In order to best protect the health and well-being of our University community, and in accordance with the latest public health guidance, we are requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for all members 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.
On June 16, 2021, the University announced that COVID-19 vaccination would be required for all students, faculty, and staff who did not obtain an exemption. Please read the full announcement on this page.
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 wear face coverings on campus
- 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. The cost for this weekly COVID-19 testing may be the responsibility of the unvaccinated students.
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.
Non-University community guests
Non-University community guests will be permitted on campus during the Fall 2021 semester. Face coverings will be required on campus for all outside University guests, contractors, and vendors when vaccination status is unknown.
Upcoming Virtual Town Hall Forums
The COVID Task Force and senior University leaders will host separate upcoming virtual town hall forums for employees as well as students and families.
The forum for students and families will take place on Thursday, June 17, at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on www.facebook.com/UNewHavenCharlie. Students are encouraged to share this information with their parents and family members. A recording of the forum will be available on demand at www.facebook.com/UNewHavenCharlie after the forum has concluded.
The forum for employees will take place in the coming weeks.
Thank you for your continued cooperation and for your attention to this important matter.
Summer McGee, Ph.D., CPH
Dean, School of Health Sciences
University COVID-19 Coordinator
COVID Task Force Co-Chair
Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services
COVID Task Force Co-Chair
The following resources are being constantly reviewed and updated to reflect current information and guidance, so please continue to check this section regularly. All information is subject to change based on current public health regulations.