University Response to COVID-19

Out of an abundance of caution, the University is taking action to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). This page will be used to provide updates to the University Community.

Updated: August 3, 2020

Updated to add email to University community about State travel alert; and to add email to all students about testing requirements and testing options.

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Important Notifications
  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    Late last week, we shared an email with all resident students who reside in high COVID positive states that are currently subject to travel restrictions by the State of Connecticut. We felt it would be prudent to share this information with all members of the University community as it could impact your planned arrival on campus for the Fall 2020 semester.

    The State of Connecticut is now requiring anyone traveling to Connecticut from a state currently subject to travel restrictions to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. Receipt of a negative molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test result after arrival does NOT eliminate the 14-day quarantine requirement.

    We are continuing to encourage all members of the University community to limit their personal travel outside of Connecticut, as that will play an important role in helping to prevent the presence and/or spread of COVID-19 on our campus. We realize, though, that individuals’ travels in the coming weeks might take them to an area facing a travel restriction. Currently 34 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., are impacted. Please view the complete list and see the documentation you would be required to submit to the State of Connecticut if you travel to one of the affected areas for more than 24 hours.

    Ultimately, we all play a role in helping to keep our University community safe. Thank you for your attention to the many measures that have been put in place at the state level and on campus to help ensure our safety and well-being.

    Best,

    Summer McGee, Ph.D., CPH
    Dean, School of Health Sciences
    University COVID-19 Coordinator

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

  • Friday, July 31: Email to All Students About Testing Requirements and Options

    Dear Students,

    We are writing to provide an important update about COVID-19 testing that is required for all members of the University of New Haven community (commuters, resident students, faculty, and staff), prior to their arrival on campus for the start of the Fall 2020 semester.

    ***All resident students who reside in high COVID positive states currently subject to travel restrictions by the State of Connecticut received a message on Thursday, July 30, from the COVID Task Force that supersedes this one.***

    All students are required to obtain a molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test within five (5) days prior to their return to campus. Every effort should be made to obtain this test from your physician or other local testing facility in your area. For those unable to get a test or obtain results in a timely manner, the University's COVID Task Force has developed two additional options:

    • Let's Get Checked at-home COVID-19 test kit
    • On-campus or near-campus testing clinics

    Let's Get Checked – At-Home Test
    The University is working with Let's Get Checked, a Federal Drug Administration-authorized and Connecticut Department of Public Health-recommended provider of at-home COVID-19 test kits. This option, per company guidelines, is not available for anyone who is under 18 years of age. This option features a 24 to 72 hour turnaround time for results once the test has been received by Let's Get Checked.

    Students pursuing this option will pay a $117 one-time fee online, payable by checking, debit, or credit, when ordering the kit through the University. Students wishing to pursue this option must sign up by Wednesday, August 5, at 5 p.m. Sign-ups received after this date cannot be ensured to arrive in time for testing deadlines. Please note that students who would like to pursue this at-home testing option should place their order through the University site linked above, as these orders will be prioritized for faster results.

    Let's Get Checked is the preferred testing method for students who are unable to obtain a test from their physician or other local testing facility in their area.

    On-Campus/Near Campus Testing
    The University is working with Murphy Medical Associates (testing provider for the City of West Haven) to offer on-campus COVID-19 testing from Aug. 16 to 22. Murphy Medical Associates will also offer testing on the West Haven Green in downtown West Haven from Aug. 5 to 7 and August 12 to 14.

    Students who would like to pursue this option should be aware that they will be required to quarantine off campus until a negative test has been received. We have been informed that those who pursue a test through Murphy Medical Associates should expect results within 24 hours. Murphy Medical Associates will bill a student's health insurance policy. No co-pay or co-insurance will be charged for tests performed in Connecticut.

    Visit the COVID-19 Testing Information page on myCharger for exact dates and times and for information on how to sign up for a test with Murphy Medical Associates. Students will be able to sign up for testing with Murphy Medical starting Wednesday, August 5. Advanced sign up is strongly recommended. Be sure to select “UNH Student” when signing up for your testing.

