Last Updated: August 10, 2021
Yes, the University has updated its immunization policy to require students to be fully vaccinated by August 15, in advance of campus arrival for the 2021-2022 academic year.
A copy of your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card must be uploaded to the Secure Student Health Portal.
- Login at https://www.shsccsd.udel.edu/
- Select Medical Clearances from the menu.
- To the right of the COVID-19 clearance, click Update.
- A window should appear with several form fields. In the COVID-19 Records Upload section, click the Upload button to add a copy of the vaccination card.
- Go to the Doses of Covid-19 Vaccine section. Enter the vaccination date(s) and the select which vaccine was administered (Pfizer/Moderna/Janssen-J&J). Both doses do not need to be entered at the same time.
- After verifying that all information in the form is correct, click Done. A Student Health staff person will then be able to view and verify the submitted result.
Exemptions may be granted with appropriate documentation explaining reasons for exemption, including authorized medical or religious purposes.
Students with grounds for exemption from this requirement may visit the Student Health Services website for information on submitting documentation for COVID-19 vaccination exemption.
Everyone at UD is eager to return to a vibrant, in-person campus experience, and we have been hard at work planning for the return of our Blue Hens for the fall semester. As more people become vaccinated at UD, we elevate opportunity for community immunity with anticipated return to a more normal, robust campus experience, including fully operational residence halls, student centers, dining halls, Carpenter Sports Building (Little Bob) and athletics events.
The majority of classes for the fall semester are already scheduled to be delivered with in-person and hybrid instruction. In planning for the fall, we are actively considering current and projected health and safety requirements, as well as measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and requirements mandated by the State of Delaware. The University will continue to monitor these conditions, make adjustments as we receive new information about health and safety guidance and, most importantly, work with our campus units to advance academic excellence through both online and in-person instruction.
Students and families can view the latest course instruction details in UD’s fall 2021 courses search, which includes the ability to search classes by instructional mode and view up to date information about both in-person and online course offerings.
Students who do not upload proof of vaccination to the Secure Student Health Portal or are granted an exemption by the deadline will have a registration hold placed on their student records.
At this time, the University is only requiring vaccination for students in advance of the fall semester, although faculty and staff have been highly encouraged to do so and continue to report positive momentum on this front.
The close living arrangements and study and social behaviors of most college students present an elevated risk for continued spread of the coronavirus. In addition, immunizations for measles, mumps, rubella, tuberculosis and meningococcal meningitis have long been required for UD students and not for the average University employee.
Effective August 15, 2021, all UD employees accessing University facilities are required to either provide proof that they have been fully immunized against COVID-19 or must continue to comply with regular testing protocols (see below). Employees who are vaccinated should provide documentation by August 1, 2021. An online portal to submit this documentation is available here.
If you plan to use any University facility or take part in any UD-sponsored in-person events (RSO meetings, club sports, etc.), yes.
Any undergraduate or graduate student who will be entirely remote and have no physical contact with any campus or UD community member is exempt from the requirement.
Yes. The deadline for full immunization for all undergraduate and graduate students is August 15, 2021; a hold will be placed on your registration after that date if you do not provide proof of vaccination or have an approved exemption.
What if I plan to be on campus earlier than August? Do I need to be vaccinated by my specific arrival date, or can I wait until the August deadline?
Goals for a healthy and safe campus rely on as many members of the UD community getting vaccinated as soon as possible. We ask that you get fully immunized before coming to campus; the August 15th date is mandatory for full immunization.
Not all international students will have access to vaccines in their home country, and vaccines are not currently required for travel. Will students be allowed to get vaccinated upon arrival at UD?
We understand that not all international students will have access to vaccines in their home country, and vaccines are not currently required for travel. Please visit The Center for Global Programs & Services COVID-19 page for more information.
In addition, Student Health Services can assist with guidance on available vaccine information for international students who are unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in their home country when they arrive to campus.
Yes. This is required of all UD undergraduate and graduate students.
What if I am unable to take the class(es) I want as a result of this new requirement since I am now going to be online instead? Will there be an adjustment to my tuition?
Students who wish may take their courses exclusively online. However, not every course will be available in an online format. The University is committed to maintaining the high quality of instruction that students expect from UD to earn their degree whether online or in person. Tuition and fees remain the same regardless of course format.
Due to privacy restrictions, the University cannot disclose the health or vaccination status of any individual student.
All University of Delaware students are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine from the Delaware Division of Public Health. This applies to ALL students, including those who are not permanent residents of Delaware.
All University of Delaware employees are also eligible for vaccination within the State of Delaware.
If I get the COVID-19 vaccine, will I still need to complete the daily health check to use campus facilities?
