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Fall 2021 Return to Campus Information

Please read through the policies and procedures regarding COVID-19 and our safe return to campus for the Fall 2021 semester.

This page will be updated as new information becomes available. Be sure to check back frequently.

Academic Calendar & Instruction

Clarke University will follow the 2021-2022 academic calendar, with the fall semester beginning on August 23, 2021, and coming to a close on December 9, 2021.

Similar to the previous academic semester planning, Academic Affairs worked closely with faculty to ensure students benefit from quality learning experiences in safe environments. During the fall 2021 semester, students will continue to experience a variety of approaches to instruction, including face-to-face, hybrid, and online (synchronous and asynchronous) formats, all with keeping health and safety in mind. Many of you will be happy to know that we are planning for many courses to return face-to-face on the Clarke campus this fall. Very few courses will remain fully online, and some will remain in the hybrid model.

Students will find more specific information about classroom instruction and mode of delivery in CU hub. Learning outcomes will be met with health and safety in mind and noted in their fall syllabi. As is always the case, Clarke University is committed to providing quality learning experiences that lead to success in the classroom and beyond.

Residence Halls/Move-in

Students will be allowed to choose to live in single or double rooms as space is available. All bathrooms and common spaces will be cleaned frequently and thoroughly in accordance with CDC guidelines. We plan to continue to maintain quarantines and keep isolation rooms on campus for those that test positive for COVID-19.

Housing assignments, residence hall move-in, and the CONNECT orientation schedule will be available by July 15.

We are also reviewing our guest/visitor policy and are likewise optimistic that we will be able to welcome more guests to campus during the fall semester.

Public Health Protocols

As we have throughout the pandemic, we will let science and safety be our guides. As long as COVID-19 remains present in Dubuque and on our campus, we may need to continue with masking, physical distancing, self-screening, and attention to personal hygiene/hand washing for an unknown length of time. We will share information with our community closer to the start of the fall semester, based on available guidance from our public health experts at that time.

Masks will remain required on campus until told otherwise.

COVID-19 Vaccine

Clarke University continues to strongly encourage everyone in our campus community to contribute to the common good and get fully vaccinated. It is the best way to protect yourself and others against the coronavirus. With more access to the vaccine anticipated in the months ahead, we are hopeful that everyone in our university community will have had the opportunity to receive the vaccine by August. This would be a major step forward for us to return more fully to an in-person campus experience.

New students are required to complete Health Forms, and returning students will be required to update their Health Forms with the Health Services Office prior to the start of the fall semester.  COVID vaccine information is requested on these Health Forms. Employees will be asked to complete a short questionnaire from Human Resources regarding the COVID vaccine. This information is confidential and will give us a better idea of the percent of employees and students who have received the COVID vaccine.

COVID-19 Screening & Testing

We are closely monitoring conditions on campus, and in the City of Dubuque, and Dubuque County. We will determine the need for ongoing screening for our community when we get closer to the beginning of the academic year. We will continue to require daily screening for our students, and it is likely that regular testing of our student-athletes will be required by our athletic conference.

Faculty & Staff Work Arrangements

All Clarke employees will return to campus for their regularly scheduled work hours on August 2. Some positions may be considered for continued partial remote work arrangements in accordance with Clarke’s newly adopted remote work policy. Please watch for more information from Human Resources regarding the details of the policy.

Events, Gatherings, and Visitors

We are working on offering more in-person events on campus, specifically outdoor events and those where social distancing is able to be achieved. We are hopeful that this trend will continue and that we will be able to lift restrictions even further and allow more events to take place on campus in the fall. We are also reviewing our visitor policy and are likewise optimistic that we will be able to welcome more guests to campus during the fall semester. Decisions will always be based on local health department and CDC guidelines.

Home athletic events will continue to allow home team spectators. If changes occur, we will post updates on

One Clarke, One Community

We are remaining cautiously optimistic that the fall semester will feel a lot more “normal” than what we have experienced during the current academic year. Of course, “normal” is now a relative term. There are many areas of operations that likely will never be entirely the same after our experiences through the pandemic. While it has certainly been a difficult time for everyone, we know we are a stronger community and will apply many of the lessons of the pandemic well into the future.

We will provide additional updates as new information becomes available. Please continue to check this webpage for the latest news. Again, we thank you for your dedication to keeping our community safe during this academic year. We are looking forward to being more fully together as a community this fall!

Watch for upcoming communication throughout the summer for more information on our return to campus in the fall.

Directory Information

This page will be updated as new information becomes available. Be sure to check back frequently.