Wearing masks, students move into dorms for upcoming semester at University of Northern Iowa

Students at Iowa's three state universities begin moving in to dorms this week, with adjustments made for the pandemic.
Published: Aug. 3, 2020 at 4:36 PM CDT
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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KCRG) - Despite the pandemic, students at Iowa’s three public universities began moving into their dorms Monday for the upcoming fall semester.

It was a quiet move-in day on the University of Northern Iowa campus. That’s because UNI staggered out a moving schedule for new students, limiting how many can move in each day to limit crowding.

“Just even being able to come early and do this, I think that’s great,” Joey Lindvall, an incoming freshman, said.

Lindvall and her family came from Minnesota for day one of move-in.

“I am just thankful that we’re one of the campuses that are still staying open and stuff and that we’re able to go, so that’s exciting. It’s a bummer that [coronavirus] is happening, but it’s still a blessing that we still get to come,” Lindvall said.

Lindvall said she didn’t consider delaying coming to college because of the pandemic. She said she is ready to jump right in, but her time on campus won’t be a typical year at UNI.

Masks will be required when meeting in groups or indoors. The university’s department of residence said the density of dorms has been reduced and there are limits on the number of guests allowed in a room. There are also designated quarantine and isolation areas should a student test positive for COVID-19.

“I wasn’t really sure, I thought if this school were going to be open this year, I’d probably end up going still, because I don’t know what else I’d do right now,” Emie Wolter, another incoming freshman, said.

Wolter, of Humboldt, said this will be her first year away at college and that she is a bit nervous to begin her first year. She said some of her classes have already moved to online or hybrid platforms, but she’s staying positive the year will as normal as possible.

“She’s ready for this,” Doug Wolter, Emie’s dad, said. “She’s prepared. We’re not too far away if she needs anything, but we’re ready for her to take this next step in her life and I think she’ll do really well, just trying to keep it positive.”

Classes begin at the University of Northern Iowa on August 17, one week earlier than usual.

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