COVID-19 and Conduct

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It is important that ALL members of the UD community protect the flock by acting in ways to enhance safety and decrease the possibility of spread of COVID-19.

To this end, the University has created guidelines to ensure that Fall semester goes as smoothly as possible. Please see a list of COVID-19 guidelines below.

The Office of Student Conduct supports the University’s COVID-19 Guidelines for Students. Students who do not comply with University expectations, are alleged to be in violation of the Guidelines or cause disruption by their actions and behavior will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.

Staff in OSC will evaluate every student referral received and may respond in a variety of ways to most appropriately address the COVID-19-related behavior. Violation of Code of Conduct policies, such as Complicity, Disruptive Conduct, Endangering Campus or Community Safety, Failure to Comply, Guests, and Violation of Law, may be used to address behaviors that violate COVID-19 Guidelines.

Students who are found responsible for violating University policies will receive sanctions, including educational interventions to reinforce University expectations and disciplinary sanctions to hold them accountable (and allow for stronger action if behavior continues.)

The Basics

There is a lot of information about what to (or not do), how to act, etc. To help protect the flock, remember these basics:

  • Remember the THREE Ws
    • Wear a mask or face covering
    • Wash your hands often
    • Watch your distance
  • Follow the requirements for 6 feet of physical distance and face coverings when engaging with others outside your household. Know the limits for gatherings.
  • Observe testing expectations for COVID-19, complete a daily health screening questionnaire and follow signage if visiting campus.
  • If you choose to approach someone not following COVID-19 guidelines, be certain you do so respectfully and safely. See suggestions for approaching a COVID violation. Alternately, you can report a COVID incident.
  • If you are thinking of going out or participating in a gathering of any sort, use the flowchart below to help you make an informed decision. (Also available for download and print.)

Make safe choices!

Decision-making tree for COVID gathering


Students are encouraged to review ALL the expectations below, to ensure they are aware of how to abide by the guidelines, and also to know how others should be acting as well. If you as a student observe others not following guidelines, you are encouraged to address the concern (respectfully and safely) or submit a COVID-19 report.

COVID Amnesty

Student health and safety are a priority at the University of Delaware. When there are concerns about participation in activities that might spread the COVID-19 virus, an important response is contact tracing and other initiatives that promote the health and safety of our community.  

It is essential that accurate and complete information be collected by contact tracers in order to identify who may have come in contact with or been infected by COVD-19. The University recognizes that students may be reluctant to divulge to a contact tracer that they were engaged in behavior that does not comply with University, city or state COVID-19 guidelines.

In recognition of this, the University will not pursue conduct action against any student who discloses to a contact tracer that they engaged in behavior that does not comply with current guidelines. Similarly, no conduct action will be pursued if a student self-reports a positive test for COVID-19 and behavior that violates COVID-19 guidelines. However, health and protection measures – such as self-isolation, quarantine, additional testing – may be instituted by health officials and students will be expected to follow these measures.

The COVID Amnesty Protocol does not preclude disciplinary action due to any other violations of the Code of Conduct not related to the COVID-19 guidelines.  All incidents are examined on an individual basis to determine if COVID Amnesty is applicable.

More Details

In addition to the guidelines above, the various communities to which students belong have extensive information regarding rules, laws, expectations and resources. Students are encouraged to review the following sites.

With how many people can I gather?

The answer to this question depends on where you are gathering. See the chart below for details and always use the most restrictive guidelines, which pertain to gatherings at a private location (i.e. not a restaurant, bar or University-authorized function.)

LocationGuests AllowedAdditional Information
UD residence hall rooms
Only other residents of your building; no off-campus residents or residents of other buildings.
City of Newark (indoors)
Maximum total is 10, including self. (NOTE UPDATED LIMIT, EFFECTIVE NOV. 24, 2020.)
City of Newark (outdoors)
Maximum total is 20, including self.
State of Delaware (indoors)
Private residences: No more than 10 people total.
Dining establishments: 30% of stated fire capacity.
All other indoor venues: 30% of stated fire capacity, cap of 50 people
State of Delaware (outdoors)
Must ensure “30 square feet per person.” For example, if the backyard of your house (not in Newark) is 20 ft by 20 ft, you may have 12 guests:

20 x 20=400, 400/30=13,13-1 (host)=12 guests.

All guests must wear face covering and maintain 6-foot physical distancing.