UD adjusts operations in response to the coronavirus outbreak

The University of Dayton is adjusting its operations in response to the coronavirus outbreak, moving to an online learning model, but officials are hopeful they can resume on campus learning in the fall.

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University officials told the Dayton Daily News Monday afternoon, that the pandemic has required learning to move to an online model, but the operations at the school have not been suspended.

“The University of Dayton has not suspended operations,” officials explained. “The University moved to online learning March 23 after spring break. All UD summer classes will be online as well.”

The COVID-19 crisis has has a significant impact on higher education and UD officials say they are trying to be proactive in order to protect the long-term academic and fiscal health of the university, although the school did not confirm employees furloughs on Monday.

“Across the higher education landscape, the pandemic has created uncertainty and we are being proactive to ensure the strength and long-term health of the University of Dayton and its special educational mission,” UD said in a statement.

UD has been in close contact with Public Health Dayton Montgomery County throughout the coronavirus emergency and continues to seek its guidance about how to keep its faculty, staff and students safe and healthy, officials noted in discussing the impact of the coronavirus on the university.

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“As all colleges and universities are doing, UD is planning for options for the fall semester, ranging from full, residential in-person learning to a hybrid approach to continuing remote learning, and has discussed several options with Public Health,” UD officials told this news organization. “While our preference is to resume residential education in the fall, we will abide by guidelines and protocols set by the state and local governments and public health officials.”

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The university has created a "COVID-19 Resources" webpage to help keep staff, faculty and students informed about operations and updates involving UD.

UD will hold three virtual celebrations May 9-10 to recognize the accomplishments and honor the graduation dates of the Class of 2020.

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Law school students will be recognized at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 9, and graduate/doctoral students will be honored at 2 p.m. that day.

The undergraduate celebration will take place at noon Sunday, May 10. Students should check their email for links to their respective celebrations and instructions on how to send a photo for possible inclusion in the ceremony.

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