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Gov. Reynolds signs ban on COVID-19 vaccine requirements at schools, child care centers and universities

No public or private school, college or university, nor any licensed child care center in the state of Iowa will be able to require anyone attending it — from preschooler to graduate student — to be vaccinated against COVID-19 under […]

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COVID-19: Almost 12,000 new cases, 64 more deaths; UI’s ‘few protections’ get national attention

In its weekly update on Wednesday, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported another 11,723 confirmed cases of COVID-19, a 39 percent increase from the 8,408 new cases during the previous seven-day reporting period. The rate of new cases in […]

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Students die-in on Pentacrest, protesting the ‘perpetual state of stress’ caused by UI’s lax COVID rules

Around 50 people “died” on the Pentacrest on Thursday to protest the University of Iowa’s COVID-19 policies. The die-in protest was organized by Campaign to Organize Graduate Students (COGS), the union that represents graduate student workers at the university. Protesters […]

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Iowa City mask mandate: UI and ICCSD say they can’t require masks; Mayor Teague discusses enforcement

The University of Iowa will not change its policy of encouraging but not requiring mask-wearing on campus, despite the mask mandate issued by Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague on Thursday night. As a state agency it is bound by state […]

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Board of Regents decides not to require COVID vaccinations for UI, ISU and UNI; Grinnell announces it will

Iowa’s three public universities will not require students or staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19, Iowa Board of Regents President Michael Richards announced at the board’s meeting in Ames on Wednesday. “I’d like to make it clear that while we […]

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UI President Bruce Harreld says he’ll step down in May, Board of Regents will appoint interim president (updated)

Editor’s note: This story was updated with information from Board of Regents President Michael Richards’ statement, which was issued after the story was first published. Five months after announcing he was retiring as soon after the Board of Regents appointed […]

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Eliminating tenure, identifying Democrats, controlling spending: Republican lawmakers seek to change Iowa’s universities

An effort by Republicans in the state legislature to eliminate tenure at Iowa’s three public universities advanced this week, as the House Education Committee passed a bill to end tenure at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the […]

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Iowa Board of Regents receives almost meaningless penalty for violating the law in contract talks with UI grad student union

The Board of Regents acted in bad faith and broke the law during contract negotiations with the Campaign to Organize Graduate Students (COGS) in 2016 and 2017, the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) ruled last week. As punishment for its dishonest and illegal behavior, the Board of Regents will be required to post public notices at the University of Iowa […]

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Regent calls cuts to higher education funding an ‘attack on our three public universities’

The slashing of state financial support for Iowa’s public universities over the last two years is “the worst state government public attack on our three public universities” Larry McKibben has seen during his five years on the Iowa Board of […]

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Recent college grad Gov. Reynolds passes on chance to work on funding problems at Iowa universities

The governor’s office was one of several state agencies that declined to participate in a Tuition Task Force meeting. The Board of Regents cancelled the planned meeting due the lack of participation. […]

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Harreld issues call to action following proposed budget cuts to Iowa universities

University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld issued a call to action Thursday following Gov. Terry Branstad’s suggested $34.3 million cut to higher education — the largest cut made as part of an effort to slice $110 million from the budget […]

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Tuition to increase at Iowa’s state universities

Students at Iowa’s three state universities will see tuition go up for the 2017-2018 academic year, with additional increases for students in higher-cost programs, like the University of Iowa’s engineering program, under a tuition proposal approved by the Iowa Board […]

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