Spring 2022 COVID-19 Info

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 and positive case statistics are available on the COVID Dashboard, which was last updated on: May 17, 2022. The Dashboard is updated weekly during the fall and spring semesters.

 

Important Notifications
  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    Out of an abundance of caution -- and amid an increase in COVID-positive cases in the Greater West Haven area and across Connecticut -- we are strongly encouraging everyone to wear a face covering in all indoor spaces. For the duration of the semester, face coverings will be required for University-sponsored indoor events with more than 50 people in attendance.

    Face coverings are available at locations across campus. A full list of locations can be found on this webpage. We are continuing to closely monitor the transmission of COVID in our campus community, and we may be forced to make indoor face covering usage mandatory if cases continue to increase.

    Keep yourself and others safe:

    • Ensure you complete your daily symptom check in CoVerified. Students who submit out-of-the-ordinary or unexpected symptoms should call Health Services at 203-932-7079 to be assessed.
    • Consider getting tested as part of the University’s asymptomatic testing program. Students can register for a weekly test in the Beckerman Recreation Center. Register here.
    • Pick up an at-home test kit. Before departing campus for the semester, students are encouraged to pick up a COVID self-test kit that is available in Health Services, the Office of Residence Life, and the Information Desk in Bartels Hall. Faculty and staff may also pick up an at-home test. Faculty or staff who do test positive with an at-home test must schedule an off-site PCR test for verification purposes.

    Individuals with a University-approved vaccination exemption must continue their required weekly testing. The University’s current visitor policy also remains in place.

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

    Sincerely,
    COVID Task Force

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    Thanks to your diligence and commitment, we have had a very successful semester thus far with a low number of cases of COVID in our community.

    It is important, though, in light of the recent uptick in the positivity rate in Connecticut and Greater New Haven, that we all continue to be vigilant.

    We must keep the transmission of COVID in our community low and controlled so we can move forward with our traditional end-of-the-academic-year celebrations without restrictions.

    What can you do to protect yourself and others?

    • Consider wearing a face covering in large indoor crowds
    • Complete your daily symptom check in CoVerified. Submit any out-of-the-ordinary symptoms
    • Students, call Health Services at 203-932-7079 (after submitting symptoms) to get assessed
    • Employees and commuters, stay home if not feeling well
    • Wash hands thoroughly several times a day
    • Get vaccinated + boosted, if eligible (see details below about upcoming on-campus booster dose clinics)

    Rapid COVID-19 tests available for pickup

    The University has a supply of rapid COVID-19 test kits that are available for free to all University community members. Any positive test should be uploaded to CoVerified.

    You can get a test kit, beginning Friday, April 15, at any of the following locations by showing your University ID:

    • Office of Residential Life in Bixler Hall
    • Bartels Hall, the campus center Information Desk
    • Health Services in Sheffield Hall

    If symptoms persist after a negative rapid test, students should contact Health Services. Employees should consider getting a PCR test.

    On-campus booster dose clinic

    Health Services will host a booster dose clinic at the end of the month. More information will follow in the near future.

    Thank you for your continued cooperation.

    Sincerely,

    COVID Task Force

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    Thanks to your ongoing diligence, the low number of COVID cases in our community, and our high vaccination rate, we are able to update our COVID-related policies and procedures that are now in effect. (Note: All updated and current policies are listed on this webpage).

    Face coverings: Face coverings are now optional in most University facilities. Face coverings will continue to be required in Health Services, on all University transportation, and in any University COVID-19 testing or vaccination clinics.

    CoVerified: All University community members must continue using CoVerified for the duration of the Spring semester. Symptom checks must be completed daily, and community members must continue to show their green “cleared” CoVerified badge in order to access University facilities.

    On-Campus Asymptomatic COVID Testing: Any student may register, on a first-come, first-served basis, for a COVID-19 test as part of the asymptomatic testing program offered in the Beckerman Recreation Center. Students who would like to take advantage of this optional opportunity can register for up to one test each week by clicking here.

    Exempt Community Members: Individuals with University-approved vaccination exemptions must continue to get tested weekly in order to remain cleared in CoVerified.

    University-Sponsored Domestic Travel: Individuals who received a primary series COVID-19 vaccine, but are not fully up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccination status, are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or viral antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to planned University-sponsored travel. Students requiring a test can register by clicking here. The negative test result must be uploaded to CoVerified and shared with the trip organizer prior to traveling. Individuals with a University-approved vaccination exemption are not permitted to travel.

    University Housing Guest Policy: Commuter students and resident students are permitted to be signed in as guests in University housing, provided they are cleared in CoVerified. Non-University guests can also be signed in as guests, provided they are up-to-date on their vaccination status or have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or viral antigen test taken 72 hours prior to visiting campus. Non-University community members will not be permitted as overnight guests.

    Campus Visitors Policy: All visitors from outside the University community are expected to be up-to-date with their COVID vaccination. Individuals not meeting the University’s definition of being fully vaccinated must be prepared to show proof of a COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival on campus.

    Space/Event Capacity: All facilities across campus are operating at full capacity. Event capacities are determined by the guidelines in the Event Management System.

    We will continue to closely monitor the transmission of COVID in our community and will share updates as necessary.

    Sincerely,

    COVID Task Force

  • Dear Chargers,

    We hope you are having an enjoyable Spring Break. As a reminder, the day before returning, you should take the at-home COVID-19 test you picked up on campus. Visit flowflexcovid.com for instructions on how to administer the test.

