COVID Testing, Tracing and Tracking for Spring 2021
We are resuming campus activities in a phased approach, with the spring 2021 semester beginning in Phase 3 on January 15, 2021. As we return to campus, we must be ready to provide as safe an environment as is possible for our community members as we move through the phases of re-engagement.
Please continue to check this page for updated information about COVID testing, tracing and tracking during the University's Phased Plan for return to campus. This page will show the testing requirements and timeframes for students, faculty, and staff.
Please note that decisions we have made are based on the comprehensive work of our COVID Task Forces and consistent with guidance provided to universities by the state of Connecticut Department of Public Health and in accordance with local, state, and federal health and safety guidance. As such, all information on this page is subject to change.
All residential students, off-campus and commuter students, and University employees who will be returning to campus during the Spring 2021 semester will be required to obtain a negative result on a molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test within 5 business days of their return to campus. Upon guidance from the state of Connecticut, our testing window is as close to the time of arrival on campus as possible while remaining feasible for students to obtain testing.
All residential students will study in place on campus from their return date (Jan. 16 or 17) until after January 24 AND after University approval of their negative PCR COVID-19 test taken during the study-in-place period.
Additionally, Commuter/Off-Campus Students and Employees coming to campus from a high COVID positive state currently subject to travel restrictions by the State of Connecticut must ALSO quarantine for 14 days prior to their return to campus date. This 14-day quarantine is state-mandated and is the responsibility of the individual, to be carried out at their Connecticut-based residence.
- Antibody tests do NOT meet this requirement - it must be a molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test.
- Negative test results must be submitted to CoVerified prior to on-campus arrival, unless you obtain test results through on-campus Yale New Haven Health testing or Let's Get Checked at-home testing. Additional instructions can be found on our testing page in myCharger.
- Students, faculty, and staff should make every effort to obtain a molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test from their physician or other local testing facility within five (5) business days of their planned arrival to campus. Students who arrive to campus without a negative test result will have to get tested upon arrival to campus and self-quarantine off-campus at their own expense until results are received.
- Please note: Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the 90-day period immediately preceding their planned return to campus dates do not need to obtain a return-to-campus test. Those individuals should instead submit their most recent positve test result to the University via CoVerified.
- Coordination of and payment for initial testing is the responsibility of the student.
- A percentage of the entire campus population will be tested, at random, on an on-going basis throughout the Spring 2021 semester. This ongoing surveillance testing during the semester will be made available at the University, at the University's expense.
- Anyone coming to campus who resides in high COVID positive states currently subject to travel restrictions by the State of Connecticut must be tested 5 days in advance of their travel to Connecticut AND must quarantine for 14 days prior to their return to campus date. A negative test result must be received by the University before you can come onto campus. Please note that the list is subject to change at any time, and is managed by the State of Connecticut. This testing is required for all travelers from a quarantine state including anyone assisting students with moving into the residence halls.
The timeframe in which you should have a molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test conducted varies based on the date of your return to campus. Please use the information below to help you determine when to have your COVID-19 viral PCR test conducted.
Please note: the expectation is that you will self-quarantine and/or limit your potential exposure to others, to the best of your ability, for the 5 day period after you take your test, before arriving at the University.
No one may return to campus without proof of a negative molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test taken within 5 days of their initial return to campus. (Exception: those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the 90 days immediately preceding their planned return to campus date.)
Commuter students and students living off-campus (not in University housing) should have their SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test taken on or after January 25. The first day commuter and off-campus students can return to the UNH campus is Monday, February 1. Your negative test result must be submitted to CoVerified before you will be cleared to return to campus.
Commuter Student Type Potential First Day on Campus Acceptable Testing Dates All Commuter and Off-Campus Students Monday, Feb. 1 (Note: In-person classes begin Feb. 3) On or after Jan. 25
Note: For the purpose of these testing requirements, commuter students are defined as any student that is NOT living in University-sponsored housing. The first possible date for on-campus classes for commuter students is February 3, 2021. NO commuter student should return to campus prior to February 1 without prior authorization. (Student employees, see the applicable section of this page.)
No residential student may obtain their residence hall key or card access without showing proof of a negative molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test taken within 5 business days of their scheduled move-in date.
