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Dillard Community,


As we enjoy our holiday break and close out the year, we would be remiss if we did not share with you how proud we are of the work you have done as a community to maintain the lowest COVID-19 infection rate in the state for any college or university. This would not have been possible without your hard work to keep your campus safe. Looking forward, here are a few updates related to COVID-19.


TESTING:  Testing will be required to return to campus in January. Residential students will not be permitted to move into their rooms or attend classes without proof of testing. Commuters (including SUNO) will not be permitted to attend class on campus without completed (negative) testing results. Please contact your local pharmacist or primary care physician now and schedule an appointment within 7 days of your return to campus. Local students and commuters will be permitted to utilize the student health services for testing before classes (more about this later). We will also be testing on campus shortly after your arrival. Employees will also be required to complete (and provide proof of) testing before returning to work on campus in the spring. Additional information will be provided this week.


VACCINE:  At this point, we believe the choice to get the vaccine is a personal one. If your personal health, employment or profile is aligned with a population that is permitted to receive the vaccine sooner than later, you certainly should consider it. That said, our guidance, at this point, is to do what is best for you and your family in consultation with your PCP. As the vaccine becomes more widely available, we can have broader conversations regarding the implications for our campus community.


PLAN UPDATE:   Unless something changes drastically in the next two weeks, the next major update on Spring return to campus planning will be Wednesday, January 6, 2021. A webinar is planned for the campus and you will receive the link soon. At that point you will also receive a comprehensive updated document that includes additional algorithms, updated quarantine protocols, campus milestone calendar, and other guidance from the CDC.


SUGGESTIONS:  While we had a low infection rate this fall, we certainly weren't perfect. If you have suggestions as to how we can create an even more secure campus community, please email:


Finally, as you take in the holiday with your families we want to remind you of the importance of practicing safety:  wash your hands, mask, and distance.


COVID-19 Response Task Force




A pledge is a solemn promise. In order to have the most productive academic year that we can, we must promise each other that we will do everything possible to maintain a healthy environment at Dillard. Therefore, we are asking all in the Dillard community--leaders, faculty, staff and students--to take the Reconnect DU Healthy Campus Pledge.


To ensure the health of the Dillard University community, I pledge to:


Practice self-care:

I will wear a mask at all times.


I will monitor myself for COVID-19 symptoms:  fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting or diarrhea. Should I feel any of these symptoms or a combination of them, I will contact a medical professional.


I will cleanse by washing my hands with soap and water frequently. I will use hand sanitizer and sanitize my work spaces frequently.


I will practice distancing by adhering to capacity limits on campus, and I will avoid gatherings on and off campus where distancing is not possible to ensure my own protection.


Care for others:

I will wear a mask in the company of others on campus. If I need to be reminded to “mask up,” I will do so willingly and understandingly.


I will stay home if I feel ill or if I have been exposed to someone who is ill or has tested positive for COVID-19.


I will cleanse with the Dillard community in mind.


I will practice distancing wherever I go to protect others in the Dillard community.







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