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Frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19

The University is committed to protecting the health and safety of our campus community. The steps we are taking follow the guidance of public health officials and are what we believe to be in the best interest of UD and the surrounding community.

The information on this page includes answers to frequently asked questions, links to health resources and UD's case dashboard, and where you can report if you have COVID-19, are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 or if you've received your vaccine.

For answers to questions not found here, please fill out our online information form for the quickest response. On-campus faculty, staff and students click here. Parents and others not on campus, click here.

Where can I?

Find COVID-19 vaccinations at several off-campus locations here.

When you do receive your COVID-19 vaccination, be sure to report it here immediately. 

No registration needed or insurance documentation is needed for a flu vaccine; but bring your UD ID. 

There is no out-of-pocket cost for the COVID-19 vaccination, but it may be submitted to your insurance to cover administration fees. Bring your insurance card, UD ID and driver's license or passport for the COVID-19 vaccination; Premier Health will assist those on-site who do not have health insurance. 

Premier Health After Hours Urgent Care: 5-9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Located in Marianist Hall, across from the Student Health Center and above the bookstore. Make an appointment via the link.

In Ohio, you can schedule an appointment through the state's streamlined vaccine tool, or book directly with a local provider, such as Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County or Premier Health. New appointments are posted regularly.

For other areas of the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a vaccine finder along with other information on COVID-19 vaccines.

In addition to on-campus opportunities for flu vaccines, employees and students can get a flu vaccine from their primary care physician or many local pharmacies.


Students can get tested 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the Student Health Center, by appointment only, and 5-9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Premier Health After Hours Urgent Care located in Marianist Hall, across from the Student Health Center and above the bookstore. Premier Health After Hours Urgent Care will accept students and employees for walk-in tests 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. weekdays. Tests also may be available through your healthcare provider or Ohio's testing center website. The type of COVID-19 tests offered may differ by location. 

In Ohio: Visit Ohio's testing center website. 

Outside Ohio: Visit your state health department’s website for testing location.  

The type of COVID-19 tests offered may differ by location.


Click here to disclose if you have COVID-19 or have been determined to be a close contact of someone with COVID-19.


Upload your official COVID-19 vaccination card, which includes your full name, date of birth and vaccine details on the confidential "Report Your Vaccine" portal.

Upload record of your booster, along with the same information, here.

You also can email your vaccine card to covidhealthreporting@udayton.edu or email that address to request a Zoom meeting to show your card.

Reporting your vaccination record, including your booster, is not required, but highly recommended so we can track the level of immunity in the UD community.  

The confidential process used for collecting and storing COVID-19 vaccination information is similar to the process all first-year students follow to submit their other vaccination information. Your vaccination information will be treated confidentially; it is not tied to employment or academic records.

Once you upload your vaccination record, you should receive a confirmation email from notify@teamdynamixapp.com with the subject line "[Confidential] Report of COVID-19 Vaccination Received."

If a UD employee requests that Human Resources replenish their sick time (up to 24 hours for side effects from COVID-19 vaccinations), then they must report their full COVID-19 vaccination and upload their record.


Student Health Center spring semester hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. 

Premier Health After Hours Urgent Care: 5-9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Located in Marianist Hall, across from the Student Health Center and above the bookstore.

Employees should consult with their primary care provider.

