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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.

Quarantine and isolation FAQs

An updated list of frequently asked questions about quarantine and isolation for students after a positive COVID-19 test or close contact with a positive case is now available. The full document can be found here.

Continue to follow safety protocols after isolation

Students who complete isolation after being diagnosed with COVID-19 must continue to follow safety protocols, including wearing a face covering and maintaining physical distance while outside their homes. The CDC says research has not yet determined whether you can be re-infected, so you must assume that you can be and take adequate precautions. Additionally, information on plasma donation for those who would like to consider it is available online from the Community Blood Center.

Enjoy Family Weekend 2020 at home

To help curb the spread of COVID-19, the University asks parents to stay home and not come to Dayton to visit students during Family Weekend Sept. 18-20. Staying home also supports Public Health - Dayton and Montgomery County, which last week asked students to stay on campus to help protect the local community. Parents can register for virtual Family Weekend programming at Registration closes Sunday, Sept. 13 at midnight, EDT.

Roesch Library appointments for students now available

Undergraduate students may now make appointments to visit Roesch Library for up to three hours online at Appointment slots are limited and are for individual students only; no groups will be permitted. Please contact with any questions.

Book order status

Students who have not yet received all of their course materials should check the status of their order via If the order is listed in a "Closed" or "Completed" status, they can come to the Marianist Hall back dock area, between 9 am - 4 pm Monday through Friday, to claim the purchased materials. Reservations are not needed, but students must know the order number. Orders will be held through September and then materials reshelved unless specific accommodations have been made. For questions, please reach out to

Read The New York Times online for free

The Student Government Association, Office of the Provost and University Libraries jointly sponsor online access to The New York Times for UD students. Students can create an account using their UD email address and start reading on The New York Times website or mobile apps.

Ohio Secretary of State LaRose, U.S. Sen. Brown to headline series on Election 2020

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown will headline the University of Dayton School of Law and Human Rights Center's virtual speakers series Sept. 14 through Oct. 23 — Election 2020: A call for civic engagement to promote democracy. The series is free and open to the public. All sessions are 5 to 6:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Visit for more information, speaker bios, and to register for the series or individual events.

Communication students to host independent film festival online

The show must go on — even amid a global pandemic. UD faculty and students will host the Dayton Independent Film Festival online Sept. 25-28 and also will feature a special physically distanced in-person event at the Dixie Twin Drive-In in Dayton at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28. Read the full story here.

Fall 2020 Virtual Career Fair Week

To ensure the safety of the campus community, Career Services has transitioned the Fall Career and Internship Fair to a virtual format. Instead of a one-day fair, Career Services will be hosting four industry-based virtual career fairs from Sept. 14-17. For more information about Virtual Career Fair Week, please check the Career Services webpage.

UD BAP Meet the Firms

Beta Alpha Psi's Virtual Meet the Firms event is from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 14-16. Meet the Firms is an employer fair for students interested in a career in accounting, although finance and MIS opportunities are available. More than 30 employers are attending and interested in talking to students. Students sign up in advance for 1-on-1 conversations with various employers. All SBA students have access to an Isidore site which includes details of each employer attending and links to sign up sheets. For questions, email, or

University honored for diversity and inclusion efforts

UD is one of 90 colleges and universities to receive the 2020 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The HEED Award recognizes U.S. institutions of higher education that demonstrate a notable commitment to diversity and inclusion across campus. UD and the other honorees will be featured in the magazine’s November issue. View a list of winners here.

Tech trouble? Start with UDit; Computer labs, loaner computer may be available

Whether students have a question about Wi-Fi performance, a problem on their computer, or a question about using one of UD's many online tools and resources, make UDit the 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. Students should call 937-229-3888 or email . If UDit can't diagnose and fix the issue remotely, they’ll be scheduled for an in-person visit to the IT Service Center and, if necessary, provided with temporary access to a campus computer lab. Students also have the option to rent a laptop, pending availability.

CAB and #UDLateNight Events

This week, students can participate in Natterdoodle Door Signs, Marvel-Themed Virtual Trivia, Bingo! and Movie on the Mall: Just Mercy. These activities have been communicated to students through emails, websites and 1850, UD’s student involvement online platform.

Opportunities to learn leadership skills, earn PATH credit, or fulfill 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. On Sept. 11, four new modules will be released for PATH eligibility until Oct. 11. Students can check for more information and to know which events are PATH eligible. To access the modules on the Isidore site, email

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