    If you did not pick up a test on campus, you are strongly encouraged to get a test and take it before returning. There has been a recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Europe, so it is important that we continue to remain vigilant in monitoring our symptoms.

    If your test is positive, stay home and isolate following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, before returning to campus.

    Only positive results should be uploaded to CoVerified.

    For those with vaccination exemptions, this at-home test DOES NOT count for your required weekly test.

    Thank you for your continued cooperation.

    Sincerely,

    COVID Task Force

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    Great job, Charger Nation! Thanks to your ongoing commitment to protecting yourself and each other, we continue to see a very low number of cases of COVID-19 in our community.

    As a result, and in line with the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, face coverings will be optional, beginning March 20, in most University facilities, including classrooms, academic spaces, University housing, the Beckerman Recreation Center, all dining facilities, the Charger Gymnasium, and offices. Face coverings will continue to be required inside Health Services and on all University transportation.

    If members of the community are more comfortable continuing to wear a face covering, they are certainly free to do so.

    All members of the community must continue to use CoVerified to complete your daily wellness check or to submit symptoms for the duration of the Spring semester. Please note that the University-sponsored travel and guest policies, as well as the weekly testing requirement for those with University-approved vaccination exemptions, remain unchanged at this time.

    At-home COVID test kits available for students prior to Spring Break

    To help ensure community transmission of COVID remains low and controlled, we have arranged to provide free at-home COVID-19 test kits for students to pick up before departing campus for Spring Break. The intention is for students to take this test before returning to campus at the conclusion of Spring Break.

    Positive test results must be uploaded to CoVerified. Those who test positive cannot report to campus until the conclusion of their isolation period as outlined by the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

    Test kits will be available for students to pick up Monday, March 7, to Friday, March 11:

    • All University housing locations – 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
    • Bartels Student Activity Center, Commuter Lounge – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Bartels Hall Information Desk
      • 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. from March 7 to 10
      • 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 11

    Students will need to show a University ID to pick up a test kit. Only one test kit is available to each student.

    We will continue to closely monitor the number of COVID cases and the level of transmission in our community, and we will make any updates to our COVID-related policies and procedures as necessary. Thank you for your continued cooperation.

    Sincerely,

    The COVID Task Force

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    Great job, Charger Nation! Thanks to your ongoing diligence and your commitment to protecting ourselves and each other, we have experienced a very low number of COVID cases in our community. We thank you for your continued commitment and cooperation.

    We do not have to look far, though, to see that colleges and universities across the region and around the state are seeing spikes in the number of COVID cases on their campuses. It is important that we continue to remain vigilant and continue to follow the public health measures that have proven to keep us safe and healthy, including, but not limited to:

    • Daily Symptom Check: everyone should continue to complete their daily wellness check in CoVerified.
    • Check CoVerified: Faculty, staff, and students should routinely ask members of the University community to verify their green badge CoVerified status.
    • COVID Testing: Any student may register, on a first-come, first-served basis, for a COVID-19 test as part of the asymptomatic testing program offered in the Beckerman Recreation Center. Students who would like to take advantage of this optional opportunity can register for up to one free test each week by clicking here.

    We remain hopeful that we will be able to update our indoor mask policy in the near future. Our hope and expectation is that we may be able to review potential changes in this policy sometime after Spring Break. Any updates would be based on the number of COVID cases in our community and evidence that positivity continues to be low and controlled.

    We continue to encourage everyone to wear face coverings when in public indoor locations off campus and when part of indoor gatherings, including in University housing, with individuals outside of your family units. We have seen evidence that the COVID cases in our community have been traced back to informal gatherings where face coverings are not worn.

    If you have any questions, please email COVIDTaskForce@newhaven.edu, and allow up to 48 business hours for a response.

    Sincerely,

    Anthony J. Santella, DrPH, MCHES
    Professor and Interim Chair, Dept. of Health Administration & Policy
    COVID-19 Coordinator and COVID Task Force Co-Chair

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services
    COVID Task Force Co-Chair

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    We are writing to share several important updates.

    • Face Coverings: For the time being, our face covering policy will not change. All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks indoors. Unvaccinated and those who are eligible for a booster but haven't been boosted should also wear one outdoors. We will continue to assess the situation and will plan to communicate any updates to this policy in the coming weeks.
    • University-Sponsored Travel: In order to be able to participate in University-sponsored travel, students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated, including a booster dose, if eligible. Note that those with a University-approved medical exemption to the booster dose requirement are unable to participate in University-sponsored travel.
    • COVID-19 Asymptomatic Testing: Beginning the week of February 14 until further notice, any student may register, on a first-come, first-served basis, for a COVID-19 test as part of the asymptomatic testing program offered in the Beckerman Recreation Center. Students who would like to take advantage of this optional opportunity can register for up to one test each week. An appointment is required and can be made by clicking here. These testing appointments are only for individuals who are not experiencing symptoms.

    Please send questions to COVIDTaskForce@newhaven.edu, and allow up to 48 business hours for a response. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

    Sincerely,

    Anthony J. Santella, DrPH, MCHES
    Professor and Interim Chair, Dept. of Health Administration & Policy
    COVID-19 Coordinator and COVID Task Force Co-Chair

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services
    COVID Task Force Co-Chair

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    Monday, January 31, at 5 p.m. is the deadline for those who are eligible to submit proof of their COVID-19 vaccine booster dose. Highlighted below are the different categories you would be part of depending on your vaccination and booster status and the COVID-related policies and procedures that would apply to you.

