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COVID-19 Protocols

I Protect You. You Protect Me.

COVID-19, caused by a new coronavirus, is a respiratory disease that spreads from person to person through close contact. In some cases, COVID-19 can be a fatal disease. An infected person can spread COVID-19 to others even if they do not feel sick. 

It is impossible to guarantee an environment without COVID-19. However, following the protocols in this training can help create a safer UD community for all. These protocols may be revised based on future guidance from public health officials and our medical advisory panel.

COVID-19 Training

Internal guests

UD students cannot host UD students not living in the same household in their residences.

External guests 

Outside visitors are not allowed in UD residences.

Face coverings

Wear outside your household, including outdoors and on your porch.

Group size

Must be less than 10, unless the group is gathered in a space that specifically allows for physical distancing. 

Seating in dining halls

Open with the following capacity/seating limits: Marycrest 45; VWK 81; KU Crossing dining room 77; Que 28; Spice 24; Toss 28; Emporium 12; Brown St. Bistro 10.

Studying in Roesch Library

Individual study rooms are open by reservation only. Click here for more info. Group study rooms are closed. 

The Hangar in Kennedy Union

Open; including for bowling and pool. Click here for details and to reserve space.

Recognized student organization events

Yes, with approval from the Center for Student Involvement. Here is a schedule of student events.

Campus recreation

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

Off-campus activities

Strongly discouraged; avoid bars and gatherings. 

Positive COVID test or close contact 

Report on COVID-19 Health Reporting form 

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 active 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:

  • I will physically distance myself from others (6 ft.) outside my household.
  • 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 move to University designated isolation housing or to go to my family residence. I will also daily report symptoms to 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 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 will cooperate fully with contact tracers, health officials, and other University officials regarding testing, reporting, housing and anything else pertaining to COVID-19.
  • I understand that University requirements regarding isolation and quarantine housing apply even to students who live in non-University housing, if they live with other University students.
  • I will wear a face covering in shared indoor environments (other than my household) and outdoors, including on porches, consistent with University guidance.
  • 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, including signage, understanding the guidelines may change during the life of the pandemic. It is my responsibility to keep myself apprised of these changes and adapt to any updated guidelines, including paying attention to University announcements and regularly checking
  • I will continue to follow the University’s safety guidelines even if I tested positive in the past and have recovered, because I acknowledge that it is not fully understood whether a person who has tested positive can be infected with or spread the virus again
  • I will continue to follow the University’s safety guidelines even if I receive the COVID-19 vaccine, unless and until those guidelines are changed.
  • I will follow the University’s restrictions on guests inside my living space, understanding that external and overnight guests are not permitted. In order to lessen the spread, I acknowledge that my room, house, suite, or apartment is reserved only for my roommates or housemates. I understand the University reserves the right to place restrictions on internal guests, and I will adhere to such restrictions.
  • I will stay out of crowded places, including restaurants and bars, that are not following public health protocols like physical distancing and face covering requirements. In addition, I will avoid gatherings that exceed current Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County/campus guidelines, in Dayton and surrounding areas. In the student neighborhood gatherings of 10 or more are not permitted anywhere. In the event of a gathering of more than 10 people, I will remove myself from the area.
  • I will refrain from non-essential travel during the on-campus portion of the semester, particularly in and through areas that are congested or hotspots for COVID-19.
  • 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 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 is highly contagious; 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.

Watch Your Wingspan

The most effective method of reducing risk is to keep at least 6 feet of space between you and others. This is especially important for interactions lasting 15 minutes or more within a period of 24 hours and within 6 feet.

Physical Distancing Guidelines

  • Keep at least 6 feet of space between you and others.
  • Comply with occupancy limits for rooms, elevators and common spaces.
  • Abide by rules for foot traffic; follow signage and floor decals.
  • Stay out of crowded places, such as restaurants and bars, and avoid mass gatherings, including in the student neighborhoods.
  • Use technology like Zoom for team meetings and conversations.

I Wear It for U(D)

Face coverings reduce spread of respiratory droplets, which reduces the risk to others.

Face Covering Guidelines

  • Reduce the spread of the coronavirus by wearing a face covering over your nose, mouth and chin.
  • Wear face coverings in all shared indoor environments. (Exception: Face coverings are not required if you’re alone in an enclosed workspace.)
  • Wear face coverings when outside, including when socializing on porches.
  • Wear face coverings when off campus, in following with local and state guidance.
  • Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and who have recovered are still required to wear face coverings.

Health and Hygiene Guidelines

  • 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, is performing enhanced and frequent cleaning measures in communal areas of campus buildings, including restrooms, hallways, stairways, lobbies, lounges, break rooms, kitchens and classrooms.

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

Sanitizing and Disinfecting Guidelines

  • 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.
  • Community members should clean as they enter and before using shared spaces.
  • You are only required to clean areas you will come in contact with.
  • Minimum cleaning protocol for students:
    • Wipe down your desk and chair.
    • Wipe down any shared materials you expect to use.
  • Minimum cleaning protocol for instructors:
    • Wipe down table/podium.
    • Wipe down any materials and surfaces you expect to use.
  • Steps you should take for cleaning:
    • Locate the disinfectant in the shared space and apply it following the provided directions.
    • Allow the disinfectant to sit for the required contact time. Surface must remain wet for the disinfecting process to be effective. If surface dries before the minimum time, reapply the cleaner.
    • Dispose of the used material (e.g., paper towel, wipe) in the trash receptacle.

Screening and Health Guidelines

  • Take your temperature daily.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Do not come to campus, go to class or engage with others if you have:
    • Fever of 100.4 F or higher.
    • Chills or muscle pain.
    • New onset of:
      • Cough.
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
      • Loss of taste or smell.
    • Other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Stay home if anyone in your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or has a pending COVID-19 test.
  • Report any known or potential COVID-19 exposures, or positive results, to COVID-19 Health Reporting within 24 hours.
  • Promptly follow instructions if selected for surveillance testing. Noncompliance is a violation of the code of conduct.

  • Each room, suite, apartment and house will be considered a “household.”
  • Students in a household will not be required to wear a face covering or observe physical distancing when inside their own household.
  • Face coverings and physical distancing should be observed outside of the household.
  • External guests to the University and overnight guests are strictly forbidden.

  • Additional measures require you to:
    • Follow the University’s restrictions on visitors; students are not permitted to have external guests.
    • Refrain from nonessential travel.
  • These are challenging days, but we will get through them together. Be kind, support one another, respect enforcement efforts and encourage others to follow safety expectations.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

The University has developed specific procedures for cleaning and disinfecting areas if a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19.

  • Entire building operations do not necessarily need to cease as long as the affected areas can be identified and isolated.
  • Once the area has been disinfected, it can be safely reopened for general use.

Contact Tracing

If you test positive for COVID-19 or are exposed to someone known to have COVID-19, you are expected to cooperate fully with health officials and others, including for contact tracing.

Case investigation and contact tracing are used to:

  • Identify and isolate anyone who is sick.
  • Identify and quarantine for 10-14 days anyone who has been in close contact* with individuals who are sick.
    * Being within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes (within a 24-hour period) starting from 48 hours prior to onset of illness or positive test date.

Case investigation and tracing may take several days. Contact tracers will notify close contacts they were exposed, assess their symptoms and risk, and provide instructions for next steps.

  • You will be contacted by contact tracers from both UD and Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County. Cooperation with both entities is expected.
  • Those who do not cooperate with contact tracers can be charged through the University code of conduct.

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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