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Working at UD News and Information

October 18, 2021

News you need

COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

On Sept. 9, 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 14042 ("EO") mandating that federal contractors provide adequate COVID-19 safeguards for their workers. Follow up guidance issued by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force on Sept. 24, 2021, clarified that all employees working on, or in connection with, covered federal contracts and subcontracts or in such workplaces must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 8, 2021, unless they qualify for a disability or religious exemption.

Our thanks to the UD employees -- about 90% -- who are vaccinated and have already voluntarily provided documentation of their vaccination records.

If you have been vaccinated but have not submitted your documentation yet, you must upload your immunization record using the Human Resources site for vaccine documentation by Dec. 8. If you have not received the vaccine, you must do so soon to ensure that you are fully vaccinated by the deadline. More details are available at the Working at UD site.

Coming Soon: Flexible Spending Account Enrollment

Open enrollment for 2022 Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) will run Nov. 1-15. Eligible employees will be able to set aside pre-tax dollars to cover out-of-pocket health care and dependent care expenses. Prior participants must re-enroll. Plan ahead by considering your eligible expenses.

Academic Impressions Membership

The University of Delaware has recently partnered with Academic Impressions, an organization specializing in professional development resources for higher education administrators. This partnership provides all faculty, staff and students at our University with membership access to a wide range of learning resources designed specifically for professionals working in our industry. Topic areas range from skills-based training for professionals in all areas of higher ed, to leadership training, to diversity, equity and inclusion, among others, all developed for higher education professionals by higher education professionals. To access member resources, just login at using your UD credentials.


TIAA Virtual Counseling Sessions

Access virtual TIAA counseling by phone or on any device and learn about your retirement savings, managing debt and your investment strategy. Meetings are highly secure and private. Schedule a virtual counseling session. Learn more and register.

Featured Jobs

The University is seeking applicants for the following positions. Please share these position descriptions to spread the word.

Tuition Exchange Program Applications Open

Faculty and staff applications for the Tuition Exchange Program’s (TEP) 2022-23 academic year scholarships are open. Those interested in applying should do so through the Educational Benefits webform by Oct. 27, 2021. Learn more.


Online Sexual Misconduct Training

All new and returning employees have been given access to the online Everfi Sexual Misconduct Training that is required by Delaware state law. Employees can log in to their Everfi portal using their UD credentials and view their assigned training under the “open” tab at the top of their page. Learn more.

Homecoming 2021 Is This Week!

Don your blue and gold for these spirited events with the entire campus community:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 20: Race in the Blue Hen Homecoming 5K, either virtually or on South Campus at 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 23: Bring the whole family to the Blue Hen Tailgate at Hospitality Village for food, live music and fun before the Delaware v. JMU Homecoming game at Delaware Stadium at 3 p.m. Visit the Homecoming website for more details and to register/find tickets!
  • All Week: Make a gift to support UD students and send a Homecoming HenGram—to be delivered on Homecoming, Oct. 23—to your favorite Blue Hens!

Undeniably Well Podcast

Check out the new Undeniably Well Podcast that aims to bring dynamic conversations, campus connection and wellbeing insights directly to you. Give a listen and let us know what you think!

Intuitive Eating Series

Join us each Tuesday, Nov. 2-Dec. 14, from 5-7 p.m. and learn how to reject the diet mentality. Join Jen Muzzi for this six-week class on “Intuitive Eating.” This introspective class will cover aspects of mindfulness, self-compassion, journaling, acknowledging hunger and bodily cues, and enable participants to make peace with food and confront negative self-talk.

Employee Assistance Program

Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is now being provided through ComPsych® GuidanceResources®. This is a free program available exclusively for State of Delaware Group Health Plan non-Medicare members and their dependents. Those not eligible to enroll in the Group Health Plan will have access until the COVID-19 pandemic has ended. EAP can help with a wide variety of work and life issues.

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This email is approved by Melissa L. Bard, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer