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Frequently asked question for employees

When do I need to isolate?

Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for 10 days after the test date and at least 24 hours after recovery from any symptoms.  

What should I do if I test positive or know I'm a close contact of someone who tests positive? 

  1. Notify the University on this self-disclosure form. This gets you into the system so that a contact tracer can reach out to you. 
  2. Complete the COVID-19 symptoms check-in 24 hours before your anticipated date of return involving your temperature and presence or absence of symptoms. You are required to report your symptoms at this link. Failure to do this could delay your release from isolation.

Here is new guidance for quarantining for students and employees who are close contacts of someone diagnosed with COVID-19 per updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines (updated Jan. 14, 2021).

Students

  • If you have symptoms, quarantine for 14 days. You may also need to quarantine for 14 days if you do not have symptoms but have an underlying health condition.
  • If you do not have symptoms, you must quarantine for 10 days provided you have a negative test on the eighth day. The test is optional, but supports a lower risk of developing COVID-19 while reducing the quarantine time.
  • Students quarantining on campus can be tested on campus via the Student Health Center (call 937-229-3131 to make an appointment). Students also can be tested at Premier After Hours starting Jan. 19. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends (make an appointment here). Premier After Hours is located at the east end of Marianist Hall in the former Day Air Credit Union site.
  • Students quarantining off campus can be tested by their primary care physician or an urgent care in their areas.
  • In all cases, if you have questions, please consult your contact tracer, primary care physician, or the Student Health Center at 937-229-3131.

Employees

  • If you have symptoms, quarantine for 14 days. You may also need to quarantine for 14 days if you do not have symptoms but have an underlying health condition.
  • If you do not have symptoms, you must quarantine for 10 days provided you have a negative test on the eighth day. The test is optional, but supports a lower risk of developing COVID-19 while reducing the quarantine time.
  • Critical infrastructure employees who are close contacts can return to work after a seven-day quarantine with a required negative test on the fifth day. Critical infrastructure employees are designated and informed of their status by UD's Office of Human Resources and division heads. 
  • Employees can be tested by their primary care physician or an urgent care in their area.
  • In all cases, if you have questions, please consult your primary care physician regarding symptoms and your contact tracer for isolation/quarantine concerns. 

What else do I need to know about quarantine or isolation? What if I get sick? 

To help you navigate the upcoming days, please see below for guidance on isolation and quarantine as well as when to seek further medical attention if needed:

Isolation | Quarantine | Self-Care and Further Medical Attention  

What is close contact?

Close contact means:

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period — starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed them).
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils.
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.

More information is available from the CDC.

How will UD identify close contacts?

The contact tracing process will begin when the University is notified of a confirmed COVID-19 case either by public health, a laboratory test or an employee's self-disclosure. The University’s team of trained contact tracers will interview those diagnosed with COVID-19 to identify their close contacts on campus. The tracers will then call those close contacts to give them details on the quarantine process, self-care, etc. 

What happens if my test results come back positive while I'm self-quarantining on campus or I develop COVID-19 symptoms while in quarantine?

If your test results come back positive, you must isolate for 10 days or possibly more if you become symptomatic. You should notify the University on this self-disclosure form

Why is isolation 10 days and quarantine for 14 days? 

According to the CDC, people exposed to COVID-19 should quarantine for 14 days from the date of last exposure to a positive individual — the period of time it may take symptoms to appear. As noted above, there may be circumstances to allow for you to exit quarantine sooner. Quarantine helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 that can occur before someone knows they are sick or that can occur when someone is infected but not experiencing symptoms. More information is available online. 

Isolation — for people who are sick with COVID-19 or tested positive without experiencing symptoms — is 10 days because people with mild to moderate COVID-19 remain contagious no longer than 10 days after symptom onset. Isolation also should continue until the patient’s fever resolves for at least 24 hours, without the aid of medicine. More information is available online.

What if I’m a close contact of a close contact?

The CDC currently has no recommendations about close contacts of people identified as close contacts of someone diagnosed with COVID-19. According to the CDC, close contact is any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

I have had COVID-19 during the past three months and have recovered. What do I need to know? 

More information is available from the CDC.


How does the University respond if a student or employees participating in in-person classes tests positive?  

