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Last Updated: January 22, 2021 at 9:15 a.m.

Winter Session

The State of Delaware recently implemented additional restrictions on the size of gatherings and the occupancy of public facilities statewide; the state already has issued a stay-at-home advisory and universal mask mandate. Many other states have issued similar guidance to help reduce the number of COVID-19 cases, which have surged since Thanksgiving. The University fully supports these measures and expects all students, faculty and staff to adhere to these guidelines. While a nationwide vaccination campaign has begun, the need to wear face coverings, practice physical distancing and limit face-to-face interactions with people outside your household remains critical for the foreseeable future. 

Beginning Jan. 3, 2021, when the University reopens after the break, COVID-19 tests will be required for anyone who will be on campus for any purpose. This applies to all students, faculty and staff. This test must be completed at a UD surveillance testing site during your first week back on campus; tests from outside sites or programs are not accepted. Please be mindful to avoid contact with other people while awaiting COVID-19 test results; you will be permitted on campus while test results are pending. UD’s surveillance testing program will resume Jan. 4, with tests available to employees and students each Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon at Harker ISE Lab and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Clayton Hall. Registration is encouraged, but walk-ups are welcome. Additional information about testing opportunities is available on our testing page.

Students, faculty, staff, retirees, spouses and visitors are required to complete a daily COVID-19 health questionnaire if they are coming to campus that day or if they reside on campus. Those not planning to come to campus that day are not required to answer the questionnaire and can disregard the daily email reminder. The UD daily health check is available at You will not be granted access to any UD building unless you have completed this daily health check.


Morris Library will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and will be closed weekends, with occupancy limited to 30% of capacity, until the beginning of the spring semester. 

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 

With many courses still offered online, the density of students and faculty on campus is lower than normal. For courses requiring in-person instruction, classrooms are arranged so that students remain at least 6 feet apart. Classrooms, labs and other instructional spaces are cleaned twice a day; high-touch surfaces are cleaned more frequently.

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.

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 has created a data dashboard that is updated every weekday with information about testing, positive cases, daily health checks and more. 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.

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.

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 have been 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 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.

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.

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 began on November 9th. For more information visit:


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 spring 2021 semester, students may take more than 2 UD online courses per semester without submitting a waiver. 

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 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 prepared high-quality online courses. 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. 

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 University has decided to cancel all study-abroad programs for spring and summer 2021. The probability remains quite low that safe travel and entry into other countries, due to COVID-19, will resume in the coming months. For more information, visit the Institute for Global Studies,

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. 

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

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. 

Spring assignments, move-in appointments and when applicable, apartment-mates will be released via email the week of January 25 - 29. Available information about spring move-in can be found on the Residence Life and Housing move-in page.

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. 

Additional opportunities, if available, will be sent to remaining students on November 9. Students will have until Monday, November 16 to respond to these offers. All students will be notified on December 1st about their contract.

The University does not require post-travel testing. However, you will need to self-quarantine if you had close contact with someone who is COVID-positive.

Morris Library will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and will be closed weekends, with occupancy limited to 30% of capacity, until the beginning of the spring semester.

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.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions has reopened campus tours with our student tour guides, the Blue Hen Ambassadors. Each tour has a limited capacity, so tour times may fill quickly. Each tour reservation allows a student to bring a maximum of two family members from the student’s household along with them. Health and safety information will be emailed to registrants in the confirmation email. Register at

Also, visitors can register for self-guided tours at Virtual visits are available at

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 will be communicated to students before the beginning of the spring semester.

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.

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.

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 are open for studying, meeting, dining and recreation, subject to size and space limitations. Available amenities will include the Trabant Food Court, Esports Arena, Hen Zone and reservable spaces. RSOs may register to hold meetings in the Student Centers. More information is available at For students who will not be on campus, the Student Centers plan to host a slate of virtual events: leadership workshops, performances, guest speakers, trivia, bingo, and game shows.

Athletics and Events

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

As announced July 13, Commencement and Convocation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 were 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. 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 is open. The college School is open for hybrid instruction and the Lab School is open for in-person instruction.

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 Spring 2021.

The Creamery Newark walk up window is now open. Please visit for hours and online ordering.

The Carpenter Sports Building (LilBob) is open 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.  

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions has reopened campus tours with our student tour guides, the Blue Hen Ambassadors. Each tour has a limited capacity, so tour times may fill quickly. Each tour reservation allows a student to bring a maximum of two family members from the student’s household along with them. Health and safety information will be emailed to registrants in the confirmation email. Register at Also, visitors can register for self-guided tours at Virtual visits are available at

The Courtyard by Marriott - Newark at the University of Delaware is open. 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