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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Information for fall semester students

The Office of the Registrar has distributed the following information to UI students registered for the fall semester:

Welcome to The University of Iowa! August is here and Fall Semester classes begin on August 25. We hope you were not affected by the extreme flooding Iowa City encountered this summer, but if so, we hope your recovery efforts are going smoothly. The University has been diligently working to restore campus buildings that were affected by the flood water. Please note that several buildings will not be open this fall, but we will keep you informed of the changes that take place.

Every student should check their fall class schedule on ISIS for the most current information on classroom relocations that may affect them. Please check your class schedule right before classes begin in case additional changes in rooms and buildings have been made to your schedule.

LOGGING ONTO ISIS: If you are not sure how to log onto ISIS, check to identify your HawkID. If you are still unable to login, contact the ITS help desk at 319-384-4357 or send an e-mail to .

IF YOU ARE NOT RETURNING TO THE UNIVERSITY THIS FALL: You must drop your entire fall registration before August 25 to reduce your fall tuition liability to zero. You can do this by: (1) logging onto ISIS and dropping all your fall courses by 11:59 p.m., August 24; or (2) fax a letter no later than August 25, signed by you and including your name and University ID number to the Office of the Registrar (fax number 319-335-1999), stating your intention to withdraw your entire fall registration; or (3) send a letter via U.S. mail, postmarked no later than August 25, signed by you and including your name and University ID number to Office of the Registrar, ATTN: Withdrawal Clerk, 1 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242, stating your intention to withdraw your entire fall registration. Residence hall contracts must be cancelled separately by sending the same information to University Housing, 8 Burge Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242. Please use ISIS to keep your residing address current, even if you will not be enrolled for fall semester.

IF YOU ARE ATTENDING CLASSES AT THE UNIVERSITY THIS FALL: Classes begin on Monday, August 25, so you still have time to make changes to your schedule. You can revise your schedule on ISIS up until midnight Sunday, August 24. Beginning Monday, August 25, all changes in registration for semester-length courses must be processed at the Registrar's Service Center, 17 Calvin Hall, using an Add or Drop form with signatures of both advisor (except for students in the Tippie College of Business) and the instructor of the course and/or dean of the college (when required). Forms to add or drop courses can be obtained at the Registrar's site.

If the course has a beginning date on the ISIS course listing screen, it may be added through ISIS until the day the course begins. If no date is listed, the course begins at the start of the semester.

The last day to add a semester-length course is the 10th day of the semester. Monday, September 8, is the last day to add a semester-length course without dean's approval. September 8 also is the last day to drop a semester-length course without a "W" and the last day to process changes in registration without a $10 charge.

Schedule adjustments for courses taught by the Evening MBA Program must be made at W160 Pappajohn Business Building.

YOUR UNIVERSITY BILL: The August University Bill is due August 27. The minimum periodic payment needs to be paid by August 27 or your ability to charge items to your University Bill with your ID Card will be restricted. You can view your bill or pay online by logging onto ISIS, click on the “University-Bill” link, then the “Pay U-Bill” button. The University of Iowa Community Credit Union at 500 Iowa Avenue will accept U-Bill payments by check or cash.

Excess financial aid refunds will be in your bank account the first day of class if you have provided bank information for an ACH direct deposit. Log onto ISIS, then “Student Records,” and the link “Bank Information – Financial Aid Refund.”

Institutional UI loans are no longer billed through the U-Bill, but through our loan servicer, ECSI. Any past due amount for those loan payments will result in the same restrictions on charging ability with your ID Card. For more information, go to

CHANGING YOUR ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBER ON ISIS: You can change your residing, home, and parent address on ISIS, as well as place or remove restrictions on your residing address and/or phone number. To access this feature, click on "Student Records" and then on "Restrict or Unrestrict Student Information." If you are not residing in a University residence hall and/or the address or phone number shown on ISIS is NOT correct, you should update ISIS. Enter changes in ISIS as soon as possible after your residing address or phone number has been determined.

IMPORTANT DATES/TUITION AND FEE SCHEDULES: Refer to important dates for the Fall Semester on the Registrar's site. You can print a PDF version, if you like. You also can access your own course deadlines by clicking on the "Course Deadlines Lookup" link on the Registrar’s web site or on ISIS in the Quick Links/Tips box after you login.

The tuition and fee schedules are at You can review your tuition and fee assessment as well as your University account on ISIS. In the Quick Links/Tips box, click on University Bill.

IMPORTANCE OF AN E-MAIL ACCOUNT: For those of you who are starting your first semester at the University, the Registrar's Office communicates with all students using e-mail and ISIS rather than U.S. Mail. Thus, it is important to maintain an accurate e-mail address and to check your e-mail regularly.

If you have questions, you can e-mail our office at Have an outstanding fall semester!