Fall 2021 Planning Messages
Fall Planning Update
March 25, 2021 - We are actively planning for a return to in-person education in the fall of 2021.
Summer 2021 Planning Messages
Shift in COVID-19 Related Protocols on Campus effective June 2
June 1, 2021 - COVID-19 public health conditions as tracked on our COVID-19 Dashboard continue to improve across our county and state, which has led us to make the decision to modify some of the public health measures we have had in place throughout the pandemic, effective June 2, 2021.
Summer International and Domestic College-Sponsored Travel Policies
Effective May 28, 2021, the current international and domestic college-sponsored travel ban is lifted. Below you will find the updated travel policies and requirements outlined for this summer.
Spring 2021 Planning Messages
Grinnell College Second Dose Vaccine Clinic
April 19, 2021 Grinnell College is hosting a second dose COVID-19 vaccination clinic for individuals who were vaccinated with their first dose at the vaccination clinic held on campus April 7 and 8.
On-Campus COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Now Open to Household Members
April 1, 2021 - In response to having available doses of the COVID-19 vaccine available for our voluntary on-campus clinic we are now opening registration to household members of our faculty, staff, and students.
Grinnell College Partners with Hy-Vee to Host COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic
March 30, 2021 - To better help protect our community, the College has partnered with Hy-Vee to host a voluntary COVID-19 vaccination clinic for faculty, staff, and students April 7 and 8.
Campus Activity Level Shifting to Blue
March 17, 2021 - Level Blue indicates that community health precautions are still in place for most campus activities but we can begin limited additional activities.
Changes in Policy: Eye Protection
March 16, 2021 - Based on discussion with our COVID advisory team at the University of Iowa, the decision has been made to no longer require eye protection (goggles or shields) in most campus spaces.
Summer Term Update: Research projects, internships, but no classes
Feb. 16, 2021 - Summer 2021 will not include classes; it will include our normal summer academic and co-curricular activities.
Fall 2020 Planning Messages
Fall Planning Update
Oct. 21, 2020 - In the upcoming second fall term, we will welcome back a very small number of students to campus for in-person learning experiences. The gradual addition of students to our campus community will help us prepare for further growth in the context of ongoing community health challenges.
Update: Fall Term 2
Sept. 14, 2020 - We have made the decision to continue with remote instruction and a very low-density campus for Fall Term 2.
July 27, 2020 - Our revised residency model for the 2020-21 academic year is built around class years and implications for many areas of our program.
Important Changes to Fall Plans
July 20, 2020 - Fall Term 1 classes will be offered remotely and the arrival of first-year and transfer students will be delayed in an effort to further limit the number of students on campus.
Fall Term Plans Reassessment
July 15, 2020 - At this time, we are going to pause on sending additional invitations to study and live on campus for the second fall term (F2), scheduled to begin Oct. 22. We will remain paused until we can better understand the repercussions of these rapidly changing circumstances and new public health guidance.
Fall 2020 Campus Planning Update
July 10, 2020 - A message for students from Acting President Anne Harris that provides further details on the on-and off-campus experience in 2020-21.
A Framework for Academic Progress and Success
July 2, 2020 - Acting President Anne Harris provides an overview of the 2020-21 academic year planning process in a video message to campus.
Intercollegiate Athletic Competition During Fall Term 1
June 29, 2020 - Grinnell athletic teams will not compete against other colleges during the first fall term. We will continue to closely monitor the latest research and reports and will announce our decisions about Fall Term 2, Spring Term 1, and Spring Term 2 as those terms draw nearer.
Academic Year 2020-21 Planning Updates
June 12, 2020 - More specific information about our fall plans, even as our planning work continues. The next academic year will consist of four 7.5-week terms, with an optional summer term. We are planning for a low-density campus this fall, with a minimum starting number of between 500 - 600 students for the first term. There will be in-person and distance class offerings each term.
2020-21 Test Optional Admission Policy
June 5, 2020 - For the 2020-21 admission cycle Grinnell College will adopt a test optional admission policy.
Special Campus Memo: Planning Considerations for Academic Year 2020-21 Classes
June 1, 2020 - The 2020-21 academic year will be a year of change and adaptation as we seek to manage the number of students, faculty, and staff on campus at a given time and to create as safe a campus environment as possible.
Special Campus Memo: Plans to Build Testing Capacity for Fall 2020
May 22, 2020 - The College signed a contract with a private testing firm that guarantees capacity for initial and regularized diagnostic (PCR) COVID-19 testing for students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus.
Spring 2020 Response Messages
Special Campus Memo: COVID-19 Prevention Reminders (4-24-20)
Grinnell College Post COVID-19: Recovery, Stewardship, and Renaissance (4-21-20)
Special Grant Award Assistance for Academic Year 2020-21 (4-16-20)
Addressing Rumors About Fall 2020 Classes (4-7-20)
Helpful Information Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic (4-3-20)
A Message from President Kington to the Grinnell Community (3-26-20)
COVID-19 Campus Update 3-25-20
COVID-19 Campus Update 3-24-20
COVID-19 Campus Update: Contingency Plan Implementation (3-23-20)
First Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Poweshiek County (3-21-20)
COVID-19 Campus Update 3-20-20
COVID-19 Campus Update 3-19-20
COVID-19 Campus Update 3-18-20
COVID-19 Campus Update 3-17-20
Message from David Maxwell '66, Chair of Grinnell's Board of Trustees (3-17-20)
College Transitioning to Remote Work for Many Employees (3-17-20)
COVID-19 Campus Update 3-16-20
COVID-19 Campus Update: Thank You (3-14-20)
COVID-19 Campus Update: Important New Information (3-13-20)
COVID-19 Campus Update 3-12-20
COVID-19 Campus Update: Keeping Our Community Informed (3-11-20)
Important COVID-19 Planning Updates (3-10-20)
Transition to Distance Learning at Grinnell College (3-9-20)
Update: COVID-19 and International Travel (3-4-20)
Campus Update: Influenza and Coronavirus (3-2-20)
Update on CDC Guidelines Implementation (2-10-20)
CDC Coronavirus Guideline Implemented on Campus (2-6-20)
Coronavirus Outbreak and China Travel (1-30-20)
Flu Activity at Grinnell College (1-28-20)