On November 22, 2022, UDC updated its COVID-19 protocol to align with the most recent guidance from the CDC and DC Health for the spring semester. The below updates apply to all members of the UDC community and visitors to UDC sites:
- UDC has discontinued the mask mandate and maintains a mask-optional policy at all UDC sites.
- UDC will no longer require proof of vaccination for enrollment or employment this semester. The University encourages all students and employees to stay current with their COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters.
- University guests and visitors are not required to wear masks or show proof of COVID-19 vaccination status while at UDC sites.
UDC’s David A. Clarke School of Law has adopted the new protocols for the spring and will also maintain a weekly testing requirement.
If you have questions or concerns regarding the University’s updated COVID-19 protocols for the spring semester, please email COVIDCONFIDENTIAL@udc.edu.
Weekly Testing Requirement
Weekly COVID-19 testing is required for everyone at the Law School. Students, Faculty, and Staff will need to take a self-test at home, or test at a site off-campus and submit their negative test results to the UDC Law Negative COVID form no later than 11:59 every Thursday.
A list of everyone who has complied with the testing mandate will be provided to the Dean of Students every Friday. Anyone who has not complied will be notified of their non-compliance and instructed to remain off campus.
Professors will be provided with a list of students who are not in compliance with the weekly testing mandate. Students will need to show their professor(s) proof that they have come into compliance by presenting evidence of a negative COVID-19 test.
A student’s initial failure to comply with the mandatory weekly testing mandate will be referred to the Dean of Students for counseling. A student’s repeat failure to comply may be referred to the Academic Standards Committee.
Self-Test At Home Kits
Students can pick up a free self-test kit (containing 2 tests) every other week from anyone on the Administrative Wing of the 4th floor. Kits are also available in the Public Safety Operations Center (Building 39/C04). You will need to show your ID and provide your N number.
Please be advised that while the rapid kits we are distributing are stamped with an expiration date of July 2022, the expiration date on these test kits has been updated to April 2023 per the FDA. Please visit FDA shelf-life extensions for more information.
Test Positive for COVID-19?
If you test POSITIVE for COVID-19, you must report your positive status to the University via email at COVIDCONFIDENTIAL@udc.edu. Once you contact COVIDCONFIDENTIAL@udc.edu, you will automatically receive an email with a survey link to upload your positive test result and provide information about your case.
The University no longer requires a negative test result to return to UDC campuses, provided that an individual is asymptomatic and has been isolated for at least five days following the onset of symptoms. Anyone requesting to isolate for longer than five days but fewer than ten days will need to email the Dean of Students and attest that: (1) they still have a fever and/or (2) their other symptoms have not improved. Anyone requesting to be away for more than ten days will need a physician’s justification for the requested accommodation.
Students who are registered for classes, should notify the Dean of Students of their positive results by submitting a Request to Temporarily Learn Remote Because of Positive COVID-19 Status Form along with their test results.
What to Do If You Were Exposed to COVID-19
If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please adhere to the CDC’s guidelines for close contact exposure, which includes monitoring yourself for symptoms, wearing a mask and taking a COVID-19 test following the exposure. If you test positive for COVID-19, please follow the instructions above.