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Campus status lowered to Yellow; some in-person classes resume Wednesday, Sept. 16

9/11/20

Dear faculty and staff,

I want to share with you the good news that the seven-day average of COVID-19 cases is trending down on campus. With the support of Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County, we are lowering the campus status to status 3 - YELLOW - CAUTION and plan to initiate some in-person learning starting Wednesday, Sept. 16. We hope to be able to open up more courses to in-person learning during the week of Sept. 21 if current trends continue. 

You will be informed by your department chair whether your class will begin in-person learning on Wednesday, Sept. 16, or continue remotely for the time being. Please share this information with your students, as we are informing them that they will learn their course modality from their instructor.

While we are pleased to make these changes, we are asking students, as well as everyone in the Flyer community, to continue to be diligent in protecting against the spread of the virus. Enhanced safety measures will remain in effect, including no in-person dining. We will review in some detail our testing principles and protocols during the upcoming faculty and staff meetings and have scheduled a town hall with our medical panel on Monday with details to follow later today. Please see full details about the return to in-person learning and safety protocols in the message to students below.

Employees who can work effectively from home should continue to do so. Student employees may work in-person at their on-campus jobs, if their supervisors determine in-person work can occur with appropriate safety measures in place.

We thank you for your continued flexibility, hard work, and the impressive support you have shown for students during the challenging opening weeks of the semester.

Sincerely, 
Paul H. Benson
Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs 

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9/11/2020

Dear students,

We write to you today with some good news: the seven-day average of COVID-19 cases is trending down on campus. With the support of Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County, we are lowering the campus status to Status 3 - YELLOW - CAUTION, and moving some classes to in-person instruction starting Wednesday, Sept. 16. We are beginning in-person instruction mid-week to provide faculty the opportunity to prepare labs, studios, and materials.

It is ESSENTIAL that everyone understands there is no guarantee of continued in-person instruction without continued strict adherence to the safety protocols that led to lower infection rates. The UD community has done very well the past couple weeks, and we cannot ease up at all on our efforts to stop the coronavirus’ spread this semester. Although active case numbers on campus have decreased, we all know this virus is extremely contagious — evidenced by the quick spike we saw that brought the total number of students impacted to more than 1,000 in just a few days. Please continue to be diligent: wear face coverings at all times except inside your residence; maintain physical distance; don’t gather in groups larger than 10; avoid unsafe gatherings of any size; and isolate or quarantine if you are diagnosed or are a close contact. 

Please note:

  • Virtual learning for undergraduates will continue Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 14-15.
  • Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 16, some classes will begin in-person instruction. You will be notified by your instructor if your class is moving to in-person.
  • Student employees may work in-person at their on-campus jobs, if their supervisors determine in-person work can occur with appropriate safety measures in place.
  • University leaders will continue to evaluate the COVID-19 case trends, and expect to announce next week if additional classes will move to in-person instruction.

Additionally:

  • Enhanced safety measures remain in effect:
    • All dining options on campus remain grab-and-go with no indoor seating.
    • No visitors, even from within the University community, are allowed in your room, suite, or house.
    • To continue the decline in cases and help prevent new clusters, please ask your parents to cancel any hotel reservations and to not come to Dayton for Family Weekend.
    • To help protect against spread in the greater Dayton community, do not leave campus unless you have an approved educational reason such as a co-op, internship, or student teaching assignment; outside employment; or for essentials like groceries or medications. Do not visit bars or restaurants. Information about on-campus weekend activities is available here.
    • Undergraduate commuter students can now come to campus for their classes that are held in person.
    • Students who have recovered from COVID-19 are still required to follow all University safety protocols.
  • Surveillance testing will continue to randomly test students and target potential hotspots. Students are notified directly via email if they are selected, and must be tested or they will be asked to go home to study for the remainder of the term. On-campus testing locations also remain open for students with and without COVID symptoms. See info here.

We have to say — truly and sincerely — thank you to all the students who have not only followed safety measures themselves, but encouraged others to do so as well. This has truly been a challenging start to the semester, and the Flyer community has shown its strength, care, and resilience in the face of a difficult situation. Continue to protect yourself and protect others.  And be proud of what we are accomplishing as the Flyer family.

We will continue to monitor the situation on campus, in consultation with Public Health and our panel of medical experts, and announce any changes to instruction or protocols as necessary.

In community,
Eric F. Spina
President

Mary Buchwalder, M.D. 
Student Health Center Medical Director