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Details about spring semester 2021 arrival

If you are a UD student or employee, or a parent, guardian or other family member, and have questions after visiting this page, please fill out one of the online information forms below. 

Someone from the appropriate area will respond as quickly as possible. Completing the form will be the quickest way for you to receive a response. However, questions submitted during the University's Christmas break Dec. 19-Jan. 3 will be delayed to allow University faculty and staff to celebrate the holidays with their loved ones and to rest and recharge for spring semester. 

Online information form for students, faculty and staff (must have University log-in).

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Online information form parent, guardian or other family members.

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Arrival and testing

  • Students are strongly encouraged to quarantine themselves for 14 days prior to the date you arrive on campus. This will increase your chance of having a negative test when you arrive at UD.
  • All undergraduate students who expect to be taking classes on campus this spring, as well as graduate students who live in University housing, must sign up at this link for an arrival date to complete check-in procedures, which include a University-administered COVID-19 test, for spring semester. The link will be active at noon Dec. 14 for all students.
  • Arrival dates and times will be scheduled from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. between Jan. 15-31.
  • Approximately 500-600 students (including residential students, students commuting to campus and students living in landlord owned properties) will complete the check-in process each day.  
  • During this check-in process, each student will receive a point-of-care COVID-19 test and will wait in the arrival center in RecPlex for their results. Results should be available within 20-30 minutes. If you test positive, you will receive additional tests to confirm, the results of which could take up to two hours.
  • Students who test positive will be required to return home if they live closer than 400 miles from campus. 
  • The time period for quarantine/isolation will be based on recommendations from Public Health - Dayton and Montgomery County and the University's medical advisory panel.
  • Students who test negative will be permitted to go to their residences immediately. 
  • To help reduce the risk of introducing the virus to the campus community, students must not go to their residences before being tested. This applies to undergraduate students living in landlord housing as well as all undergraduate and graduate students living in University housing.
  • To help reduce the risk of spreading the virus, students are not permitted to check in and then return to their homes for remote study. Students who go home or otherwise leave campus for an extended period of time after their initial check-in and then return to campus will be required to quarantine for up to 10 days. Also, students should not arrive on campus before their scheduled appointment. 
  • Students avoiding a University-administered point-of-care test before moving into residences or repeatedly violating campus health and safety expectations are subject to University discipline and sanctions that include being barred from coming to campus to take classes in-person or remotely and may result in suspension for the semester.
  • All new and transfer students living or studying on campus must complete the spring arrival process. Similar to returning students, you must sign up at this link for an arrival time. Students are not allowed to have people assist them with move-in. Only roommates or University staff are allowed to assist students. UD Housing and Residence Life staff will be informed of the arrival of new students in their areas and encouraged to assist as possible with your arrival. 
  • If you are not returning to University housing for the spring 2021 semester but still need to retrieve your belongings, contact UD Housing and Residence Life via the online information form to ask for a two-hour time slot between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. between Jan. 4 and Jan. 11 to retrieve them. You can bring up to two additional people to help you. If you are unable to retrieve your items, you may designate someone else to pick them up, provided you notify Housing and Residence Life and your roommates first. You or your designate will not need a COVID-19 test before arriving on campus.
  • These plans may change prior to Jan. 15 and more information will be available in January. Be sure to check your email frequently for updates and modifications. 


  • During this check-in process, each student will receive a point-of-care COVID-19 test and will wait in the arrival center in RecPlex for their results. No family will be permitted to wait with them. 
  • You will wait in the RecPlex while your test is processed and results should be available within 20-30 minutes. If you test positive, you will receive additional tests to confirm, the results of which could take up to two hours.
  • The initial point-of-care test is an anterior nasal swab antigen test. It is quicker and less invasive, and does not require the deep nasal probe of the nasopharyngeal (NP) polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test administered in the fall. 
  • Because there has been no definitive immunity established for those who contracted the virus, students who have tested positive for the virus are also required to be tested during January arrival. 
  • Due to the rapidly evolving circumstances of the pandemic and changes in testing, this testing protocol may change with little advance notice. 


  • The majority of undergraduate spring semester classes will begin the semester remotely starting Jan. 19. If conditions permit, it is our plan to begin in-person components of all relevant courses Feb. 1. 
  • Students in those few courses with required experiential or in-person components will be notified individually about arrangements for study during the first two weeks of class. 
  • Orders for books and course materials must be completed by Dec. 14. See bookstore FAQs for more information. 
  • Students banned from campus in the spring semester will be required to study remotely and may be required to drop classes that are not offered remote-friendly.  

Flyer Student Services

  • We will follow the same policies for refunds and discounts established in the fall. Find updated information for spring semester at FAQs for students page.