Students, faculty and staff diagnosed with COVID-19 are interviewed by University contact tracers to try to identify their close contacts on campus. The contact tracing process begins when the Student Health Center is notified of a confirmed COVID-19 case by public health, a laboratory test ordered by the health center or a person’s self-disclosure. After consulting with the individual with COVID-19 to identify close contacts, the contact tracer will notify close contacts to give them details on quarantine, self-care, etc. For privacy reasons, the name of the person with COVID-19 will not be shared with close contacts. Information gathered during the process will be treated as confidential and used for contact tracing purposes only, unless other considerations apply.

Would that classroom be quarantined for a period of time?

The actual classroom space itself will not likely be quarantined because it is cleaned and disinfected daily according to the University's protocol. Classrooms are physically spaced so a positive case should not create close contacts to other students or faculty, especially when students are wearing face coverings. 

Will someone (faculty, staff, chair, etc.) be informed a student in that classroom tested positive?  

The dean of students office will email the faculty member indicating a student in their class has a COVID-19 life event -- this should not be construed as affirmation of a student's COVID-19 status. Faculty members should follow the guidelines and instructions of their academic unit in giving consideration and flexibility to students with COVID-19 life events. Please note privacy should be respected at all times; life event information should not be shared and should be treated as confidential; and students should not be penalized.  

Are students allowed back in that classroom after the period of quarantine and how is this noted?

Students in isolation or quarantine will be monitored by the UD Student Health Center and receive an email indicating when their isolation or quarantine period has ended. Faculty or staff may request to see this email to ensure the student is permitted to physically return to class. 

What if students indicate they know they are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 but they were not contacted by a contact tracer? 

All students are asked to fill out the COVID health reporting form if they are roommates, housemates or otherwise a close contact of someone who has tested positive for the virus. It is possible for students to report they have not been contacted, as contact tracers often encounter no voicemail or full voicemail on the student cell phones. There may be a lag in the process. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to report information to covidhealthreporting@udayton.edu as they hear of such instances. In addition, please refer people to the COVID health reporting platform.  

How should faculty handle students who mentioned they've been off campus or out of state or they participated in family functions?

The student agreement students signed asked them to avoid nonessential travel this semester to reduce the risk of disease spread in our community. That being said, it is very difficult to know if or when people do travel, and not all travel is equally risky. Traveling to a place with few cases, staying with family, spending most of their time at home and following health guidance is different than flying commercially, going to restaurants or attending large gatherings while not wearing a face covering or physically distancing. Even if a student tests positive for COVID-19, the risks to others in classrooms should be low if students and faculty follow public health and University guidance on face coverings, physical distancing and hygiene. Faculty and students need to be vigilant outside the classroom, too, including after-class chats, hallway conversations, office hours, etc. You also can share CDC's recommendations for precautions to take after traveling or other high-risk activities.

What information can you share about testing students, and what can we share with them?

Information about testing when students arrive for the spring 2021 semester can be found here.


I'm a supervisor. What if someone reports to me they have COVID-19?

If you receive a report, confirmed or unconfirmed, that a member of your team has been exposed to or has contracted coronavirus, please call the Health Center at 937-229-3131 for guidance. Please remember not to share the person's health information with colleagues. This is a violation of their privacy, and this information is protected by HIPAA and other laws. We continue to be in close contact with regional public health officials to investigate cases and trace potential contacts. 

Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 or notified by public health officials they are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 must fill out this disclosure form.

I'm a supervisor. What should I do if I suspect someone has COVID-19?

Supervisors (with the support and involvement of HR as needed) should ask employees who are exhibiting symptoms to go home and contact their health care provider for further evaluation, including when it is safe to return to work. We ask staff to cooperate with supervisors for the well-being of all.

Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 or notified by public health officials they are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 must fill out this disclosure form.

What if employees start exhibiting symptoms while on campus?

If a faculty or staff member begins exhibiting symptoms while they are on campus, they should leave campus immediately and consult their primary care provider. 

UD employees may obtain a COVID-19 test at​ the Premier Health testing site located across from Miami Valley Hospital at onMain, 1229 S. Main St.​; enter through ​​the former fairgrounds main entrance. The site is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday​. ​No appointment is needed, but a health care provider's order and health insurance card​ are required. You also can go to a Premier Health Network urgent care (by appointment only). Click here for instructions and to make an appointment.

Faculty and staff should report COVID-19-related health conditions at the COVID-19 Health Reporting webpage. Use the forms to self-disclose positive COVID-19 test results, report a close contact exposure to UD if they have been contacted by public health officials, or provide a "final day" symptoms update on the last day of quarantine/isolation. 