    Category A: Individuals who have completed a primary vaccine series but have not received a booster dose despite being eligible -- and those who received a medical exemption from getting a booster dose

    Effective February 1, any individual who is eligible for a booster dose who does not meet this requirement will not be considered fully vaccinated and must adhere to the policies and protocols listed below until they receive a booster dose that is accepted in CoVerified. (Individuals who have received a medical exemption from getting the booster dose are also subject to the requirements listed below.)

    • University-Sponsored Travel: Prohibited from taking part in University-sponsored travel. 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, club sports, Marching Band, etc., as well as certain clinical and academic programing.
    • Quarantine policy (as a close contact of a COVID-positive individual): Quarantine for five full days. Individuals must complete a daily symptom check, and students must be cleared by Health Services in order to conclude their quarantine period. Students should contact Health Services at 203-932-7079 to get assessed if they experience symptoms.
    • Face Coverings: Wear face coverings at all times on campus, including when indoors and outdoors. (All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue wearing a face covering in all indoor University facilities.)
    • Regular COVID Testing: At this time, regular testing will not be required. This is an update from earlier guidelines. This testing policy for individuals without a booster dose who are eligible will continually be assessed based on the level of COVID transmission in the community and on campus.
    • Physical Distancing: Observe three (3) feet of physical distance while on campus (inside and outside). This is an update from earlier guidelines that required six feet of physical distance.

    Any individuals, regardless of vaccination or booster status, who experience out-of-the-ordinary symptoms should submit them in CoVerified immediately. Students should contact Health Services at (203) 932-7079 directly to get assessed. Employees should contact Iris Calovine in Human Resources.

    Category B: Individuals who completed primary vaccine series but not currently eligible for a booster dose

    Individuals not currently eligible for a booster dose must submit proof of a booster dose within 30 days of becoming eligible. If this requirement is not met, the policies listed above must be followed.

    Category C: Individuals fully vaccinated and received booster dose

    Individuals whose booster dose has been accepted in CoVerified are considered fully vaccinated. Individuals should submit any symptoms in CoVerified, and students should contact Health Services at (203) 932-7079 to be assessed.

    Category D: Unvaccinated/partially vaccinated individuals with University-approved vaccination exemptions

    Individuals with a University-approved vaccination exemption must continue to get tested at least every seven (7) days in order to be remain cleared in CoVerified. On-campus testing appointments for students in the Beckerman Recreation Center must be scheduled and are subject to availability. At-home tests will not be accepted. Testing in the Beckerman Center is only for students not experiencing symptoms at the time of their test. Students with symptoms should contact Health Services at (203) 932-7079 to get assessed.

    As a reminder, exempt individuals must continue wearing a face covering at all times while indoors and outdoors on campus and maintain six (6) feet of physical distance (inside and outside). University-sponsored travel continues to be prohibited.

    An email about upcoming booster clinics on and near campus will be sent later today.

    Please send questions to COVIDTaskForce@newhaven.edu, and allow up to 48 business hours for a response. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

    Sincerely,

    Anthony J. Santella, DrPH, MCHES
    Professor and Interim Chair, Dept. of Health Administration & Policy
    COVID-19 Coordinator and COVID Task Force Co-Chair

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services
    COVID Task Force Co-Chair

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    Given the end of our Spring arrival testing and a decrease this week in the number of campus COVID-19 cases – as well as expected conclusion over the course of the upcoming days of the isolation period for those currently in University-provided isolation housing – we will return to a Green Alert status, effective at 8 a.m. on Monday, January 31.

    As a reminder, all students, staff, and faculty should continue to do the following:

    • Complete your daily symptom check in CoVerified and check/show CoVerified at all events and classes.
    • Wear appropriate face coverings when indoors (see the COVID-19 policy page for a list of 10 sites across campus (including new locations in the Beckerman Recreation Center and Bartels Hall, the campus center), where you can pick up a face covering (including cloth, procedure/surgical, and KN95 face coverings). In addition, each face covering distribution center location will now have N95 face coverings available.
    • Ensure all non-University community guests are fully vaccinated and boosted, if eligible, or, if not boosted, that they have proof of a negative PCR or viral antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to their campus visit. The campus host is responsible for checking these documents.

    Please send questions to COVIDTaskForce@newhaven.edu, and allow up to 48 business hours for a response. Thank you for all you do to keep our University community safe and healthy.

    Sincerely,

    Anthony J. Santella, DrPH, MCHES
    Professor and Interim Chair, Dept. of Health Administration & Policy
    COVID-19 Coordinator and COVID Task Force Co-Chair

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services
    COVID Task Force Co-Chair

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    As a reminder, all students, faculty, and staff (including remote employees, staff, or adjuncts) who are eligible are required to submit documentation of a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose by Monday, January 31. View this short video message from Dr. Santella to learn more about the benefits of getting a booster dose.

    Beginning February 1, individuals who are not fully vaccinated – including a booster if eligible – must complete weekly asymptomatic surveillance testing and will not be eligible to participate in University-sponsored travel. Failure to test at least every seven (7) days will result in becoming restricted in CoVerified.

