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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Good morning. We hope you and your families remain healthy and safe. Our thoughts are with you especially this week as you complete your final exams.

We also appreciate your patience as we worked with public health officials to finalize plans to move out of University housing that keeps you and your families safe and complies with public health guidance to control the spread of COVID-19.

Starting May 15, students can retrieve their belongings from their University of Dayton residences. The phased approach, approved by Public Health - Dayton and Montgomery County, will offer students four-hour blocks during assigned periods: May 15-24 for Ohio residents within 60 miles of campus, May 25-31 for all other Ohio residents, and June 1-21 for University of Dayton students outside Ohio. You can visit your My Housing portal now to schedule your time.

Once you schedule your time, you will receive a confirmation with preliminary instructions and then, 24 hours before your scheduled time, you will receive final details. 

There will be more details in the instructions you receive with your confirmation and again 24 hours before your scheduled time. However, we would like to emphasize the following points for your safety and the safety of the entire University of Dayton community as well as pass along other helpful information as you plan to return to campus:

  • Only one student is permitted in a unit (apartment, house or room in residence facility) at a time. They can be accompanied by no more than two additional people.
  • Anyone sick with confirmed or presumed COVID-19 cannot return to campus until they are symptom-free without medication for 72 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 without symptoms. Notify Housing and Residence Life at if you are sick and can no longer make your arranged time. 
  • Everyone must wear a face covering at all times on campus and adhere to physical distancing guidelines. Please bring a face covering as the University will not be able to provide them. Here is information from CDC on how to make, wear and care for face coverings. 
  • Only the student and their guest(s) are allowed on the elevator and in trash closets at a time.
  • The University will provide a limited number of blue bins for students moving out of residence facilities. Students will have to bring their own dolly and/or cart, if you need one.
  • No dining services or overnight accommodations on campus are available.
  • It's important students do not return to campus before their scheduled time. The University has secured all buildings and will restrict door access until 15 minutes before a student's scheduled time. Housing and Residence Life staff will be on hand to check in students and verify the number of people accompanying the student. 

Housing and Residence Life is in the process of working with others on campus such as Campus Recreation for students to retrieve items from lockers and with the bookstore and academic units to create collection points for students to return/drop off items. More information will be forthcoming.

Housing and Residence Life will work with students who are unable to return to campus to retrieve their belongings, or who cannot return to their home residences or countries or who otherwise do not have another living arrangement. Email to arrange a time to discuss your situation.

If you have questions after receiving your confirmation email with preliminary instructions, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for students retrieving belongings from residences. For questions not answered there, email


Steve Herndon
Assistant Vice President for Student Development and Executive Director of Housing and Residence Life

James Froehlich
Director of Housing Operations