University Response to COVID-19: Important Notifications and FAQ

The University is taking comprehensive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). This page will be used to provide public updates to the University Community.

Recent Updates
  • May 13: Added Email: "Important summer COVID policies and protocols"
  • May 06: Added Email: "Important Message for Students on Campus this Summer"
  • May 03: Added Email: "Important COVID-19 Vaccination Update"
  • Apr. 13: Added Email: "Important message following Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine pause"
  • Apr. 09: Added Email: "Concerning Increase in COVID-19 Cases; Stay Vigilant"
  • Apr. 07: Added Email: "Important COVID-19 Vaccination Information"
Important Notifications
  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    With the spring semester having officially concluded earlier today, we are writing to share some important COVID-19 policies and protocols that will be in effect starting today and through the duration of the summer.

    Face Covering Policy: As long as physical distancing is observed, face coverings are not required outdoors while on campus. Face coverings will be required indoors, during special events and large gatherings (whether indoors or outdoors), and for any guests on campus. Fully vaccinated individuals may elect to remove their face coverings indoors in groups of five (5) or fewer when the vaccination status of those participating is known. Individuals may be asked at any time to verify their vaccination status in CoVerified.

    Special Event Policy: Proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test or proof of being fully vaccinated is required for all individuals attending special events on campus. During all special events and/or gatherings with more than 50 participants on campus, all individuals will need to be masked, whether outdoors or indoors. Staff and faculty will be required to be masked indoors and outdoors when participating in special events with more than 50 people.

    Guest Policy Arrival testing for guests or proof of vaccination is required. Each current (or prospective) student is permitted a maximum of two guests on campus. All guests on campus will need to be masked, whether outdoors or indoors. No outside guests are permitted in University housing.

    Testing Policy: Students who do not have proof of a COVID-19 vaccination on file with the University will be required to complete a weekly COVID test. Testing will be available in Health Services and should be arranged by calling 203-932-7079 for an appointment.

    Classroom Eating and Drinking: Students, faculty, and staff will be permitted to briefly remove their mask for up to 30 seconds for eating and drinking in the classroom. Your face covering should be replaced immediately after eating or drinking inside a classroom.

    As a reminder, all members of the University community are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated. Vaccination records can be uploaded to CoVerified once you have received your final vaccine dose.

    Thank you for your continued commitment to protecting the health and well-being of our University community.

    Summer McGee, Ph.D., CPH
    Dean, School of Health Sciences
    University COVID-19 Coordinator

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services

  • Dear Students,

    Please note that if you will be on campus regularly after May 18, and/or throughout the summer, you will need to either:

    • Show proof of being fully vaccinated by uploading documentation of your vaccination to CoVerified. You can upload your vaccination documentation after your final dose. You will be considered fully vaccinated, per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, two weeks after your final vaccine dose.
    • Get a weekly COVID-19 test at Health Services Monday through Friday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 3-4:30 p.m., or on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Walk-in testing can also take place at any point during Health Services’ regular summer hours: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Fridays.

    Please note that individuals who have had their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine but are not yet considered fully vaccinated (two weeks past your final dose) will need to get tested weekly until 14 days have elapsed after your final vaccine dose.

    All students are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated and to submit their vaccination record by July 1.

    Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

    COVID Task Force

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    We would like to acknowledge everyone who has been vaccinated and those who are in the process of getting fully vaccinated. Ultimately, getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and others from the impact of COVID-19.

    There are many other advantages as well in terms of our experience as Chargers:

    • Those who are fully vaccinated would not have to test weekly during the Summer 2021 or Fall 2021 semester.
    • Those who are fully vaccinated would not have to quarantine if exposed to a COVID-positive individual.
    • If the University reaches its 85 percent vaccination goal, there may also be the opportunity for further reduced physical distancing; full-capacity classrooms, labs, and events; on-campus guests without testing; and other returns to normal operations.
    • If the University reaches its 85 percent vaccination rate goal, there may also be the opportunity in Fall 2021, should Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance support it, for individuals who are fully vaccinated to be exempt from wearing a face covering in certain areas on campus.

    At this time, our University community vaccination rate is approximately 13 percent. We expect this number to rise dramatically in the coming days and weeks as the majority of our students were in the final group eligible to be vaccinated – beginning on April 1 – and many are now receiving their second vaccination dose.

    In order to reach our 85 percent vaccination goal, we need everyone in our University community to submit their vaccination record as soon as possible.

    Submit Vaccination Records

    Once you have received your final vaccine dose, you can begin uploading your vaccination record via the CoVerified following the steps outlined on myCharger.

    You will be considered fully vaccinated 14 days following your final dose. When your vaccine record is accepted upon full vaccination, you will be able to see the vaccine record by going to Report > Folder (upper right side of the app).

    Upcoming Second Dose Vaccination Appointments with YNHH at Floyd Little Athletic Center

    The University will provide transportation on Tuesday, May 4, for students who have scheduled second dose vaccination appointments through Yale New Haven Health at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven.

    Transportation will be provided from campus to the vaccination site at the Floyd Little Fieldhouse on a continuous loop. Shuttle 1 will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Shuttle 2 will run from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Both will be on the shuttle tracker under “vaccine.” Both shuttles will operate between the Peterson Library pick up location and Floyd Little Athletic Center. Should you have any questions about the shuttle the day of your vaccine, call the University Police Department non-emergency line at 203-932-7014.

    Students with second dose vaccination appointments for later this month who are seeking transportation to and from the vaccination site at the Floyd Little Athletic Center should email parking@newhaven.edu.

    Thank you for your continued commitment to protecting the health and well-being of our University community.

    Sincerely,

    Summer McGee, Ph.D., CPH
    Dean, School of Health Sciences
    University COVID-19 Coordinator

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    We felt it was important to send a message following the announcement earlier today from the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that they were recommending health providers temporarily stop administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The State of Connecticut subsequently announced it was pausing the administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for the time being.

    This action was taken out of an abundance of caution as federal health authorities are currently investigating six reported U.S. cases of a rare blood clotting event. At this time, 6.8 million individuals have received the Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine. Roughly 100,000 Connecticut residents have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine with no reported serious adverse events. We should note that the ability to identify these rare adverse events is due to the effectiveness of the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System that is managed by the CDC and FDA.

    Important updates:

    • Individuals who have already received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine should monitor for severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, and shortness of breath for the next three weeks. Any unusual symptoms should be reported to Campus Health Services immediately.
    • Individuals with appointments scheduled to receive the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will be contacted by the provider they scheduled with to offer alternative vaccine options or to reschedule appointments.
    • Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have not had similar side effects reported as to those being investigated by the FDA and CDC. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are made completely differently than the one developed by Johnson & Johnson.

    We would like to again acknowledge the nearly 1,000 students who registered to receive the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a Yale New Haven Health clinic today and the many others who have already been vaccinated or have scheduled their vaccine appointments.

    It is important for us all to remember that coronaviruses have been studied for more than 50 years and that all three vaccines were developed using vaccine technology that is decades old. All three vaccines have proved to be highly effective at preventing illness, particularly severe illness, and they are a vital component of our COVID-19 mitigation strategy to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to return to normal campus life in the fall.

    We are continuing to strongly encourage all individuals in our community to get vaccinated as that is the most effective way for us to protect ourselves and each other.

    Sincerely,

    Summer McGee, Ph.D., CPH
    Dean, School of Health Sciences
    University COVID-19 Coordinator

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    Over the last several days we have experienced a significant increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in our University community. In the last week, we have had 36 new cases. Please be aware that if this trend continues, we may have to change the University's alert status, potentially impacting in-person classes and/or on-campus programming.

    A continued spike in cases could also jeopardize the traditional end-of-semester events we are very much looking forward to including Spring Weekend, Senior Week, and other celebrations and events.

    Now is the time to re-commit to our public health measures for the remainder of the semester. Ultimately, we all play a role in reversing this trend and keeping our community healthy and safe. We know the practices and behaviors that have proven since the start of the pandemic to keep us safe and healthy. This includes wearing high quality face coverings at all times, frequent hand washing, and physical distancing.

    Being vaccinated as soon as possible will also make an impact in preventing spread. The more members of our campus community who are immune to COVID-19, the less chance we have for campus-wide outbreaks and spiking cases to occur at the end of the semester.

    As you prepare for the weekend and the warm temperatures we are expecting on Saturday, please keep the following information in mind:

    • Refrain from large gatherings
    • Avoid dining with individuals outside your family unit
    • Limit travel off campus and outside the Greater New Haven area
    • Restrict your social interactions to your family unit

    The increase in cases underscores the importance of the University's comprehensive asymptomatic COVID-19 testing program to help quickly isolate positive cases and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. As a reminder, all residential and undergraduate students – including those who have been vaccinated – MUSTcontinue testing every 5 to 7 days.

    There is still more than a month of the spring semester remaining, and now is not the time to let our guard down. We must all remain vigilant. Suspected instances of misconduct that violate the University's COVID-19 policies and protocols can be reported via Report It, the LiveSafe app, or by calling the University Police Department's non-emergency number at 203-932-7014.

    Thank you for your continued cooperation and for being accountable to each other.

    Summer McGee, Ph.D., CPH
    Dean, School of Health Sciences
    University COVID-19 Coordinator

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    The University is continuing to work with local and state leaders and our healthcare partners to develop plans for vaccination opportunities on or near campus in the coming weeks for members of our community.

    To help maximize the impact of these efforts, we have created a very brief survey to help inform this planning process. Click here to take the survey that will take only a few minutes to complete. (Students and employees should refer to the survey link in the email received on April 7.) The survey will close on Friday, April 16. All information will be anonymous and will be analyzed at the aggregate level to inform how many doses of the vaccine we would need for our community.

    Vaccination appointments are available near campus and across the state. For a list of links on how and where to sign up for a vaccination appointment, visit the COVID-19 Vaccination Information page on myCharger, or refer to the University-wide message sent on March 31 that is posted on this page.

    Individuals who are fully vaccinated – defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as those who are two or more weeks past their final injection – should upload their vaccination record to CoVerified as soon as possible.

    Thank you for your continued commitment to protecting the health and well-being of our community.

    Sincerely,

    COVID Task Force

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    We would like to take a moment to provide some important information as the state of Connecticut prepares to make vaccine appointments available, beginning Thursday, April 1, for any individuals in the state over the age of 16.

    All University of New Haven students – including those from out of state and international students – as well as employees are eligible to get the vaccine. We are strongly encouraging all members of our University community to get vaccinated.

    Beginning Thursday, April 1, individuals over the age of 16 can begin searching for and registering for appointments through Yale New Haven Health, the Vaccine Administration Management System, or the Connecticut Vaccine Portal.

    Individuals can also seek vaccine opportunities through Hartford Healthcare, Stamford Health, Walgreens, CVS, or Walmart or by calling the Vaccine Appointment Assist Line at 877-918-2224 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.

    Vaccine Scheduling Tips

    • Try finding vaccination appointments early in the AM.
    • Public health authorities have indicated that vaccine supply will likely outpace demand starting in mid-April.
    • As soon as your first dose is completed, THE SAME DAY, register for your 2nd dose appointment either 21 days (Pfizer) or 28 days (Moderna) later.

    Vaccination Timeline – Those who are vaccinated in Connecticut with a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) should receive their second dose in Connecticut. Visit myCharger for additional details on the timeline you should follow. Please note that all students must depart University housing by Tuesday, May 18. Only students who are awaiting the second dose of their vaccine and provide proof of their second vaccination appointment are permitted to remain in University housing from May 12 to 18. Students remaining in University housing during this time are responsible for their meals.

    Potential vaccine opportunities on or near campus – Vaccination clinics may be available through the West Haven Health Department in April. In addition, we have been advised by the Connecticut Department of Public Health that all colleges and universities in Connecticut will receive an allocation of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in early May. The University is working with Yale New Haven Health to develop plans for closed vaccination clinics on or near campus for students in early May. As vaccines become available from the state, the University will announce availability for closed clinics and how to sign up.

    Submitting Vaccination Records – Fully-vaccinated individuals – defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as individuals who are two or more weeks past their final injection – should upload their vaccination record to CoVerified.

    Our Goal – Our goal is to reach an 85 percent level of natural or acquired COVID-19 immunity before July 1. This, we anticipate, would enable us to begin to roll back some of the comprehensive health measures put in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the University community.

    Travel – We are continuing to strongly advise against nonessential travel outside of the Greater New Haven area. Resident students who are leaving campus for more than 24-hours should complete the campus departure form in myHousing. All students must ensure that they continue getting tested every 5 to 7 days. If necessary, students should test off campus and submit test results to CoVerified. Resident students who do leave campus for more than 24 hours must be tested within 72 hours prior to their return to campus and must also register for a rapid test in the Beckerman Center, as soon as possible, upon their arrival back on campus and then continue with their weekly testing.

    We'd like to thank the nearly 500 students, parents, and family members who joined us for a Virtual Town Hall forum about vaccine planning that was held last night. You can view the presentation by clicking here. (Please note that you do not need a Facebook account to be able to view the video.)

    As always, we thank everyone for your commitment to helping to protect the health and well-being of our University community.

    Summer McGee, Ph.D., CPH
    Dean, School of Health Sciences
    University COVID-19 Coordinator

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    We are pleased to announce that thanks to your continued cooperation and vigilance, the number of COVID-19 cases on our campus is currently low and controlled. As a result, we are returning to Green Alert status, effective Tuesday, March 30.

    This is a very positive development and is a testament to your commitment to protecting yourselves and each other. It is important to realize, though, that the state's positivity rate has experienced a recent uptick. And with Passover, Easter, and our next Re-Charge Day (Wednesday, March 31) upon us, there are risks of contracting or spreading COVID-19 if we do not remain vigilant.

    It is imperative that we do not let our guard down and that we continue to follow the comprehensive public health measures that are in place to keep all of us safe.

    We would like to share several additional updates:

    3 Feet Physical Distancing Outdoors – As part of our return to Green Alert status, we are adapting, per the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, a new 3-foot physical distancing observance for outdoor space. Six feet of physical distancing will remain in place for indoor spaces.

    New Outdoor Seating Areas – In the coming days, outdoor furniture and additional tents will be placed around campus for commuters and residential students to use. Students using these spaces must wear face coverings and observe physical distancing at all times.

    Guests – Residential students may again sign in as a guest a current commuter student or resident student from other University housing. As has been the case since the start of the academic year, individuals from outside our University community are not permitted in University buildings.

    Travel – We are continuing to strongly discourage nonessential travel outside of the Greater New Haven area. Resident students who do leave campus for more than 24 hours should complete the campus departure form in myHousing.

    Mandatory Asymptomatic Testing – The Connecticut Department of Public Health has recommended continuing weekly testing for all university students through the end of the spring semester. Therefore, all students should continue getting tested every 5 to 7 days as part of our comprehensive asymptomatic testing program. Regular testing has been critical in quickly isolating positive cases, preventing spread, and keeping the number of cases on our campus low and controlled. Students who do not test every 5-7 days will be restricted in CoVerifed and will be unable to access on-campus University resources or attend in-person classes until you are tested and your results are received by the University.

    COVID-19 Vaccination Update – Connecticut will make available vaccination appointments for individuals age 16 and up starting on Thursday, April 1. The COVID Task Force will host a Virtual Town Hall Forum on Tuesday, March 30, for students, parents, and families to provide vaccination information and scheduling recommendations for in-state and out-of-state students. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. and be broadcast on facebook.com/UNewHavenCharlie. As part of the forum, we will give an update on our ongoing planning efforts to provide COVID-19 vaccination opportunities on or near campus this spring for current students.

    Thank you for your continued commitment to protecting the health and well-being of our University community.

    Summer McGee, Ph.D., CPH
    Dean, School of Health Sciences
    University COVID-19 Coordinator

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services

  • Dear Students,

    In light of recent public health guidance from state public health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the University has decided to adopt three (3) feet of physical distancing in classrooms and public spaces starting in the Fall 2021 semester. We are very excited about this development as it will enable us moving forward to offer more in-person instruction than previously planned.

    As a result of this decision, important changes to the Fall 2021 course schedule are currently underway and will be published later next week. These updates may include changes in course delivery, such as moving Hybrid and Flex classes to a fully on-ground format, and/or changes to days and times of course offerings.

    Therefore it is essential that you check your proposed Fall 2021 course schedule next week to determine whether you have been impacted by these changes.

    In order to provide students time to review the updated course schedule and discuss any potential scheduling impacts with their advisers, the start of Fall 2021 registration has been postponed until Monday, April 12. Despite this brief delay, Fall 2021 registration will end just one week later than originally planned, and there will be ample time to get everyone registered before the end of the term.

    Revised Registration Calendar

    • Graduate Students - Monday, April 12
    • Seniors - Wednesday, April 14
    • Special Populations - Friday, April 16
    • Juniors - Tuesday, April 20
    • Sophomores - Wednesday, April 21
    • First-Years - Thursday, April 22

    Any changes to the Fall 2021 schedule will preserve a large number of remote and online asynchronous courses to continue to provide students with flexibility on how you take your courses. Any remaining Hybrid or Flex courses will not have a remote attendance option starting in Fall 2021.

    Summer 2021 registration is already underway so no changes will be made to the course delivery or schedules for Summer 2021 courses.

    Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we work to ensure the optimal learning experience for students next Fall. If you have questions about your course schedule, please email CSS@newhaven.edu or COVIDSchedule@newhaven.edu.

    With Best Wishes,

    Mario Thomas Gaboury, J.D., Ph.D.
    Interim Provost and Senior Vice
    President for Academic Affairs

  • Dear Students,

    We will host a Virtual Town Hall forum on Tuesday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m. to give an update on our ongoing planning efforts to provide COVID-19 vaccination opportunities on or near campus this spring for current students.

    The event will be broadcast live on www.facebook.com/UNewHavenCharlie. Please note that you do not need a Facebook account to be able to view the presentation. We encourage you to share this information with your parents and family members.

    In order to be able roll back some of the comprehensive health measures put in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the University community must attain an 85 percent level of natural or acquired COVID-19 immunity before July 1, 2021. We are strongly encouraging all members of our University community to get vaccinated when they are eligible.

    As always, we will also address questions or concerns you may have. To submit questions ahead of time, please click here.

    We look forward to seeing you on March 30.

    Sincerely,
    COVID Task Force

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    As you read in President Kaplan's message earlier this week, 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. It is important, though, that we continue to remain vigilant as we complete the remainder of the spring semester.

    This is particularly important as the weather improves and we gather safely outdoors to enjoy the warmer weather and, we hope, to take part in some of the activities that are traditionally held each spring.

    We remain at Yellow Alert status, as cases remain elevated. All individuals must continue wearing face coverings at all times (double masking is recommended), observing physical distancing, completing daily symptom checks in CoVerified, and refraining from large gatherings.

    Evidence continues to show that the highest risk for transmission occurs when dining outside of your family unit as well as in small group gatherings, either on or off campus, when face coverings are not worn and physical distancing is not observed. Please continue to protect yourself and be accountable to each other.

    While some Connecticut state guidelines around capacity limits and out-of-state travel will be changing effective March 19, current University guidelines will remain in place until further notice. We are continuing to strongly encourage students to avoid nonessential travel outside of the Greater New Haven area.

    We would also like to share several important updates:

    • Vaccination eligibility for Connecticut college students begins April 5: The COVID Task Force is working with local and state public health authorities and Yale New Haven Health to ensure timely access to COVID-19 vaccines prior to the end of the semester. We will provide more updates soon.
    • CoVerified is now accepting records for fully-vaccinated individuals: Two weeks after receiving the second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine, individuals may begin submitting their vaccination records to CoVerified. Instructions on how to submit vaccination records can be found on myCharger.
    • Individuals providing proof of vaccination do not need to quarantine: Per the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, individuals who are fully vaccinated within the last 90 days do not need to quarantine if exposed to a COVID positive individual. If you believe you meet this criterion, please follow the instructions on myCharger to upload your vaccination record to CoVerified. Then, contact the COVID Task Force at COVIDTaskForce@newhaven.edu, and we will review your upload. Proof of vaccination will be required before restrictions will be lifted, so you should continue to follow any quarantine order until the COVID Task Force clears you based on your vaccination record. Please note, weekly asymptomatic testing for all students – including those who have been vaccinated – is still required.
    • All student-athletes currently competing in spring sports are being tested at a higher frequency than the rest of the University community: Some competitions are taking place without masks, consistent with Northeast-10 Conference and COVID Task Force approval.
    • Residential students may now test either at the German Club or Beckerman Center: CoVerified will accept antigen or PCR tests for weekly testing compliance for all students. Commuter students should still test at the Beckerman Center each week.
    • New residential asymptomatic testing hours in effect March 22: Effective Monday, March 22, the testing center hours at the German Club (register) and the Beckerman Recreation Center (register) have been changed slightly. Please note this when making your testing appointments. Additional information is available on myCharger.
    • Room capacities for Fall 2021 may change prior to registration: Based on the latest guidance from the Connecticut Department of Public Health, some room capacities for Fall 2021 classes could increase and course delivery modes may change. Students should consult Banner again prior to registration for the latest updates.

