Charging into Fall 2021

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

CURRENT CAMPUS COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL
GREEN (Low Risk)

Cases are rare and transmission controlled.
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COVID Dashboard

Testing statistics are available on the COVID Dashboard, which was last updated on: September 21, 2021. The Dashboard is updated weekly.

 

Fall 2021 Operations and COVID-19 Directives (Updated Sept. 10)

The following policies and procedures are now in effect for Fall 2021, unless otherwise indicated by an "effective on" date, below. All students and employees should read this page thoroughly, as you are responsible for reviewing and complying with the behavioral expectations listed below.

Due to the ongoing nature of the global pandemic, all information on this page is subject to change.

    Important Definitions

    The following definitions are important to understand as you read the policies and procedures on this page:

  • Fully Vaccinated Individuals

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), full vaccination occurs 14 full days after receipt of the final dose of a vaccine (either one dose of a one-dose series, or both doses of a two-dose series).

    Important: Until 14 days has passed after the final dose, individuals are only considered partially vaccinated and must follow all policies and procedures in place for Unvaccinated and Partially Vaccinated individuals.

  • Partially Vaccinated Individuals

    Individuals who have received only one dose of a two-dose series, or, who are not yet 14 full days after receipt of the final dose of a vaccine.

    Important: Until 14 days has passed after the final dose, individuals are only considered partially vaccinated and must follow all policies and procedures in place for Unvaccinated and Partially Vaccinated individuals.

  • Exempt Individuals (Unvaccinated, or Did Not Disclose Vaccination Status)

    Individuals who have been approved for an exemption to the University's vaccination requirement are Exempt. University community members were able to apply for an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for medical contraindication reasons or for religious or other strongly-held personal beliefs.

    The policies and procedures for all exemptions are the same. Some individuals applied for a temporary exemption based on being partially vaccinated. Individuals who later finish an approved COVID-19 vaccine series can upload their vaccination record to CoVerified and can move from Exempt to Fully Vaccinated status.

  • Fully Remote Individuals

    Individuals who will study or work on a fully remote basis and will not come to campus for any reason could apply for a Remote Exemption. These individuals do not need to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines, as they will not be on campus at all. If these individuals decide, at a later date, that they need to or want to come to campus, they will need to either submit a vaccination record OR apply for a non-remote exemption.

  • Vaccination Requirement
  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    We have made the decision, based on the latest guidance from the American College Health Association, to require the COVID-19 vaccine for all students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus for the Fall 2021 semester. All students, faculty, and staff must upload their vaccination record to CoVerified by August 1. Details on how to request a vaccination exemption are listed below.

    Faculty, staff, and students whose vaccination documentation has not been accepted in CoVerified or who have not been granted a vaccination exemption will not be permitted on campus.

    We strongly believe the decision to require a COVID-19 vaccination, which was made in consultation with local, state, and federal public health guidance, is the best way to protect the health and well-being of our University community. More than 475 colleges and universities across the country – including many of our peer institutions in Connecticut – have implemented this policy to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on their campuses.

    Over the last several months, as the availability of vaccines has become widespread, we have seen a dramatic reduction in infection rates. In Connecticut, specifically, where more than 70 percent of adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the daily positivity rate is less than one percent.

    Fully vaccinated University community members

    Fully vaccinated students, faculty, and staff will be able to immerse themselves in work and learning environments featuring pre-pandemic norms for class formats, student life, and other staples of the Charger experience, including:

    • Classroom and dining hall capacity at 100 percent
    • No limits on gathering sizes on campus
    • No limitations on fully vaccinated current students visiting the residence halls
    • Fully vaccinated students, faculty, and staff would not have to complete COVID-19 testing before coming to campus for the Fall 2021 semester or complete weekly COVID-19 testing

    Exemptions for vaccine requirement

    Faculty, staff, and students may apply for an exemption from the vaccination requirement for medical reasons or based on religious or other strongly held personal beliefs.

    Unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff who are granted a vaccine exemption must wear a face covering on campus and complete weekly COVID-19 testing. In addition they would, per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, be required to isolate if they test positive for COVID-19 or to quarantine if they are ever determined to be a contact of an individual who tests positive for COVID-19.

    On-campus COVID-19 testing will be available for students who are granted a vaccine exemption.

    Employees who are granted an exemption from vaccination will be required to submit to their own weekly COVID-19 testing results from an off-campus provider and must upload those results to CoVerified.

    Please note that exemptions will not be given to students participating in study abroad or study away programs. Exemptions may not be allowed for other special campus populations, such as clinical programs, where vaccination may be required by outside institutions and authorities.

    Thank you for your continued cooperation and for your attention to this important matter.

    Sincerely,

    COVID Task Force

  • Masks/Face Coverings
  • Mask Policy

    Current Mask Policy: Due to increases in COVID transmission rates and the prevalence of a highly transmissible Delta variant, the CDC recently changed its indoor mask policy. Thus, beginning August 3 and until further notice, all individuals, regardless of COVID vaccination status, will be required to wear an appropriate face covering when inside any University building. Appropriate face coverings do not need to be worn when a residential student is in their suite/residence with their family unit, when staff are in their private office, or when anyone is actively dining. Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated persons will also need to wear an appropriate face covering and practice physical distancing when outdoors.

    The University will continue to monitor CDC and CT Department of Public Health guidance closely and decisions about ongoing mask rules may be revisited if conditions warrant. While we hope this mitigation measure is temporary, we want to ensure all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, remain healthy. The COVID Task Force will reassess the need for indoor masks each week.

    Mask Requirements: Masks must be 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.

    Individuals coming to campus should provide their own mask. However, those who forget or misplace their mask can obtain one at the following locations:

    • One Stop: Bergami Hall
    • Provost's Office: Maxcy Hall 229
    • Library: Information Desk (Main Level)
    • Arts and Sciences: Maxcy Hall 211
    • Criminal Justice: South Campus Hall 101B
    • Health Sciences: Echlin Hall 200
    • Business: Orange Campus M110
    • Engineering: Echlin Hall 100
  • Visitors and Access to Campus
  • Visitors Policy & Access to Campus Guidelines (Updated Sept. 3)

    In order to mitigate the possible spread of COVID-19, the University of New Haven must, and will, limit the number of visitors permitted on campus. The Visitors Policy & Access to Campus Guidelines are effective as of August 3, 2021 and until further notice. They were revised on Sept. 3.

    Visitors Policy

  • CoVerified Use Required, Regardless of Vaccination Status
  • CoVerified: University's COVID Compliance App

    CoVerified plays an integral role in helping to ensure the health and safety of our community.

    All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must complete their daily symptom check in CoVerified. Failure to do so will cause you to become restricted in CoVerified, which will prevent individuals from accessing University facilities, including classrooms and dining locations. University community members with University-approved vaccination exemptions must also upload the results of their pre-arrival test to CoVerified to obtain initial “cleared” status and must adhere to the weekly testing requirement to maintain a “cleared” status. See the section of this page, below, titled "CoVerified Cleared Status Required." Click here for a step-by-step guide to using CoVerified.

    All faculty members and staff supervisors in all University facilities, such as the Peterson Library, Beckerman Recreation Center, and all dining locations – as well as all event coordinators, laboratory managers, resident assistants, and student employees in campus facilities – have been empowered by the COVID Task Force to ensure that all University community members are compliant and cleared in CoVerified at all times they are on campus.

    Please be willing to show your CoVerified app, which is HIPAA compliant and designed in a way that protects your medical privacy, when asked to do so. Thank you in advance for your continued cooperation and for your commitment to protecting the health and well-being of our community.

  • CoVerified "Cleared" Status Required

    A "Cleared" status in CoVerified is required for students and employees to come to any University of New Haven campus.

