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Fall 2020 update for Dec. 2

News about the opening of a new testing site, statewide restrictions, a research update and more

Stay informed about recent decisions and plans by visiting www.udel.edu/return. Have a specific question? Check the FAQs, which are updated regularly as questions come in to coronavirus@udel.edu.

Perkins testing center moves to Harker Lab, effective Dec. 7: The COVID-19 testing site that has been operating this fall in the Perkins Student Center is moving to the Harker Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory on Academy Street, effective Monday, Dec. 7. The Harker Lab testing center will be open from 9 a.m.-noon, Mondays and Wednesdays. Anyone who already has an appointment at Perkins Student Center for Dec. 7 or 9 should report to the new Harker Lab location at the time of their original appointment. Information about UD’s surveillance testing and additional testing sites in the area is available online.

Student COVID-19 testing reminder: As communicated in an email to all students on Nov. 16, after Thanksgiving, all students who are living on campus and/or accessing campus facilities for the remainder of the fall semester must complete the surveillance testing offered this week; this is required even if students did not travel during the break. Students who are living on campus have received emails with detailed instructions. All off-campus students should also get tested upon return to the Newark area. Students who were unable to attend one or more of the testing dates must make other arrangements for testing. Students can find additional testing options, including state locations and home kits, on the COVID-19 Testing Options webpage. Students who test off-campus should be aware that those results will not automatically be sent to any campus department, therefore on-campus testing is strongly encouraged.

New statewide COVID-19 restrictions: Delaware Gov. John Carney announced additional safeguards to be implemented statewide last month. Indoor gatherings are now capped at 10 people; this order supersedes the Newark City ordinance that limits indoor gatherings to 12 individuals. In addition, restaurants must operate at no more than 30% capacity indoors.

For students in residence halls: Have questions about student housing during Winter Session or the spring semester? An FAQ on the Residence Life and Housing website provides lots of answers, as well as phone and email contact information.

Research updates; Dec. 14 town hall: A reminder: As part of the University's cost-mitigation efforts, personnel in the Research Office, like many units, will sustain a 5% salary reduction. To best manage these reductions, the Research Office will be formally closed on the following dates in December and in the new year. Please plan accordingly for your proposal submissions.

Research Office Closures

  • Dec, 21-23, 2020
  • Feb. 15, 2021
  • April 2, 2021
  • May 28, 2021

The next research town hall, led by Charlie Riordan, vice president for research, scholarship and innovation, will be held from 2-3 p.m., Monday, Dec. 14. Register online. The town halls are recorded and archived on this webpage. For more information, contact UDResearch@udel.edu.

Upcoming dates:

  • Course registration for the spring 2021 semester is now underway.
  • Last day of classes for the fall semester is Thursday, Dec. 10, with classes ending at 10 p.m.
  • Final examinations are scheduled from Saturday, Dec. 12, through Friday, Dec. 18.

Wellbeing support available: All members of the UD community are encouraged to take advantage of virtual opportunities to connect with each other as COVID-19 and flu cases continue to rise. Students are reminded to be intentional about their social bubble, especially if they are preparing to transition from one household to another at the conclusion of the fall semester. Wellbeing services and support, including a Coping with COVID-19 Support Group and personalized telehealth support, are available. The Center for Counseling and Student Development is open and available remotely, and 24/7 mental health support remains available on the UD Helpline at 302-831-1001 for any student in need of someone to talk to. All UD employees, their spouses, dependents, parents and in-laws may access the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) by calling 800-343-2186 or visiting the program’s website. If using the website, UD employees should enter "State of Delaware" as the password.

Questions about Fall 2020? Send an email to coronavirus@udel.edu.

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