    If you know you will not receive the booster dose by the Jan. 31 deadline, you should schedule a weekly asymptomatic COVID-19 test during the week of Feb. 1 by clicking here (myCharger login required). For instructions on how to see if your booster has been accepted in CoVerified, click here.

    Individuals who are not currently eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose are required to submit proof of receiving a booster dose within 30 days of becoming eligible in order to be considered fully vaccinated.

    Exemptions from the booster dose requirement for medical reasons can be requested by clicking here.

    Upcoming On-Campus Booster Dose and Flu Vaccine Clinics

    Northeast Medical Group (NEMG) and Yale New Haven Health
    Saturday, January 29
    9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Beckerman Recreation Center, Room 205
    Pfizer-BioNTech Booster dose and flu vaccine

    Walk ins will be accepted, but registration is strongly encouraged. Login to myCharger to view registration link under "Happening on Campus."

    Griffin Health and State of Conn. Dept of Public Health
    Monday, February 7, and Tuesday, February 8
    9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (each day)
    Beckerman Recreation Center, Rooms 204 and 205
    COVID-19 vaccine – Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna first or second dose and Janssen (J&J) – or booster dose

    Walks in will be accepted, but registration is strongly encouraged. Login to myCharger to view registration link under "Happening on Campus."

    Please send questions to COVIDTaskForce@newhaven.edu, and allow up to 48 business hours for a response. Thank you for your cooperation and continued commitment to protecting the health and well-being of our community.

    Sincerely,

    COVID Task Force

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    As we prepare for the beginning of the Spring 2022 semester, all student-facing on-campus operations will resume in person beginning on Monday, January 10.

    In order to best protect the health and well-being of our University community amid evidence of a high level of community transmission across Connecticut and around the region, we have made the decision to move to Yellow Alert status.

    We do not anticipate this change in status will impact the scheduled opening of University housing for the Spring 2022 semester or the start of in-person classes on Wednesday, January 19.

    It is important to emphasize that there has been no evidence of COVID-19 transmission in classrooms and other learning spaces on campus, where appropriate face coverings continue to be required.

    Effective, Monday, January 10, the following policies and protocols will be in place while the University is at Yellow Alert status.

    Facilities and Events

    • University facilities, including the Peterson Library, Beckerman Recreation Center, Bartels Hall, the campus center, and all dining locations, as well as University events and athletic contests, will operate at 50 percent capacity.
    • The Peterson Library is instituting a reservation system that will be available on myCharger.

    Student Life

    • Residential students are only permitted in their individual room/suite or in common spaces in their University housing building.
    • Commuters and outside guests are not permitted in University housing.
    • To assist with move in at the start of the semester, residential students will be permitted to have one helper enter a residence hall. The helper must show to a member of the Office of Residential Life staff proof of having received a booster dose.

    University-Sponsored Travel

    • Employee University-sponsored discretionary travel must be approved by an employee’s supervisor and appropriate vice president.
    • Academic-related student travel must be approved by the Provost’s Office, and co-curricular student travel must be approved by the Dean of Students Office.

    Non-University Community Visitors and Guests

    • Indoor visitors and guests are not permitted on campus unless approved in advance by the Dean of Students office or a vice president. Any approved visitor would need to show proof of being vaccinated and boosted, if eligible, to their host.

    Our campus alert status is reviewed on an ongoing basis, and updates will be communicated as necessary.

    New Definition of Fully-Vaccinated

    Effective February 1, all community members who are eligible must receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose and upload documentation to CoVerified in order to be considered fully vaccinated. Individuals not currently eligible to receive a booster, must upload proof of their booster dose within 30 days of becoming eligible to receive a booster.

    Exemptions from the booster dose requirement will only be considered for medical reasons that are documented by a health care provider, subject to review and approval by University-affiliated medical professionals.

    Please note that individuals who have already received a University-approved vaccination exemption do not need to re-apply for an exemption.

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

    Anthony J. Santella, DrPH, MCHES
    Professor and Interim Chair, Dept. of Health Administration & Policy
    COVID-19 Coordinator and COVID Task Force Co-Chair 

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services
    COVID Task Force Co-Chair

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    We are looking forward to starting the semester on time and in person later this month. The high COVID-19 vaccination rate in our community positions us well to continue to be able to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on our community and our experience as Chargers.

    We are cognizant, though, that the highly contagious nature of the Omicron variant has led to a dramatic increase in COVID cases around the region and across the country. To best protect the health and well-being of our community, and to minimize the impact on those who may contract COVID-19 in the future, we have made the decision to require all students, faculty, and staff (including remote employees, staff, or adjuncts) who are eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose by Monday, January 31.

    This does not affect individuals who previously received University-approved vaccination exemptions. You do not need to re-apply for an exemption.

    Booster Dose Eligibility

    Please review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on determining your eligibility for receiving a booster dose.

    • Moderna – Booster dose six months following final vaccine dose
    • Pfizer-BioNTech – Booster dose five months following final vaccine dose (please note this was changed from six months earlier today by the CDC)
    • Janssen (J&J) - Booster dose two months following vaccine

    While we are hopeful we will be able to host an on-campus booster clinic at some point this spring, it is not guaranteed. Those who are eligible for the booster now should not wait. We encourage you to visit vaccines.gov to find a provider near you and get your booster dose as soon as possible, in advance of the January 31 deadline.

    Those eligible to receive a booster who have not uploaded proof of their booster dose to CoVerified by January 31 will be listed as restricted in CoVerified and will not be able to access University facilities or be permitted to be on campus until documentation of a booster dose is accepted.

