First Day of Classes Announcement



As you are aware, Idaho State University is implementing a mandatory COVID-19 screening program for all students, faculty, and staff with a physical presence on campus. This program will require any member of the Idaho State community who spends time on campus, including outreach centers, to undergo two non-invasive, saliva-based screenings in January.

An email was sent to faculty, staff, and students on January 4 to schedule the first screening appointment. The first screening appointment should be scheduled between January 6 and January 14.

Students who do not wish to participate in this screening may still attend class online. However, screening is required to participate in face-to-face classes. Students who do not complete the screenings will receive a reminder notice, and may be administratively disenrolled from in-person classes. Exemptions, deferrals, or alternative methods of compliance can be requested online at

Students should be aware that the drop deadline for full semester courses is January 25, and for early 8-week courses is January 15. Withdrawing from classes after those deadlines will result in “W” designations on transcripts. Students should also note that a reduction in credit hours may impact financial aid eligibility.

If you have questions or concerns about the University’s COVID-19 screening program, or need help adjusting your class schedule, please contact the Dean of Students.