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Last Updated: October 26, 2020 at 9:10 a.m.

Spring Semester

The University is in the process of updating all of its FAQs to reflect the most current information about Winter and Spring 2021 planning. 

The typical Monday/Wednesday/Friday and Tuesday/Thursday schedule will continue. Classes will be held at regular daily scheduled times. More face-to-face course sections will be offered in the spring; details about delivery method are available in the course description.

Classes will begin Feb. 15, which is a week later than originally scheduled. There will be no spring break. The last day of classes will be May 18, and the final examination period will end May 27.

The later start will reduce campus activities during the flu season, provide more time for a longer move-in process and allow more campus activities to take place in warmer weather.

Spring break is canceled to minimize off-campus travel, which will help slow the spread of the coronavirus. UD will provide additional wellbeing programming for students, faculty and staff.

Early registration for the Spring 2021 semester begins on November 9th. For more information visit:


Commencement is planned for May 29, subject to public health guidelines and requirements. More details will be forthcoming.

To reduce the density of our campus this fall, we limited the number of students living in residence halls to about 1,300, or about 20% of capacity. We plan to increase that to about 4,000 students in the spring, or about 60% of capacity. Knowing how valuable the on-campus experience can be, we will give priority to first-year students, helping them build bonds with their new classmates, and to seniors, so they can pursue internships, research projects and other hands-on experiences to prepare them to enter the workforce after graduation. Additional students (primarily sophomores and juniors) may be assigned spaces based on available capacity. All students will live in singles. During the week of Oct. 26, Residence Life and Housing will communicate important information to all students holding current housing contracts. 

Depending on the number of students living on campus, we will open at least two dining halls to meet their needs. Visit for updated location hours, menus and more.

Health and Safety 

Stay home when you’re feeling sick. Participate honestly in periodic health screenings. Keep at least 6 feet away from others, both indoors and outdoors. Wear masks or cloth face coverings in classrooms, laboratories and all common areas; masks should be worn outdoors when a 6-foot separation may not be possible, such as walking on The Green or riding public transportation. Wash/sanitize your hands frequently, cover your cough and practice good personal hygiene. Additional detailed guidance is available for employees.

Related Link: Testing, Screening, Tracing 

Since the bulk of courses will be delivered online, the density of students and faculty on campus will be significantly lower than normal. For courses requiring in-person instruction, classrooms will be arranged so that students remain at least 6 feet apart. Classrooms and other spaces will have touch points disinfected more frequently, and bathrooms will be cleaned at least twice a day.



For the limited number of students living on campus, UD Residence Life and Housing is developing a comprehensive plan that provides for appropriate social distancing, frequent cleaning of facilities, signage and other steps. This plan will be available before students return to the residence halls.

An enhanced sanitation program will use CDC-approved sanitizers and disinfectants and includes frequent cleaning of all surfaces with special emphasis on high touch areas like tables, chairs, doors and condiment stations. Handwashing and hand-sanitizer stations to promote hand hygiene will be available at dining locations. PPE will be used as much as possible when not eating. Directional signage, arrows and floor markings will promote one-way foot traffic in, out, and through dining locations and to maintain proper social distance where lines can form. Seating inside dining locations will be limited to align with required occupancy limits and to follow social distancing guidelines. Current capacities and wait times for the dining halls will be posted online and near their entrances. Additional outdoor dining areas will be also available on campus.

More information on dining operations for the fall

Occupancy tracker for Pencader:

UD’s facilities and health teams are reviewing ventilation systems throughout the University and will take appropriate steps as necessary. There have been no documented cases of COVID-19 spread through recirculating air in an HVAC system.

The University will notify the campus community about positive cases of COVID-19 and will reach out to those who may have been exposed to someone with the virus. Individuals who have tested positive for the virus must be in isolation, staying in one room of their home and using their OWN bathroom. If they need to leave their room, they MUST wear a mask. The University has facilities for students who need to isolate. Individuals who have had direct contact with someone who tested positive will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. Quarantine means that they will not report to work or class. They should wear a mask at all times when out of their bedroom. Individuals who have had direct contact with someone who tested positive will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. Quarantine means that they will not report to work or class. They should wear a mask at all times when out of their bedroom. Individuals who believe they have been exposed should self-monitor for 14 days for COVID-19 symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, body aches, loss of smell or taste, diarrhea or abdominal pain.

