Skip to main content

COVID-19 Resources

Campus News Digest


Click here for information on current operations, including previous updates and messages to the University community.

Click here for more information on COVID-19, including on coming in contact with someone tested for or diagnosed with the virus. Also, find information on when to call a doctor, tips for keeping healthy and maintaining anxiety and stress, and information from the CDC, World Health Organization and Ohio Department of Health information. 

Click here for messages regarding the Path Forward, UD's work to implement safety measures for the fall.


Welcome to Campus News Digest, a weekly e-newsletter for the University of Dayton community

Friday, May 1, 2020


Gov. DeWine extends Stay Healthy and Safe at Home Order through May 29; remote work continues for UD faculty, staff

Late yesterday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine extended Ohio's Stay Healthy and Safe at Home Order through May 29. 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 symptoms; wear a face covering when near others; maintain physical 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. 

Office of the Provost announces 2020-21 Academic Senate

Congratulations to incoming Academic Senate officers: Leslie Picca, president; Samuel Dorf, vice president; and Fran Rice, secretary. Visit the Academic Senate website to view a list of 2020-21 senate members, including executive committee members and committee chairs. The Office of the Provost also extends its gratitude to outgoing 2019-20 ECAS members, officers and committee chairs: Anne Crecelius, Jim Dunne, Shannon Driskell, Denise James, Sister Laura Leming, FMI, and Andrea Seielstad. Student representatives Joanna Abdallah, James Brill, Michael Davies and Jake Jagels are also recognized for their service on the executive committee.

Go light your world

Campus Ministry invites all to a special evening of prayer and reflection at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, to mark the end of the spring semester and academic year. This live event from the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception will feature music, scripture and prayer from a familiar and comforting place in the midst of the most uncertain times. A special blessing will be offered for those preparing for a year of service, as well as all who are leaving the University.

Fun and games with Mary

The Marian Library has gotten creative. Visit and click on Fun and Games with Mary for online and printable family activities to learn about the Blessed Virgin Mary and connect with items from the library’s collections.


Move-out procedures update

The Department of Housing and Residence Life has worked with Public Health - Dayton and Montgomery County on an approved plan for students to retrieve belongings from their residences. However, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine late on Thursday extended Ohio's Stay Healthy and Safe at Home Order until May 29. We are working with state and local health officials to understand how this extension affects our plan and when we might be able to implement it. Until that time, UD reminds students not currently on campus that they are required to remain off-campus. It's important students do not make plans to return until we communicate our plan with you. The University has secured all buildings and has restricted door access. UD police will continue to patrol campus and the student neighborhoods to prevent thefts and unauthorized entry into buildings and residences. We appreciate your patience as we continue to work with public health officials to implement a move-out of University housing that keeps you and your families safe and complies with governmental guidance to control the spread of COVID-19.

Counseling Center continues to provide services for new, existing clients

The University of Dayton Counseling Center continues to provide services via Zoom and telephone for new and existing clients. Students can contact the center at 937-229-3141 to discuss appointment options. Services may be limited for students living outside Ohio because of certain state laws; check with the Counseling Center for details. Psychology Today and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association national helpline can provide referrals for anyone looking for a provider closer to home. If you are in imminent danger of suicide, please call 911. If you have thoughts of self-harm or suicide and need to talk to someone, please call the National Suicide Hotline at 800-273-8255 or text "Help" to 741741.


Save the dates: Virtual town hall meetings May 6 and 7 

Join virtual town hall meetings with President Eric F. Spina, Provost Paul Benson, Vice President for Mission and Rector Father Jim Fitz, S.M., Executive Vice President Andy Horner, and Vice President Troy Washington, for an update on the University's financial situation and what's ahead. Meetings are scheduled 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, and Thursday, May 7. Check your University email on Monday for instructions on how to log in or listen to the meetings. 

Pastoral care for those impacted by COVID-19

Campus Ministry is providing support for faculty and staff impacted in any way by COVID-19, including those who will be furloughed or laid off and all who want to gather for prayer with other members of the University community during this time of challenge and crisis. Opportunities include a virtual prayer experience each weekday at noon, and a three-session virtual prayer and support group at 10 a.m. May 7, 14 and 21. 

On Monday May 4, the weekday session will focus on praying for those impacted in any way by the coronavirus pandemic. This virtual prayer opportunity is intended to last roughly 15 minutes. Join by clicking the link for the day, just prior to noon to connect with via Zoom. The three-session prayer and support group that begins Thursday May 7, will be facilitated by Father Kip Stander, S.M., and Crystal Sullivan. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on their experience in a small group setting with other faculty and staff. If you are interested in participating or you have questions, please contact Father Kip Stander, S.M., at A Zoom link will be sent to you.

If you need individual support, please contact one of the ministry staff persons listed below:

Kelly Adamson,
Nick Cardilino,
Father Jim Fitz, S.M.,
Father Tom Schroer, S.M., (pastoral counseling)
Crystal Sullivan,
Father Kip Stander, S.M., 


Campus News Digest

Every Tuesday (and sometimes Friday) during the COVID-19 pandemic, the University news and communications team will share news to help us stay connected. To submit an item, please send a brief introduction (no more than 2-3 sentences) with a website link (not a pdf) to no later than noon each Friday for consideration for the following Tuesday's newsletter. 

Virtual community 

Stay in touch with the University community while staying at home through social media. Follow and tag UD on InstagramFacebookTwitter and LinkedIn or use #FlyersAtHome.