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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

William Penn University Return to Campus Plan

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Return to Campus - Adjustment Levels

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William Penn University is tracking and reporting data related to COVID-19. We are currently at a Green, Level 1 status. Those in isolation have tested positive, while those in quarantine have been identified with a potential exposure to COVID-19 through contact tracing.
0 Students in Active Isolation 1 Students in Active Quarantine
0 Employees in Active Isolation 0 Employees in Active Quarantine

Last Update: April 15, 2021 9:00 AM

To read previous updates, please click on the links below.

New COVID-19 Testing Policy for Quarantined Employees/Students

As a result of the revised CDC guideline, William Penn University has developed the following policy, effective January 11, 2021.

If a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19 they must isolate for 10 days from the start of symptoms or 10 days from the positive test, if asymptotic.  If an employee or a student is deemed a contact of a positive test, they must quarantine for 10 days.

The employee who is quarantined will be required to have an on-campus COVID test on the 7th day (or after if testing on campus is unavailable) of their quarantine.  If the employee’s test is negative they will return to work that day.  If the employee is positive, the employee will be required to isolate for an additional 10 days.

A student in quarantine may choose to take an on-campus test on their 7th day of quarantine (or after if testing on campus is unavailable).  They will be obligated to pay for the test.  If the test is negative, the student may return to class and activities.  If the test is positive, they will isolate for an additional 10 days.


William Penn University will use funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. Click here to read more about the CARES Act or the heerf quarterly reporting.

COVID-19 Resources

This is an evolving situation and updates are available from the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including updated Travel Notices for countries with community transmission.

Frequently Asked Questions

At this time, we will be using the original 2020-21 academic calendar as approved. Fall classes will begin on Monday, August 24 and Final Exams will be held December 9-11. The Spring 2021 semester is scheduled to begin on Monday, January 11, 2021 and Final Exams will be held May 3-5.

Date Updated: July 30, 2020

Face coverings will be required in classrooms and common spaces (hallways, public restrooms, etc). Students are also expected to wear face coverings in the cafeteria when they are not eating.

Date Updated: July 30, 2020

Every student and employee will be given a cloth WP face covering that is washable. Additional disposable masks are also available. The Team Store also has face coverings available for sale.

Date Updated: July 30, 2020

Students who feel ill should stay in their residence hall or off-campus living environment. If a student needs medical care or suspects they have been exposed to the virus should call the William Penn Health Clinic at 641-676-7361 or William Penn University Sports Medicine Department at 641-673-1293. Students in the residence halls should also contact the Dean of Students to make meal arrangements.

Date Updated: July 30, 2020

Mental Health Resources

The Counseling Center is available to all students. Please contact Tyne Smith, Campus Counselor, at 641-673-1703 or