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COVID-19 Protocols

I Protect You. You Protect Me.

This page provides information for students, faculty, staff and parents on COVID-19 protocols. As the situation evolves, updates will be posted on the relevant webpages.

The pandemic means the risk of contracting the virus exists anywhere people are present, and it is impossible to guarantee a COVID-free environment; nonetheless, the University has implemented a number of protocols meant to lessen the risk.

For questions not answered by these websites, please email pathforward@udayton.edu.

Report your vaccine here.

As a Catholic, Marianist university, the University of Dayton believes in learning and living in and through community, respecting the dignity of every person and working together to promote the common good. This commitment to community demands the virtue of solidarity that goes beyond self-interest, calling each of us to care for our neighbor and those who are most vulnerable. During the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, this call takes on heightened meaning, as an inherent risk of exposure to this serious disease exists anywhere people are present. It means that everyone in the UD community must help protect each other, with humility, patience and a spirit of unity. In a public health crisis, this is not an abstract ideal; this is our concrete responsibility.

I am willing to take on this risk and responsibility in order to be part of the UD campus community, and as such, I agree and acknowledge:

  • Regardless of my vaccination status, I will monitor my health daily for COVID-19 symptoms (available at cdc.gov). If I experience COVID-19 symptoms, I will promptly seek a COVID-19 test and remain in my household until test results are received. I will promptly report to the University any positive COVID-19 test result, even if received off-campus (i.e., report it within 24 hours). If I am positive, I will follow University instructions to move to University designated isolation housing or to go to my family residence. I will also daily report symptoms to go.udayton.edu/covidhealthreporting until the University notifies me that I no longer need to make such reports. 
  • I will report any known or potential exposures to COVID-19 -- that is, I was within 6 feet of someone known to be positive for at least 15 minutes within a 24-hour period -- in a timely manner at go.udayton.edu/covidhealthreporting. I will follow University instructions to move to University-designated quarantine housing (or isolation housing, if I end up being positive) or to go to my family residence.  I understand that, even if I am vaccinated, I must disclose an exposure. 
  • I will cooperate fully with contact tracers, health officials, and other University officials regarding testing, reporting, housing and anything else pertaining to COVID-19.  Even if I am vaccinated, I realize that contact tracing and other requirements might change, and I will comply as and if they pertain to me.  
  • I understand that University requirements regarding isolation and quarantine housing apply to all students, even those who live in non-University housing, so long as they live with other University students.  I understand that, depending on the circumstances and public health guidance, even vaccinated students may be required to quarantine or isolate.
  • Based on current University protocols in light of CDC recommendations and the University’s expert medical panel, I will wear a face covering indoors on campus unless the area is excepted from that requirement in the University’s Face Coverings Guidance.  I understand that face coverings are strongly recommended in all indoor settings, even if not required.  If the University issues any additional or different requirements regarding face coverings in the future based on the state of the pandemic on campus, I will comply with those requirements as well.  I will also comply with any face covering requirements that may exist for unique situations, e.g., buses, healthcare settings, etc.  I will respect others who continue to wear face coverings even when not required by the University. 
  • I will practice good hygiene, meaning, (a) I will wash my hands thoroughly and often and/or use hand sanitizer; (b) I will practice good respiratory etiquette (covering coughs and sneezes); and (c) I will keep my space and belongings clean and sanitized.
  • I will follow the University’s safety guidelines and requirements, understanding they may change on short notice during the life of the pandemic.  I realize that, even if I am vaccinated, some of the guidelines may restrict my activities.  It is my responsibility to keep myself apprised of these changes and adapt to any updated requirements and guidelines, including paying attention to University announcements and regularly checking go.udayton.edu/coronavirus.
  • I understand the University reserves the right to place restrictions on guests, and I will adhere to such restrictions.
  • If I choose to travel, I will take precautions (e.g., testing, masking, distancing, quarantining, etc. as recommended by the CDC) to help ensure I do not carry COVID-19 or any variant back to campus, regardless of my vaccination status. 
  • I will be truthful and comply with all expectations pertaining to close-contact, surveillance or any other University-required testing.
  • I will graciously encourage others regarding safety expectations without judgment or jumping to conclusions and, in turn, I will be respectful of enforcement efforts and if someone reminds me of what is expected.
  • I will respect others who choose not to or cannot get vaccinated, and I will also respect those who choose to get vaccinated.
  • I will do my best to respect the dignity of everyone in the UD community, to act without bias, and to help those who may need support.

I understand that COVID-19 and its variants are highly contagious; it is possible to contract the virus even if I am fully vaccinated; it is possible to contract the virus even if I follow all of the safety precautions in this agreement; and although the University is following guidelines issued by government and medical experts to help reduce the spread of infection, I can never be completely shielded from all risk of illness caused by COVID-19 or other infections. I understand that my status as a University of Dayton student obligates me to comply with the terms of this agreement. I further understand that living out this agreement is a condition of my ability to remain on campus and participate in in-person activities, and that any failure to comply may lead to disciplinary action, ranging from warnings, to probation, to restrictions on campus or facility access, to removal from campus, to interim suspension, to suspension and in some cases to even expulsion.

