See UD's plans to return to teaching, learning and research on campus this fall with measures in place to promote safety and lessen the risk of COVID-19 spread.

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The Path Forward

Working Groups

A range of working groups with nearly 100 members from across campus are part of the UD Path Forward Task Force. Faculty and staff who wish to submit ideas to the working groups can email pathforward@udayton.edu

Co-chaired by Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Paul Benson, Vice President for Student Development William Fischer, and Executive Vice President of Business and Administrative Services Andy Horner, the UD Path Forward Task Force will study options, consult with campus constituents and vet recommendations with public health officials.

Critical Path Working Groups

Four "Critical Path" working groups are focusing on developing recommendations for critical areas of University operations including academics, student life, preventive measures and infrastructure and operations. 

Academics

Chair: Carolyn Phelps, associate provost for faculty and administrative affairs

The academics working group will focus on teaching, research and engagement, including but not limited to academic calendar and course scheduling, online and hybrid learning, classroom capacity, experiential learning on- and off-campus, academic support and faculty development.

Student Life

Co-chairs: Christine Schramm, associate vice president for student development and dean of students, and Steve Herndon, assistant vice president for student development and executive director of housing and residence life

This working group will examine, among other things, student move-in, rapid closing, isolation and quarantine spaces, physical distancing, staff health and safety, student life and organizations, events, student behavior, student support, cleaning and sanitation.

Protective Measures

Chair: Katherine Cleaver, executive director of environmental health and safety

The scope of this group’s work includes providing guidance and direction on protective measures including face coverings, temperature taking and personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning and sanitizing protocols, sanitizing materials and devices, vulnerable populations, testing and contact tracing.

Infrastructure and Operations

Co-chairs: Rick Krysiak, vice president for facilities management and planning, and Savalas Kidd, executive director of public safety and chief of police

Their work will include but not be limited to buildings and facilities, remote working, public safety, EMS, managing gatherings, and dining.

Return to Operations Working Groups

In addition, seven return-to-operations working groups are focusing on implementing plans and campus operations in the context of the pandemic. The number and character of these groups will be fluid and flexible as issues and planning evolves.

Faculty/Staff Support

Co-chairs: Dr. Mary Buchwalder, health center medical director, and Troy Washington, vice president for human resources.

This working group will educate and inform faculty and staff about restrictions, guidelines and new requirements for working on campus. 

External Resources Coordination and Related Recordkeeping

Co-chairs: Mary Ann Recker, vice president and general counsel, and Beth Stuart, internal audit director

This group is charged with recommending oversight protocols and best practices for receiving, coordinating, or incorporating data, funds, and/or regulatory changes from external resources into the operations of the University, particularly where a reporting obligation, audit risk or known litigation risk exists.

Student Support Services

Chair: Melissa Longino, assistant vice president for health and wellbeing and executive director, campus recreation

This group is charged with providing student support services under pandemic scenarios, planning for increased caseloads and high demand for support services including alternative delivery options. 

Athletics and Campus Recreation

Co-chairs: Scott DeBolt, senior associate athletics director and executive director of UD Arena, and Melissa Longino, assistant vice president for health and wellbeing and executive director, campus recreation

This group is charged with tracking public health requirements, athlete health and safety, managing athletic facilities, fall sports decision timeline, physical distancing, spectators. 

Large Gatherings and Events

Co-chairs: Amy Lopez-Matthews, executive director, Center for Student Involvement; and Scott DeBolt, senior associate athletics director and executive director of UD Arena

This group is charged with tracking public health requirements, physical distancing and other protocols, and developing decision timelines for events. 

Travel

Chair: Amy Anderson, associate provost for global and intercultural affairs and executive director of the Center for International Programs

This group is charged with professional travel and student travel, both international and domestic. Creating an approval process for health and safety and budgetary approvals. 

Sponsored Research

Chair: Mark Fuchs, director of environmental health and safety

This group will focus on continuity of sponsored research. 

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