  • During regular hours, students can call the Student Health Center at 937-229-3131 to schedule an appointment with one of the University's board-certified primary care physicians or registered nurses, or after hours, contact Premier Health After Hours Urgent Care.
  • In addition to checkups and urgent care, rapid COVID-19 testing for students also will be available at the Student Health Center, by appointment only, and the Premier Health After Hours Urgent Care. Please alert the Health Center if you are having coronavirus symptoms when you schedule your appointment. Additionally, the Student Health Center provides a broad spectrum of comprehensive services.
  • Students who test positive or are a close contact of someone who has tested positive must fill out the fill out the online disclosure form and make arrangements for isolation or quarantine if possible. You do not need to wait for the contact tracer to contact you.
  • The Counseling Center offers a hybrid model of online (telebehavioral health) and in-person counseling services. Call 937-229-3141 to make an appointment. Initial meetings will be conducted in person at Gosiger Hall, and students may discuss their preferences for online or in-person sessions at that time. Students residing more than 25 miles from campus may request an initial online appointment. Only students physically present in the state of Ohio will be eligible for telebehavioral health services. Per state law, counseling center therapists cannot provide clinical services outside of the state of Ohio. If you are in crisis, call the Counseling Center at 937-229-3141 during business hours, Public Safety at 937-229-2121, or the National Suicide Hotline 800-273-8255, or text “Help” to 741741.

Spring 2022

Jan. 7, 2022

In consultation with our medical advisory panel and public health officials, the University updated our COVID-19 protocols for the spring 2022 semester to align with new CDC guidance and address considerations related to the omicron variant. Notable changes include protocols related to quarantine and isolation and updated information about preferred face coverings and where to get those. Read the update here.

Jan. 4, 2022

The University provided an update on the University's initial approach to COVID-19 for the spring semester. Read the update here.


Protocols

Maintain a physical distance of six feet or more from individuals outside your household, when possible. Classrooms, meeting rooms and dining facilities will return to full capacity. 


Everyone, whether vaccinated or not, is required to wear face coverings in most shared indoor spaces on campus.

  • The University's preferred face covering is a KN95 or Fluidshield Level 3 medical mask. Go to Porches for information on how to get masks.
  • Face coverings are required indoors, including in academic, classroom, studio, lab and related spaces. They also are required in Kennedy Union (including all activities in The Hangar), The Hub at the Arcade, the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, all dining facilities (except when actively eating or drinking), RecPlex public areas (except when actively engaged in exercising), and UD transportation (shuttles, etc). 
  • You do not need a face covering if you are alone in a non-shared workspace, such as a private office or cubicle with sides extending above your head on at least three sides.
  • Face coverings/masks are required in all residential common areas such as lobbies, main desk areas, offices, first floor common area hallways, elevators, stairways, laundry rooms and mail rooms. Face coverings are strongly recommended in student residential shared living areas.
  • Face coverings are highly recommended at UD Arena.
  • You can read the University's updated guidance on face coverings here.

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds before and after:
    • Interacting with others.
    • Entering public spaces.
    • Using a face covering.
    • Contacting shared surfaces/objects.
  • Use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol when hand-washing is not possible.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your face covering and the inside of your elbow, or a tissue.
    • Throw used tissues in the trash.
    • Then wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Avoid sharing personal items with others.

The University’s janitorial contractor, Alpha & Omega, performs enhanced and frequent cleaning measures in communal areas of campus buildings, including restrooms, hallways, stairways, lobbies, lounges, break rooms, kitchens and classrooms.

Alpha & Omega uses disinfectants effective against COVID-19 to sanitize all commonly touched areas — door knobs, handrails, elevator and other buttons, light switches, faucets, drinking fountains and vending machines — on a daily basis. Everyone is responsible for cleaning and disinfecting other shared areas on campus. 

Everyone has a responsibility for sanitization in their own work or living area; shared vehicle; shared space on campus; and when using other shared resources and commonly touched items. Wipe stands and wipes will still be available in the classrooms. Offices still can request wipes from the COVID-19 stockroom via Runway.


Dining facilities are open and operating at full capacity.


Attendees must wear face coverings throughout the event. No food or drink will be permitted at on-campus events. Some events may be modified or rescheduled for later in the semester. Maintain a physical distance of six feet or more from individuals outside your household, when possible.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with any of the following symptoms may have COVID-19. Do not come to work or class if you're experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, even if you have been vaccinated. Contact your primary care physician for evaluation and possible testing.

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

Read more here.


Student Health Center spring semester hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. 

Premier Health After Hours Urgent Care: 5-9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Located in Marianist Hall, across from the Student Health Center and above the bookstore.