    Thank you for your continued cooperation and flexibility. If we remain vigilant, we will be able to enjoy the remainder of the spring semester.

    Summer McGee, Ph.D., CPH
    Dean, School of Health Sciences
    University COVID-19 Coordinator

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    As we pass the mid-way point of the Spring 2021 semester, and mark more than a year since the start of the pandemic, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your continued resilience, flexibility, and cooperation.

    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.

    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:

    • Classrooms with reduced physical distancing
    • Offer most classes in person combined with a large selection of online classes available for those seeking that format
    • Visitors and guests to be allowed on campus and in residence hall rooms
    • Dining halls to operate at full capacity
    • Student club and organization meetings, in-person student programming, and informal gatherings to take place with fewer restrictions on meeting size and physical distancing
    • Intercollegiate varsity competition to take place with students and family members in attendance as fans. Intramural activities, club sports, and in-person wellness programs would also resume.

    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 above.

    CoVerified, the University's COVID-compliance app, will be used for fully-vaccinated members of our community to upload their vaccination records. According to the CDC, individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine. Additional details on how you can upload your vaccination record will be shared soon by the COVID Task Force.

    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. These measures likely will include face coverings, return to campus testing and surveillance weekly testing, per public health guidance.

    The University will continue to follow existing protocols for isolation and quarantine of students who test positive for COVID-19 or who are determined to have been exposed to a COVID-positive individual. Contact tracing will continue to be performed by University staff and in partnership with the City of West Haven. Isolation housing will be provided by the University.

    By all accounts, 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 credit to everyone in our University community.

    As always, we will continue to plan for every eventuality, and all decisions will continue to be made with the safety and well-being of our University community as our paramount priority.

    We will continue to keep you updated in the weeks and months to come. We have created a website for updates about the Fall 2021 semester that you can visit by clicking here. I wish you health, happiness, and continued success.

    With best wishes,

    Steven H. Kaplan, Ph.D.
    President

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    Due to an increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in our University community, we have made the decision to move to Yellow alert status. While the number cases is still controlled, indicators suggest increased potential for transmission.

    We must all continue to remain vigilant and re-commit ourselves to following the public health measures that are in place. This includes wearing face coverings, frequent hand washing, and physical distancing. If cases do not decrease in the coming days, the University may need to move to Orange alert status, suspending in-person classes and/or putting a temporary halt to campus activities.

    However, we are confident that the following measures – beginning on Wednesday, March 3, until further notice – combined with our robust testing program will help mitigate the spread of the virus and prevent us from having to take further action.

    • Dining – We know that many recent positive cases are the result of individuals eating meals with multiple social groups both on and off campus. Please refrain from indoor dining at area restaurants as much as possible and avoid dining with multiple individuals outside your family unit. Additional outdoor dining and gathering locations are available on campus today.
    • Travel – Off-campus travel or travel outside the greater New Haven community is strongly discouraged. Cases are also linked to visits to off-campus student residences. Students are to refrain from gathering in off-campus locations.
    • Guests – Residential students may not sign in as guests any resident students from other University housing or commuter students until further notice.
    • Social Interactions – Commuters should restrict their interactions to their family units, and residential students should limit their time off campus to essential activities only.
    • Face Coverings – All members of our University community must wear face coverings at all times, especially off-campus, while riding in cars or Ubers, and dining off-campus. According to CDC guidance, this means double-masking, surgical masks, or 3-ply face coverings.

    The increase in cases underscores the importance of the University's comprehensive asymptomatic COVID-19 testing program to help quickly isolate positive cases and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. As a reminder, all students on campus MUST continue testing every 5 to 7 days.

    There is still more than half of the spring semester remaining, and all of us are hoping and planning to enjoy some of the traditional events that are held each spring. We will only be able to do so if we manage the current uptick in cases now. We must not let our guard down.

    Thank you for your continued cooperation and for being accountable to each other.

    Summer McGee, Ph.D., CPH
    Dean, School of Health Sciences
    University COVID-19 Coordinator

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    We would like to provide a series of important updates.

    COVID Dashboard: At present, we are still operating at Green status, meaning cases are rare and transmission is controlled.

    Weekly Testing Requirements: The University will continue to require weekly testing for all residential students and undergraduate commuter students for the remainder of the semester. Commuter graduate students will be asked to test every 30 days for the remainder of the semester.

    New Quarantine Testing Policy: Students who do not complete a day 1 antigen test AND a day 5 PCR test while in quarantine will NOT be cleared from isolation until that testing is completed or 14 days have passed (whichever is sooner).

    Quarantine Exemption: Per the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, individuals who have been fully vaccinated within the last 90 days will not have to quarantine.

    Super-Charge Your Face Covering: Per CDC guidance, the University recommends double masking (surgical mask under a cloth face mask) or wearing at least a 3-ply face covering. Face coverings are available at Campus Card in Bartels Hall, the campus center.

    Vaccination Update: The state of Connecticut announced this week that it has elected to continue age-based allocation of COVID-19 vaccine. The planned timeline for vaccine eligibility is as follows:

    • March 1, 2021: Expands to age group 55 to 64
    • March 22, 2021: Expands to age group 45 to 54
    • April 12, 2021: Expands to age group 35 to 44
    • May 3, 2021: Expands to age group 16 to 34

    New Quiet Study Spaces: The classrooms listed below are now available for commuter students and residential students for additional quiet study space from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. In addition, 80 new quiet study spaces are available on the 3rd floor of the Peterson Library.

    • Charger Plaza 104
    • Charger Plaza 106
    • Kaplan 108
    • Harugari 209
    • Maxcy 200A (computer lab)

    Recent Virtual Forum: The COVID Task Force hosted a virtual town hall forum for students, parents, and family members on Feb. 23. Those who missed it, can view a recording of that forum. (Please note that you do not need a Facebook account to be able to view the video.)

    Thank you for your continued cooperation and your commitment to protecting the health and well-being of our University community.

    Sincerely,

    Summer McGee, Ph.D., CPH
    Dean, School of Health Sciences
    University COVID-19 Coordinator

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services

  • Dear Students,

    We will host a Virtual Town Hall forum on Tuesday, February 23, to provide a series of important updates. The event will begin at 6 p.m. on www.facebook.com/UNewHavenCharlie. Please note that you do not need a Facebook account to be able to view the presentation. We encourage you to share this information with your parents and family members.

    We will be joined by University senior leaders to provide updates on:

    • Our ongoing asymptomatic COVID-19 testing program
    • Monthly asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for commuter/off-campus graduate students
    • State guidance on potential vaccination opportunities for members of our University community
    • New quarantine guidance for those who have been vaccinated
    • Newly developed spaces across campus for commuters and residential students for remote/online classes or study/private time
    • Room selection process for the 2021-22 academic year
    • Plans for Charger Athletics spring competition
    • Ongoing planning for Commencement for the Class of 2021
    • Fall 2021 semester course registration process

    As always, we will also address questions or concerns you may have. To submit questions ahead of time, please click here.

    We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday evening.

    Sincerely,

    COVID Task Force

  • Dear Students and Faculty,

    We are writing to share with you an important policy change that will impact how classes take place in the event of inclement weather. The impact of COVID-19 has enabled all of us to adapt to new technologies for teaching and learning. The benefit of this is that we can participate in more online and remote classes than ever before. At the same time, we realize that there may be challenges for students due to the short-notice inherent in declaring an inclement weather day, and we are endeavoring to strike a balance that we believe will work best.

    As such, we have decided to implement a new policy in which most in-person class meetings, to the extent possible, would be held online or remotely in the event that those in-person classes are cancelled due to inclement weather. Please note that in these situations individual faculty for each course will determine the format of the online/remote component that will be offered during the impacted day. Please also note that we have asked faculty to be very understanding and accommodating of the individual situations of their students who may have difficulty managing these alternative online or remote class meetings on short dl Individual approaches will be developed by faculty members with their department chairs and shared with students on a course-by-course basis for specific labs, clinicals, practicals, or other hands-on learning components that cannot easily be replicated in an online or remote environment.

    Effective immediately, in-person classes and the in-person component of all hybrid or flex classes or other on-ground offerings (with the labs, clinicals, and practicals exceptions noted above) would be held online or remotely, to the extent possible and as determined by the faculty member, if in-person meetings are cancelled due to inclement weather. As has been the case, any change in class status would be announced through the University's emergency notification system by the Department of Public Safety by 6 a.m. for day classes (classes starting before 4 p.m.) and by 1 p.m. for evening and night classes (classes beginning at 4 p.m. or later). Faculty members will communicate with the students in their classes how they will handle in-person meetings that cannot occur on campus during inclement weather.

    In instances of inclement weather cancellations, campus operations for residential students, unless otherwise noted, will operate as scheduled, though hours may be modified or changed based on the conditions. On days with inclement weather, separate messages will be sent from the Peterson Library, the Beckerman Recreation Center, and Dining Services regarding any changes to their normal hours of operation. Any changes to the hours of operation for the Bergami Center for Science, Technology, and Innovation will also be announced.

    In addition, asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for employees and commuters will be postponed in instances of weather-related cancellations. COVID-19 asymptomatic testing for residential students WILL take place as scheduled, even if in-person classes are cancelled, and residential students with testing appointments on those days should make every effort to get tested.

    During instances of inclement weather, only essential employees, as previously determined by their respective department leaders, should report to campus. All other University staff and faculty should fulfill the requirements of their role remotely. Faculty who will substitute in-person meetings will communicate this to their students in advance and provide the mechanism for this alternative class delivery.

    Faculty who will not provide online or remote alternatives to in-person meetings on an inclement weather day are being asked to clearly communicate this to their students and also to make themselves available during those days to answer students' questions, especially during what would have been the in-person meeting time. Residential students should also be prepared to move their vehicles if requested to for snow removal operations.

    We recognize and appreciate that this new policy does, in effect, end the opportunity for traditional “snow days.” Ultimately, though, we believe, this approach is the most practical to ensure course continuity and to protect the safety and well-being of all community members in the event of inclement weather.

    Thank you for your continued cooperation and flexibility.

    Mario T. Gaboury, J.D., Ph.D.
    Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Caroline Koziatek, MBA
    Vice President of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President, Public Safety and Administration

  • Dear Students,

    I am pleased to officially welcome you to the Spring 2021 semester. I hope your study-in-place experience went smoothly and that the beginning of your in-person classes is going well.

    I want to start by thanking you for the resilience and resolve you showed throughout the Fall semester and for your cooperation with the comprehensive return-to-campus protocols that were in place due the pandemic. Thanks to your dedication, we are seeing very low numbers of cases of COVID-19 in our community.

    I do, though, want to reinforce the importance of the weekly asymptomatic COVID-19 testing that is currently required for all students (residents and commuters/students living off campus). This week, a number of students did not register for their weekly test and, as a result, will be restricted in CoVerified. If you are restricted due to missing an asymptomatic test, you will not be able to access University resources or attend in-person classes until you are tested and your results are received by the University. Additional information and a link to register for a test is available on myCharger.

    We realize that inclement weather impacted the original testing schedule. Still, I must reinforce to you the importance of our asymptomatic testing program to ensuring the health and well-being of our University community and to enabling us to have a successful and uninterrupted semester. All students must test weekly. Missing a weekly test is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and could result in disciplinary action.

    I hope you will take part in the many in-person and virtual events that are being planned by offices and departments across campus and our many recognized student organizations. Check out Charger Connection to see the events we have planned this weekend for the Super Bowl. Remember, if you are watching the game on or off campus outside of our University-sponsored viewing party, please limit the amount of people you are with to help protect your health and that of your fellow Charger Community members.

    As always, we are here for you to support you and help address questions or concerns you may have. We want everyone to have an enjoyable, productive, and, most importantly, healthy and safe semester.

    Above all, I encourage you to take the commitment we have as Chargers very seriously and to do your part to be accountable to your friends, classmates, professors, and University mentors.

    Continue to make us proud, Chargers.

    Sincerely,
    Ophelie Rowe-Allen, Ed.D.
    Dean of Students, Chief Student Affairs Officer

  • Dear Students,

    With the start of in-person classes only a few days away, we wanted to take this opportunity to share several important reminders to help you stay healthy and to reinforce the responsibility we have to each other as Chargers.

    As we begin the semester, it is important to recognize that there is a higher presence of COVID-19 – and new, highly transmissible strains of the virus – in our state than when we were last on campus together for the fall semester. With this said, we know a great deal more about the virus, how it is most commonly spread, and, most importantly, how to protect ourselves and one another.

    Below are some important tips to keep in mind:

    • Create and maintain a bubble with your family unit: Limiting your interactions to a small group of people reduces your exposure to the virus and limits the impact on the University community should you or someone in your bubble test positive for COVID-19.
    • Get tested weekly for COVID-19: Please remember, though, that regular testing is only one part of our comprehensive mitigation strategy, and everyone should continue to wear face coverings at all times, practice physical distancing, refrain from large gatherings, and complete daily symptom checks in CoVerified. More information on asymptomatic testing and how to register is available on myCharger.
    • Limit non-essential travel: We are continuing to strongly encourage resident students to refrain from travel outside of the of the Greater West Haven area and for employees and commuter students to limit their activities outside of their residence.
    • Avoid indoor dining or any mask-off activity outside of your family unit: All the evidence we have indicates that COVID-19 is most commonly spread in informal gatherings, often off-campus, when individuals are not being vigilant about wearing face coverings or practicing physical distancing.

    We are pleased to share that through our comprehensive testing conducted prior to arrival, upon arrival, and throughout the study-in-place period, our positivity rate on campus remains very low. We will continue to update our COVID Dashboard regularly.

    Above all, we would like to encourage everyone to keep their eye on the goal of having a successful – and uninterrupted – spring semester and to envision taking part in such activities as senior thesis, capstone and design projects; Spring Weekend; and Commencement. Because of the ever-evolving nature of the virus, we cannot predict at this time exactly what these signature experiences will look like, but we are committed to ensuring all of our students have a rewarding and memorable semester.

    We have made many enhancements to our isolation and quarantine protocols, and our Division of Student Affairs and recognized student organizations are continuing to plan programming that is safe and engaging. You will soon be hearing more about a Super Bowl Party, St. Patrick’s Day events, and Re-Charge Day programs.

    Ultimately, we have a responsibility to be role models for each other. We must continue to be vigilant and follow the comprehensive public health measures in place that we know are effective in mitigating exposure and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

    If we all make that commitment, we are confident that we will have another successful and productive semester together.

    Sincerely,

    Summer McGee, Ph.D., CPH
    Dean, School of Health Sciences
    University COVID-19 Coordinator

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services

  • Dear Commuter Students,

    In advance of your return to campus next week, we are writing to share several important reminders and updates:

    Return-to-Campus COVID-19 Test

    • Commuter students who will be on campus during the Spring 2021 semester must show proof of a negative molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test taken on or after January 25.
    • Test results must be submitted and accepted in CoVerified. Please note that all submissions are manually reviewed. You should allow at least 12 hours for this review to occur before inquiring about your submission.
    • Students should self-quarantine and minimize contact with others outside their family unit in the period between their return-to-campus test and their return to campus. After submitting results of your return-to-campus test in CoVerified, you should continue completing your daily symptom checks in CoVerified.
    • Please visit the COVID-19 Testing information page on myCharger for a comprehensive list of options for COVID-19 testing. The cost for return-to-campus testing is the responsibility of the student. The University’s student insurance policy covers testing, and all COVID-19 tests taken in Connecticut are required to be covered by insurance.
    • Please note that commuter students who have tested positive since October 22 should submit their positive test result in CoVerified as their return to campus test and should not take a new test.

    Mandatory Flu Vaccine Survey

    • All members of the University community must also complete the return-to-campus Flu Vaccination Survey in order to be cleared in CoVerified for the start of the Spring 2021 semester.

    Ongoing Asymptomatic Testing

    • All residential and undergraduate commuter students who are on-campus regularly throughout the Spring 2021 semester are required to get tested weekly as part of the University’s asymptomatic program.
    • Beginning the week of February 1, commuters should begin registering for weekly tests using this link (myCharger login required). All testing for commuters will take place in the Beckerman Recreation Center. All asymptomatic testing costs are covered by the University.
    • Failure to complete the weekly testing requirement will result in restriction from access to campus until testing is complete and may also include disciplinary action.
    • Please note: Students should not sign up for more than one test per week. Testing multiple times per week, unless specifically directed to by Campus Health Services or the COVID Task Force, is a student conduct violation.

    We hope you will join us for our next Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, January 27, at 6 p.m. It will be broadcast on www.facebook.com/UNewHavenCharlie. Please note that you do not need a Facebook account to view these presentations. We encourage you to share this information with your parents and family members.

    Thank you for your continued cooperation and for your commitment to protecting the health and well-being of our University community.

    Sincerely,

    Summer McGee, Ph.D., CPH
    Dean, School of Health Sciences
    University COVID-19 Coordinator

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services

  • Dear Commuter Students,

    We are looking forward to welcoming you to campus for the Spring 2021 semester. In advance of your arrival, we are writing to provide some important reminders.

    Return-to-Campus Requirements

    • All members of the University community who will be on campus regularly during the Spring 2021 semester must show proof of a negative molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test taken within five (5) business days prior to their return to campus.
    • Commuter students can be tested on or after January 25 to meet this requirement. Students should test as early as possible on or after January 25 to ensure results are received to attend the start of on-ground classes on February 3.
    • Students should self-quarantine and minimize contact with others outside their family unit in the period between their return-to-campus test and their return to campus.
    • Please visit the COVID-19 Testing information page on myCharger (login required) for a comprehensive list of options for COVID-19 testing. The cost for return-to-campus testing is the responsibility of the student. The University’s student insurance policy covers testing, and all COVID-19 tests taken in Connecticut are required to be covered by insurance.
    • Test results must be submitted and accepted in CoVerified. Please note that all submissions are manually reviewed. You should allow at least 12 hours for this review to occur before inquiring about your submission.
    • Please note that commuter students who have tested positive since October 22 should submit their positive test result in CoVerified as their return to campus test and should not take a new test.
    • All members of the University community must also complete the return-to-campus Flu Vaccination Survey in order to be cleared in CoVerified for the start of the Spring 2021 semester.
    • After submitting results of your return-to-campus test in CoVerified, students should continue completing their daily symptom checks in CoVerified.

    Weekly Testing Requirement

    • All commuter students who will be on campus during the Spring 2021 semester must test weekly with the University, at least through the end of February.
    • Next week, commuter students will receive an email with their testing schedule and instructions for registering for testing starting the week of February 1.

    Important Dates

    • Commuter students can begin returning to campus on Monday, February 1, provided they are cleared in CoVerified.
    • All classes will continue online-only through Tuesday, February 2.
    • In-person classes will begin on Wednesday, February 3.

    For those who may have missed it, the COVID Task Force hosted a Virtual Town Hall Forum last night. The recording of that event can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/UNewHavenCharlie

    Another Virtual Town Hall with the COVID Task Force and senior University leaders will take place on Wednesday, January 27, at 6 p.m., and it will be broadcast on www.facebook.com/UNewHavenCharlie. Please note that you do not need a Facebook account to view these presentations. We encourage you to share this information with your parents and family members.

    Thank you for your continued commitment to helping to protect the health and well-being of our University community.

    Sincerely,

    Summer McGee, Ph.D., CPH
    Dean, School of Health Sciences
    University COVID-19 Coordinator

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services

  • Dear Students,

    Welcome to the Spring 2021 semester. Like last semester, the upcoming semester promises to be unique in many ways. I'm confident you will each continue to take seriously the personal responsibility we each have to help ensure the health, safety, and well-being of the University community as we continue to live and learn amid the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

    I would like to share several reminders for the study-in-place period. All residential students are REQUIRED to remain on campus for the duration of the study-in-place period. Anyone who is found to have left campus will be subject to discipline as part of the Student Code of Conduct and could be suspended from University housing. Potential instances of COVID-19 violations can be submitted through ReportIt.

    Please make sure to read the email you will receive from COVID Testing about registering for a required COVID-19 test that you will take on campus on or after day 5 of the study-in-place period. You will need to have the results of this test to officially conclude your study-in-place period. Should you have any questions, email COVIDTesting@newhaven.edu.

    All students should continue to wear masks at all time (unless you are in your residence hall room/suite), practice physical distancing, and refrain from large gatherings. You should also continue to complete your daily wellness checks in CoVerified.

    Online classes will begin on Wednesday, January 20. The Peterson Library and Bergami Center for Science, Technology, and Innovation will be open to students beginning on January 20.

    Please note that commuters will not be permitted on campus until Feb. 1.

    This week, we will be asking all student to complete a DocuSign form to indicate you have received and read the Code of Conduct and student directives that will be in place throughout the Spring 2021 semester. Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Dean of Students office at deanofstudents@newhaven.edu.

    We realize it is difficult to attend college during a pandemic. Please know how grateful we are for your cooperation and for your commitment to doing your part to help ensure the health and safety of our University community.

    Sincerely,

    Dean Rowe-Allen

  • Dear Residential Students,

    We are looking forward to welcoming you to back to campus for the Spring 2021 semester. Below is some important information. Please read the following carefully.

    You should have already selected a move-in slot via myHousing for Saturday or Sunday, January 16 or 17. It is mandatory, per the Connecticut Department of Public Health, that all residential students return to their residence halls by January 17 for a required study-in-place period, unless they have received explicit approval from the COVID Task Force.

    As a reminder, the study-in-place period has been reduced and will conclude after January 24 AND University approval of a second negative PCR COVID-19 test. This test, which will be taken on or after day 5 of the study-in-place period, will be provided by the University. Details on how to register for this test will be shared directly with residential students.

    All students are required to take a rapid COVID-19 test upon their arrival on campus (at North Campus) in order to be able to move in. Please note that no parents or family members will be allowed to enter any University housing.

    Return-to-Campus COVID-19 Test

    • All residential students must show proof of a negative molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test taken within five (5) business days prior to their return to campus. Results must be submitted and accepted in CoVerified. Students must change their status from “remote” to “on campus” in CoVerified before they attempt to upload test results.
    • Residential students who have tested COVID positive since October 8 should submit their positive test result in CoVerified as their return to campus test and should not take a new test. Residential students who have tested positive since Oct. 8 should report directly to their residence hall to check in and not go to North Campus for an arrival test.
    • Limited on-campus testing is available for residential students only through Yale New Haven Health (YNHH) this week. You can sign up here. This testing opportunity is available on a first-come, first-served basis. These test results are expected to be available between 24 and 72 hours after testing.
    • Students who ordered a Let's Get Checked at-home test kit through the University or who got tested on campus through Yale New Haven Health do not have to submit their results to CoVerified.
    • Students will not be able to return to University housing for the Spring 2021 semester or attend in-person classes without accepted proof of a negative PCR-based COVID-19 test.

    Required Arrival Test

    • Residential students should arrive on campus at least an hour before their move-in slot and go directly to Charger Gymnasium at North Campus for a required COVID-19 test. Only students may enter Charger Gymnasium.
    • The arrival test will be a rapid antigen test called BinaxNow. A sample is collected by the student (self-collected) and performed by University staff. Samples must process for 15 minutes. Students will have to wait in the Charger Gymnasium for results to be received.
    • All students should arrive to campus with a go bag packed in the event that they test positive and have to go into isolation on campus. This bag should include all medications, chargers, laptop, and clothes for at least 10 days of isolation.
    • Students who test negative will receive a testing receipt as well as a bracelet to indicate they are cleared for arrival.
    • Students who test positive on arrival will have the option to isolate on campus, in a University designated location, or to return home for the 10-day isolation period. Students who test positive will also have a confirmatory PCR test performed at Campus Health Services before moving into isolation housing provided by the University.
    • Students who test positive will have an opportunity to store their belongings in a secure, climate controlled location during their isolation. University staff and bins will be available at North Campus for students to deposit their items. Belongings will be returned when isolation is completed. Students who test positive will be directed after storing their belongings to park their car in the Westside parking garage.

    Mandatory Study-in-Place Period

    • Upon their arrival on campus, all residential students must take part in a mandatory study-in-place period that will conclude after January 24 AND upon the receipt of a second negative PCR COVID-19 test. This test, which will be taken on or after day 5 of the study-in-place period, will be provided by the University. Details on how to register will be shared later this week.
    • 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. Facilities such as the Beckerman Recreation Center, Peterson Library, and the Bergami Center for Science, Technology, and Innovation will be available to residential students only beginning on Jan. 25. Students must be cleared in CoVerified to be able to access these facilities.
    • All residential students must remain on campus for the entirety of the study-in-place period.

    We look forward to seeing you on campus soon.

    The Office of Residential Life

  • Dear Students,

    We look forward to welcoming you back to campus. We will host a Virtual Town Hall Forum on Wednesday, January 13, at 6 p.m. about our return-to-campus plans for the Spring 2021 semester.

    The forum will be broadcast on www.facebook.com/UNewHavenCharlie. You do not have to have a Facebook account to view the presentation, and the video will be available on demand at the conclusion of the event.

    As part of the forum, we will provide several updates:

    • Following guidance from and consultation with the Connecticut Department of Health, as well as the feedback shared by members of our community, we have made the decision to reduce the mandatory study-in-place period at the start of the semester. We believe this study-in-place period is the most prudent approach to mitigating potential spread of COVID-19, while balancing the mental health and well-being of the entire University community during this very dynamic time.
    • The study-in-place period for residential students will conclude after January 24 AND University approval of a second negative PCR COVID-19 test. This test, which will be taken on or after day 5 of the study-in-place period, will be provided by the University. Details on how to register for this test will be shared directly with residential students.
    • After being cleared in CoVerified following a second negative PCR COVID-19 test, residential students will continue with online classes and be able to participate in the variety of programming planned by Student Affairs and Recognized Student Organizations. Please note that any informal gatherings on or off campus will be capped at 10 individuals for the duration of the Spring 2021 semester.
    • The isolation period for those who test COVID+ and the quarantine period for those determined to have had an exposure to a COVID+ individual will both be 10 days. All resident students are strongly advised, should the need arise during the Spring 2021 semester, to isolate or quarantine in University-provided space on or near campus.

    Important reminders

    • All residential students have received an email from the Office of Residential Life with details on how to register for a move-in slot and information about the COVID-19 test they will be required to take upon their arrival on campus.
    • Commuter students may begin coming to campus on Feb. 1, as previously indicated, provided their negative return-to-campus test has been submitted and accepted in CoVerified. Leading up to their return, commuter students are expected to limit their interactions, as much as possible, to their family units and to follow all public health guidance, including wearing a mask, physical distancing, and avoiding large gatherings.
    • The start of online classes remains Wednesday, January 20, and in-person classes will begin as scheduled on Wednesday, February 3.

    Return-to-campus requirements

    • As a reminder, students will not be able to return to University housing for the Spring 2021 semester or to attend in-person classes without accepted proof of a negative PCR-based COVID-19 test taken within five (5) business days prior to their return to campus.
    • The cost for all return-to-campus tests is the responsibility of the student. Test results must be submitted and accepted in CoVerified. Students must change their status from "remote" to "on campus" in CoVerified before they attempt to upload test results.
    • Students who ordered a Let's Get Checked at-home test kit through the University or who got tested on campus through Yale New Haven Health do not have to submit their results to CoVerified.
    • Please note that resident students who have tested positive since October 8 and commuter students who have tested positive since October 22 should submit their positive test result in CoVerified as their return to campus test and should not take a new test. Resident students who have tested positive since October 8 also should not take the rapid arrival test.
    • All members of the University community who will be on campus regularly throughout the Spring 2021 semester must also complete the return-to-campus Flu Vaccination Survey in order to be cleared in CoVerified for the start of the Spring 2021 semester.

    Upcoming Virtual Town Hall Forums

    • Please also plan to attend the Virtual Town Hall Forums that will take place on Jan. 20 and Jan. 27 for the latest updates and to ask questions you might have. Each session will begin at 6 p.m. and be broadcast on www.facebook.com/UNewHavenCharlie.

    Additional information, including a new set of FAQs for the Spring 2021 semester that were added today, can be found on newhaven.edu/reopening.

    We understand that attending college in a pandemic is not easy, and we appreciate your continued commitment to ensuring the health and well-being of our University community.

    Summer McGee, Ph.D., CPH
    Dean, School of Health Sciences
    University COVID-19 Coordinator

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services

  • Dear Students,

    Thank for your patience and flexibility as we continue to plan for your safe return to campus for the Spring 2021 semester. We are looking forward to moving ahead with our original plan to welcome resident students back on Jan. 16 and 17.

    We have updated some of our return-to-campus COVID policies and testing protocols based on the latest state and federal guidelines. We will share an important update on the study-in-place period and the start of on-ground classes during a virtual Town Hall Forum on Thursday, January 7, at 6 p.m. that will be broadcast on www.facebook.com/UNewHavenCharlie. We hope you will attend and that you will share this information with your parents and families. Video of the forum will be available on demand once it has concluded, and a written update will be shared by Friday morning. (Please note that a Facebook account is not required to be able to view the virtual forum.)

    In advance of the forum, we would like to provide several important reminders:

    • All members of the University community, except those who have tested COVID positive since October 8, must show proof of a negative a molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test within five (5) business days prior to their return to campus.
    • All members of the University community must complete the return-to-campus Flu Vaccination Survey by Friday, January 8. This survey must be completed in order to be cleared in CoVerified for the start of the Spring 2021 semester.

    Information from the Office of Residential Life on how to sign up for a move in slot will be shared after the town hall.

    Sincerely,

    COVID Task Force

  • Dear Parents and Families,

    As you may be aware from your students, colleges and universities across Connecticut are currently awaiting updated guidance from the state's Department of Public Health that could impact details of our return-to-campus plans for the Spring 2021 semester. While we have been told the release of this new information remains imminent, we have not yet received it.

    As a result, I have made the decision to postpone the parents and families Virtual Town Hall Forum scheduled for Wednesday, January 6, at 6 p.m. Once we receive an update from the state, we will share it and reschedule the Virtual Town Hall Forum to address questions you might have.

    At this time, we are continuing to advise those who have received an at-home COVID-19 test kit, or who made arrangements for a COVID-19 test for on or after Friday, January 8, to keep their kits and appointments but await further instructions from the COVID Task Force before undergoing testing. Additional information will be shared by Thursday on any changes to testing requirements.

    Please note that the Virtual Town Hall Forum for students that was originally scheduled for today was also postponed.

    Thank you for your ongoing flexibility and cooperation as we continue to plan for your student's safe and healthy return to campus.

    With best wishes,

    Steven H. Kaplan
    President

  • Dear Students,

    I have made the decision to postpone the Virtual Town Hall Forum scheduled for Tuesday, January 5, at 2 p.m. At this time, colleges and universities across the state are awaiting updated guidance from the State of Connecticut's Department of Public Health that could impact return-to-campus plans for the Spring 2021 semester.

    We have been told the release of this new information is imminent. Once we receive it, we will provide any necessary updates and reschedule the Virtual Town Hall Forum to address questions you might have.

    At this time, those who have received an at-home COVID-19 test kit, or made arrangements for a COVID-19 test for on or after Friday, January 8, should keep their kits and appointments but await further instructions from the COVID Task Force before undergoing testing. Additional information will be shared by Thursday on any changes to testing requirements.

    Thank you for your continued flexibility and cooperation.

    With best wishes,

    Steven H. Kaplan
    President

  • Dear Students,

    We are writing to provide you an important reminder about the COVID-19 test that is required for your return to campus for the Spring 2021 semester.

    • All students must show proof of a negative molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test taken within five (5) business days prior to your arrival on campus. The cost for all return-to-campus tests is the responsibility of the student.
    • Students are strongly encouraged to arrange for testing in your home state or to pursue at-home test options. For Connecticut residents, local testing resources can be found here. 
    • To assist you in securing an at-home test kit, the University is working with Let's Get Checked, a Federal Drug Administration-authorized and Connecticut Department of Public Health-recommended provider of at-home COVID-19 test kits. The deadline to place an order is Friday, December 18.
    • The University will offer limited return-to-campus testing on our campus via Yale New Haven Health (YNHH). Testing will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. These test results are expected to be available between 24 and 72 hours after testing. Residential students only can begin to register for a return-to-campus test through YNHH for the week of January 11. This will be processed through students' insurance.
    • Students will not be able to return to University housing for the Spring 2021 semester or to attend in-person classes without accepted proof of a negative PCR-based COVID-19 test.
    • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, please click here for additional guidance.

    We hope you will join us for our next virtual town hall forum that will take place on Wednesday, December 16, at 6 p.m. on www.facebook.com/UNewHavenCharlie. Feel free to submit your questions ahead of time.

    Thank you for your continued commitment to keeping our University community healthy and safe.

    COVID Task Force

  • Dear Students,

    We are writing today to inform you of an important update for the Spring 2021 semester. We have made the decision to have all residential students (including those from Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey) return to University housing on Jan. 16 or 17 for a mandatory study-in-place period on campus in advance of the start of in-person classes for the Spring 2021 semester.

    We believe this is the most prudent and practical step to take to protect the health and well-being of the entire University community. Please note that these details could change based on any new guidance received from the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

    Two Week Study-in-Place Requirement

    Resident students will receive additional information from the Office of Residential Life on the timeframes that will be available for you to return to campus on Jan 16 or 17. Resident students who do not return to campus by January 17 will have to complete their quarantine period off campus – in Connecticut – at their own expense and will not be allowed to move into their campus residence until their 14-day quarantine is completed.

    Students will study in place as of their return to University housing for the Spring 2021 semester through Sunday, January 31. During this period students will be able to leave their rooms to pick up carryout meals and for occasional, short wellness breaks. 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 on January 31.

    All residential students must remain on campus for the entirety of the study-in-place period. Those with off-campus employment obligations should plan to make arrangements with their employers during this period, as off-campus employment will not be permitted.

    All commuters and out-of-state students who do not live in University housing are expected to follow the same self-quarantine requirements at their residence in Connecticut between Jan 17 and Jan. 31 and are strongly encouraged to limit their interactions during this period to their family units. Commuters and out-of-state students may begin coming to campus on Feb. 1, provided they have obtained a negative test result within five (5) business days prior.

    Return-to-Campus COVID-19 Testing Requirement

    The same COVID-19 testing requirements that were in place for the start of the Fall 2020 semester will be in place for the start of the Spring 2021 semester. All students must show proof of a molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test taken within five (5) business days prior to their arrival on campus. Students will not be able to return to University housing without proof of a negative test.

    Students are strongly encouraged to arrange for testing in their home state or to pursue at-home test options. At-home test kits can be ordered now so that they are received well in advance of our five (5) business day testing window.

    The University will be assisting students with purchasing Let's Get Check at-home test kits directly through the University, if they wish to do so. Test kits must be ordered through the University by Friday, December 18.

    All residential students doing an at-home COVID-19 test, whether through Let's Get Checked or another provider, should perform the test on Friday, Jan. 8, and ship it back the same day. Commuter and off-campus students should perform the at-home test on Monday, Jan. 25, and ship it back the same day.

    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. These test results are expected to be available between 24 and 72 hours after testing.

    All return-to-campus tests, except those taken on-campus with YNHH or Let's Get Checked, must be submitted to CoVerified.

    Resident students will be tested a second time during the Jan. 16 to 31 study-in-place period. This will be arranged by the University as part of our COVID-19 asymptomatic testing program, and will be provided at no cost to the student.

    Return-to-Campus Flu Vaccination Plan

    All members of the University community are required to participate in our Return-to-Campus Flu Vaccination plan. All University members should complete the Flu Vaccination Survey by Friday, January 8. This survey must be completed in order to be cleared in CoVerified for the start of the Spring 2021 semester.

    The University strongly supports the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization that all individuals should be vaccinated against influenza this winter to help prevent the twin pandemics of flu and COVID-19 happening at the same time.

    Start of Spring 2021 Semester

    As a reminder, the Spring 2021 semester is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, January 20, with 10 days of online-only classes. In-person classes are set to begin on Wednesday, February 3. (Click here for the Academic Calendar.) On-campus facilities such as the Beckerman Center, Peterson Library, and Bergami Center will open on Monday, February 1. Commuter meal plans will also begin on February 1.

    Dec. 16 Virtual Town Hall Forum

    The COVID Task Force will host a virtual town hall forum on Wednesday, December 16, at 6 p.m. that will be broadcast live at www.facebook.com/UNewHavenCharlie. Please share this information with your parents and family members. Additional virtual forums will take place in January.

    Finally, we are pleased to share that the University has returned to green status. There are currently only two active cases in our community, and there are no students in quarantine or isolation space on campus. We continue to be in touch regularly with those who are completing their isolation or quarantine off campus. Students who do test positive for COVID-19 for the remainder of the semester or through Winter Break should contact Health Services at 203-932-7079.

    Thank you for your cooperation and flexibility throughout the semester. Please continue to follow our Reopening page for the latest information. We offer you our best wishes for a successful completion to the fall semester and a healthy and restful Winter Break.

    Summer McGee, Ph.D., CPH
    Dean, School of Health Sciences
    University COVID-19 Coordinator

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services

  • Deidre S. Gifford, MD, MPH, Acting Commissioner of the Department of Public Health for the State of Connecticut, addresses a letter to the state's college communities:

    This has been an academic year like no other. Your campus administrators, faculty and staff have done a remarkable job of keeping our colleges and universities operating at a very high level during the most difficult of circumstances. While the year of instruction may have been unique, with a blend of in-person and remote learning, simply having our campuses open has led to the familiarity of atmosphere and energy you came to expect when you began your higher education experiences.

    Read Full Letter (PDF)

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    In less than a week, the on-ground portion of our Fall 2020 semester will be completed. We thank each and every one of you for your tireless work and sacrifice to allow our University to remain healthy and safe this semester. It is through your efforts that we made it to Thanksgiving Break with only limited interruptions.

    As we prepare to depart our campus, we want to share some important guidance with you to ensure your holiday season is healthy, happy and COVID-free. These recommendations are a combination of guidance we have received from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CT Department of Public Health, and others.

    We created a video update that touches on many of the important points below. Please take the time to watch this video, and we would encourage our students to share this with their parents and family members.

    Have a Healthy Holiday Season and Winter Break

    • Students not currently living at home should quarantine, as much as possible, away from their families for 14 days after returning home.
    • Resident students should test prior to leaving campus and should wait to leave campus until they have their negative result.
    • Students should test again seven (7) days after returning home. Students should complete the full 14-day quarantine even if this test is negative.
    • All individuals are strongly advised against holding large social gatherings or reunions over the holiday season. Maximum group size in Connecticut is 10 persons.
    • Refrain from all non-essential travel, particularly travel to Affected States.
    • Whenever around anyone outside of your immediate family unit, wear a face covering.
    • Students who have family members in their homes who are at high risk of complications from COVID-19 infection (over age 60 or with chronic medical conditions) should consider completing their quarantine somewhere other than with those high-risk family members.

    During the period between students taking a COVID-19 test on campus and returning home, we are continuing to strongly recommend that you limit possibilities for exposure as much as possible.

    Get Ready for a Safe Return in 2021

    • If you have not already done so, please get a flu shot.
    • Purchase an at-home COVID-19 testing kit or make an appointment NOW for a RT-PCR test for five (5) business days prior to your return to campus date.
    • Monitor your state's and Connecticut's Travel Advisory website to stay up to date on quarantine, testing and other requirements for returning to campus for the Spring 2021 semester.
    • Continue to regularly check your University email and our reopening page during the coming weeks for the latest information and important instructions.

    We wish you all the best for a great Thanksgiving holiday, a strong end to the semester, and a restful and rejuvenating Winter Break.

    Best,

    COVID Task Force

  • Dear Students,

    While our sights continue to be firmly set on safely and successfully completing the Fall 2020 semester, faculty and staff from across the University have spent considerable time planning for the Spring 2021 semester.

    President Kaplan and members of the COVID Task Force will host a virtual town hall forum for students on Tuesday, November 17, at 4 p.m. to discuss, among other important topics, protocols for the spring semester. (Students, please see the original email from the COVID Task Force for the link.)

    Return-to-campus testing requirement

    The same COVID-19 testing requirements that were in place for the start of the Fall 2020 semester will be in place for the start of the Spring 2021 semester. All students must show proof of a molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test taken within five (5) business days prior to their arrival on campus. Residential students must show proof of a negative test before they will be permitted to move into University housing.

    Students are strongly encouraged to arrange for testing in their home state or to pursue at-home test options through such companies as Let's Get Checked, Vault Health, or Pixel. At-home test kits can be ordered now so that they are received well in advance of our five (5) business day testing window. In addition, many retailers, such as Costco, are now offering PCR at-home test kits.

    Return-to-campus testing will be available on our campus the week prior to on-ground classes beginning. Yale New Haven Health will be our on-campus testing provider for the week of January 25. The cost for the 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.

    All return-to-campus tests must be submitted to CoVerified.

    Spring 2021 semester residential move in and start of classes

    Students returning from affected states should plan to return to University housing on Sunday, January 17. Students will quarantine on campus for 14 days while taking their courses online. Students from affected states will be required to take a COVID-19 test within five (5) business days prior to their arrival AND complete a second COVID-19 test while in quarantine. The return-to-campus test is the responsibility of the student, and the quarantine test will be provided by the University for students from affected states.

    Students from affected states who do not move into University housing by January 17 will need to complete their 14-day quarantine off campus at their own expense. Students who wish to move in advance of January 17 should contact the Office of Residential Life directly at ResLife@newhaven.edu.

    Residential students from non-affected states should plan to take their courses online beginning on January 20 until they return to campus on Sunday, January 31. Spring semester room and board rates will be adjusted accordingly for students from non-affected states.

    The Spring 2021 semester is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, January 20, with 10 days of online-only classes. In-person classes are set to begin on Wednesday, February 3. (Click here for the Academic Calendar)

    Return-to-Campus Flu Vaccination Plan

    All University students and employees are required to participate in our Return-to-Campus Flu Vaccination plan. All University members must submit proof of an influenza vaccination OR a statement that they declined the flu vaccination in order to be cleared in CoVerified for the start of the Spring 2021 semester. All students will be invited to respond to a Flu Vaccination Survey in early January.

    The University strongly supports the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization that all individuals should be vaccinated against influenza this winter to help prevent the twin pandemics of flu and COVID-19 happening at the same time.

    Comprehensive Public Health Measures

    The same comprehensive public health measures will stay in effect for the Spring 2021 semester. All community members will have to wear face coverings at all times, practice physical distancing, use CoVerified, and refrain from large gatherings.

    Random Asymptomatic Testing for Spring 2021 Semester

    Throughout the Spring 2021 semester, 50 percent of residential students, 5 to 10 percent of the commuter population, and every student athlete will be tested each week. Residential students will test with Yale New Haven Health in the German Club, and commuter students and student-athletes will test with Saliva Direct in the Charger Gymnasium at North Campus. Residential students should expect to test every other week for the duration of the semester.

    New Enhancements for Spring 2021

    The University will continue to develop enhancements across campus that are designed to enrich your educational experience. We will institute service enrichments across our dining services operations and increase the number of food truck options that are available. In addition, we will continue to enhance common spaces across the campus that enable students to meet safely.

    Virtual Town Hall Forums

    The COVID Task Force and President Kaplan will host a series of virtual town hall forums in December and January. Please be on the lookout for invitations to these important events.

    We should emphasize that, while we have every confidence the Spring 2021 academic calendar will proceed as outlined, it is important to note that the latest State of Connecticut guidance we have received has encouraged us to continue to be as flexible as possible. We are prepared for any eventualities as a result of the evolving impact of the coronavirus on our state and region. Any necessary modifications would be communicated as quickly as possible.

    Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility. Together we will continue to thrive in these challenging times.

    Sincerely,

    Summer McGee, Ph.D., CPH
    Dean, School of Health Sciences
    University COVID-19 Coordinator

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services

  • Dear Students,

    At present, we are seeing a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in Connecticut and a recent uptick of COVID+ students in our University community, particularly among our commuter student population. Consistent with the State of Connecticut's recent decision to revert back to Phase 2.1 COVID-19 restrictions, we have made the decision to move to Yellow Alert status. This is being done out of an abundance of caution for the health and well-being of our University community.

    Yellow Alert status means:

    • We will continue with in-person, hybrid, and online learning
    • Capacity for on-campus spaces has been reduced to 50 percent or less
    • Dining will continue to be carry-out only
    • Residential students are strongly encouraged to limit their time off campus as much as possible and to wear face coverings at all times
    • Campus transportation and shuttle service will be reduced
    • Nonessential travel outside of the University community is discouraged

    At this time, new cases remain controlled in our community but indicators on our campus, in the surrounding community, and across the state suggest increased potential for transmission of COVID-19. We must emphasize that this is not a time to panic, but it is important that we all continue to remain vigilant to prevent the spread of COVID-19 for the remainder of our semester together.

    End of Term COVID-19 Testing Opportunities

    An important part of our mitigation strategy is the continuation of a comprehensive testing program. All commuter students have been invited and encouraged to test on campus between Nov. 9 and Nov. 23 with Saliva Direct at the Charger Gymnasium. All residential students are being invited today and encouraged to test on campus during this same period with Yale New Haven Health in the German Club.

    Do not come to any asymptomatic testing opportunity if you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. As always, should you experience symptoms at any time, you should immediately submit them via CoVerified and contact Campus Health Services at 203-932-7079 to arrange symptomatic testing.

    Remember that the intention of testing is to help ensure you are COVID free now and leading into Thanksgiving/winter break. We want to make sure that your family members are safe when you return home later this month. To do so, we are strongly recommending that you limit possibilities for exposure as much as possible after your test. We are NOT officially quarantining the campus at this time; rather, you are strongly encouraged to limit your possibilities for exposure both on-campus and off-campus for the remainder of the semester.

    Please note that testing is just one part of the University's comprehensive strategy to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. All students should continue to wear a face covering at all times, practice physical distancing, wash their hands frequently, and avoid nonessential activities and travel to the extent possible.

    COVID-Compliant Weekend Programming

    At this time, both the University and the broader community are noticing that COVID-19 spread largely is the result of small gatherings of friends and family. We will be following the state of Connecticut's Phase 2 restrictions on indoor and outdoor gathering sizes. As such, we are strongly encouraging all students to limit their interactions to their family units, and we are discouraging residential students from any nonessential travel outside of our University community for the remainder of our on-ground term. Commuter students are encouraged to limit interactions to their housemates and families when not on campus.

    You will note that we have reduced the University's shuttle transportation into West Haven and New Haven. This is largely due to the state of Connecticut's 9:30 p.m. curfew that has been put in place for restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues.

    We will continue to provide COVID-compliant in-person activities on campus throughout the rest of the semester that enable you to safely interact with the members of your family units. Details about food trucks and other on-campus programming will be shared in the Charlie's Events Roundup email on Thursday evening.

    Stay Healthy for the Holidays and Your Loved Ones

    Our focus right now is on enabling you to safely complete the remainder of the semester on-ground without further interruption. We are also committed to helping to ensure you are able to return home COVID free to your families and loved ones for Thanksgiving and Winter Break.

    We are confident the measures in place will help protect the health and well-being of our University community and everyone you will be returning home to in two weeks.

    Thank you for your ongoing cooperation as we work together to navigate this dynamic situation. Let's finish the Fall 2020 semester strong, healthy, and united.

    COVID Task Force

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    Given the ever-evolving impact of COVID-19 on global public health, the University of New Haven has made the difficult decision to extend the suspension of all undergraduate study abroad for the Spring 2021 semester. This suspension applies to the Prato Campus and all approved exchange and provider programs for which students may have successfully applied. We believe this is the prudent choice to make to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our students.

    This decision was made after a complete and thorough evaluation of the evolving and unpredictable global pandemic and in consideration of a number of factors, including student health and safety; country- and site-specific health infrastructure restrictions; potential delays of visa issuances; and restrictive entry requirements. In addition, the University's decision was informed by guidance from many national and international agencies, including the U.S. Department of State, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization, along with local country-specific government policies and public health mandates.

    Like many other schools, we are announcing this decision now (November 2020) to ensure that all students have ample time to adjust their plans for the upcoming semester. Making this decision now also eliminates potential challenges that would arise due to last-minute program cancellations, unexpected travel restrictions, international housing constraints, and more.

    While no University of New Haven undergraduates will be permitted to participate in any study abroad programming during the Spring 2021 semester, the University remains committed to assisting all students who had applied for study abroad to revise spring plans and consider study abroad options for future semesters. We remain optimistic about possibilities for study abroad in Summer 2021 and Fall 2021, and those decisions will be announced early in the Spring 2021 semester.

    The University is also extending the suspension of all study away opportunities across the United States, including its program in Nashville, that take place in any affected states as determined by the State of Connecticut. Please refer to the FAQs below for additional information.

    Thank you for your continued cooperation.

    Sincerely,

    Mario T. Gaboury , J.D., Ph.D.
    Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

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    Q: Will I be able to study abroad during a future semester?

    A: We encourage all students to apply for Summer and Fall 2021 programs. Please contact the Study Abroad Office at studyabroad@newhaven.edu or http://studyabroad.newhaven.edu to learn more about our programs.

    Q: Will study abroad proceed in Summer 2021 and Fall 2021?

    A: Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications on health, safety, and travel, the University of New Haven will continue to monitor the situation before making any determinations about study abroad for Summer 2021 and Fall 2021. We remain cautiously optimistic about offering study abroad programs from Summer 2021 onward and encourage students to continue exploring study abroad options. If study abroad for Summer 2021 or Fall 2021 is restricted, we will convey any decisions with as much advance notice as possible.

    Q: Now that I am not able to study abroad this spring, what are my academic options?

    A: Please meet with your academic advisor to discuss possible options for you to study abroad in Summer, Fall 2021, or 2022. If you need more information about future study abroad programming, contact the Office of Study Abroad.

    Q: I have started my application for the Spring 2021 program. What are my next steps?

    A: If you have started an application for Spring 2021, contact the Office of Study Abroad to discuss if your application can be moved to the next available semester.

    Q: Can I participate in virtual internships during the Spring 2021 semester?

    A: If you are interested in learning about virtual opportunities, please contact the Office of Study Abroad at studyabroad@newhaven.edu.

    Q: If I was planning to participate in the University's study away program in Nashville during the Spring 2021 semester, what options do I have.

    A: Students who were planning to participate in the Nashville study away program should contact Erica Haskell at EHaskell@newhaven.edu.

  • Dear Students,

    Following reports of several large, unauthorized, off-campus gatherings involving University of New Haven students the last two evenings – and information that others are planned for this evening – we write to state in no uncertain terms that quick and decisive action will be taken against those violating executive orders from the state and the University's guidelines. Accelerated investigations and actions have already taken place from unauthorized gatherings on Thursday and Friday nights.

    Both the West Haven Police Department and the University Police Department will be closely monitoring activities throughout the weekend. Anyone holding or participating in any unauthorized gatherings will be subject to the following:

    • Substantial fines
    • Immediate referral to the Dean of Students Office, with disciplinary penalties up to and including suspension from University housing and expulsion from the University

    We understand that the selfish behavior of participating in unauthorized gatherings are the actions of a few, and that most have heeded our advice and warnings. However, some continue to defy the guidance, putting the health and safety of the University community in jeopardy and raising the question of whether or not the University will be able to complete in-person learning for the balance of the Fall 2020 semester. You have told us loudly and clearly that is what you want. Now is the time to demonstrate that you will do what is necessary to ensure that happens.

    As a reminder, all students must wear face coverings, observe physical distancing, use CoVerified, and refrain from large gatherings. Suspected instances of misconduct can be reported via Report It, the LiveSafe app, or by calling the University Police Department's non-emergency number at 203.932.7014.

    Sincerely,

    James Gilman
    Chief, University Police Department

    Ophelie Rowe-Allen
    Dean of Students and Chief Student Affairs Officer

  • Dear Students,

    We are writing to inform you of an important policy change that impacts those who are from an affected state. While we continue to strongly discourage any nonessential travel outside of Connecticut, we do understand some students could be planning a visit home, particularly with Election Day next week.

    Per the latest State of Connecticut Travel Advisory guidance, we are able to offer any student who visits an affected state the opportunity to show proof of a negative test instead of needing to quarantine for 14 days off campus upon their return to Connecticut.

    Students who would like to pursue this test-out option must show proof of a molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test taken 72 hours prior to their return to Connecticut. The COVID-19 test must be taken in the students' home state. The negative result must be submitted to CoVerified before a student is permitted to return to University housing or to return to on-campus classes.

    Any students who are not planning to return to campus for the remainder of the semester should switch their status to "remote" in CoVerified. Doing so will prevent you from being asked to test or complete symptom checks for the remainder of the term.

    Please email COVIDTaskForce@newhaven.edu should you have any questions.

    Thank you for your continued cooperation.

    COVID Task Force

  • Dear Students,

    We would like to thank you for your cooperation and your attention to the comprehensive measures that were put in place due to the University's Orange Alert. The actions that were taken are working. We continue to see a decrease in the number of new cases (over the past seven days) and the number of total active cases.

    As a result, we anticipate returning to Green Alert status and resuming in-person classes on Monday, Oct. 26.

    Please be aware of the following important information about the resumption of in-person classes:

    COVID-19 Testing – All residential students are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken between Oct. 13 and Oct. 25. Commuter students are strongly encouraged to get tested before returning to campus. All test results should be submitted to CoVerified. Information about how to submit test results to CoVerified can be found here.

    Dining Services – Out of an abundance of caution, all meal options will continue to be carry-out only through the Re-Charge Day that will take place on Tuesday, November 3. At that time, we will reassess and determine if we can resume dining-in options.

    Several new tents will be placed on campus that will enable students, as the weather permits, to eat outside. Students are strongly encouraged to continue to dine only with your family units. Since any activity without a face covering poses risks, students are encouraged to be vigilant about observing physical distancing when eating with others. Students in quarantine and isolation will continue to have meals delivered to them.

    University Housing – With the expected return to Green Alert status on Monday, Oct. 26, residential students will be able to, at that time, resume hosting signed-in current students as guests in the common space in their University housing. All students must wear face coverings at all times and adhere to the posted capacity limits in all common spaces. As has been the policy since the start of the semester, students are only permitted in the individual room/suite in which they live, and no outside guests are allowed on campus.

    Campus Operations – As has been the case since the start of the semester, The Peterson Library and the Beckerman Recreation Center will continue to operate on an appointment-only basis.

    Above all, we must continue to be vigilant. In just the last few weeks, we learned firsthand the far-reaching impact that the lack of adherence to established guidelines can have on the entire University community and on our on-campus operations. We continue to implore everyone to follow the comprehensive public health measures that continue to be in place and, most importantly, to be accountable to each other. If we continue to do that, we will be able to complete the remainder of the fall semester without interruption.

    Spring 2021 Academic Calendar Announced

    We are excited to share with you some details about the Spring 2021 academic calendar. The Spring 2021 semester is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, January 20, with 10 days of online-only classes. In-person classes are set to begin on Wednesday, February 3.

    Spring 2021 Return to Campus Testing Requirements – The same COVID-19 testing requirements that were in place for the start of the Fall 2020 semester will be in place for the start of the Spring 2021 semester. All students must show proof of a molecular SARS- COV2 RT-PCR test taken within five (5) days prior to their arrival on campus. Residential students must show proof of a negative test before they will be permitted to move into University housing. Students from affected states will have to quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival in Connecticut. Commuter students must show proof of a negative test taken within five (5) days prior to the start of in-person classes on Feb. 3.

    Residential Student Move-In – Students returning from affected states should plan to return to University housing on Sunday, January 17. Students will quarantine on campus for 14 days while taking their courses online. Students from affected states will be required to take a COVID-19 test within five (5) days prior to their arrival AND complete a second COVID-19 test while in quarantine. Residential students from non-affected states should plan to take their courses online from home until they return to campus on Sunday, January 31. Spring semester room and board rates will be adjusted accordingly for students from non-affected states.

    Spring Break – At the request of the Connecticut Department of Public Health, we have made the decision to cancel Spring Break and replace it with four Re-Charge Days that will take place throughout the Spring 2020 semester. We believe this approach will give you a chance to relax and decompress while discouraging non-essential travel that could lead to the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Details about these Re-Charge days and the rest of the Spring 2021 academic calendar can be found here.

    Please note that while we have every confidence the Spring 2021 calendar will proceed as outlined, it is important to note that the latest State of Connecticut guidance we have received has encouraged us to be flexible as we plan for the Spring 2021 semester. We will continue to be prepared for any eventualities as a result of the evolving impact of the coronavirus on our state and region. Any necessary modifications would be communicated as quickly as possible.

    Thank for you for your continued patience and flexibility. Together we will continue to thrive in these challenging times.

    Summer McGee, Ph.D., CPH
    Dean, School of Health Sciences
    University COVID-19 Coordinator

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services

    Mario T. Gaboury, J.D., Ph.D.
    Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

  • Dear Students,

    Over the last few days, we have yet to see a decrease in the number of positive cases in our community. As a result, following consultation with state and local public health officials, the COVID Task Force has recommended to President Kaplan, and he has endorsed, an extension of the University's suspension of in-person classes until Monday, October 26. At this time, we remain in an Orange Alert status.

    We should emphasize that the current daily trend over the last several days was not unexpected as we continue to increase our testing capacity. You should not be alarmed, but everyone must remain vigilant and take extra precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19 on our campus. We are confident that the comprehensive steps we are taking will effectively limit the spread of coronavirus in our community.

    While we understand you may have a desire to return home during this timeframe, we strongly encourage you to remain on campus out of concern for your own health and safety and for that of your families. College students remaining in place is the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and our state and local public health officials.

    With a goal of returning to in-person classes on October 26, we are providing the following clarifications and new measures that are in addition to the actions that have already been implemented. These steps will allow us sufficient time to conduct more testing and to decrease the number of social interactions that continue to take place.

    Study In Place – We are strongly recommending that all students who are not currently in quarantine or isolation limit their interactions with anyone other than family members or family units.

    All residential students not currently in quarantine or isolation should remain in their rooms as much as possible and leave their rooms only to pick up food or have a COVID-19 test.

    All commuter students not currently in quarantine or isolation should remain in their homes as much as possible, limit their interactions to roommates and family, and leave their homes only to get food or have a COVID-19 test.

    We do recognize the need for you to maintain your mental and physical wellness during this time. For those students not in quarantine or isolation, we encourage you to get out of your homes or residence halls for a brief, daily walk with those in your family unit, properly distanced and with face coverings. Those on campus should also, as you will see details about below, take advantage, on occasion, of the appointment-only options at the Library and Recreation Center.

    Commuter students and those living off campus will not be permitted to return to campus until Monday, October 26. We will be communicating directly with commuter students soon about recommended guidelines and restrictions specific to that population.

    COVID-19 Testing – Every residential student, who is not currently in quarantine, will be required to get a COVID-19 test between October 13 and October 24. Students who are in isolation or who have already tested positive for COVID-19 will not have to retest. Students in quarantine who have already tested do not need to retest. Saturday testing slots are being added for this week and next week. Residential students who have not already signed up for a test should do so here.

    Commuter students are strongly encouraged to be tested at an off-campus location of your choice. Please refer to the Yale New Haven Health testing information site, and report off-campus test results to COVIDTesting@newhaven.edu. We hope to be able to provide additional testing options for commuter students and will communicate that information directly with commuter students soon.

    Students in Quarantine – Any residential student who is in quarantine and decides to quarantine off campus will not be able to return to campus until the end of their 14-day quarantine and will need to get tested on day 5 and day 12 of their quarantine. Both negative tests will be required to return to University housing and need to be RT-PCR tests. Students in quarantine who remain on campus are required to test on day 5 of their quarantine and to complete a 14-day quarantine, but will not need to test a second time.

    Students in Isolation – Any student who has tested positive will need to isolate for 10 days and be symptom free for the last 24 hours of their isolation to be cleared by Campus Health Services. If a student who has isolated returns to a campus residence hall room that is in quarantine, they must complete the existing quarantine period with their family unit.

    Dining Services – All meal options will continue to be carry-out only. Students are strongly encouraged to only dine with your family units. Since any activity without a face covering poses risks, students are encouraged to be vigilant about observing physical distancing when eating with others. Students in quarantine and isolation will continue to have meals delivered to them.

    Campus Operations – The Peterson Library and the Beckerman Recreation Center will continue to operate on an appointment-only basis. University-sponsored transportation services will continue to be limited through Sunday, October 25. A full schedule of available transportation services is posted on myCharger.

    On-Campus Employment – Residential and commuter students who are able to complete the responsibilities of their on-campus jobs remotely are encouraged to do so. To support those with on-campus jobs who are unable to continue working while in-person classes are paused, the University is developing a plan to ensure they will be compensated based on their normal weekly scheduled hours.

    Off-Campus Employment, Clinical Rotations, and Internships – Students who have internships off campus are encouraged to try to make arrangements to work remotely through the end of next week, or they should suspend the internship through next week. Those who must leave campus for off-campus jobs or other commitments are asked to email COVIDTesting@newhaven.edu by Sunday, October 18. They will be required to have a COVID-19 test next week. No clinical rotations will take place through Saturday, October 24.

    As a reminder, all students must follow the comprehensive public health measures that are in place. Everyone is required to wear face coverings, observe physical distancing, use CoVerified, and refrain from large gatherings. Suspected instances of misconduct can be reported via Report It, the LiveSafe app, or by calling the University Police Department's non-emergency number at 203.932.7014.

    We hope you enjoyed your Re-Charge Day yesterday and took advantage of this opportunity to rest and decompress. We are pleased to announce that we have scheduled a second Re-Charge day for Tuesday, November 3, to give you a chance to have another full day to gear up for a successful end of the fall semester.

    Please be on the lookout for information about a student town hall that will take place at 3 p.m. today where we can address questions or concerns you might have. You also will receive an invitation to a student and parents/families town hall that will be held this evening at 6 p.m.

    Thank you for your continued patience, cooperation, and resilience. We know how to reverse this trend and get our campus back to better health. Together, and with a renewed commitment to protecting yourselves, each other, and our community, we will get through this challenging time.

    Summer McGee, Ph.D., CPH
    Dean, School of Health Sciences
    University COVID-19 Coordinator

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    As a follow up to President Kaplan's earlier message, we are writing to provide some important information.