    Submitting 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. Students will be sent login information and instructions on how to submit their results in mid-August.

    Virtual Town Hall Forum on COVID-19 Testing Requirement
    The COVID Task Force will host a virtual town hall forum on Sunday, August 2, at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the testing requirements and answer any questions you or your parents and family members may have.

    More Information
    To learn more about the COVID-19 testing requirement and the many measures that are being put in place to help keep our community safe, visit our COVID-19 Information page on myCharger.

    Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding as we continue to work together to navigate the impact of the coronavirus global pandemic.

    Best,

    Summer McGee, Ph.D., CPH
    Dean, School of Health Sciences
    University COVID-19 Coordinator

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

  • Monday, July 27: Fall 2020 Academic Update from the Provost to All Students

    Dear University of New Haven Students,

    I hope this message finds you well and that you and your families are in good health. I am writing today to offer additional information and clarification regarding the Fall 2020 semester.

    This message summarizes important updates for you on the reopening of the campus, shares steps the university has taken to enhance safety, and outline how we have arranged optimal scheduling options for you as we manage the COVID-19 situation moving forward.

    Clarification on August 24th Start Date for On-Ground Instruction

    The State of Connecticut has allowed universities to begin on-ground instruction as of the week of August 24th. We are required to adhere to the State’s guidance on reopening the campus, however, we are making every effort to approximate as typical an experience as is allowable.

    The University will be flexible during the first week of classes to allow faculty to hold in person or online classes during the week of August 24. Individual instructors will decide whether classes will meet in person or on-ground depending on what is best for the course and will notify students via Canvas whether each class will be meeting online or on campus. All faculty are aware that students may not be able to attend classes on-ground during the first week of the term due to testing and quarantine requirements.

    Hybrid and Flex Course Attendance Procedure

    Many students enrolled in Hybrid or Flex classes have asked how they will know which class day (of the week) they should attend in person. In response to these concerns, the University has adopted a uniform policy for assigning students to attend class on campus.

    Commuter Students (Last Name A-K)

    • Commuter students with Monday-Wednesday classes with last name A-K will attend in person on Monday and take the class remotely on Wednesday.
    • Commuter students with Tuesday-Thursday classes with last name A-K will attend in person on Thursday and take the class remotely on Tuesday.
    • Commuter students with a Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday class with last name A-K will attend in person on Monday and Thursday.

    Commuter Students (Last Name L-Z)

    • Commuter students with Monday-Wednesday classes with last name L-Z will attend in person on Wednesday and take the class remotely on Monday.
    • Commuter students with Tuesday-Thursday classes with last name L-Z will attend in person on Tuesday and take the class remotely on Thursday.
    • Commuter students with a Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday class with last names L-Z will attend on Tuesday and Wednesday.

    For Commuter Students with MWF classes, course instructors will determine whether Friday classes will alternate weekly attendance or whether Fridays will be online. Please confirm with your instructor how Friday classes will be managed.

    Residential Students

    • Residential students will also be assigned the days when they will attend in-person classes. These assignments do not need to be based on your last name and will be communicated to you before classes commence.
    • Requests for changes or accommodations to attendance assignments may be made to instructors.

    Canvas: The new Learning Management System

    One week before classes commence, you will receive information on how to access Canvas, our new and enhanced learning platform, and this will include instructions on how to access your courses. All students will find their most up-to-date information about their group assignments on Canvas, and, in particular, residential students will be assigned groups in each class by Canvas: Groups A (Mondays and Thursdays) and B (Tuesdays and Wednesdays).

    Continuation of COVID-related Academic Policies

    The University has decided that the Spring 2020 COVID-related academic policies will be continued for the Fall 2020 semester including the pass/fail policy. Under these policies, students will have options designed to provide additional flexibility.

    New Classrooms & Upgraded Technology

    The University has created multiple classrooms to accommodate physical distancing. In addition, multiple existing classrooms will have upgraded technology to allow for Flex class delivery.

    We recently surveyed students about their “technological readiness” and want to provide that link to you again here. If you have any concerns about the readiness of your technology or your access to WiFi, etc., please let us know and we will discuss options with you.

