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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, to isolate in place, 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), to quarantine in place, 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 understand that, if I am also a student-employee, I may be required to comply with additional COVID-19 protocols as a condition of my employment.
  • 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  

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.

  • The University's preferred face covering is a KN95 or Fluidshield Level 3 medical mask. The University will provide them for free. Read Porches story on how to get them.
  • Face coverings are required in academic, classroom, studio, lab and related spaces. They also are required in Kennedy Union (including all activities in The Hangar), The Hub at the Arcade, the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, all dining facilities (except when actively eating or drinking), RecPlex public areas (except when actively engaged in exercising), and UD transportation (shuttles, etc). 
  • Face coverings/masks are required in all residential common areas such as lobbies, main desk areas, offices, first floor common area hallways, elevators, stairways, laundry rooms and mail rooms. Face coverings are strongly recommended in student residential shared living areas.
  • 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 UD Arena, public places at The Hub, and 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. Maintain a physical distance of six feet or more from individuals outside your household, when possible.

Dining halls

Dining facilities are open and operating at full capacity.

Food and drink

Not permitted at internal meetings or events.

Studying in Roesch Library

Classrooms and meeting rooms have returned to full capacity. Individuals are required to wear a face covering in all library spaces, at all times, even if they are alone in a room. See the Libraries' COVID-19 response website.

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. Attendees must wear face coverings throughout the event. No food or drink will be permitted at on-campus events. Some events may be modified or rescheduled for later in the semester. Maintain a physical distance of six feet or more from individuals outside your household, when possible.

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. 


Maintain a physical distance of six feet or more from individuals outside your household, when possible. Classrooms, meeting rooms and dining facilities will return to full capacity.


Everyone, whether vaccinated or not, is required to wear face coverings in most shared indoor spaces on campus.

  • The University's preferred face covering is a KN95 or Fluidshield Level 3 medical mask. The University will provide them for free. Read Porches story on how to get them.
  • Face coverings are required indoors, including in academic, classroom, studio, lab and related spaces. They also are required in Kennedy Union (including all activities in The Hangar), The Hub at the Arcade, the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, all dining facilities (except when actively eating or drinking), RecPlex public areas (except when actively engaged in exercising), and UD transportation (shuttles, etc). 
  • 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.
  • Face coverings/masks are required in all residential common areas such as lobbies, main desk areas, offices, first floor common area hallways, elevators, stairways, laundry rooms and mail rooms. Face coverings are strongly recommended in student residential shared living areas.
  • Face coverings are highly recommended at UD Arena.
  • 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. Do not come to work or class if you're experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, even if you have been vaccinated. Contact your primary care physician for evaluation and possible testing.

  • 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 spring semester hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. 

Premier Health After Hours Urgent Care: 5-9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Located in Marianist Hall, across from the Student Health Center and above the bookstore.

Testing

  • Students can get tested 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the Student Health Center, by appointment only, and 5-9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Premier Health After Hours Urgent Care located in Marianist Hall, across from the Student Health Center and above the bookstore. Premier Health After Hours Urgent Care will accept students and employees for walk-in tests 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. weekdays. Tests also may be available through your healthcare provider or Ohio's testing center website. The type of COVID-19 tests offered may differ by location. 
  • 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 Procedures for Confirmed Positive Cases

The University will follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shortened isolation period for the general population of five days.

  • Students living within 200 miles of campus are expected to isolate at their permanent residence. Otherwise, students should isolate in-place. There are a limited number of isolation spaces available for special circumstances; having students isolate off-campus or in-place on campus will help keep these spaces open. Employees should isolate at home.
  • Students should stop going to class and employees should not go to work in-person. Employees should work remotely if able. 
  • Wear KN95 or Fluidshield Level 3 medical masks for 10 days when around others, which the University will provide to you.
  • Do not go out for food; have others pick up/make food for you or order delivery to leave outside your door.
  • Instructors will be notified of a student's absence from class for a COVID-19 life event.

Quarantine Procedures for Close Contacts

If you are unvaccinated

  • You are permitted to go to class; however, it is very important to wear a KN95 or Fluidshield Level 3 medical mask, which the University will provide to you. This approach aligns with the state of Ohio's guidance. Nearly two years of this pandemic have demonstrated clearly that in-person learning is crucial to student well-being and academic success at the University of Dayton, and remote learning, especially at the start of the semester, can create significant, long-term academic and life challenges for many students. It's important to remain in the classroom, but please take the necessary precautions to keep yourself and your classmates safe.
  • Outside of the classroom, quarantine in place for five days; wear a KN95 or Fluidshield Level 3 medical mask for 10 days, which the University will provide to you; and do not attend social gatherings.You can get grab-and-go food from the dining halls or have others pick up/make food for you or order delivery to leave outside your door. 
  • Employees should work remotely if able. Anyone who cannot work remotely may return to work if asymptomatic AND if they have a negative test result within 48 hours of learning known exposure. However, it is very important to wear a KN95 or Fluidshield Level 3 medical mask, which the University will provide to you.
  • If asymptomatic, test within 48 hours of learning known exposure.
  • If symptoms develop, test immediately and stop attending class.
  • If you do not test within 48 hours and do not submit daily symptom checks, then students may not be able to attend classes. Instructors will be notified of a student's absence from class for a COVID-19 life event. 
  • See "Testing" section above for where to obtain tests. 

Any student 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.

If vaccinated…

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days. The University's preferred face covering is a KN95 or Fluidshield Level 3 medical mask.
  • Test on day 5 from when the exposure occurred, if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.

Contact Tracing

Close contact means:

  • You were within six feet of someone indoors who has COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more during a 24-hour period and NOT wearing a mask — 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 are a housemate or roommate of someone testing positive with COVID-19.
  • 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?

  • The contact tracing process will begin when the Student Health Center is notified of a confirmed COVID-19 case either by public health, a laboratory test or a student or employee's self-disclosure. The University’s team of trained contact tracers will interview those diagnosed with COVID-19 to identify their close contacts on campus. The tracers will then call those close contacts to give them details on the quarantine process, self-care, etc. Housing will contact students regarding a move to their quarantine location. Roommates or housemates of someone who has identified as testing positive would be considered a close contact and should follow the quarantine procedures.

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?

  • 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. 

Additional information

  • 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 quarantining off campus can be tested by their primary care physician or an urgent care in their areas.
  • 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 case manager, primary care physician, or the Student Health Center at 937-229-3131.
  • In all cases, if you have questions, please consult your primary care physician regarding symptoms or email covidhealthreporting@udayton.edu for isolation/quarantine concerns. Serious symptoms require an immediate call to your doctor or 911. 

Visit the following pages for additional information:


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