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Family News Digest


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

Diversity and social justice resources

We hear you. We see you. We love you. #BlackLivesMatter. The University of Dayton stands with our Black students, faculty, staff, alumni and community. We are committed to creating and sustaining an equitable and inclusive campus climate. Wondering what steps everyone can take? Here are 10 ways anyone can start making a change now. Visit for more diversity and social justice resources.

University of Dayton 2020-21 Inclusive Excellence Council

President Eric F. Spina has named a broad-based group of faculty, staff and students to the first University Inclusive Excellence Council, a permanent standing council to support and advance UD's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The council is co-chaired by Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Lawrence Burnley, and Roesch Chair in the Social Sciences and sociology professor Leslie Picca. For more on members of the council and its work, visit the Inclusive Excellence Council webpage.

Flyer parents conversation with President Spina

Last week, President Spina shared executive summaries of draft recommendations from three primary working groups on our UD Path Forward website along with this video of a conversation he recently had with leaders of the Parents Leadership Council. They discussed a few timely questions and learned new information about how the University is moving toward bringing students back in the fall.

Sunday Mass resumes June 14

Sunday Mass in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception will begin at 10 a.m., with a capacity of 30, to enable the University community to return to worship while providing the safest environment possible. The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has granted a dispensation from Sunday Mass for those unable to attend. You can also view via livestream. There will be no 6 p.m. Sunday Mass during the summer. Weekday Mass will resume in mid-August. View details of Campus Ministry's plans.

Phased move-out nearly complete

Students who live outside of Ohio have until June 21 to retrieve their belongings from their UD residences. The phased approach, approved by Public Health — Dayton and Montgomery County — offers students four-hour blocks during pre-scheduled periods. Please reference the move-out form your student received for full details or email

Housing credits

The prorated credits on student accounts for housing for the period of time students were unable to return to their campus housing during spring semester will roll over to fall semester. If the student will not be living in UD housing during the next academic year, the housing credit will be applied to tuition charges for the next academic year. See the March 17 announcement for details.

UD-themed face coverings, physical distancing footprints on sale at bookstore

The University of Dayton bookstore has a selection of UD-themed face coverings plus UD physical distancing footprints available on its website while supplies last. Check out the selection here. For questions, contact the bookstore at 800-543-4825 or

Financial aid awards for 2020-2021

Students whose FAFSA results were received by May 1 and who have met the standards for satisfactory academic progress will receive award notification via email by mid-June. Awards will be viewable on Porches. Awards are estimated for those students who have outstanding financial aid requirements. Review Porches and complete any outstanding requirements as soon as possible (most financial aid forms can be completed electronically via AdobeSign).

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