Testing

  • Students can get tested 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the Student Health Center, by appointment only, and 5-9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Premier Health After Hours Urgent Care located in Marianist Hall, across from the Student Health Center and above the bookstore. Premier Health After Hours Urgent Care will accept students and employees for walk-in tests 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. weekdays. Tests also may be available through your healthcare provider or Ohio's testing center website. The type of COVID-19 tests offered may differ by location. 
  • Individuals may be subject to surveillance and targeted testing the University, in consultation with its medical panel, determines is appropriate based on the nature of the pandemic on campus, including suspected clusters in specific areas or populations.
  • Students are required to report COVID-19-related health conditions at the COVID-19 Health Reporting webpage. Employees should report their COVID-19-related health conditions at the same link. 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. 
  • The University will attempt to protect the privacy of individuals who have a positive COVID-19 test result, especially within the UD community. However, the University will coordinate with public health officials so that appropriate measures, such as contact tracing, can be taken to slow the spread of infection. Certain campus and public health officials will need to know the identity of anyone who tests positive. 

Isolation Procedures for Confirmed Positive Cases

The University will follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shortened isolation period for the general population of five days.

  • Students living within 200 miles of campus are expected to isolate at their permanent residence. Otherwise, students should isolate in-place. There are a limited number of isolation spaces available for special circumstances; having students isolate off-campus or in-place on campus will help keep these spaces open. Employees should isolate at home.
  • Students should stop going to class and employees should not go to work in-person. Employees should work remotely if able. 
  • Wear KN95 or Fluidshield Level 3 medical masks for 10 days when around others, which the University will provide to you.
  • Do not go out for food; have others pick up/make food for you or order delivery to leave outside your door.
  • Instructors will be notified of a student's absence from class for a COVID-19 life event.

Quarantine Procedures for Close Contacts

If you are unvaccinated

  • You are permitted to go to class; however, it is very important to wear a KN95 or Fluidshield Level 3 medical mask, which the University will provide to you. This approach aligns with the state of Ohio's guidance. Nearly two years of this pandemic have demonstrated clearly that in-person learning is crucial to student well-being and academic success at the University of Dayton, and remote learning, especially at the start of the semester, can create significant, long-term academic and life challenges for many students. It's important to remain in the classroom, but please take the necessary precautions to keep yourself and your classmates safe.
  • Outside of the classroom, quarantine in place for five days; wear a KN95 or Fluidshield Level 3 medical mask for 10 days, which the University will provide to you; and do not attend social gatherings.You can get grab-and-go food from the dining halls or have others pick up/make food for you or order delivery to leave outside your door. 
  • Employees should work remotely if able. Anyone who cannot work remotely may return to work if asymptomatic AND if they have a negative test result within 48 hours of learning known exposure. However, it is very important to wear a KN95 or Fluidshield Level 3 medical mask, which the University will provide to you.
  • If asymptomatic, test within 48 hours of learning known exposure.
  • If symptoms develop, test immediately and stop attending class.
  • If you do not test within 48 hours and do not submit daily symptom checks, then students may not be able to attend classes. Instructors will be notified of a student's absence from class for a COVID-19 life event. 
  • See "Testing" section above for where to obtain tests. 

Any student in quarantine or isolation must coordinate with their supervisor or class instructor regarding time away from work or the classroom. Remote learning is no longer an automatic option for students.

If vaccinated…

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days. The University's preferred face covering is a KN95 or Fluidshield Level 3 medical mask.
  • Test on day 5 from when the exposure occurred, if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.

Contact Tracing

Close contact means:

  • You were within six feet of someone indoors who has COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more during a 24-hour period and NOT wearing a mask — 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 are a housemate or roommate of someone testing positive with COVID-19.
  • 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 Student Health Center is notified of a confirmed COVID-19 case either by public health, a laboratory test or a student or 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. Housing will contact students regarding a move to their quarantine location. Roommates or housemates of someone who has identified as testing positive would be considered a close contact and should follow the quarantine procedures.