    What if I am not currently eligible for a booster dose?

    Individuals who are not currently eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose are required to submit proof of receiving a booster dose within 30 days of becoming eligible in order to be considered fully vaccinated.

    Required arrival COVID-19 test for students without a booster dose

    As a reminder, students whose booster documentation has not been submitted and accepted in CoVerified 24 hours prior to their arrival on campus will be required to have a COVID-19 test upon arriving on campus.

    COVID-19 arrival tests for students will be administered on campus January 13-15 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day) and January 17-20 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day). Please see the full schedule lower on this webpage, under the heading "Return to Campus Process for Spring 2022."

    Residential students must get their arrival test before returning to their University housing, and commuter students must get their arrival test before attending their first class.

    Please keep an eye out for a message in the coming days about the health and safety measures that will be in place for the Spring semester. Thank you for your cooperation and continued commitment to protecting the health and well-being of our community.

    Sincerely,

    Anthony J. Santella, DrPH, MCHES
    Professor and Interim Chair, Dept. of Health Administration & Policy
    COVID-19 Coordinator and COVID Task Force Co-Chair 

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services
    COVID Task Force Co-Chair

  • Dear Students,

    Out of an abundance of caution, President Kaplan has instituted a temporary remote work schedule that will be in place from December 22 through January 7. Students who were planning to be on campus during this time for student employment or academic-related activities should connect directly with their supervisor or professor to make arrangements to work or study remotely during this period.

    University facilities, including the Peterson Library, Beckerman Recreation Center, Bartels Hall, the campus center, and all dining locations will be closed during this period. Please note that library services will remain available remotely during this period. Limited campus operations are scheduled to resume Jan. 8. Additional details about campus operations Jan. 8-9 will be shared the week of Jan. 3. Normal campus operations are scheduled to resume on Monday, January 10.

    We would like to emphasize that it does continue to remain safe to be on campus, as evidenced by the very low number of COVID cases we experienced during the fall semester. We are confident that the temporary remote work schedule combined with the comprehensive policies in place will mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on our community and best position us to have a successful and healthy start to the Spring 2022 semester.

    We thank you for your commitment throughout the Fall semester and wish you an enjoyable and safe holiday season.

    Sincerely,

    Anthony J. Santella, DrPH, MCHES
    Professor and Interim Chair, Dept. of Health Administration & Policy
    COVID-19 Coordinator and COVID Task Force Co-Chair 

         

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services
    COVID Task Force Co-Chair

  • Dear Students,

    Looking ahead to the start of the Spring 2022 semester, we are sharing the COVID-related policies – and highlighting some new and updated protocols – that will be in place beginning January 16, 2022. Complete policies are listed on the Spring 2022 COVID-19 Information Page.

    All University community members, who have not already, must submit proof of vaccination OR request an exemption from the vaccination requirement by January 2.

    Those who are eligible are strongly encouraged to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose as well as a flu shot. Both a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and a flu shot can be scheduled at the same time.

    Return-to-Campus Process for Spring 2022 semester

    • Fully vaccinated with a booster dose: Resident and commuter students who have received a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and who have their booster dose accepted in their CoVerified account by January 14, do not need to provide pre-arrival testing or obtain an arrival test on-campus.
    • Fully vaccinated but NO booster dose: Arrival testing for the Spring 2022 semester is REQUIRED for all students (resident and commuter) who are fully vaccinated but who DO NOT have a booster dose in their CoVerified account. Testing will be performed by Health Services at the Beckerman Recreation Center January 13 to 15 and January 17 to 20.
    • Resident Students with a vaccination exemption: Resident students with a University-approved vaccination exemption must upload to CoVerified a pre-arrival PCR or viral antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival date AND undergo an arrival test performed by Health Services at the Beckerman Recreation Center between January 13 to 15 or January 17 to 20 – AS WELL AS adhere to a 10-day campus quarantine. Failure to submit a pre-arrival test will result in the denial of a University-administered arrival test and being restricted in CoVerified.
    • Commuter/Off-Campus Students with a vaccination exemption: Commuters/off-campus students with a University-approved vaccination exemption must upload to CoVerified a pre-arrival PCR or viral antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival date AND must undergo their first required weekly COVID test the week of January 17-20, BEFORE ATTENDING THEIR FIRST CLASS SESSION. Failure to submit a pre-arrival test will result in the denial of a University-administered arrival test and being restricted in CoVerified.

    University-Approved Vaccination Exemptions

    • Those who would like to change their vaccination exemption must submit an application by clicking here. Students who wish to attend classes under the same exemption that they had in the fall SHOULD NOT re-apply.

    We thank you for your commitment throughout the Fall semester and wish you an enjoyable and safe holiday season.

    Sincerely,

    Anthony J. Santella, DrPH, MCHES
        Professor and Interim Chair, Dept. of Health Administration & Policy
        COVID-19 Coordinator and COVID Task Force Co-Chair 

         

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
        Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services
        COVID Task Force Co-Chair

  • In conjunction with Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, which supports the federal government’s Path Out of the Pandemic: COVID-19 Action Plan, institutions employing federal contractors and/or receiving federal contracts must adhere to new worker safety protocols that are being put in place to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. Failure to comply with these guidelines could jeopardize the University’s status as a federal contractor and the hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal grants and contracts the University has received.