    • Vaccinated Individuals: University community members that have been vaccinated, and had their vaccine record approved in CoVerified, can maintain a "Cleared" status in the app by completing the daily symptom check (see information in the section titled "Daily Symptom Checks").
    • Exempt Individuals (Granted Personal, Medical, or Temporary exemptions): University community members were able to apply for an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement, for medical contraindication reasons; for religious or other strongly-held personal beliefs; or for temporary exemptions for partially vaccinated individuals. University community members who have been granted an exemption can maintain a "Cleared" status in the CoVerified app by doing both of the following:
      • Completing the daily symptom check (see information in the section titled "Daily Symptom Checks")
      • Completing mandatory COVID-19 testing every 7 days (all exempt employees and all exempt students)
  • Daily Symptom Checks

    All University community members coming to campus, regardless of vaccination status, must complete a daily symptom check using CoVerified.

    • If students report abnormal symptoms, they will be restricted from campus until you have a consultation with Health Services.
    • Employees that report abnormal symptoms should contact Human Resources and consult with their personal physician.
    • Anyone who fails to complete a symptom check on a given day will be "Restricted" in the CoVerified app and cannot come to campus until they complete that day's symptom check.

    Note: Visitors and Guests from outside the University community cannot use CoVerified, and must provide proof of vaccination or testing as outlined in the Visitors Policy, linked above.

  • Policies and Procedures Applicable to All Students, Regardless of Vaccination Status
  • 2021-22 Student Handbook and COVID-19 Student Directives

    These publications provide information on University resources, expectations for community standards, and health/safety protocols as we continue to make our way through the COVID-19 pandemic. Students are responsible for reviewing and complying with the behavioral expectations put forth in these documents. If you have any questions, please contact the Dean of Students office at deanofstudents@newhaven.edu.

    2021-22 Student Handbook

    2021-22 COVID-19 Student Directives

    Note: The COVID-19 Student Directives are also listed in the Student Handbook, on pages 21-24. The separate document simply lists the COVID-19 Student Directives separately, for easy access.

  • Policies and Procedures Applicable to All Individuals Granted a COVID-19 Vaccine Exemption
  • Protocols for Students Granted an Exemption

    As part of your COVID-19 vaccine exemption, all students who are granted any vaccine exemption must follow all policies and protocols in place for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals while you are on campus.

    • You must adhere to all policies and procedures in place at any given time, including the updated Student Handbook and COVID-19 Directives, all of which are posted on this page.
    • You are required to wear masks indoors when with other people and outdoors if unable to maintain 3 feet of physical distance. If you are actively eating or in your family unit in a suite/residence, masks don't need to be worn.
    • All unvaccinated/partially vaccinated residential students with University-approved exemptions will need to provide a negative PCR/viral antigen COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of their move in, at your expense. When the unvaccinated/partially vaccinated student and their guests arrive for move in, the student will also be given an arrival test (Binax; viral antigen test done in 15 minutes) administered by Health Services, at the University's expense. If the arrival test is negative, the unvaccinated/partially vaccinated student will be allowed to proceed with the move in and placed on a ten day campus quarantine. Campus quarantine means restriction to the University of New Haven property and campuses. Please see the section of this page titled "Residential Student Move-In Process."
    • All unvaccinated/partially vaccinated commuter students with University-approved exemptions will need to provide a negative PCR/viral antigen test taken within 72 hours of their first time on campus, at your expense. Please see the section of this page titled "Commuter/Off-Campus Student Arrival Process."
    • You must complete weekly COVID-19 testing. On-campus COVID-19 testing will be available on campus for students who are granted a vaccine exemption, at the University's expense. Students who get tested off campus would have to pay for off campus tests and then upload the results to CoVerified.
    • You must continue to complete daily symptom checks in CoVerified.
    • You would, per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, be required to isolate if you test positive for COVID-19 or to quarantine if you are ever determined to be a contact of an individual who tests positive for COVID-19. Residential students will be provided with University sponsored quarantine or isolation space. Commuter/Off-Campus students would quarantine or isolate in their off-campus residence. You must be cleared by Health Services before returning to campus after isolating or quarantining.
    • You will be required to adhere to any state, federal, and/or international guidelines as they relate to travel, including quarantine, testing, etc.
    • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals with University-approved exemptions will not be permitted to take part in any University-sponsored travel to any off-campus location, including within Connecticut, and must follow and any state, federal, and/or international guidelines as they relate to travel, including quarantine, testing, etc. Please see the section of this page titled "COVID Travel Policies."
    • You must adhere to the updated Fall 2021 campus visitor/guest policy.

