University of Delaware closing residence halls in response to coronavirus

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The University of Delaware is closing all UD owned and/or operated student housing through the end of the semester. 

As of  Friday,  four people connected to the university have tested positive for COVID-19. All cases are linked to an off-campus social event in February.

The decision also comes as the region sees a spike in coronavirus cases, especially in the state of New York. Montgomery County PA, outside Philadelphia, took numerous steps that included the closing of retailers other than grocery and drug stores.

“This was not an easy decision by any means. I know I speak for the entire administration and our trustees when I say that everyone wishes that the situation could be otherwise, but we believe this is the most responsible decision for everyone’s wellbeing,” president Dennis Assanis wrote in a letter to the UD community.

UD will move all courses online beginning March 23, continuing through the end of the semester.

The university issued the following information for those living in UD housing:

  • Those students who previously arranged to remain on campus during spring break should begin moving out as soon as they are able and must vacate by 10 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17. 
  • All other resident students must move out by 10 p.m. on Sunday, March 22.
  • If you cannot return home because of international travel restrictions or serious personal reasons, we will work with you to make special on-campus housing arrangements.
  • Students will be issued a pro-rata refund for housing and dining fees at the conclusion of the semester.  Further details will be communicated in the coming weeks.
  • All students living in on-campus housing must complete this form immediately.
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