Fall 2021 update for September 1

Stay informed of recent decisions and directives by visiting www.udel.edu/coronavirus. This comprehensive site highlights the latest information on UD’s response, along with frequently asked questions and a data dashboard on current campus statistics. Do you have a specific question? Check the Faq, which are updated regularly as questions arrive at [email protected]

For teachers: The fall 2021 teaching protocols are available on the Academic Continuity page of the President’s website. Please note: The “Give Instructions” section, items 4 and 10, were updated on Tuesday August 31st. Questions ? Please contact [email protected]

Don’t forget to register: Every day on campus, all members of the UD community must complete the daily medical screening at covidcheck.udel.edu.

Access to the building: Over the past year, the DU Police Department (UDPD) has assessed access to campus buildings in order to maximize the safety and security of the DU community. As part of a pilot campus operation, only certain ADA-approved doors and entrances are now unlocked for most buildings on the Newark and Lewes campuses. Most buildings have multiple entry points. The UDPD worked closely with building managers to identify suitable doors or door sets that are open during standard working hours during the week. Each exterior door should have signage clearly indicating which doors are open to that building. Individuals can still exit buildings through any door. To report a problem, send an email to [email protected] and [email protected]

Mask requirement: As per guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, masks are now mandatory in all indoor University facilities, with a few exceptions, whether or not individuals are vaccinated.

Account blocks for non-compliant students begin September 14: All students are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or apply for an exemption if there are medical or religious reasons that prevent vaccination. Student vaccination cards or exemption documents were due to be delivered to student health services by August 15. All students who still do not comply with this requirement by September 14 will receive a hold on their university account and a grade will be added to their student record. This will prevent them from adjusting their schedules, registering for classes, and engaging in other academic opportunities. Non-compliant students are also referred to the Office of Student Conduct and will be subject to disciplinary action. Detailed instructions for submitting vaccination documentation can be found at the top of udel.edu/studenthealth.

Immunization guidelines for teachers and staff:All DU employees accessing University facilities are required to provide proof that they have been fully immune to COVID-19 or continue to adhere to weekly testing protocols. Vaccinated people must submit documents through the DU’s online human resources portal.

Tests on campus: For the fall semester, supervisory tests are offered on two campuses, Monday through Thursday. Tests are available 9:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Harker ISE Lab (register at https://udel.edu/book/harker-ise-lab) and 10:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at 115 Pencader Dining Hall (register at https://udel.edu/book/universityofdelaware600). Individuals must have an appointment; no climb is allowed. All unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff who regularly access campus facilities should be tested weekly.

Community testing options: University faculty, staff, and students can take advantage of Delaware’s curative testing options that are available both on campus and near campus. Free community testing is available in the state at two sites on the Newark campus: at Conover Apartments, Parking Lot # 16, 97 Amstel Ave., 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., every Tuesday, and Lot # 6 on the Laird Campus, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., every Friday. Individuals can register for the tests at https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/testing/.

In addition, the state now offers free rapid test kits to take out to most public libraries in Delaware. Go to your nearest public library to get a free kit; a library card is not required to receive a kit. In addition, the state offers free take-home tests by mail. Individuals can request a free kit and get more information on the state’s COVID-19 response website.

To get vaccinated: The best way to help end the pandemic is to get vaccinated, and there are plenty of opportunities locally. The State of Delaware will be hosting a combined COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinic from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 4, at the Conover Apartments, parking lot # 16, 97 Amstel Ave. People on foot are welcome. Parking is available in metered parking spaces on Amstel Avenue or in the Arts Center parking garage. To find other vaccination locations, visit the Delaware State Immunization Site.

Shuttles operating at full capacity: The bus lines for the fall semester are now fully operational. Please note that face coverings are required at all times, and anyone who has been ill or has recently been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 should not use the buses. Passengers on all two-door buses must enter through the front door and exit through the back door.

Research operations: Only international research travel requests now require approval from the research office using this request form. National research trips continue to be permitted – approval from the research office is no longer required. However, given the increased incidence of COVID-19, UD employees and students are strongly encouraged to participate virtually in research activities / conferences, whether national or international, and to postpone research trips. to the extent possible.

Virtual town halls on research will be held monthly until the fall semester, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays, on the following dates: September 20, October 18, November 15 and December 13. Please register to attend. The town halls are recorded and archived on this web page. Contact [email protected] with your research related questions.

For those who need help: Wellness services and support are available to all students, operating out of the new ‘Wellness District’ on South Green between Laurel Hall, which continues to house Student Health Services, and the new Warner Hall Wellness Center, which reopened as a new home for the Center for Student Counseling and Development and for Promotion of Student Wellness and Health. All services are available by appointment and many telehealth options remain available. Resources specific to substance use and recovery assistance are also available, and people with problems are encouraged to contact the DU College Recovery Community (CRC). Students also have access to 24/7 mental health and victim support services on the UD helpline at 302-831-1001, and 24/7 medical advice. on CareNet at 800-681-3957.

The Employee Assistance Program is now offered through ComPsych GuidanceResources. This is a free program available to members of the Delaware State Group Health Plan and their dependents. As part of ComPsych’s commitment, EAP services are available until the end of the COVID-19 national public health emergency to all employees in the State of Delaware, including temporary, seasonal and casual employees. and eligible for employee benefits that are not currently enrolled in a Delaware State Highmark Delaware or Aetna health plan. In addition, Employee Health and Wellness offers a variety of resources to help employees.

Ready for return: Over the past several months, staff at UD facilities have worked diligently to ensure that all campus buildings are safe and prepared. The water systems in the buildings have been flushed and tested and are now ready to be occupied. HVAC systems have been inspected to ensure they meet or exceed recommended CDC guidelines. The air flow in HVAC systems is optimized according to the age of the systems in the respective buildings. The preventive maintenance program has also been optimized to perform routine filter changes. For more details, see the Coronavirus Health and Safety and Work FAQs at UD.

Questions? Send an email to [email protected]

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