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Finish the last month of in-person classes strong, continue to follow health protocols

Students have made admirable efforts to continue to limit the spread of COVID-19 on campus and in the community, and the University encourages students to continue efforts for the last month of in-person classes. The University acknowledges following COVID-19 health protocols is not ideal, but the University also recognizes and appreciates the sacrifices students are making for each other and the greater Dayton community. Even if students do not participate in the physically distant or virtual activities organized by several departments on campus, we hope student choices reflect the University's care for the common good on campus and in the greater Dayton community. 

Smashing pumpkins, Disc-o golf fever

Launch a pumpkin or take on the disc golf course at Fall Fest this weekend at Old River Park. Achieve UD intramural immortality and win a free T-shirt. Other Fall Fest activities include pumpkin painting, cornhole, yard games, inflatables, kayaking and more. Dining services will provide free food. See these and other virtual and physically distant activities, thanks to the efforts of several campus departments, 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 can't enjoy in-person opportunities, we hope they will find community in virtual opportunities until they are cleared to resume in-person activities. 

Spring term registration

The spring 2021 course composite is available for your review. Registration windows for students will begin to open soon. The University will continue to follow all public health guidelines and is planning for in-person classes. Much like fall term, a mixture of course modalities is planned: face-to-face, blended and online/web. Although all courses are available to students who are attending on campus, only courses that have a remote friendly attribute or distance/web modality will be available to students to study remotely. Please be sure to review the email sent from the provost office Oct. 27 for additional information.  

Indoor dining now open

Indoor dining is now open in University dining halls. Please note: Tables are spaced at least 6 feet apart and should not be moved. Everyone is asked to eat and leave promptly to allow as many people as possible to use dining areas. Do not use dining rooms as work spaces or to socialize. The full menu of food options will continue to be available for pickup and delivery via the GET app.

Indoor events can now be requested

Students, faculty and staff can now request approval in 1850 for indoor gatherings/events — only if a virtual format is not possible for their event. (Outdoor gatherings can still be requested too.) Indoor events must be supervised; more details are available in the application form. The event organizer will be responsible for ensuring COVID-19 safety guidelines are followed throughout the event. Food and drink should be discouraged because they require participants to remove face coverings. Group gatherings are limited based on the room capacity following COVID guidelines. For more information, see the gatherings and events guidelines and plans website.

Flyer Forum: The day after the elections

Join the Human Rights Center Wednesday, Nov. 4, for a facilitated discussion of the results of the U.S. elections and the implications for anti-racist activism. Click here to register for this virtual event.

UDayton Votes information

The UDayton Votes team reminds students to complete voting plans and make sure their voices are heard on Election Day, Nov. 3. Students voting by absentee ballot should return it ASAP and check if ballot tracking is available in their state. Students voting in person in Montgomery County need to bring their PRINTED proof of residency letter from UD Housing and Residence Life as their voter ID. The polling location is Goodwill Easter Seals, 660 S. Main St., which is accessible by the Flyer and getting off at the Warren St. stop. UDayton Votes will be at the bookstore 1 to 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, to answer questions and outside Kennedy Union from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 3, to celebrate the election. Students also can email with questions. 

Creating an Inclusive Community

Are you interested in engaging in transformational dialogue with others to imagine a more equitable and just world? Creating Inclusive Community (CIC) combines a 2-hour mini-course on issues of identity, privilege and power, with a dynamic experiential learning opportunity to engage thought leaders outside of UD on advocacy, activism and allyship. If you are interested, please click here for more information or contact Joia Mitchell-Holman at This mini-course is open to all students.

MEC seeks diversity peer educators

The Multi-Ethnic Education & Engagement Center has begun recruitment for any students whose voices will advance social justice education on campus to apply to join Diversity Peer Educators. The application is due Nov. 11 and is available at  

Roots & Branches retreat for juniors

Roots & Branches is a retreat for juniors that explores identity, sacred gifts and how God calls each of us to use our gifts to meet the world's needs. This free retreat takes place Nov. 7-8. To register, go to

Entrepreneurship information sessions

Learn more about UD's entrepreneurship major and minor by registering to attend one of our upcoming virtual information sessions Nov. 5, Dec. 15 and Jan. 19. The L. William Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership in the School of Business Administration is home to UD's entrepreneurship major and entrepreneurship minor. For the last 14 years, our program has been nationally ranked by the Princeton Review adding testimony to the character and rigor of our entrepreneurship program.

Key academic dates

Here are a few of the key dates to remember for the remainder of the semester.

  • Sunday, Nov. 1 - Last day for undergraduate students to apply for May 2021 graduation
  • Monday, Nov. 16 - Last day to drop classes with record of W
  • Tuesday, Nov. 24 - Last day of in-person classes, except where prior permission has been granted
  • Friday, Dec. 11 - Last day of formal instruction
  • Monday-Friday, Dec. 14-18 - Final fall assessment activities – More information forthcoming

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