At the University of New Haven, the health and safety of all members of our community remain our top priority. This website provides updated information about our ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
This information was last updated July 26, 2022.
Information Subject to Change
All information on this page is subject to change. The University continues to meet regularly to monitor COVID-19 cases globally, locally, and within the Charger community. If the analysis of current data suggests it is appropriate or if local, state or federal guidance changes, the University may recommend changes to our public health behaviors, and campus access policies to maintain a safe environment for students, faculty, staff, and guests. Updates will be communicated in a timely manner.
COVID-19 vaccination is not required and exemptions will no longer be required.
We continue to strongly encourage members of our University community to get vaccinated and to receive booster doses, when they are eligible, and to continue to support the health and safety of the University community. Proof of vaccination may be submitted, along with other Health Services forms, through CoVerified.
Students should note that some off-campus clinical sites may have vaccination requirements and/or COVID mitigation procedures in place that students must adhere to. Students participating in these programs should consult with their program or site coordinator regarding compliance with those policies and procedures.
Face Coverings / Masks
Face coverings will be optional in most University facilities, including all classrooms and academic spaces, University housing, the Beckerman Recreation Center, all dining facilities, the Charger Gymnasium, and offices. Individuals may choose to wear a face covering, and all members of the University community are asked to respect their choice.
Face coverings will continue to be required for all individuals inside Health Services.
CoVerified will no longer be used for daily symptom checks or campus / building access during the academic year. Any members of the University Community who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should not come to campus, and instead take appropriate steps to protect themselves and our community by getting tested for COVID-19. (See "Reporting Illness and COVID-19 Testing," below.)
CoVerified will continue to be used throughout the summer for students to upload their medical documentation to Health Services in a HIPAA-compliant manner.
Reporting Illness and COVID-19 Testing
We will no longer be conducting weekly asymptomatic surveillance testing on campus.
Students who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should take appropriate steps to protect others around them and get tested for COVID-19, either on or off campus. Testing is available at Health Services for students who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. Students can visit the Nicholson Health Center in Sheffield Hall or any off-campus location for COVID-19 testing. On-campus COVID testing may be billed to a student’s health insurance.
Students who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate appropriately (see "Isolation and Housing," below) and should upload their test results here (a link to the Illness Reporting Form will appear in this space closer to the start of the fall semester). This information will be used to notify relevant faculty and offices of student absences.
Faculty or staff who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should not come to campus and should visit any off-campus location of their choosing for COVID-19 testing. Those who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate appropriately (see "Isolation and Housing," below) and communicate with their supervisor about their absence. For detailed information, please see the Employee COVID-19 Policy & Procedure by clicking here (myCharger login required).
Isolation and Housing
In line with CDC guidelines for isolation, the University of New Haven requires all individuals who are COVID positive to isolate off campus for five full days, with the date of their positive test result being day zero. They must also be symptom free for at least 24 hours prior to returning to campus. Self-isolating when COVID positive is crucial to the health of the University community.
The University will not provide housing or meal plan accommodations to students who live in University-sponsored housing who require isolation upon testing positive for COVID. Students must have an isolation plan in place before they arrive on campus. This plan should include arrangements for traveling home or identifying family members/friends and/or specific location(s) to isolate off campus in the event that they become COVID-positive.
Developing your isolation plan
Faculty or staff who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate appropriately. Employees do not need to upload test results, but should communicate with their supervisor about their absence. For detailed information, please see the Employee COVID-19 Policy & Procedure by clicking here (myCharger login required).
For more information, please read these CDC guidelines for isolation.
There are no restrictions on University-sponsored travel based on an individual's vaccination status.
Please note: Those participating in University-sponsored travel are still required to submit the University-sponsored Travel Form (myCharger login required) to receive monetary reimbursement for travel expenses and to comply with Clery Act notification requirements.
Self-isolating when COVID positive is crucial to the health of the University community. In line with CDC guidelines for isolation, the University of New Haven requires all individuals traveling on university sponsored trips who develop COVID-19 symptoms and test COVID positive to self-isolate away from the travel group for five full days, with the date of their positive test result being day zero. They must also be symptom free for at least 24 hours prior to returning to campus. Those developing symptoms should notify the trip leader immediately. Travelers are encouraged to identify a COVID-19 testing center in their area of travel or bring along a home antigen test kit.
Please expand the section below to read more about what to do if you develop COVID while participating in University-sponsored travel.
COVID Isolation Planning for Those Participating in University-Sponsored Travel
The University does not provide isolation housing, meals, or transportation to students or employees who are traveling on a university-sponsored trip who require isolation upon testing positive for COVID-19. Student and employee travelers should have an isolation plan in place prior to travel should they test positive for COVID-19 while traveling. Having a plan will help you quickly begin isolation after testing positive and ensure you're not caught off-guard.
Students and employees who require isolation upon testing positive for COVID shall self-isolate away from the travel group. Trip leaders shall have a prior plan in place for a transition of leadership should the trip leader test positive for COVID-19.
Information to Help Develop Your Isolation Plan
- The plan should include arrangements for transportation, isolation housing, and meals.
- You should plan to isolate for a minimum of five full days. Isolation can be longer if your symptoms do not subside. You must be symptom free for at least 24 hours prior to returning to campus.
You should pre-plan to have the following items on hand when you travel to help you should you need to isolate:
- COVID-19 antigen home test kit
- N95 mask
- pain/fever reducers (Ibuprofin, Tylenol, etc.)
- throat lozenges
- pulse oximeter
- University Health Services contact information
Guests and Visitors
The COVID-19 vaccine is not required for visitors and guests to campus. Guests and visitors are strongly encouraged to either be vaccinated against COVID-19 and boosted, if eligible, or to get tested within 72 hours prior to visiting campus and should not come to campus if feeling ill.
Tuscany Campus (Prato, Italy)
COVID policies and procedures for the Tuscany Campus for Spring 2023 have been posted at the link below.