    As a reminder, we are in an Orange Alert status, which suggests that new cases on campus are increasing and may continue to do so for the next few days.

    Therefore, the following steps are being taken:

    • Classes will be moved to online only as of Tuesday, October 13, through Saturday, October 17.
    • Commuter students are restricted from campus for any reason during this period.
    • Students residing in on-campus housing are strongly encouraged to remain on campus, at least until they are tested for COVID-19.
    • Employees who are able to work remotely should plan to do so.
    • Gatherings of any size – instructional or non-instructional – are prohibited until transmission rates decrease.
    • Consistent with previous policy, outside guests are not allowed on campus.
    • If clusters of infection occur on campus, we may target specific locations (a residence hall floor, for example) for quarantine.

    COVID-19 Testing – All residential students will be invited to test this week. The University is coordinating with our local health partners to offer testing on campus. All residential students must have a negative test on file with the University before they are able to return to on-campus classes. Please note that anyone who has tested positive within the last 90 days will not have to re-test. We will be sending additional information about testing for this week in a separate email.

    Commuter students are encouraged to be tested at an off-campus location of your choice. Please refer to the Yale New Haven Health testing information site. Please report off-campus test results to COVIDTesting@newhaven.edu. Commuter students who are already scheduled for testing this week on campus should not come to campus for that appointment.

    Online Learning – Online classes will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 13, and Thursday, and Friday, Oct. 15 and 16. No classes will he held on Wednesday, Oct. 14 as part of the University-“re-charge day” instituted by President Kaplan. Faculty will communicate with you directly about this week's assignments and virtual classes. All professors have been advised to adjust their syllabi for the remainder of the semester and to not plan to make up class time that is cancelled during Wednesday's “re-charge day” or a similar day being planned for early November. Students who have questions or concerns should connect directly with their professors or the department chair, should they feel it is necessary.

    The University Library will remain open during this period, but only for residential students who pre-register to use the space.

    University Housing – Winchester Hall remains in a full-building quarantine until Oct. 20. Residential students are not permitted to have current students as guests or to visit other University housing. Students should limit their interactions as much as possible to those in their family unit during this period. As has been the policy since the start of the semester, students are only permitted in the individual room/suite in which they live, and no outside guests are allowed on campus.

    Dining Services – Effective starting Tuesday, all meal options will be carry-out only. The University will be utilizing outdoor dining spaces to the extent possible, and additional food trucks will be brought to campus.

    Beckerman Recreation Center – The Beckerman Center will continue to be available on an appointment-only basis for residential students only. All in-person group classes have been cancelled until further notice. The suspension of ChargerREC activities also remains in effect.

    University-Sponsored Transportation – Some University-sponsored transportation services will be suspended as of Tuesday until further notice. A full schedule of available transportation services will be posted on myCharger once it is finalized.

    Student Life – The University will be holding additional virtual co-curricular programming for all students, including events focused on managing the stress of living through a pandemic. In addition, the University is planning COVID-compliant and physically distanced on-campus activities for residential students only during this time period.

    Community Meetings – The COVID Task Force and senior University leaders will host three virtual town hall forums.

    • A Virtual Town Hall for students and parents will take place tonight (Monday, October 12) at 6 p.m. It will be broadcast live via the Charlie the Charger Facebook page. Attendees will be able to submit questions throughout the live presentation. Please note that you do not need a Facebook account to watch the session. You can simply click the link above to visit Charlie's page and look for the live video. Students should share this information with parents or family members who would like to attend.
    • Interim Provost Mario Gaboury and COVID-19 Coordinator Summer McGee will host an informational meeting, for faculty only, that will be held tonight (Monday, October 12) at 7:30 p.m. A separate Outlook invite will be sent.
    • President Kaplan will hold a virtual forum to meet with all faculty and staff on Tuesday October 13, at 11 a.m. A separate Outlook invite will be sent.

    As President Kaplan indicated in his earlier message, we are confident that the actions we are taking will effectively mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community and enable us, after a brief pause, to resume in-person classes for the remainder of the semester.

    As a reminder, all students are required to follow the comprehensive public health measures that are in place. Everyone is required to wear face coverings, observe physical distancing, use CoVerified, and refrain from large gatherings. Suspected instances of misconduct can be reported via Report It, the LiveSafe app, or by calling the University Police Department's non-emergency number at 203-932-7014.

    We realize this is a dynamic time for everyone, and we are grateful your cooperation and for being accountable to each other.

    Summer McGee, Ph.D., CPH
    Dean, School of Health Sciences
    University COVID-19 Coordinator

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services

  • Dear Students,

    In response to the increase in COVID-19 cases in our community, I have made the decision, in consultation with our COVID Task Force and local and state public health officials, to temporarily pause in-person classes for the remainder of the week. Our brief transition to online learning will begin with classes on Tuesday and will continue through the remainder of the week, at which time we will reassess our status.

    What does this mean? For those familiar with our COVID-19 dashboard, we have moved to a color-coded alert system, where Green indicates a low risk, Orange indicates moderate risk, and Red indicates high risk. We are currently in an Orange Alert status, which suggests that new cases on campus are increasing and may continue to do so for the next few days.

    Therefore, the following steps are being taken:

    • Classes will be moved to online only as of Tuesday, October 13, through Saturday, October 17.
    • Commuter students are restricted from campus for any reason during this period.
    • Students residing in on-campus housing are strongly encouraged to remain on campus, at least until they are tested for COVID-19.
    • Employees who are able to work remotely should plan to do so.
    • Gatherings of any size – instructional or non-instructional – are prohibited until transmission rates decrease.
    • Consistent with previous policy, outside guests are not allowed on campus.
    • If clusters of infection occur on campus, we may target specific locations (a residence hall floor, for example) for quarantine.

    Shortly, you will receive a message from the COVID Task Force with important information about COVID-19 testing, online learning, dining services, and other campus operations for the balance of this week. Please read this message carefully. At this time, we are planning to resume full campus operations on Monday, October 19.

    Please know that I appreciate the resilience you have shown since the start of the semester and your continued cooperation. I am keenly aware that the ever-evolving impact of the coronavirus pandemic over the past six months has been trying for us all.

    With that in mind, I have decided to implement a “re-charge day” on Wednesday, Oct. 14, and I am cancelling all classes scheduled for that day. This was a suggestion made by the Undergraduate Student Government Association that I wholeheartedly support. I hope everyone will use this day to relax and rejuvenate yourself for the remainder of the fall semester. We will also plan another “re-charge day” in early November. More details will be shared soon.

    Most importantly, I want to encourage everyone to be calm, to be smart, and not to panic. The University has spent months preparing for any and all eventualities related to COVID-19, and we are very confident that the comprehensive actions we are taking – combined with the aggressive measures we have implemented since this spike began within the last week – will quickly and effectively mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on our campus, and enable us to resume on-campus activities in the near future.

    Thank you for your ongoing patience and for coming together as a University community to support each other.

    With best wishes,


    Steven H. Kaplan, Ph.D.
    President

  • Dear Students,

    With the weekend upon us, I wanted to take a moment to remind you of the responsibility we have to each other as Chargers. As we have seen recently, the actions of only a few individuals can have a far-reaching impact on the entire University community.

    My request to each of you is simple. Be considerate of your peers and be accountable to each other. Please do not put yourself in a position where your decisions, on or off campus, could undermine the hard work everyone has put in throughout the first half of the semester.

    The COVID Task Force and I are confident that the recent spike in COVID+ cases is being contained efficiently and effectively. We will continue to be aggressive to take steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on our campus.

    As of this morning, we have confirmed 76 positive cases of COVID and all are in isolation. In addition, some 400 of your classmates are in quarantine either on or off campus. We need to work together to prevent further increases and to change the trends we are seeing.

    Any violations of the comprehensive public health measures that are in place will face strict consequences. More than 300 violations of these measures have been reported to my office, and more than 150 students have been disciplined as a result. A number of additional reported violations are also being investigated.

    As a reminder, students are required to wear face coverings at all times (other than eating in a dining facility or if you are in your family unit), observe physical distancing, and complete your daily symptom check in CoVerified. Please note that residential students quarantining on campus who are found to have broken their quarantine restrictions will be subject to immediate suspension from University housing.

    I must emphasize in no uncertain terms that unauthorized large gatherings – either on campus or off campus – are expressively prohibited. The University Police Department and the West Haven Police Department will be actively monitoring campus and the area surrounding campus to ensure this order is followed. Students should continue to report potential issues of misconduct via Report It, the LiveSafe app, or by calling the University Police Department's non-emergency number at 203-932-7014.

    My intention is not to alarm you, but it is important to me that each student understands the seriousness of this situation and the impact it is having on our University. To be clear, we are prepared to take all necessary steps – including expulsion from University housing – to address those who commit violations that jeopardize the health and well-being of our community.

    Ultimately, as President Kaplan and Dr. McGee have indicated, this is a time for us to come together as a community, to be accountable to each other, and to support one another. Your continued commitment is critical to ensuring the semester can continue with no further interruptions. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

    Sincerely,

    Ophelie Rowe-Allen, Ed.D.
    Dean of Students and Chief Student Affairs Officer

  • Dear Students,

    Throughout the fall semester, I have deferred to the leaders of COVID Task Force to share important updates with the University community, as they have done an incredible job communicating with the University community and implementing comprehensive public health measures to keep us safe and healthy.

    I believe, though, after my latest briefing from the COVID Task Force that it is incumbent on me to communicate with you directly. My intention is not to alarm you, but to convey the seriousness of the situation we are facing and to underscore the role we all play in helping to change the trend we are currently seeing.

    Since October 1, we have identified 24 positive cases, with 19 of those coming in the last 48 hours. A critical mass of those are clustered in Winchester Hall, which has led to a full-building quarantine until October 20.

    We must reverse this trend immediately. Any significant increase in cases could threaten our ability to continue on-campus operations or force us to, as other schools in Connecticut and across to country have had to do – transition to completely online learning. That is an outcome none of us want to see. We are scheduled, as you know, to have in-person classes and on-campus programming until Nov. 24. I am asking each of you to commit yourself to helping ensure we are able to complete this semester uninterrupted.

    Due to the nature of the coronavirus, we anticipated cases would occur, and we have planned extensively to be able to respond to any and all eventualities and to mitigate any potential spread. Above all, our priority is protecting the well-being of our community members. To be clear, the measures in place have, up until this recent spike, proven to be very effective.

    Unfortunately, the actions of a small group of people over the last week or so – including an unauthorized large gathering off campus – have threatened to undermine this work. As a result, 280 students are being quarantined on campus and nearly 70 are quarantining off campus. Candidly, much of this could have been avoided if everyone had followed the regulations in place.

    All community members are required to wear a face covering, observe physical distancing, use CoVerified, and refrain from large gatherings. To be clear, anyone not following these regulations is in direct violation of the University's code of conduct and will face strict consequences, up to an including expulsion from the University. Instances of misconduct can be reported via Report It, the LiveSafe app, or by calling the University Police Department's non-emergency number at 203-932-7014.

    Since the beginning of the semester, the University has investigated nearly 300 reports of alleged COVID-19 policy violations and has handed down more than 150 disciplinary sanctions ranging from warnings to housing suspensions. We're grateful to those who have reported violations, and hope you continue to do so.

    We will continue to act swiftly and firmly in response to those who don't abide by our policies. That includes those responsible for this past weekend's gatherings, if the evidence leads us there. I understand your desire to see quick sanctions on those few who are spoiling it for the many who are following the rules. Please let the student conduct process take its course.

    Ultimately, what matters now is our response to the challenge we are currently facing as a community. I am confident that we will come together, as we always do, to support each other. I thank you in advance for your resilience and for being accountable to each other.

    With best wishes,


    Steven H. Kaplan, Ph.D.
    President

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    We are writing to inform you that, as of earlier today, all residents of Winchester Hall are being required to quarantine in their rooms on campus due to potential exposure to several individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. We have taken this step, out of an abundance of caution, while COVID-19+ cases are still quite low, to mitigate the risk of further spread.

    This is an action necessitated, largely, by an unauthorized large-scale gathering that took place over the weekend that was attended by a person who has since tested COVID+. The COVID Task Force-led contact tracing protocols that took place after learning of potential exposure to five (5) positive cases has made quarantining everyone in Winchester Hall the most prudent option to protect the health and well-being of the University community.

    In addition, some residential students living in other University housing and some commuter students are also being required to quarantine. In total, there have been seven (7) new COVID+ cases in the last 24 hours, including the five in Winchester, which is necessitating the full-building quarantine.

    All impacted students (residential and commuter students) will be required to quarantine for 14 days. They will be restricted from attending in-person classes or using any University facilities. Any violations of these restrictions will result in immediate disciplinary action. All students in quarantine will be tested while they are in quarantine.

    This underscores the importance of all members of the University community following the comprehensive public health measures that are in place, including wearing appropriate face coverings, practicing physical distancing, refraining from large gatherings, and using the CoVerified app.

    The University considers these measures mandatory, and any violations of these guidelines will be subject to strict and swift discipline, up to and including suspension, expulsion from University housing, or dismissal from the University. We must be accountable not only to the members of our own community but also the individuals who are part of the larger community in which we reside.

    It is important to remember that a person is deemed to be a contact of a COVID+ positive individual only if they have direct and sustained contact with an individual, without a mask, for more than 15 minutes, and/or have access to the same shared spaces, including bathrooms. Wearing masks, observing physical distancing, and refraining from large gatherings are critical steps to mitigating the threat of the spread of COVID-19.

    To stay apprised of our COVID-19 situation, please visit our COVID-19 Dashboard. As new cases are identified, the dashboard is updated.

    Now is not the time to let our guard down. We must all remain vigilant. As we have seen at many other schools in our state and region, an increase in cases could threaten on-campus operations. To be clear, the actions of a few could put the remainder of the semester at risk.

    Ultimately, we all have a responsibility – one that we should embrace – to keep each other safe and to do our part to ensure we are able to continue to have a successful – and complete – fall semester. Thank you for your cooperation.

    Sincerely,

    Summer McGee, Ph.D., CPH
    Dean, School of Health Sciences
    University COVID-19 Coordinator

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services

    Ophelie Rowe-Allen, Ed.D.
    Dean of Students and Chief Student Affairs Officer

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    We would like to take this opportunity to share a message with you about the importance of continuing to comply with the comprehensive public health measures in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Thanks to your diligence, the number of current cases on our campus remains very low.

    Still, we must emphasize that we are not immune to the impact of COVID-19, and the possibility of outbreaks in our University community is ever present. Many other schools in our state and region are seeing an increase in cases that, in some instances, could threaten their on-campus operations.

    Despite all our hard work and success in these first five weeks, any unauthorized large gathering or failure to wear face coverings could result in us experiencing the same spike in numbers seen at others colleges and universities around the state and across the country. It is essential that we continue to be vigilant to ensure that our campus remains healthy and that operations on our own campus are not affected by an outbreak of COVID-19.

    We all have a responsibility to help keep our campus safe. There are three essential activities that are important to assisting the COVID Task Force in this effort:

    Accurate and Timely Symptom Reporting: If you experience any COVID-related symptoms, you must report them immediately in CoVerified and to Campus Health Services. Symptom reports in CoVerified are shared with Campus Health Services for follow-up. If you know someone who is feeling ill and they have not reported to CoVerified and Campus Health Services, you should complete a COVID-19 report in ReportIt. Not reporting symptoms is a student and employee conduct violation that will face significant consequences.

    Sharing Off-Campus Test Results: Reporting test results not taken on campus (or coordinated by the University) is required for all members of the University community. Anyone who elects to get tested off campus must submit those results to MedTunnel and email the COVID Task Force (COVIDTaskForce@newhaven.edu) as soon as the test results are received.

    Proper Isolation & Quarantine Requirements: Abiding by the requirements of isolation and quarantine are vital to preventing spread. If you are contacted by a University of New Haven contact tracer, you must follow all quarantine guidelines for 14 days. In addition, if you are notified by someone other than the University's COVID Task Force that you are a contact of a COVID+ individual, you must immediately inform the University.

    Participating in Random COVID-19 Testing: The University is currently testing approximately 10 percent of the on-campus University population on a weekly basis. Over the coming weeks, we will be increasing that percentage to 25 percent. As a result, University community members will be asked to test more than once this semester. Failure to take a random test after you are informed to do so by the COVID Task Force is also a student and employee conduct violation that will face significant consequences.

    We will continue to update our COVID Dashboard in real-time to reflect new positive cases and individuals in quarantine or isolation. In addition, our COVID Dashboard is updated on a weekly basis to reflect tests taken as part of our ongoing random, asymptomatic testing program.

    It is essential that we continue to be accountable to our classmates, our faculty/staff, and our colleagues. Those who violate any of the comprehensive public health measures in place will face strict consequences.

    Our goal, ultimately, is not to punish individuals but to swiftly correct any behaviors that jeopardize the health and safety of our University community. Anyone who suspects an individual is not in compliance with any of the guidelines in place should complete a COVID-19 report in ReportIt

    We appreciate your ongoing commitment to keeping everyone safe as we all continue to work together to do all we can to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our University community.

    Summer McGee, Ph.D., CPH
    Dean, School of Health Sciences
    University COVID-19 Coordinator

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services

    Ophelie Rowe-Allen, Ed.D.
    Dean of Students and Chief Student Affairs Officer

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    We are writing to inform you that two University of New Haven students, one residential student and one commuter student, have tested positive this week for COVID-19 . These students have been isolated and their close contacts have been quarantined, per the University's quarantine and isolation guidelines.

    We understand that this development may be unsettling. We should emphasize, though, that the University has been planning extensively to help mitigate the threat of the potential spread of COVID-19. Our priority continues to be ensuring the safety and well-being of the University community. We identified these cases and isolated them quickly.

    This is a sign that our public health monitoring and procedures are working effectively, and it reiterates how important compliance is for our entire University community. Since August 17, we have tested more than 4,500 individuals on our campus and have had only four positive cases reported to the University.

    In order to protect our students' privacy, we are unable to share personal details about the impacted individuals. If you have not been contacted by a University or City of West Haven contact tracer, then you are not a contact for these individuals. No additional action is required at this time.

    We will provide updates and communicate in the future as is necessary. Moving forward, any new cases will be added to the COVID Dashboard as they occur. When new data is added to the Dashboard, we'll publish with "Updated on" dates, so you should check the dashboard regularly throughout the semester.

    Those with questions or concerns or who are seeking additional guidance are encouraged to contact the COVID Task Force at COVIDTaskForce@newhaven.edu.

    We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the following precautions to help protect yourself:

    • Wear face coverings at all times in public spaces, both indoors and outdoors.
    • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer
    • Cough and sneeze into your elbow, and wash your hands after using tissues
    • Avoid touching your face, nose, mouth, and eyes if you have not washed your hands
    • Practice social distancing by providing six feet of personal space. The University is closely monitoring all on- and off campus gatherings to ensure compliance.
    • Clean and disinfect shared objects and surfaces.

    If you develop COVID-19 symptoms and are feeling unwell, you should:

    • Self-isolate if you feel ill and monitor your symptoms.
    • Report symptoms in CoVerified and then call Health Services at 203-932-7079. After hours, call the Yale New Haven Health System COVID-19 Call Center at 833-ASK-YNHH (833-275-9644).
    • Once you are tested, you should isolate while you wait for rest results to be returned. All information related to testing or symptoms should be immediately reported to the COVID Task Force.

    Please continue to follow the comprehensive public health guidelines that are in place. Your vigilance is key to preventing and containing outbreaks on our campus and keeping our University community healthy and safe.

    Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we navigate this challenging and ever-evolving situation.

    Best,

    Summer McGee, Ph.D., CPH
    Dean, School of Health Sciences
    University COVID-19 Coordinator

    Ron Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services

  • Dear Member of the University Community,

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your commitment to following the comprehensive public health guidelines that are in place to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Thanks to your diligence and cooperation, we have seen a no new cases on our campus and a very small number of off-campus cases. We have launched a COVID-19 dashboard to share this information with you. It will be updated on a weekly basis throughout the remainder of semester. For a complete update, please visit our COVID-19 Dashboard.

    We should all take great pride in the low number of positive cases to date. This is a testament to your attention to wearing appropriate face coverings, practicing physical distancing, refraining from large gatherings, and using the CoVerified app. All of these steps are critical in protecting the health and well-being of all members of the University community.

    As a reminder, all members of the University community were required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before returning to campus for the Fall 2020 semester. Since the first week of classes, we have been conducting random, asymptomatic testing for approximately five (5) percent of the University community on a weekly basis, and we are oversampling some populations as warranted. This is in line with public health guidance and will continue for the duration of the fall semester.

    We are pleased to share that students, especially, are taking COVID-19 policies and procedures very seriously and are taking steps to protect themselves and their peers. Compliance programs are in place for students living both on and off campus, and the University has partnerships in place to enforce compliance for students living in the Greater West Haven community. In the last month alone, we have seen a four-fold increase in the number of compliance reports (compared to all of the last year). This increased reporting is a strong sign that our University community cares about our health and safety and that we are all committed to holding each other accountable as we continue to navigate the impact of this pandemic.

