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Family News Digest


Welcome to Family News Digest, a weekly newsletter especially for University of Dayton parents and guardians.  

COVID-19 status level 2 – GREEN - LOCALIZED

For the most up to date information, check the COVID-19 case dashboard.  

Quick, on-campus COVID-19 tests for students 

Students can be tested on campus if they think they could have COVID-19 or are a close contact. The UD Student Health Center (937-229-3131) offers point-of-care testing with results available in about 15 minutes. All tests must be scheduled; no walk-ins accepted. Find info on the Student Health Center webpage. If a student tests positive at any on- or off-campus location or is a close contact of someone who tests positive, the student needs to make a report on UD's COVID-19 reporting form. If a student has recently tested negative for COVID-19, they are still required to wear face coverings, maintain physical distancing and avoid large gatherings. Negative tests are only snapshots of that moment of time and one negative result does not protect you against contracting the virus.

COVID: Support available for "long-haulers" 

COVID-19 in young adults is often mild or asymptomatic, but people of all ages may experience mild to serious lingering effects which include cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, exercise intolerance or brain fog. Students who have prolonged symptoms are encouraged to make an appointment with a physician at the Student Health Center (937-229-3131). For concerns about milder symptoms after hours, Premier After Hours is available for appointments (5-9 p.m.); they will advise you to follow up with the health center or your primary care physician. For sudden worsening of symptoms, call Public Safety at 937-229-2121. Additionally, students dealing with long-term effects of COVID-19 may seek academic accommodations through their adviser or dean's offices, or mental health support through the University's Counseling Center. 

COVID-19 vaccine protects against severe illness

According to the CDC, all COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19. And experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19 and protect people around you.  


Join the March 4 virtual grand opening for The Hub Powered by PNC

Get a peek at UD's newest and most innovative learning space during the virtual grand opening of The Hub Powered by PNC Bank at the Dayton Arcade — one of the largest university-anchored innovation spaces in the country. The Hub will offer learning labs and classrooms for students to work alongside entrepreneurs and community organizations on innovative ideas starting in the fall. More information is available online. 

Applications now being accepted for the entrepreneurship major and minor

The Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership invites first- and second-year business students interested in majoring or minoring in entrepreneurship to apply now. Learn more and apply here. Applications due by Feb. 28. 

Final reminder to pick up books

Course material items will be held until Feb. 28, or for 10 days after processing, whichever is later, and then re-shelved. To check the status of an order, students should log into their accounts at Find out more about pick up instruction information on the blog

Plan your spring research and writing projects

To help students break down research projects, speeches, presentations, and papers, project planning assistance is available through the libraries. Book a Librarian and the Write Place can also helpstudents with any project and at any stage of the process. Visit: and send questions to

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