Coronavirus: What You Need to Know


Visitors are welcome to campus but must follow UD’s health protocols.

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The University of Delaware campus is open to visitors, including vendors and guests, and all are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated before coming to campus. Campus visitors are required to follow UD’s health protocols, which include wearing face masks, maintaining physical distance and observing daily health screening guidelines. Visitors who are not vaccinated are required to wear a face covering inside all UD facilities. Anyone who hosts or sponsors a guest is responsible for sharing UD policies and ensuring that they are followed.

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Masking and distancing guidelines

Updated: August 6, 2021

In accordance with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the University of Delaware has updated its policy on the wearing of masks on campus. Effective immediately and as we begin the fall 2021 semester, the universal wearing of masks is required for all individuals, whether vaccinated or not, in common spaces inside all campus buildings, including classrooms, hallways, laboratories, residence halls, and offices. In dining areas, masks should be worn except when eating or drinking.  Masks are not required inside an individual student’s residence hall room. Outdoors, all individuals, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, should wear a mask OR maintain physical distancing of at least 3 feet from others.

The best way to help end the pandemic is to ensure all faculty, staff, and students are fully vaccinated. The University has all the resources needed to vaccinate every member of our campus community and thus promote the health and safety of the campus community.


Frequently Asked Questions

I'm fully vaccinated: Wear a mask OR maintain physical distancing of at least 3 feet from others


I'm not fully vaccinated: Wear a mask OR maintain physical distancing of at least 3 feet from others

I'm fully vaccinated: No mask required


I'm not fully vaccinated: Wear a mask at all times

I'm fully vaccinated: Wear a mask at all times.


I'm not fully vaccinated: Wear a mask at all times and, when possible, physically distance at least 3 feet from others.

I'm fully vaccinated: No mask required provided physical distancing of at least 3 feet from others can be maintained.


I'm not fully vaccinated: Wear a mask and maintain physical distancing of at least 3 feet from others.

I'm fully vaccinated: In classrooms, large meeting rooms, and multipurpose rooms, podium presenters who are fully vaccinated may, at their discretion, remove their masks while presenting if they can maintain adequate physical distancing and other attendees at the class/meeting/gathering are masked.


I'm not fully vaccinated: Wear a mask while speaking from a podium in a classroom, multipurpose room, or other meeting venue.

I'm fully vaccinated: Wear a mask except while eating/drinking, AND maintain physical distancing of at least 3 feet from others at all times


I'm not fully vaccinated: Wear a mask except while eating/drinking, AND maintain physical distancing of at least 3 feet from others at all times

Information pertaining to all Athletics events will be forthcoming soon.

Information pertaining to all Athletics events will be forthcoming soon.

I'm fully vaccinated: Wear a mask at all times 


I'm not fully vaccinated: Wear a mask at all times 

I'm fully vaccinated: Wear a mask AND maintain physical distancing of at least 3 feet from others


I'm not fully vaccinated: Wear a mask AND maintain physical distancing of at least 3 feet from others

I'm fully vaccinated: We encourage you to wear masks and follow state and local guidelines


I'm not fully vaccinated: We encourage you to wear masks and follow state and local guidelines

I'm fully vaccinated: Only if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or if you have a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 (test 3-5 days after exposure).


I'm not fully vaccinated: Effective Aug. 15, unvaccinated individuals should test weekly. 

I'm fully vaccinated: Yes

I'm not fully vaccinated: Yes

Protect the Flock - YoUDee & Students On Campus - 08.10.20

Protect the Flock

It's up to all of us to #ProtectTheFlock. Whether you'll be in Newark or at home, be sure to follow all guidelines to keep your community healthy and safe. Wear a face covering, monitor your symptoms, and maintain physical distancing of at least three feet apart. We'll get through this together. 


Health & Safety

The vast majority of our students, faculty and staff have embraced the “Protect the Flock” mindset to keep themselves and each other safe. UD ramped up its surveillance testing program during the spring semester to about 4,000 tests per week to be able to quickly identify COVID-positive individuals and support them appropriately. Additional measures are being developed, and information will be communicated as it becomes available. 


Do your part by:

  1. Staying home when you’re feeling sick.
  2. Participating in daily health screenings at if you will be on campus.
  3. Keeping at least 3 feet away from others when indoors.
  4. Wearing masks or cloth face coverings in classrooms, laboratories and all common areas.
  5. Washing/sanitizing your hands frequently, covering your cough and practicing good personal hygiene.

