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Stay Informed

This page contains important travel, testing, vaccine, and immigration information.

We’ve separated this page into three sections:

  1. Key Information - These are some of the most important points to understand.
  2. Immigration & Travel - Answers to your questions about immigration and travel.
  3. Testing, Quarantine & Vaccinations

Key Information

UD is currently offering primarily in-person course options for undergraduate students. Therefore, undergraduate students will not have options for blended or fully remote course modalities except in rare, extenuating circumstances. Undergraduates intending to continue their studies should plan to be on campus. Graduate students must check with their programs to see what course modalities are offered. Students in graduate programs that offer only in-person courses should plan to be on campus. Scroll down to the Enrollment Requirements section for a detailed breakdown by student category.

Current US government guidance provides certain flexibilities for online study. Specifically:

  • Students who were in active F-1 or J-1 status since March 9, 2020, and have continued to maintain status, are eligible to study entirely online. 
  • Students who started or resumed active F-1 or J-1 status after March 9, 2020 are required to enroll in at least one credit or more of in-person or blended courses each term in order to maintain status. This applies to new students starting their studies in Fall 2021 or Spring 2022.

Note: to be considered in active status, a student must have been admitted to the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 status and continued to maintain status. 

While the guidance may allow students certain flexibilities, UD’s plans for the academic year determine what options students have. 

On October 25, 2021, President Biden issued a proclamation establishing a global requirement that "noncitizens who are nonimmigrants" (including those in F, J, and other non-immigrant statuses) traveling to the US by air from any part of the world establish that they are fully vaccinated. All air travelers will also continue to have to show results of a negative coronavirus test performed during the three days preceding their flight's departure, in addition to proof of vaccination.

On Nov 26, President Biden issued a proclamation suspending entry after recent presence in certain southern Africa countries. The proclamation is effective on November 29, 2021, and operates in addition to new global entry requirement mentioned above. Details about the new travel restrictions can be found below in the Immigration & Travel section.

Immigration & Travel

 The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) extended the guidance originally issued in March 2020 for the 2021-22 academic year. This guidance allows students to engage in distance learning in excess of normal limits due to the continuing public health concerns created by COVID-19.

To help student determine their enrollment requirements, we’ve created this table:

Enrollment Requirements

Can I study entirely online?

New students -- first time to U.S.

NO.

New students -- regaining status

NO. If you obtained a new I-20 to return to campus to continue or start a new program due to dismissal, an absence from the US of 5 or more months, or previous failure to maintain status, you cannot study entirely online.

Intensive English Program students

IT DEPENDS. IEP courses are entirely in-person for the academic year.


New students who are unable to come to the U.S. may request to study remotely. Contact IEP directly at iep@udayton.edu for authorization first.

Undergraduate students

UNLIKELY. UD is offering primarily in-person course options for undergraduate students. Therefore, undergraduate students will not have options for blended or fully remote course modalities except in rare, extenuating circumstances.

Graduate students

IT DEPENDS. Were you in active F-1 or J-1 status on or before Mar 9, 2020? And are you still in active F-1 or J-1 status? If the answer is ‘Yes’, you can study entirely online, if your program has the coursework to support this.

 

If your program is entirely in-person, you do not have options to study online/remotely.

Travel Requirements

If you are preparing to travel to the US, this section will explain what documents to prepare, testing and quarantine guidelines, and the new global entry requirement.

Documentation to Prepare

Review our travel reminders to know what academic and immigration documents to prepare to ease your entry into the US. Some may find this ISSS support letter helpful.

NEW Global Entry Requirement

The new global entry requirement states that "noncitizens who are nonimmigrants" (including those in F, J, and other non-immigrant statuses) traveling to the US by air from any part of the world establish that they are fully vaccinated. All air travelers will also continue to have to show results of a negative coronavirus test performed on a specimen taken during the three days preceding their flight's departure, in addition to proof that they are fully vaccinated with an acceptable COVID vaccine.

Below is a breakdown of the new requirement (for full details, visit the CDC’s website):

CDC Vaccination Info

Visit the CDC website for full details.

We strongly recommend obtaining vaccination to have the best chance of entering the US.

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
Citing the appearance of the COVID Omicron variant, Presidential Proclamation of November 26, 2021, Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease 2019, suspending entry into the US of anyone physically present in these countries in the 14 days period preceding entry:

  • Republic of Botswana
  • Kingdom of Eswatini
  • Kingdom of Lesotho
  • Republic of Malawi
  • Republic of Mozambique
  • Republic of Namibia
  • Republic of South Africa
  • Republic of Zimbabwe

The proclamation is effective on November 29, 2021, and operates in addition to the global entry requirement. The proclamation is effective at 12:01 a.m. eastern standard time on November 29, 2021.

Testing, Quarantine, and Vaccines

As mentioned above, all "noncitizens who are nonimmigrants" entering the United States through an air POE will have to show proof that they are fully vaccinated with an acceptable COVID vaccine. 

In addition to the new vaccine requirements for travel, UD requires employees, including student employees, to be vaccinated. We strongly urge all other students to receive a COVID vaccination. Both FDA and WHO approved vaccines are acceptable. 

UD’s requirements for students traveling to the US are based on vaccination status and arrival time. We are including unvaccinated students in the categories below because of the exceptions in the latest presidential proclamation. It’s unlikely that any new international student will be able to enter the US if unvaccinated but if an exception is provided an unvaccinated student would fall into the categories below.

Refer to the table below to determine which applies to you.

UD Vaccination and Quarantine Requirements

When Arriving

Requirements

Unvaccinated students

Arriving on campus within 14 days of entering the US

Must quarantine for 7 days, must test within 3-5 days

Arriving on campus more than 14 days after entering the US

Not required to quarantine, must test within 3-5 days

Vaccinated students

Arriving on campus within 14 days of entering the US

Not required to quarantine, must test within 3-5 days

Arriving on campus more than 14 days after entering the US

Not required to quarantine, not required to test

 

Getting Tested, Getting & Reporting the Vaccine

There are many options for testing and vaccination. Visit UD’s COVID-19 Health Resources page for testing and vaccine options. Remember to report your vaccination to UD!

CONTACT

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