For employees who are required to quarantine, the amount of time needed to cover the quarantine period will be added to their accrued paid sick leave balance to preserve their existing balance to be used for other incidents of illness. Contact Beth Schwartz at bschwartz1@udayton.edu if you have questions about how quarantine may affect sick leave. 

Are faculty allowed to work from campus?

Faculty are expected to work remotely except where particular elements of their work require them to be on campus, for instance for the conduct of their research or to use specialized IT resources for teaching. Minimizing physical presence on campus is a top priority.

What resources are available to support online teaching and learning?

Instructions, training and support for facilitating classes online for the remainder of the semester are available at https://isidore.udayton.edu/keepteaching. Faculty are strongly encouraged to review the resources posted on the Keep Teaching site and support one another before they reach out for assistance given the large number of faculty and courses transitioning online during this time.

How can I transition my laboratory or studio class, capstone projects, performance ensemble or other experience-based modes of education to a virtual environment?

Answers to these questions are situation- and discipline-specific. Please consult your department chair and your colleagues both at UD and across the country. Many faculty are discussing these challenges on social media, through disciplinary listserves, and in the higher education media. In situations where students are required to give a presentation to the entire class, it is important to note Zoom can be used for student presentations (see http://go.udayton.edu/keepteaching).

Will I be required to give final exams?

For reasons of maintaining the academic integrity of our courses, final assessments of student learning of some type must be administered. Since in-person testing is not possible, alternatives to traditional testing may be better suited to the online environment. In consultation with one’s department chair and colleagues, faculty can consider options such as final papers/projects, Zoom interviews, open-book exams, etc. While the need to account for academic integrity and exam security is important, faculty will likely need to be flexible with their expectations during the remainder of the semester. The University is not prepared to offer online exam proctoring services at this time given complex logistics and increased costs; however, the University is still required to provide testing accommodations for eligible students. The Office of eLearning has begun working on resources to help faculty consider alternatives for traditional in-class final exams. Resources will be shared on the Keep Teaching site as soon as possible. The Office of Learning Resources is preparing a document about testing accommodations that will be sent soon to all faculty who are teaching students eligible for accommodations.

Will tutoring, supplemental instruction and other systems of learning support continue to be offered?

Tutoring, supplemental instruction, writing support through the Write Place, Global Learning Support, and academic coaching will continue to be offered through the Office of Learning Resources (OLR), though with some variation due to the digital environment. Students should be able to schedule most services through Student Success Network; details are still being worked out. OLR will update its website daily with the most current information. Please email specific questions to learningresources@udayton.edu, and OLR staff will respond as soon as possible during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). Include your phone contact information if you would prefer to work by phone.

What resources are available to ensure I am accommodating students with disabilities in the most effective ways?

It is the faculty member's responsibility to continue to provide accommodations for students who share an accommodation letter.

OLR's Disability Services staff will be available during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) to consult with faculty about specific accommodation needs. Call 937-229-2066 or e-mail disabilitytesting@udayton.edu with questions or to set up an appointment. Include your phone contact information if you would prefer to work by phone. Appointments for disability services, accommodations and voluntary medical withdrawals will be conducted via telephone. 

See this set of modules prepared by eLearning for help. Ensuring video materials are captioned (Zoom recordings and Warpwire Videos are automatically captioned), all text materials are provided in accessible format, and online quizzes and tests are set up to allow for extended time are the first things to think about. 

If you use Isidore for tests or quizzes, please consult these Isidore instructions to learn how to set extended time on Isidore tests for students with accommodations. If you use a different platform, consult their materials or support staff for information on how to extend a student’s testing time.

We will not be using AIM for student test requests while classes remain online only. Please assign extended time to any student who is eligible for it as per their accommodation letter (under the heading Alternative Testing). Even though we will not be using AIM for student test requests, it still remains a vital source of information for you. Log on to AIM to see the list of students in your courses and sections who have requested accommodations. You can click on "View" next to each student's name to see the current accommodation letter with their extended time listed. If you have not logged into AIM before or are having issues, please e-mail disabilitytesting@udayton.edu or call 937-229-3475.  

Many UD students (including those not registered with disability accommodations) are dealing with anxiety related to the abrupt transition to an online learning environment. We ask for flexibility in the case of issues that may arise. Technical issues should not impact a student’s grade or right to accommodations. 

Please make it clear to your students how they can contact you during the testing window if they have any questions or problems. It is impossible for OLR to proctor tests given that staff is working remotely. Please keep that in mind as you design your assessments. 

Can research continue?