Show that you are doing your part to Protect the Flock by using the Protect the Flock Zoom background

Support for student wellbeing is available no matter where students are as they attend UD this academic year. Student Health ServicesStudent Wellness and Health Promotion and the Center for Counseling and Student Development continue to provide HIPAA and FERPA compliant telehealth services, and the Office of the Dean of Students is open to support students who need assistance with navigating complex issues. Disability Support Services remains available to assist any student who has a mental or physical diagnosis which may impact their ability to access classes, services or programs either online or in person.

The University has created a comprehensive program of testing, screening and contact tracing for those in Newark. 




In the spring, UD offered far more face-to-face academic experiences than in the Fall 2020 semester while continuing to fine tune the mix of face-to-face and online courses. For Fall 2021, the amount of in-person classes have expanded further with almost every student having an opportunity for face-to-face instruction.  

Regardless of the delivery mode – online or in-person – our courses continue to meet the rigorous standards that UD is known for and will be taught by our outstanding faculty.

Whether teaching online or designing an online course, UD’s Faculty Commons is available to connect faculty members to resources and information.


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The UD research community is a dynamo for innovation and problem-solving. Our faculty, staff and students are advancing critical work on a broad array of issues, including efforts to thwart COVID-19

UD activated a phased-in return to campus research operations. Phase 4, the New Normal, began on May 21, 2021.   Detailed guidelines and resources are available on this Research website page



Campus Life

On-Campus Living

For Fall 2021, we will have the opportunity to be at full capacity in the residence halls. For the spring, we increased the number of students living on campus to about 4,000 - or about 60% capacity. 

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 will be enacted to support these efforts. UD has hired additional custodial staff members to allow for multiple daily cleanings in each hall. 


UD will maintain a block of vacant residence hall rooms for quarantine and isolation spaces, if needed. 



UD and its dining services partner, Aramark, are committed to adapting our operations to ensure the safety of our campus community and will continue to offer a wide range of options to decrease density.  Key initiatives include to-go and express dining options, additional off-campus dining partnerships, expanding mobile ordering, physical distancing practices, occupancy monitoring, additional service hours, expanding seating and modifications to dining menus with key safety practices.  

The Caesar Rodney Fresh Food Company and Pencader Dining Hall will be open for spring semester, along with the Trabant Food Court in Trabant University Center, Dunkin’ in Perkins Student Center, The Nest’s Marketplace in Morris Library and both P.O.D. Markets. The hours for these dining locations are available on Dining Services’ website at

Both the Caesar Rodney Fresh Food Company and Pencader Dining Hall will provide the option to dine in or take food to go. To manage the flow and critical check points, guests will be asked to use designated entrances – the Academy St. Entrance at Caesar Rodney and the Main Entrance at Pencader for dining in and the South Green Entrance and Terrace Entrance, respectively, for to go. To help facilitate contactless service, the required method of dining from the restaurants in the Trabant Food Court and Dunkin’ will be mobile-only ordering and contactless pickup using campus dining in the Grubhub app.

Dining Services has partnered with Density, a real-time people counting solution, to provide occupancy information online and near the main entrance.






The UD experience is not only academic but social. We plan to increase in-person student engagement opportunities in the spring, as the trajectory of the coronavirus will allow. While many of our students may not be physically located in Newark this academic year, the University is committed to ensuring dynamic student experiences so all Blue Hens thrive throughout their lives. Whether students are residing in Newark or continuing with their coursework remotely, resources that have always been available to students will continue to be available, along with brand new virtual services. The Student Life Virtual Hub serves as a source of information for student support, career advice, wellbeing information, engagement opportunities and other resources. University Student Centers will be open with spaces available for studying and meals and they will host virtual performances, guest speakers, trivia, bingo, game shows, and leadership workshops. Fraternity and Sorority Leadership and Learning will continue to support fraternities and sororities in achieving their purpose and will work with organizations to transition to virtual recruitment and intake/new member education processes.

The Center for Black Culture will operate in a primarily virtual environment. Student Diversity and Inclusion staff will continue to advise student organizations, facilitate workshops and conversations, and provide support to all of our students on an ongoing basis. 

The UD Career CenterLerner Career Services and Graduate Professional Development will operate in a primarily virtual environment this fall to best facilitate employment engagement and career advancement for UD students and alumni.