    All members of the University community should continue to use the COVID-19 form on the Report It website to report any actions that are not in compliance with our public health guidelines.

    We are currently in a very strong position, but we must continue to stay vigilant. It is incumbent upon all of us that we do not let our guard down. Keep up the great work, and we will continue to have a safe, successful, and, most importantly, complete Fall 2020 semester.

    Sincerely,

    Summer McGee, Ph.D., CPH
    Dean, School of Health Sciences
    University COVID-19 Coordinator

    Ron Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    Now that we have completed our second week of classes, I want to thank you for the continued strength of your commitment to the University as we navigate what truly are uncharted waters.

    Faculty and staff worked diligently during the summer to prepare to reopen the campus and welcome back not only hundreds of colleagues but thousands of students from across the country and around the world. That we have been able to do so in the midst of a pandemic, with minimal disruption and less than a handful of confirmed cases of the virus, is a tribute to each one of you – faculty, staff and students. Your willingness to adhere to a host of new rules and regulations tells me volumes about your commitment to the health and well-being of the University of New Haven.

    I would not be true to myself if I did not also warn against complacency and remind you not to take our early success for granted. The virus is persistent, and we must be as well. While life on campus is certainly different, and in some ways more difficult, than we've ever known before, your dedication to keeping yourself – and thus others – healthy and safe will allow us to thrive in this new environment.

    I made the decision to reopen the campus because I believe it is the best way for our students to continue their educational experience. I also believed our community would respond in the fashion that it has. It gives me great pleasure to acknowledge your efforts, and I am grateful.

    Let's stay the course, because only together can we continue to succeed.

    With best wishes,


    Steven H. Kaplan, Ph.D.
    President

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    The COVID Task Force is pleased to announce the launch of CoVerified as our official COVID-19 compliance platform. Please read this entire message, as it includes critical information for your potential return to campus this week.

    A comprehensive tool that is being used by dozens of colleges and universities across New England and the Tri-State area, CoVerified will be a critical component in mitigating the risk of COVID-19 on our campus and in keeping our community safe and healthy during the Fall 2020 semester.

    Anyone who will be on campus, even only periodically, during the fall semester will be required to use the CoVerified app on their smart phone or to access this tool through a web browser. (If you will be studying or working completely remotely for the fall semester, you should indicate that through CoVerified so that you will be excluded from further reminders and the University's ongoing testing plan.)

    What Will CoVerified be Used for?

    CoVerified is the University's primary record of testing compliance, and it will be used for daily symptom checking, notifying community members selected at random as part of our ongoing asymptomatic testing program, contact tracing, and monitoring whether students are in quarantine, isolation, or cleared to be on campus.

    CoVerified will regularly be used in:

    • Classes (Faculty will be asking all students at the beginning of each class to hold up their devices to show their green “cleared” badge)
    • Beckerman Recreation Center
    • Dining halls
    • Other on-campus events

    To learn more about CoVerified and how it will be used, please visit the CoVerified page on myCharger. You can also find a link to CoVerified from the COVID-19 Information page.

    How Do I Get Started with CoVerified?

    CoVerified is available as an app for both iOS (Apple Store) and Android (currently available as a direct download). You can also choose to not install the app and access CoVerified via a web browser.

    Visit the CoVerified page on myCharger for links, to get started.

    How Do I Get “Cleared” in CoVerified to Start Classes or Return to Campus?

    Everyone starts with a status of “Restricted” (red badge). Individuals who are restricted will NOT be able to attend classes or access campus buildings until their status is updated.

    To obtain a cleared (green) badge, please login to the CoVerified app or website as soon as possible.

    Those who have successfully submitted test results can finish the process of clearing themselves for a return to campus by completing the initial Daily Wellness Check – click “Report” or “Report Symptoms.” You are required to complete the Daily Wellness Check to obtain your initial cleared status and to maintain a cleared status each day you plan to come to campus.

    COVID-19 test results previously submitted to MedTunnel have been uploaded to CoVerified. Tests taken by any members of the University community with Murphy Medical Associates or through the Let's Get Checked at-home test kit have been added to CoVerified. Any test results received by the University via any method, after receipt of this email, will be added to CoVerified once a member of the COVID Task Force reviews the test result.

    Anyone who has not yet submitted their test results to the University should submit their results via MedTunnel as soon as possible. Step-by-step instructions for submission to MedTunnel are on the Health Services website.

    Additionally, individuals who have not completed their Return to Campus Training by August 24 will also be restricted from campus.

    What Should I Do if I am Still Restricted After Completing the Daily Wellness Check?

    Individuals who are restricted will NOT be able to attend classes or access campus buildings until their status is updated.

    Users who follow all of the instructions above (signed into CoVerified, completed the initial information onboard, completed their Daily Symptom Check), and who STILL see a Restricted (red) status may report to the Bixler/Gerber quad starting Monday morning at 8 a.m. Bring a copy of your test results with you, either digitally or printed, and a member of the COVID Task Force will review the results and, if accepted, clear you in CoVerified so that you can proceed to class or your work assignment.

    If you have NOT yet tested, DO NOT come to campus. The on-campus assistance is ONLY for those community members who submitted a test OR have test results in hand and STILL have a red badge.

    Need Technical Support with CoVerified?

    Technical support is available through the app or email. Visit the CoVerified page on myCharger for additional information.

    Thank you in advance for your continued cooperation and for your shared commitment to keeping our community safe.

    Summer McGee, Ph.D., CPH
    Dean, School of Health Sciences
    University COVID-19 Coordinator

    Ron Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services

  • Dear Students,

    The launch of CoVerified, our COVID-19 compliance app, has been delayed because of unexpected technical issues experienced by our third-party vendor.

    If you are arriving to campus this week, please check the COVID-19 Testing Information page on myCharger for instructions on submitting your test results. See the "Submit Test Results" box for the most up-to-date instructions.

    Please note that individuals who have tested with Murphy Medical Associates do not need to upload results to MedTunnel. These results are automatically sent to the University and entered by our staff.

    In addition to following the instructions on the myCharger page for electronic submission, all students are encouraged to have a physical copy or a digital record of their test results with them when they arrive on campus. We will send an email to all students when CoVerified is ready for use by members of the University community.

    Thank you for the ongoing patience and flexibility as we continue to work together to navigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. We look forward to seeing you on campus soon.

    Best,

    Summer McGee, Ph.D., CPH
    Dean, School of Health Sciences
    University COVID-19 Coordinator

    Ron Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services

  • Dear Students:

    We are delighted to welcome you to the fall semester! The University Faculty and Staff have been preparing all summer for a new academic year. This message is a follow-up to an earlier one you received this summer about our new learning management system, Canvas.

    New Learning Management System Replacing Blackboard

    On behalf of the University of New Haven, I would like to share some exciting news. The University has launched a learning management system called Canvas, which replaces Blackboard for academic classes. All classes will be in Canvas this fall and there will not be any academic classes within Blackboard. Your courses will be available in Canvas on, or prior to, August 24th.

    Canvas is very user friendly!

    The Student Orientation video provides you with an overview of accessing and navigating Canvas.

    1. Log into Canvas at https://canvas.newhaven.edu (The canvas link will be available in myCharger by August 21).
    2. Click on the Dashboard (half clock icon) to view your courses.

    Technical Canvas Support

    During the semester, if you have difficulty using Canvas or encounter a technical issue, click the Help "?" button on the left-hand navigation tool bar on the left.

    Options for technical support via the Canvas Help "?" button:

    • Submit a Ticket for Canvas Assistance
    • Livechat with Canvas Support
    • Canvas Phone Support Hotline

    Student Organizations

    Student organizations will remain in Blackboard for fall 2020. You will continue to have access to any organizations or clubs with which you are affiliated.

    More Information about Canvas

    For additional information about Canvas, please go to the Student Resources page in myCharger, click on "IT Help desk" and go to https://studentsupport.newhaven.edu.

    We are delighted to share the news about this new learning management system. Best wishes for a great year at the University of New Haven.

    Sincerely,

    Cynthia Gallatin,
    Digital Learning Initiatives

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    Late last week, we shared an email with all resident students who reside in high COVID positive states that are currently subject to travel restrictions by the State of Connecticut. We felt it would be prudent to share this information with all members of the University community as it could impact your planned arrival on campus for the Fall 2020 semester.

    The State of Connecticut is now requiring anyone traveling to Connecticut from a state currently subject to travel restrictions to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. Receipt of a negative molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test result after arrival does NOT eliminate the 14-day quarantine requirement.

    We are continuing to encourage all members of the University community to limit their personal travel outside of Connecticut, as that will play an important role in helping to prevent the presence and/or spread of COVID-19 on our campus. We realize, though, that individuals' travels in the coming weeks might take them to an area facing a travel restriction. Currently 34 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., are impacted. Please view the complete list and see the documentation you would be required to submit to the State of Connecticut if you travel to one of the affected areas for more than 24 hours.

    Ultimately, we all play a role in helping to keep our University community safe. Thank you for your attention to the many measures that have been put in place at the state level and on campus to help ensure our safety and well-being.

    Best,

    Summer McGee, Ph.D., CPH
    Dean, School of Health Sciences
    University COVID-19 Coordinator

    Ron Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services

  • Friday, July 31: Email to All Students About Testing Requirements and Options

    Dear Students,

    We are writing to provide an important update about COVID-19 testing that is required for all members of the University of New Haven community (commuters, resident students, faculty, and staff), prior to their arrival on campus for the start of the Fall 2020 semester.

    ***All resident students who reside in high COVID positive states currently subject to travel restrictions by the State of Connecticut received a message on Thursday, July 30, from the COVID Task Force that supersedes this one.***

    All students are required to obtain a molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test within five (5) days prior to their return to campus. Every effort should be made to obtain this test from your physician or other local testing facility in your area. For those unable to get a test or obtain results in a timely manner, the University's COVID Task Force has developed two additional options:

    • Let's Get Checked at-home COVID-19 test kit
    • On-campus or near-campus testing clinics

    Let's Get Checked – At-Home Test
    The University is working with Let's Get Checked, a Federal Drug Administration-authorized and Connecticut Department of Public Health-recommended provider of at-home COVID-19 test kits. This option, per company guidelines, is not available for anyone who is under 18 years of age. This option features a 24 to 72 hour turnaround time for results once the test has been received by Let's Get Checked.

    Students pursuing this option will pay a $117 one-time fee online, payable by checking, debit, or credit, when ordering the kit through the University. Students wishing to pursue this option must sign up by Wednesday, August 5, at 5 p.m. Sign-ups received after this date cannot be ensured to arrive in time for testing deadlines. Please note that students who would like to pursue this at-home testing option should place their order through the University site linked above, as these orders will be prioritized for faster results.

    Let's Get Checked is the preferred testing method for students who are unable to obtain a test from their physician or other local testing facility in their area.

    On-Campus/Near Campus Testing
    The University is working with Murphy Medical Associates (testing provider for the City of West Haven) to offer on-campus COVID-19 testing from Aug. 16 to 22. Murphy Medical Associates will also offer testing on the West Haven Green in downtown West Haven from Aug. 5 to 7 and August 12 to 14.

    Students who would like to pursue this option should be aware that they will be required to quarantine off campus until a negative test has been received. We have been informed that those who pursue a test through Murphy Medical Associates should expect results within 24 hours. Murphy Medical Associates will bill a student's health insurance policy. No co-pay or co-insurance will be charged for tests performed in Connecticut.

    Visit the COVID-19 Testing Information page on myCharger for exact dates and times and for information on how to sign up for a test with Murphy Medical Associates. Students will be able to sign up for testing with Murphy Medical starting Wednesday, August 5. Advanced sign up is strongly recommended. Be sure to select “UNH Student” when signing up for your testing.

    Submitting Test Results
    Test results will be submitted to our COVID-19 compliance platform. 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. Students will be sent login information and instructions on how to submit their results in mid-August.

    Virtual Town Hall Forum on COVID-19 Testing Requirement
    The COVID Task Force will host a virtual town hall forum on Sunday, August 2, at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the testing requirements and answer any questions you or your parents and family members may have.

    More Information
    To learn more about the COVID-19 testing requirement and the many measures that are being put in place to help keep our community safe, visit our COVID-19 Information page on myCharger.

    Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding as we continue to work together to navigate the impact of the coronavirus global pandemic.

    Best,

    Summer McGee, Ph.D., CPH
    Dean, School of Health Sciences
    University COVID-19 Coordinator

    Ron Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services

  • Monday, July 27: Fall 2020 Academic Update from the Provost to All Students

    Dear University of New Haven Students,

    I hope this message finds you well and that you and your families are in good health. I am writing today to offer additional information and clarification regarding the Fall 2020 semester.

    This message summarizes important updates for you on the reopening of the campus, shares steps the university has taken to enhance safety, and outline how we have arranged optimal scheduling options for you as we manage the COVID-19 situation moving forward.

    Clarification on August 24th Start Date for On-Ground Instruction

    The State of Connecticut has allowed universities to begin on-ground instruction as of the week of August 24th. We are required to adhere to the State's guidance on reopening the campus, however, we are making every effort to approximate as typical an experience as is allowable.

    The University will be flexible during the first week of classes to allow faculty to hold in person or online classes during the week of August 24. Individual instructors will decide whether classes will meet in person or on-ground depending on what is best for the course and will notify students via Canvas whether each class will be meeting online or on campus. All faculty are aware that students may not be able to attend classes on-ground during the first week of the term due to testing and quarantine requirements.

    Hybrid and Flex Course Attendance Procedure

    Many students enrolled in Hybrid or Flex classes have asked how they will know which class day (of the week) they should attend in person. In response to these concerns, the University has adopted a uniform policy for assigning students to attend class on campus.

    Commuter Students (Last Name A-L)

    • Commuter students with Monday-Wednesday classes with last name A-L will attend in person on Monday and take the class remotely on Wednesday.
    • Commuter students with Tuesday-Thursday classes with last name A-L will attend in person on Thursday and take the class remotely on Tuesday.
    • Commuter students with a Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday class with last name A-L will attend in person on Monday and Thursday.

    Commuter Students (Last Name M-Z)

    • Commuter students with Monday-Wednesday classes with last name M-Z will attend in person on Wednesday and take the class remotely on Monday.
    • Commuter students with Tuesday-Thursday classes with last name M-Z will attend in person on Tuesday and take the class remotely on Thursday.
    • Commuter students with a Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday class with last names M-Z will attend on Tuesday and Wednesday.

    For Commuter Students with MWF classes, course instructors will determine whether Friday classes will alternate weekly attendance or whether Fridays will be online. Please confirm with your instructor how Friday classes will be managed.

    Residential Students

    • Residential students will also be assigned the days when they will attend in-person classes. These assignments do not need to be based on your last name and will be communicated to you before classes commence.
    • Requests for changes or accommodations to attendance assignments may be made to instructors.

    Canvas: The new Learning Management System

    One week before classes commence, you will receive information on how to access Canvas, our new and enhanced learning platform, and this will include instructions on how to access your courses. All students will find their most up-to-date information about their group assignments on Canvas, and, in particular, residential students will be assigned groups in each class by Canvas: Groups A (Mondays and Thursdays) and B (Tuesdays and Wednesdays).

    Continuation of COVID-related Academic Policies

    The University has decided that the Spring 2020 COVID-related academic policies will be continued for the Fall 2020 semester including the pass/fail policy. Under these policies, students will have options designed to provide additional flexibility.

    New Classrooms & Upgraded Technology

    The University has created multiple classrooms to accommodate physical distancing. In addition, multiple existing classrooms will have upgraded technology to allow for Flex class delivery.

    We recently surveyed students about their "technological readiness" and want to provide that link to you again here. If you have any concerns about the readiness of your technology or your access to WiFi, etc., please let us know and we will discuss options with you.

    Updated Course Schedules for Fall 2020

    As a result of the addition of new classrooms on our campus and the addition of additional classroom technology, Fall 2020 student class schedules have been updated significantly since mid-June. In response to student feedback, we have updated the Fall 2020 schedule to accommodate additional flexibility for the Fall 2020 semester as well as to offer more fully on-ground classes and fewer hybrid and flex classes. These updated schedules are now available in Banner. Please note that the Fall 2020 schedule is still subject to change. Students should check Banner regularly over the next month to see if their course schedule, delivery methods, or class locations have been updated. Students who have questions about their updated schedules should contact COVIDSchedule@newhaven.edu.Thank you for all of your patience and attention to these topics and issues while we have prepared our plans for the Fall 2020 semester. Please know that we are continuing to plan for every eventuality that we can anticipate and if for some reason you have concerns that we have not already addressed, please contact your instructor or academic advisor first, and if they cannot assist you, please contact Dr. Tiffany Hesser, Assistant Provost for Advising and Retention, at thesser@newhaven.edu.

    We look forward to welcoming everyone back to campus in less than 4 weeks from now. Please stay safe and healthy for the remainder of the summer.

    Best,
    Mario T. Gaboury
    Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

  • Thursday, July 16: Email to University Community About Suspension of Athletics Competitions Through Dec. 31

    Dear Members of the University Community,

    The Northeast-10 Conference recently released a statement declaring the suspension of all fall and winter varsity athletic competition through December 31, 2020. Strength and conditioning as well as traditional practices are permissible throughout the fall given that student-athletes, coaches, and support staff adhere to proper health and safety guidelines. Our athletic administration, coaches, and athletic training staff have already begun the process of identifying the most effective ways for our student-athletes to continue training in preparation for their next opportunity to compete.

    A decision such as this, which affects our over 500 student-athletes, cheer and dance team members, and members of the marching band, was made only after much discussion and deliberation by member institutions of the NE-10 Conference. Ultimately the health and safety of our student-athletes and the entire campus community is our foremost concern. The complicated logistics of mitigating the spread of the COVID-19 virus while participating in athletic competition and traveling to other campuses is simply not feasible at this time.

    While no decision has been made regarding future competition dates for our fall sports, we are committed to exploring every option to provide competitive opportunities for our student-athletes. Given the ability to safely compete, the University of New Haven along with the NE-10 Conference strives to ensure a meaningful regular season and conference championship experience for fall student-athletes during the spring of 2021.

    I have no doubt that our Director of Athletics, Sheahon Zenger, will thoughtfully and effectively lead our department of athletics through these unprecedented times. The positive impact that our student-athletes have on our campus cannot be overstated. Our varsity programs serve as a source of pride for current students and alumni, and the absence of competition this fall will certainly leave a hole in our community that cannot be filled.

    Dr. Zenger and his staff will continue to work diligently to provide our student-athletes with opportunities to train for their sport as well as develop leadership and career skills that will transfer long after their playing days are over. I understand and share the disappointment that this decision will bring to our student-athletes and other members of our community, but look forward to seeing our student-athletes represent this great university again as soon as it is safe to do so.

    With best wishes,


    Steven H. Kaplan, Ph.D.
    President

    Addtional information: from NewHavenChargers.com, including FAQ and from Northeast10.org

  • Friday, July 10: Email to University Community about COVID Test Requirement and Updated Dates for Move In & Start of Classes

    Dear Members of the University Community,

    We are writing to provide some important updates for the Fall 2020 semester based on the latest guidance we have received from the State of Connecticut.

    • All members of the University community (faculty, staff, residential students, and commuters) will need to show proof of a negative SARS-COV2 Viral PCR test within five (5) days prior to their move-in date or their first day on campus.
    • Per new State of Connecticut guidelines, in-person classes can now begin as early as Monday, August 24, instead of Monday, August 31.
    • Move in for residential students will now take place from August 18 to 21 (details and sign-ups to come soon)

    COVID-19 TESTING

    We have updated the previous information we have shared on the basis of guidance and feedback from our public health officials. All University community members returning to campus for the Fall 2020 semester will need to submit a negative test result within five days prior to their move-in date or their first day on campus. Test results must be submitted by the student or employee through our HIPAA compliant third-party vendor before arriving on campus. Additional instructions for this will be sent out in late July.

    Students, faculty, and staff should make every effort to obtain a SARS-COV2 Viral PCR test from their physician or other local testing facility within five (5) days of their planned arrival to campus. Those who are not able to receive a SARS-COV2 Viral PCR test in their home state due to restrictions on testing eligibility will be able to obtain testing in Connecticut. Testing will be made available on or near campus in partnership with the City of West Haven and local healthcare providers. Any students who arrive to campus without a negative test result will have to self-quarantine until results are received. Additional details on this policy will be made available later this month.

    University employees who cannot obtain a test on their own can obtain a test on campus as outlined above, but cannot start working on campus until a negative test result is submitted.

    Community members who reside in high COVID-positive states that are currently subject to travel restrictions by the State of Connecticut must be tested 72 hours in advance of their travel to Connecticut or they will be subject to a 14-day self-quarantine. A negative test result must be received by the University before self-quarantine can be ended.

