Planning for Fall 2020

Moving forward in 2020, Grand View University is excited to start in-person classes and welcome students back to campus this fall. Grand View will continue to work hard all summer in monitoring the COVID-19 situation and making the health and safety of our students and campus community a top priority. We are grateful for the dedication and perseverance to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment shown throughout the entire GV community.

COVID-19 Dashboard Classes & HyFlex
Health & Safety Viking Health Pledge
Housing & Dining Athletics
Visiting Campus Offices
FAQs Additional Resources
Current Student Academic Support Parent & Student Town Hall

Classes & HyFlex

Grand View University is planning for in-person classes this fall with social distancing and safety measures in place. Grand View has also implemented a HyFlex course model that allows for course delivery that is flexible and adaptable so students can continue their education uninterrupted.

  • Fall classes will begin on Monday, August 24.
  • Classrooms will be arranged to allow for social distancing between all students and faculty.
  • Students will be expected to wear masks while in classrooms and anytime they are in common areas and are unable to maintain six feet of social distancing.
  • Grand View has adopted a HyFlex course model that will allow flexible course delivery and will give students the ability to keep attending class even if they are unable to do so in person.
  • If required by the State of Iowa, GV faculty are ready to move to online instruction.

What is HyFlex?

The Hyflex model was built for student success. Grand View students will have flexibility with three options for how to attend class:

  1. Face-to-Face (Traditional)
  2. Synchronous Learning (Live + Online)
  3. Asynchronous Learning (Recorded)

Students in all three learning modes will work together through Zoom meetings, online discussion boards and course blogs to develop skills in writing and analyzing course materials.

HyFlex Infographic

HyFlex FAQs

Dr. Kevin Gannon, Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Grand View, answers some of the most frequently asked questions as we bring students back to GV for the fall semester, including:

  1. How does online experience compare to in person?
  2. Will all classes be face-to-face and HyFlex?
  3. What if I have a health condition that puts me at risk?
  4. Will labs be in person?
  5. What if I have a Covid exposure?
  6. What technology will students need?
  7. Can students take classes remotely?
  8. Online vs. HyFlex course models

Academic Calendar

Classes will being Monday, August 24, with new student days being held Friday, August 21 - Sunday, August 23.

Fall 2020 Academic Calendar

Health & Safety

Cleaning Procedures

Grand View University has partnered with FBG Service Corporation, a professional cleaning service, to ensure we provide top-notch safety and cleaning procedures focused on infection prevention and control.

FBG uses an Electrostatic Disinfection System (EDS) with hospital grade disinfectants approved by both the CDC and APA to attack key touchpoints around campus, including:

  • Faucets
  • Door Handles
  • Switches
  • Desks
  • Wellness Center
  • Elevators
  • Other High Risk Areas

View a detailed summary of FBG's cleaning procedures here.

Social Distancing

Grand View is practicing social distancing in all buildings on campus. This meets that everyone should maintain a six-foot distance from others. Classrooms will be arranged to allow for social distancing and seating in all public spaces has been spread out. According to the CDC, keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to this virus and slowing its spread locally and across the country and world.

Learn more about social distancing here.

Face Masks

Students will be expected to wear masks in class and in other public areas, particularly when social distancing cannot be assured. The University fully supports the advice from health professionals: “Consistent, widespread use of cloth masks in public settings will dramatically slow the spread of COVID-19.”  It is the University’s full intention that the community will achieve 100% compliance with this AND OTHER parts of the coronavirus game plan. We will achieve that level of compliance by creating a culture of compliance. That effort will include:

  • Asking all members of the community to acknowledge and sign a community pledge acknowledging and committing to all measures necessary to keep the community safe;
  • Providing education on the virus and how it is spread to help individuals make the right decisions;
  • Sending friendly reminders with signage, other communications and fun promotions;
  • Making the right thing to do the easy choice for members of the community.

We do not condone approaches or efforts that will shame, belittle, bully, or intimidate individuals based on their opinions about the coronavirus. Such actions are inconsistent with Grand View’s values and our long-held objective of being a supportive and caring community. That said, if anyone blatantly refuses or belligerently ignores what it will take to keep our community safe, the following language in the Grand View Student Code of Conduct will apply, “Student responsibilities include: refraining from any conduct that would interfere with University functions or endanger the health, welfare or safety of other persons.” Actions and/or behaviors by students which constitute violations of the Code of Student Conduct will subject a student to disciplinary sanctions.

While this topic focuses on wearing face coverings, our need for compliance is equally—and in many cases more—important for other parts of our coronavirus game plan (e.g., following directives to self-monitor one’s health, self-isolating when feeling symptoms of COVID-19, and practicing social distancing). The University’s emphasis on compliance applies to all efforts needed to keep our community safe.

For more information about face masks and their importance, please visit the CDC’s website.

Return to Campus and COVID-19

Use the modules below to learn more about COVID-19 and how to work towards a healthy return to campus.

COVID-19 Education Module

Viking Health Pledge

Grand View University's Provost Carl Moses welcomes everyone back to campus and focuses on key health factors moving ahead with his message to the GV Community. An important focus of this message involves the importance of everyone's commitment to keeping Grand View a safe environment and reducing the spread of COVID-19. In an effort to do so, Carl asks all of the GV community - faculty, staff and students - to review the provided educational materials sign the Viking Pledge.