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Athletics and Events

Sports postponed from Fall 2020, including football, were shifted to spring, with a successful and exciting season. For Fall 2021, there will be a return to normalcy for student athletes and sporting events with more details coming soon. Season football tickets are currently on sale with game tickets available July 1. 


Working at UD

We continue to prioritize the return to campus of employees who directly engage with students face-to-face. This includes faculty, instructional support services, student life, athletic and recreation services, and laboratory research personnel and campus operations personnel support services. While a majority of our administrative operations continued to operate remotely for the spring semester, we are continuing to evaluate this. 

Prior to any faculty or staff member returning to campus, approval from the unit's most senior leader (president, provost, executive vice president or vice president for research) must be granted. Faculty courses and schedules should dictate if/when faculty return to campus. 


All UD employees working on campus are expected to comply with the UD COVID-19 Return to Campus Guidelines.

To upload your vaccination documentation, read the instructions and use our secure portal.

In addition, all employees returning to campus are required to take UD’s online safety training.

Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in corrective action. Any employees with concerns about compliance should consult the Office of Human Resources or report such concerns to the UD Compliance Hotline.

  1. Caring for Our People: We prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, as well as the greater Delaware community. The welfare of our people remains vital to our success, and we will do everything possible to support the wellbeing of our inclusive community and maintain workforce continuity through this unprecedented public health emergency.
  2. Cultivating Academic Excellence and Enrichment: As a world-class institution, we continue to ensure that teaching, research, scholarship and service thrive as cornerstones of human and intellectual development, today and in the future. As student success is our priority, we will maintain academic continuity, even during crisis, via alternative course delivery formats as necessary. We are committed to resuming campus life and normal operations as soon as it is safe to do so.
  3. Invigorating Our Mission for Positive Change: We continue to fulfill our mission and create value-driven opportunities to make a positive impact on society through scholarly endeavors, innovative research, creative learning, community engagement, and operational excellence. As a community of idea giants, our faculty, students and staff are bold and resilient, and will always seek ways to remain agile and persevere through challenge with efficiency and innovation.

Planning Task Force


The UD Campus Reopening Task Forcee is overseen by the Task Force Steering Committee, chaired by President Assanis. Members of the committee include the leaders of colleges, as well as other University administrators, faculty members and undergraduate and graduate students.

Chair: Dennis Assanis, President

  • Robin Morgan, Provost
  • John Long, Executive Vice President and COO
  • Mary Remmler, Vice President of Strategic Planning and Analysis
  • Charlie Riordan, Vice President of Research, Scholarship and Innovation
  • Laure Ergin, Vice President and General Counsel
  • Jose Riera, Vice President of Student Life
  • Glenn Carter, Vice President of Communications and Marketing
  • Chrissi Rawak, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Services
  • Michael Vaughan, Interim Vice Provost of Diversity
  • Jim Dicker, Vice President University Development & Alumni Relations
  • Rhett Ruggerio,  Interim Director of Government Relations
  • Beth Brand, Vice President and University Secretary
  • Sylvester Johnson, Director, Custodial and University Services
  • Debbie H. Norris, Chair and Professor of Photograph Conservation, Art Conservation Department; Unidel Henry Francis du Pont Chair; Director, Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, College of Arts and Sciences, Trustee
  • Alan Fox, Professor of Philosophy; Acting Director of Islamic Studies
  • Matthew Robinson, Professor of Hospitality Business Management; Faculty Senate Past President
  • Carlos Asarta, Director for the Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship; Professor of Economics; President, Delaware Council on Economic Education
  • Cathy Wu, Unidel Edward Jefferson Chair, Computer & Info Sciences; Director, Institute for Data Science Institute; Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Jennifer Buckley, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Associate Professor School of Education
  • Timothy Dowling, Director Student Health Services
  • Samantha Bingaman, President, Graduate Student Organization
  • Mia Carbone, President, Student Government Association
  • Stephanie Boateng, Student Government Association Executive Council
  • Sienna Ferrick, President, Student Athlete Advisory Committee


For more information about the UD's response to COVID-19, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

The University is continually updating the FAQs as new guidance and information is shared. If you have a question that is not addressed in the FAQs, please email

Supporting our community

It is important to remember that the physical health of our community is equally connected to the social and mental health of our community. UD offers a number of resources for students should you need someone to talk to at this unsettling time. If you feel you have been discriminated against, please contact UD's Office of Equity & Inclusion at


The University of Delaware 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, you may call 800-343-2186 or visit the HMS website. If using the website, you will need to enter the "State of Delaware" as the password.

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