COVID-19 Guidelines: All UD Campus Locations
Last Updated: April 28, 2023
SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY: GUIDING PRINCIPLES
The safety and wellbeing of the UD community shall remain paramount.
UD will continue to cultivate an environment where the academic mission of the University, which revolves around learning, scholarly activities, and public engagement, will thrive and strengthen our position as a leading research institution University.
The University will continue to seek guidance and follow recommendations provided by relevant state, federal and public health authorities.
In the spirit of progress and innovation, the University will establish and implement new and improved best practices to promote a safe campus environment and enhanced culture of individual responsibility and accountability.
The University of Delaware is updating its COVID-19 policies in light of the expiration of the federal public health emergency and anticipated expiration of the state of Delaware’s state of emergency order on May 11, 2023. The changes follow a review by the University’s Health Advisory Committee (HAC) of the current guidance issued by public health authorities. Unless otherwise noted, these changes go into effect June 5, 2023.
- The vast majority of University staff and students have received at least two doses of COVID-19 vaccine; we appreciate your efforts to support the health of our community.
- While students will no longer be required to receive the COVID-19 primary vaccine and boosters, UD strongly recommends that all students, faculty, and staff remain up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccination as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Particularly, all students, faculty, and staff are highly encouraged to receive a bivalent COVID-19 booster.
- Individuals who are immunocompromised should consult their healthcare provider for vaccine recommendations.
- COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are available for students at Student Health Services. Information about COVID-19 vaccine sites near campus is available at vaccines.gov.
- Individuals, especially students living on campus, are strongly encouraged to get tested 24 hours before their arrival or return to campus. If you test positive, you must isolate for five days before coming to campus.
- Individuals experiencing symptoms should test themselves immediately.
- Individuals should test after day 5 of exposure.
- At-home antigen test kits are available for students and staff on campus.
- Symptomatic testing is available to students through Student Health Services. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 302-831-2226.
- Information about COVID-19 testing near campus is available at coronavirus.delaware.gov/testing.
- If you test positive for COVID-19, you must isolate yourself for five days, then wear a mask for five days. Use the CDC’s Isolation and Exposure Calculator for assistance.
- Students in residence halls are encouraged to isolate at their home residence. Those who are unable to return home will isolate at an identified space at their on-campus residence; no isolation housing will be available to students.
- Students who test positive for COVID-19 should notify their professors of their class absence and upload their test results to the UD Health Portal to receive documentation of their illness, medical advice and medical resources.
- No isolation housing will be available to students.
- Masks are encouraged but not required in all healthcare and clinical spaces except during sick visits, as well as other high-risk settings, effective May 11.
- Masks continue to be required based on CDC guidance for those who are experiencing symptoms, who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 10 days or who have been exposed to COVID-19 within the past 10 days.
- KN95 and surgical masks are available on campus through UD’s Environmental Health and Safety Department, in the Perkins Student Center and Trabant University Center.
The University is relying on all members of our community, as well as visitors to campus, to help protect themselves and others by complying with the University's COVID-19 guidelines.
To anonymously report non-compliance with the requirements, individuals can use the UD Compliance Hotline or the LiveSafe App.
Cases of non-compliance may be referred to Community Standards and Conflict Resolution (for students), the Provost's Office (for faculty) or Human Resources (for staff).