COVID-19 Information for Summer 2021
The University is taking comprehensive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This page will be used to provide updates to the University Community about the Summer 2021 semesters.
The following COVID-19 policies and protocols are in effect for all three Summer 2021 semesters:
- Full Summer 2021 (May 10 - August 13)
- Summer I 2021 (May 15 - June 28)
- Summer II 2021 (July 6 - August 13)
Face Covering Policy: As long as physical distancing is observed, face coverings are not required outdoors while on campus. Face coverings will be required indoors, during special events and large gatherings (whether indoors or outdoors), and for any guests on campus. Fully vaccinated individuals may elect to remove their face coverings indoors in groups of five (5) or fewer when the vaccination status of those participating is known. Individuals may be asked at any time to verify their vaccination status in CoVerified.
Special Event Policy: Proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test or proof of being fully vaccinated is required for all individuals attending special events on campus. Each current (or prospective) student is permitted a maximum of two guests on campus for a COVID Task Force-approved special event. No outside guests are permitted in University housing.
For events of ANY size, all GUESTS on campus will need to be masked, whether outdoors or indoors, regardless of proof of vaccination or negative test. During all special events and/or gatherings with more than 50 participants on campus, ALL individuals, including members of our Campus Community, will need to be masked, whether outdoors or indoors.
Visitor Policy: The Campus Visitor policy has not changed from the policies in place for the 2020-2021 academic year. You can access the full Campus Visitor policy by clicking here.
Testing Policy: Students who do not have proof of a COVID-19 vaccination on file with the University will be required to complete a weekly COVID test. Testing will be available in Health Services and should be arranged by calling 203-932-7079 for an appointment.
Classroom 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. Your face covering should be replaced immediately after eating or drinking inside a classroom.
Vaccination Records: As a reminder, all members of the University community are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated. Vaccination records can be uploaded to CoVerified once you have received your final vaccine dose.
These FAQ were added on May 20, 2021, unless otherwise indicated below.
The University community is being updated on a regular basis via email and and this webpage. Frequently Asked Questions are being added to this page, as necessary.
Throughout the global pandemic, the University of New Haven has been following federal, state, and local guidance in determining the best possible public health regulations for our campuses. The University has put in place comprehensive public health and safety measures in the best interests of our students, faculty, staff and local community. A University-wide COVID Task Force, made up of administration, faculty, and staff from a cross-section of departments and offices, along with several working groups and committees associated with the COVID Task Force, helped determine recommendations for University policies and guidelines that were in place for Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021. The COVID Task Force meets regularly to make recommendations to the University's administration, and to react to evolving public health information on our campuses and in the community.
Using the comprehensive public health regulations that were in place during our successful 2020-21 academic year as guidelines, the COVID Task Force and University administration re-examined all policies and procedures to determine what would be changed or remain in place for Summer 2021. The regulations in place for the University's Summer 2021 semester are based on lessons learned on our campus during the 2020-21 academic year, and conversations with our partners at the state level.
No student or employee should return to campus unless their CoVerified app shows a "green" status. To get a "green" cleared badge in CoVerified, all students and University employees who will be on campus on a regular basis during Summer 2021 are required to have EITHER:
- Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (defined as 14 days after the final dose)
- OR an accepted negative result on a molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR or Antigen test, taken within 5 business days of their initial return to campus, in their CoVerified account
To be accepted, test result and vaccination uploads MUST include Patient Name, Type of Test/Vaccine Taken, Date(s) of Test/Vaccine Taken, and Test Result. All fields must be visible in the document, or the upload will be rejected and must be re-submitted. To view examples of acceptable test or vaccination uploads, click here to go to the CoVerified page in myCharger (login required).
Individuals who are fully vaccinated do not need to provide a test to return to campus.
Individuals who are not fully vaccinated will be exempt from return to campus and surveillance testing for 90 days after the date of their positive test. At that time, they will be re-inserted into the asymptomatic surveillance testing program.