    Updated Course Schedules for Fall 2020

    As a result of the addition of new classrooms on our campus and the addition of additional classroom technology, Fall 2020 student class schedules have been updated significantly since mid-June. In response to student feedback, we have updated the Fall 2020 schedule to accommodate additional flexibility for the Fall 2020 semester as well as to offer more fully on-ground classes and fewer hybrid and flex classes. These updated schedules are now available in Banner. Please note that the Fall 2020 schedule is still subject to change. Students should check Banner regularly over the next month to see if their course schedule, delivery methods, or class locations have been updated. Students who have questions about their updated schedules should contact COVIDSchedule@newhaven.edu.Thank you for all of your patience and attention to these topics and issues while we have prepared our plans for the Fall 2020 semester. Please know that we are continuing to plan for every eventuality that we can anticipate and if for some reason you have concerns that we have not already addressed, please contact your instructor or academic advisor first, and if they cannot assist you, please contact Dr. Tiffany Hesser, Assistant Provost for Advising and Retention, at thesser@newhaven.edu.

    We look forward to welcoming everyone back to campus in less than 4 weeks from now. Please stay safe and healthy for the remainder of the summer.

    Best,
    Mario T. Gaboury
    Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

  • Thursday, July 16: Email to University Community About Suspension of Athletics Competitions Through Dec. 31

    Dear Members of the University Community,

    The Northeast-10 Conference recently released a statement declaring the suspension of all fall and winter varsity athletic competition through December 31, 2020. Strength and conditioning as well as traditional practices are permissible throughout the fall given that student-athletes, coaches, and support staff adhere to proper health and safety guidelines. Our athletic administration, coaches, and athletic training staff have already begun the process of identifying the most effective ways for our student-athletes to continue training in preparation for their next opportunity to compete.

    A decision such as this, which affects our over 500 student-athletes, cheer and dance team members, and members of the marching band, was made only after much discussion and deliberation by member institutions of the NE-10 Conference. Ultimately the health and safety of our student-athletes and the entire campus community is our foremost concern. The complicated logistics of mitigating the spread of the COVID-19 virus while participating in athletic competition and traveling to other campuses is simply not feasible at this time.

    While no decision has been made regarding future competition dates for our fall sports, we are committed to exploring every option to provide competitive opportunities for our student-athletes. Given the ability to safely compete, the University of New Haven along with the NE-10 Conference strives to ensure a meaningful regular season and conference championship experience for fall student-athletes during the spring of 2021.

    I have no doubt that our Director of Athletics, Sheahon Zenger, will thoughtfully and effectively lead our department of athletics through these unprecedented times. The positive impact that our student-athletes have on our campus cannot be overstated. Our varsity programs serve as a source of pride for current students and alumni, and the absence of competition this fall will certainly leave a hole in our community that cannot be filled.

    Dr. Zenger and his staff will continue to work diligently to provide our student-athletes with opportunities to train for their sport as well as develop leadership and career skills that will transfer long after their playing days are over. I understand and share the disappointment that this decision will bring to our student-athletes and other members of our community, but look forward to seeing our student-athletes represent this great university again as soon as it is safe to do so.

    With best wishes,


    Steven H. Kaplan, Ph.D.
    President

    Addtional information: from NewHavenChargers.com, including FAQ and from Northeast10.org

  • Friday, July 10: Email to University Community about COVID Test Requirement and Updated Dates for Move In & Start of Classes

    Dear Members of the University Community,

    We are writing to provide some important updates for the Fall 2020 semester based on the latest guidance we have received from the State of Connecticut.

    • All members of the University community (faculty, staff, residential students, and commuters) will need to show proof of a negative SARS-COV2 Viral PCR test within five (5) days prior to their move-in date or their first day on campus.
    • Per new State of Connecticut guidelines, in-person classes can now begin as early as Monday, August 24, instead of Monday, August 31.
    • Move in for residential students will now take place from August 18 to 21 (details and sign-ups to come soon)

    COVID-19 TESTING

    We have updated the previous information we have shared on the basis of guidance and feedback from our public health officials. All University community members returning to campus for the Fall 2020 semester will need to submit a negative test result within five days prior to their move-in date or their first day on campus. Test results must be submitted by the student or employee through our HIPAA compliant third-party vendor before arriving on campus. Additional instructions for this will be sent out in late July.

