Planning for a Successful Fall Semester
Over the past year, we have confronted – and confidently overcome – unprecedented challenges and obstacles that have impacted in far-reaching ways how we live, learn, work, and interact with others. You should take great pride in how our community has responded, and be proud of all you have continued to achieve facing such adversity. It appears that with widespread availability of several highly effective COVID-19 vaccines, we can now see a light at the end of the tunnel. To that end, we have spent considerable time recently planning for the Fall 2021 semester.
On June 16, 2021, the University announced that COVID-19 vaccination would be required for all students, faculty, and staff that did not obtain a waiver. Click here to read the full announcement. Based on this vaccination requirement, we are planning to change the following policies for Fall 2021:
Public Health Measures
Vaccination will be required for Fall 2021. Click here to read the full announcement.
Vaccination: All members of the University community are required to be vaccinated or have an approved exemption to allow the University to operate under the parameters listed on this page.
Testing: A arrival COVID-19 test may be required for all students. Unvaccinated University community members will be required to be tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis.
Face Coverings: Vaccinated members of the University Community will not be required to wear face coverings. Face coverings will be required at all times for unvaccinated members of the University Community, and will be required on campus for all outside guests, contractors, and vendors when vaccination status is unknown.
Daily Symptom Checking: Continuing to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms may continue in Fall 2021.
Isolation and Quarantine: The University will continue to follow our existing protocols for isolation and quarantine of students. Contact tracing will continue to be done by University staff and in partnership with the City of West Haven. Vaccinated students will not be required to quarantine or isolate when coming in contact with a COVID-positive individual.
Physical Distancing: Physical distancing requirements will be eliminated on campus.
CoVerified (COVID compliance app): Will be used for the Fall 2021 semester.
International Student Arrival Quarantine: International students will be required to quarantine for 7 days following their arrival into the United States and must comply with all U.S. travel testing and arrival requirements for their country of origin at the time of travel. However, international students who are fully vaccinated and have their vaccination record on file in CoVerified at the time of arrival will not need to quarantine. Please see our vaccination page FAQ for more details.
Classrooms: Classrooms will return to pre-COVID occupancy rates.
Class format: Most classes will return to an in person format.
Dining: Dining halls will operate at full capacity.
Residence Halls: Housing will return to pre-COVID occupancy rates.
Student Gatherings / Events: Student club and organization meetings, in-person student programming, and informal gatherings to take place with no restrictions on meeting size and physical distancing.
Visitor/Guest Policy: Visitors and guests will be allowed on campus and in residence hall rooms, and a revised guest policy will be issued.
Staffing: Return office capacity to 100 percent for student-facing employees.
Transportation Services: Resume normal service.
Campus Access Request Forms: No longer required after August 1, 2021.
NCAA Teams: Intercollegiate varsity competition to take place with students and family members in attendance as fans.
Recreation: Intramural activities, club sports, and in-person wellness programs would also resume.
On June 16, 2021, the University announced that all students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated in advance of arriving on campus for the Fall 2021 semester. Additionally, University community members who plan to study or work on campus during summer 2021 are expected to be inoculated as soon as vaccinations are available to them.
Campus life will return to normal operations. Classrooms will operate at 100 percent capacity, and there will be no capacity limit on events or gatherings. Physical distancing will not be required.
Individuals who are vaccinated and have uploaded proof of their vaccination to CoVerified will not subject to any COVID-related restrictions for the Fall 2021 semester.
Unvaccinated individuals will only be allowed on campus if they have obtained a waiver through the process outlined on this page.
Unvaccinated individuals who obtain an exemption to access campus will be subject to the following COVID-related requirements:
- Required to wear a mask at all times on campus, unless alone in their private residence hall room.
- Required test weekly during the semester.
- Required to quarantine or isolate if they are exposed to a COVID+ individual or test positive for COVID-19.
The University will continue to use CoVerified for compliance tracking throughout the Fall 2021 semester.
Fully vaccinated individuals are protected against the spread of COVID-19 and do not need to be masked around others. Individuals who are not vaccinated should continue to wear a mask at all times on campus, including in residence hall rooms and private areas in addition to public areas.
Please contact the Office of Residence Life.
All members of the University, including all faculty and staff, are required to be vaccinated.
Failure to comply with COVID-19 policies for unvaccinated individuals will, for students, result in a student conduct violation and, for employees, will result in discipline as determined by Human Resources.
Dining services will return to normal operations for the Fall 2021 and will operate at full capacity. Some protections such as plexiglass barriers may remain. Unvaccinated students may eat in the dining halls but should be masked except while they are actively eating or drinking.
Unvaccinated students may visit the residence halls but, for their own health and safety, should remain masked at all times, including in private residence hall rooms.
Guests will be allowed on campus for Fall 2021. Proof of vaccination will be required. Face coverings will be required for non-vaccinated individuals or those who cannot provide proof of vaccination.
Isolation housing will not be provided for the Fall 2021 semester. Students who test positive for COVID-19 will need to arrange to isolate off-campus during their isolation period.
For a complete set of FAQ about the Vaccination Requirement for Fall 2021, please click here.
Campus Life in Fall 2021
Friday, March 19
Saturday, May 1
Throughout June and July
- Virtual New Student Orientation (VSOAR) Morning, Afternoon, and Evening sessions available
Thursday, August 19
Friday, August 20
Monday, August 23