Research activities that cannot be delayed, cannot be conducted remotely, and that abide strictly by public health protocols for social distancing may continue. There should be no direct contact with human subjects in research; all contact with human subjects should be remote. Click here for additional information about conducting research during the COVID-19 pandemic. Questions about faculty and student research activities should be directed to one's department chair or dean. For questions about research activity supported through UDRI, faculty should contact Allan Crasto.

How might the extension of online course work affect tenure reviews and applications?

Check with your dean's office about adjustments be made to tenure timelines for pre-tenure faculty members. 

Will my department office remain open?

Please consult your department chair about access to the department office or to office staff. Please remember that, for reasons of public health, department staff are expected to work remotely to the greatest extent possible. 

Will students still submit teaching evaluations?

Yes, student evaluations of teaching will continue to be conducted at the end of the semester. The survey period, due dates and messaging campaign will remain unaltered. Students will be unable to complete the SET surveys in a classroom, so it would be important for instructors to encourage students to complete their SET surveys. Instructors and students can access their SET surveys and monitor completion progress at http://go.udayton.edu/set.

Are we expected to continue office hours (virtually)?

Faculty members should continue to make themselves available to students for questions and consultation about their coursework or research. Faculty should inform their students about how best to reach them and communicate with them. Office hours can be handled in a number of ways including Google Chat, phone and Zoom. Faculty can find resources on the Keep Teaching site for setting up virtual office hours through Zoom. Students will be juggling both synchronous and asynchronous classes. Just as synchronous classes need to be conducted at their scheduled face-to-face day and time, it will be helpful to provide consistency in office hours and availability.  

Does this decision affect degree programs that already are offered online?

Online degree programs, such as MBA@Dayton, Law@Dayton, the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Leadership for Organizations, and others offered in partnership with 2U or developed in-house will continue uninterrupted on the standard academic schedules they follow. 

Am I expected to work if I am ill or in self-quarantine?

Please consult your physician if you are feeling ill, notify your department chair, and do not come to campus for any reason. Many forms of work can continue in self-quarantine, depending upon your home circumstances. Please consult your physician and go to the University’s COVID-19 resources webpage for updates: go.udayton.edu/coronavirus. Student illnesses should be handled using standard policies and practices, with the understanding that there are likely to be more than the usual number of illnesses in the next two months.

Does the recently passed Families First Act apply to me?

No. As an employer of more than 500 employees, the act does not apply to the University of Dayton. Please follow previous guidance regarding the issues addressed in the act.

If non-tenured faculty are not renewed, will efforts be made to rehire those faculty if possible? For example, could faculty be given contracts for spring 2021 if they are not renewed for fall 2020?

Faculty hiring will be based on enrollments. If spring enrollment appears to be stronger than fall, additional faculty will be hired to cover those courses.

Who and how will the university decide which full-time non-tenure track faculty is "essential?"

The provost made decisions in consultation with deans and input from department chairs. Decisions were most strongly influenced by faculty member's roles and responsibilities.

Will the university prioritize FT-NTT faculty positions over adjunct positions? Or is UD more likely to retain adjuncts and sever those considered full-time who require benefits?

One reason for our increased hiring of FT-NTT faculty in recent years was to reduce dependence on adjunct faculty. Wherever possible the University will prioritize FT-NTT faculty over adjuncts.

Does the University have guidance on applying for a grant or other external funding related to the pandemic?

The Path Forward External Resources Coordination and Related Record Keeping working group created External Resources Guidance to guide units on campus who seek such grants or funding. 

How should I keep records regarding external funding related to the pandemic? 

The Path Forward External Resources Coordination and Related Record Keeping working group created Recordkeeping Recommendations to provide guidance about recordkeeping with respect to external funding and resources. 


What if employees start exhibiting symptoms while on campus?

If a faculty or staff member begins exhibiting symptoms while they are on campus, they should leave campus immediately and consult their primary care provider. 

UD employees may obtain a COVID-19 test at​ the Premier Health testing site located across from Miami Valley Hospital at onMain, 1229 S. Main St.​; enter through ​​the former fairgrounds main entrance. The site is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday​. ​No appointment is needed, but a health care provider's order and health insurance card​ are required. You also can go to a Premier Health Network urgent care (by appointment only). Click here for instructions and to make an appointment. To obtain a test order, ​employees with UD health care can consult LiveHealth Online. 

