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FAQs for arrival for spring semester 2021

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. 

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Testing, quarantine and isolation

I already had COVID. Do I need to take a test? 

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.

Can I be tested at home and avoid the testing on arrival? 

No. All undergraduate students and graduate students living in University housing must receive a test on campus before moving into their residences.

What kind of test am I getting?

The initial point-of-care test is a nasal swab antigen test, which focuses on identifying an active infection. It does not require the deep nasal probe of the nasopharyngeal (NP) polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test administered in the fall. If the point-of-care nasal swab antigen test result is positive, students will receive another point-of-care nasal swab antigen test for confirmation and possibly a nasopharyngeal (NP) polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. 

How long will it take to get my results?

Test results should be available within 20-30 minutes. If you test positive, you will receive additional tests to confirm, which could take up to two hours.

If I test positive when I arrive, where will I quarantine until I get my confirmation COVID test?

Students will wait in the arrival center for their results. Arrangements will be made for students to be physically distant from each other until confirmation of results.

If it's ultimately confirmed I have COVID-19, where will I isolate?

Students who test positive will be required to return home if they live closer than 400 miles to campus.

New CDC recommendations say close contacts can quarantine for seven days if they have a negative test or 10 days without a test, instead of 14 days. What is the University's policy?

The CDC provided the seven- or 10-day quarantine periods as options to public health departments nationwide. The University will follow recommendations from Public Health - Dayton and Montgomery County and the University's medical advisory panel. We will communicate the most current recommendations as we get closer to arrival. 

Is there anything I can do to help increase my chances of not testing positive when I get to campus? I don't want to have to immediately turn around and go home or immediately quarantine/isolate.

To help prepare for returning to campus in January, we strongly recommend you quarantine or limit contact to only your immediate household in the 14 days before you return to campus. Doing so will help reduce the risk of bringing COVID-19 to campus and having to return home to isolate. Indeed, proper quarantining at home and following safety protocols at all times will increase your chances of a negative COVID-19 test at UD when you arrive.

If I have a negative test, I'm free to come and go as I please, right?

It is important that, once you arrive on campus and have a negative test, you do not return home or otherwise leave campus for extended periods of time. These are the same guidelines that were in place for fall semester. If you are concerned about doing remote classes on campus during the first two weeks of the semester, we encourage you to schedule an arrival appointment closer to Feb. 1.

Students may leave campus for off-campus jobs and — in accordance with UD experiential learning guidelines — for paid employment positions sought out by students independently including practicums, co-ops and internships. We expect students to follow their employers' COVID-19 protocols and be especially vigilant in observing UD's safety protocols — physical distancing, avoiding large gatherings, face coverings, hand washing — both on and off campus. Students working off campus also are encouraged to communicate with roommates in their community living agreement so roommates are aware of and have an understanding about their off-campus jobs. Following these practices not only helps reduce the risk of spreading the virus to campus, but also helps protect colleagues, co-workers and customers at your job site. 

Arrival process and housing

All undergraduate students who expect to be taking classes on campus this spring, including students living in UD housing, landlord housing, or commuting from home and graduate students living in UD housing must sign up at this link for an arrival date to complete check-in procedures for spring semester. The link will be active starting at noon Dec. 14 for all students. 

Can I move in early, get tested and then go back home for remote learning? I don't want to be on campus for remote learning.

It is important that once you arrive on campus that you do not return home or otherwise leave for extended periods of time. If you are concerned about doing remote classes on campus, then we encourage you to schedule an arrival appointment closer to Feb. 1. 

Is there an early arrival for spring semester?

Students in those few programs that require a return to campus earlier than Jan. 15 can work with their respective departments on scheduling arrival appointments. There are no other early arrivals for spring semester. Students not in those programs are not permitted to return for the spring semester until your assigned arrival date. 

When is arrival for students? How do I sign up for a date/time? 

Arrival appointments can be scheduled for 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 15-31. Approximately 500-600 students will complete the check-in process each day. Students must sign up for an arrival date and time. The sign-up link was shared in an email to students Dec. 9. The link will be active starting noon Dec. 14. Students cannot arrive on campus until their appointment date/time. 

How will move-in work when I arrive on campus? 

Students are required to report to the RecPlex North Gym for check-in and COVID testing before moving into their assigned housing. During the check-in process, students will receive a COVID-19 test and wait in a designated area for the results. The initial point-of-care test is a nasal swab antigen test, which focuses on identifying an active infection. It does not require the deep nasal probe of the nasopharyngeal (NP) polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test administered in the fall. If the point-of-care nasal swab antigen test result is positive, students will receive another point-of-care nasal swab antigen test for confirmation and possibly a nasopharyngeal (NP) polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Students who test positive will be required to return home and isolate for a period of time. Students who test negative will be permitted to go to their residences immediately. 

