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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.  


Save the date for One Day, One Dayton

Join the Flyer community for this year's day of giving on Wednesday, April 14! Together, we will raise funds for scholarships, hands-on learning experiences, student research, and additional support for our students' physical, mental and spiritual health. Learn more at

Classroom capacities for fall; summer/fall schedules viewable soon 

UD plans to return to more traditional in-person instruction without COVID capacity restrictions for the fall 2021 semester, depending upon pandemic conditions and public health guidance. Course registration starts soon, with seating limits returning to pre-pandemic levels. Decisions about other safety protocols also are dependent on the state of the pandemic and public health guidance, and will be made before classes start in August. Summer/fall schedules will be viewable on Porches on March 8. Students should check Porches for registration time tickets. 

Quick, on-campus COVID-19 tests for students 

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 must fill out UD's COVID-19 reporting form. If a student has recently tested negative for COVID-19, they still are 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.


Apply for August graduation

March 15 is the last day for undergraduate students to apply for August 2021 graduation.

Travel guidelines for University-sponsored travel remain for summer term

UD will maintain its current travel guidance for University-sponsored travel throughout the summer term. The U.S. Department of State, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and International SOS continue to recommend against non-essential travel to most international and domestic travel locations. UD will assess fall travel in June. Questions can be directed to


The Busy Person's Retreat: Exploring Lent
Exploring Lent invites members of the UD community to explore the Lenten season in the busy-ness of their daily lives. Participants will be provided with weekly content that invites them to engage in at least 30 minutes of personal prayer and may also meet with a spiritual companion once a week for the duration of Lent. Registration is open at Participants can register at any time during Lent.

On being Catholic, anti-racist and pro-life

Gloria Purvis, the former host of the EWTN radio show "Morning Glory," and Our Sunday Visitor’s Catholic of the Year for 2020, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, on "The Gift of Blackness and the Dignity of Life: On Being Catholic, Anti-Racist, and Pro-life." Purvis' pro-life and racial justice advocacy is rooted in her deep Catholic faith and the church's teaching on the inherent dignity of the human person. Find more info and the Zoom link here. 


New FAQ page highlights COVID-19 vaccine questions

Find info on this new FAQ page about COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness, ingredients and side effects, plus how to get the vaccine, the Catholic church's position on receiving the vaccine, and safety steps people should continue after receiving the vaccine. If students have received their full COVID-19 vaccine, they should upload their vaccination record to the COVID-19 Health Reporting site

Building herd immunity through vaccine

The Mayo Clinic says herd immunity, or community immunity, happens when enough people become immune to an infectious disease through vaccination or prior illness to make its spread from person to person unlikely. COVID-19 vaccination helps protect you by creating an immune system response without having to experience sickness and is key to reaching herd immunity. 


Join Karen Spina for the 5K Run/Walk for student success

Register to run or walk the One Day, One Dayton 5K April 10-14 and 100% of your gift will go to the UD Fund to support the success of our students through scholarships, gap expenses, emergency aid, and additional mental, physical and spiritual health opportunities. Gifts of $60 or more will receive a 1D1D T-shirt. Register now through April 6.  

UD Community Corps hosts food insecurity webinar, seeks applications

Join a virtual event 12:15-1:30 p.m. March 8 discussing hunger and food insecurity in Dayton. RSVP here by March 7. Also, UD Community Corps, an AmeriCorps program, is recruiting students for this summer and the 2021-22 academic year. AmeriCorps members provide out-of-school educational activities and social-emotional support for Dayton families. Members receive living allowances and are eligible for a Segal Education Award. For more information and to apply, visit the UD Community Corps website. For questions, email

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