Student Frequently Asked Questions

How will physical distancing be practiced in the classroom?

DWU has created new classroom occupancy rates based on the CDC guidelines for safe physical distancing.

What measures are being taken concerning athletics?

  • All in-season student athletes will be required to go through a screening process with the athletic training department prior to practice on each day.
  • Student athletes will be screened prior to any transportation to and from competition.
  • New sanitation procedures are being adopted to keep equipment as clean as possible.
  • Practice plans are being modified and adjusted to adhere to CDC regulations.
  • Guidelines by the NAIA and GPAC are being followed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
  • Periodic testing may be required.

Are all students required to be screened?

Yes. All students will conduct self-screening each day and report the information using the #CampusClear App.

Will contact tracing be required?

Yes. The university has purchased a contact tracing app, called #CampusClear. All students, faculty and staff are required to download the app immediately and use it every day when on campus.

Will students have a Thanksgiving Break?

Yes, DWU will conclude face-to-face instruction on Friday, Nov. 20, with classes moving online for the remainder of the fall semester.  Thanksgiving break will be held Monday, Nov. 23 – Friday, Nov. 27.  Students should refer to their syllabus for guidance on when classroom exams will be administered or due dates for final projects.  Residence halls will remain open for students who wish to stay on campus for Thanksgiving break and the duration of the semester.  Students are encouraged to talk to their residence life staff if they plan to stay on campus.  Our food service and cafeteria options will remain the same for students who stay on campus.

When do students need to move out for the fall semester?

Finals week will be held Tuesday, Dec. 15 – Thursday, Dec. 17.  Students who are not affiliated with a winter DWU athletic team or who do not have a pre-approved circumstance will be asked to move out of the residence halls by Friday, Dec. 18, for Christmas break.

While at home for the holidays, DWU is encouraging students to practice physical distancing and to wear a face covering whenever possible. This will help to ensure the health of our campus as we return for the spring semester. 

What is the plan for spring 2021?

The spring 2021 semester will resume with face-to-face classes on Monday, Jan. 18.

When does the spring semester start?

The spring 2021 semester will resume with face-to-face classes on Monday, Jan. 18.  Students will be able move back into the residence halls on Friday, Jan. 15.

Are all classes going to be delivered in a face-to-face format this spring?

The majority of DWU classes will be offered in a face-to-face format.  Many classes will also have the content available to students online should they become sick or unable to attend classes.  Classes will begin on Monday, Jan. 18, and will continue with face-to-face instruction until the end of the semester, Friday, May 7.  Face coverings will still be required on campus.

Who do I contact for COVID-19-related questions?

If you have any questions regarding COVID-19, please reach out to the DWU COVID Response Team by emailing DWUResponseTeam@dwu.edu or calling 1-605-995-2910.