    Students, faculty, and staff should make every effort to obtain a SARS-COV2 Viral PCR test from their physician or other local testing facility within five (5) days of their planned arrival to campus. Those who are not able to receive a SARS-COV2 Viral PCR test in their home state due to restrictions on testing eligibility will be able to obtain testing in Connecticut. Testing will be made available on or near campus in partnership with the City of West Haven and local healthcare providers. Any students who arrive to campus without a negative test result will have to self-quarantine until results are received. Additional details on this policy will be made available later this month.

    University employees who cannot obtain a test on their own can obtain a test on campus as outlined above, but cannot start working on campus until a negative test result is submitted.

    Community members who reside in high COVID-positive states that are currently subject to travel restrictions by the State of Connecticut must be tested 72 hours in advance of their travel to Connecticut or they will be subject to a 14-day self-quarantine. A negative test result must be received by the University before self-quarantine can be ended.

    Please note that throughout the Fall 2020 semester, five (5) percent of the entire campus population will be tested, at random, on campus on an ongoing basis.

    START OF FALL 2020 SEMESTER CLASSES

    The State of Connecticut has approved the start of in-person classes on Monday, August 24. As a result, all classes – on-ground, hybrid, online, remote, or flex – can now begin as early as Monday, August 24. The exact start date for each class is based on the day/time it is offered and the format of each individual course you are enrolled in. Questions about individual courses should be referred to the professor teaching the class. Please note that there may be some variation in delivery method for some courses at the beginning of the semester.

    RESIDENTIAL STUDENT MOVE-IN

    New state guidance has enabled us to move up the date for when our residential students may begin moving into their residential halls. The move-in period for residential students will now take place from August 18 to 21. Returning students will move in on Tuesday, August 18, Thursday, August 20, and Friday, August 21, and incoming students will move in on Wednesday, August 19, and Thursday, August 20. A more detailed schedule, along with information about Charlie’s Fast Pass, will be shared next week.

    As always, thank you for your patience and flexibility as we continue to work together to navigate the ever-evolving impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Sincerely,

    Summer McGee, Ph.D., CPH
    Dean, School of Health Sciences
    University COVID-19 Coordinator

    Ron Quagliani, M.S.
    Associate Vice President for Public Safety

  • Monday, June 22: Email to Students About Upcoming Academic Year

    Dear Students,

    As you know, we have been actively engaged over the last few months in preparing for the re-opening of our campus in August 2020. Our goal has been to prioritize the health and wellbeing of our students in the time of a global pandemic and to minimize any disruption of the academic calendar and student schedules.

    This planning process has allowed us to reimagine learning at the University of New Haven in important and meaningful ways and to maximize your academic experiences in and out of the classroom. Please understand that the changes you will see below are in response to Connecticut’s regulations and guidance on the reopening of Higher Education in the state.

    LEARNING REIMAGINED

    ADDED CLASS DAYS: We have added some class sessions on Saturdays to allow for longer classes, including labs, to meet continuously on a single day. Some previously scheduled classes have been moved to Saturday.

    MORE TRAVEL TIME: We have extended the passing period between classes from 10 to 20 minutes to allow for classes to be staggered in terms of their release. Classes will still begin at 8 AM and will end no later than 10:35 PM.

    NEW LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM: All University courses in the Fall 2020 semester will be operating on the Canvas learning management system, which will offer a tremendously enhanced learning experience for students both in the classroom and online.

    ADDITIONAL FLEXIBILITY: We are preparing to update some academic policies, such as our University attendance policy, to allow greater flexibility for students during the academic term.

    ADDITIONAL ONLINE CLASSES: Approximately 30% of all Fall 2020 semester classes have been converted to fully online synchronous or asynchronous classes. We have done this at the request of students who are looking for greater remote learning opportunities for the Fall 2020 semester.