Fully vaccinated individuals, whose vaccination records are on file with the University in CoVerified, may remove their masks when outdoors, when indoors and socially distanced from others, or when in groups of 5 or less when all members of the group are vaccinated.
All individuals are required to wear masks when in the classroom during Summer 2021.
All members of the campus community are required to show their CoVerified app to any University employee who asks.
The Campus Visitor policy has not changed from the policies in place for the 2020-2021 academic year. You can access the full Campus Visitor policy by clicking here.
No. The same visitation policies that were in place for the 2020-2021 academic year remain in place for the Summer 2021 semesters.
Resident students may not, at any time, enter rooms/suites/apartments where they do not reside.
Resident students will be able to visit common spaces in their residence hall, provided they abide by all COVID-19 regulations while visiting with students from other rooms/suites/halls.
Commuter students, and residents from another residence hall, are allowed in common spaces in a residence hall only when accompanied by a resident of that hall that has invited them as a guest, but are not allowed in the individual rooms or suites.
No non-University visitors are allowed in the residence halls at any time during Summer 2021.
Any residential student who exhibits/reports COVID-19 symptoms will be temporarily isolated until viral testing can be completed. If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they will remain in isolation for 10 days from the date of their positive test result, as long as they are symptom free for the final 24 hours. The student will be restricted in CoVerified during their isolation period and can only return to campus after being cleared by Health Services.
Non-resident students who exhibit/report COVID-19 symptoms should contact Health Services at 203-932-7079 for testing. If the student tests positive for COVID-19, they will be directed to isolate at their home or off-campus residence for 10 days from the date of their positive test result, as long as they are symptom free for the final 24 hours. The student will be restricted in CoVerified during their isolation period and can only return to campus after being cleared by Health Services.
Upon a positive COVID-19 viral test result, the University will conduct contact tracing. All individuals that contact tracing determines have been in close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with that student will be contacted and rapid testing will be required within 24 hours of quarantine notification.
If contacts test negative in initial rapid testing, they will be required to quarantine for 10 days AND have a negative test result from a day 5 test. Students who do not have a negative day 5 test on file will not be released from their quarantine.
If contacts test positive for COVID-19, they will be directed to isolate using the timeline outlined above.
Access to healthcare providers, food, Internet and other services will be provided to students in isolation and quarantine.
Fully vaccinated individuals are not subject to quarantine.
In addition to contacting your primary care physician, individuals with health-related questions can contact the University's Department of Health Services by calling 203-932-7079 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. After hours, individuals can call (203) 815-9877 to speak with a nurse on call. Should you need to leave a message, the on-call nurse will return your call. At this time it is important for members of the University's Health Services staff to actually speak with those who have health-related questions, enabling the staff member to accurately assess any issue and provide a personalized response beyond what can be done via email.
Students who have symptoms of a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat should self-isolate and seek medical care ASAP for evaluation and testing. Individuals are advised to call their primary care physician or local urgent care center before visiting the doctor's office. Students should also report symptoms through CoVerified.
As community members, we are all responsible for helping one another to be mindful of our new community expectations and we must insist on your compliance with all the safety protocols. Anyone who wants to report concerning behavior by any member of the University community can submit information through the ReportIt system at www.newhaven.edu/reportit.
Use ReportIt's COVID-19 reporting form to report concerning behavior which is not aligned with the University's COVID-19 directives, including but not limited to social distancing, face covering requirements, and behavior which otherwise compromises the health and safety of the greater University community. This form should be used in cases where a community member has already been asked to change their behavior and there is a blatant failure to cooperate.
Unvaccinated students and employees on campus for summer 2021 will be testing regularly at the Health Services office, located in the Nicholson Health Center on the ground floor of Sheffield Hall.
Results of on-campus tests will be available within 20 minutes of testing and will be shared with the University automatically. Students should not submit results from on campus testing to CoVerified.
Current students, faculty, and staff can learn more about testing by visiting our page on myCharger.