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Family News Digest

07/29/2020

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.

Course modalities now available

Updated information on the different course modalities — face-to-face, blended and remote —  is now available to students. Although physical distancing requirements and room capacities will affect the classroom experience, there will be ample opportunity to interact with professors and classmates. More than 80% of undergraduate courses will be offered either fully face-to-face or blended, while the remainder will be delivered through distance learning. To check out the modalities of fall courses, students can go online to the Flyer Student Services page in Porches.

Move-in begins Aug. 8

Housing and Residence Life will send notices to students one week prior to each individual's move-in date with more details about the check in and move in process. Contact housing@udayton.edu for questions.

Family Weekend goes virtual

Family Weekend will be offered virtually this year. Parents are asked not to come to campus to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Details about virtual events will be sent later in August.

FAQ's of the week

  • How long can parents stay while their students move in?
    Parents can assist students in moving into their rooms and houses, however we ask that they leave campus promptly after the move in. They are free to take students shopping or to restaurants off campus unless the student is in quarantine.
  • Can a student leave campus after check-in and come back? I.e.: A student who works off campus or a typical commuter student who will be on and off campus on a regular basis.
    Students can go off campus to work, visit stores, restaurants, parks and other activities. The University strongly encourages students to be diligent about physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and handwashing to help protect themselves, the campus community and the Dayton community.
  • How many classes will be online and how many in person? Can students meet with their faculty member?
    A significant portion of undergraduate courses will be either blended or remote and students who wish to take all of their classes remotely should strongly consider blended or remote courses. All blended courses will have online components and in many cases, faculty will be able to adapt those courses for remote learning. If you have questions about the opportunity to complete courses on your schedule fully online, please contact your dean's office.
  • How will UD support students’ mental health? What additional resources are available?
    Counselors in the University of Dayton Counseling Center support students in the following ways: 
    • Let's Talk: A free, remote and informal consultation with a clinician to become more familiar with mental health services and/or address a specific concern. It is not therapy and does not take the place of mental health treatment, but it is more of a time for students to discuss an area of concern. Students can learn more about the program and register here.
    • Anxiety Toolbox Seminar: Three one-hour meetings designed to provide education and strategies for increased effective coping of stress and anxiety. It is not therapy or a support group; it is a class to help those struggling with anxiety understand it further and gain skills for coping. The first sessions of the year begin on July 30, with two time slot options: 10 a.m.-11 a.m. or 2 p.m.-3 p.m. (the following sessions in the series will be held Aug. 2 and 13 at the time slot for the first session). Students can register here.
    • Individual Therapy Sessions: Students can contact the Counseling Center at 937-229-3141 to schedule secure online telebehavioral health sessions. Counselors will see students in person in an emergency. Summer appointments are available now; fall appointments can be scheduled starting Aug. 10. Click here to learn more about individual therapy sessions. Quiet rooms are available in the Counseling Center for students seeking a confidential and quiet location to conduct their remote therapy session.
    More information about additional resources to support students' mental health can be found on the Counseling Center's webpage.
  • What will Mass services look like?
    Students can attend Mass in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception beginning Aug. 9. All Masses will have a capacity of 50. Students must RSVP via https://1850.udayton.edu. The 10 a.m. Sunday Mass will be livestreamed here. The complete Mass schedule and more details will be on the Campus Ministry website in early August. The full Mass schedule will begin Aug. 23.

    Entrance will be through the double doors at the back of the chapel where there will be hand sanitizer and someone to seat you. Exit will be by row starting in the back. Everyone who is physically able must wear a face covering.

    The Communion procession will be a single-file line and Communion should be received in the hand; please maintain social distancing throughout the procession.

    Thank you in advance for your patience. Our plans enable us to return to worship while doing our best to provide the safest environment possible for students, our volunteers and our employees.

    Please know the Archdiocese of Cincinnati has granted a dispensation from the Sunday obligation. Students are encouraged to attend Mass any day of the week, due to limited seating capacity in the chapel, and to choose live streaming as an option when attendance is not possible.

    In addition to Catholic Mass, weekly interdenominational worship will start Aug. 23. Interdenominational services also will be streamed live on the University of Dayton Campus Ministry YouTube channel.

Family News Digest

Every Wednesday, the University news and communications team will share news to help you stay connected. Previous issues of Family News Digest are archived at go.udayton.edu/flyerfamilies.