Yes. This will continue to ensure that all individuals using campus facilities are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
Details for asymptomatic all testing are still being finalized but will be offered weekly on campus - those who are not vaccinated are required to attend each week.
If I get the COVID-19 vaccine, do I still need to wear a face covering, maintain physical distance from others and comply with other health and safety protocols?
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 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the best source of information about the virus, the disease and the vaccines. The pandemic is a constantly evolving situation, with new information available frequently, so it is important to stay up to date with developments.
Additional information regarding vaccine distribution in Delaware can be found here: https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/vaccine/where-can-i-get-my-vaccine/
Are OLLI members, instructors, and guests required to be vaccinated against COVID-19?
Any OLLI member or instructor who will be on UD campuses (including OLLI campuses in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties) or who will be attending OLLI classes/events at off-campus locations in fall 2021 must be fully immunized against COVID-19. Exemptions will be accommodated for OLLI members and instructors who cannot receive a COVID-19 vaccine for medical or religious reasons. Approved OLLI guests are not required to be fully immunized against COVID-19, but we strongly encourage vaccinations for all guests.
How do I provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination?
OLLI members and instructors who will be on UD campuses--including OLLI campuses in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties--in fall 2021 must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Please visit the UD OLLI COVID-19 Vaccine Documentation website for more information and to upload proof of full vaccination.
I am not able to upload a document online. Will there be an opportunity for me to present my vaccination card in person?
OLLI staff will assist participants with meeting the proof of vaccine requirement or requesting an exemption if applicable. Please review the instructions at OLLI’s COVID-19 Vaccine Documentation website, and if you do not have email or are not able to submit an online form, please contact the OLLI program at 302-573-4417 to schedule assistance.
How do I request an exemption from COVID-19 vaccination?
Exemptions will be accommodated for OLLI members who cannot receive a COVID-19 vaccine for medical or religious reasons. Please visit the UD OLLI COVID-19 Vaccine Documentation website for details.
Can I attend classes virtually and join in-person after my 2-week post-vaccination waiting period?
OLLI members can virtually attend classes that are offered online without being fully immunized against COVID-19. OLLI members are welcome to join in-person classes after submitting proof of full vaccination.
If I am diagnosed with COVID-19 during the session can I get a refund?
Refunds for OLLI membership and class fees are approved in some instances, generally involving member life events that preclude them from continuing as a participant in the program. Refund requests must be submitted to the OLLI Office during the session for which the refund is requested. Refunds will be prorated and must be approved by the program manager.
How will you enforce the vaccination policy?
OLLI staff members will verify vaccination compliance prior to the first day of fall in-person classes using UD Student Health Services data and participant-submitted data. Registered OLLI members who have not provided evidence of vaccination or completed the vaccination exemption process may not attend in-person classes.
The following guidelines apply to the following students: Professional and Continuing Education Noncredit Students, and Continuing Education Non-Degree Students (CEND), Graduate College Non-Degree Students.
Are professional and continuing education students enrolled in noncredit programs required to be vaccinated against COVID-19?
Professional and continuing education students who will participate in in-person UD programs in fall 2021 must be fully immunized against COVID-19. Exemptions will be accommodated for students who cannot receive a COVID-19 vaccine for medical or religious reasons. Online sections of some in-person certificate programs are available.
How do I provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination?
Professional and continuing education students who will participate in in-person UD programs in fall 2021 must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Please visit the Student Health Services website for more information and to upload proof of full vaccination. Note: The Secure Student Health Portal is being updated to accommodate vaccine information for professional and continuing education students. Additional details about providing proof of vaccination will be provided soon.
How do I request an exemption from COVID-19 vaccination?
Exemptions will be accommodated for students who cannot receive a COVID-19 vaccine for medical or religious reasons. Please visit the Student Health Services website for more information and to submit documentation for COVID-19 vaccination exemption. Note: The Secure Student Health Portal is being updated to accommodate vaccine information for professional and continuing education students. Additional details about providing proof of vaccination will be provided soon.
Health and Safety
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.
It is anticipated that UD will achieve high vaccination rates, particularly among residence hall students. To ensure optimal safety, continued safeguards will be necessary. For vaccinated students, masks are not required within a student’s residence hall floor community unless in a shared community/lounge space and unable to maintain a distance of 3 feet.
Within one’s residence hall building, it is recommended that vaccinated students wear a mask whenever they leave their immediate residence hall floor community, including building-wide common spaces. Residential students who are unvaccinated should wear a mask anytime outside of their residence hall room.
Stay home when you’re feeling sick. Participate honestly in periodic health screenings. Keep at least 3 feet away from others when possible, both indoors and outdoors. Wear masks or cloth face coverings in classrooms, laboratories and all common areas. Wash/sanitize your hands frequently, cover your cough and practice good personal hygiene.
