Coronavirus: What You Need to Know

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. Anyone who hosts or sponsors a guest is responsible for sharing UD policies and ensuring that they are followed.

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Summer at UD, effective June 20, 2022:

In light of the decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations and positive tests in New Castle County and in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the University of Delaware is removing its requirement for wearing masks indoors in all campus facilities.

As of Monday, individuals may choose to mask at any time. Masks will also be optional on all UD transportation.

For those with symptoms, a positive test or exposure to someone with COVID-19, masks must be worn within all UD facilities. Masks will continue to be required on the Children’s Campus and in all healthcare and clinical areas. 

For students, faculty and staff who contract COVID-19 and need to quarantine or isolate, the University recommends following the CDC’s COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Calculator. This tool will help you determine how long you need to quarantine or isolate and also provides information on how to prevent spreading COVID-19.

 

Other COVID-19 information:

  • All UD students are required to have up-to-date COVID-19 vaccinations (primary series plus one booster). All UD faculty and staff are encouraged to do so as well.

  • Antigen test kits will continue to be available on campus.

  • Symptomatic testing remains available to all students at UD Student Health Services.

  • Free Curative COVID-19 PCR testing sites are available in the community and on campus, as well as pharmacy COVID PCR testing sites (Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid). We encourage all students to take advantage of these resources to manage their health.

  • Weekly COVID-19 testing will no longer be required for individuals who are not up-to-date with vaccination.

  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 will no longer be required to upload their test results on the Student Health Services website.

  • The required duration for COVID-19 isolation and quarantine will be five days, in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Diseases Control (CDC) and the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH). For individuals who test positive or who are exposed to someone with COVID-19, please follow the CDC/DPH guidelines (5 days of isolation/quarantine plus 5 additional days of strict masking).

  • UD’s Employee COVID-19 Leave Policy has been extended through December 31, 2022. Eligible employees must upload supporting documentation via secure upload on the Human Resources website. Please note that this link will take you directly to the Human Resources website for submission, rather than the UD Health Portal, which will no longer be used for this purpose. Alternatively, employees may send an email to  leavemanagement@udel.edu indicating COVID Leave documentation.

  • Please also note that with the conclusion of the academic year, the University is no longer requiring the UD Daily Health Check, and the daily email reminders are no longer being sent. This measure became effective May 28, 2022. 

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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

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.

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