    For that reason, effective November 15, 2021, the University will align exemption categories with that of the federal government. Going forward, only two vaccination exemptions will be allowed for all employees, including remote employees, and student employees. Those exemption categories are:

    • Medical OR
    • Religious beliefs

    Any employee, including remote employees, and student employees, who received a vaccination exemption will need to reapply for an exemption based on the categories listed above or provide proof of being fully vaccinated -- or verification of starting the vaccination process -- by Monday, November 29.

    Those intending to be vaccinated must schedule an appointment to receive a vaccine dose, then submit a request for a temporary exemption, which lists the date of their first vaccination appointment, by Monday, November 29.

    By Monday, December 20, individuals must upload to CoVerified documentation of receiving their final vaccine dose. Per CDC guidelines, individuals will be considered fully vaccinated 14 days following their last vaccine dose. (Please note that remote employees must change their status in CoVerified in order to upload their vaccination documentation. A step-by-step guide is available on myCharger.)

    The requirement for wearing masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status, will continue as long as community COVID-19 transmission in New Haven County is categorized as “substantial” or “high” as defined by the CDC.

    Individuals on campus who are not fully vaccinated must continue to fulfill their weekly testing requirement until they are considered fully vaccinated, or they will be restricted in CoVerified. When on campus, individuals who are not fully vaccinated must wear a mask at all times (indoors and outdoors) and observe six feet of physical distance at all times. (Please note that the six-foot distancing requirement has been amended from the previous three-foot distancing requirement.) Adhering to the six-foot physical distancing requirement will be incumbent upon the individual to ensure compliance.

      
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Updated Spring 2022 Operations and COVID-19 Directives

This information was last updated March 24, 2022. Due to the ongoing nature of the pandemic, all information on this page is subject to change.

The following policies and procedures are currently in effect. All students, faculty, and staff should read this page thoroughly, as you are responsible for reviewing and complying with the behavioral expectations listed below.

    Important Definitions

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

  • On January 4, 2022, the University announced that COVID-19 booster doses would be required for all students, faculty, and staff that are eligible. Individuals whose COVID-19 booster dose has been accepted in CoVerified are considered fully vaccinated for the purposes of the University's policies and procedures.

  • Individuals not currently eligible for a booster dose are considered fully vaccinated for the purposes of the University's policies and procedures until they become eligible for a booster dose. They must submit proof of a booster dose within 30 days of becoming eligible.

  • Effective February 1, any individual who is eligible for a booster dose but has not received one within 30 days of reaching eligibility, including those who are approved for a medical exemption to the booster dose, will not be considered fully vaccinated for the purposes of most of the University's policies and procedures.

  • Effective February 1, any individual who is eligible for a booster dose but has not received one within 30 days of reaching eligibility, including those who are approved for a medical exemption to the booster dose, will not be considered fully vaccinated for the purposes of the University's policies and procedures.

  • Individuals who have been approved for an exemption to the University's vaccination requirement are Exempt.

    The policies and procedures for all exemptions are the same.

    Some individuals applied for a temporary exemption based on being partially vaccinated. Individuals who have received only one dose of a two-dose primary 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 Exempt individuals. Individuals who later finish an approved COVID-19 vaccine series and booster dose can upload their vaccination record to CoVerified and can move from Exempt to Fully Vaccinated status.

  • Students who will study on a fully remote basis and will not come to campus for any reason can apply for a Remote Exemption. These students, faculty, or staff 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. Faculty and staff should obtain supervisory approval regarding working remotely.

  • Vaccination Requirement
  • On January 4, 2022, the University announced that all students, faculty, and staff must get a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose by Monday, January 31, 2022, or within 30 days of becoming eligible for a booster dose.

    Details on how to request a vaccination exemption are listed below.

    Exemptions from the Vaccine Requirement

    Faculty, staff, and students may apply for an exemption from the vaccination requirement.

    Please note: students and employees who were approved for a vaccination requirement for the Fall 2021 semester do not need to re-apply for the Spring semester, unless they need to change their exemption type.

    • Students who were approved for a remote exemption for the Fall 2021 semester and will not be remote during the Spring 2022 semester must either submit their vaccination record or apply for an alternative exemption.
    • University employees seeking a remote-status vaccination exemption, should consult their supervisor.

    Individuals who are granted an exemption must 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. A complete list of policies and procedures for Exempt individuals can be found on this webpage, under the heading "Policies and Procedures Applicable to All Individuals Granted a COVID-19 Vaccine Exemption."

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

    Faculty and staff who are granted a medical or religious 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.

  • Masks/Face Coverings

    PLEASE NOTE: For the duration of the Spring 2022 semester, face coverings will be required for University-sponsored indoor events with more than 50 people in attendance.

    Out of an abundance of caution -- and amid an increase in COVID-positive cases in the Greater West Haven area and across Connecticut -- we are strongly encouraging everyone to wear a face covering in all indoor spaces, regardless of the number of people in attendance.

  • Effective March 20, 2022, face coverings are 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. Face coverings continue to be required inside Health Services, on all University transportation, and in on-campus COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinics, regardless of vaccination status. Please note that the University's optional face covering policy has no impact on an unvaccinated individual’s requirement to test weekly.

    Individuals may choose to wear a face covering, and all members of the University community are asked to respect their choice.