Sign the Viking Pledge

Housing & Dining

Grand View University plans for a full return to on-campus instruction and housing this fall. However, campus life will appear different than in the past. Adjustments have been made to many aspects of the campus and community in an attempt to mitigate any risks associated with COVID-19.


Below are the protocols changed for the upcoming move-in for the Fall 20 / Spring 21 school year.

  • Students should go to their residence hall to check-in upon arrival to campus
  • Students will receive their room key, room condition sheet, a notice of missing documents, and parking sticker at their residence hall. New students will also receive their student ID and welcome week schedule.
  • Check-in location will be outside, weather permitting.
  • Before checking in, all students will need to complete a symptomatic questionnaire.
  • All students and guest will need to do a one-time temperature check before moving anything into the room.
  • All staff, students, and guests are expected to wear masks during the move-in process.
  • No outside volunteers will be touching students’ belongings.
  • All exterior and interior  doors will be propped open.
  • Sanitization wipes will be at all check-in stations.
  • We extended the time students can move-in on their assigned date

More detailed information about the move-in process is available here.

What to Bring

  • Thermometer
  • Bed Linens (Twin–extra long)
  • Pillow, Blanket, Bedspread
  • Personal Care Items
  • Backpack & School Supplies
  • Wastebasket
  • Iron & Laundry Basket
  • Detergent, Quarters
  • Refrigerator (110 amp or does not exceed 5 cubic feet)
  • Carpet
  • Computer
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fan
  • TV, Blu-Ray Player, Stereo
  • Robe Towels
  • Hair Dryer
  • Extension Cord
  • Microwave
  • Dishes
  • Flashlight
  • Hangers
  • Umbrella
  • Sewing Kit
  • Power Strips
  • Cleaning Supplies

What to Leave at Home

  • Space Heaters
  • Electric Heaters
  • Candles / Incense
  • Halogen Lamps and Light Bulbs
  • Hot Plates
  • Toasters
  • Toaster Ovens
  • Electric Skillets
  • Pets (fish are allowed)
  • Air Conditioners
  • Lofts (furniture provided can be arranged in several ways, including lofted)
  • Firearms
  • Explosives
  • Weapons
  • E-cigarettes and other vaping materials


Grand View’s food service provider, Aramark, is working hard to keep you safe. They have increased cleaning and sanitation of high touch service areas, require frequent hand washing and use of gloves by all employees, have removed potential contamination points, and will be checking the health of dining center staff prior to starting work.

To reduce the social spread of germs, we ask that dining guests also take proactive measures—wear a mask, maintain a six-foot social distance, and use proper hand washing and hand sanitizer.


The NAIA has determined that to protect the health and safety of athletes, the competition start dates for fall sports have been pushed back to September 12, 2020 for football and September 5, 2020 for all other fall sports. We are planning for a successful, competitive season. Student athletes will be able to begin practices in mid-August.

The Heart of America will plan to play conference tournaments this fall for the fall sports, including:

  • Football
  • Men's soccer
  • Women's soccer
  • Women's volleyball
  • Cross country

There will be training plans for sports that are in championship play that is delayed until spring.

Fall Mitigation for Sports 2020

Viking Game Day Policies

Fall Sport Move-in Dates

Football, men's soccer, and women's soccer – 8/12
Women's volleyball, men's & women's cross country, dance and cheer – 8/17
All other sports will report to regular move-in date – 8/21

Visiting Campus

We are looking forward to seeing you soon! The health and safety of our campus community and our visitors has been our top priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. As restrictions in Iowa are being lifted, we are now slowly and safely opening our campus. We know there are many questions about what that will look like, so we have outlined the safety and precautionary measures we are taking.

COVID-19 Visitor Guidelines


Grand View offices will be open normal business hours to serve students and visitors. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing when you are meeting with various departments and with faculty members. You may be asked to meet in a larger room if social distancing is not possible.

The Business, Financial Aid, and Registrar’s Offices will be operating out of the Rodholm Room (second floor of Humphrey) from August 20 – September 4 to help students take care of their back-to-school tasks while being mindful of their health and privacy with appropriate social distancing.

Staff from the Business Office, Financial Aid, and Registrar’s Office will be available in the Rodholm room 8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday to help you with the following:

  • Make a payment
  • Student account or payment plan questions
  • Turn in financial aid forms  
  • Master promissory note or entrance counseling
  • Checking on financial aid or scholarships received
  • myView notices and holds
  • Questions about your schedule or registration holds

Staff are also available in this summer to help answer questions and take care of myView notices before move-in.

Frequently Asked Questions

Many questions revolve around COVID-19 and how normal operations will be different moving ahead. Provided below are answers to many of the reoccurring questions GV has encountered.

View our return to Fall 2020 FAQ

Additional Resources

Grand View has compiled an extensive list of resources to help students and families navigate through difficulties brought forth by COVID-19.

Visit our Student Relief Resource page

Parent & Student Town Hall

President Kent Henning describes the plan for Fall 2020 in the parent & student Town Hall video below.