Charging into Fall 2021

The University of New Haven has long prided itself on being prepared for all eventualities – and instilling that mindset in our students. That’s why we have been as successful as any institution in protecting our University community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, mitigating the impact of the virus, and continuing to provide a meaningful and rewarding educational experience in and out of the classroom for our students. This is a significant point of pride for the University, and it is a credit to everyone in our community.

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.

Fall 2021 Operations and COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement - Updated June 16

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:

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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.

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Classrooms: Classrooms will return to pre-COVID occupancy rates.

Class format: Most classes will return to an in person format.

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Student Life

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.

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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.

Fall 2021 Campus Life Frequently Asked Questions - Updated June 16