COVID Testing, Tracing and Tracking

We are resuming campus activities in a phased approach, with the fall semester beginning in Phase 3. As we return to campus, we must be ready to provide as safe an environment as is possible for our community members as we move through the phases of re-engagement with a focus on Fall.

Please continue to check this page for updated information about COVID testing, tracing and tracking during the University's Phased Plan for return to campus. This page will show the testing requirements and timeframes for students, faculty, and staff.

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.

 

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Testing Requirements - Updated August 10, 2020

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. Please note 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 this 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.
  • 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.
  • Students who are not able to receive a test in their home state due to restrictions on testing eligibility will be able to obtain testing in Connecticut. Students who arrive to campus without a negative test result will have to self-quarantine off-campus, at their own expense, until results are received. Testing will be made available on or near campus in partnership with the City of West Haven and local healthcare providers.
  • 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.

 

Testing Timeframes - Updated August 10, 2020

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. Please use the information below to help you determine when to have your COVID-19 viral PCR test conducted.

  • No commuter student may return to campus without proof of a negative molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test taken within 5 days of their initial return to campus. Returning commuter students from Connecticut or another non-affected state should have a molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test taken between August 19-23. First-year commuter students from Connecticut or another non-affected state, participating in Charge In, should be tested between August 16-21.

    Reminder: Commuter students who are from a high COVID positive state ("Affected State") should stop reading this page and click here for affeced state info, instead.

    Commuter Student Type Potential First Day on Campus Acceptable Testing Dates
    First-Year and Transfer Commuter Students (from non-affected states) Friday, Aug. 21 (Charge In) Aug. 16-20
    Returning Commuter Students (from non-affected states) Monday, Aug. 24 (First day of academic term) Aug. 19-23

    Note: For the purpose of these testing requirements, commuter students are defined as any student 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.)

  • No residential student may obtain their 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.

    Residential Students should use the move-in schedule below as guidance to determine when they should have their molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test taken. Note that all move-in dates and times will be scheduled through myHousing at the discretion of the Office of Residential Life. To ensure proper distancing during the move-in process, you MUST register for a time slot for your move-in through ORL.

    While we believe the information below is accurate, please note this schedule is subject to change based on a number of factors. We strongly advise that you continue to check this page on a regular basis as your move-in date approaches.

    Reminder: Residential students who are from a high COVID positive state ("Affected State") should stop reading this page and click here for affeced state info, instead. The list below is ONLY for those coming to campus from within Connecticut or other non-affected states.

    Group / Residence Hall Move-In Date Acceptable Testing Dates
    Atwood and Park View Friday, Aug. 14 Aug. 9-13
    Charlie's Fast Pass (new students) Aug. 14-15 No Testing Required (temporary access only)*
    *Note that anyone coming from a mandatory quarantine state cannot enter the State of CT without proof of negative test or quarantine, as outlined on this page.
    Charlie's Fast Pass (returning students) Saturday, August 15 No Testing Required (temporary access only)*
    *Note that anyone coming from a mandatory quarantine state cannot enter the State of CT without proof of negative test or quarantine, as outlined on this page.
    Marching Band (early arrival) Sunday, Aug. 16 Aug. 11-15
    20 Ricardo St., 3 Chauncey St., Atwood, Forest Hills, Main Street, Park View, Savin Court Tuesday, Aug. 18 Aug. 13-17
    Bergami, Bethel, Bixler, Gerber, Westside (new students) Wednesday, Aug. 19 Aug. 14-18
    Bergami, Bethel, Bixler, Celentano, Dunham, Gerber, Sheffield, Westside (new students), Winchester Thursday, Aug. 20 Aug. 15-19
    Celentano, Dunham, Sheffield, Westside (returning students), Winchester Friday, Aug. 21 Aug. 16-20
    Late Arrivals (with prior ORL approval, only) All dates after Aug. 21 Count backward 5 days; do NOT include the arrival date

    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).

  • No University employee may return to work on campus, on a regular and ongoing basis, without prior authorization and without proof of a negative molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test taken within 5 days of their initial return to campus.

    To standardize the process for faculty and staff, we are also adding a deadline for testing that coincides with the date that faculty may begin returning to campus. All faculty and staff returning to campus must have this negative test result on file with the University no later than August 17.

