COVID-19 Guidelines: All UD Campus Locations

Last Updated: April 8, 2022

As the University of Delaware is subject to federal and state law, UD administrative policies are constantly reviewed and updated to align with community requirements. In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the statutory, regulatory, and policy landscape is rapidly changing to best protect the health and safety of students, employees, and visitors to the University. As such, new policies have been developed and existing policies have been modified or suspended.  

As knowledge of COVID-19 and related guidance from state and public health authorities continues to evolve, this guidance may change at any time as conditions and/or circumstances warrant.

All UD students and employees are expected to comply with the UD COVID-19 Campus Guidelines. Failure to do so may result in corrective action (see “Compliance” section below).

 

SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY: GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  1. The safety and wellbeing of the UD community shall remain paramount.

  2. 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.

  3. The University will continue to seek guidance and follow recommendations provided by relevant state, federal and public health authorities.

  4. 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.

 

HEALTH SCREENING PROTOCOL

All members of the UD community must complete the University of Delaware daily health screening each day prior to coming to campus for any commitment, regardless of vaccination status. This pertains to all employees reporting to work, as well as to all students participating in classes, labs, meetings, meals or other activities; using University facilities such as the Little Bob or library; or engaging in any other campus activity including informal meetings. Off-campus students must complete the survey prior to leaving their residence. Students in the residence halls must complete the survey before leaving their on-campus room/apartment.

All UD students and employees will need to follow all instructions and steps provided to them based on their response to the screening. In addition, they may be asked to show a University ID and their email from that day verifying successful completion of the daily health screening questionnaire. Failure to do so will result in limited access to campus facilities. 

 

FOR THOSE WHO NEED TO TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS

COVID-19 is a new disease, and information regarding risk factors is limited. Based on currently available CDC information and clinical expertise, older adults (65 or older) and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions are likely to be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.  See CDC Guidelines.

If you are someone who needs to take extra precautions, you may need to consider additional protocols and/or accommodations to engage in campus activity. Requests and/or needs for further consultation on such matters should be made to the UD Office of Disability Support Services (DSS).

We remind everyone that the UD community includes many individuals who need to take extra precautions. Those who may not be considered high risk should respect and act upon necessary health and safety measures to not only protect themselves, but also their classmates, peers and colleagues.

 

FACE COVERING REQUIREMENT

Effective March 3, face masks are no longer required indoors in non-classroom spaces on campus, including research labs, offices, and athletic event/student experience spaces. Face masks remain required in all classroom settings, child-care facilities, and while using UD-sponsored transportation. 

Face masks must also be worn in all healthcare and clinical areas, including UD Student Health Services, counseling services, and clinical areas at the Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus. This requirement also applies to all COVID testing locations.

 

PHYSICAL DISTANCING

Physical distancing helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. As such, all members of the UD community are expected to comply with the following:

  • Stay at least 3 feet (about 1 arm’s length) from other people, including in small spaces such as restrooms, where areas/occupancy should be optimized for physical distancing.

  • Do not gather in groups larger than directed by state, local and UD directives.

  • Follow visual cues and signage such as floor decals, colored tape, or signs indicating where to stand to increase distance between individuals moving through the facility.

  • Furniture and seating areas in University spaces may be adjusted to accommodate physical distancing requirements. Please do not move furniture or make other adjustments to spaces without approval from an authorized University representative familiar with physical distancing requirements. 

     

HANDWASHING

All members of the UD community are encouraged to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, not only after using the restroom, but as needed and periodically throughout the day. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash your hands before and after touching your face. 

 

CONTACT TRACING

Contact tracing is essential to prevent the spread of COVID-19. All members of the UD community should answer their phones and comply with calls related to contact tracing from the state of Delaware, their home state or the University.

 

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

If you take public transportation or ride on UD shuttles, wear a face mask and avoid touching surfaces with your hands. Upon disembarking, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol as soon as possible and before removing your face covering. 

 

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

Specific criteria have been developed for UD students and employees conducting research. See UD Research Ramp Up Guidance.

 

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

UD is committed to supporting the overall wellbeing of our community. To learn about the various resources that students and employees can access to support wellbeing, please explore the lists below.  

 

Student Resources

Employee Resources

Email wellbeing@udel.edu or call 302-831-8388 to learn more about any of the programs and services offered above.

 

COMPLIANCE 

All UD employees and students are expected to comply with the UD COVID-19 guidelines. Failure to comply may result in corrective action. Employees with concerns about compliance with these guidelines should consult with Human Resources. Students with concerns about compliance with these guidelines should consult the Office of Student Conduct or the Office of the Dean of Students.  

UD is a supportive campus community that advocates for each individual’s voice to be heard. Every member of the community is accountable for themselves and others. UD endorses a “see something, say something” mindset to ensure health and safety as we return to campus. 

Individuals may use the UD Compliance Hotline for anonymous reporting of non-compliance with any aspects of these guidelines.

As an alternative to the UD Compliance Hotline, individuals can also send an anonymous tip using the LiveSafe App to report non-compliance with these guidelines.

ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES FOR UD STUDENTS

 

COVID-19 VACCINATION

Over 90% of our vaccinated students were vaccinated at least six months ago and are eligible for a booster dose to be fully protected before the start of the spring semester. Hence, all eligible students without an existing COVID-19 vaccine exemption are required to be vaccinated with a booster shot by Feb 1, 2022. 

Please note an important change from the fall semester: This requirement for a vaccine booster covers all enrolled students whether they are taking classes on campus, online, or in a blended format. All students have access to campus facilities during the semester, so it is necessary to ensure that all students are fully vaccinated and protected.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for everyone age 16 and up. You are eligible for a booster if you received your last dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine six or more months ago or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine two or more months ago. You can receive any vaccine as your booster; it does not have to be the same vaccine as your original series.

