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Family News Digest


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

We understand you are receiving a lot of communication from the University, however we want to make sure you are informed of decisions as we make them. Many more messages will be sent throughout July leading up to move in. Please be sure to carefully review the information you receive in order to prepare your student for fall semester.

Sign up for fall move-in process beginning July 9

Students received communication this week regarding the fall move-in process that will take place between Aug. 8 and 23 (including students commuting to campus and students living in landlord-owned properties). First-year students without a housing assignment will receive their assignment July 14 and upper-division students will receive their assignments beginning July 17. Students can sign up for a check-in time slot prior to receiving their room assignment. If you have questions after your student receives the confirmation email with their fall arrival date and preliminary instructions, email

Student technology requirements to support flexible class delivery

Courses will be delivered in a variety of formats as we continue to navigate the health and safety concerns resulting from COVID-19. Students enrolled in classes for the 2020-21 academic year are required to have a working headset (e.g. headphones or earbuds with a microphone) and webcam in addition to a notebook computer that meets the requirements of their intended major. Find out more information about UD's student computer requirements.

City of Dayton and several Ohio counties require face coverings

The City of Dayton now requires individuals to wear face coverings when inside places of business and public spaces, including restaurants, retail stores, libraries, on public transportation, etc. Masks also should be worn in outdoor spaces in the city where six feet of physical distance is not possible. Face coverings are now required in Montgomery County and several other Ohio counties as well. More information on the city ordinance, including exemptions, is available on the city's website.

COVID-19 testing requirements for students

The University announced COVID-19 testing guidelines required for students to return to campus this fall. Guidelines for faculty and staff testing are being developed and will be announced later. To read the requirements, visit the Student LIfe section at

Testing requirement FAQ of the week:

There are a couple of options if your student has taken the test but has not received results as the move-in date nears. You can inform Housing and Residence Life at that you are awaiting test results and request that your move-in or check-in appointment be rescheduled. They will work with you to be as flexible as possible to accommodate your arrival when you have your results. 

You may also keep your move-in or check-in appointment, but your student will be required to self-quarantine in their residence until the results arrive. Then, if the test is positive and your student lives within 400 miles of campus, they must promptly leave campus and go home for the 10-14 day isolation. If your student lives more than 400 miles from campus and tests positive, they can be placed in special isolation housing on campus for the 10-14 day period.

For more information download the UD COVID-19 Testing Program Fact Sheet for Students and Scheduling a COVID-19 Test Checklist for Students and Parents.

Faculty and student collaborations lead to impactful research and publication

Nancy Haskell, assistant professor of economics in the School of Business Administration's Department of Economics and Finance, provides an overview of her favorite research interests and discusses how student/faculty collaborations elevate the impact of her work in this new video. Topics related to classroom diversity and how childhood experiences can affect long-term economic health are relevant today more than ever. Haskell’s paper, co-authored with a student researcher, was recently accepted for publication If you are interested in learning more about these topics, opportunities to build your resume or the programs of study in the department, please contact Tony Caporale, department chair:

Virtual escape room

University librarians created a virtual escape room with codes and puzzles that reveal the "secrets" everyone knows: The University Libraries have the tools students need to succeed.

UD receives $164,000 grant to provide local children and families with services during their out-of-school time

The University of Dayton will launch a new program this fall to support out-of-school education efforts for Dayton’s children with a $163,568 AmeriCorps renewable grant from ServeOhio, Ohio’s governor-appointed commission on service and volunteerism. For more about the grant read here. If  you’re interested in learning more about the UD Community Corps program and how to get involved, visit the Fitz Center website.

Counseling Center tip of the week

The Counseling Center has initiated a new program, "Let's Talk." It is an opportunity for students to have a free, remote and informal consultation with a clinician to address a specific concern. It is not therapy and does not take the place of mental health treatment. Learn more about the program and register here.

Call 937-229-3141 to set up a Zoom or phone appointment with Counseling Center staff. Services may be limited for students now living outside Ohio due to certain state laws, so call to discuss your options. You may also take an anonymous emotional wellness screening.

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