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Working at UD News and Information

June 21, 2022

UDid It Picnic returns!

Faculty and staff celebrated the conclusion of the academic year on The Green at the UDid It Picnic on June 6. Thank you for joining Working At UD and for your many contributions that make the University of Delaware a great place to work. Congratulations to our raffle winners: Susan Tomkins, Research Office; Joan Parker, Library, Chris Moyer, Police Department; Janet Hedrick, Police Department; Natalie Byrdsong, Center for Black Culture; and Tevin Williams, Student Financial Services. Watch our video and enjoy some photos.

News you need

Update on COVID-19 Protocols

UD’s Employee COVID-19 Leave Policy has been extended through Dec. 31, 2022. Eligible employees must upload supporting documentation via secure upload on the Human Resources website. This link will take you directly to the HR website for submission, rather than the UD Health Portal, which will no longer be used for this purpose. Alternatively, employees may send an email to provide COVID Leave documentation.

In light of the decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations and positive tests in New Castle County and in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the University is removing its requirement for wearing masks indoors in all campus facilities. Read more.

Delaware Tech (DTCC) Tuition Waiver Exchange

Human Resources is now accepting applications for the DTCC waiver exchange lottery. This program waives the fall and spring tuition for one dependent who is enrolled on a full-time basis in a degree-granting program at DTCC. The deadline is Aug. 5.

Changes to UD Retirement Criteria, Rule of 80

Effective July 1, 2022, the University of Delaware retirement eligibility criteria will change. The new criteria, known as the Rule of 80, require that age and service years combined must equal 80 for employees to be eligible for the University’s retirement benefits. Minimum age and service criteria apply and are detailed on the Retirement page of the HR website.


Professional Development Info Session July 26

Join us July 26 for a free virtual info session to learn more about fall professional development programs from UD’s Division of Professional and Continuing Studies (UD PCS), with topics in business/IT, healthcare and more. A variety of educational opportunities is available to UD employees through UD PCS, including many for which UD fee waivers or employee discounts are applicable, or take advantage of free academic advisement and career counseling by emailing

Featured Jobs

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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.


Make a Splash This Summer

Keep cool this summer at UD’s Outdoor Pool. Faculty and staff are welcome to use the pool, located behind the Ice Arenas on South College Avenue. You can pay a daily fee or join as a member at a special discounted rate. Learn more.

Use Wellness Dollars by June 30, or Lose Them!

Benefited employees may use their 75 wellness dollars until June 30, 2022, to offset the costs of wellness programming and fitness services, including the All-Access Membership and personal training packages. Learn more and sign up for a free initial fitness consultation before wellness dollars renew on July 1, 2022.

All-Access Membership Open Enrollment

The All-Access Membership (AAM) allows UD employees, retirees and their spouses to participate in Employee Health & Wellbeing specialty programs, such as group fitness classes, cooking classes, and Walktober, for an annual one-time payment of $75 dollars. Benefited employees may use wellness dollars to offset the full cost of membership! The new AAM program year begins every July 1 and is currently open for enrollment. Programs listed in the All-Access Membership cannot be purchased individually.

Faculty and Staff Discounts at Delaware Football!

Spend Saturdays this fall with the Blue Hens! At the Faculty and Staff Appreciation game on Sept. 10, UD takes on Delaware State at 6 p.m., and stick around after the game for fireworks. Discounted tickets are available. Want to come to all the home games? Season tickets are your best value, with 20% discount on select seats for faculty and staff. Families and friends can take advantage of a Family Pack of general admission end zone season tickets for $72 each when you purchase four or more tickets. Learn about everything happening this season at See you in the stands! Go Hens!

“Protecting Mental Health” LinkedIn Learning Pathway 

This 30-minute LinkedIn Learning pathway has been specially curated by the UD Employee Health and Wellbeing team to include important information on the signs and symptoms of common mental health concerns, ways to protect your mental health and how to respond to crisis. Start the pathway

Your Year-End Support for UD

UD is thankful for you and the impact you make for Blue Hen students and the campus community throughout the academic year as an employee!

As the fiscal year comes to a close, you can show support for the campus programs you care about most by making a one-time gift or setting up a recurring gift through payroll deduction. If you currently give through payroll deduction, your gift automatically renews annually on the date your initial gift went into effect. If you need to make adjustments or if you have questions, please email the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. As always, thank you for your continued support of our students, programs and campus.

NAMI DE Mental Health First Aid Training (Virtual)

Sign up today for Virtual Mental Health First Aid and learn how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. Gain the skills that will help you provide initial support to those who may be developing mental health or substance use problems, so you can connect them to the appropriate care. Open to all UD employees in partnership with NAMI DE at no cost.

UnDeniably Well Podcast | Happy Pride!

Listen to the UnDeniably Well podcast where Ryan Shuler is joined by guest, Em Rowe, academic adviser in the College of Arts and Sciences and chair of the UD Pride Caucus, to discuss inclusion, belonging and all things Pride Month. Happy Pride!

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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