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.

Our hope and expectation is that by the start of the Fall 2021 semester in August the impact of the pandemic will be significantly reduced. While we cannot make promises at this time, we are looking forward to being able to return to many of our pre-pandemic norms in terms of class formats, student life, and other staples of the University of New Haven experience.

Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health authorities, we believe our campus will be able to roll back some of the comprehensive health measures put in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Fall 2021 Operations

If the number of COVID-19 cases are low and controlled, and if our University community attains an 85 percent level of natural or acquired COVID-19 immunity before July 1, 2021, we anticipate we may be able to change the following policies for Fall 2021:

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Classrooms: Classrooms with reduced physical distancing.

Class format: Offer most classes in person combined with a large selection of online classes available for those seeking that 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 fewer restrictions on meeting size and physical distancing.

Visitor/Guest Policy: Visitors and guests will be allowed on campus and in residence hall rooms, in accordance to pre-COVID policies.

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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Public Health Measures

Depending on vaccination levels and local public health conditions, the University may continue certain public health measures to ensure the safety and well-being of all members of our University community, per public health guidance.

Vaccination: All members of the University community are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated when they become eligible to allow the University to operate under the parameters listed on this page.

Testing: A return-to-campus COVID-19 test may be required for all students. A percentage of the University community may continue to be tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis. This surveillance approach to asymptomatic testing assumes we reach a high level of natural or acquired immunity by the start of the Fall 2021 semester.

Face Coverings: Face coverings may be required in all public areas on campus.

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. Isolation housing will be provided by the University.

Physical Distancing: Physical distancing may be required in common spaces across the campus.

CoVerified (COVID compliance app): Use of CoVerified for the Fall 2021 semester is to be determined.

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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.

Key Dates for Fall 2021

Throughout June and July

August 18-19

Friday, August 20

Monday, August 23


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