    NEW COURSE DELIVERY OPTIONS: As we maximize typical in-class time to the extent possible, we have added to the Fall 2020 semester course schedule a range of course indicators that specify how a course will be offered. These options are:

    • Hybrid: Half of the students attend each class. Faculty deliver same course content in each class session that week. Out-of-class activities take place asynchronously online. (37% of Fall sections)
    • Online: Fully online asynchronous course with no live, required class sessions (15% of Fall sections)
    • Remote: Fully online synchronous course delivered via Zoom at the assigned class time. (15% of Fall sections)
    • Flex: Half of students attend each class session. Faculty deliver unique course content every class period. Content is streamed and recorded to students not able to attend the class due to social distancing or illness. (4% of Fall sections)
    • On-Ground: Fully on-ground course with every student meeting in person (11% of Fall sections)
    • Clinical/Laboratory: Practical courses that may be able to run at full capacity with a COVID-19 Safety Plan (5% of Fall sections)

    We are offering the largest number of course sections in Hybrid format because it allows all students to be in the classroom participating in major activities with their classmates and instructor. Teaching with this approach is the ideal mode of instruction for active learning between students and faculty.

    Please note that course delivery options as well as course schedules generally are subject to change as we continue our planning processes this summer. Please check your schedule again later this summer to see if any additional changes have occurred.

    These changes to the Fall 2020 semester course schedule are now available for review in Banner. We encourage all students with questions about their course schedule to reach out to their academic advisers and the COVID-19 Scheduling Support Team (COVIDSchedule@newhaven.edu) if they would like to make changes to their schedule. Please include your major, your student ID, and your adviser’s name in your email.

    We are incredibly excited about welcoming you back to campus for the Fall 2020 semester both for on ground and online learning. Please stay safe and well.

    Best wishes,
    Mario T. Gaboury
    Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

  • Monday, June 15: Email to Students About Campus Health & Safety

    Dear University of New Haven Students,

    As President Kaplan wrote last week, the University has begun to resume campus activities in a phased approach. As we begin this return to campus, we are prepared to provide as safe an environment as possible for our community as we move through the phases of re-engagement with a focus on the fall semester.

    President Kaplan has stated many times during the past few months that nothing is more important than the well-being of our students, faculty, and staff, and all decisions are being made with that priority in mind. We are fully confident that we will provide a campus environment that meets or exceeds the highest health and safety standards when you return to campus in August.

    The items listed below are measures the University will take as we move through the phases of reimagining the University. You can read about our health and safety measures here. We will communicate with you regularly as the August return dates approach.

    Please note that decisions we have made are based on the comprehensive work of our COVID Task Forces and are in agreement with a process outlined by the state of Connecticut, and in accordance with local, state, and federal health and safety regulations.