Faculty and staff should report COVID-19-related health conditions at the COVID-19 Health Reporting webpage. Use the forms to self-disclose positive COVID-19 test results, report a close contact exposure to UD if they have been contacted by public health officials, or provide a "final day" symptoms update on the last day of quarantine/isolation. 

For employees who are required to quarantine, the amount of time needed to cover the quarantine period will be added to their accrued paid sick leave balance to preserve their existing balance to be used for other incidents of illness. Contact Beth Schwartz at bschwartz1@udayton.edu if you have questions about how quarantine may affect sick leave. 

Are any staff able to work from home allowed to work on campus? Can I obtain equipment needed to work remotely from the University?

All employees whose work is able to be performed remotely should continue working remotely and find resources at go.udayton.edu/keepworking. Laptops are in short supply, but faculty and staff needing laptops to work remotely should contact UDit. While efforts are ongoing to purchase more, such requests should be made only if there is a significant need. Contact UDit by calling 937-229-3888, emailing ITservicecenter@udayton.edu or using the website to submit an online request at https://udayton.edu/udit/help/index.php.  

Will hours change for staff continuing to work on campus?

Unless the situation changes and the University establishes different expectations, staff whose work must be performed on campus and who are well are expected to work on campus as usual.

What if my work must be performed on campus, but I have a health condition that places me at high risk if I contract COVID-19?

Employees who are at increased risk for developing COVID-19 (should they be exposed to the virus) due to underlying health conditions or other factors are urged to consult their physician about steps they can take to protect their health. If increased risks are certified by their physician, employees should contact the Office of Human Resources about potential accommodations.

What health precautions should I take if I am required to work on campus?

The University continues to require employees to work from home whenever possible and when feasible with business operations. Employees may only come to campus for essential business purposes or operations that cannot be effectively or productively performed remotely, as determined by their supervisor. To come to campus, an employee must have supervisor approval; be free of COVID-19 symptomswear a face covering when near others; maintain social distancing of at least six feet; and wash hands frequently. Employees are responsible for providing face coverings; here is information from CDC on how to make, wear and care for face coverings. All employees are encouraged to abide by public health officials' recommendations for reducing the spread of COVID-19. 

Managers and supervisors must not pressure anyone to come to work if they are ill or need to stay at home to care for ill dependents. 

I'm a supervisor. What if someone reports to me they have COVID-19?

If you receive a report, confirmed or unconfirmed, that a member of your team has been exposed to or has contracted coronavirus, please call the Health Center at 937-229-3131 for guidance. Please remember not to share the person's health information with colleagues. This is a violation of their privacy, and this information is protected by HIPAA and other laws. We continue to be in close contact with regional public health officials to investigate cases and trace potential contacts.

Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 or notified by public health officials they are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 must fill out this disclosure form. 

I'm a supervisor. What should I do if I suspect someone has COVID-19?

Supervisors (with the support and involvement of HR as needed) should ask employees who are exhibiting symptoms to go home and contact their health care provider for further evaluation, including when it is safe to return to work. We ask staff to cooperate with supervisors for the well-being of all.

Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 or notified by public health officials they are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 must fill out this disclosure form.

Can I adjust my work hours if I work off campus?

Staff who are working remotely should work with their unit leaders and supervisors to determine their work schedules.

What should I do if I have been told by public health officials to self-isolate or quarantine at home?

Employees who are required to self-isolate or self-quarantine (by public health officials or guidelines, health care providers or the University), and whose work is not suitable for telecommuting, should use paid sick leave during the period they are in isolation or quarantine.

Will paid leave be available for staff whose work must be performed on campus, but who also are unable to arrange care for non-sick individuals, such as school-aged children whose schools have closed related to COVID-19 concerns?

Employees should use limited sick leave to care for immediate family members who are not ill but need care due to any COVID-19 related closures of schools or daycare centers, or for other breakdowns in care arrangements. Employees are not permitted to bring children or elders to work with them, even if the children or elders are well.

If I am caring for an sick family member or am able to work while in self-isolation or self-quarantine, will I have to use sick leave? 

Employees who must provide care to immediate family members who are ill are urged to use the available sick or vacation time per the policy; refer to the Benefits and Leave of Absence Handbook or your union contract (bargaining-unit members) or Benefits and Leaves of Absence Handbook for Faculty for additional details..

Employees who are required to self-isolate or self-quarantine (by public health officials or guidelines, healthcare providers or the University), and whose work is not suitable for telecommuting, should use paid sick leave during the period they are in isolation or quarantine.

What if I have exhausted my sick leave?