    If you have any questions, please email COVIDTaskForce@newhaven.edu or DeanOfStudents@newhaven.edu.

  • Protocols for Employees Granted an Exemption

    As part of your COVID-19 vaccine exemption, all employees who are granted any vaccine exemption must follow all policies and protocols in place for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals while you are on campus.

    • You must adhere to all policies and procedures in place at any given time, including all those posted on this page.
    • You are required to wear masks indoors when with other people and outdoors if unable to maintain 3 feet of physical distance. If you are actively eating or alone in your private office, masks don't need to be worn.
    • All unvaccinated/partially vaccinated employees with University-approved exemptions will need to provide a negative PCR/viral antigen COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of their initial return to campus, at your expense.
    • You must complete weekly COVID-19 testing at your own expense (PCR or viral antigen COVID-19 test), and upload the results in a timely manner to CoVerified, where they will be reviewed and approved by a member of the staff.
    • You must continue to complete daily symptom checks in CoVerified.
    • You would, per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, be required to isolate if you test positive for COVID-19 or to quarantine if you are ever determined to be a contact of an individual who tests positive for COVID-19. Employees would quarantine or isolate in their off-campus residence. You must be cleared by Human Resources before returning to campus after isolating or quarantining.
    • You will be required to adhere to any state, federal, and/or international guidelines as they relate to travel, including quarantine, testing, etc.
    • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals with University-approved exemptions will not be permitted to take part in any University-sponsored travel to any off-campus location, including within Connecticut, and must follow and any state, federal, and/or international guidelines as they relate to travel, including quarantine, testing, etc. Please see the section of this page titled "COVID Travel Policies."
    • You must adhere to the updated Fall 2021 campus visitor/guest policy.

    If you have any questions, please email COVIDTaskForce@newhaven.edu or OfficeofHumanResources@newhaven.edu.

  • Classroom and Laboratory Policies
  • Fall 2021 Semester Classroom and Laboratory Management and Expectations

    Effective: August 16, 2021

    (edited August 12 to clarify that this also applies to laboratory spaces; edited August 19 to clarify process to request guest speakers coming into current class locations)

    In collaboration with Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, and Human Resources, the COVID Task Force has created the following policy to govern classroom and laboratory management and expectations during the Fall 2021 semester. Please note that these policies and protocols will be reviewed regularly and could be adapted based on new local, state, or federal public health guidance.

    Face coverings: As of August 3, 2021, all individuals – regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status – will be required to wear an appropriate face covering when inside any University building. Appropriate face coverings do not need to be worn when a residential student is in their suite/residence with their family unit, when employees are in their private office, or when anyone is actively dining. Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated persons will also need to wear an appropriate face covering and practice physical distancing when outdoors.  On a weekly basis, based on the latest local, state, and federal public health guidance, the COVID Task Force will reassess the need for indoor masks. Members of the University community will be informed by the COVID Task Force if/when the mask policy allows fully vaccinated University community members the option of wearing appropriate face coverings when indoors on campus.

    Non-University Guest Speakers: Requests for guest speakers outside of the classroom (i.e. special events that take place in another space which needs to be reserved) should be put in the Event Management System (EMS). Requests for guest speakers during existing class sessions (i.e. the speaker is coming into your regularly-scheduled class session and location) cannot be booked through EMS, and should be submitted through this form . Faculty hosts would be considered the Event Coordinator and would be responsible for ensuring the guest is compliant with the visitors policy.