More information is available on the Testing, Screening, Tracing page.

If you are not cleared to utilize campus facilities as a result of the Daily Health Check, you may arrange to have a meal prepared at Pencader Dining Hall and picked up by an authorized roommate, friend or UD staff member per Dining Services’ policy.

The University's decisions will be driven by the specific circumstances of a positive case or cases. UD has plans and resources for tracing and the isolation or quarantine of patients, if necessary.

COVID-19 is a new disease, and there is limited information regarding risk factors. 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 might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. See CDC Guidelines. If you need to take extra precautions, requests for accommodations should be made to the Office of Disability Support Services (DSS). 

Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (including cough, fever and shortness of breath) should self-quarantine. Students on campus should call Student Health Services at 302-831-2226 to discuss their symptoms before visiting in person so that they can be routed most efficiently to appropriate care. Students, faculty and staff off campus should call their healthcare provider. 

Yes. The vaccine is still one of the best protections against influenza, and health protocols are designed to minimize the risk of COVID-19 for those getting a flu shot.

Everyone, including students, instructors/faculty, staff and visitors to campus. Face coverings are required items, similar to the way lab goggles are required in all lab settings. 

Additional face coverings should be available in certain circumstances. However, those without face coverings will be asked to leave the facility until they have one. If you have forgotten yours, disposable masks are available for free at the information desks in: Perkins Student Center, Trabant University Center, Morris Library, Carpenter Sports Building, STAR Tower.

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 State of Delaware’s requirements and UD’s policies regarding face coverings and other measures. If a student is not wearing a face covering in the classroom, faculty members should ask them to wear one or leave the classroom. To anonymously report non-compliance with the requirements, individuals can use the UD Compliance Hotline or the LiveSafe App.

Students will be provided with face coverings, which they should wash regularly. Faculty and staff who do not have their own face covering may contact UD Environmental Health & Safety at 302-831-8475 or to obtain one.

Cloth face coverings should be washed after every use. More information is available from the CDC.

Clear plastic barriers will not be installed in classrooms; they will be installed in high-traffic areas such as the library information desk and Student Financial Services building. The use of a plastic face shield does not replace the need to wear a face covering.

Students can contact the Center for Counseling & Student Development at (302) 831-2141 or (302) 831-1001 for after-hours emergencies. Faculty and staff may contact the Employee Assistance Program within Human Resources at (302) 831-2171 and/or their health care provider. 


Classes will begin on Tuesday, September 1 with the bulk of our academic courses delivered online. Classes will remain in the original Monday/Wednesday/Friday and Tuesday/Thursday weekly schedule; classes will be held at our regular daily scheduled times. Course schedules for continuing students who have already registered will remain unchanged; most or all courses will be online. Select courses that academic departments have designated as requiring an in-person component will go fully online after the Thanksgiving break, with the last day for any class to meet in-person being Friday, November 20th. All final exams will be online and are scheduled for Saturday, December 12th through Friday, December 18th.

The Associates in Arts Program will move to all online delivery for the Fall 2020 semester. 

The Office of Academic Enrichment has a webpage with tips for succeeding in online classes. For details on any technology needs, visit Welcome to Tech at UD

All classrooms will be cleaned, marked for social distancing, have decals on floors, and have hand sanitizing and cleaning materials available. Excess chairs/desks will be removed. All classrooms used for in-person teaching will be adequately wired for instruction with options to record using UD Capture Classroom Capture or Zoom.

For the 2020 fall semester, students may take more than 2 UD online courses per semester without submitting a waiver.

On July 20, 2020, the University of Delaware Faculty Senate passed a resolution to use the modified pass/no credit grading option for undergraduate students for the fall 2020 semester. On August 24, 2020, the Graduate College announced updated academic regulations for graduate students for the fall 2020 semester. Details for both are posted at

Yes. Faculty members will be available for virtual office hours.

The UD Bookstore is high encouraging students to place their textbook order online and to have the order shipped to their place of residence/off campus housing before the first day of classes. Shipping will be free for orders over $49. In-store capacity will be limited as lines will be physically distanced and therefore there will be assigned pick-up times for pick-up orders and long waiting times.

All undergraduate students who apply for admission for spring or fall 2021 will be considered without submitting SAT or ACT scores. UD graduate programs have a decentralized admissions process, so individual graduate programs have their own admissions and test requirements. All program admissions requirements are available on each individual Graduate Program details webpage, under “Program Admission Requirements”. Please contact the Program contact listed on this webpage to follow up about any testing requirement questions.


Laboratory classes are still being offered, though the delivery mode might be different than in a typical semester. In-person labs will be listed on the student schedule with a scheduled meeting time and an on-campus location. Labs being delivered online will be listed with a location of “ONLINE”.

Online labs may meet either asynchronously (no set meeting times) or synchronously (set meeting times). Note: Classes that do not have a scheduled meeting time (asynchronous online classes) will appear on a student’s registration schedule (but not on the weekly schedule grid). Each remote lab experience is designed to address specific learning goals of the student’s laboratory course. In some cases, students will be mailed supplies with which to conduct hands-on experimentation safely from home. Some laboratory courses will encourage students to use easily found home supplies to conduct at-home experimentation to engage with and demonstrate scientific concepts. The remote laboratory experience of other courses will reinforce the content, concepts, and skills normally experienced in the laboratory by introducing laboratory equipment and procedures through online video recordings and simulations, while teaching teams guide students in live online small group sessions through the development of hypotheses, analyzing data, and presenting research findings in visual, oral, and written formats.

The instructor will determine whether there are scheduled meeting times (synchronous delivery) or if the class will be delivered asynchronously (no set meeting times). Classes meeting synchronously have meeting times published in the class schedule. 

UD faculty, instructors and teaching assistants have been working very hard this summer to prepare high-quality online courses for the fall semester. While the class experience will be different, UD’s commitment to academic excellence remains as strong as ever. As a major research university, innovation is at our core, and that includes identifying and delivering the most effective learning experiences for our students.

UD has vast experience in running online programs—22 offered fully online—including the highly ranked Lerner MBA and the Biden School’s Master of Public Administration. Our institutional efforts are being led by these seasoned online instructors, as well as faculty who are leading national experts in online teaching effectiveness. What’s more, UD’s online teaching hub has provided training or consultation to nearly 700 faculty members who will teach in the fall semester. As a result of these efforts, we estimate that faculty have created or refreshed over 1,300 online courses to date, and the number is growing. By September 1, we will train or consult the large majority of the faculty teaching in the fall to enhance their online instruction practices. 

Many students have told us they found their online courses this past spring to be effective, appreciating the flexibility and novel approaches to teaching and learning they offered; we expect to build on that for an even better experience this fall. 

We recognize that some students may not be able to come to campus in the spring for personal or health reasons. The University will make every effort to offer online versions of courses that will be delivered in a face-to-face format. However, not all courses offered will be available online, in particular those with essential learning outcomes that include development of specific hands-on skills that can only be taught in the laboratory or studio. Students who are unable to attend these limited courses in person should consider alternative courses for the spring semester. Students who need accommodations due to an underlying medical condition or disability should work with the Office of Disability Support Services.

The spring course schedule wil be published the week of October 26.

Students will be able to make schedule changes using WebReg beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August 10th. Additional information about registration can be found by visiting:

The University has decided to cancel all study-abroad programs for spring 2021, since safe travel is not an option at this time. Programs are being planned for summer 2021, though they are subject to change. For more information, visit the Institute for Global Studies, 

Fall plans were announced on June 23 and updated on July 21. At this time, UD hopes to be able to offer Winter Session, though there are a number of factors to consider as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. More information will be shared when details are available. 

Yes, students may take up to two consecutive semesters but you must apply for the leave of absence each semester separately. For more information, visit: Eligibility for merit aid requires continues enrollment at UD. If a student is approved for a leave of absence, the student would need to appeal to the financial aid office to have their merit aid considered for renewal. If an upperclass student has a guaranteed housing contract and does a leave of absence for the fall semester, then the application is defered to the spring. The student is still bound to the contract and guaranteed for spring housing.