Related Link: Testing, Screening, Tracing
Are the ventilation systems in campus buildings sufficient to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus?
UD’s facilities and health teams have reviewed ventilation systems throughout the University and took appropriate steps and made updates as necessary. There have been no documented cases of COVID-19 spread through recirculating air in an HVAC system.
What steps will be taken when someone either is infected with COVID-19 or thinks they’ve been exposed to someone who has? What’s the difference between isolating, quarantining and self-monitoring?
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 University of Delaware Daily Health Check, you may order a meal from the dining halls and designate a roommate, friend or UD staff member to pick it up, or you may pick up a pre-packaged meal yourself using designated entrances, 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.
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 email@example.com to obtain one.
Cloth face coverings should be washed after every use. More information is available from the CDC.
Will clear plastic barriers be installed in classrooms to separate faculty and students? Can faculty wear plastic face shields when teaching?
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.
UD Student Centers, the Library and some classrooms are available either by reserving a space online or by dropping in. As a reminder, masks must be work and physical distancing guidelines followed when using campus facilities.
The Student Centers have spaces available either by reserving space via their website or using available common spaces. Common spaces in Perkins Student Center are the Scrounge, East Lounge, West Lounge, lower-level seating, concourse seating, 3rd-floor conference table. Common spaces in Trabant are Daughterty Hall, Trabant Lounge, 2nd-floor seating, the food court and lower-level seating.
The Morris Library, using the Reserve a Seat form.
The typical Monday/Wednesday/Friday and Tuesday/Thursday schedule will continue. Classes will be held at regular daily scheduled times.
For the fall 2021 semester, students may take more than 2 UD online courses per semester without submitting a waiver.
Standard grading and academic policies are in place for the Fall 2021 semester.
Yes. Faculty members will be available for office hours. Some faculty will hold in-person office hours for students to meet with them. Others will hold virtual office hours for their students. Some may have a mixture of in-person and virtual office hours. Whether office hours are in-person or virtual, the office hours are provided as a time when students can ask questions and get help from their instructors.
The UD Bookstore is offering pickup of textbooks in-store at 83 E. Main St. or online orders may be shipped as well.
Do online classes meet online at the originally scheduled class time or is it up to the professor's discretion?
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.
If I have a face to face class and I'm still not comfortable attending class in person, can I just take the class online?
This fall the majority of classes will be held in person. Although some courses have in-person and online sections, many courses are only available in person. Students who are not comfortable attending class in person should contact their advisor to determine if there are other courses they can take to make progress toward their degree. Students should be aware that some courses are only offered in person due to the learning outcomes of the course.
Starting this fall, more than 100 Blue Hens will travel to 10 countries through UD’s Study Abroad and World Scholars programs. During the winter and spring terms, another 45-plus international education programs will provide more than 500 students with the opportunity to study abroad with UD faculty and international partners.
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: http://www1.udel.edu/registrar/policies-procedures/withdr-la-timeoff.html. 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.
All undergraduate students who apply for admission for Fall 2022 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.
You can apply to defer your admission for one semester or up to one year. Contact the office of admissions (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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.
If I am an out-of-state student and am taking all of my classes online. Can’t I just pay in-state tuition?
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.
Will the University waive the differential fees charged for students in the Lerner College of Business and Economics, the College of Engineering and the School of Nursing?
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.
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.
Yes, residence halls will be at full capacity for Fall 2021.
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.
Limited bus service began on Sept. 1: http://www.choyxona.com/udaily/2020/august/bus-service-for-fall-semester-to-begin-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.
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 https://apply.udel.edu/portal/ugrd-campus-tours/.
Also, visitors can register for self-guided tours at https://apply.udel.edu/portal/self-guided. Virtual visits are available at http://www.choyxona.com/apply/undergraduate-admissions/plan-your-visit/virtual-visit/.
Residence hall community members are not permitted to host guests in their residence hall unless they are University of Delaware students. Visitors from outside of the residence hall area are required to wear a mask while outside of their host’s room. This policy is envisioned to be re-examined in the third week of September and modified based on COVID conditions. Students are limited to 4 guests per residence hall room at any given time.
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.
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.
Will there be quarantine or isolation spaces available for students if they come down with symptoms or contract COVID-19?
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.
Residential Dining Halls Pencader Dining Hall, CR (Caesar Rodney Fresh Food Company) and Russell Dining Hall are open featuring dine in or to go options. Our retail locations include Trabant Food Court, Perkins Student Center and coffee shops and P.O.D. markets are open across campus. Our retail locations use the Grubhub mobile ordering, so download the app and link your UD One Card before placing your first retail order on campus. Visit www.choyxona.com/dining to find locations, hours of operations, menus, meal plan information, health & wellness, sustainability, contact information, dining FAQs and more. To stay up to date on you can follow us on instagram @DiningUD.