    Classroom and Laboratory 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 or laboratory. Your face covering should be replaced immediately after eating or drinking inside a classroom or laboratory. If a laboratory has an existing prohibition on eating or drinking for lab safety purposes, that rule is still in effect.

    CoVerified: Students, faculty, and staff will continue to use CoVerified for daily symptoms checks regardless of vaccination status. Course instructors and laboratory managers should check CoVerified at every in-person class session. Students who have restricted access should be asked to leave immediately. Any student who fails to comply with these orders will be referred to the Dean of Students office for disciplinary action.

    Paper/Physical Resources: The use of paper and other physical resources should be limited to classroom activities and assessments that cannot be posted to Canvas.

    Physical Distance: All University community members should continue to observe three (3) feet of physical distancing, regardless of vaccination status.

    Emergency Notifications:   Please make sure your contact information is up-to-date in the Emergency Notification System. Click here for more information.

    Flexibility: As the pandemic continues to evolve and present new challenges, it's important for all faculty, regardless of the listed mode of course instruction, are prepared with plans should there be a need to pivot and move to online instruction. Additionally, we ask that faculty are patient and flexible with new students, particularly international students who may need to quarantine during the initial weeks of the semester.

    Concerns: Any student or faculty member who has concerns or would like to report violations related to the above COVID–related policies should complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form.

  • Travel
  • Fall 2021 Semester Travel Policy

    Effective: August 16, 2021

    Students

    • All students taking part in any University-sponsored travel, including within Connecticut, must be fully vaccinated, and proof of their vaccination must be accepted in CoVerified. Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated students may participate in on-campus activities associated with their class or student organization, provided they adhere to University policies for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated students.
    • This policy applies to all University of New Haven-sponsored off-campus student travel, including, but not limited to, Study Away/Study Abroad, Recognized Student Organization-sponsored events, Orientation/Charge In/Welcome Week activities, club sports, Marching Band, etc.
    • Pending additional information from the NCAA and the Northeast-10 Conference, unvaccinated and partially vaccinated student-athletes will be allowed to travel off campus, provided they (1) adhere to all University policies for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated students, including weekly surveillance testing and (2) adhere to all Athletics procedures for off-campus travel, including pre-game testing facilitated by Athletics with support from Health Services. Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated students may be subject to visitor policies at host institutions that prohibit their participation. Face coverings must be worn, regardless of vaccination status, when on University-sponsored transportation.
    • Student groups requesting to travel off-campus will need to complete the Recognized Student Organization Off-Campus Event request form on Charger Connection. Requests must be approved by the Center for Student Engagement, Leadership, and Orientation (CSELO) as well as the COVID Task Force to ensure the proposed trip is aligned with local, state, and federal public health guidelines and regulations. Please allow two (2) weeks following conditional approval from CSELO for final approval from the COVID Task Force.
    • Students and student groups requesting to participate in University-sponsored travel should not book travel arrangements until travel has been approved by CSELO and the COVID Task Force.

    Employees

    • All employees taking part in University-sponsored travel to any off-campus location, including within Connecticut — or employees leading University-sponsored travel off campus for students or colleagues — must be fully vaccinated, and proof of their vaccination must be accepted in CoVerified. All travelers must also adhere to any visitor guidelines specified by the location or institution they are visiting.
    • Travel will only be allowed if it is deemed essential (see definitions below), including being mission critical and/or needed for tenure/promotion purposes for full-time tenure-track faculty members as approved by the respective academic College/School and the Provost's office.
    • Employees who are fully vaccinated and wish to submit a travel request should click here to go to the COVID Travel page in myCharger.
    • Existing University travel policies shall be followed:
      • In addition to the current policies, all forms will need approval from the VP or Provost, COVID Task Force Co-Chairs, and the Business Office. Prior to form submissions, direct supervisors should be consulted. The role of VP or Provost review is to ensure the proposed travel is mission-critical and essential and the COVID Task Force Co-Chair review is to ensure the proposed trip is aligned with local, state, and federal public health guidelines and regulations. Please allow two (2) weeks following conditional approval from the designated VP or Provost, COVID Task Force Co-Chairs, and Business Office.
      • Employees seeking to participate in grant, contracted, or other externally funded travel must also complete the Travel Authorization Form and receive approval from VP or Provost, COVID Task Force Co-Chairs, and the Business Office. Prior to form submissions, direct supervisors should be consulted. Please allow two (2) weeks following conditional approval from the designated VP or Provost, Business Office, and the COVID Task Force Co-Chairs.
      • Employees requesting to participate in University-sponsored travel should not book travel arrangements until travel has been approved by the designated VP or Provost, the Business Office, and the COVID Task Force.
    • The Office of Human Resources is working with University leadership to determine travel policies for those with University-approved vaccination exemptions who regularly travel to fulfill essential functions of their roles.