    REIMAGINING CAMPUS

    • PROVIDE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT: The University will provide every student a campus “Welcome Kit” containing cloth face masks, a thermometer, and other items to ensure that all students have basic health items. The University has purchased 20,000 cloth face masks as well as other cleaning and protective items that will be distributed upon students' return to campus.
    • ENGAGE IN DAILY WELLNESS CHECKS: The University will ask that all students monitor daily for COVID-19 symptoms using a health and safety app. We will adhere to a strict policy that all students and employees should not come to campus if any symptoms exist.
    • OFFER COVID-19 VIRAL TESTING: Every member of the University community (staff, faculty, and residential and non-residential students) will be required to have a negative COVID-19 viral test upon returning to campus for the Fall 2020 semester. Testing will be provided on campus in partnership with a local healthcare provider.
    • CONDUCT CONTACT TRACING: The University has State of Connecticut registered and trained contact tracers on our campus. We have updated our online student illness form to improve our contact tracing process. This form will allow us to quickly identify any students who have been in contact with a positive COVID-19 individual, in class or in your residence hall, and contact them regarding isolation and testing.
    • IMPLEMENT NEW CLEANING STANDARDS: The University has new cleaning and sanitization standards for all University buildings that use the most up-to-date guidelines from the CDC. These standards will include implementing new methods of cleaning, new timelines for cleaning, and the promotion of sanitation stations at high-traffic areas around campus.
    • ENGAGE STUDENTS IN KEEPING THE CAMPUS HEALTHY: Ensuring a healthy campus takes a village, which is why we will be creating a student workforce to promote campus health and safety, including distributing masks, sharing positive messages about physical distancing, and serving as a resource for other students on the campus.
    • IMPROVE OUR TRAFFIC FLOW: We will re-envision how our students get to classes and migrate through campus. We have increased the time period between classes to 20 minutes to allow for a staggered dismissal from classes.
    • RECONFIGURED SOCIAL SPACES: We will be updating every gathering space on campus to ensure they are optimized for health and safety. We are developing new ways to utilize our physical space in ways that promote appropriate physical distancing and that will still allow for athletics, student organizations, campus recreation, and other activities to take place.
    • ENHANCED DINING EXPERIENCES: Students will experience an upgraded dining experience on campus with a new meal reservation system, expanded seating areas for dining, more “Grab and Go” options for meals, and extended dining hall hours.
    • SECURE SPACE FOR ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE: The University – in partnership with local health care providers – will establish transitional space for anyone who needs to be quarantined while waiting for test results or until they obtain a negative test result. This space will enable the University and medical professionals to support the health of our students. The University will provide food, internet, and other essential services during isolation and quarantine.
    • PARTNER WITH LOCAL HEALTH SYSTEMS & THE CITY OF WEST HAVEN: The University will partner with our local health care systems and the City of West Haven to provide access to health services and public health guidance for the members of our community. This will ensure access to hospital treatment if required by members of our community.
    • CONDUCT COVID-19 EDUCATION & TRAINING: The University will train and support students to understand our public health measures and to make good decisions with public health in mind. Educational videos and other resources will be made available throughout the summer to help students prepare for our return to campus.

    Our plans continue to evolve as we receive regular, updated guidance from local and state health authorities. We encourage you to read the FAQ found on this page to find answers to questions you may have. We will update these guidelines and our FAQs throughout the summer. In the meantime, please stay well and know that your university is prepared to welcome you back to a learning environment that is healthy, safe, and supportive of your educational goals.

    Sincerely,

    Summer J. McGee, Ph.D., CPH
    Dean, School of Health Sciences

    Ron Quagliani
    Associate Vice President, Public Safety

Frequently Asked Questions
    General
  • What steps has the University taken to communicate with students, faculty, and staff?

    The University community is being updated on a regular basis via email, and this webpage. All major communications are archived in the Important Notifications section of this webpage. Frequently Asked Questions are being added to this page, as necessary.

  • Academics
  • Will on-campus instruction resume for the Fall 2020 semester? Updated July 9

    The campus will be open for operation for the Fall 2020 semester. Residential students will begin moving into University housing starting on August 18, 2020. Please see our Phased Plan for Return to Campus for additional details.

  • How will classes be delivered? Added June 15

    Classes will be delivered using a range of formats to accommodate our state's social distancing requirements as well as the needs of our students. Course delivery options include:

    • Hybrid: 50% on-ground class content/activities/cases and 50% class content asynchronously online (Half of the class attends one day per week; the other half of the class attends the alternate day per week)
    • On-Ground: On-ground classes take place in a traditional classroom setting
    • Clinical: On-ground classes take place in clinical or rotation settings and will operate at 100% capacity
    • Laboratory: On-ground classes take place in a laboratory or practical setting and will operate between 50% to 100% capacity
    • Online: Asynchronous (not delivered at a set time) classes delivered online
    • Remote: Synchronous classes with an assigned time slot where students will attend class via Zoom
    • Flex: In-class content is live-streamed and recorded while 50% of the class attends each class session
  • Has the class schedule changed for the Fall 2020 semester? Added June 15

    The University's class schedule has changed in a few important ways for the Fall 2020 semester

    • Passing period between classes is now 20 minutes long. This means the start and end times of classes have changed slightly. Classes still begin at 8 a.m. daily.
    • We have added classes on Saturdays in extended time blocks.
    • We have added course indicators to each class to tell students whether a course is hybrid, online, remote, etc.
  • If a student plans on attending the University but prefers to complete classes online during the Fall 2020 semester, is that an option? Added June 15

    The University has increased its online and remote offerings for the Fall 2020 semester so there will be additional online options in many academic programs and the core curriculum. Some classes will also be taught in Flex delivery, which allows for students to watch classes live from home. Students who wish to pursue a fully online semester should contact their academic adviser for more information.

