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Campus status lowered to 2 - Green - Localized; Full schedule of in-person classes to begin meeting Sept. 24


Dear students, 

We are pleased to announce all undergraduate classes scheduled to have an in-person component this semester will begin to include that component starting Thursday, Sept. 24. Additionally, with the support of Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County, the campus status has been lowered to Status 2 - GREEN - LOCALIZED.

This is news we have all looked forward to, and it is because of your continued diligence in following COVID-19 safety protocols. As a result of your efforts, the seven-day average of COVID-19 active case numbers on campus has continued to decline. We all must stay vigilant: today’s success can easily be rolled back if we don’t continue to take the precautions that have been working.

As we return to in-person learning, please remember:

  • In-person classes have been carefully designed to promote safety. Abide by room occupancy, follow physical distancing guidelines, wear face coverings, and clean and disinfect common areas between classes/uses. These are requirements for everyone attending in-person class sessions.
  • Some study spaces are now available in selected buildings. If safety protocols are not followed in these spaces or if they are abused in other ways, the spaces will be closed.
  • "COVID-19 captains" are available in each building to assist if you need anything or have concerns. Ask your instructors about the captains for your classroom locations or see this list.
  • Enhanced safety measures remain in effect, including no in-person dining (grab-and-go options are still available); no visitors — even from within the University community — allowed in your room, suite, apartment or house; and you must remain on campus unless for an approved educational or work reason, or for medicines and groceries, to protect against COVID-19 spread in the greater Dayton community. 
  • Continue to follow safety protocols, including wearing face coverings and physical distancing, even if you have recovered from COVID-19. 

As we have stated previously, we all must remember COVID-19 is extremely contagious. While we are thankful that most students have reported mild symptoms, we know another surge in cases like we saw at the start of the semester would be unsustainable and would threaten the ability of the community to stay on-campus, especially as flu season approaches. 

We must continue to protect against the spread of the virus by following safety protocols if we wish to continue to remain on campus this fall. We cannot stress this enough: 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. 

We are so thankful that you have taken this challenge seriously. You have demonstrated that Flyers not only enjoy living in community, but are also willing to sacrifice and fight for the health and safety of everyone in the UD and greater Dayton community.

We look forward to seeing you on campus,

Eric F. Spina

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