Thursday, August 20, 2020

Dear Hawkeyes,

bruce harreld
Bruce Harreld

Another new academic year begins at the University of Iowa, though under circumstances we have never experienced before. The COVID-19 pandemic and recent derecho has presented an extraordinary number of challenges to members of the Hawkeye community—and to the day-to-day operations of the campus itself. But rest assured that Iowa staff have been diligently preparing the past several months for the return of students and educators, and we are ready to begin an exciting new year of learning and discovery.

The University of Iowa is a place of cooperation and collaboration where Hawkeyes from myriad backgrounds and life experiences share their insights into the pressing challenges of our time. Our emphasis on freedom of expression and the elevation of voices that have as yet gone unheard go a long way to explaining why Iowa is at the forefront of countless fields.

Kevin Kregel

Likewise, our university’s hometown, Iowa City, is a unique community that blends the friendliness and accessibility of a small town with the resources and cultural variety of a large city. For our newest students—depending on where you hail from—Iowa City might at first seem a bit too big or too small, and it’s natural, when you’re in a new place, to feel a bit disconnected. But you’ll soon find your niche, just as have the students before you who know and love the welcoming place their alma mater calls home.

Please also know that the University of Iowa stands by a strong set of fundamental principles:

  • We will not tolerate anything but a safe and inclusive campus for people of all backgrounds regardless of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, ancestry, or disability.
  • We will not tolerate sexual violence, misconduct, or harassment and are committed to ensuring survivors know they are believed, supported, and assisted.
  • We are committed to maintaining a climate that promotes high ethical standards for students, staff, and scholars as it pertains to research, plagiarism, or cheating.
  • We value the First Amendment and freedom of expression and believe civil discourse and the respectful exchange of ideas are the cornerstones of higher education and this great institution.

Below are resources for members of the UI community. Please reach out to these contacts if you need assistance. We are here to help.

Welcome, or welcome back! I look forward to all that we will accomplish this semester.


Bruce Harreld, president

Kevin Kregel, interim executive vice president and provost