As part of the institutional response to COVID-19, the University is committed to supporting students upon their return to campus, including those who are medically vulnerable and at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Students who fall into one or more of the high risk categories as listed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and who wish to seek a temporary alternative learning arrangement beyond the COVID-19 measures taken by the University of Iowa should follow the guidelines as outlined below.  

Apply for Temporary Alternative Learning Arrangement (TALA)

Populations with Vulnerabilities

Student populations with vulnerabilities include:

Students who fall into one or more of these populations, or who live with an individual who falls into one or more of the populations, may utilize the following process if they wish to request a temporary alternative learning arrangement upon their return to campus.

Apply for Temporary Alternative Learning Arrangement (TALA) Requests

  1. Student Completes Request Form - Students who wish to request a Temporary Alternative Learning Arrangement should complete the Temporary Alternative Learning Arrangement Request Form to begin the process. After logging in with their UI HawkID and password, students should answer the questions and upload supporting medical documentation to certify the underlying serious health condition(s). Medical documentation will be kept confidential.

  2. SDS determines eligibility -  Once the request has been processed, students will receive an email notifying them and their college of enrollment that their request for Temporary Alternative Learning Arrangement for the Fall 2020 semester is approved.

  3. Temporary Alternative Learning Arrangement Selection - After receiving the approval email from SDS, students should review their Fall 2020 schedule, begin to make adjustments, and work with their college of enrollment, as needed, to identify possible options and solutions. 

Best Practices for Faculty and Staff  

Faculty and Staff should not ask medical-related questions or inquire about the student’s health, or the health of the student’s family member(s). Examples of inquiries faculty and staff cannot make include:

  • Diagnosis
  • Details regarding treatment or status
  • Medication(s)
  • Name of treating healthcare provider or facility
  • Prognosis of medical condition

Faculty and Staff may ask limited course-related questions such as:

  • Can you describe the learning or educational tasks you are concerned about performing?
  • Are you aware of any alternatives or supports that may assist you?
  • How can we help you today?   

Types of Temporary Alternative Learning Arrangements

The following list does not include all possibilities for temporary alternative learning arrangements for vulnerable populations, but examples are based on availability and include:

  • Remote learning.
  • Modified class schedule such as a change in class time or flexible learning arrangement to decrease contact with others.
  • Usage of additional or enhanced protective equipment such as gowns, masks, face shields, gloves, or other gear beyond what may be provided in the ordinary course.  
  • Temporarily removing or modifying course content that may be less critical or incidental.

Additional Resources

*If you are a student who may need to request an adjustment due to other COVID-19 circumstances, please consider applying for the Temporary Alternative Learning Arrangement and it will be routed to the appropriate office.