Coronavirus: What You Need to Know

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Guidance for visitors to campus

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The University of Delaware campus is open to visitors, including vendors and guests, and all are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated before coming to campus. Campus visitors are required to follow UD’s health protocols, which include wearing face masks, maintaining physical distance and observing daily health screening guidelines. Anyone who hosts or sponsors a guest is responsible for sharing UD policies and ensuring that they are followed.

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Masking and distancing guidelines

Updated: August 6, 2021

In accordance with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the University of Delaware has updated its policy on the wearing of masks on campus. Effective immediately and as we begin the fall 2021 semester, the universal wearing of masks is required for all individuals, whether vaccinated or not, in common spaces, with limited exceptions, inside all campus buildings, including classrooms, hallways, laboratories, residence halls and offices. In dining areas, masks should be worn except when eating or drinking.  Masks are not required inside an individual student’s residence hall room. Outdoors, all individuals, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, should wear a mask OR maintain physical distancing of at least 3 feet from others.

The best way to help end the pandemic is to ensure all faculty, staff, and students are fully vaccinated. The University has all the resources needed to vaccinate every member of our campus community and thus promote the health and safety of the campus community.

Guidance for visitors attending events hosted by the University of Delaware

Revised: Oct 13, 2021 

For all external visitors ages 12 and older attending events hosted by the University of Delaware, the University requires that event attendees and participants provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, a negative PCR coronavirus test taken within 72 hours of the event, or documentation that you have been released from isolation after a positive COVID-19 test within the past 90 days. “Full vaccination” means that all guests must have received their final COVID-19 vaccine dose at least 14 days in advance of the UD event they are attending. Authentic proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test will be accepted as long as the test was taken within the specified time frame through a medical or accredited company; please note that “at home tests” will not be accepted. Those who have had a positive COVID-19 test within the past 90 days must submit their isolation dates as provided by a medical professional or public health department. Guests can use the digital Visitor Events Health Pass to upload an image of their documentation. Visitors who use the digital Health Pass and are approved for entry will receive a green ticket icon (different from the green check mark used with the Daily health Check alone), which event organizers will verify before allowing admission. Paper copies of the documents will also be accepted.

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The University’s Health Advisory Committee will consider exemptions from the vaccine/testing requirement for events in UD outdoor stadiums that meet these requirements:

  • The event is entirely outdoors, AND

  • The total number of attendees, participants and others is less less than 30% of the capacity of the outdoor venue AND

  • Consistent physical distancing of at least 3 feet is possible.

Event planners seeking an exemption should work with the head of their unit (generally dean or vice president) to submit a request to the Health Advisory Committee. 

All event attendees and participants — including UD students, faculty and staff — will need to complete the UD Daily Health Check and show the ticket icon or check reflecting health clearance for venue/community access. 

As a reminder, face masks are required at all times while indoors except when consuming food or beverage in designated locations. Prolonged periods of mask removal are not permitted. While children under the age of 12 do not need to provide proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test for entry, children ages 2-12 will be required to wear a face mask while attending any UD event. 

The University will continue to re-evaluate its event attendance policy in consultation with public health guidance. 

If you or your teams have any questions pertaining to this protocol, please contact your unit leader and/or coronavirus@udel.edu.

Definitions for the purposes of this policy:

  • UD-sponsored event —Any gathering of 25 or more people on or off campus where the University or those acting on its behalf are the primary organizer, operator, host or sponsor. These include concerts, lectures, meals, presentations, athletic competitions and other events open to the public by invitation or ticketing. Camps, meetings, lessons or alumni events held in a community venue are not considered UD-hosted events, even though they may involve UD students, faculty or staff.

  • External visitor — A member of the community who is not a current UD student, faculty or staff member. UD alumni and retirees are considered external visitors for the purposes of this policy.

 

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Non-ticketed fall athletic events at the following outdoor venues are exempt from UD’s vaccine/test requirements:

  • Hannah Stadium
  • Grant Stadium
  • Rullo Stadium

Ticketed events at those venues may be handled differently, and those requirements will be communicated at a later time.

Frequently asked questions

Planning Task Force

 

The UD Campus Reopening Task Forcee is overseen by the Task Force Steering Committee, chaired by President Assanis. Members of the committee include the leaders of colleges, as well as other University administrators, faculty members and undergraduate and graduate students.

Chair: Dennis Assanis, President

  • Robin Morgan, Provost
  • John Long, Executive Vice President and COO
  • Mary Remmler, Vice President of Strategic Planning and Analysis
  • Charlie Riordan, Vice President of Research, Scholarship and Innovation
  • Laure Ergin, Vice President and General Counsel
  • Jose Riera, Vice President of Student Life
  • Glenn Carter, Vice President of Communications and Marketing
  • Chrissi Rawak, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Services
  • Michael Vaughan, Interim Vice Provost of Diversity
  • Jim Dicker, Vice President University Development & Alumni Relations
  • Rhett Ruggerio,  Interim Director of Government Relations
  • Beth Brand, Vice President and University Secretary
  • Sylvester Johnson, Director, Custodial and University Services
  • Debbie H. Norris, Chair and Professor of Photograph Conservation, Art Conservation Department; Unidel Henry Francis du Pont Chair; Director, Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, College of Arts and Sciences, Trustee
  • Alan Fox, Professor of Philosophy; Acting Director of Islamic Studies
  • Matthew Robinson, Professor of Hospitality Business Management; Faculty Senate Past President
  • Carlos Asarta, Director for the Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship; Professor of Economics; President, Delaware Council on Economic Education
  • Cathy Wu, Unidel Edward Jefferson Chair, Computer & Info Sciences; Director, Institute for Data Science Institute; Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Jennifer Buckley, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Associate Professor School of Education
  • Timothy Dowling, Director Student Health Services
  • Samantha Bingaman, President, Graduate Student Organization
  • Mia Carbone, President, Student Government Association
  • Stephanie Boateng, Student Government Association Executive Council
  • Sienna Ferrick, President, Student Athlete Advisory Committee

Supporting our community

  1. Caring for Our People: We prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, as well as the greater Delaware community. The welfare of our people remains vital to our success, and we will do everything possible to support the wellbeing of our inclusive community and maintain workforce continuity through this unprecedented public health emergency.
  2. Cultivating Academic Excellence and Enrichment: As a world-class institution, we continue to ensure that teaching, research, scholarship and service thrive as cornerstones of human and intellectual development, today and in the future. As student success is our priority, we will maintain academic continuity, even during crisis, via alternative course delivery formats as necessary. We are committed to resuming campus life and normal operations as soon as it is safe to do so.
  3. Invigorating Our Mission for Positive Change: We continue to fulfill our mission and create value-driven opportunities to make a positive impact on society through scholarly endeavors, innovative research, creative learning, community engagement, and operational excellence. As a community of idea giants, our faculty, students and staff are bold and resilient, and will always seek ways to remain agile and persevere through challenge with efficiency and innovation.

It is important to remember that the physical health of our community is equally connected to the social and mental health of our community. UD offers a number of resources for students should you need someone to talk to at this unsettling time. If you feel you have been discriminated against, please contact UD's Office of Equity & Inclusion at oei@udel.edu

 

The University of Delaware provides all employees, their spouses, dependents, parents and in-laws with access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at no additional cost. To access this program, you may call 800-343-2186 or visit the HMS website. If using the website, you will need to enter the "State of Delaware" as the password.

Questions

For more information about the UD's response to COVID-19, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

The University is continually updating the FAQs as new guidance and information is shared. If you have a question that is not addressed in the FAQs, please email coronavirus@udel.edu