  • Will all my final exams be online? Added June 15

    Decisions about when and how to offer final exams will be determined by the individual instructor for each class. Generally, exams will be online after Thanksgiving Break. However, some instructors may wish to offer an exam before Thanksgiving and use the remaining weeks of the term for other online class activities.

  • How can students get their textbooks? Added June 15

    The Campus Bookstore will operate during the Fall 2020 semester in compliance with social distancing and other state re-opening guidelines. More information about the Campus Bookstore will be available this summer.

  • Will peer tutoring still be available, and how will this occur? Added June 15

    Peer tutoring will be available during the Fall 2020 semester. Much tutoring will happen online. Subjects requiring in-person tutoring sessions will be done in compliance with all health and safety requirements, including mask wearing and social distancing.

  • What happens if a student becomes ill and falls behind in coursework? Added June 15

    If a student becomes infected with COVID-19, we will follow the same illness reporting to Health Services and excused-absence procedures we do for any other student illness. Residential students who are COVID-19 positive must isolate on campus. The University will follow the CDC guidance for ending self isolation.

  • How will grades be affected if a student can't attend or participate in classes due to illness, especially in classes where attendance and participation are a significant percentage of the course grade? Added June 15

    The University is committed to every students' academic success. Attendance and other policies are being revised to provide as much flexibility and accommodation as possible in light of COVID-19.

  • Will students be able to complete internships? Added June 15

    Students' ability to complete internships will be determined by the internship site. If internship opportunities are not available for students, alternative program requirements will be offered to allow for on-time degree completion.

  • What is the status of lab instruction? Added June 15

    Laboratory and clinical courses will continue during the Fall 2020 semester. All laboratories and practical courses will be required to submit a COVID-19 Safety Plan that documents how they will ensure that spaces will be operated safely, disinfected, and managed.

  • Will Fall 2020 semester research be permitted on campus after Thanksgiving? Added June 15

    All faculty and students should plan on the campus not being operational after Thanksgiving – until the start of the spring 2020 semester – and, therefore, no University-based research or other activities will be able to take place during that time. There are multiple reasons for this, but most importantly is our public health concern about people traveling at the holiday and then returning to campus. This will apply to faculty as well for campus access.

  • What is the plan for students in clinical programs? How has the University deemed it “safe” to return to clinical coursework? Added June 15

    The University is resuming operations for clinical programs in Phase 2, which will begin around July 6. The University will follow all local and state guidance on the operations of clinical programs and our clinics, which are currently allowed to operate in Connecticut. We are adopting enhanced PPE standards for our clinical students and undertaking facilities enhancements to comply with new standards and cleaning protocols.

  • Can students who earned INC grades in the Spring 2020 semester still opt for a P/F even though the Spring deadline to submit a P/F request has passed? Added June 15

    All students can still opt for P/F even though it is past the deadline. The student can send an email to the Registrar's Office with the course prefix, course number, and title. Pending approval, the letter grade will be converted to P/F when the Change of Grade form is submitted to replace the INC.

  • Are summer courses being offered online?

    The University has made the decision to offer an expanded slate of Summer 2020 courses. Courses available include undergraduate core courses, major courses, electives and graduate courses as well. Due to the unfolding situation with COVID-19, all Summer 2020 courses will be offered in an online and/or distance learning format. For more information, please read the email from Thursday, April 9, which is archived on this page under "Important Notifications."

