Report COVID symptoms
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.
Updated in accordance with Centers for Disease Control guidance issued on January 4, 2022.
Who does NOT need to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19?
In lieu of quarantine, wear a mask around others for 10 days from the exposure date. Get tested at least five days after exposure, unless you have had confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days.
Who should quarantine if exposed to COVID-19?
If an unvaccinated or partially vaccinated person is exposed to COVID-19, a person must abide by the following requirements:
Contract Tracing: Students who were exposed to a COVID-positive individual will be notified directly by the university's contact tracer. Faculty or staff will be contacted by a Human Resources representative for contact tracing and follow up after submitting an Employee Reporting Form.
Regardless of vaccination status, if an employee (faculty or staff member) tests positive for COVID-19, the employee:
*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.
For students who test positive for COVID-19: The university has set aside several rooms for self-isolation on campus. These rooms are available to on-campus residents only. Students may also isolate at their permanent residence, should the students or their parents be able to provide transportation. Should the university’s isolation rooms become fully occupied and a student require isolation provided by the university, the university will utilize its relationship with a group of local hotels to provide the needed room.
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:
Masks: 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.
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 policy.
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: 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.
Coughing etiquette: Cough away from people and into a tissue or your elbow.
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.
Events: Events will take place in accordance with pre-COVID policy and practice.
Visitor Policy: The campus visitor policy in place is consistent with the pre-COVID visitor policy. All campus visitors (including Church of Incarnation attendees) are expected to follow the university's COVID health/hygeine protocols.
Here is additional information as it relates to the University of Dallas and its receipt of funds through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, "Moral Considerations Regarding the New COVID-19 Vaccines"
New England Journal of Medicine, "COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions"