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Path Forward Messages - Spring Semester 2021

Jan. 15, 2021

Dear University of Dayton parents and guardians, 

We are excited to begin welcoming students back to campus and wanted to share the following message sent to them earlier today about several new virtual and COVID-appropriate in-person activities for the spring semester. The winter months often bring about cabin fever, so we hope these virtual and in-person activities provide alternatives to informal gatherings, especially those in University residences, that can spread the virus and threaten our ability to stay on campus all semester.  

We understand the COVID-19 protocols are not ideal, but they are necessary to protect all students and the greater Dayton community. UD students rallied together during the fall semester to come together as a community to support each other and we hope they will do so again to start the spring semester - and keep it going - strong. 

Sincerely, 

William M. Fischer, J.D.
Vice President for Student Development 

Melissa Longino
Assistant Vice President, Health and Wellbeing
Executive Director, Campus Recreation 

Amy Lopez-Matthews
Executive Director, Center for Student Involvement
John F. Kennedy Memorial Union 


Jan. 15, 2021 

Dear University of Dayton Students, 

As you return to campus, we're excited to let you know about several new virtual and COVID-appropriate in-person activities for the spring semester, which include an ice skating rink, basketball watch parties, opportunities to be part of simulated game shows "Flyer Feud" and Jeopardy!, and the addition of pickleball, spikeball, human curling and broomball to the intramural sports lineup.  

We're also bringing back many of the familiar activities from fall semester, including those at RecPlex and Old River Park and, in some cases, free food. 

So you can plan ahead, the UD Division of Student Development has put together this comprehensive website of events through March. We'll provide schedule updates on that page and highlight some of them in your Wednesday Student News Digests. Be sure to bookmark the webpage and read the digests to not miss anything. 

Students must have UD ID for entry to events. Face coverings, physical distancing and other safety precautions are expected and 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. Please keep in mind COVID agreement protocols. 

The winter months often bring about cabin fever, so we hope these virtual and COVID-appropriate in-person activities provide alternatives to informal, in-person gatherings, especially those in University residences, that can spread the virus and threaten our ability to stay on campus all semester. Our strategy for returning to campus is designed to minimize introduction of the virus to campus, and we hope these activities encourage you to stay on campus and help reduce virus spread to campus throughout the semester. 

Thank you in advance for your efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19 on campus. We understand the COVID-19 protocols are not ideal, but they are necessary to protect you, your fellow Flyers and the greater Dayton community. You rallied during the fall semester to come together as a UD community to support each other, and we hope you do so again to start the spring semester - and keep it going - strong. 

We wish you a safe and healthy spring semester. 

Sincerely, 

William M. Fischer, J.D.
Vice President for Student Development 

Melissa Longino
Assistant Vice President, Health and Wellbeing
Executive Director, Campus Recreation 

Amy Lopez-Matthews
Executive Director, Center for Student Involvement
John F. Kennedy Memorial Union


Jan. 14, 2021

Good afternoon, 

I hope this finds you well and looking forward to your return to classes this Spring.  As the beginning of the semester approaches, we wanted to remind you of some important changes in our spring semester calendar, relative to previous spring semesters. 

  • Classes will begin remotely on Tuesday, January 19 and will continue remotely through January 29.  Classes will move to their published modalities on Monday, February 1.  Isidore sites will be made available on January 14.  We encourage you to take a look in preparation for the start of classes.
  • The deadline for students to change their courses to grading Option 2 (pass/fail) has been extended to Friday, January 29.  However, the deadline for course registration and other schedule changes has not changed.  That deadline is Monday, January 25. Regarding grading Option 2 (pass/fail), please remember that CAP courses cannot be taken under Option 2; a letter grade is required.  Additionally, individual academic programs will also have restrictions regarding which classes can be taken under Option 2. Information regarding grading options can be found in the student handbook.  If you are considering Option 2, you must speak with your academic advisor or assistant dean as soon as possible and prior to the January 29 deadline so that you can make a well informed decision.
  • The deadlines to drop classes for the semester are as follows:
    • Tuesday, February 9: Last day to drop classes without record
    • Tuesday, April 13: Last day to drop classes with record of W 
  • Spring break has been cancelled.  In its place are two 1-day breaks -- Tuesday, February 23 and Wednesday, April 14.  No classes will be held on those days.  The exception to these breaks are classes that meet once per week and graduate courses that meet after 3:35 p.m. will continue to meet on those days.  
  • Easter break has been modified.  The University will be closed on Good Friday, April 2 only.  Classes will resume on Monday, April 5.
  • Changing to remote learning during the semester.  If you wish to return home during the semester for the remainder of the semester, verify that all of your classes are “remote friendly.” Please make sure to let each of your faculty know of your intentions to study remotely. Keep in mind that faculty may not be able and are not expected to accommodate students for courses not planned as remote friendly, though some may be willing to do so.  If any of your courses are not remote friendly, contact your academic unit to explore other options you may have. Complete the “Spring 2021 Learning Survey” at http://go.udayton.edu/LearningSurvey to update your status on class rosters and inform Housing and Residence Life. 