To help you make a decision on dining options across campus, you can view the occupancy of the Caesar Rodney Fresh Food Company online and Pencader Dining Hall online, as well as near their main entrances. Dining Services has partnered with Density, a real-time people counting solution, to provide this information to the campus community.
All students living in a traditional on-campus residence hall will be required to purchase one of the available on-campus Weekly meal plans and were automatically assigned and billed for the 14 Weekly plan. Students can choose to keep the 14 Weekly or change their plan to another Weekly 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 www.choyxona.com/dining/mealplans.
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 email@example.com to learn more about the dining options that fit your needs.
Athletics & Events
Fall sports are on - please see bluehens.com for more info on schedules, tickets, protocols and more.
Working at UD
Effective August 15, 2021, all UD employees accessing University facilities are required to either provide proof that they have been fully immunized against COVID-19 or must continue to comply with regular testing protocols.
Employees who are vaccinated should provide documentation by August 1, 2021.
An online portal to submit this documentation is available.
For all individuals on campus who have not received a COVID-19 vaccination, effective immediately:
- Face masks will be required at all times when inside a University facility. Masks are required outdoors when 3 feet of physical distancing is not possible.
- You will be required to get a COVID-19 test once a week. This summer, the University is offering testing every Wednesday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in Clayton Hall. Register here. In addition, community testing is offered on Tuesdays in the Hollingsworth parking lot and on Fridays in Lot #6 on the Laird Campus. Stay tuned for more information pertaining to COVID-19 testing resources in the fall.
- Additional requirements may be necessary.
- Please note there are many opportunities to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself and others in the UD community. To find vaccine locations near you, visit the State of Delaware vaccination site, call 1-800-232-0233 or send a text message to 438829 with your ZIP code in the body of the text message. Additional clinics may be coordinated on campus in the future.
Various units and colleges across the University are finalizing their operation plans for the fall semester. Employees with questions on their work arrangements should consult with their supervisors.
Future of working at UD website: http://www.choyxona.com/faculty-staff/human-resources/future-of-working/
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.
UD travel for research, scholarship and creative activities may resume provided UD travelers are fully vaccinated and their travel has been approved (if required) via this online application process prior to departure. Other UD travel remains suspended until further notice.
- You are “fully vaccinated” when it has been at least two weeks since the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (e.g., Pfizer or Moderna vaccines), or at least two weeks after a single dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine).
- Travel approval is required when UD employees and students need to use shared/public transportation (e.g., Uber/Lyft, buses, trains, planes) and/or overnight accommodations. Day trips using one’s own vehicle are not subject to this approval process.
- UD employees who are approved to travel are encouraged to use Concur for all travel-related bookings and transactions and are responsible for keeping up to date with changing CDC and U.S. Department of State travel guidance.
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).
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.
- Working at UD
- UD Health Telehealth Options
- Employee Health and Wellbeing Offerings
- UD Mental Health Resources
- Employee Assistance Program/Health Advocate
Email Wellbeing@udel.edu or call 302-831-8388 to learn more about any of the programs and services offered above.
I had to cancel my vacation plans due to COVID-19. Will my excess vacation balance be forfeited at the end of the year?
No. Effective July 1, 2020, the vacation accrual limits outlined in the Vacation Accrual and Use Policy have been temporarily suspended through December 31, 2022. Eligible employees will be permitted to accrue vacation leave in excess of the limits outlined in the policy. Accrual limits will be restored effective January 1, 2023, and any excess vacation leave for current employees will be forfeited at that time. The accrual limits outlined in the Vacation Accrual and Use Policy will still apply for the purposes of vacation payout upon separation from the University (up to 40 days for employees with 21+ years of service).
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.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is restarting selected on-site classes in New Castle, Kent and Sussex Counties this fall, while maintaining a sizeable online presence. Participants can sign up for in-person classes, online classes, or a combination of both.
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 rec.bluehens.com/covid. Masks are required while in the facility.
Currently the athletic fields near the LilBob are closed for drop in use. UD is working to open those fields in the spring, weather permitting, and with staff to monitor the fields for proper face coverings and physical distancing.
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 https://apply.udel.edu/portal/ugrd-campus-tours/. Also, visitors can register for self-guided tours at https://apply.udel.edu/portal/self-guided. Virtual visits are available at http://www.choyxona.com/apply/undergraduate-admissions/plan-your-visit/virtual-visit/.
The UD Bookstore is currently open for in-store and online shopping. 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 www.choyxona.com/bookstore 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: http://www.choyxona.com/udaily/2020/august/university-writing-center-special-fall-services/.
University Printing is open and accepting orders.
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