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Student News Digest


COVID-19 status level raised; undergraduate classes held remotely for the first week 

The University on Sunday, Aug. 23, raised the Campus Status level to 3 - CAUTION. New measures have been implemented to help identify, contain and isolate the spread of the virus, including holding undergraduate classes remotely for at least the first week of the semester. Read President Spina's message here. 

New evening, weekend hours at UD Health Center, InterMed urgent care closed 

The UD Student Health Center in Gosiger Hall is now open evenings and weekends, in addition to regular weekday hours, for student health needs, including when students are not feeling well, need a vaccine or have symptoms of COVID-19. Effective immediately, urgent care at the InterMed building will no longer be open for student visits. Read the Wednesday, Aug. 26 email for details.

Refunding payments for tuition, housing and meals

Clarification on the University's approach to crediting or refunding payments for tuition, housing and meals in different scenarios was sent to students and parents on Tuesday, Aug. 25. Read the full email here. 

Flyer News issues special 12-page edition on returning to campus

Students received a 12-page special edition of Flyer News that contained information about returning to a campus transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic. “This was the first time in UD history where every student received a copy of Flyer News,” said Joe Valenzano, professor and chair of the Department of Communication. “Doing this was important because it allowed students to share with other students critical information, and some interesting news, about the return to campus. The Flyer News staff worked terribly hard in a short period of time to create an issue that provided lots of good information about starting the semester in these unusual times.” 

Students invited to enroll in new late-night ride service

UD has partnered with Lyft to offer discounted ride rates to students via the Lyft Flyer Ride program. This service replaces Flyer Ride, a safe ride service operated by Public Safety and staffed by students, to provide late night rides to and from campus locations. The new program is designed to reduce wait times and to serve more students. A welcome link was sent to students on Monday to join the Lyft program; if you have not received a link or would like more information about the service, please follow the instructions on the Lyft Flyer Ride website.

Mailing services update for package deliveries

U.S. Postal Service carriers will not deliver packages where residents are visibly not wearing face coverings or physically distancing or where there are large gatherings. USPS carriers will instead deliver packages to UD Mailing Services, which will notify students via email when they can pick up their delivery. Postal service carriers deliver packages to student residences in the 45409 and 45419 zip codes, which include the student neighborhoods and Irving Commons, respectively.

Software and tech support

As a UD student, you’re eligible to download software for free to support your academic work. Download these to your computer from or access many applications virtually by connecting to UD’s Academic VDI. Learn more about prepping your tech with these set-up FAQs. Have questions? Our IT Service Center is here to help. Place a request online or schedule an appointment to stop by.

Discrimination, sexual harassment updates

The Equity Compliance Office updated campus on recent procedural changes to comply with new federal regulations. The office helps support a learning, living and working environment free of harassment, discrimination and sexual violence by investigating reports of harassment or discrimination. Students can report a concern or ask questions via their online reporting form.

COVID-19 visitor and guest guidelines

While the University prides itself on being a place of hospitality, our guidelines seek to limit access, especially inside campus buildings, to only “essential visitors," those individuals directly engaged in fulfilling or sustaining UD's education and research activities. The guidelines apply to guest speakers, alumni, guest researchers, contractors or other visitors to campus who may be invited by academic or administrative individuals or units as well as individual students or student groups. These guidelines also apply to informal visits or for strictly social purposes. Find all visitor and guest guidelines here.

As you are

As You Are is a weekly small group that asks from students exactly what it says … come as you are. No pretenses, nothing to read beforehand and no expectations. It’s a space to be with others, process through life and talk a little bit about God. At 4 p.m. Thursday in Liberty Hall 08, we will pray, present a question and let conversation go where it goes. That’s it. Students can also participate virtually by using the Zoom link on our website or the 1850 event. For questions, contact Meaghan Crowley at or Colleen Brown at

Journey Groups

Journey Groups explore different topics through a lens of faith. Journey Groups meet for around six weeks and will be offered in two blocks. The first block starts on Aug. 31 and the second block starts Oct. 12. Topics for the first block include putting faith into action for justice, the lives of saints, LGBTQ+ and allyship, and more. Students can visit the website for more information, including a full list of Journey Groups that will begin on Aug. 31, and registration details.

MEC upcoming events

The Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center (MEC) provides staff, facilities, services and special programs to support the academic experience of students. Check out the calendar of events with our fall programming, including cultural heritage month events in September and collaboration with Black alumni.

Coping with college

Is college more difficult than you thought it would be? Are you feeling anxious or struggling to find friends? This group will focus on providing weekly drop-in support as well as strategies to make the best of your college experience. You do not need to be referred by a therapist to this group. All academic years, all majors welcome! Sessions take place from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Friday via Zoom. Click here to sign up.

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