Other important dates for spring can be found in the 2020-2021 Academic Calendar and in the updated FAQs on UD’s Coronavirus website.  

We look forward to seeing you again soon! 

Sincerely,
Paul Benson
Provost


Dear University of Dayton students, 

The University has updated the COVID-19 Protocols and Student Agreement to provide more clarity and include measures added during the fall to promote safety and reduce the risk of the coronavirus spreading on campus. For example, as established early last semester, face coverings are required at all times when you are outside in public, including on your porch. The student Code of Conduct also has been updated to clarify students’ obligations to comply with COVID-19 protocols. 

Central to UD's approach is our shared responsibility and collective duty to each other. The foundation of our Catholic, Marianist University is a commitment to the common good, which calls on us to take care of each other. The overarching theme for our safety efforts is: "I protect you. You protect me."  

As a University of Dayton student, under the student Code of Conduct you are required to adhere to the COVID-19 Protocols, including those reflected in the Student Agreement, to remain in person and on campus. All students, including new and transfer students, should review the updated protocols and agreement before you move in or check in on campus.  

Please visit the COVID-19 Protocols and Student Agreement online to review the materials prior to Jan. 15, 2021.   

These protocols are essential to enabling us to continue learning, living and working together on campus throughout the spring semester. Our ability to continue in-person classes largely depends on how well we protect each other by knowing, following and encouraging each other to abide by the health and safety measures covered in the protocols.  

Thank you for your continued cooperation and we wish you the best of luck as you start the new semester.  

Sincerely, 

William M. Fischer, J.D.
Vice President for Student Development 

Christine H. Schramm
Associate Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students


The University released today messages and frequently asked questions for students, employees and parents and guardians about the plan for students to return to campus for the spring 2021 semester.

Message for students | Message for parents and guardians

Spring semester 2021 arrival details | Spring semester 2021 arrival frequently asked questions


Student and Family News Digests - Spring Semester 2021

Additional Information and Resources

Seminars and Group Therapy

The Counseling Center offers a variety of groups to address the diverse concerns of students. Research shows that group counseling is an effective mode of treatment for various concerns and offers unique therapeutic benefits compared to individual counseling. Visit the Counseling Center Seminars & Group Therapy.

Technology trouble? Start with UDit.

Whether you have a question about Wi-Fi performance, a problem on your computer, or need advice about using one of UD's many online tools and resources, make UDit your first stop for tech support. Reaching out to our  IT Service Center helps you get the support you need as quickly as possible and helps UDit keep our campus network running smoothly.  Place a request online, call 937-229-3888, email ITservicecenter@udayton.edu, or schedule an appointment to stop by.


Information about mail and packages

Letters received by UD mailing services will be forwarded to your home address listed with the University. Please make sure your home address on file is correct. Students also should submit a change of address form at their local post office or online. Be sure to include your complete UD address including the zip code (45409 or 45419).

UD mailing services cannot forward Amazon or DHL packages. Cancel your Amazon order and reorder them to have them sent to your current residence. Call UD mailing services at 937-229-2087 to discuss options for receiving DHL packages. UPS and FedEx packages can be forwarded to you if you provide us a shipping label, which you can receive from UPS and FedEx. E-mail the label to udmailingservices@udayton.edu. 

For questions and to discuss special circumstances for retrieving packages, call 937-229-2087 or email udmailingservices@udayton.edu. Be sure to leave your first and last name, including the spelling, and your phone number.


Internet access for online learning

If you do not have access to the Internet in your location, please check with the cable and Internet provider in your area for alternatives. For example, Charter is offering free access to Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi for 60 days for new K-19 and college student households. If this type of option is not available to you, please have your student consult with the faculty member teaching their class on alternatives. 

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