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Coronavirus update

March 27: Learning, teaching and working from home

Learn about resources available to the University community

Editor's note: Changes and updates at the University of Delaware in relation to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic are always posted first on UD’s special site at www.udel.edu/coronavirus. The site, available 24/7, also contains helpful FAQs for students, faculty and staff and other resources. In addition, questions may be emailed to coronavirus@udel.edu.

Spring semester resumes March 30: The University’s spring semester will resume on Monday in an online environment. UD students, faculty and staff can prepare themselves with special pages on the University’s coronavirus website: Learn from Home, Teach from Home and Work from Home.  

#UDFromHome: The University is encouraging all faculty, staff and students to share their positive messages about learning from home, teaching from home and working from home on social media using a new hashtag, #UDFromHome. UD is sharing some of its favorite messages on its social media accounts and on the coronavirus website.

Summer Study Abroad: All Summer 2020 UD Study Abroad Programs have been canceled out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety and wellbeing of the students. Programs were planned in Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain and Switzerland. The Institute for Global Studies has informed all students enrolled in these programs of this decision and provided details on the actions they should take.  For more information, visit the IGS site

Library resources: While its physical spaces have suspended in-person services until further notice, the University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press, still offers online support to the UD community at library.udel.edu. If you have items checked out, please retain them until normal operations resume; no fines will accrue. In addition, a Library Course Continuity page has been created to help students and faculty continue to do their work and easily find assistance from Library staff online.

Research update: To keep the UD research community connected and informed, the Research Office is hosting a virtual town hall each Tuesday, 1-2 p.m. Register for the March 31 town hall from the Research Guidance page. The town hall capacity now has been increased to accommodate 500 attendees.

Student support: Students in need of counseling and support may call UD’s Center for Counseling and Student Development at 302-831-2141 or the UD Helpline, which is available at any time, day or night, for students feeling anxious, overwhelmed, depressed or otherwise in need of counseling. By calling 302-831-1001, students can get live counseling assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Additional information may be found at the center’s website.  

Employee support: The University provides all employees, their spouses, dependents, parents and in-laws with access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at no additional cost. To access this program, call 800-343-2186 or visit the program’s website. If using the website, UD employees will need to enter "State of Delaware" as the password.

Protect yourself and others: For your own safety, remember to follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- know how the coronavirus spreads so you can avoid being exposed, take steps to protect yourself, such as cleaning your hands often and avoiding close contact, and take steps to protect others, such as covering coughs and sneezes and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily.

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