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School of Music COVID-19 Updates

Frequently Asked Questions

For up-to-date University statements on COVID-19:

For general student questions:

Student Emergency Fund
The University of Iowa Student Government, Graduate and Professional Student Government, and donors have contributed additional funds for the Student Emergency Fund, which provides microgrants averaging between $50 and $350. Students who experience an event or unforeseen circumstance that negatively and severely impacts their academic success, which may include unexpected medical and travel costs, unexpected decrease in work hours and income, and other unforeseen expenses due to COVID-19, should consider applying with the Office of the Dean of Students. Grants will be awarded based on funds available, which are limited.

I’ve never taken a class online. Where do I get help with technology questions?

What are the dates currently included in the virtual instruction window?
All classes at the University of Iowa will be conducted in an online format for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.

Has Fall 2020 registration been changed?
Yes, early registration for the Fall 2020 semester is being moved back by one week to allow more time for students to connect with their advisors. Early registration will now take place April 20-May 1.

Will my transcript reflect the Spring 2020 pandemic?
Yes, a designation will be added to all students’ transcripts indicating the extraordinary circumstances encountered during the Spring 2020 semester.

What temporary changes should be I be aware of regarding my academic deadlines and policies?

How can I get my instrument and personal belongings from the Voxman Music Building?
As you know, classes will not be conducted in a face-to-face format for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Due to the Voxman Music Building being locked for all non-employees, we would like to assist students that need to retrieve their personal belongings in the days ahead.

Please email with a time frame that you will be on campus and would like to retrieve your personal belongings. A staff member will reply to your email with specific instructions.

Please note that your visit to Voxman will consist of a trip to your locker and a trip back out, and you are responsible for following all CDC-recommended guidelines regarding social distancing and hand hygiene.

Access to offices and classrooms for faculty, staff, and TA instructional efforts
Faculty, staff, and teaching assistants who wish to use a classroom for lecture recording or synchronous distance learning must contact their academic departmental administrator to reserve a classroom to ensure its availability and to make arrangements for cleaning the equipment before beginning and when finished. For more information, email

Buildings are closed to the public, however those with card access will be able to enter the building. To keep the building clean and safe for all staff, including custodial staff, public spaces within the buildings will be closed.  This includes the practice rooms. Those entering buildings should do so only to complete a specific activity or task, such as record a lecture or pick up a book, and then leave.

Will the music library remain open? What library services will be available?
The Rita Benton Music Library will be closed for the foreseeable future, starting March 17, 2020 at 5pm. 

What do I do if I have critical access needs in order to complete my courses?
Please email if you will need access to a space and/or specific technology within Voxman Music Building during the online instruction window.

When does Spring break end?
Spring break has been extended for one week to allow faculty, staff and students to prepare for online instruction for the remainder of the semester. There will be no instruction March 23-27. Online instruction will begin on Monday, March 30.

Is the semester extended?
No. The spring semester will end on May 15 as scheduled. There will be one less week of instruction this semester.

Is Voxman Music Building closed?
Voxman Music Building will remain locked until further notice to help control person-to-person interactions, under the guidance of the CDC and University of Iowa. All faculty, staff, and graduate assistants have access to the building via their ID cards to ensure that their critical functions (which include teaching) can continue. Any questions regarding building access should be directed to

Can I still teach private lessons or rehearse with my pianist if I maintain the recommended 6 feet social distancing?
No. Lessons and coachings should continue in a virtual format.

Are events cancelled?
All School of Music events have been cancelled for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.

If I am a student worker, will I still have a job? Am I required to work?
Please communicate with your supervisor regarding student employment options for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.

Am I still required to take my comp exams?
Please communicate with Dr. Puderbaugh with any questions you have:

Where do I direct thesis questions?
Please communicate with Dr. Puderbaugh with any questions you have:

Is commencement cancelled?
Yes, sadly. Commencement ceremonies have been cancelled at all three regents institutions in Iowa (University of Iowa, Iowa State, University of Northern Iowa).


Please complete this form if you have additional School of Music-specific questions during this time.