Why is the health department calling me when I've already talked to a contact tracer at UD?

  • Students may also receive legally required calls from Public Health Dayton-Montgomery County or the health department for your permanent residence. Students are required to speak with these tracers as well.

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

  • According to the CDC, close contact (for purposes of quarantine requirements, etc.) is any individual who was within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more during a 24-hour period starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. 

Additional information

  • Fully vaccinated means two weeks have elapsed after the second dose of a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
  • Students quarantining off campus can be tested by their primary care physician or an urgent care in their areas.
  • 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 case manager, primary care physician, or the Student Health Center at 937-229-3131.
  • In all cases, if you have questions, please consult your primary care physician regarding symptoms or email covidhealthreporting@udayton.edu for isolation/quarantine concerns. Serious symptoms require an immediate call to your doctor or 911. 

For students

Internal guests

Allowed.

External guests 

Allowed.

Face coverings

As of Aug. 2, 2021, everyone, whether vaccinated or not, is required to wear face coverings in most shared indoor spaces on campus effective immediately.

  • The University's preferred face covering is a KN95 or Fluidshield Level 3 medical mask. The University will provide them for free. Read Porches story on how to get them.
  • Face coverings are required in academic, classroom, studio, lab and related spaces. They also are required in Kennedy Union (including all activities in The Hangar), The Hub at the Arcade, the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, all dining facilities (except when actively eating or drinking), RecPlex public areas (except when actively engaged in exercising), and UD transportation (shuttles, etc). 
  • Face coverings/masks are required in all residential common areas such as lobbies, main desk areas, offices, first floor common area hallways, elevators, stairways, laundry rooms and mail rooms. Face coverings are strongly recommended in student residential shared living areas.
  • You do not need a face covering if you are alone in a non-shared workspace, such as a private office or cubicle with sides extending above your head on at least three sides.
  • We strongly encourage everyone, whether vaccinated or not, to wear a face covering in UD Arena, public places at The Hub, and in shared residential areas on campus such as common areas, lobbies, etc.
  • You can read the University's updated guidance on face coverings here

Group size

There are no restrictions on group size. Maintain a physical distance of six feet or more from individuals outside your household, when possible.

Dining halls

Dining facilities are open and operating at full capacity.

Food and drink

Not permitted at internal meetings or events.

Studying in Roesch Library

Classrooms and meeting rooms have returned to full capacity. Individuals are required to wear a face covering in all library spaces, at all times, even if they are alone in a room. See the Libraries' COVID-19 response website.

The Hangar in Kennedy Union

Open; including for bowling and pool. Click here for details.

Recognized student organization events

Yes, with approval from the Center for Student Involvement. Attendees must wear face coverings throughout the event. No food or drink will be permitted at on-campus events. Some events may be modified or rescheduled for later in the semester. Maintain a physical distance of six feet or more from individuals outside your household, when possible.

Campus recreation

Campus recreation is open. Click here for more information about intramurals, fitness, RecBikes, and more.

Off-campus activities

Follow all local, state and federal health guidance, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ohio Department of Health. 

Positive COVID test or close contact 

Report on COVID-19 Health Reporting form 

Got your vaccine?

UD students should use this form to report they've received their full COVID-19 vaccination and upload their vaccination record. 


The COVID-19 student agreement has been updated to include additional options for isolation and quarantine and to note that, as University employees, student-employees may be subject to additional COVID-related protocols. Click here to access the updated agreement.


If you have specific questions about returning to campus, students should contact their dean's office or email pathforward@udayton.edu.


For employees

Do not come to work or class if you're experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Contact your primary care physician for evaluation and possible testing.

Anyone in quarantine or isolation must coordinate with their supervisor or class instructor regarding time away from work or the classroom. Remote learning is no longer an automatic option for students.

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

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 family members.  

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 may be 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. 

If you have specific questions about returning to campus, employees should consult with their supervisor or email pathforward@udayton.edu.