Information for Those Coming From Affected States

The University recognized the unique challenges that students, parents, faculty, and staff coming from "affected" states may face due to the Travel Advisory and related quarantine restrictions which are intended to help protect the health and safety of all travelers and citizens of our state.

All information on this page was updated on August 10, 2020.

Please note that decisions we have made are based on the comprehensive work of our COVID Task Forces and consistent with guidance provided to universities by the state of Connecticut Department of Public Health and in accordance with local, state, and federal health and safety guidance. As such, all information on this page is subject to change.

 

What Are "Affected States" and Does This Apply to Me?

According to the State of Connecticut, anyone traveling into Connecticut from a state that has a new daily positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average are directed to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. In addition, anyone entering from one of the identified states must fill out a travel health form upon arrival.

This list is maintained by the State of Connecticut and is subject to change. The list is currently being revised weekly, on Tuesdays. Click here to see the most-updated list of "Affected States."

This testing and self-quarantine restriction applies to anyone who has has been in an "Affected State" for more than 24 hours in the preceding 14 days. This applies to all students and employees, for the duration of this State of Connecticut travel advisory.

 

Testing and Self-Quarantine Requirements for Travelers from "Affected States"

All residential students, commuter students, and University employees who will be returning to campus on a regular basis will be required to show proof of a negative result on a molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test taken within 5 days of their initial return to campus. Upon guidance from the state of Connecticut, our testing window is as close to the time of arrival on campus as possible while remaining feasible for students to obtain testing. This requirement is no different for "Affected State" students than it is for any other student.

Anyone coming to campus from a high COVID positive state currently subject to travel restrictions by the State of Connecticut must ALSO quarantine for 14 days prior to their return to campus date.

  • Antibody tests do NOT meet the testing requirement - it must be a molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test.
  • Negative test results must be submitted to our third-party vendor prior to on-campus arrival. Additional instructions will be sent out in mid-August.
  • Students, faculty, and staff should make every effort to obtain a molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test from their physician or other local testing facility within five (5) days of their planned arrival to campus. Students who arrive to campus without a negative test result will have to get tested upon arrival to campus or self-quarantine off-campus, at their own expense, until results are received. Testing is being made available on and near campus in partnership with the City of West Haven and local healthcare providers.
  • 5% of the entire campus population will be tested, at random, on an on-going basis throughout the Fall 2020 semester.
  • Initial testing is the responsibility of the student. On-going testing during the semester will be made available at the University.
  • Anyone coming to campus who resides in high COVID positive states currently subject to travel restrictions by the State of Connecticut must be tested 5 days in advance of their travel to Connecticut AND must quarantine for 14 days prior to their return to campus date. A negative test result must be received by the University before you can come onto campus. Please note that the list is subject to change at any time, and is managed by the State of Connecticut. This testing is required for all travelers from a quarantine state including anyone assisting students with moving into the residence halls.

Traveling to campus from one of the high-COVID states on that list supersedes ANY other guidance provided to other students and employees. Please note that this state-imposed restriction applies to ALL travel, both personal and business-related, taken at ANY TIME during the academic year, not just at your initial return to campus for as long as the state mandates a quarantine.

 

Testing and Self-Quarantine Timeframes for Anyone Coming from "Affected States"

The timeframe in which you should have a molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test conducted varies based on the date of your return to campus. Those coming from "Affected States" should use the information below to help you determine when to have your molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test conducted.

  • Residential Students and Employees from "Affected States"

    Resident Students and Employees coming to campus from a high COVID positive state ("Affected State") subject to travel restrictions by the State of Connecticut (based on the published list on the date of your planned visit to campus) MUST show proof of BOTH a negative molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test taken 5 days in advance of travel to Connecticut AND must self-quarantine for 14 days on-campus, in Connecticut, or in another approved/non-affected state.

    Students in Affected States have been emailed and were given the option of conducting their mandatory 14-day quarantine on our campus, in their assigned residence hall room*, starting August 3, August 10, or August 17. Students from affected states wishing to quarantine on-campus should use the Quarantine Housing Application in myHousing. Students can also choose to conduct their mandatory 14-day quarantine off-campus in Connecticut, or in another "green" state at their own expense, and can indicate this in their myHousing application. If additional states are added to the State of Connecticut list, students in those newly-affected states will be contacted directly.

    No residential student may obtain their quarantine space residence hall key or card access without showing proof of a negative molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test taken within 5 days of their scheduled move-in date. Students using our on-campus quarantine option will be re-tested, at University expense, every 5 days during on-campus quarantine.

    All Universities in Connecticut received guidance that specifies that "Students from Affected states may quarantine in their assigned dorm room, with their assigned roommates, or other well-defined groups, that reflect sound public health practices. Campuses do not need to create separate isolation space for the recommended 14-day self-quarantine for students from Affected States." The University will be requiring all students who are quarantining to have 2 negative tests prior to the arrival of their roommates from non-Affected states. Students are limited to the campus grounds but can go outside for exercise or to pick up grab and go food. No access to other university buildings or rec center or dining halls will be granted during quarantine.

    Failure to comply with or violation of these requirements will constitute a Student Conduct violation which will result in suspension and/or removal from the campus.

    Quarantine Group Quarantine Move-In Date Acceptable Initial Test Dates Mandatory On-Campus Re-Test Dates
    Group 1 - August 3 Monday, Aug. 3 July 29-Aug. 3 Aug. 12-16
    Group 2 - August 10 Monday, Aug. 10 Aug. 5-10 Aug. 19-23
    Group 3 - August 17 Monday, Aug. 17 Aug. 12-16 August 17 (on arrival) and Aug. 25-30

    *Some students will not quarantine immediately in their fall housing assignment if the assignment is not ready at the start of their quarantine period. They will be moved to their permanent fall rooms as they become available.

