Report COVID symptoms
Students, please call the Health Center at 972-721-5322 and complete this form.
Employees with symptoms should complete this form.
COVID-19 Protocols - Fall 2021
- While a COVID vaccine is not required of students or employees, the university recognizes
that vaccines have been effective in limiting the severity of COVID symptoms and preventing
hospitalizations. We trust individuals and families to assess their own circumstances
and level of COVID risk, and make decisions about mitigating that risk accordingly.
Masks are recommended but not required of students and faculty in the classroom. Masks
are also optional for campus guests and visitors. We advise all members of our community
to have a mask ready, as an act of charity, in the event they are in close contact
with others who request them to wear one.
- The university will maintain the following protocols, which have been in place since
the beginning of the pandemic, including: 1) encouraging good personal hygiene practices,
such as frequent hand-washing; 2) self-monitoring for COVID symptoms; and 3) requiring
employees to self-report COVID symptoms using this form. (Students experiencing COVID
symptoms will be asked to complete this form for the Student Health Center.)
- It is also worth noting that students and staff who are planning to participate in
the Rome Program this academic year should consider Rome Director Peter Hatlie’s most
recent guidance letter, as significant travel restrictions are being imposed by Italian
government and European Union authorities on those who are not vaccinated.
- The university will provide testing services for students who may have contracted
- The university will not engage in systematic or random screening COVID-19 testing.
- Supplies: The Health Center will maintain a stock of masks available to students.
- Services: The Health Center will continue to provide health services for all UD students. The
Health Center will hire additional medical technicians and work with the Dallas County
Health and Human Services to assist with essential services and contact tracing as
If a student is diagnosed with COVID-19, he/she will be isolated in a designated space
on campus, or in overflow space off-campus. The student’s parents/family will be contacted
immediately. Meals and health care services will be provided while the student is
isolated. Re-entry into campus life will occur after at least 3 days have passed since
recovery (resolution of fever without use of fever-reducing medications, improved
respiratory symptoms), and at least 10 days have passed since COVID-19 symptoms first
Accommodations for high-risk individuals
The university will promptly identify and isolate potentially infectious individuals
and implement a contact tracing protocol. People who have been exposed to someone
who tests positive for COVID-19 will be contacted immediately and will be asked to
- In general:
- The university will continue to update the campus COVID-19 website.
- Should any member of the university community have any questions or concerns related
to the university COVID-19 policies and procedures, please contact the office of the
Executive Vice President John Plotts at 972-721-5053. Executive Vice President John
Plotts is the primary COVID-19 campus administrator.
- The university will send out Frequently Asked Questions and Answers to communicate
common COVID-19-related questions on an as-needed basis.
- Daily health monitoring: All members of the University community are encouraged to monitor their health condition
every day by evaluating whether they have COVID-19 symptoms, such as those recognized
by the CDC:
- fever or chills,
- shortness of breath or difficulty breathing,
- muscle or body aches,
- new loss of taste or smell,
- sore throat,
- congestion or runny nose,
- nausea or vomiting,
- Water fountains: Drinking fountains are safe to use as long as you do not physically touch any fixture
on them with bare skin. Use a cloth or towel, but not your bare hand to activate the
fountain. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to bring their own water in reusable
bottles to minimize the use of water dispensers and minimize waste.
- Travel policy: University-sponsored travel is permitted, in accordance with pre-COVID practice and
- Handwashing: All members of the UD community are encouraged to wash their hands under running
water whenever possible for at least 20 seconds.
- Hand sanitizer: Free-standing sanitizing stations will be located throughout campus. Sanitizing wipes
will be available at the entrance to classrooms so that students and professors can
wipe down their chair/desks as desired to help sanitize. Cleaning products will be
provided for employee and faculty use in every office on campus.
- Social distancing: Classroom seating will remain 3 feet apart.
- Coughing etiquette: Cough away from people and into a tissue or your elbow.
The university will adhere to Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) and NCAA
Competition Guidelines. Each school is to confirm their teams’ readiness for competition.
Events on Campus/Visitors
Events: Events will take place in accordance with pre-COVID policy and practice.
If you are a student who has COVID-19 symptoms, has recently tested positive for COVID-19,
or has been around someone who has, you must fill out this form
on the Health Clinic website and remain off campus or in your residence hall room
until you are contacted by the clinic. If you are a staff or faculty member who is
experiencing symptoms or has come in contact with someone who has COVID, you should
fill out this form
, contact your physician, and see this page
for more information about what to do.