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Family News Digest


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

Testing available at UD Arena

UD has a partnership with Premier Health and CompuNet for a drive-through testing site in the UD Arena parking lot at 1801 Edwin C. Moses Blvd. The site is open Monday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. A physician's order and identification are required for testing. No appointment is necessary. Unlike some other sites, this location will test individuals who are asymptomatic (do not have symptoms). As of July 30, testing turnaround times average approximately four days. UPDATE: Testing end at the UD Arena site on 8/21/20 and move to OnMain, the former Montgomery Count fairground site, and begin 8/24/20.

FAQs of the week

FAQs on testing, contact tracing, quarantine and isolation were recently updated. Please check out COVID-19 Health Resources for the most current information from the University.

Will there be increased cleaning (and supplies available for student self-service)?

Students must provide their own cleaning supplies. However, the University of Dayton Bookstore will have an assortment of cleaning supplies, including wipes and paper towels, as well as hand sanitizer. There will be increased cleaning in the common areas of residence halls and other common areas on campus.

Is UD working with landlord housing on compliance? Will students in landlord housing be able to isolate in UD-isolation housing if they get sick?

We are focused on expectations and compliance with our students and are not directly assisting landlords. Students living in non-UD housing within the campus footprint may be able to be housed in isolation housing in certain circumstances if they become sick. If the situation should arise, check with Housing and Residence Life.

Is UD working with the surrounding area bars and restaurants to encourage compliance?

UD Police Chief Savalas Kidd has met with several local bar owners to encourage physical distancing, face coverings and compliance with local and state COVID 19 orders.

Prep your student’s tech for its return to campus

As you are packing up your student to return to UD next month, take a minute to review some tech set-up F.A.Q.s to get up and running when they arrive. Find out about campus Wi-Fi setup, connecting gaming devices, downloading UD-licensed software, and more. And don’t forget to bring along a working headset and microphone for the online components of their fall classes.

First class session details

All students should look for emails from each of their professors the week prior to the start of classes. These emails will be sent to students' UD email addresses and will provide details on how each class will meet for the first class session.

Housing email error

Housing and Residence Life has reported that changes in housing assignments were recently sent in error. The email was the result of a bug in the software that was identified and corrected. Emails were sent to the students who received incorrect information. If your student has further questions, contact

Wondering about changes to dining and classrooms?

For a look at what it will be like when students return this semester, check out these dining and back to class videos.

Students asked to let us know where they plan to study

Now that your student has had a chance to review the revised schedule, they are asked to complete a quick one-question survey regarding their intentions to study on campus or remotely from home before Aug. 10. Your student will need to login to Porches to access the survey.

University offers new anti-racism mini-course

UDI 264: The Anti-Racism Challenge: Watch, Listen, Learn, Act and Pray, is a free one-credit hour, pass/fail mini-course taught by a diverse group of faculty and staff. Divided in small groups, the course includes a weekly video, podcast, reading, action and prayer, as well as discussions about how to counter systemic racism in the U.S. The class takes place from 3:35-4:50 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 11-Sept. 10. Register by Aug. 7.

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