News from the Nest

We are in the home stretch of the semester. With only 5 ½ weeks before final exams, you may be feeling just as anxious as your students. It is challenging to be far away when someone we love is stressed, worried, or exhausted. I invite you to read the following article from College Parent Central. The author offers sound advice for families who are wondering what they can do to help a college student prepare for and deal with final exams. 

The Laundry Is Coming

If final exams are just around the corner, that means we are preparing for two big closings – Thanksgiving and Winter Break.  UI's Thanksgiving recess is November 19-26. Please be aware that the residence hall contract dining closes on November 17 and will reopen on November 27 when classes resume.

Photo of Melissa S. Shivers, PhD, Vice President for Student Life

Melissa S. Shivers, PhD, Vice President for Student Life

The last day of classes for the Fall 2017 semester is December 8, and final exams begin on December 11. We will host our fall commencement ceremonies beginning on December 14, and residence hall dining centers will close on December 15. All students who live in residence halls must be out of their rooms by December 16, when halls close for the semester. Residence halls will re-open on January 13 and classes for Spring 2018 begin on January 16.

If you have any questions about policies and procedures regarding housing or dining with the break schedule, please reach out to University Housing & Dining at  They can answer your questions and connect you with hall staff.

Airport Shuttles

If your student will be traveling via air for any of the upcoming breaks, please make them aware of the free shuttle transportation UI provides to and from Eastern Iowa Airport. Schedules can be found at


As the semester ends, I want to make sure you are aware of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. FERPA is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education/academic records. It is important to note that if you have questions or concerns about your student's academic information, you need to speak directly to your student. By law, University officials are not able to share any information about a students grades or academic progress.

For more information about FERPA, please visit the website:

As always, please remember that we have myriad resources for our UIowa families. You can find a wealth of information on our family website:

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an image of the signature for Melissa S. Shivers, VP for Student Life

Melissa S. Shivers, PhD
Vice President for Student Life

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