  • If you are eligible for a vaccine booster — You are required to get a booster dose by Feb. 1, 2022, and submit your updated vaccine card to your UD Health Portal before the start of the spring semester.
  • If you will not be eligible for a vaccine booster before the deadline of Feb. 1, 2022 — Get your booster shot as soon as you are eligible, depending on the timing of your initial vaccine series. When you have done so, you will need to submit your updated vaccine card to your UD Health Portal within 30 days of your eligibility date.
  • If you have an approved COVID-19 vaccine exemption — You are not required to get the booster. 
     

COVID-19 TESTING 

UD students with documented medical or religious-related vaccine exemptions are required to get tested weekly.  For spring semester, you must resume weekly COVID-19 PCR testing at one of the on-campus locations beginning Feb. 7. 

 

POSITIVE COVID-19 TEST RESULTS

Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 should immediately avoid contact with other individuals and self-isolate. The student should seek medical advice from Student Health Services or their personal healthcare provider. 

If a student tests positive through the UD testing system, they are required to follow all instructions given to them from Student Health Services or other University officials. This includes cooperating with contact tracing and isolation requirements. 

If the student lives on campus and tests positive outside of the UD testing system, they are required to upload their positive test results to the UD Health Portal  by logging in and clicking "Enter My COVID-19 Test Results". Click here for an example.

If an off-campus student receives a positive COVID-19 test from outside of the UD testing system, the student is required to upload their positive test results to the UD Health Portal by logging in and clicking "Enter My COVID-19 Test Results".  Click here for an example. This is especially important if you are living in Newark, taking classes in person, or engaging in other activities on campus. Students should not come to campus or attempt to access campus facilities until cleared by their medical provider.

 

RESIDENCE HALLS

Students who reside in University housing facilities must adhere to all guidelines established by Residence Life and Housing, which continue to evolve as necessary. To prioritize the health and safety of our residence hall community members, all residential students who are not vaccinated are required to meet weekly testing requirements.

 

OFF-CAMPUS LIVING

Students living off campus are required to be vaccinated and complete the daily health screening protocol each day prior to arriving on campus. Off-campus students who are not vaccinated but have an approved exemption are required to complete weekly testing. As with all members of the UD community, off-campus students should always follow local, state and federal guidelines.

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

Student Organizations refer to any student group formed for scholastic, professional, social, or extracurricular activities. These may include but are not limited to: registered student organizations, other department- or college-recognized clubs, residence hall governments, sports teams (including varsity, club, and intramural teams), fraternities, sororities, chartered organizations, and honor societies. 

All Student Organizations at the University of Delaware should comply with the guidelines on this page and other guidance provided by the office, unit, and/or program that sponsors, advises or supports that organization. Guidelines for Registered Student Organizations and Recognized Fraternities and Sororities can be found at https://sites.udel.edu/usc/. If groups have questions or concerns, they should speak with the office or program that recognizes their involvement on campus.

 

ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES FOR UD EMPLOYEES

 

COVID-19 VACCINATION

All employees are encouraged to stay up to date with vaccinations and boosters.

 

COVID-19 TESTING 

UD faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated are required to get tested weekly. If you participate in UD Surveillance testing on campus, you do not need to submit results.  If you participate in off campus testing, please submit your test results through the UD Health Portal, so the University can adequately monitor compliance. Additional requirements may be necessary. 

 

POSITIVE COVID-19 TEST RESULTS

Any UD employee who tests positive for COVID-19 should immediately avoid contact with other individuals and self-isolate. The employee should seek medical advice from their personal healthcare provider. 

If a UD Employee receives a positive COVID-19 test from outside of the UD testing system, the employee is required to upload their positive test results to the UD Health Portal by logging in and clicking "Enter My COVID-19 Test Results". Click here for an example.

Any UD employee who is working on campus or has recently (within 72 hours) visited campus and tests positive for COVID-19, develops COVID-19 symptoms, or has been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 must notify HR immediately. The employee's privacy will always be respected to the greatest extent possible. Identifying information for the affected employee will not be disclosed except as needed to protect the health of the individual and the community. Employees who test positive for COVID-19 are encouraged to participate in contact tracing conducted by the Delaware Division of Public Health to help prevent further spread of the virus.

 

WORKING IN INTERIOR ENVIRONMENTS

If you work in a shared work space/room, you should maintain at least 3 feet distance from co-workers. 

Meetings

  1. In-person meetings are limited to the restrictions of local, state and federal orders, assuming individuals can still maintain 3 feet of separation for physical distancing requirements.

  2. Departments should remove or rearrange chairs and tables or add visual cue marks in meeting rooms to support physical distancing practices among attendees.

Meals

  1. Before and after eating, you should wash your hands thoroughly to reduce potential disease transmission.

  2. If dining on campus, you should wear your mask or face covering until you are ready to eat and then replace it afterward. Eating establishments must meet requirements to allow at least 3 feet of distance between each customer, including lines and seating arrangements. Employees are encouraged to take food back to their office area or eat outside, as appropriate and feasible. 

  3. Employees should wipe all surfaces with disinfectant, including tables, refrigerator handles, coffee machines, etc. after use in common areas.

CAMPUS VISITORS:

 

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.

 

EVENT ATTENDEES:

Last Revised: March 3, 2022


 

All event attendees and participants — including UD students, faculty and staff — will need to complete the UD Daily Health Check and show the green check reflecting health clearance. 

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