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University suspends in-person classes, asks students to return home, institutes remote learning after spring break

 

Previous updates and messages to the University community and links to CDC tips for cold and flu prevention and Ohio Department of Health, CDC and World Health Organization information on the coronavirus can be found here.

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March 10, 2020

Dear University of Dayton parents and guardians,

We want to inform you that we shared the following message with your student about measures the University has taken to protect the health and safety of our campus community. Based on Governor DeWine’s recommendations to colleges and universities this afternoon to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the state of Ohio and with the support of Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County, we are suspending in-person classes tomorrow at 8 a.m. and instituting remote online course instruction for students beginning on March 23. Housing will close tomorrow at 6 p.m. We will post updates at go.udayton.edu/coronavirus and send campus-wide communications, including information about remote learning and returning to campus.

This is an unprecedented situation that is changing and moving very quickly. We recognize these communications may not answer every question for your student, but more information about remote learning will be forthcoming during spring break and we urge students to stay in contact with their instructors. 

As indicated in the message, we are acting to protect the health of our students, our campus community and the public health, while taking steps to ensure student learning continues. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time.

Sincerely, 
William M. Fischer, J.D.
Vice President for Student Development

Christine H. Schramm
Associate Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students



Dear students,

Gov. Mike DeWine today asked all of the state's colleges and universities to take immediate, aggressive action to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the state. 

The governor urged these actions because this is a crucial moment in time, when Ohio can slow the spread of this disease and do everything we can to protect public health, especially for our most vulnerable populations. It is clear from other countries and regions where the epidemic is severe that hard decisions now can make a difference in the severity and duration of the outbreak. As Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton told a meeting of university presidents today, action now will save lives. While these actions will be disruptive and inconvenient to many, the Univesity of Dayton community must come together to act decisively for the common good of our campus, our community, and our state, country and world. 

In taking these measures, the University is mindful of the importance of social distancing in slowing the spread of disease. Social distancing is the best way to prevent new cases by preventing sick people from coming in close contact with healthy ones. Social distancing measures include limiting large groups, canceling events, working or communicating remotely, and keeping at least a 6-foot distance between people.

While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the UD campus, there are at least three confirmed cases in Cuyahoga County and more are expected. Ohio is under a state of emergency in responding to the epidemic. 

At the governor's urging and with the support and advice of Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County, the University of Dayton is taking these actions: 

  • We are suspending in-person classes beginning 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, and instituting remote online course instruction beginning March 23 and continuing to at least April 6.
  • University housing will close at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 11. If you have been approved for an extended stay or full break housing over spring break, you are permitted to stay as approved.  Students do not need to formally check out or return keys.  
  • Students will remain off campus for at least two weeks following spring break, while coursework will resume March 23 through online and remote learning. We will be communicating with you next week with more detailed instructions about remote learning. 
  • Students leaving campus at this time should take with them any items necessary to continue their education online and remotely from home, such as laptops, textbooks, notebooks, essential papers, art materials, musical instruments, etc. Students also should take home valuables and other essential items in case time away from campus extends for a sustained period. 
  • All University-sponsored on-campus events and gatherings are canceled effective Wednesday, March 11 until further notice. 
  • Research activities that comply with social distancing practices can continue.
  • We understand that many of you have questions about your housing or may not be able to return to your homes. Contact housing@udayton.edu if you have questions. 
  • International students will be permitted to remain on campus during this break. CIP will be communicating additional information soon.
  • We are in close communication with the NCAA and other athletic organizations sponsoring events on campus, but have no information at this time to share about upcoming athletic events. 

We recognize that this information may not answer every question, but as the situation evolves, we will post information and updates at go.udayton.edu/coronavirus and encourage you to check this site regularly. Send questions not covered by the website to covid19@udayton.edu . We will send campuswide communications for major announcements, including more detailed information on remote learning and returning to campus. 

We understand this is a major disruption to your plans and your education, but in the interest of the community, we urge you to leave campus as soon as you are able and maintain social distancing in the coming weeks. The University is not closing — we are protecting our community and will be delivering course work in a different mode for what we hope is a short period of time. We all understand how special this campus community is to our students and how difficult it will be for people to be away for an extended period. Please do know that we will strive to limit the period of absence as best we can, but that the health and safety of each of you is our highest priority and will drive this decision. 

In the spirit of our Marianist founders, we must read the signs of the times, make sacrifices, and come together as the University of Dayton, a community dedicated to the common good. 

Eric F. Spina
President