    • University employees should first work with their direct supervisor to determine their University-approved return to campus date.
      • If a faculty or staff member’s return date is earlier than August 17, then they should obtain a molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test within the 5-day period immediately prior to their return date. Do NOT count the return to campus date in the calculation. For example, if you will return to work on campus on August 14, your test should be taken between August 9-13.
      • If a faculty or staff member’s return date is August 17 or later, then August 17 is the testing submission deadline and a molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test should be taken between August 12-16. Even if a faculty member will not actually return to campus until August 25th (for example), they should still meet the August 17 deadline. We want to be sure that everyone who could return to campus once students have returned to the campus is cleared to return by a negative test.
    • Faculty and staff will have to remain off campus if results are not received by August 17, until the negative test result has been submitted.
    • This applies to all adjunct faculty as well as full-time faculty and all staff returning to campus.
    • Weekly testing of employees will begin the week of August 24th (5% per week).

    Any faculty or staff who are NOT returning to campus for Fall 2020 and will be working entirely remotely will not need to be tested. ONLY employees who will be working on campus are required to obtain a test. Please note that NOT ALL employees will return to work on campus this academic year. The decision about your on-campus work status and work location will be made in concert with your department supervisor and your division Vice President and/or the Office of Human Resources, as appropriate. NO employee should return to work on campus without prior authorization, which is obtained by their supervisor completing the Return to Campus request process and receiving approval for their department's return to campus plan.

    Note: For the purpose of these testing requirements, University Employees are defined as individuals who are employed full- or part-time by the University on an ongoing basis, i.e. full- and part-time faculty and full- and part-time administrative or clerical staff. This section does NOT include student employees - please see the Student Employees section. University employees who are NOT working on campus regularly throughout the upcoming academic year, e.g. their primary work location is from home or another remote, non-University owned location, will be treated as Visitors for testing purposes, and are subject to the rules and regulations listed in the Visitors section of this page.

  • Students employed by any University office or department who will have an on-campus work location, are subject to testing regulations based on their student type, listed above, UNLESS they have been approved to return to work on campus earlier than August 24 or their residential move-in date, whichever comes first. Students who are approved to return to work on campus early, i.e. prior to their residential move-in date or prior to August 24, must show proof of a negative molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test taken 5 days or less prior to starting work on campus.

    Supervisors of student employees must use the Campus Access Request process to obtain prior approval for students to begin working on campus at any time, to ensure the office plan includes appropriate distancing and safety measures for the student employees and to comply with University phased reopening reporting requirements.

  • Outside contractors are subject to molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR testing based on the amount of time they will be working on campus. Contractors working on campus on a temporary and infrequent basis will be treated like visitors and are subject to the rules outlined in the visitors section below. While NOT University employees, outside contractors working on campus on a permanent and/or ongoing basis will be subject to the same molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR testing rules that University employees are subject to, as listed on this page. Outside contractors with questions about their status should speak with their supervisor.

    Note: For the purpose of these testing requirements, outside contractors are defined as individuals who are performing University-contracted work duties on a University of New Haven campus on a permanent or ongoing basis, but are NOT University employees.

  • 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. All approved visitors are subject to all rules and regulations displayed throughout campus and shown on this Reopening website.

    Approved temporary visitors to the University campuses do NOT need to be COVID tested, including parents and other family members assisting with the residential move-in or move-out processes, unless 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.

    Note: For the purpose of these testing requirements, visitors are defined as individuals who do not have reason to come to campus on a regular and/or ongoing basis, including (but not limited to) parents, family members, other guests, Board of Governors members, event attendees, etc. Included in this definition - for testing purposes only - are University employees who are NOT working on campus regularly throughout the upcoming academic year, e.g. their primary work location is defined as from home or another remote, non-University owned location.

 

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’s 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.

 

Contact Tracing

The University has State of Connecticut registered and trained contact tracers on our campus. We have created and updated an online student illness form and an online employee illness form to improve our contact tracing process. These forms will allow us to quickly identify any University community members who have been in contact with a positive COVID-19 individual, in class or in University buildings, and contact them regarding isolation and testing. The illness forms will be available through our public safety app, LiveSafe.

 

Isolation and Quarantine During the Semester

The University – in partnership with local health care providers – will have transitional space for symptomatic or COVID-19 exposed students who needs to be isolated during the academic term while waiting for test results or until their isolation can be discontinued per CDC guidance. This space will enable the University and medical professionals to support the health of our students during the semester. The University will provide food, Internet, and other essential services in our isolation housing. Students who wish to quarantine or isolate off-campus may elect to do so.

 

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.