The Phased Plan for Return to Campus - Spring 2021: Phase 3
The following guidelines have been developed to provide additional clarification on how we aim to promote the health and safety of all employees and students for the Spring 2021 semester.
These guidelines are in compliance with orders and guidance issued by the state of Connecticut. These guidelines are applicable to all University of New Haven employees, students and guests. Employees, students and guests are collectively referred to as "individuals" below.
These guidelines are subject to change as the COVID-19 situation evolves.
Please note that decisions we have made are based on the comprehensive work of our COVID Task Forces and consistent with guidance provided to universities by the state of Connecticut Department of Public Health and in accordance with local, state, and federal health and safety guidance. As such, all information on this page is subject to change.
Please continue to check the Academic Calendar for the most-updated Spring 2021 schedule.
The page you're on now talks about the overall guidelines for the Phase 3 of the return to campus plan for Spring 2021. We've also developed this page with resources specifically for students and their families.
Effective January 15, 2021 until further notice
COVID-19 Viral Testing Required for All Students and Employees
All residential students, off-campus and commuter students, and University employees who will be returning to campus during the Spring 2021 semester will be required to obtain a negative result from a molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test within 5 business days of their return to campus.
All residential students will study in place on campus from their return date (Jan. 15-17) until after January 24 AND after University approval of their negative PCR COVID-19 test taken during the study-in-place period.
Additionally, Commuter/Off-Campus Students and Employees coming to campus from a high COVID positive state currently subject to travel restrictions by the State of Connecticut must ALSO quarantine for 14 days prior to their return to campus date. This 14-day quarantine is the responsibility of the individual, to be carried out at their Connecticut-based residence.
Updated March 30, 2021: Physical distancing requires minimum of six feet separation (indoors) and three feet seperation (outdoors) between all individuals while on campus. Care should be taken when in common areas such as hallways, classrooms, dining areas and breakrooms.
Face Coverings / Masks
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. A face covering must be worn in all University buildings and public spaces except for individual residence hall rooms and private offices. Face coverings will be provided to individuals and will be located in their department and the University Campus Police Station. Individuals are permitted and encouraged to make their own face coverings, provided they meet the guidelines listed above. If an individual has respiratory medical issues or if wearing a mask otherwise presents a safety issue, they should inform Human Resources (employees) or the Dean of Students Office (students).
Daily Wellness Check
To help ensure the safety and wellness of all individuals, University of New Haven is requiring daily wellness checks for all persons coming to campus on a regular basis. All contractors who are working in proximity to University of New Haven employees or students will be subject to the University’s protocol (or their employer’s protocol if deemed acceptable to the University). All individuals working on campus will be asked to adhere to a daily wellness check at the start of their shift or arrival on campus.
- Symptom Questionnaire via the CoVerified app: All individuals will be required to download the CoVerified app on their smartphone and check in daily on that app. Individuals will be asked questions pertinent to mitigating risk of contagious illnesses.
- If the individual has any of the symptoms on the form, they should follow the University’s illness policy and contact Campus Health Services (students) or Human Resources (employees).
Individuals should not report to work on campus or visit campus if they are potentially contagious for any reason.
Employees should follow their normal call-off procedures. If an individual develops any of the symptoms on the questionnaire or is not feeling well during their employment shift, they should contact their supervisor and go home. A return to work plan/date will be determined by Human Resources.
Students should report any symptoms in the CoVerified app AND then contact Campus Health Services to request an evaluation by a health services professional. They will then provide guidance about next steps based on the evaluation of the student.
Soap, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes will be provided in all open campus buildings. Individuals working on campus in proximity with others will wash their hands at least once an hour or utilize the hand sanitizing stations that are available throughout campus.
Individuals Temporarily On Campus
Individuals who have been temporarily authorized to go to campus for brief time periods must wear a mask while in common areas where there may be interaction with others. They are encouraged to complete Daily Wellness Checks via the LiveSafe App but will not require COVID-19 viral testing to access campus. Individuals must also sanitize any shared equipment that they use while on campus (e.g., copiers) by utilizing disinfecting wipes or cleaners. The colleague may remove their mask if they are in an office alone.
Staggered Work Shifts
To make social distancing more effective across the campus as we re-open, the University’s administrative offices will adopt two 5 hour shifts (8:30-1:30 and 2:00-7:00 p.m.) during the work day with a 30 minute break between the shifts. No office will operate with more than 50% occupancy during a shift. Remote work will continue where possible.
Breaks should not be taken together when possible. Colleagues taking breaks at the same time in the same break area must maintain social distancing of at least six feet.