    What is essential travel?

    • Student Travel – student travel that is for an academic purpose that is necessary and cannot reasonably be postponed or handled remotely (i.e., for graduation, to make academic progress, to conduct research, to participate in an internship or co-op, or for a similar educational or co-curricular experience, etc.).
    • Academic Scholarship:
      • Travel required for a professional purpose that is necessary and cannot reasonably be postponed or handled remotely.
      • Is necessary to preserve the safety/well-being of research subjects and/or participants.
      • Preserves the continuity of research that cannot reasonably be repeated, replaced or performed remotely.
      • Is deemed necessary and time-sensitive for tenure and promotion of faculty.
      • Advances critical research in the national or global interest.
    • University Business – Travel that is mission-critical to and necessary for the core educational and business functions of the University presently or for the continuation of those core functions in the future, such as recruiting, performance on grant and contract deliverables, or participation in vital partner/inter-institutional consortium/organizational meetings, etc.
  • Events
  • COVID Event Policy

    Added: August 31, 2021

    An Event is defined as a scheduled gathering or activity that is requested and approved through the University's Event Management System. Events are typically for current University community members (students and employees) only, unless otherwise explicitly noted. The University COVID Alert System should be followed above all else.

    A visitor is defined as someone who is coming to campus, typically, not to attend a scheduled and structured event. (i.e. a delivery person, contractor, family member or friend to visit a student/staff member, etc.)

    Event Requirements

    All University-sponsored events, meetings, and gatherings—whether on-campus or off-campus—must comply with the following requirements:

    Participant/Attendee List: Event organizers must maintain an attendee/participant list for purposes of contact tracing should someone attending the event test positive for COVID-19. This list must include first name, last name, phone number, and email address for all participants. The list should be sent to COVIDTaskForce@newhaven.edu within one (1) business day of an event ending.

    Capacity limits: The maximum capacity is 150 persons at indoor events and 500 persons for outdoor events. Event organizers who have a business need for larger capacity limits should speak to the COVID Task Force Co-Chairs.

    Eating and drinking: While food can be a catalyst for discussion and community building, the University asks that you carefully consider whether such an expense is needed, both in service to environmental sustainability and is good stewardship of the University's resources. Eating and drinking are permitted, however event organizers should facilitate physical distancing for people who are eating and drinking. Food should be attendant-served or single-serving distribution (e.g., boxed lunches); self-serve buffets and platters should be avoided. Food trucks are allowed to serve single-serving meals.

    Face coverings:

    • Indoors: Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a face covering that covers both the mouth and nose at all times. The event host is expected to enforce this requirement. Gaiters are not allowed.
    • Outdoors: Individuals who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated are required to wear face coverings. It is the personal responsibility of those who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated to continue to wear face coverings. The event organizer/host must communicate this expectation. However, the event organizer/host is not responsible for compliance and is not permitted to check vaccination status.

    Physical distancing:

    • Indoors: The event organizer/host is expected to structure the room set-up, event format, and activities to limit close interactions. For example, fixed seating, in which participants remain in the same seats for the event duration, is lower risk than an event that encourages people to mix and mingle near one another.
    • Indoors and Outdoors: Individuals who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated are expected to maintain at least three (3) feet of distance from other people. It is the personal responsibility of those individuals who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated to physically distance themselves. The event organizer/host must communicate this expectation. However, the eventorganizer/host is not responsible for compliance and is not permitted to check vaccination status.