You can apply to defer your admission for one semester or up to one year. Contact the office of admissions ( prior to the start of classes for more information and to initiate the deferral application process. Deferrals are typically approved for students who are undertaking an educationally purposeful gap year or semester (including UD’s Design Your Success certificate program) or in cases involving extenuating circumstances such as medical issues or military deployments. Aug. 31 will be the last day for an incoming student to request a deferral. Sept. 1 through Sept. 10, students should contact the dean of students ( for a medical, military or a general leave of absence. After Sept. 10, only medical and military leaves of absence requests should go to the dean of students; those who wish to withdraw or take a leave of absence should contact the assistant dean of their college.

Tuition, Fees & Scholarships

While the delivery of courses may be different, the University is committed to maintaining the high quality of instruction that students expect from UD to earn their degree. UD’s distinguished faculty continue to teach these courses, and the course curricula continue to prioritize the learning outcomes that faculty have established. In fact, the cost for online instruction is actually higher, reflecting the expense of computer equipment, software, instructional technology expertise and other needs. UD has invested significantly in education technology over the summer to ensure that students can continue their academic progress and graduate on time; those higher costs are not being passed on to students.

The Comprehensive Student Fee has been reduced by 15% this year.

Whether studying on campus or remotely, our students need the essential services covered by our student fees. The Student Wellbeing Fee continues to provide medical and health services, both in person and virtually, for every full-time student. Students can schedule virtual appointments with Student Health Services and online counseling sessions with the Center for Counseling and Student Development. The Comprehensive Fee and Student Center Fees continue to support a wide range of student support and engagement opportunities, including the UD Career Center, diversity and inclusion programming, the recreation center (Little Bob), the Office of the Dean of Students and other units, as well as the nearly 400 registered student organizations (RSO’s) at UD. These are essential services to help students find internships and jobs, and help students connect with each other through shared interests and goals. RSO’s will continue to host meetings virtually, eSports remain available as well as other programming. We recognize that there will be diminished activity on campus this fall, and thus, reduced the Comprehensive Fee by 15 percent this year.

The University’s in-state tuition rate is lower due to the financial support provided by Delaware taxpayers. UD receives an annual operating appropriation from the state of Delaware, most of which is used to reduce the cost of tuition for Delaware-resident students. This is an investment that the state is making in the University every year to support resident students. This is the same tuition model that is used by publicly supported universities nationwide.

The differential fee reflects the significant investment that the University has made and continues to make in faculty expertise, enhanced technology and other resources in those disciplines to optimize student outcomes. Students in those programs continue to benefit from those investments, both during their time at UD and in the labor market after graduation.

Tuition for graduate degree programs varies by program. For a full listing of tuition rates, visit

Merit scholarships are typically honored with a deferral. Need based aid may require resubmission of the FAFSA if the aid year will change as a result of the deferral. 

During this time, the University is allowing up to 6 credits to “float” from the fall semester, allowing a student to take courses at no additional cost during the 2020-21 Winter and/or Summer Sessions. This will allow students who feel challenged by the online learning environment the opportunity to take a lighter course load this fall and then catch up on their credits in a later session. The maximum number of course credits spread across the fall semester and the Winter and/or Summer sessions covered by this provision is 18. So, if a student takes 12 credits in fall, they will have 6 credit hours left to use in winter or summer. If they take 13 credits in the fall, they will have 5 credit hours left to use and so on. If students end up with a floating number of credit hours that do not match the class they'd like to take -- for instance, they have 3 floating credits and want to take a 4-credit class in winter -- they will pay for just 1 credit.

Undergraduate students taking at least 12 credits in the Fall will be eligible to take up to an additional six credits this academic year during the Winter and/or Summer sessions at no additional tuition charge. 

Students must be enrolled in at least 12 credits in the fall 2020 semester to be eligible for the free credits. The course credits may only be used in the winter 2021 or summer 2021 sessions.

Students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program may use their free tuition credit to enroll in both undergraduate and graduate courses. 

This program applies to full-time undergraduate students only. 

Campus Life

Yes. Priority for housing is provided to students who have a guaranteed housing contract and have been identified by their college as needing to be on campus for academic continuity. The student must be participating in a face-to-face (F2F) class or other academic requirement necessitating that they be on the Newark campus, including student teaching or clinicals. Students’ residence hall assignments are made with a focus on reduced density and decreasing contagion opportunities. Protocols such as designated interior traffic flow patterns and guidelines on use of shared spaces such as bathrooms and lounges have been enacted to support these efforts. UD has hired additional custodial staff members to allow for multiple daily cleanings in each hall.

Priority for housing will be provided to students who have a guaranteed housing contract and have been identified by their college as needing to be on campus for academic continuity. This means that the student is participating in a face-to-face class or other academic requirement necessitating that they be on the Newark campus, including student teaching or clinicals.

The Provost’s Office, in coordination with the deans and the registrar, has provided Residence Life & Housing (RLH) with information on students needing to reside on campus for academic continuity. Residence Life & Housing is emailing all upperclassmen (sophomores, juniors and seniors) who applied for on-campus housing about their eligibility to live on campus this fall. They must provide a response by TUESDAY, AUGUST 4 at 5 p.m. We encourage upperclassmen students to check their emails and log in to their "My Housing portal" to respond.

First year students will be notified of their eligibility to live on campus on August 4.

Each student will be housed one per room in traditional (students share a community bathroom), suite (students share a bathroom with one other room), and apartment-style buildings (students have either a private bathroom or a shared bathroom). Buildings with Air Conditioning will be utilized first and non-air conditioned spaces used, as needed. 

Because of reduced space, only students whose initial registration puts them in a course requiring F2F instruction will be housed. Students who undergo registration changes in August or in September will be provided with on campus housing as space becomes available.

Pencader Dining Hall and the P.O.D. Market on Laird Campus, along with the Trabant Food Court in Trabant University Center and The Nest in Morris Library, will be open this fall. Pencader Dining Hall will have the option to dine-in or take food to go. The required method of dining from the Trabant Food Court and Tasting Grounds in The Nest will be mobile-only ordering and pickup using campus dining in the Grubhub app. The hours of these locations will be available at

More information on dining operations for the fall

Occupancy tracker for Pencader:

Students will have an opportunity to request to live on campus based on needs related to academic success, housing insecurity, or financial aid implications. Because space on campus is expected to be limited, we encourage students to explore other opportunities for housing. Upperclassmen can currently access the exemption form in the My Housing Portal.

If you leave the country, you will be required to quarantine. If you travel domestically, you will only need to self quarantine if you had close contact with someone with COVID-19. The State of Delaware does not currently have quarantine requirements for out-of-state entrants.

On September 1, Morris Library will reopen. The hours of the Library will be: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.  

Only those with UD ONEcards on their person can enter Morris Library.

To study in the Library, individuals will need to reserve a seat online before arrival. There will be access to some computers, but printers and photocopiers will not be available.

During the fall semester, the book stacks will be inaccessible. All requests for physical materials must be made in advance through the Library Pickup Service

Special Collections materials can be viewed via an appointment requested at least three days in advance through the Ask the Library service. 

Please see for more info.

Limited bus service begins on Sept. 1:

Due to the social distancing guidelines the campus is implementing, the passenger capacity of our transit system will be reduced by 70-80%. As a result, in order for us to do everything we can to transport students to their classes, we are suspending all transit service to local apartment complexes for Fall 2020.

Students are encouraged to bring a bike to campus. The Newark Bike Project on South Main is a great resource – they sell low cost bikes and do repairs.

Beginning Aug. 24, we will be offering visitors self-guided tours of the campus. Visitors will need to register to attend and complete a simple health check at home before coming to campus. All buildings on UD’s campus will be closed to visitors, but guests will be free to explore the beautiful grounds and unique character of our campus. Check back at on Aug. 24 when more details and a registration form will be available. Virtual tours are available at the link below, where you can get a glimpse into academic buildings, student centers and other facilities. Be sure to also sign up for a virtual visit session to learn more about UD and chat with students and staff.

While students will be encouraged to leave the residence halls at Thanksgiving and complete the semester remotely, those who need access to their residence hall assignment and meal plan will have access to them until the end of the semester.

Students who choose not to utilize their space or meal plan after Thanksgiving break will not receive a rate adjustment.

You may either defer your housing until spring semester or request release from your contract without incurring any fees.

Most students will need to be reassigned to a new space to align with the university’s reduced occupancy efforts and safety measures. You will receive notification of your final assignment via email in mid-August.

We will do our best to keep roommates together in the spring. More information will be communicated in late October about housing for the spring semester.

More information will be communicated in late October about housing for the spring semester.

No. This assignment will only be for the fall semester. ALL students will be required to fully move out themselves and their belongings at the end of the fall semester. This applies to all students including those in apartment-style housing.

Please connect with Disability Support Services as they are the experts on your accommodation and can work with you about any needs you may have for academic success. Their website is

No, students placed in a room designed for multiple occupants will not be charged the single room rate but rather the rate they would have been charged had the room been occupied as designed. Please note, these rooms will contain furniture, unused, that can not be removed or storied at any point during the Fall semester. Students who requested a single and are assigned one at their request, will be charged the single room rate.

Move in details are being altered to accommodate for this change of occupancy. Details are expected to be available on Residence Life and Housing's website sometime after August 10th. Move-in is anticipated to begin on August 26th and run through August 30. Students will be given a move-in appointment (date and time) to de-densify the process for all participants.

No guests who live outside of the building will be allowed in the building. Additionally, no overnight guests will be permitted. Students will be required to wear a face covering anytime they are outside of their room.

Students will be required to wear a face covering anytime they are outside of their room.

Yes, all furniture will remain in the room even though the room will be used as a single room.

Custodial Services will clean all public restrooms 2 times per day and all high touch points will be wiped 2 times per day also. Hand sanitizers will be strategically placed throughout the Residence Halls.

Yes, the University has identified spaces for use if a student needs to be quarantined while awaiting the results of a COVID 19 test; or isolated, if they test positive but do not require medical intervention.

If the University is required to close due to a COVID outbreak resulting in the closing of the residence halls, necessary account adjustments will be made at that time.

The University is asking off-campus landlords to work with student tenants to find mutually agreeable solutions. Yet ultimately, off-campus landlords do not have to follow the guidance of the University. Because landlords/off-campus housing are separate business entities, you/your student will need to communicate with them directly with concerns.

All students living in a traditional on-campus residence hall will be required to purchase one of the available on-campus meal plans and will be automatically assigned and billed for the 14 Weekly plan. Once on campus, students can choose to keep the 14 Weekly or change their plan to another on-campus meal plan. Students who will be living off campus or in University Courtyard, One Easton and family housing are not required to purchase a meal plan, but still have the option to sign up for one. Meal plan add-ons for all meal plan holders will also be available from off-campus partners’ Good Uncle, for food delivery on and off campus, and Home Chef, for cook-at-home meal kits. To learn more about meal plans, you can visit

Dining Services will have several safe solutions available. Our chefs and registered dietitian are trained and eager to assist with any concerns you may have. You should connect with Debbi Miller, R.D., L.D.N., by email at to learn more about the dining options that fit your needs.

The University of Delaware Student Centers will open for studying, dining and recreation, starting Monday, Aug. 24. Available amenities will include the Trabant Food Court, Esports Arena, Hen Zone and reservable spaces. For students who will not be on campus during fall semester, the Student Centers plan to host a slate of virtual events: leadership workshops, performances, guest speakers, trivia, bingo, and game shows.

Athletics and Events

As announced July 13, Commencement and Convocation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 have been postponed until the spring of 2021. 

Tentatively, all sports, including football, postponed from this past fall, including football, will shift to spring, beginning January 23. Winter sports, including men’s and women’s basketball, will begin November 25. Spring sports are currently planned during their customary season. However, all regular competition schedules are likely to be shortened and modified to avoid conform with no air travel and overnight stays.

Working at UD

Staff should continue to work remotely to the extent possible for the foreseeable future; however, there are exceptions for employees who must be on campus to provide critical work functions. Prior to anyone returning to campus, approval from the unit’s senior leader (President, Provost, VP, Vice President for Research) must be granted.

