Hurricane Henri: August 21-23, 2021

Classes will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 24, and all scheduled events will resume on Tuesday.

Please read the messages below for more information.

Important Notifications
  • Dear Students,

    We hope you and your families are staying safe. We are pleased to report the University did not experience any significant impact as a result of Henri, and we are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to campus.

    Classes will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 24, and all scheduled events will resume on Tuesday.

    At this time, we are providing the following guidance to students: 

    Commuters/Off-Campus Students

    • Commuters/Off-Campus students can begin returning to campus on Tuesday for the start of classes.

    Residential Students

    • Residential students may begin returning to University housing.
    • Residential students who have yet to check in should email ResLife@newhaven.edu to arrange a time to check in and pick up your room key.

    Fall 2021 Semester Classes and Activities

    While classes and activities will begin on Tuesday, all professors and coaches have been asked to be flexible and provide reasonable accommodations for students who are delayed in returning to campus. Please reach out directly to your professor or coach if you will have an issue coming to campus.

    Large Outdoor Welcome Week Events

    In order to best protect the health and well-being of our University community, we will, as a temporary health measure, require all students, regardless of vaccination status, to wear appropriate face coverings when attending the large outdoor events scheduled as part of Welcome Week. As a reminder, until further notice, masks must be worn at all times when inside University facilities, unless you are actively dining or are in your private residence. To see a full list of Welcome Week events, click here.

    CoVerified

    All students, regardless of vaccination status, must complete their daily symptom check in CoVerified. Students who do not complete this on a daily basis will be listed as restricted and will be unable to attend in-person classes or access University facilities. Students with approved vaccination exemptions must also be tested weekly to maintain a cleared status in CoVerified.

    COVID-19 Testing for Students with University-Approved Vaccination Exemptions (Unvaccinated or Partially Vaccinated)

    Residential students with exemptions should schedule your weekly test. Commuter students with exemptions should schedule your weekly test, BUT if this is your first test of the Fall 2021 semester, you must schedule it to occur before attending your first class. Exempt students can click here to register for a test. Exempt students will also receive an email with additional instructions about your required weekly COVID-19 test.

    Parking Program and Transportation Services

    On Monday, Aug. 23, the University's train stations shuttle will run on a loop from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to both Union Station in New Haven and the West Haven train station. The University's parking program for the Fall semester will begin on Tuesday, August 24. Everyone should park in the designated lot for their parking permit. All University shuttles will run as scheduled beginning on Tuesday, Aug. 24.

    Guest Policy

    The University’s Guest policy will remain suspended until 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 23. Residential students are only able to visit other students in their building until that time.

    University Facilities

    All University facilities, including all dining locations, the Peterson Library, and the Bergami Center for Science, Technology, and Innovation, will resume regular hours on Tuesday. The Beckerman Recreation Center will open tomorrow (Monday) at noon.

    Thank you again to you and your families for your cooperation. We wish you an enjoyable start to the Fall 2021 semester.

    Sincerely,

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services

    Mario T. Gaboury, J.D., Ph.D.
    Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Ophelie Rowe-Allen, Ed.D.
    Dean of Students

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    I hope you are staying safe.

    Members of the Department of Public Safety, Facilities, and the Office of Residential Life, among other essential University employees, are on campus monitoring Henri and its impact on campus.

    If residential students remaining on campus have questions or concerns, they should connect with their Resident Assistant or the Office of Residential Life by emailing ResLife@newhaven.edu. In an emergency situation, residential students should dial 911 or call the University Police Department's emergency line at (203) 932-7070.

    According to the latest update from the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, the path of Henri has shifted east and is now expected to make landfall near the Connecticut/Rhode Island border between 1 and 2 p.m. as a strong tropical storm with sustained winds of 65 MPH and gusts to 80 MPH. There is the potential for four to six inches of rain. A tropical storm warning and a storm surge warning as well as a flood watch remain in effect for the area.

    This webpage will continue to be updated throughout the duration of the storm and resulting cleanup operation. Please do not make plans to return to campus until we advise you it is safe to do so. We will provide another update this evening.

    Sincerely,

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services

  • Important update on projected impact of Henri

    Updated August 21, 2:30 p.m. (now includes on-campus dining information for the weekend)

    Dear Students,

    Based on the latest forecast for Henri, we are continuing to strongly urge anyone who is able to leave campus to do so by 5 p.m. today. Students who need to remain on campus should be aware that the impact on the area from Henri is predicted to be significant -- and will almost certainly affect services on campus.

    Henri is expected to strengthen into a hurricane today and make landfall in the Greater New Haven area Sunday afternoon as a strong tropical storm, with sustained winds of 65 MPH, with gusts to 80 MPH. Moderate to major coastal flooding is expected, and long-duration power outages are possible.

    • If power is lost, which we are being advised is likely, students remaining on campus will need to shelter in the Beckerman Center during nighttime hours until power is restored.
    • Once the storm beings, students will only be able to leave their residence hall to relocate to the Beckerman Recreation Center during nighttime hours, if that is required. Face coverings will be required at all times in the Beckerman Recreation Center.
    • There will be no Wi-Fi if the University loses power.
    • United Illuminating is predicting that the impact of the storm could cause multiple-day power outages.
    • Effective at 5 p.m. today, the University's Guest Policy is suspended. Resident students who need to remain on campus will only be permitted in their University housing. No commuter students will be permitted on campus.

