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Family News Digest


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

Ongoing residential Wi-Fi improvements

Thank you for your continued patience as UDit works to address the Wi-Fi connection issues several students have reported this fall. Ensuring reliable campus Wi-Fi is a top priority for UD and our network engineers continue to monitor the network, modifying settings and applying updates as they become available to improve overall performance. While the problems reported earlier this semester are yet not completely resolved, we’ve made significant progress. Plans for additional hardware and software enhancements are underway. 

Free food and things to do this weekend

This weekend, the University will again have virtual and physically distant activities, thanks to the efforts of several campus departments. Students can see those activities, some of which include free treats thanks to University of Dayton Dining Services, at Students must have their UD ID for entry. Face coverings, physical distancing and other safety precautions are expected and will be enforced at all events and activities (indoor and outdoor, except swimming). While we know members of our community in quarantine or isolation will be unable to enjoy in-person opportunities, we hope they will find community in virtual opportunities until they are cleared to resume in-person activities. 

Fall Leadership Week 

The Student Leadership Programs Office is excited to present the first Fall Leadership Week Oct. 12-17! Check out our 1850 page for information on the week's live and self-paced virtual programming opportunities! 

Looking for students for the Stander Symposium 2021 Planning Committee

Interested in serving on the Stander Symposium 2021 planning committee? We are currently looking for student members in all class years. Email with a resume and a short description of why you would be an excellent committee member, along with any ideas you may have for Stander by Monday, Oct. 19. Questions? Contact Stander Student Co-Chair, Jordan Bailes (AYA Education '21) at What is Stander?  

Free Bombeck Workshop registrations

Through the generosity of the UD Alumni Association, the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop is offering free registrations for the virtual Oct. 29-31 workshop (value, $199) for UD students. Those interested should email Alan Abitbol by Oct. 15. 

Places to study

In addition to Roesch Library and Kennedy Union, students may use unlocked classrooms in academic buildings when not in use for class meetings.  The class schedule has been posted outside of each classroom. Check out spots that other students have found or report your favorite spot here. In all cases, please be courteous to the other people in the space, wear a face covering, maintain six feet of physical distance, respect the posted room capacity, and disinfect before and after use. These actions make it possible to keep spaces open for students.


Faculty use a variety of methods to assess student learning. In some exam situations, UD faculty may use a new service called ProctorTrack, a remote proctoring application that supports the academic integrity of students. ProctorTrack uses automated software that students install on their computers to monitor and record a student’s testing session in Isidore. The recording includes the student's webcam, microphone, and screen. This article has more information about online proctoring and protecting student privacy. Students who have questions or concerns about the tool should contact their faculty member. Students needing testing accommodations should contact the Office of Learning Resources at

UDayton Votes information

The UDayton Votes team will answer questions about voting and help with mailing and printing voter registration forms 1-4 p.m.  Friday, Oct. 9, at the UD Bookstore. UDayton Votes is a nonpartisan, student-led initiative that encourages voter and civic engagement on campus and helps students register to vote, learn about issues, and create personal voting plans. Click here for info on registering to vote, requesting an absentee ballot and finding your polling place. Students who need election mail notarized may visit Legal Services on the 4th floor of St. Marys after calling ahead at 937-229-4333.

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