By being a University of Dayton student, I agree to comply with this Flyer COVID-19 Agreement. I understand that this agreement may change. I will do my part to protect myself and the UD community.


Internal guests

Allowed.

External guests 

Allowed.

Face coverings

As of Aug. 2, 2021, everyone, whether vaccinated or not, is required to wear face coverings in most shared indoor spaces on campus effective immediately.


  • Face coverings are required in academic, classroom, studio, lab and related spaces, and all dining facilities when not actively eating or drinking. 
  • You do not need a face covering if you are alone in a non-shared workspace, such as a private office or cubicle with sides extending above your head on at least three sides.
  • We strongly encourage everyone, whether vaccinated or not, to wear a face covering in shared residential areas on campus such as common areas, lobbies, etc.
  • You can read the University's updated guidance on face coverings here

Group size

There are no restrictions on group size.

Seating in dining halls

Dining facilities have returned to full capacity.

Studying in Roesch Library

Classrooms and meeting rooms have returned to full capacity. 

The Hangar in Kennedy Union

Open; including for bowling and pool. Click here for details.

Recognized student organization events

Yes, with approval from the Center for Student Involvement.

Campus recreation

Campus recreation is open. Click here for more information about intramurals, fitness, RecBikes, and more.

Off-campus activities

Follow all local, state and federal health guidance, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ohio Department of Health. 

Positive COVID test or close contact 

Report on COVID-19 Health Reporting form 

Got your vaccine?

UD students should use this form to report they've received their full COVID-19 vaccination and upload their vaccination record. 


There is no six-feet physical distancing requirement on campus. Classrooms, meeting rooms and dining facilities will return to full capacity.


As of Aug. 2, 2021, everyone, whether vaccinated or not, is required to wear face coverings in most shared indoor spaces on campus effective immediately.

  • Face coverings are required in academic, classroom, studio, lab and related spaces, and all dining facilities when not actively eating or drinking. 
  • You do not need a face covering if you are alone in a non-shared workspace, such as a private office or cubicle with sides extending above your head on at least three sides.
  • We strongly encourage everyone, whether vaccinated or not, to wear a face covering in shared residential areas on campus such as common areas, lobbies, etc.

You can read the University's updated guidance on face coverings here.


  • Wash your hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds before and after:
    • Interacting with others.
    • Entering public spaces.
    • Using a face covering.
    • Contacting shared surfaces/objects.
  • Use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol when hand-washing is not possible.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your face covering and the inside of your elbow, or a tissue.
    • Throw used tissues in the trash.
    • Then wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Avoid sharing personal items with others.

The University’s janitorial contractor, Alpha & Omega, performs enhanced and frequent cleaning measures in communal areas of campus buildings, including restrooms, hallways, stairways, lobbies, lounges, break rooms, kitchens and classrooms.

Alpha & Omega uses disinfectants effective against COVID-19 to sanitize all commonly touched areas — door knobs, handrails, elevator and other buttons, light switches, faucets, drinking fountains and vending machines — on a daily basis. Everyone is responsible for cleaning and disinfecting other shared areas on campus. 

Everyone has a responsibility for sanitization in their own work or living area; shared vehicle; shared space on campus; and when using other shared resources and commonly touched items. Wipe stands and wipes will still be available in the classrooms. Offices still can request wipes from the COVID-19 stockroom via Runway.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with any of the following symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

Read more here.


Student Health Center summer hours (through Aug. 12): 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. 

Student Health Center fall semester hours (starting Aug. 16): 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. 

Premier Health After Hours Urgent Care (starting Aug. 23): 5-9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Premier After Hours Urgent Care is located in Marianist Hall, across from the Student Health Center and above the bookstore.

Employees should consult with their primary care provider.

Testing

  • Individuals may be subject to surveillance and targeted testing the University, in consultation with its medical panel, determines is appropriate based on the nature of the pandemic on campus, including suspected clusters in specific areas or populations.
  • Students are required to report COVID-19-related health conditions at the COVID-19 Health Reporting webpage. Employees should report their COVID-19-related health conditions at the same link. Use the forms to self-disclose positive COVID-19 test results, report a close contact exposure to UD if they have been contacted by public health officials, or provide a "final day" symptoms update on the last day of quarantine/isolation. 
  • The University will attempt to protect the privacy of individuals who have a positive COVID-19 test result, especially within the UD community. However, the University will coordinate with public health officials so that appropriate measures, such as contact tracing, can be taken to slow the spread of infection. Certain campus and public health officials will need to know the identity of anyone who tests positive. 