    Please also be aware that the forecast following the conclusion of the storm calls for consecutive days with temperatures approaching 90 degrees.

    We are continuing to make arrangements to ensure the safety of students who need to remain in the area and on campus and will provide all necessities needed. This webpage will continue to be updated throughout the duration of the storm and resulting cleanup operation.

    For all students, including student-athletes, who depart campus – which everyone is strongly encouraged to do – reasonable accommodations will be made by professors and coaches if they are delayed returning to campus following the conclusion of the storm and the resumption of normal campus operations.

    Updated dining information: Marketplace and Food on Demand will be closed for dinner on Saturday, Aug. 21 and all dining operations will remain closed all day Sunday, Aug. 22. Students remaining on campus will be able to pick up meals in the Marketplace's Student Lounge on Saturday from 5-7 p.m. Students will receive bags with their meals for Saturday night's dinner as well as all meals for Sunday. On Monday, we plan to operate on a weekend schedule for Food on Demand and Marketplace, with limited retail locations open.

    As always, your safety is our paramount priority. Thank you in advance for your attention to this important matter.

    Sincerely,

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services

    Ophelie Rowe-Allen, Ed.D.
    Dean of Students

    Mario T. Gaboury, J.D., Ph.D.
    Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

  • Classes and Events Cancelled Through Monday; Students Encouraged to Leave Area if Possible

    Updated August 20, 9:35 p.m.

    We are continuing to closely monitor the track of Tropical Storm Henri. At this time, we are strongly advising all students who are able to leave the area to do so by Saturday at 5 p.m. For those unable to leave, arrangements are being made to respond to the storm situation.

    The latest forecast indicates it will strengthen into a hurricane that will feature strong winds that could cause power outages and significant rainfall that has the potential to cause flooding. The storm's impact on the area is predicted to begin late Saturday night or early Sunday morning and continue through Monday morning.

    As a result, all classes scheduled for Monday, August 23 are cancelled. All events and activities are cancelled through Monday, August 23.

    Please note that the COVID-19 vaccination clinic scheduled on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. will take place as scheduled, as will COVID-19 testing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Campus.

    At this time, we are providing the following guidance to members of our University community:

    Residential Students

    • Residential students who are able to should strongly consider returning home, and are advised to leave campus by 5 p.m. on Saturday. Please bring personal items that you might need for several days, and secure the rest of your belongings in your residence hall rooms.
    • Residential students who are unable to return home should complete a form that is being disseminated by the Office of Residential Life. Your form should be submitted by 10 a.m. on Saturday so we have an accurate count of those remaining on campus.
    • For those unable to leave campus, the University has comprehensive plans to respond to the storm situation and to provide shelter and food. Those remaining on campus should understand that due to the storm intensity, power and network connections may be interrupted and relocation to another campus building may be required. Students should ensure they have personal belongings such as a change of clothes, medications, and other necessities quickly available to them should they need to relocate to the Beckerman Center.

    Off-Campus Students Living in West Haven

    • Off-campus students who are able to return home are strongly advised to do so.
    • For students, particularly international students, living off campus in West Haven or surrounding areas who are unable to return home, the University has coordinated with the City of West Haven to provide an emergency shelter at the Carrigan Intermediate School in West Haven. Transportation to the shelter will be provided. Food and water will be provided.
    • Students who would like to use this space should bring all personal belongings they will need for the duration of the storm.
    • This space will be available as of Saturday evening. Students who would like to use this space should email ChargersCommute@newhaven.edu.

    Commuter Students and Employees

    • Commuters and employees should not come to campus until the storm passes AND you are advised to return to campus.

    Mask policy

    To protect our community members and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we are temporarily requiring masks for everyone on campus, whether indoors or outdoors, beginning on Saturday morning. To avoid potential spread and acquiring infection while away from campus, all community members are encouraged to wear a mask wherever they go, including those relocating to the Carrigan School. The COVID Task Force and Health Services will work with those in quarantine and isolation.

    Saturday Campus Dining

    On Saturday, The Marketplace will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Food on Demand will be open 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Charger Pride Campus-Wide BBQ is postponed until Friday, Aug. 27.

    University-Sponsored Transportation to Local Train Stations

    The University shuttle will run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from campus to Union Station in New Haven and the West Haven train station. The shuttle leaves campus from the Peterson Library shuttle stop.

    Next Update

    We will continue to provide updates as necessary via email and through the University's Emergency Notification system, as well as through the University's various social media channels. Additional information and updates can be found on this webpage, and you are encouraged to check this page frequently.

    Return to Campus and Resumption of Classes

    While we hope that students who leave campus will be able to return after 12 p.m. on Monday, we will monitor the situation and update that plan as the storm progresses. The safety of our community is paramount. Similarly, while we hope to start classes on Tuesday, we will know more later in the weekend and will communicate plans at that time.

    Emergency Contact Numbers

    Students with emergencies should call 911 or the University of New Haven Police's emergency line at (203) 932-7070. Students with non-emergency issues can contact the University of New Haven Police's non-emergency line at (203) 932-7014.

    Thank you in advance for your cooperation and attention. Stay safe.

    Sincerely,

    Ronald M. Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Administrative Services

    Mario T. Gaboury, J.D., Ph.D.
    Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs