Iḷisaġvik College Announces COVID-19 Plan for Fall Semester 2020

UTQIAĠVIK (Barrow), AK (August 5, 2020) — Iḷisaġvik College has announced the COVID-19 Plan for Fall Semester 2020.
Iḷisaġvik College is committed to continuing to provide quality post-secondary education while ensuring student and community health, wellness and safety remains a priority as the presence of COVID-19 evolves. A full Distance Delivery Orientation will be provided to Iḷisaġvik students enrolled in the Fall 2020 semester and an Early Alert System is in development to better inform and support Iḷisaġvik students through the changes implemented in accommodation of COVID-19.

College Status

  • All Academic classes, including labs, to be held via distance delivery.
  • Adult Education and GED will be available via distance delivery with tutoring limited to one-onone (all North Slope communities).
  • Workforce Development will not offer any in-person classes; this will be reevaluated at the end of August. Courses will be offered via distance delivery when possible.
  • Vocational Education classes will be in-person and limited to 8 students social distancing. Segments of courses may be offered via distance delivery to limit time in-person.
  • CDL/Heavy Equipment classes will be held in person and limited to 8 students social distancing,
  • though courses may be offered partially via distance delivery when available.
  • Village Industrial Safety Courses: In-person Instruction will be by village request and invitation only; Iḷisaġvik is currently reviewing what can be taught via distance delivery.
  • Dormitories will be limited to a maximum of 10 students, admitted on a case by case basis upon review by the Dean of Students and the President. Students will be required to remain in Utqiaġvik (Barrow) during their tenure at the dorms for Fall 2020 with exceptions for emergencies only.


  • Registration is now open online and via Zoom for guided assistance. For additional support and to make a one-on-one appointment, email or call Admissions at 907-852-1754.
  • Laptops are available for students to check out and a limited number of Kindle Fires.
  • Emergency Student Aid availability will be implemented August of 2020 via application with Financial Aid.
  • Student Internships will be facilitated virtually; in-person internships may occur with Presidential approval.
  • Dormitory residents will sign an “Acknowledgement of No Travel Unless Emergent” form upon arrival. Rooms will be provided with miniature refrigerators and microwaves to lessen contact with residents and individually packaged means will be provided for student meals. Common areas will be sanitized nightly.


  • Learning Resource Center and Browerville Center available by appointment.
  • The Cafeteria will remain closed; reevaluation will occur September 15th.
  • Increased Internet Access for Utqiaġvik-based students, with an expected implementation August 2020.
  • The Bookstore will be closed to the public but will remain operational; orders will be mailed or delivered in Utqiaġvik with contactless delivery.
  • Public Access: Limited hours are Monday to Thursday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Iḷisaġvik staff otherwise available by appointment.
    Visitors must sign in at the front desk and answer COVID-19 related questions.
    Buildings 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 366 are closed to the public though available by appointment.
  • Van Service will run with limited capacity per van in coordination with any in-person courses or trainings that may occur.
    Face coverings are mandatory and masks will be provided if needed; van surfaces will be cleaned between runs.

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Contact: Iḷisaġvik College | External Affairs
Cordelia Kellie
Direct: 907.982.0846

About Iḷisaġvik College

Iḷisaġvik College is Alaska’s only tribal college and is located in the northernmost village in the United States, Utqiaġvik (formerly Barrow). Iḷisaġvik College provides quality postsecondary academic, vocational and technical education in a learning environment that perpetuates and strengthens Iñupiat culture, language, values and traditions. It is dedicated to serving its students and developing a well-educated and trained workforce who meet the human resource needs of North Slope employers and the state of Alaska.