Isolation/Quarantine

  • Unvaccinated individuals and all who test positive will still be required to quarantine and/or isolate based on the University’s protocols in consultation with its medical advisory panel, e.g., following any travel, if identified as a close contact, if presumed positive, etc.
  • Because the University considers any positive COVID-19 test result to be a health and safety emergency, the University has set aside housing for students who have a positive test result. Families of students transferred to isolation housing will be notified. Dining services will deliver meals kits daily. Housing and residence life, and campus ministry will also check on students regularly via phone or Zoom to ensure their needs are being met. Additionally, students in isolation and quarantine will report their temperature and any symptoms daily. 
  • If you know you are going into quarantine or isolation on campus, you should begin gathering and packing items you will need. Pack essentials like toiletries; clothes; extra bed linens; extra phone charger; prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines; insurance and emergency contact info; contact lens supplies; thermometer; tampons; retainer; etc. Bring books, laptops, chargers, and other education materials. Plan supplies for up to 14 days should your quarantine/isolation be extended.
  • Students who complete their isolation will receive a letter from the UD contact tracing program which they can present to housing and their on-campus employers to confirm they completed isolation. Be sure you properly check the date your isolation ends; you must remain in isolation through midnight on the date your isolation ends. Students who complete isolation do not need to be tested for COVID-19 again before returning to regular housing or work because they can continue to test positive on PCR tests due to low levels of non-infectious virus in their bodies for up to three months. They should be tested if they exhibit symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Anyone in quarantine or isolation must coordinate with their supervisor or class instructor regarding time away from work or the classroom. Remote learning is no longer an automatic option for students.
  • CDC guidelines call for people who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 to be quarantined, except for those who have had COVID-19 within the past three months (and have recovered) or who are fully vaccinated as long as they do not show or develop new symptoms. Fully vaccinated means two weeks have elapsed after the second dose of a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  
  • Students who become symptomatic during their quarantine or test positive will be re-evaluated by a health professional and moved to isolation housing. They should notify the University on this self-disclosure form.  
  • If you need additional medical attention while quarantining on campus, contact the UD Student Health Center or Premier Health After Hours Urgent Care. In case of emergency, contact Public Safety at 937-229-2121.

Students and employees who are close contacts of someone diagnosed with COVID-19 should refer to  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines regarding quarantining and close contacts.

Contact Tracing

Students

  • If you do not have symptoms, you must quarantine for 10 days. You can get an optional test on day 5 and can leave quarantine on day 8 assuming a negative test.
  • If you do develop COVID-19 symptoms, your quarantine may be extended to 14 days, with an optional test on the fifth day. 
  • You may also need to quarantine for 14 days if you do not have symptoms but have an underlying health condition.
  • If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, you must report this to your contact tracer or case manager and make an appointment to be tested. 
  • Students quarantining on campus can be tested on campus via the Student Health Center (call 937-229-3131 to make an appointment). Students also can be tested at Premier After Hours Urgent Care.
  • Students quarantining off campus can be tested by their primary care physician or an urgent care in their areas.
  • In all cases, if you have questions, please consult your contact tracer, primary care physician, or the Student Health Center at 937-229-3131.

Employees

  • If you do not have symptoms, you must quarantine for 10 days provided you have a negative COVID-19 test on the eighth day. The test is optional, but supports a lower risk of developing COVID-19 while reducing the quarantine time.
  • If you do develop COVID-19 symptoms, your quarantine may be extended to 14 days, with an optional test on the fifth day. 
  • You may also need to quarantine for 14 days if you do not have symptoms but have an underlying health condition.
  • If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, you must report this to your contact tracer or case manager and make an appointment to be tested. 
  • Critical infrastructure employees who are close contacts can return to work after a seven-day quarantine with a required negative test on the fifth day or later. Critical infrastructure employees are designated and informed of their status by UD's Office of Human Resources and division heads. 
  • Employees can be tested by their primary care physician or an urgent care in their area.
  • In all cases, if you have questions, please consult your primary care physician regarding symptoms and your contact tracer for isolation/quarantine concerns.

Close contact means:

  • You were within six feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more during a 24-hour period — starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed them).
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils.
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.
  • More information is available from the CDC.

How will UD identify close contacts?

  • According to the CDC, close contact (for purposes of quarantine requirements, etc.) is any individual who was within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more during a 24-hour period starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

Why is the health department calling me when I've already talked to a contact tracer at UD?

  • Students may also receive legally required calls from Public Health Dayton-Montgomery County or the health department for your permanent residence. Students are required to speak with these tracers as well.

What if I’m a close contact of a close contact?

  • The CDC currently has no recommendations about close contacts of people identified as close contacts of someone diagnosed with COVID-19. For example, this would be the situation if your roommate was identified as a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19 on campus, yet you have not interacted with that person. According to the CDC, close contact (for purposes of quarantine requirements, etc.) is any individual who was within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more during a 24-hour period starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

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Why follow these safety measures?

  • Because Flyers believe in the power of community and know that together we can make a difference.
  • Because Flyers care about each other and want to keep our community safe and healthy.
  • Because Flyers want to remain at UD; ignoring these steps could result in students returning home and engaging in remote learning.

CONTACT

Division of Student Development


300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0000
937-229-3682