    Please note that throughout the Fall 2020 semester, five (5) percent of the entire campus population will be tested, at random, on campus on an ongoing basis.

    START OF FALL 2020 SEMESTER CLASSES

    The State of Connecticut has approved the start of in-person classes on Monday, August 24. As a result, all classes – on-ground, hybrid, online, remote, or flex – can now begin as early as Monday, August 24. The exact start date for each class is based on the day/time it is offered and the format of each individual course you are enrolled in. Questions about individual courses should be referred to the professor teaching the class. Please note that there may be some variation in delivery method for some courses at the beginning of the semester.

    RESIDENTIAL STUDENT MOVE-IN

    New state guidance has enabled us to move up the date for when our residential students may begin moving into their residential halls. The move-in period for residential students will now take place from August 18 to 21. Returning students will move in on Tuesday, August 18, Thursday, August 20, and Friday, August 21, and incoming students will move in on Wednesday, August 19, and Thursday, August 20. A more detailed schedule, along with information about Charlie's Fast Pass, will be shared next week.

    As always, thank you for your patience and flexibility as we continue to work together to navigate the ever-evolving impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Sincerely,

    Summer McGee, Ph.D., CPH
    Dean, School of Health Sciences
    University COVID-19 Coordinator

    Ron Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety

  • Monday, June 22: Email to Students About Upcoming Academic Year

    Dear Students,

    As you know, we have been actively engaged over the last few months in preparing for the re-opening of our campus in August 2020. Our goal has been to prioritize the health and wellbeing of our students in the time of a global pandemic and to minimize any disruption of the academic calendar and student schedules.

    This planning process has allowed us to reimagine learning at the University of New Haven in important and meaningful ways and to maximize your academic experiences in and out of the classroom. Please understand that the changes you will see below are in response to Connecticut's regulations and guidance on the reopening of Higher Education in the state.

    LEARNING REIMAGINED

    ADDED CLASS DAYS: We have added some class sessions on Saturdays to allow for longer classes, including labs, to meet continuously on a single day. Some previously scheduled classes have been moved to Saturday.

    MORE TRAVEL TIME: We have extended the passing period between classes from 10 to 20 minutes to allow for classes to be staggered in terms of their release. Classes will still begin at 8 AM and will end no later than 10:35 PM.

    NEW LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM: All University courses in the Fall 2020 semester will be operating on the Canvas learning management system, which will offer a tremendously enhanced learning experience for students both in the classroom and online.

    ADDITIONAL FLEXIBILITY: We are preparing to update some academic policies, such as our University attendance policy, to allow greater flexibility for students during the academic term.

    ADDITIONAL ONLINE CLASSES: Approximately 30% of all Fall 2020 semester classes have been converted to fully online synchronous or asynchronous classes. We have done this at the request of students who are looking for greater remote learning opportunities for the Fall 2020 semester.

    NEW COURSE DELIVERY OPTIONS: As we maximize typical in-class time to the extent possible, we have added to the Fall 2020 semester course schedule a range of course indicators that specify how a course will be offered. These options are:

    • Hybrid: Half of the students attend each class. Faculty deliver same course content in each class session that week. Out-of-class activities take place asynchronously online. (37% of Fall sections)
    • Online: Fully online asynchronous course with no live, required class sessions (15% of Fall sections)
    • Remote: Fully online synchronous course delivered via Zoom at the assigned class time. (15% of Fall sections)
    • Flex: Half of students attend each class session. Faculty deliver unique course content every class period. Content is streamed and recorded to students not able to attend the class due to social distancing or illness. (4% of Fall sections)
    • On-Ground: Fully on-ground course with every student meeting in person (11% of Fall sections)
    • Clinical/Laboratory: Practical courses that may be able to run at full capacity with a COVID-19 Safety Plan (5% of Fall sections)

    We are offering the largest number of course sections in Hybrid format because it allows all students to be in the classroom participating in major activities with their classmates and instructor. Teaching with this approach is the ideal mode of instruction for active learning between students and faculty.

    Please note that course delivery options as well as course schedules generally are subject to change as we continue our planning processes this summer. Please check your schedule again later this summer to see if any additional changes have occurred.

    These changes to the Fall 2020 semester course schedule are now available for review in Banner. We encourage all students with questions about their course schedule to reach out to their academic advisers and the COVID-19 Scheduling Support Team (COVIDSchedule@newhaven.edu) if they would like to make changes to their schedule. Please include your major, your student ID, and your adviser's name in your email.

    We are incredibly excited about welcoming you back to campus for the Fall 2020 semester both for on ground and online learning. Please stay safe and well.

    Best wishes,
    Mario T. Gaboury
    Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

  • Monday, June 15: Email to Students About Campus Health & Safety

    Dear University of New Haven Students,

    As President Kaplan wrote last week, the University has begun to resume campus activities in a phased approach. As we begin this return to campus, we are prepared to provide as safe an environment as possible for our community as we move through the phases of re-engagement with a focus on the fall semester.

    President Kaplan has stated many times during the past few months that nothing is more important than the well-being of our students, faculty, and staff, and all decisions are being made with that priority in mind. We are fully confident that we will provide a campus environment that meets or exceeds the highest health and safety standards when you return to campus in August.

    The items listed below are measures the University will take as we move through the phases of reimagining the University. You can read about our health and safety measures here. We will communicate with you regularly as the August return dates approach.

    Please note that decisions we have made are based on the comprehensive work of our COVID Task Forces and are in agreement with a process outlined by the state of Connecticut, and in accordance with local, state, and federal health and safety regulations.

    REIMAGINING CAMPUS

    • PROVIDE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT: The University will provide every student a campus "Welcome Kit" containing cloth face masks, a thermometer, and other items to ensure that all students have basic health items. The University has purchased 20,000 cloth face masks as well as other cleaning and protective items that will be distributed upon students' return to campus.
    • ENGAGE IN DAILY WELLNESS CHECKS: The University will ask that all students monitor daily for COVID-19 symptoms using a health and safety app. We will adhere to a strict policy that all students and employees should not come to campus if any symptoms exist.
    • OFFER COVID-19 VIRAL TESTING: Every member of the University community (staff, faculty, and residential and non-residential students) will be required to have a negative COVID-19 viral test upon returning to campus for the Fall 2020 semester. Testing will be provided on campus in partnership with a local healthcare provider.
    • CONDUCT CONTACT TRACING: The University has State of Connecticut registered and trained contact tracers on our campus. We have updated our online student illness form to improve our contact tracing process. This form will allow us 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.
    • IMPLEMENT NEW CLEANING STANDARDS: The University has new cleaning and sanitization standards for all University buildings that use the most up-to-date guidelines from the CDC. These standards will include implementing new methods of cleaning, new timelines for cleaning, and the promotion of sanitation stations at high-traffic areas around campus.
    • ENGAGE STUDENTS IN KEEPING THE CAMPUS HEALTHY: Ensuring a healthy campus takes a village, which is why we will be creating a student workforce to promote campus health and safety, including distributing masks, sharing positive messages about physical distancing, and serving as a resource for other students on the campus.
    • IMPROVE OUR TRAFFIC FLOW: We will re-envision how our students get to classes and migrate through campus. We have increased the time period between classes to 20 minutes to allow for a staggered dismissal from classes.
    • RECONFIGURED SOCIAL SPACES: We will be updating every gathering space on campus to ensure they are optimized for health and safety. We are developing new ways to utilize our physical space in ways that promote appropriate physical distancing and that will still allow for athletics, student organizations, campus recreation, and other activities to take place.
    • ENHANCED DINING EXPERIENCES: Students will experience an upgraded dining experience on campus with a new meal reservation system, expanded seating areas for dining, more "Grab and Go" options for meals, and extended dining hall hours.
    • SECURE SPACE FOR ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE: The University – in partnership with local health care providers – will establish transitional space for anyone who needs to be quarantined while waiting for test results or until they obtain a negative test result. This space will enable the University and medical professionals to support the health of our students. The University will provide food, internet, and other essential services during isolation and quarantine.
    • PARTNER WITH LOCAL HEALTH SYSTEMS & THE CITY OF WEST HAVEN: The University will partner with our local health care systems and the City of West Haven to provide access to health services and public health guidance for the members of our community. This will ensure access to hospital treatment if required by members of our community.
    • CONDUCT COVID-19 EDUCATION & TRAINING: The University will train and support students to understand our public health measures and to make good decisions with public health in mind. Educational videos and other resources will be made available throughout the summer to help students prepare for our return to campus.

    Our plans continue to evolve as we receive regular, updated guidance from local and state health authorities. We encourage you to read the FAQ found on this page to find answers to questions you may have. We will update these guidelines and our FAQs throughout the summer. In the meantime, please stay well and know that your university is prepared to welcome you back to a learning environment that is healthy, safe, and supportive of your educational goals.

    Sincerely,

    Summer J. McGee, Ph.D., CPH
    Dean, School of Health Sciences

    Ron Quagliani
    Associate Vice President, Public Safety

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Frequently Asked Questions - Spring 2021

These FAQ were added on January 12, 2021, unless otherwise indicated below.

    General
  • What steps has the University taken to communicate with students, faculty, and staff?

    The University community is being updated on a regular basis via email, frequent virtual town hall forums, and and this webpage. All major communications are archived in the Important Notifications section of this webpage. Frequently Asked Questions are being added to this page, as necessary.

  • How did the University determine what policies and procedures to put in place for spring 2021?

    Throughout the global pandemic, the University of New Haven has been following federal, state, and local guidance in determining the best possible public health regulations for our campuses. The University has put in place comprehensive public health and safety measures in the best interests of our students, faculty, staff and local community. A University-wide COVID Task Force, made up of administration, faculty, and staff from a cross-section of departments and offices, along with several working groups and committees associated with the COVID Task Force, helped determine recommendations for University policies and guidelines that were in place for the spring 2020 and fall 2020 semesters. The COVID Task Force meets regularly to make recommendations to the University's administration, and to react to evolving public health information on our campuses and in the community.

    Using the comprehensive public health regulations that were in place during our successful Fall 2020 semester as guidelines, the COVID Task Force and University administration re-examined all policies and procedures to determine what would be changed or remain in place for spring 2021. The regulations in place for the University's spring 2021 semester are based on lessons learned on our campus during fall 2020, conversations with our partners at the state level, and guidance provided by the state to all institutions of higher education about the changing impact of COVID-19 on Connecticut following the holiday season.

    Specifically, on January 8, the State of Connecticut's Department of Public Health issued a document titled "Interim Guidance for the Reopening of Higher Education Campuses with On-Campus Residential Populations for the Spring 2021 Semester." The purpose of this guidance is to provide best-practice recommendations for the reopening of campus facilities and the repopulation of students on campuses with residential populations at Institutions of Higher Education. Click here to read the state guidance from January 8 (PDF).

  • Return to Campus Procedures and Testing
  • What date do residential students move into the residence halls?

    All residential students will move into their residence halls on January 16 or 17, provided they have submitted their return to campus testing, flu vaccination survey, and have been cleared in CoVerified. All residential students are required to return at this time to participate in the Study in Place period. See the "Study in Place" section of this FAQ for details.

    Please read the remainder of this FAQ for more details on the return to campus requirements.

  • What date can commuter students return to campus?

    Commuter students are permitted to return to campus on Monday, February 1, provided they have submitted their return to campus testing, flu vaccination survey, and have been cleared in CoVerified.

    Please read the remainder of this FAQ for more details on the return to campus requirements.

  • Do I need a COVID-19 test to return to campus for the spring 2021 semester?

    All students and University employees who will be on campus on a regular basis are required to have an accepted negative result on a molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test, taken within 5 business days of their initial return to campus, in their CoVerified accounts.

    To be accepted, test result uploads MUST include Patient Name, Type of Test Taken, Date of Test Taken, and Test Result. All fields must be visible in the document, or the upload will be rejected and must be re-submitted. To view examples of acceptable test result uploads, click here to go to the testing page in myCharger (login required).

    Rapid or Antigen tests are not accepted. All tests must be PCR tests, regardless of testing method (nasal swab or saliva).

    No student or employee should return to campus unless their CoVerified app shows a "green" status.

  • If I previously tested positive for COVID-19, do I have to be tested to return to campus?

    Residential students who have tested positive for COVID-19 on or after October 8, 2020 and non-residential students who have tested positive for COVID-19 on or after October 22, 2020 should NOT test again for COVID-19. Instead, these individuals should submit their positive test results as their return to campus test in CoVerified, to document their positive test result.

    These individuals will be exempt from surveillance testing for 90 days after the date of their positive test. At that time, they will be re-inserted into the asymptomatic surveillance testing program.

  • If a student or employee has received the COVID-19 vaccine, are they required to continue to wear masks and follow other COVID-19 public health measures?

    Yes. All university community members are required to abide by the University's COVID-19 policies, regardless of their vaccination or previous positive status.

    Added February 23, 2021: Per CDC guidance, persons who are fully vaccinated within the last 90 days do not need to quarantine. Proof of vaccination will be required before restrictions will be lifted.

  • Is there same-day on-campus testing available for students' initial return to campus?

    No, same day PCR return to campus testing will not be available for students returning for the Spring 2021 semester. Initial return-to-campus testing is the responsibility of the student. All residential students will be given a rapid test upon arrival in addition to the PCR test that they must provide.

    Residential students who arrive to campus without an accepted return to campus PCR-based test result will not be permitted to enter the residence halls and will be required to quarantine off campus, at their own expense, until a negative test is received and accepted.

    Commuter students who arrive to campus without an accepted return to campus test result will not be permitted to access the campus until a negative test is received and accepted.

  • Is the flu shot mandatory for a return to campus in Spring 2021?

    The University strongly supports the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization that all individuals should be vaccinated against influenza this winter to help prevent the twin pandemics of flu and COVID-19 happening at the same time.

    All members of the University community are required to participate in our Return-to-Campus Flu Vaccination plan by completing the Flu Vaccination Survey, where you will indicate whether or not you have received the flu vaccine. This survey must be completed in order to be cleared in CoVerified for the start of the Spring 2021 semester.

  • Travel During Spring 2021
  • Are there travel restrictions in place for faculty, staff, and students? Are students allowed to travel off campus during the semester? Will residential students need to be re-tested if they return home for a visit during the semester?

    University sponsored off-campus travel remains very limited for the 2020-21 academic year. Classes and student organizations will not be permitted to conduct field trips in most cases. Faculty and staff also will not be supported for University-sponsored travel.

    Students will be allowed to travel off-campus during the semester, although we strongly recommend against non-essential travel outside of the Greater New Haven area. At the advice and request of the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the University has intentionally condensed the Spring 2021 semester by eliminating Spring Break to encourage students not to travel unless absolutely necessary during the semester. Data from the Fall 2020 semester showed that much of the community spread happened at off-campus locations, and restricting unnecessary travel will help reduce the chances of community spread.

    Residential students will not need to be re-tested if they go home for the weekend, if the travel is to a "green" state as listed on the State of Connecticut's Travel Advisory list. Travel to a state with a high rate of community transmission (a "red state") is not permitted, as it requires a quarantine by the student. Those states can be found on the state's website. Family members can visit campus, but will not be allowed in residence halls or other University buildings. Click here to see the adjusted Visitor Policies for 2020-21.

  • What changes have been made to study abroad/away programs? When will these programs resume?

    Study abroad programs will not take place during the Spring 2021 semester. Additional information about when these programs may resume will be made available later this year.

  • Campus and Student Life for Spring 2021
  • What is the Campus Visitor Policy for spring 2021?

    The Campus Visitor policy has not changed from the policies in place for fall 2020. You can access the full Campus Visitor policy by clicking here.

  • Will there be a spring break? What are the Re-Charge Days, and are my classes participating?

    At the advice and request of the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the University has intentionally condensed the Spring 2021 semester by eliminating Spring Break to encourage students not to travel unless absolutely necessary during the semester.

    To give students appropriate downtime, the University has implemented four staggered Re-Charge Days throughout the semester (Feb. 18, March 9, March 31, April 19).

    Due to accreditation requirements and to meet required contact hour requirements, certain courses will meet on either the February 18 and/or April 19 Re-Charge Days, and attendance is required on those days. Students can see the courses that will meet on February 18 and/or April 19 by viewing this PDF list. The list is also published on the Spring 2021 academic calendar on the website and myCharger, and is available in Banner Self-Service's course registration area.

  • What dining options are available to students in the spring 2021 semester? Do students need to show their CoVerified badges to enter the dining halls?

    Dining services will be operational in the Spring 2021 semester and will operate under Health Department and physical distancing requirements. The same location options are available to students as were available during fall 2020 semester, including the food trucks on Wednesdays.

    The meal plan for residential students begins on Saturday, January 16, and meals will be carry-out only.

    The meal plan for commuter students begins on Monday, February 1, the first day that commuter student can access campus.

    Operating hours for each dining location can be found on the dining services website.

    To protect our community members' health and well-being, all visitors to all dining locations will be required to show their “cleared” badge in CoVerified upon entry. All community members are strongly encouraged to review their status in CoVerified before visiting any dining locations. Anyone listed as “restricted” will not be able to enter any dining locations. Please note that beyond being in isolation or quarantine, a student can be listed as “restricted” if they did not complete their daily symptom check or if they have not registered for all necessary asymptomatic testing.

    If, at any point, you believe you are incorrectly listed as “restricted” in CoVerified, please email CoVerified@newhaven.edu.

    There will be a separate location for food pick up for anyone who is in quarantine in University-provided space. Food deliveries will be made to anyone in isolation (upon a COVID positive test) in University-provided space.

  • How will quarantine and isolation work during the spring 2021 semester?

    Any residential student who exhibits/reports COVID-19 symptoms will be temporarily isolated in separate University housing until viral testing can be completed. If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they will remain in isolation for 10 days from the date of their positive test result, as long as they are symptom free for the final 24 hours. The student will be restricted in CoVerified during their isolation period and can only return to campus after being cleared by both Health Services and the COVID Task Force.

    Non-resident students who exhibit/report COVID-19 symptoms should contact Health Services at 203-932-7079 for testing. If the student tests positive for COVID-19, they will be directed to isolate at their home or off-campus residence for 10 days from the date of their positive test result, as long as they are symptom free for the final 24 hours. The student will be restricted in CoVerified during their isolation period and can only return to campus after being cleared by both Health Services and the COVID Task Force.

    Upon a positive COVID-19 viral test result, the University will conduct contact tracing. All individuals that contact tracing determines have been in close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with that student will be contacted and rapid testing will be required within 24 hours of quarantine notification.

    If contacts test negative in initial rapid testing, they will be required to quarantine for 10 days AND have a negative test result from a day 5 test. Students who do not have a negative day 5 test on file will not be released from their quarantine.

    If contacts test positive for COVID-19, they will be directed to isolate using the timeline outlined above.

    Access to healthcare providers, food, Internet and other services will be provided to students in isolation and quarantine.

    Additional guidance for the isolation and quarantine processes can be found here.

  • Are those who have received the COVID-19 Vaccination Exempt from Quarantine? Added Feb. 22

    Added February 23, 2021: Per CDC guidance, persons who are fully vaccinated within the last 90 days do not need to quarantine. Proof of vaccination will be required before restrictions will be lifted.

  • Is student employment through the University available during the spring 2021 semester?

    Student employment is available during the spring 2021, subject to COVID-19 safety plans and restrictions. Students who are eligible for work study, or interested in non-work study employment with University offices, should contact the Student Employment Office for more details.

  • Will students be permitted to socialize on campus? What are the restrictions? Updated March 30, 2021

    Students will be able to gather in common areas, as long as they abide by social distancing requirements of six (6) feet between individuals indoors or three (3) feet between individuals outdoors. One exception to this policy is in residence hall rooms and suites, where roommates and suitemates are considered a "family unit." Family units may gather together without cloth face coverings or social distancing. No one is permitted inside any private residence hall room/suite/apartment except the room/suite/apartment in which they reside. This includes a suite/apartment's shared living room/common space. Please refer to the COVID-19 Directives in the 2020-21 Student Handbook for further details.

  • Are students allowed to go into other students' residence hall rooms?

    No. The same visitation policies that were in place for the Fall 2020 semester remain in place for the Spring 2021 semester.

    Resident students may not, at any time, enter rooms/suites/apartments where they do not reside.

    Resident students will be able to visit common spaces in their residence hall, provided they abide by all COVID-19 regulations while visiting with students from other rooms/suites/halls.

    Commuter students, and residents from another residence hall, are allowed in common spaces in a residence hall only when accompanied by a resident of that hall that has invited them as a guest, but are not allowed in the individual rooms or suites.

    All students in common spaces in University housing will have to wear a face covering at all times and follow physical distancing guidelines.

    No non-University visitors are allowed in the residence halls at any time.

  • Will the Campus Store be open during the study in place, and the spring 2021 semester?

