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COVID-19 status level 2 – GREEN - LOCALIZED

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'We can all do better if we do our part": Partnering for safe outdoor gatherings this spring

Executive Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police Savalas Kidd and Student Government Association President Natalie Coppolino discussed how students and public safety can partner to help keep students safe at outdoor gatherings during the spring semester. In this video, Chief Kidd outlined expectations and consequences related to mass gatherings, including in the student neighborhood, and important habits to promote the health and safety of our entire campus community. 

Graduation 2021 update

The University is reviewing a variety of possible scenarios for commencement ceremonies and has consulted with a representative sample of senior students about their preferences. Given continuing public health guidance and uncertainty about conditions in April and May, it is clear that the traditional, large-scale gathering with large numbers of guests in UD Arena will not be possible. Plans also will be subject to change based on public health considerations, and limited by the scarcity of large-scale venues at UD. However, we are studying safe and responsible in-person possibilities so that our graduates can be formally recognized and celebrated by the University. We expect to have an announcement before the end of March. 

Travel guidelines for Easter break; testing not required for return

If traveling during Easter break, please consult the University's travel guidance, this checklist to assess the risk of your travel and the CDC's guidance on safe and low-risk holiday celebrations and gatherings. Testing will not be required upon return. Employees may be asked to work remotely or quarantine following CDC guidelines for testing and/or quarantining upon return from travel. Students may be subject to surveillance testing. Employees with questions should contact their supervisor or email; students and parents can email


Register for Stander 2021: A day of student research, creativity, and discovery
Students can share and showcase their mentored academic work through for the Bro. Joseph W. Stander Symposium on Thursday, April 22. Online registration is available in Porches on the Stander Symposium page found in the top right menu under Campus. The deadline to register projects is 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, March 30. 

Mid-term progress grades for first-year students

First-year students' midterm progress grades should be available March 18. If you have questions, please speak with your instructors and academic advisor about your progress in your classes.

Students needed for leadership study

UD is participating in a research study to provide insights on leadership development and learning needs of college students. Student responses will help UD measure how our school compares to peer institutions and allow researchers to better understand college experiences in and out of the classroom. Randomly selected undergraduate students will receive an email invitation. Please support UD's participation in this multi-institutional study by responding.

Department of Music virtual information session

Join the Department of Music at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, for a virtual information session on ensembles and performance opportunities. Faculty will be available to answer questions about music at UD. Sessions are open to all students regardless of major. Visit the department web site at to register. 

Summer research fellowships in science and engineering

Applications for the Integrative Science and Engineering Center’s summer research fellowships close soon. Through the fellowships, students in the natural sciences or engineering conduct full-time research with faculty co-mentors from different disciplines. Project descriptions are available online, and applications are due by March 19. For more information, visit


National Catholic Sisters Week

March 8-14 is National Catholic Sisters' Week honoring the contributions Catholic sisters have made and continue to make in their ministries in the U.S. and around the world. Read more about National Catholic Sisters’ Week here and celebrate UD's Catholic sisters.


Premier After Hours offering point-of-care testing; on-campus COVID-19 tests available 

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) and Premier After Hours offer point-of-care testing with results available in about 15-30 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.


Legacy Keeper, Change Maker: Terri Lee Freeman '81

Join the UD Alumni Association at 6 p.m. March 31 for a discussion with Terri Lee Freeman ’81 on the role of  museums in today’s society. Often referred to as the keeper of King’s legacy, Freeman is the former president of the National Civil Rights Museum and current executive director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. Register to receive the Zoom link for this event

Career Services help for graduating seniors
UD seniors: stressing about the job search? Join Career Advisors for workshops exclusive to seniors with all the tips and advice you need. Session topics include: "You're graduating...what's next?" on March 24 and "There's hope in the job search" on April 6.

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