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Update on COVID-19 testing for students

Starting Monday, Sept. 28, students with symptoms or a student notified by a contact tracer they are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 can schedule an appointment for evaluation and testing at the UD Student Health Center (937-229-3131), or with a Premier Health after-hours urgent care online or by calling 937-208-7250. Students who are selected for surveillance testing will receive instructions on scheduling an appointment at the time of their notification. All tests must be scheduled; no walk-ins will be accepted. Also effective Sept. 28, no testing will take place in the tent in C Lot. Please follow all public health guidance, especially for facial coverings, physical distancing and hand washing, at all times and when visiting a testing site. UPDATE - OCT. 30, 2020: Less invasive COVID-19 testing with quicker results for surveillance testing 

Have symptoms? Please don't go to class

To help stop the spread of any illness, especially COVID-19, students experiencing the following symptoms should not go to class and should contact the University of Dayton Student Health Center (937-229-3131) for an evaluation - fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. For more information, including when to seek emergency medical attention, visit this CDC webpage. 

Keeping campus COVID-19 status Green 

Students should continue to observe all Public Health - Dayton and Montgomery County and University of Dayton health guidance to stem the spread of COVID-19 on campus and the greater Dayton community. Because of your efforts, we've had a remarkable reduction in the number of cases on campus and have returned our status to GREEN. But, we can't let up. Continuing to follow health guidance helps us continue in-person classes and staying on campus, and staying in the GREEN. Not following health guidance could mean going back to remote learning, or even having to leave campus early. So please continue to wear face coverings, physical distance, wash your hands, abide by room occupancies and avoid groups larger than 10 people, including in the student neighborhood. Current COVID-19 measures in effect include: 

  • Enhanced safety measures, including no in-person dining (grab-and-go options are still available); no visitors — even from within the University community — allowed in your room, suite, apartment or house; and you should remain on campus unless for an approved educational or work reason, or for medicines and groceries, to protect against COVID-19 spread in the greater Dayton community. 
  • Continue to follow safety protocols, including wearing face coverings, physical distancing and avoiding groups larger than 10, even if you have recovered from COVID-19.
  • Some study spaces are now available in selected buildings. If safety protocols are not followed in these spaces or if they are abused in other ways, the spaces will be closed.
  • "COVID-19 captains" are available in each building to assist if you need anything or have concerns. Ask your instructors about the captains for your classroom locations or see this list. 

Looking for something to do this weekend, or free food?

This weekend, the University will again have physically distant activities on campus today through Sunday, thanks to the efforts of several campus departments. You can see those activities, some of which include free treats thanks to University of Dayton Dining Services, at Please remember you must have your 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 these opportunities, it's important they remain in isolation or quarantine until cleared to resume normal activities.

Walk this way

The traffic flow in campus buildings is to reduce close contact between persons during class changes. Arrows and signage should be followed whenever practical and in non-emergency situations. Individuals may use reasonable discretion in navigating buildings during non-peak traffic times. Please contact your department/building COVID liaison with any questions or concerns.

Michael Currin services, prayer and support 

Private family services for first-year business student Michael Currin, who died Sept. 21, have been announced for 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28. UD Campus Ministry is making arrangements for students, faculty and staff to come together as a community on campus for the livestream of his funeral. Visit for more information and to RSVP. 

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