Faculty and staff who need access to their offices may do so by appointment only. Requests should be submitted to their Dean or Vice President.

No, the policy will not change. Supervisors are encouraged to work with their employees to identify flexible work arrangements as needed. 

Yes, the hiring freeze remains in effect until further notice. Exceptions may be appropriate in limited strategic areas, and in support of our principles to support specific critical needs, including safety and academic continuity. Few exceptions will be approved.

All University travel is currently suspended. When safe travel can resume, only essential travel will be permitted, including essential academic travel, travel on sponsored research funds, travel funded entirely by outside entities and travel necessary to deliver instruction or outreach programs or to conduct vital University activities or business.

Faculty will work with their department chairs with regard to in-person versus online teaching. No faculty members will be required to teach in person if they have legitimate reasons for not doing so. These include age, underlying health conditions, caregiver responsibilities, etc. Privacy concerns of faculty members will be respected. An ADA form is not necessary when a faculty member and a department chair can work out the teaching assignment to meet the faculty member’s needs.

An ADA form is necessary when (1) there is a dispute between the faculty member and the department chair and/or (2) the faculty member elects to use the form at the outset (mainly for privacy reasons).

Yes, UD has activated a phased-in return to campus research operations. Visit this webpage for links to detailed guidance and FAQs.

We recommend staff bring any food in coolers with ice packs to eat at their desks, in order to cut down on the need for using the refrigerator and being in close proximity. When using shared equipment, employees should wipe it down with appropriate sanitizing wipes following use.

UD is committed to supporting its employees’ overall health and wellbeing and provides all employees and their families a number of benefits to meet the diverse needs.  Consult the resources below to assist in the adjustment to working from home, returning to work, tele-health options, as well as cope with the broader realities of the pandemic, create new family experiences and maintain optimal emotional wellbeing.  

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

No. Effective July 1, 2020, the vacation accrual limits outlined in the Vacation Accrual and Use Policy have been temporarily suspended through December 31, 2021. Eligible employees will be permitted to carry over vacation leave in excess of the limits outlined in the policy. Any excess vacation leave will not be forfeited until January 1, 2022. 


UD’s Early Learning Center opened on July 1. The College School will open for hybrid instruction on Sept. 8. The Lab School will open for in-person instruction on Sept. 8.

UD’s Physical Therapy and Nurse Managed Primary Care Clinics are now offering in-person and telehealth appointments. Visit the UD Health website to learn more. 

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute programs will be combined statewide in an online delivery system for fall 2020 and spring 2021.

The Creamery Newark walk-up window is now open from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., seven days a week. 

The Carpenter Sports Building (LilBob) will be open starting Monday, August 31, Monday – Friday 6am-9pm Saturday and Sunday 10am-6pm. Reservations to access the facility are required, more information is available at Masks are required while in the facility.  

Virtual visits for the Visitor Center will continue until further notice, as other decisions around campus reopening are made. Beginning Aug. 24, we will be offering visitors self-guided tours of the campus. Visitors will need to register to attend and complete a simple health check at home before coming to campus. All buildings on UD’s campus will be closed to visitors, but guests will be free to explore the beautiful grounds and unique character of our campus. More details and a registration form are available at Virtual tours are available at this link, where you can get a glimpse into academic buildings, student centers and other facilities. Be sure to also sign up for a virtual visit session to learn more about UD and chat with students and staff. 

The Courtyard by Marriott - Newark at the University of Delaware is pleased to safely re-open on Monday, June 22, 2020 after closing temporality for guest and associate safety due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to fully complete the renovation of all areas of the hotel. More info:


The UD Bookstore is currently open for in-store and online shopping. Guests must enter from the Academy Street doors; the Main Street door is currently closed. Face coverings are required to enter the bookstore and there are hand sanitizing stations as well as physical distancing markers on the floor. Please refer to for store hours.

The University Writing Center has increased and diversified its service offerings for faculty and students for the upcoming academic year. Learn more about virtual programming:

University Printing is open and accepting orders. 

If you have a question that isn't answered in these FAQs, please submit it by emailing