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Message to students about returning to campus for spring semester 2021

Dec. 9, 2020

Dear students,

We hope you arrived at your destination safely, had a good Thanksgiving and that you're settling into finishing the semester remotely. This message is an overview to all students about expected arrival on campus for the spring semester. Details can be found below. We are taking these steps with the safety of the entire University community in mind, and especially to mitigate the number of people infected with COVID-19 introduced to campus.

We must emphasize that these plans are based on the current situations on campus, in Montgomery County and the state of Ohio. Plans can change at any time based on changing conditions, or recommendations or decisions by public health or other authorities, even up to the time students begin to return to campus. Please pay attention to your email messages throughout the break. 

Academics

  • All undergraduate classes will begin online Jan. 19-31. If conditions permit, we intend to begin in-person components of all relevant courses, as communicated in the spring term composite, on Feb. 1. As arrival to campus will be phased, most students will study online away from campus for the first part of these two weeks and on campus for the remainder.
  • Graduate students should follow the plans determined by their department chairs and program directors.
  • 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.

Arrival for spring semester

  • Spring arrival will be Jan. 15-31, with approximately 500-600 students scheduled to move in each day. 
  • All undergraduate students — residential, commuter and those living in landlord houses — as well as graduate students who live in University housing, must sign up for an arrival date to complete check-in procedures for spring semester. Sign-ups start at noon Dec. 14. Click here to register.
  • 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.

Testing

  • All undergraduate students — residential, commuter and those living in landlord houses — as well as graduate students who live in University housing, must sign up for an arrival date to complete check-in procedures, which includes a UD-administered COVID-19 test, for spring semester. Sign-ups start at noon Dec. 14. Click here to register.
  • Students avoiding the University's 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.
  • When arriving on campus on your scheduled arrival date and at your appointment time, head straight to the RecPlex North Gym for your entry COVID-19 test. 
  • The initial test will be an anterior nasal swab antigen test, which is quicker and less invasive than the nasopharyngeal (NP) polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test administered in the fall. 
  • 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, which could take up to two hours. 
  • COVID-19 tests performed at home or off-campus will NOT be accepted.
  • Because it has not been established whether previous exposure results in long-term immunity, our medical panel has recommended that students who previously tested positive are still required to take the COVID-19 test at UD. 

Isolation/Quarantine

  • If your test results are positive, or you are determined to be a close contact of someone with COVID-19, you will be expected to return home for isolation or quarantine if you 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.

Other things to keep in mind to help your transition back to campus

  • 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 you are ill or have ANY symptoms, DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS. Call the number in your arrival confirmation email to notify them of your delay. Then, visit myhousing.udayton.edu/StarRezPortalX to arrange a new arrival date and time.
  • 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.

Questions

If you have questions after you have visited the spring semester 2021 details page or frequently asked questions page, please fill out our online information form. 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.

We thank you again for your cooperation in following health guidelines that enabled us to stay on campus for the fall semester. Continuing to follow those protocols, especially wearing a face covering, washing your hands frequently, staying more than six feet away from others and avoiding large gatherings, will help us return to campus as safely as possible and remain here.

Best of luck with the end of the semester, and we wish you a safe, happy holiday season and semester break.

Details about spring semester 2021 arrival

If you are a UD student or employee and have questions after visiting this page or our frequently asked questions page, please fill out our online information form.

If you are a parent, guardian or other family member of a UD student and have questions after visiting this page or our frequently asked questions page, please fill out this form.

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.

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. 

TESTING

  • 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. 

ACADEMICS

  • 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. Click here to visit the FAQs for students (textbooks section) 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.