    Event Duration: All events should be two (2) hours or less in duration. The only exceptions are football games, Homecoming, and Commencement. This doesn't apply to informal gatherings and meetings.

    Additional Considerations:

    • When holding face-to-face meetings, an option for virtual attendance should be made available when possible.
    • Events, other than those associated with the Marching Band, should not involve high-aerosolization activities without prior approval from COVID Task Force Co-Chairs (singing, woodwinds/brass, vigorous exercise). Hand sanitizer should be provided.
    • Event hosts must keep fully up-to-date on evolving requirements. The key authorities during this pandemic are CT Dept of Public Health, the City of West Haven, and the University.
    • All employees, including student employees, who are working at an event, must continue to follow all campus policies relating to staff and faculty, even if they differ from policies applicable to event guests.
    • The longer you can wait to have your event, the more likely there will be more clarity about regulatory requirements and new social norms about this next phase of our response to the pandemic.
    • When contracting, all contracts should be reviewed and have appropriate cancellation language, in the event public health or operational conditions degrade.
    • The COVID Task Force will make every effort to ensure you are able to proceed with your event as scheduled. If your event is no longer deemed safe to host on campus, the COVID Task Force Co-Chairs will notify you and work with you to develop an appropriate course of action.
  • Fan Policy for Varsity Athletics

    Revised: Sept. 10, 2021

    The University of New Haven Department of Athletics has announced an updated fan policy that will be in effect for the 2021 fall sports season. With the primary goal of keeping those within the University Community safe, UNH will continue to monitor COVID-19 conditions during the semester and update the policy should the health and safety of the campus community permit.

    Athletics COVID-19 Fan Policy

  • Club Sports
  • Club Sports Policies

    Added: August 30, 2021

    1. Fully vaccinated club sport athletes may participate in any on-campus and off-campus activities associated with their club sport.
    2. Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated club sport athletes may only participate in on-campus activities and must be compliant with University policies for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated students (face coverings, weekly surveillance testing, etc.).
    3. Fully vaccinated students using off-campus facilities for practice or games should follow both University and visiting institution policies. If they are in conflict, the more restrictive of the two policies should be followed.
    4. Only fully vaccinated and those with a negative PCR or viral antigen test within the prior 72 hours may attend games as spectators. This applies to home and neutral-site competitions hosted by the University of New Haven, at both on-campus and off-campus locations. A coach or student captain(s) would be responsible for viewing the above-mentioned documentation. Should different regulations exist at off campus sites serving as home venues for UNH club sports, the more restrictive policy will be followed.
  • Residential Student Move-In Process
  • Move-In Process for Fully Vaccinated Residential Students and Their Helpers

    All students and guests must follow the Mask Policy, listed on this page.

    Each residential student, regardless of vaccination status, will be allowed to bring up to 4 move-in helpers that can enter the building with the student (maximum of 2 cars).

    • Residential students that are fully vaccinated (14 or more days AFTER the final dose of vaccine is received) DO NOT need to obtain testing before coming to campus.
    • The student's move-in helpers must all provide proof of being fully vaccinated OR a negative PCR/viral antigen test taken within 72 hours of their move in. Move-in helpers should bring printed or digital proof of full vaccination (at least 14 days after receipt of final dose). The proof should show the person's name, proof of receipt of all vaccine doses (with the last being at least 14 days prior), and maker of the vaccine.
    • Residential students that are fully vaccinated (14 or more days AFTER the final dose of vaccine is received) DO NOT take a test upon arrival to campus.
  • Move-In Pre-Arrival/Arrival Testing and Quarantine Process for Unvaccinated/Partially Vaccinated Residential Students and Their Helpers

    All students and guests must follow the Mask Policy, listed on this page.