Note: 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.

Can I go to my residence before my check-in and COVID test? 

To reduce the risk of spreading the virus to the campus community, students should not go to their residence, or anywhere else on campus, before being tested. This applies to students living in landlord housing as well as University housing. Your cooperation is essential for the creation of a healthy campus community. 

What if I’m delayed and miss my move-in arrival time? 

Call the number in your arrival confirmation email to notify them of your delay. Then, visit myhousing.udayton.edu/StarRezPortalX to arrange a new time. 

Can I cancel housing to study remotely for the spring semester? Do commuter students still need to be tested?

You must complete the Housing Cancellation Form via Porches. It can be accessed by clicking: “Flyer Student Services,” then scroll down to “Additional Resources.” In the form select “Spring 2021” term and the “Commuter” option. Students commuting from home still need to complete spring arrival check-in procedures, including receiving a University-administered COVID test. 

Whom can I bring to campus with me to help with move-in?

Students are not allowed to have people assist them with move-in. Only roommates or University staff are allowed to assist students if needed. 

Special Appointment Request/I didn’t get the time slot I wanted.

The time slots for each date are limited to 500-600 students based on testing capability, the check-in facility’s capacity, and the physical ability of staff members to process check-ins. We cannot add time slots to a specific date or make exceptions. We are required to adhere to the mandates of the state of Ohio and Public Health - Dayton Montgomery County regarding college reopening and cannot accommodate personal schedules or special requests. 

You can login to your application periodically to check if other time slots would work better. To select another appointment, you will need to cancel your current appointment first. We cannot change your appointment time or schedule a new appointment for you because you must agree to the application’s testing protocol when you sign up. 

I thought I already scheduled a date/time. There aren't any time slots on the date I want.

If you received an email about not having scheduled an appointment, go to the application, and select the available dates/times. If no time slots are showing on a particular date, that means none are available. We cannot add time slots to a day or make exceptions or special arrangements. You will receive a confirmation of your appointment within 24 hours. More details about your move-in appointment will be provided in a subsequent email.  

What if I need to reschedule my appointment?

You can login to your application to check if other time slots are available. To select another appointment, you will need to cancel your current appointment first. We cannot change your appointment time or schedule a new appointment for you because you must agree to the application’s testing protocol when you sign up. 

Can I move in late? What is the last day I can move-in?

Students must schedule their arrival no later than Sunday, Jan. 31.

What are the policies and guidelines for students living on campus this spring?

All students, including students staying on campus during the winter break, must follow the arrival protocols outlined on the Path Forward spring arrival website. Students must schedule their move-in appointment no later than Sunday, Jan. 31.

Where can I find details about financial implications if I am thinking about pausing studies, studying remotely and seeking credits or refunds for tuition, housing or dining?

Questions related to financial aid and billing are addressed at the FAQs for students.

If I'm a first-year or transfer student moving in for the first time, is there any additional information I need to know?

All new students living or studying on campus must complete the spring arrival process. More information can be found here. 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 if needed. 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. 

I've decided to study remotely for spring semester, but I need to retrieve my belongings from my residence. Will I need to get a test before doing that?

Contact UD Housing and Residence Life via the online information form to ask for a two-hour time slot from 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. between Jan. 4 and Jan. 11 to retrieve your belongings. You can bring up to two additional people to help retrieve your belongings. 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.

Academics

I plan to arrive on campus as close to Jan. 31 as possible. How can I get my books and course materials shipped to my home?  

To guarantee enough time for the fulfillment and shipment of your order during the holiday season, please place your textbook order by finals week. When placing an order online, students can choose "Textbook Ground Shipping" at the time of checkout. Books cannot be shipped to on-campus addresses. We will fill orders on a first-come, first-served basis; it may take 3-5 business days to ship an order. 

I live close to campus. Can I come to the bookstore before Jan. 15 to pick up my books and course materials?  

Once an order is fulfilled, the student will receive an email notification when the order is ready for pickup. The email includes a link to schedule an appointment. Orders can be picked up starting Jan. 6. 

When can I pick up my books if I wait until I arrive on campus for classes? 

You must go immediately to RecPlex for your arrival appointment and University-administered COVID-19 test. Once you receive confirmation of a negative result, you can pick up your books and move into your residence. 

Where can I find more information about placing textbook orders? 

Here is a link to the blog post regarding spring textbook orders.

I will be arriving on the same day I have a class. What should I do? 

We have asked faculty to be mindful that some students will be returning to campus and arriving on dates and times when class is held. We ask faculty to make accommodations for students if their arrival appointment and move-in conflict with class. If your arrival appointment and move-in day conflict with classes, please contact your class instructor to explain your situation and make alternate arrangements.