Supervisors will continue with current scheduling practices to minimize colleagues working on campus. Only colleagues who are currently designated as essential are to work on campus. Individuals authorized to return to campus as a part of phased reopening must be approved by the respective Vice President in consultation with Human Resources.
All meetings and trainings will be held virtually if at all possible. If a meeting must be held in person, the meeting should be limited to the fewest number of colleagues possible. Masks and physical distancing of at least six feet are required.
Colleagues should not allow nonessential visitors/contractors on campus. Any essential vendors, contractors, or delivery personnel must wear a mask while on campus. Visitors/contractors are to be approved by a Vice President.
All high-touch areas will be cleaned and disinfected routinely in accordance with guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in spaces that are accessible to colleagues, students, and other individuals. Unless informed otherwise, daily disinfecting of office surfaces is the responsibility of office and laboratory personnel (e.g., desks, tables, copiers, handles of chairs, door knobs).
University Sponsored Travel
University associated and sponsored travel will be highly restricted. Colleagues may seek prior approval for travel from their Vice President via their supervisor.
Probable or Confirmed Cases of COVID-19
Any individual with a positive diagnosis should not be on campus and should contact Human Resources (employees) or Campus Health Services (students). University of New Haven will follow the following protocol to ensure compliance with the orders issued by the Governor of Connecticut and the Connecticut Department of Health to respond to a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus.
- Close off areas visited by the person who is a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19.
- Open outside doors and windows and use ventilation fans to increase air circulation in the area if possible.
- Wait a minimum of 14 hours, or as long as practical, before beginning cleaning and disinfection.
- Disinfect and clean all areas such as offices, bathrooms, common areas including but not limited to break rooms, conference and training rooms, dining facilities, shared electronic equipment (e.g., keyboards, touchscreens, copiers) or anything used by the ill person.
- Identify individuals at University of New Haven that were in close contact (within about six feet for about ten minutes) with a person with a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19 from the period 48 hours before symptoms onset to the time at which the patient isolated.
- Promptly notify individuals who were in close contact with any known exposure to COVID-19 on campus. Consistency with applicable confidentiality laws will be followed.
- If exposed individuals become symptomatic, they should follow the CDC’s guidelines regarding isolation and the discontinuance of isolation.
Compliance with Guidelines
Compliance with these guidelines is essential to provide the safest environment possible. Please discuss any questions with your supervisor. Also, Human Resources is available for consultation. You can reach Carol Koziatek at firstname.lastname@example.org. The University’s COVID-19 Coordinator is Summer McGee, PhD, CPH, Dean of the School of Health Sciences. She can be reached at COVIDTaskForce@newhaven.edu.
Please note dates are subject to change based on government regulations and health advisories.
|Item||Phase 3 (Jan. 15, 2021)|
|Essential/Student Facing Employee Work Location||On-Campus|
|Non-Student Facing Employee Work Location||Remote (or On-Campus Only with Permission of Supervisor)|
|Physical Distancing Requirements (Minimum 6 Feet)||Yes|
|Student Clubs, Groups, Teams, Organizations||Face to face per physical distancing requirements|
|Student Facilities (Gym, Library, Lounges)||Limited availability to residential students in the Study in Place begins Jan. 20, per physical distancing requirements; Commuter and Off-Campus Student access begins Feb. 1, with the resumption of on-ground classes beginning on Feb. 3.|
|University-owned Residence Halls||Open; All resident students will study in place on campus until after January 24 AND after University approval of their negative PCR COVID-19 test taken during the study-in-place period.|
|University-owned Apartments & Residences||Open; All resident students will study in place on campus until after January 24 AND after University approval of their negative PCR COVID-19 test taken during the study-in-place period.|
|Dining Services||Dining resumes per Health Department and physical distancing requirements. Meals will be carry out only, through January 31. Commuter meal plans begin Feb. 1.|
|University sponsored travel||Restricted: approval necessary from Provost (academic travel) or CFO (administrative travel)|
|COVID-19 Testing||All students and employees must have a negative molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test taken within 5 business days of their return to campus|
|Study in Place Period / Quarantine||Study in place on campus required for ALL residential students until after January 24 AND after University approval of their negative PCR COVID-19 test taken during the study-in-place period. 14-Day in-Connecticut quarantine required for any commuter or off-campus student, or employee, coming to campus from a high COVID positive state currently subject to travel restrictions by the State of Connecticut|
|Wellness Checks||Required daily for non-remote students and employees|
This table illustrates the items as they relate to Phase 3, beginning on or after January 15, 2021 through at least the end of the spring 2021 semester. Click here to see the full plan for phased reopening.