Update: UD moving online during early days of Winter Session; Wilm. University, Del Tech, faculty to work remotely


The University of Delaware moved to remote classes for at least a week when students return in January, according to a letter to the UD community.

Earlier, Delaware State University announced classes will be virtual for a time when students return.

As of  Monday, Jan. 3, all Wilmington University locations will be closed, and staff will work remotely. Faculty, staff, and service departments will be available through remote access. Information regarding Spring 2022 in-person and hybrid classes will be available shortly, a bulletin stated.

Delaware Technical Community College employees will return to work after the 2021-2022 holiday break in a remote format, during the week of Jan. 3-Jan. 7. During this time, a decision will be made regarding the format of classes for the Spring 2022 semester, and a more detailed work schedule for employees will be available, a bulletin stated.

All UD Winter Session classes will get underway on Jan. 3, as scheduled. However, to ensure that all students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus during Winter Session have been tested at a UD testing site the first week of January, the majority of Winter Session classes will shift to an online format for the first week, the letter stated.


 Although classes will be virtual during this period, residence halls will reopen on schedule from noon-6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 2.

At the end of the first week of classes, the situation will be evaluated with the goal of moving to in-person learning as soon as it is safe to do so.

In addition, while the previously announced deadline for students to receive a booster shot is Jan. 24, 2022, everyone, including all faculty and staff, was asked to get the booster as soon as possible.

All students, faculty, and staff who will be on the campus during the Winter Session, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to complete surveillance testing at UD testing sites during the week of Jan. 3. This applies to all members of the UD community who are accessing any UD facility at any time during the Winter Session.

Dining Services will move to a grab-and-go only model in the Pencader and Russell dining halls, as well as in the dining areas in the Perkins Student Center and the Trabant University Center.

Remote work will continue for those offices where in-person interaction is not required. Units that were considering moving to a more hybrid model early in 2022 have been asked to pause those plans for now. Staff with questions should contact their supervisors.

Other UD information

  • All  eligible students without an existing vaccine exemption are still required to get a booster shot by Jan. 24.
  • Masks will be required in shared spaces other than student dorm rooms.

More information including answers to frequently asked questions is available at udel.edu/coronavirus.