All residential students should plan to arrive at their University residence hall assignment on Jan. 16 or 17. All resident students will be in a study-in-place period, which will not end until after January 24 AND after University approval of your negative PCR COVID-19 test taken during the study-in-place period. During the Study in Place period, students will be able to leave their rooms to pick up carryout meals and for occasional, short wellness breaks, but are not allowed to leave campus without prior authorization. Facilities such as the Beckerman Recreation Center, Peterson Library, and the Bergami Center for Science, Technology, and Innovation will not be available until the conclusion of the study-in-place period. Any student who cannot arrive Jan. 16 or 17 must complete a 14-day quarantine in Connecticut, at their own expense, before moving into a residnece hall for spring 2021.
To simplify the testing process for Spring 2021, we are asking resident students to obtain their COVID-19 test on Friday, Jan. 8 or later. Those using at-home, mail-in test kits should take the test on Friday, Jan. 8 and mail the kit back that day.
Note that all move-in dates and times will be scheduled through myHousing at the discretion of the Office of Residential Life. To ensure proper distancing during the move-in process, you MUST register for a time slot for your move-in through ORL.
While we believe the information below is accurate, please note this schedule is subject to change based on a number of factors. We strongly advise that you continue to check this page on a regular basis as your move-in date approaches.
Group / Residence Hall Move-In Date Acceptable Testing Dates All University Housing Jan. 16 or 17 (Exact arrival dates TBD) Friday, Jan. 8 or later
Note: For the purpose of these testing requirements, residential students are defined as any student that is living in University-sponsored housing, including off-campus locations owned or operated by the University (including The Atwood, Forest Hills, Main Street, Park View, and Savin Court).
No University employee may return to work on campus, on a regular and ongoing basis, without prior authorization and without proof of a negative molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test taken within 5 business days of their initial return to campus.
- University employees should first work with their direct supervisor to determine their University-approved return to campus date. Then they should obtain a molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test within the 5 business day period immediately prior to their return date. Do NOT count the return to campus date in the calculation.
- Faculty and staff will have to remain off campus if results are not received by their planned return date, until the negative test result has been submitted.
- This applies to all adjunct faculty as well as full-time faculty and all staff returning to campus.
Any faculty or staff who are NOT returning to campus for Spring 2021 and will be working entirely remotely will not need to be tested. ONLY employees who will be working on campus are required to obtain a test. Please note that NOT ALL employees will return to work on campus this academic year. The decision about your on-campus work status and work location will be made in concert with your department supervisor and your division Vice President and/or the Office of Human Resources, as appropriate. NO employee should return to work on campus without prior authorization, which is obtained by their supervisor completing the Return to Campus request process and receiving approval for their department's return to campus plan.
Note: For the purpose of these testing requirements, University Employees are defined as individuals who are employed full- or part-time by the University on an ongoing basis, i.e. full- and part-time faculty and full- and part-time administrative or clerical staff. This section does NOT include student employees - please see the Student Employees section. University employees who are NOT working on campus regularly throughout the upcoming academic year, e.g. their primary work location is from home or another remote, non-University owned location, will be treated as Visitors for testing purposes, and are subject to the rules and regulations listed in the Visitors section of this page.
Students employed by any University office or department who will have an on-campus work location, are subject to testing regulations based on their student type, listed above, UNLESS they have been approved to return to work on campus earlier than January 4 or their residential move-in date, whichever comes first. Students who are approved to return to work on campus early, i.e. prior to their residential move-in date or prior to January 4, must show proof of a negative molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test taken 5 business days or less prior to starting work on campus.
Supervisors of student employees must use the Campus Access Request process to obtain prior approval for students to begin working on campus at any time, to ensure the office plan includes appropriate distancing and safety measures for the student employees and to comply with University phased reopening reporting requirements.
Outside contractors are subject to molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR testing based on the amount of time they will be working on campus. Contractors working on campus on a temporary and infrequent basis will be treated like visitors and are subject to the rules outlined in the visitors section below. While NOT University employees, outside contractors working on campus on a permanent and/or ongoing basis will be subject to the same molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR testing rules that University employees are subject to, as listed on this page. Outside contractors with questions about their status should speak with their supervisor.
Note: For the purpose of these testing requirements, outside contractors are defined as individuals who are performing University-contracted work duties on a University of New Haven campus on a permanent or ongoing basis, but are NOT University employees.