    Note: For the purpose of these testing requirements, residential students are defined as any student that is living in University-sponsored housing, including off-campus locations owned or operated by the University (including The Atwood, Forest Hills, Main Street, Park View, and Savin Court).

  • Commuter Students and Employees from "Affected States"

    Commuter Students and Employees coming to campus from a high COVID positive state ("Affected State") subject to travel restrictions by the State of Connecticut (based on the published list on the date of your planned visit to campus) MUST self-quarantine for 14 days in Connecticut or another approved state AND show proof of a negative molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test taken 5 days in advance of your first planned arrival to campus.

    Commuter students that reside in an affected state, or any commuter student who plans to spend more than 24 hours in an affected state in the 14-day period before their planned return to campus, should plan to return to your commuter location (i.e. home or off-campus residence) 14 or more days before your first day of classes to begin self-quarantine.

    Commuter students who are unsure of their first day on campus may test between August 19-23, to be prepared for the resumption of classes and on-campus services on August 24. Please note that you must also complete your 14-day self-quarantine before returning to campus.

    Finally, students who will commute DAILY back and forth from an affected state, and will not stay in Connecticut for more than 24 hours at a time, are still subject to the 5-day testing rules listed above, but are NOT subject to a quarantine.

    Commuter Type Potential First Day on Campus Quarantine Dates (in CT or other "green" state) Acceptable Testing Dates
    Affected State Commuters (who will reside off-campus in CT during the academic year) Monday, Aug. 24 Aug. 10-23 Aug. 19-23
    Affected State Commuters (who will reside off-campus in CT during the academic year) Return dates after Aug. 24 14 days preceding return date 5 days preceding return date
    Affected State Commuters (who will commute daily from outside CT during the academic year) Monday, Aug. 24 None required if not staying in CT more than 24 hours Aug. 19-23
    Affected State Commuters (who will commute daily from outside CT during the academic year) Return dates after Aug. 24 None required if not staying in CT more than 24 hours 5 days preceding return date

    Note: For the purpose of these testing requirements, commuters are defined as anyone that is NOT living in University-sponsored housing. The first possible date for on-campus classes for commuter students is August 24. NO commuter student should return to campus prior to that date without prior authorization. (Student employees, see the applicable section of this page.)

  • Parents and Family Members from "Affected States"

    Visitors to the University of New Haven campuses will be restricted throughout the fall 2020 semester, or until otherwise announced. No outside visitors are allowed inside University buildings without prior authorization, and no outside visitors are allowed inside a University-owned residence hall at any time beyond assisting with the move-in process. All approved visitors are subject to all rules and regulations displayed throughout campus and shown on this Reopening website.

    Parents and other family members assisting with the residential move-in or move-out processes MUST provide proof of a negative test if they are coming to campus from a high COVID positive state subject to travel restrictions by the State of Connecticut. Please note that the list is subject to change at any time, and is managed by the State of Connecticut.

    Parents wishing to assist with the move-in process for a student subject to quarantine must be tested within 5 days of their arrival on campus. They can assist with the move-in process, and then must leave campus, while their student stays in the quarantine space.

 

How Can I Obtain Testing?

Initial testing is the reponsibility of the student or employee. Students and employees can provide a negative result from a test provided by any testing provider, as long as it is a a molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test. Please pay attention to the allowed testing timeframes based on your initial return to campus date.

In almost all cases, obtaining a test on your own (through a testing center, your physician, community-based testing, etc.) should be the fastest option to avoid delays in your return to campus. If you can schedule a test on your own and obtain results in a timely manner, you should do so.

Some students and parents have said they cannot obtain a test in a timely fashion to meet the allowable testing timeframes. To help assist University community members in obtaining testing, the University has contracted with Murphy Medical Associates to provide on-campus testing. They are also providing testing on the West Haven Green.

Schedule Testing on myCharger

 

How Can I Submit Test Results?

Test results will be submitted to our COVID-19 compliance platform. Students, faculty, and staff will be using this platform to track daily symptoms, upload and store test results, and help maintain a safe, healthy campus for everyone.

Submission Info on myCharger

 

Policy for Prior COVID Positive Cases

Individuals who have previously contracted COVID-19 may continue to test positive for many months without being infectious. Individuals who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 should follow the following steps to be cleared to return to campus:

  • Individual should submit their original positive test results to the COVID Task Force (COVIDTaskForce@newhaven.edu) for documentation. Documentation must include name, date of birth, testing date, name of test performed and the result. Individuals who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 are required to share those results with the University as part of their campus clearance process.
  • Individual should take a repeat RT-PCR test for COVID within 5 days of return to campus date. Testing should only be performed if the individual is asymptomatic. Symptomatic individuals should wait until they are not symptomatic to test.
  • Individual should quarantine until returning to campus per the University‚Äôs testing protocol for all individuals.
  • If individual tests positive on repeat testing, additional isolation will not be required. Individual must provide a statement to the COVID Task Force certifying that they have completed CDC isolation protocol and are symptom free. Evidence of daily symptom checking will be required.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Reimagining our campus life takes a village, and we will need your help to ensure A Health Community Starts Here. We understand there will be a lot of questions about these new safety measures and procedures. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for quick answers to the most common questions. Check that page often, as new answers will be added on an ongoing basis.