    Each residential student, regardless of vaccination status, will be allowed to bring up to 4 move-in helpers that can enter the building with the student (maximum of 2 cars).

    • All unvaccinated/partially vaccinated residential students with University-approved exemptions will need to obtain and provide a negative PCR/viral antigen COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of their move in.
    • The student's move-in helpers must all provide proof of being fully vaccinated OR a negative PCR/viral antigen test taken within 72 hours of their move in. Move-in helpers should bring printed or digital proof of full vaccination (at least 14 days after receipt of final dose). The proof should show the person's name, proof of receipt of all vaccine doses (with the last being at least 14 days prior), and maker of the vaccine.
    • All unvaccinated/partially vaccinated students and their guests will need to wear masks when indoors and when outside and unable to maintain 3 feet of physical distance.
    • When the unvaccinated/partially vaccinated student and their move-in helpers arrive, the student only will also be given an arrival test (Binax; viral antigen test done in 15 minutes) administered by Health Services. This extra level of precaution will allow us to have a safe and healthy Charge In and Welcome Week.
    • Move-in helpers will not be tested on-site; only the student. Move-in helpers must provide their own test taken within the previous 72 hours.
    • Negative Arrival Test
      • If the arrival test is negative, the unvaccinated/partially vaccinated student will be allowed to proceed with the move in and placed on a ten (10) day campus quarantine.
      • Campus quarantine means restriction to the University of New Haven property and campuses. Next, they will be given a PCR test on day five of the campus quarantine by Health Services and, following a negative test, will be allowed to end the ten day campus quarantine on day seven. If the day 5 PCR test is positive, the student will need to isolate for ten days (rooms to be provided by the University for residential students only).
      • Any student who reaches full vaccination during the quarantine (i.e. reaches 14 days after the final dose was received) will be able to end their campus quarantine, provided they have not tested positive for COVID-19 on the day 5 PCR test.
      • Any student who needs an exemption to leave campus for important reasons will need approval from the University COVID-19 Coordinator, Dr. Santella or his designee.
    • Positive Arrival Test
      • If the arrival test is positive, the unvaccinated/partially vaccinated student will be asked to isolate at home and reschedule their move-in with the Office of Residential Life for a date/time after the ten day isolation is over.

    All pre-arrival and arrival testing results and follow-up will be managed by Health Services with oversight by the Health Services Medical Director, Dr. Banatoski, with support from the University COVID-19 Coordinator, Dr. Santella.

  • Commuter/Off-Campus Student Arrival Process
  • Pre-Arrival and Arrival Testing Process for Unvaccinated/Partially Vaccinated Commuter Students

    All students and guests must follow the Mask Policy, listed on this page.

    • All unvaccinated/partially vaccinated commuter students with University-approved exemptions will need to provide a negative PCR/viral antigen test taken within 72 hours of their first time on campus.
    • All commuter students are encouraged to attend the Charge In events on August 16-18. When unvaccinated/partially vaccinated students arrive to a Charge In event, they will be given an arrival test (Binax; viral antigen test done in 15 minutes) administered by Health Services.
    • For unvaccinated/partially vaccinated students who don't attend Charge In events, weekly surveillance testing will begin with Health Services during the first week of classes.

    All pre-arrival and arrival testing results and follow-up will be managed by Health Services with oversight by the Health Services Medical Director, Dr. Banatoski, with support from the University COVID-19 Coordinator, Dr. Santella.

  • Campus Arrival for Fully Vaccinated Commuter Students

    All students and guests must follow the Mask Policy, listed on this page.

    • All commuter students are encouraged to attend the Charge In events on August 16-18.
    • Commuter students that are fully vaccinated (14 or more days AFTER the final dose of vaccine is received) DO NOT need to obtain testing before coming to campus and DO NOT take a test upon arrival to campus.
Key Dates for Fall 2021

Monday-Wednesday, August 16-18

Thursday, August 19

Saturday-Sunday, August 21-22

Monday, August 23

August 23-29

Saturday, Sept. 25