Visitors to the University of New Haven campuses will be restricted throughout the spring 2021 semester, or until otherwise announced. Please see this page for the Visitors policies. No outside visitors are allowed inside University buildings without prior authorization, and no outside visitors are allowed inside a University-owned residence hall at any time. All approved visitors are subject to all rules and regulations displayed throughout campus and shown on this Reopening website.
Approved temporary visitors to the University campuses do NOT need to be COVID tested, including parents and other family members assisting with the residential move-in or move-out processes, unless they are coming to campus from a high COVID positive state subject to travel restrictions by the State of Connecticut. Please note that the list is subject to change at any time, and is managed by the State of Connecticut.
Note: For the purpose of these testing requirements, visitors are defined as individuals who do not have reason to come to campus on a regular and/or ongoing basis, including (but not limited to) parents, family members, other guests, Board of Governors members, event attendees, etc. Included in this definition - for testing purposes only - are University employees who are NOT working on campus regularly throughout the upcoming academic year, e.g. their primary work location is defined as from home or another remote, non-University owned location.
Initial return to campus testing is the reponsibility of the student or employee. Students and employees can provide a negative result from a test provided by any testing provider, as long as it is a a molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test. Please pay attention to the allowed testing timeframes based on your initial return to campus date.
The University will offer limited return-to-campus testing on our campus beginning on January 11 via Yale New Haven Health (YNHH). The cost for this return-to-campus test will be the responsibility of the student. Students will receive a link to register in January. Please note, though, that on-campus testing will be limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
In almost all cases, obtaining a test on your own (through a testing center, your physician, community-based testing, etc.) should be the fastest option to avoid delays in your return to campus. If you can schedule a test on your own and obtain results in a timely manner, you should do so.
Please note that the University is not endorsing any option over another. Because initial testing is the responsibility of the student or employee, you should choose the solution that works for you, your schedule, and your insurance plan.
There are several local testing options available:
- Yale New Haven Health
- Hartford Healthcare
- Griffin Hospital
- Community Health Center COVID-19 Testing
- CVS Minute Clinic
For those who are having difficulty finding a testing provider, or, who prefer to conduct the test on their own, there are now many PCR-based home testing options:
- Let's Get Checked
- Note: The University accepted orders for Let's Get Checked through Dec. 18, and all orders were placed in bulk on December 19. If you placed an order through the University, the kits will be shipped directly to your address from Let's Get Checked. Kits will arrive to your address with plenty of time to use them on Jan. 8 (residents) or Jan. 25 (commuters/off-campus). Your results will be sent directly to the University, as well as delivered to you via LGC's online portal.
- If you did not order through UNH, you can still order directly from Let's Get Checked via the link above. Those who order directly from LCG should note that your results will NOT come directly to the University and you will need to submit them through CoVerified.
- Quest Direct
- Vault Health
Test results will be submitted to our COVID-19 compliance platform, CoVerified. Students, faculty, and staff will be using this platform to track daily symptoms, upload and store test results, and help maintain a safe, healthy campus for everyone. Only return to campus tests performed by Yale New Haven Health or Let's Get Checked do NOT have to be uploaded into CoVerified. All other tests must be submitted by the student or employee.
Individuals who have previously contracted COVID-19 may continue to test positive for months without being infectious. Individuals who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 should follow the following steps to be cleared to return to campus:
- Individuals who have tested positive in the 90 days preceeding their return to campus date should submit their original positive test result(s) to CoVerified for documentation. Documentation must include name, date of birth, testing date, name of test performed, and the result. Individuals who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 are required to share those results with the University as part of their campus clearance process.
The University has State of Connecticut registered and trained contact tracers on our campus. Our contact tracers work to quickly identify any students who have been in contact with a positive COVID-19 individual, in class, or in your residence hall, and contact them regarding isolation and testing.
It is imperative that students cooperate with contact tracers, if contacted. Failure to cooperate with the contact tracing process is a violation of the COVID-19 Student Directives and students who do not provide information are subject to discipline through the student conduct process. Please note that any information collected through the contract tracing process is private.
Reimagining our campus life takes a village, and we will need your help to ensure A Health Community Starts Here. We understand there will be a lot of questions about these new safety measures and procedures. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for quick answers to the most common questions. Check that page often, as new answers will be added on an ongoing basis.