to the general public since the pandemic, including the Charles C. Myers Library and Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center, will reopen to everyone starting Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

I’m looking forward to welcoming students in the fall for face-to-face classes. Additional updates about the fall semester will be shared this summer.

Our priority continues to be the safety and well-being of our UD family both on campus and at our LIFE sites in Dubuque, Iowa; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Tempe, Arizona; and Meridian, Idaho. Please, as we enter this new phase, practice our new mantra: Practice adaptability, patience, and forgiveness. There may be members of our UD family who wish to continue to wear face coverings even if they are vaccinated. Please feel welcome to do so if you would like.

Thank you for your care for one another. We will get through this together.

Rev. Jeffrey F. Bullock, PhD
President of the University