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COVID-19 Protocols

I Protect You. You Protect Me.

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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 COVID-19 pandemic and given the existence of other health risks, this call takes on heightened meaning, as an inherent risk of exposure to serious disease can exist 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 or campus 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 COVID-19 vaccination status, I will monitor my health daily for COVID-19 symptoms (available at 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 isolate in my residence, to move to University designated isolation housing, or to go to my family residence. I will also report my symptoms daily to until the University notifies me that I no longer need to make such reports. 
  • Regardless of vaccine status, if I am a close contact to 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 without a mask -- I will follow University Instructions for Close Contacts.  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 housing apply to all students, even those who live in non-University housing, so long as they live with other University students.  
  • Based on current University protocols in light of CDC recommendations and the University’s expert medical panel, I will follow the University’s Face Coverings Guidance.  I understand that, absent a specific requirement, face coverings are currently optional in all indoor settings.  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
  • 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 or other governing agency) 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 pertaining to any health or safety issue.
  • 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 against COVID-19, and I will also respect those who choose to get vaccinated.
  • I realize that many of the provisions in this agreement pertain specifically to COVID-19, but I understand that other health concerns may arise, and I will comply with University protocols as they may exist or evolve with respect to such other health concerns.
  • 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 there may be other diseases or conditions in the University of Dayton or general community that are highly contagious, and I cannot be shielded from those either.  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 COVID-19 & Other Health Issues Student Agreement. I understand that this agreement may change. I will do my part to protect myself and the UD community.

Montgomery County has a medium community level of COVID-19. Click the link for Centers for Disease Control recommendations for counties with a high community level of COVID-19.

If you are at high risk for severe illness, talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions.

While optional most places on campus, masks are required in the Student Health Center and After Hours Urgent Care. 

Individuals exhibiting symptoms should not go to class, should get tested and should wear a mask until results are known. Wearing a well-fitting medical grade mask (such as Fluidshield Level 3 or KN95) continues to be a valuable form of protection for those at higher risk of infection and should continue for people who are not up-to-date on their vaccines, especially indoors and in crowded settings. We will continue to provide medical grade masks for use, which employees can order via Runway or get from your COVID-19 building liaisons. Students can find masks at the locations listed below. Please support and respect individuals who choose to wear masks. 

  • The front desks of all residence halls
  • KU information Desk
  • Daniel J. Curran Place front desk
  • RecPlex main desk
  • UD Bookstore
  • Student Health Center
  • Roesch Library front desk

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms – 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. Employees should contact their primary care physician for evaluation and possible testing and students should contact the Health Center.

  • 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 continues to update this list as more is learned about COVID-19 and its variants. 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. Read more here.

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 may isolate in place or choose to go home as long as they do not take public transportation. 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. Students isolating in place following a positive test should have a friend pick up food (can use the GET app) and leave it outside their door.
  • Any student in 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. Starting with the spring semester 2023, instructors no longer will be notified of a student's absence from class for a COVID-19 life event. 

Close Contacts 

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. 

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

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.


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