Coronavirus: UD requires that students be tested before return to campus

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

UD to require students to prove they are COVID-19 negative

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

The University of Dayton announced Wednesday that students must be tested for COVID-19 before they return to campus for the start of the fall semester.

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

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

The requirement is designed to help prevent coronavirus cases on campus, Dr. Mary Buchwalder, director of the University Health Center wrote in a letter addressed to students posted on the university's website.

The testing program centers on early identification and isolation of those who test positive but who have no symptoms and may be unaware they have the illness to reduce the chance they will expose others on campus.

The required test is a nasopharyngeal PCR test for SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus that causes COVID-19, the letter stated.

Anyone who tests positive may not come to campus and will start the semester online during the infectious period, even for those without symptoms.