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Winter 2021 update

Winter 2021 update for Jan. 20

Information on testing, an upcoming research town hall, wellbeing support 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.

COVID-19 testing: Faculty and staff who are coming to campus regularly are required to complete a COVID-19 test before returning or, if necessary, during their first week back. After that initial test, you do not need to get tested again until further notice, as long as you do not experience COVID symptoms and the Daily Health Screening Form indicates that you are cleared to be on campus.

Tests can be done at one of the UD testing sites, which are available only for students, faculty or staff who need to be on campus regularly. For faculty and staff, the test can also be done elsewhere, such as a health care center or a testing site offered by the Delaware Division of Public Health or New Castle County.

A state of Delaware COVID-19 testing event will be held from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22, in Lot #6 on UD’s Laird Campus in Newark. Faculty, staff and students residing off campus are welcome to attend. Reservations are recommended, but walk-ups will be accepted. Make reservations at https://curative.com/sites/10633#10/39.6819/-75.7537. Community testing also continues to be held each Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., through March 1, at the STAR Campus, and reservations are suggested. Information about other community testing is available here. Faculty and staff who are tested at a non-UD site should upload the results to UD Human Resources.

Students residing in residence halls during Winter Session should continue to utilize the on-campus testing offered each Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m.-noon at Harker ISE Lab and 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. at Clayton Hall. Registration is strongly encouraged, but walk-ups may be accommodated. If you plan to be tested at Harker ISE Lab or Clayton Hall, you must complete the Daily Health Screening Form and bring the results with you.

You should plan to get tested and have a negative result no more than three days before you return to campus during Winter Session. If necessary, you are permitted to be on campus while your test results are pending. Please be mindful to avoid contact with other people while awaiting COVID-19 test results. Regardless of your test results, you must always follow all safety protocols (face coverings, physical distancing, etc.) and complete the Daily Health Screening Form each day that you will be on campus.

Vaccination planning: University officials are working closely with the State Division of Public Health on plans for forthcoming distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Details will be announced as soon as plans are finalized.

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 update – Jan. 25 town hall: The next research town hall, led by Charlie Riordan, vice president for research, scholarship and innovation, will be held from 2-3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25. Register online. The town halls are recorded and archived on this webpage. For more information, contact UDResearch@udel.edu.

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. Wellbeing services and 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. Additionally, resources are available concerning substance use and recovery assistance due to experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic. Those individuals experiencing any concerns should feel free to contact the UD Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC).

Graduate students, staff and faculty are also invited to participate in a free Campus Connect suicide prevention training from 1-3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22, via Zoom. Get more details and register for this event at udel.edu/007975.

Effective Jan. 1, 2021, the Employee Assistance Program is now provided through ComPsych GuidanceResources. This is a free program available exclusively for State of Delaware Group Health Plan non-Medicare members and their dependents.

Winter Session 2021 dates

  • Friday, Jan. 22: For five-week classes, last day to change registration or withdraw from a course without academic penalty and approval of the assistant dean.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 26: For four-week classes, last day to change registration or withdraw from a course without academic penalty and approval of the assistant dean.
  • Friday, Feb. 5: Last day of classes.
  • Saturday, Feb. 6: Final exams.

Questions? Send an email to coronavirus@udel.edu.

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