Employees with insufficient accrued sick leave should contact the Office of Human Resources.

Does the recently passed Families First Act apply to me?

No. As an employer of more than 500 employees, the act does not apply to the University of Dayton. Please follow previous guidance regarding the issues addressed in the act.

Does the University have guidance on applying for a grant or other external funding related to the pandemic?

The Path Forward External Resources Coordination and Related Record Keeping working group created External Resources Guidance to guide units on campus who seek such grants or funding. 

How should I keep records regarding external funding related to the pandemic? 

The Path Forward External Resources Coordination and Related Record Keeping working group created Recordkeeping Recommendations to provide guidance about recordkeeping with respect to external funding and resources. 


While the University does not require COVID-19 testing for faculty and staff, we have identified resources for employees who become symptomatic or want to be tested as a precaution.  

Guidelines and resources for employees: 

  • If a faculty or staff member begins exhibiting symptoms while they are on campus, they should leave campus immediately and consult their primary care provider. 
  • UD employees may obtain a COVID-19 test at​ the Premier Health testing site located across from Miami Valley Hospital at onMain, 1229 S. Main St.​; enter through ​​the former fairgrounds main entrance. The site is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday​. ​No appointment is needed, but a health care provider's order and health insurance card​ are required. You also can go to a Premier Health Network urgent care (by appointment only). Click here for instructions and to make an appointment. To obtain a test order, ​employees with UD health care can consult LiveHealth Online. 
  • Faculty and staff should report COVID-19-related health conditions at the COVID-19 Health Reporting webpage. Use the forms to self-disclose positive COVID-19 test results, report a close contact exposure to UD if they have been contacted by public health officials, or provide a "final day" symptoms update on the last day of quarantine/isolation. 
  • For employees who are required to quarantine, the amount of time needed to cover the quarantine period will be added to their accrued paid sick leave balance to preserve their existing balance to be used for other incidents of illness. Contact Beth Schwartz at bschwartz1@udayton.edu if you have questions about how quarantine may affect sick leave. 

The University will continue to require employees to work from home whenever possible and when feasible with business operations.

Employees may only come to campus for essential business purposes or operations that cannot be effectively or productively performed remotely, as determined by their supervisor. Supervisors should only approve employees coming to campus when there is an essential need for them to do so. They should continue working remotely.

To come to campus, an employee must have supervisor approval, be free of COVID-19 symptoms, and wear a face covering when near others or in public areas like hallways, restrooms, elevators, etc. Employees are responsible for providing face coverings as the University has a limited supply; here is information from CDC on how to make, wear and care for face coverings. If an employee is working alone in an enclosed work space (e.g., office or room), a face covering is not required.

Employees who come to campus under these very narrow circumstances should maintain social distancing of at least six feet; wash hands frequently; and, prior to coming to campus, perform a symptom assessment, which should include using a thermometer to monitor for fever and watching for coughing or trouble breathing. Employees who are sick with confirmed or presumed COVID-19 cannot return to campus until they are symptom-free without medication for 24 hours and it has been at least 7 days since symptoms began. Those who have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 should self-quarantine for 14 days and self-monitor for symptoms; they may return to campus after the quarantine if they remain asymptomatic. 

All employees are encouraged to abide by public health officials' recommendations for reducing the spread of COVID-19. You're also encouraged to follow these recommendations found in section 21c (page 9-10) of Ohio's Stay Healthy and Safe at Home Order.


Recognizing that travel can contribute to the University's teaching, learning, research and reputation efforts, new guidelines for travel during the pandemic will apply for the fall semester to help guide faculty, staff and students as they plan activities involving travel.

The UD integrated travel system for university travel, individual or group, can be found here. All travel should be approved in the system prior to making travel plans.  Since travel is limited to essential only due to COVID-19 and budget restrictions, travelers are encouraged to contact travel@udayton.edu with any questions. When normal travel resumes, trainings and additional information for campus will be made available. UDRI staff who are traveling should continue to work directly with UDRI travel coordinator. 


The Bombeck Center is open. For additional questions, please contact the Bombeck Center.


Who needs to complete the training?  

All University employees and students — including those working and learning remotely — must complete the Return to Campus online training.

What does the training cover? 

The employee training covers COVID-19 and safety protocols. Topics include cleaning and disinfection, screening and health, protective measures, and workplace logistics. 

How do I get access to the training?

Employees should go to https://udayton.bioraft.com/rafttraining/course/719 and log in using your University of Dayton Novell username and password.