UD announces COVID-19 testing plan for students

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Wednesday, the University of Dayton announced a COVID-19 student testing plan aimed at curbing the introduction of the virus to campus and slowing its spread.

The University will require proof of a negative test performed within five days prior to arrival on campus before the start of classes on August 24 for the following groups:

  • All undergraduate students, including commuter students and those living in landlord or other non-UD housing
  • Graduate and law students who live in UD housing
  • Any graduate or law student (international or domestic) who has recently traveled abroad

The required test is a nasopharyngeal PCR test for SARS-CoV-2. If results come back positive, that individual will not be permitted to come to campus and will start the semester online, regardless of whether you have symptoms.

To accommodate situations in which testing prior to arrival on campus is not possible, the University will offer testing by appointment only in conjunction with move-in or check-in.

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Some community members say this is a good thing in order to stop the spread on campus and in Dayton.

“Because we don’t want no one to get sick,” Gulanz Makhmudova “We have a lot of kids, we don’t know where they go, where they come from, you know, everyone has to get tested.”

“I think it’s a good idea that they stop and test everybody to stop the spread and people continue to get sick I think,” Shawn Heeter said.

While others think this initiative is not enough.

“I know everyone wants to get back to normal, but I’m worried some of the plans, like testing before going back to UD might not be effective enough depending on how often students go off campu,” Sarah Martin said.

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