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Family News Digest


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

COVID-19 status level raised; undergraduate classes held remotely until Sept. 14

The University on Thursday, Aug. 27, raised the Campus Status to 4 - WARNING. New measures have been implemented to help identify, contain and isolate the spread of the virus, including holding undergraduate classes remotely until at least Sept 14. Watch President Spina's message here.

Reminder — Labor Day is a class day for 2020

Due to the pandemic, the University has designated Labor Day as a class day and the day before Thanksgiving as a holiday. Classes will take place on Labor Day and University offices will be open.

New COVID-19 dashboard

The University has revamped the dashboard reporting the campus status and the number of confirmed cases affecting campus. COVID-19 Campus Status provides daily updates and tracks trends in the data.

Updates to COVID-19 testing on campus

Symptomatic and asymptomatic students can now obtain COVID-19 testing on campus without a prior visit with a physician. Students with symptoms can also be tested during a visit at the UD Student Health Center during regular hours or with Premier Health After Hours Urgent Care at UD. The latest information is available online.

FAQs on tuition, housing, dining credits or refunds

The University has published a list of frequently asked questions for students thinking about pausing studies, studying remotely, and seeking credits or refunds for tuition, housing or dining. View the list here.

FAQs on quarantine and isolation

The University has published a list of frequently asked questions for students about quarantining and isolation. View the list here.

Can’t find an answer to your question?

For housing, email
For withdrawal or tuition, email
For UD's Path Forward during COVID-19, email

Outdoor opportunities at Stuart Field and Old River Park

We know that students are clamoring for activity opportunities. With limited indoor activities, Campus Recreation is offering outdoor spaces at Stuart Field and Old River Park. These outdoor spaces are available through reservation only during times that will be supervised by Campus Recreation staff. Masks, social distancing and other safety precautions are expected and will be enforced. For more information on Campus Recreation outdoor opportunities, visit

New virtual and in-person student activities

The division of Student Development and beyond have been actively working on virtual and safe in-person activities to provide to students. These activities have been communicated to students through emails, websites and 1850, UD’s student involvement online platform.
Campus Activities Board (CAB) is the University's student-run programming board advised by the Center for Student Involvement. CAB plans campus-wide programs and events for all University of Dayton students. 
This week’s events include Netflix & Quarantine Trivia Night, a virtual concert series with Max Boyle and Glow Games.

Students interested in joining an organization? It’s not too late!

The annual Up the Orgs event was hosted virtually this year. Over 3,700 students attended to learn more about over 230 student organizations. Students can still browse and connect with more than 200 recognized student organizations at Many student organizations are also sponsoring many virtual opportunities that are open to all UD students. Students can browse these opportunities at or in the 1850/CampusGroups app. Contact for more information.

Opportunities to learn leadership skills, earn PATH credit or fulfil scholarship needs

The Student Leadership Programs Office is providing students with access to online leadership resources and modules throughout the semester. The modules focus on leadership, the common good, values alignment, and learning in community. They also provide opportunities for students who are Leadership in Service Scholars to fulfil their scholarship requirements. Several of the modules offer PATH credit each month. For example, Introduction to Leadership for the Common Good is PATH eligible until Sept. 10. Students can check for more information and to know which events are PATH eligible. To access the modules on the Isidore site, email

Tech trouble? Start with UDit

Whether your student has a question about Wi-Fi performance, a problem on their computer, or needs advice about using one of UD's many online tools and resources, UDit is their first stop for tech support. Reaching out to our IT Service Center helps your student get the support they need as quickly as possible and helps UDit keep our campus network running smoothly. Your student can place a request online, call (937) 229-3888, email, or schedule an appointment to stop by.

Dining services updates

All dining facilities remain open and are ready to serve the UD campus community, with plenty of hot meals, grab-and-go items and regular menu items available for pick up in person. To help alleviate demand and delays in pickup and delivery through the GET, students should use that app primarily for made-to-order items.

University creates committee to address bias-related incidents

UD has launched the Institutional Bias Response Advisory Committee (IBRAC) to guide its institutional response to bias-related incidents in alignment with our Catholic, Marianist mission and to support historically underrepresented populations on campus. Read about the committee’s work here (PDF).

Family Weekend 2020 is coming soon

The office of Student Transitions and Family Programs is preparing for our virtual Family Weekend 2020. Please review all of the programming and information for Family Weekend at and be sure to register in advance for all of the events. Registration closes Sept. 13 at midnight, EDT.
All Family Weekend merchandise will be shipped to your location, which will incur a flat $5 shipping fee for the total merchandise purchase. Merchandise purchases will close when registration closes. Merchandise purchased by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 4, should arrive prior to Family Weekend (barring any postal service-related delays).

All cancellation/refund requests for events must be made in writing to the Family Weekend email account at no later than 4 p.m. EDT Sept. 14. No refunds will be processed after the cancellation deadline for any reason. Please allow 3-5 business days to process your request and for credit to appear on the bank statement.

Fall 2020 Virtual Career Fair Week

In lieu of an in-person career fair, this fall there will be four industry-based fairs for students to attend virtually on Handshake from Sept. 14-17. Students can connect with employers by signing up for group or 1:1 video sessions. For more information and to sign up for sessions, log into Handshake and click "Events" to find the fairs.

Remembering student Jill Parker

All UD community members, alumni, and friends are invited to share memories or words of condolence for the family of Jill Parker, senior visual arts major who died in a bicycling accident Aug. 29, by submitting them through the Campus Ministry website. A place to visit in remembrance of Jill has also been set up in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception for anyone who is looking for a moment of recollection or prayer. Serenity Pines is also a place of peaceful presence on campus to spend some time to remember, process and seek comfort.  Flyers who need personal support can find a list of campus resources here, including Campus Ministry, Dean of Students and the Counseling Center. There is no right way to grieve. Let us support one another on this journey at this challenging time. We will share funeral information when it is available.

Remembering Father Burns

Father Norbert Burns, S.M., who taught a popular marriage course to more than 27,000 UD students, has died. He was 96. Beyond teaching for almost 60 years, the 1945 UD graduate touched countless others during his days as a marriage counselor, radio host and presider over weddings and Masses. Read a full obituary here.

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