    The Campus Store will be open for curbside pickup, only, during the Study in Place period. From Jan. 16-24, the Study in Place period, there is no in-store shopping at the Campus Store. Online orders can be picked up at the designated exterior door, near the Wells Fargo ATM (follow signage at the store front), from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. When picking up online orders, students need the last 5 digits of their “web order number” and their email stating their "order is ready for pick-up”.

    Beginning Monday, Jan. 25, the Campus Store will be open with limited occupancy imits, for both in-store shopping and online order pick-up. All those shopping in the store must adhere to all University COVID-19 regulations, including wearing a face covering and maintaining a minimum of 6-foot of physical distance from others.

    To place an order for textbooks, University of New Haven swag, and other campus store items or check store hours, students should visit newhavenshop.com.

  • When will the Beckerman Recreation Center and ChargerREC re-open for spring 2021?

    During the study in place, students can take advantage of our virtual recreation and fitness programs. The Beckerman Recreation Center will reopen on Monday, January 25, to all residential students and faculty/staff who have met the University testing requirements and are cleared in CoVerified. The Beckerman Center will reopen to commuter and off-campus students on Monday, February 1, the first day commuter and off-campus students can access campus for spring 2021.

    For more information about the Beckerman Center and ChargerREC, along with a comprehensive set of frequently asked questions, visit ChargerREC on myCharger (login required).

    Hours for the week of Monday, Jan. 25 – Sunday, Jan. 31 are as follows:

    • Monday, Jan. 25 – Friday, Jan. 29: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Saturday, Jan. 30: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Sunday, Jan. 31: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

    Spring 2021 standard hours of operation begin on Monday, Jan. 1:

    • Monday – Thursday: 6 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
    • Friday: 6 a.m. – 10pm
    • Saturday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    • Sunday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Academics
  • Will the COVID-19 Emergency Academic Policies be in place for Spring 2021? Updated Jan. 26, 2021

    The following policies will be in effect for the Spring 2021 semester:

    ATTENDANCE POLICY: – Cameras may now be required in the digital classroom. Students may review course syllabi to determine the specific camera requirements in classes. Through the Dean of Students' Office there is a process for students to request a formal accommodation or exemption to this camera "on" policy.

    TRADITIONAL (A-F) GRADING: – The A-F is the default grading system at the University of New Haven, unless you choose the Pass/Fail option for a course. You may opt to take three (3) courses Pass/Fail during your undergraduate career. You must utilize the Pass/Fail form found in myCharger, on the Registrar's Forms page. There are some constraints to courses that can be taken Pass/Fail, so be sure to review your decision with your academic advisor. If you receive a failing grade at the end of your course, it will be calculated in your GPA.

    ACADEMIC STANDING: – Review of academic progress will resume at the end of the spring 2021 semester. If your Cumulative GPA (CGPA) and your PACE do not meet minimum guidelines for standard academic progress, you will not be eligible for financial aid. Cumulative GPA (CGPA) is calculated as an average of your GPA from all completed terms/semesters. PACE is the total number of earned credits divided by attempted credits from all completed terms/semester and must be 67%.

    REPEAT POLICY: – All limits contained in the course repeat policy regarding repeating courses are suspended through the end of August 2021.

    WITHDRAWAL (W) POLICY: – Students may elect to withdraw from a course without penalty until the day before final exams begin.

    INCOMPLETE (INC and INC+) POLICY: – INC grades will not be converted into Fs. Students have one academic year to complete for a letter grade. This also applies to all incompletes in process.

  • Will students still be able to elect pass-fail for classes in Spring 2021? Updated Jan. 26, 2021

    Due to the pandemic, the Emergency Academic Policies in place for the Fall 2020 semester allowed students to elect Pass/Fail for all of their courses, with no limitations. This policy has been revised back to the traditional A-F grading system with a limited opportunity to take three (3) courses Pass/Fail during your undergraduate career. Please consult with your academic advisor to best understand the pros and cons of taking a course Pass/Fail.

  • What other COVID-19 Emergency Academic Policy changes are in effect for Spring 2021?

    A comprehensive FAQ of academic policy changes in effect for spring 2021 is available on this page on myCharger (login required).

    Some of the questions addressed in the COVID-19 Emergency Academic Policy Changes FAQ on myCharger include:

    • What are the changes to the requirement for cameras in online classes?
    • What are the changes to the grading system?
    • What is the status of academic probation and academic progress?
    • Will I be able to repeat a course?
    • What if I want to withdraw (W) from a class?
    • What if I cannot complete the work in my course?
    • And, multiple questions for Veterans and International Students.
  • How will classes be delivered in spring 2021?

    Courses are available in a variety of different modalities (delivery formats), as defined below. Students can see a course's specific modality in Self-Service Banner (SSB), by using the "Look Up Classes" function.

    • Hybrid: Students attend in-person for half of the scheduled course time and the other half of the class content is available online. Students are only required to attend in-person on their designated day(s) and students do not attend classes virtually.
    • Online asynchronous (ONLI): Fully online asynchronous course with no live, required class sessions.
    • Remote synchronous (ONLI with specific meeting time): Fully online synchronous course. Students attend virtually at the assigned class time.
    • Flex: Half of the students attend each class session in-person and the other half attends virtually at the same time.
    • On-Ground: Fully on-ground course with every student meeting in-person.
    • Clinical/Laboratory: Practical courses that have an on-ground required component.

    *Students should plan to be available during listed class times/days for synchronous learning (classes are coded REMTE). Classes with no time listed are asynchronous, fully online, and coded ONLN. Due to social distancing requirements, some courses will be offered in Hybrid or Flex formats. Online learning may occur at any time, depending on how the University may determine classes are best taught under any circumstance. All courses, including selected labs, practicals, project-based, and clinical courses may require limited, additional meeting times to accommodate accreditation, regulatory, and similar requirements and students will be advised about this at the beginning of those classes.*

  • Will peer tutoring still be available, and how will this occur?

    Peer tutoring will be available during the Spring 2021 semester. Much tutoring will happen online. Subjects requiring in-person tutoring sessions will be done in compliance with all health and safety requirements, including mask wearing and social distancing.

  • What happens if a student becomes ill and falls behind in coursework?

    If a student becomes infected with COVID-19, we will follow the same illness reporting to Health Services and excused-absence procedures we do for any other student illness. Residential students who are COVID-19 positive must isolate on campus.

  • How will grades be affected if a student can't attend or participate in classes due to illness, especially in classes where attendance and participation are a significant percentage of the course grade?

    The University is committed to every students' academic success. Attendance and other policies are being revised to provide as much flexibility and accommodation as possible in light of COVID-19.

  • Will students be able to complete internships?

    Students' ability to complete internships will be determined by the internship site. If internship opportunities are not available for students, alternative program requirements will be offered to allow for on-time degree completion.

  • What is the status of lab instruction?

    Laboratory and clinical courses will continue during the Spring 2021 semester. All laboratories and practical courses will be required to submit a COVID-19 Safety Plan that documents how they will ensure that spaces will be operated safely, disinfected, and managed.

  • What is the plan for students in clinical programs? How has the University deemed it "safe" to return to clinical coursework?

    The University will follow all local and state guidance on the operations of clinical programs and our clinics, which are currently allowed to operate in Connecticut. We are adopting enhanced PPE standards for our clinical students and undertaking facilities enhancements to comply with new standards and cleaning protocols.

  • How can I contact the Office of Information Technology (OIT) to let them know that I do not have a working computer or internet connection?
  • Health and Safety Measures
  • Will the University be requiring the COVID-19 vaccine, once it is widely available? Updated March 22, 2021

    At this time, the University is not requiring anyone to get the vaccine, but we are strongly encouraging it. If our University community attains an 85 percent level of natural or acquired COVID-19 immunity before July 1, 2021, 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.

    For more information, please read our comprehensive FAQ section below, titled "COVID-19 Vaccination."

  • If a student or employee has received the COVID-19 vaccine, are they required to continue to wear masks and follow other COVID-19 public health measures?

    Yes. All university community members are required to abide by the University's COVID-19 policies, regardless of their vaccination or previous positive status.

    Added February 23, 2021: Per CDC guidance, persons who are fully vaccinated within the last 90 days do not need to quarantine. Proof of vaccination will be required before restrictions will be lifted.

  • Does the University require the Flu vaccine?

    The University strongly supports the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization that all individuals should be vaccinated against influenza this winter to help prevent the twin pandemics of flu and COVID-19 happening at the same time.

    All members of the University community are required to participate in our Return-to-Campus Flu Vaccination plan by completing the Flu Vaccination Survey, where you will indicate whether or not you have received the flu vaccine. This survey must be completed in order to be cleared in CoVerified for the start of the Spring 2021 semester.

  • Who should I contact with a health-related question or concern?

    In addition to contacting your primary care physician, individuals with health-related questions can contact the University's Department of Health Services by calling (203) 932-7079 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. After hours, individuals can call (203) 815-9877 to speak with a nurse on call. Should you need to leave a message, the on-call nurse will return your call. At this time it is important for members of the University's Health Services staff to actually speak with those who have health-related questions, enabling the staff member to accurately assess any issue and provide a personalized response beyond what can be done via email.

    Students who have symptoms of a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat should self-isolate and seek medical care ASAP for evaluation and testing. Individuals are advised to call their primary care physician or local urgent care center before visiting the doctor's office. Students should also report symptoms through CoVerified.

  • How do I report a violation of the University's COVID-19 policies?

    As community members, we are all responsible for helping one another to be mindful of our new community expectations and we must insist on your compliance with all the safety protocols. Anyone who wants to report concerning behavior by any member of the University community can submit information through the ReportIt system at www.newhaven.edu/reportit.

    Use ReportIt's COVID-19 reporting form to report concerning behavior which is not aligned with the University's COVID-19 directives, including but not limited to social distancing, face covering requirements, and behavior which otherwise compromises the health and safety of the greater University community. This form should be used in cases where a community member has already been asked to change their behavior and there is a blatant failure to cooperate.

  • Are there travel restrictions in place for faculty, staff, and students? Are students allowed to travel off campus during the semester? Will residential students need to be re-tested if they return home for a visit during the semester?

    University sponsored off-campus travel remains very limited for the 2020-21 academic year. Classes and student organizations will not be permitted to conduct field trips in most cases. Faculty and staff also will not be supported for University-sponsored travel.

    Students will be allowed to travel off-campus during the semester, although we strongly recommend against non-essential travel outside of the Greater New Haven area. At the advice and request of the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the University has intentionally condensed the Spring 2021 semester by eliminating Spring Break to encourage students not to travel unless absolutely necessary during the semester. Data from the Fall 2020 semester showed that much of the community spread happened at off-campus locations, and restricting unnecessary travel will help reduce the chances of community spread.

    Residential students will not need to be re-tested if they go home for the weekend, if the travel is to a "green" state as listed on the State of Connecticut's Travel Advisory list. Travel to a state with a high rate of community transmission (a "red state") is not permitted, as it requires a quarantine by the student. Those states can be found on the state's website. Family members can visit campus, but will not be allowed in residence halls or other University buildings. Click here to see the adjusted Visitor Policies for 2020-21.

  • Will the University be using contact tracing?

    The University has State of Connecticut registered and trained contact tracers on our campus. The contact tracing process allow us to quickly identify any students who have been in contact with a positive COVID-19 individual in class or in the residence halls and contact them regarding isolation and testing.

  • What is being done with the student data collected from wellness surveys and contact tracing? How are HIPAA privacy rules/laws being adhered to?

    The University is working with a third-party, HIPAA-compliant vendor to gather and store information in a secure database. For contact tracing, confidentiality will be protected as much as is possible to conduct contact tracing. All contact tracers will be trained using the Johns Hopkins course for contact tracing and using the state's secure contact-tracing database. Contact tracing is also being conducted by the City of West Haven.

  • How will University student and employee health be monitored?

    The University will ask that all students monitor daily for COVID-19 symptoms using CoVerified, a health and safety app. We will adhere to a strict policy that all students and employees will not be permitted on campus if any symptoms exist. If a student or employee has COVID-19 symptoms, our campus Health Services will follow up with them regarding next steps for isolation, testing, and contact tracing.

  • What if a University community member forgets to input their daily wellness check?

    We understand that everyone is busy and has a lot going on. If you do forget to input your daily wellness check, you will be restricted from access to campus until such time as you complete your daily health check. If students ever start to feel unwell at any point, they can use the CoVerified app to check in and send information to Health Services so they can follow-up with you. We will also periodically send reminders to check in.

  • What should a student do if they have flu-like systems?

    Any student who has flu-like symptoms should report those symptoms through CoVerified. Positive symptom reports will be followed up on by campus Health Services.

  • Is there a face covering policy? If so, who is responsible for providing them? Will members of the University community be allowed to bring their own PPE?

    All students and employees at the University must wear a mask / face covering in all public spaces. All on-campus individuals must wear masks that are at least 2-ply fabric and tight fitting across the nose and mouth. No gaiters, bandanas or loose coverings will be allowed. Coverings must not contain offensive language. Members of the University community will be able to bring their own cloth face coverings or medical-grade masks to campus, if they meet the listed standards. Anyone returning to campus for the first time should come prepared with their own mask / face covering. We recommend having multiple face coverings as they should be worn daily and then washed in warm, soapy water after each daily use.

    In addition to the face covering or mask you wear on your first return to campus, the University will provide new employees and new students two face coverings, as well as other items, to all University students and employees upon their return to campus, either at move-in (residential students), during Welcome Week (commuter students), or as part of employees' return to on-campus work (if applicable). The mask kits are only being made available to new students and new employees who are physically returning to campus.

  • Is wearing a face covering an alternative to social distancing? Updated March 30, 2021

    No. A cloth face covering must be worn at all times, in addition to maintaining six (6) feet of distance between individuals indoors and three (3) feet of distance between individuals outdoors. We understand that in some instances and locations distancing is not always possible, which is why masks are always required.

  • Will classrooms be cleaned after classes are over?

    Everyone in the University community will be asked to pitch in to keep our common spaces, including classrooms, clean. Every classroom will have cleaning supplies, and we will be asking students and faculty to clean their spaces prior to leaving and to clean their work area upon arrival. We will also have approximately 40 percent more cleaning staff across the campus to help keep our spaces clean.

    Please note that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have indicated that COVID-19 is not primarily spread on surfaces. Cleaning is important and will be a key part of our reopening, but wearing face coverings, washing your hands, and keeping physical distance are absolutely crucial to preventing the spread of the virus.

  • On-Campus Testing
  • Where is on-campus testing located?

    Students and employees on campus for spring 2021 will be testing regularly with the following three providers:

    Northeast Medical Group (NEMG)/Yale-New Haven Health (YNHH): Testing is located in the German Club. Click here to see this location on our Interactive Campus Map.

    Saliva Direct: Testing is located in the Beckerman Recreation Center. Click here to see this location on our Interactive Campus Map

    Binax: Testing is located in the Beckerman Recreation Center. Click here to see this location on our Interactive Campus Map

  • How do I get my on-campus test results?

    Results of on-campus tests taken through Northeast Medical Group (NEMG)/Yale New Haven Health will be automatically uploaded to your MyChart account and will be shared with the University automatically.

    Results of on-campus tests taken through Saliva Direct or Binax will be available within 72 hours of testing and will be shared with the University automatically. Only those who test positive on a Saliva Direct or Binax test will be contacted.

    Current students, faculty, and staff can learn more about testing by visiting our page on myCharger.

  • COVID-19 Vaccination
  • Is the University requiring the vaccine for those coming to campus?

    At this time, the University is not requiring anyone to get the vaccine, but we are strongly encouraging it. If our University community attains an 85 percent level of natural or acquired COVID-19 immunity before July 1, 2021, 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.

  • Is the University planning to provide vaccination to students and staff? How would I sign up to get the vaccine when it becomes available?

    Information on how to sign up and where to get the vaccine on or near campus will be shared as soon as it is available.

  • If vaccinations are given on or near campus, will this be just for Connecticut residents or all students?

    All students attending college in Connecticut are eligible for vaccination after April 5. We are working on developing a plan that will enable all current students, including those who are not permanent CT residents, to get vaccinated on campus. There also may be an opportunity this summer for incoming students to get vaccinated on campus.

  • I am an international student. Can you provide the vaccination for international students, too?

    Yes, all students currently attending college in Connecticut can be vaccinated.

  • Will I have to pay for the vaccine?

    There is no cost for the vaccine.

  • Who will be administering the vaccine?

    All vaccinators will be trained health professionals eligible to administer vaccines in Connecticut. We are working with Yale New Haven Health and local public health authorities to create vaccination clinics that would be staffed by trained medical professionals.

  • When would students get their first dose?

    We are currently working with local and state public health official on a timeline. The hope is to be able to begin vaccinating in April.

  • If I get vaccinated on campus in April or May, how would I get my second dose at home?

    If the University offers a two-dose vaccine, we will make every effort to arrange for students to get both doses before leaving campus. Students who get the first dose in Connecticut will need to also get their second dose in Connecticut.

  • What supplier/brand of vaccine would the University get?

    We are working with local and state public health authorities to determine this. Most likely all three vaccines currently approved, Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J will be available.

  • How would getting the vaccine on campus vs off campus differ?

    The only difference would be the convenience of being able to get the vaccination on campus. We are strongly encouraging all members of the University community to get vaccinated, and we want to make it as easy as possible for individuals in our community to get vaccinated.

  • Do we know yet what restrictions would or wouldn't be removed come fall?

    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:

    • Classrooms with reduced physical distancing
    • Offer most classes in person combined with a large selection of online classes available for those seeking that format
    • Visitors and guests to be allowed on campus and in residence hall rooms
    • Dining halls to operate at full capacity

    Click here to view our Fall 2021 planning page.

  • If I get the vaccine during the spring semester, will it have any impact on this semester?

    Anyone who is fully vaccinated (two weeks after your second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after receiving a single dose vaccine) would not have to quarantine if they are exposed to a COVID+ individual. Proof of the vaccination would have to be submitted and accepted in CoVerfied. The University will be accepting proof of vaccination as well to attend Spring 2021 commencement.

  • I just got vaccinated. Is there anything I need to enter into CoVerified or send to someone?

    Instructions on how to submit vaccination records have been sent via email to the University community and are listed on the myCharger COVID-19 Vaccine Information page.

  • What about those who are very skeptical and unsure about the vaccine?

    Education is key! Visit the myCharger COVID-19 Vaccine Information page to watch a short video about COVID vaccination. The COVID Task Force will be having information sessions soon about vaccination to answer your questions.

  • Are there negative long term effects of the vaccine, especially for females?

    There are lots of myths about COVID-19 vaccination, including concerns about fertility. At this time there is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccination causes fertility or pregnancy risks. The FDA and CDC are continuing to monitor the safety of the vaccines.

  • I have heard that some people have allergic reactions to the vaccine. What are the possible side effects?

    Per the CDC, allergic reactions to COVID-19 vaccinations are rare. Individuals with a history of allergic reactions should consult with their doctor. All vaccinated individuals must wait 15 minutes after receiving the vaccine to ensure no reactions occur.

  • These vaccines were approved very quickly and I am concerned about their safety. What can you tell me about that?

    All three vaccines on the market went through extensive clinical trials to generate this safety data prior to their approval. The FDA carefully reviews all safety data from the clinical trials of the available vaccines and only authorizes emergency vaccine use when the expected benefits outweigh potential risks.

  • Is the vaccine safe for those with food allergies?

    The CDC recommends that people get vaccinated even if they have a history of severe allergic reactions not related to vaccines or injectable medications—such as food, pet, venom, environmental, or latex allergies. People with a history of allergies to oral medications or a family history of severe allergic reactions may also get vaccinated.

  • Financial
  • Did the University receive any funding through the CARES Act (2020) or Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (2021) passed by Congress? Updated March 4, 2021

    Through both the Coronavirus Assistance, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), the federal government provided the University $4.6 million in funding in both 2020 and 2021. Each piece of legislation stipulated that 50 percent of these funds be distributed directly to students. These funds were used to provide assistance to our students and their families who are facing the most significant financial challenges as a result of the coronavirus global pandemic.

  • How and when was CARES and CRRSAA funding provided to students? Updated March 4, 2021

    Students receiving CRRSAA/HEERF II funding received an email at their University email address on March 4, 2021. Students receiving CARES Act funding received an email at their University email address on May 22, 2020. Due to the limited funds available, not all students received CRRSAA/HEERF II or CARES funding. For more information about these programs and how the distribution of funds was determined, please click here.

  • Commencement
  • When is the winter commencement for January 2021 graduates?

    Winter commencement is being held virtually on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 10 a.m. For more information, visit www.newhaven.edu/commencement.

  • What is the status of the spring commencement for May 2021 graduates?

    Commencement ceremonies will be held as long as Connecticut's reopening guidance will allow for large group gatherings. Spring commencement is scheduled for Monday, May 17, 2021 at the Harbor Yard Amphitheater in Bridgeport, Conn. The University is closely monitoring the COVID-19 global pandemic and Federal, state, and local public health guidance and regulations, and will provide updates as necessary.