    IN SPACES WHERE FACE COVERINGS ARE REQUIRED

    For spaces where face coverings are required:

    • Face coverings must be at least 2-ply fabric and tight fitting across the nose and mouth.
    • No gaiters, bandanas or loose coverings will be allowed. Face coverings must not contain offensive language.

    OBTAINING A FACE COVERING

    Individuals looking to obtain a face covering 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
    • Bartels Campus Center Information Desk
    • David A. Beckerman Recreation Center

    REVIEWING THE FACE COVERING POLICY

    The University will continue to monitor CDC and CT Department of Public Health guidance closely and decisions about face covering rules may be revisited if conditions warrant. The COVID Task Force will reassess the need for indoor face coverings weekly.

  • Visitors and Access to Campus
  • The Visitors Policy & Access to Campus Guidelines are effective as of August 3, 2021 and until further notice. They were revised on Sept. 10, 2021, Dec. 13, 2021, and March 24, 2022.

    Visitors Policy

  • CoVerified Use Required, Regardless of Vaccination Status
  • 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 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.

  • 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: University community members who have been granted an exemption to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement 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)
  • 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 they 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 in a given 24-hour period will be "Restricted" in the CoVerified app and cannot come to campus until they complete a symptom check.
  • Policies and Procedures Applicable to All Students, Regardless of Vaccination Status
  • These publications provide information on University resources, expectations for community standards, and COVID-related health/safety protocols. 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 Individuals That Have Not Received a Vaccine + Booster Dose (Effective Feb. 1, 2022)
  • Effective February 1, any individual who is vaccinated and eligible for a booster dose who does not meet this requirement will not be considered fully vaccinated and must adhere to the policies and protocols listed below until they receive a booster dose that is accepted in CoVerified. Individuals who are vaccinated and have received a medical exemption from getting the booster dose are also subject to the requirements listed below.

    • University-Sponsored Domestic Travel: Effective March 24, 2022, individuals who have received a full COVID-19 primary vaccination series but are not boosted are eligible to participate in University-sponsored travel, provided they test negative in a COVID-19 test performed at our on-campus testing facility within 72 hours prior to departure for the University-sponsored travel. This policy applies to all University of New Haven-sponsored off-campus travel, including, but not limited to, Study Away/Study Abroad, Recognized Student Organization-sponsored events, club sports, Marching Band, etc., as well as certain clinical and academic programming. For additional information about the Spring 2022 Semester University-Sponsored Travel Policy, see the section of this page under the heading "Travel."
    • Quarantine policy (as a close contact of a COVID-positive individual): Quarantine for five full days. Individuals must complete a daily symptom check, and students must be cleared by Health Services in order to conclude their quarantine period. Students should contact Health Services at 203-932-7079 to get assessed if they experience symptoms. For additional information, please see the section of this page under the heading "Reporting Symptoms or Exposures, and Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines."
    • Face Coverings: Follow current University policies. Please see the section of this page titled "Masks/Face Coverings" and see the "Face Covering Policy."
    • Regular COVID Testing: At this time, regular testing will not be required. This testing policy for individuals without a booster dose who are eligible will continually be assessed based on the level of COVID transmission in the community and 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 must continue to complete daily symptom checks in CoVerified.
    • You must adhere to the updated Spring 2022 campus visitor/guest policy.

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

  • 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 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 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. Click here to schedule an on-campus COVID test.
    • You must 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 and get tested immediately after being identified as a close contact of an individual who tests positive for COVID-19. If your test is negative, you should get tested again 5–7 days after last exposure, or immediately if symptoms develop, and continue to quarantine. 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 "Travel."
    • You must adhere to the updated Spring 2022 campus visitor/guest policy.

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

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

    • You must adhere to all policies and procedures in place at any given time, including all those posted on this page.
    • You must complete weekly COVID-19 testing at your own expense (PCR or viral antigen COVID-19 test), irrespective of your work schedule or presence on campus. Tests taken off campus at your own expense must be uploaded to CoVerified, where they will be reviewed and approved by a member of the staff.
    • You must 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 and get tested immediately after being identified as a close contact of an individual who tests positive for COVID-19. If your test is negative, you should get tested again 5–7 days after last exposure, or immediately if symptoms develop, and continue to quarantine. 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 "Travel."
    • You must adhere to the updated Spring 2022 campus visitor/guest policy.

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

  • Reporting Symptoms or Exposures, and Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines

    Below are the general guidelines that the University follows for quarantine and isolation. In all cases, the University's contact tracer or other appropriate office will advise you about the proper procedures to take based on the information you provide to them.

  • Exhibiting Symptoms

    Anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should report their symptoms in CoVerified, and then contact health services (students) or human resources (employees) immediately. A member of the staff will discuss your case with you and, if warranted, instruct you to take a COVID-19 test.

    Testing Positive

    Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate, regardless of vaccination status. Instructions will be provided by health services (students) or human resources (employees). The office that required you to isolate must also clear you to return to campus at the end of the isolation period.

    Close Contact of Someone with COVID-19

    Individuals who believe they are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 should report the contact incident to health services (students) or human resources (employees) as soon as possible. If you are deemed a close contact of that individual, you will be directed to get tested 5-7 days after the date of last exposure, or immediately if symptoms develop, and to wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until a negative test result. In general, quarantine is not recommended for fully vaccinated, exposed persons who remain asymptomatic unless required by local rules or regulations.

    Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines Chart

    Quarantine and Isolation chart

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  • Exhibiting Symptoms

    Anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should report their symptoms in CoVerified, and then contact health services (students) or human resources (employees) immediately. A member of the staff will discuss your case with you and, if warranted, instruct you to take a COVID-19 test.

    Testing Positive

    Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate, regardless of vaccination status. Instructions will be provided by health services (students) or human resources (employees). The office that required you to isolate must also clear you to return to campus at the end of the isolation period.

    Close Contact of Someone with COVID-19

    If you came into close contact of someone with COVID-19, you should report the contact incident to health services (students) or human resources (employees) as soon as possible. People who are partially vaccinated or who have been granted an exemption from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine will, per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, be required to quarantine and get tested immediately after being identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19. If your test is negative, you must be tested again 5–7 days after last exposure, or immediately if symptoms develop, and continue to quarantine. 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.

    Returning to Campus

    You must be cleared by Health Services before returning to campus after isolating or quarantining. Employees would quarantine or isolate in their off-campus residence and must be cleared by Human Resources before returning to campus after isolating or quarantining.

    Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines Chart

    Quarantine and Isolation chart

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  • Classroom and Laboratory Policies
  • Effective: January 16, 2022; Updated March 24, 2022

    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 Spring 2022 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.

    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.

    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
  • Effective: January 16, 2022; Updated March 24, 2022

    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.
    • All travelers must adhere to any visitor guidelines specified by the location or institution they are visiting.
    • Regardless of vaccination status, face coverings are required when on board University transportation (i.e. the travel occurs on a University-provided bus, shuttle, etc.)
    • Students who are Vaccinated and Boosted (or are Vaccinated but not yet eligible to be Boosted) may participate in University-sponsored travel. The trip administrator is responsible for checking the students’ CoVerified for green status, and the Vaccinated and Boosted badges.
    • Beginning March 24, 2022, students who are Vaccinated and Eligible to be Boosted, but are NOT Boosted, may participate in University-sponsored Domestic travel provided they test negative in a COVID-19 test performed at our on-campus testing facility within 72 hours prior to departure for the University-sponsored travel. At-home testing is not accepted for University-sponsored travel – you must test on campus. The trip administrator is responsible for checking the students’ CoVerified for green status and Vaccinated badge. The student must also show the trip administrator their yellow receipt from the testing center, showing their negative test result from within 72 hours prior to departure.
    • Students who are partially vaccinated, and students who are Exempt/Unvaccinated are not permitted to participate in University-sponsored travel. They 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.
    • In accordance with NCAA and Northeast-10 Conference regulations, varsity student-athletes are 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

    • This policy applies to all University of New Haven-sponsored off-campus travel, including within Connecticut — or employees leading University-sponsored travel off campus for students or colleagues.
    • All travelers must adhere to any visitor guidelines specified by the location or institution they are visiting.
    • Regardless of vaccination status, face coverings are required when on board University transportation (i.e. the travel occurs on a University-provided bus, shuttle, etc.)
    • Employees who are Vaccinated and Boosted (or are Vaccinated but not yet eligible to be Boosted) may participate in University-sponsored travel.
    • Beginning March 24, 2022, employees who are Vaccinated and Eligible to be Boosted, but are NOT Boosted, may participate in University-sponsored Domestic travel provided they test negative in a COVID-19 test performed at a laboratory testing facility within 72 hours prior to departure for the University-sponsored travel. At-home testing is not accepted for University-sponsored travel.
    • Employees who are partially vaccinated, and employees who are Exempt/Unvaccinated, are not permitted to participate in University-sponsored travel.
    • Employees who meet the criteria for University-sponsored travel 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 Chair, 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 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 Chair, 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.

    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

    PLEASE NOTE: For the duration of the Spring 2022 semester, face coverings will be required for University-sponsored indoor events with more than 50 people in attendance.

    Out of an abundance of caution -- and amid an increase in COVID-positive cases in the Greater West Haven area and across Connecticut -- we are strongly encouraging everyone to wear a face covering in all indoor spaces, regardless of the number of people in attendance.

    • The event manager and/or group responsible for booking and organizing an event is responsible to check CoVerified at the the event. All attendees from the University community must be cleared in CoVerified to attend the event. Attendees and participants who are not University community members must follow the University’s visitor policy.
    • When holding face-to-face meetings, an option for virtual attendance should be made available when possible.
    • 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.
    • When contracting, all contracts should be reviewed and have appropriate cancellation language, in the event public health or operational conditions degrade.
  • The University of New Haven Department of Athletics announced a fan policy that was in effect for the 2021 fall sports season and will be in effect for the 2022 winter and spring sport seasons. 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
    1. Individuals participating in Club Sports activities off campus must follow the University travel policy.
    2. Club sport athletes 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.
    3. Spectators who are not University community members must follow the University’s visitor policy.
  • Tuscany Campus (Prato, Italy)
  • COVID-19 vaccination is required to participate in the study abroad program, to enter Italy, or participate in travel during the program. All participants must be fully vaccinated, and, if eligible, must also receive a COVID-19 vaccination booster before departing for Italy.

    Prato Spring 2022 FAQ

Key Dates for Spring 2022

Monday, January 17

Tuesday, January 18

Wednesday, January 19

Saturday, March 12, 10 a.m.

Sunday, March 13 - Sunday March 20

Wednesday, May 4

Thursday, May 5 - Wednesday, May 11

Sunday, May 15