  • What emergency academic policy changes have been put into place because of COVID-19? Updated July 27

    COVID-19 EMERGENCY ACADEMIC POLICY CHANGES - Summary (provided by the Office of the Provost)

    CHANGES TO TRADITIONAL (A-F) GRADING: The A-F system is the default, i.e., unless a student chooses the Pass/Fail system outlined below. If a student's grade at the end of the term dictates that they would ordinarily receive a grade of F, they will instead receive a "U," which will not count against GPA but also does not count as satisfactory completion of the course, meaning no course credit will be given.

    PASS/FAIL OPTION: Students may choose this option for a single course, multiple courses, all courses, or no courses taken during this period. For each course taken during the period in which this policy is in effect, students will receive a letter grade unless they elect to switch to Pass/Fail grading for that course. Students wishing to choose the Pass/Fail option for a course should notify the Registrar before exams begin each term. The required form can be found in myCharger on the Registrar Forms page.

    For courses where students choose the Pass/Fail option, regardless of the grade that would have been earned during the term, the student will be assigned either a Pass (P) or Fail (U). Pass will be earned when the grade would ordinarily have been between A and D- (undergraduate courses) or A and C- (graduate courses), while Fail will be earned if the student's grade is below D- (undergraduate) or C- (graduate). A Pass will count as having successfully completed the course for purposes of academic progress, and the student will receive course credit, but no quality points will be earned, meaning it will not affect the student's GPA either positively or negatively. A Fail (U) will not count as having successfully completed the course, meaning no course credit will be received, but likewise will not affect the student's GPA.

    Please note that while a Pass/Fail grade is what will be recorded on the transcript, the traditional letter grade will also be retained for course prerequisite purposes. If you are in a program that requires licensure or certification this may be relevant, and students should consult with their advisors, and, if applicable, with Athletics, Financial Aid, and/or International Student Office before selecting to go to Pass/Fail for courses. All students should check with their advisors about the advisability of the Pass/Fail option.

    ACADEMIC STANDING: Students currently on academic probation of any kind will not be penalized based on their grades during this period.

    MID-TERM GRADING: Faculty are asked to submit midterm grades so that students will be aware of their current standing. The system will allow faculty to submit midterm grades as late as necessary.

    REPEAT POLICY: All limits contained in the policy regarding repeating courses are suspended for courses taken during this period.

    WITHDRAWAL (W) POLICY: Students may elect to withdraw from a course until the day before exams begin each term. The required form can be found in myCharger on the Registrar Forms page.

    INCOMPLETE (INC and INC+) POLICY: Incomplete grades (INC or INC+) earned during this period will not be converted into failing grades under any circumstances. If the remaining work toward an INC is completed within one academic year, it will be converted to either a letter grade (A-D-) or a Pass grade, but if the work is not completed, it will remain an Incomplete. Policies regarding requesting extensions to make up the INC+ grade remain in place.

    COMPLETION OF EXISTING INCOMPLETE (INC and INC+) COURSES: Students who already have an Incomplete grade (INC or INC+) with work pending will not have such courses converted to failing grades, and will have such reasonable amount of additional time as necessary to complete the work still outstanding.

    THIS POLICY IS SUBJECT TO UPDATES AND TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS

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  • Commencement
  • When Will Spring 2020 Commencement Take Place?

    Spring 2020 Commencement was postponed to December 13, 2020. For a full FAQ about Spring 2020 Commencement, please click here.

  • Will there be a December commencement? Updated June 18

    Commencement ceremonies will be held as long as Connecticut's reopening guidance will allow for large group gatherings. Currently, December 2020 commencement is scheduled for Saturday, December 12, at the Oakdale Theater. The commencement ceremony for spring 2020 graduates is scheduled for Sunday, December 13, at the Oakdale Theater. Times for the ceremonies will be announced once we receive additional guidance from local and state health officials on capacity guidelines.

  • Financial
  • How are fall 2020 room and meal plan charges being adjusted based on the new fall 2020 academic calendar? Updated June 8

    The University is adjusting room and meal plan charges for the fall 2020 semester based on the adjusted fall 2020 academic calendar President Kaplan shared with the University community on June 3. Per the academic calendar, 2020 fall semester on-campus classes will conclude on Nov. 24. As such, students will see an adjusted charge for housing and meals on their fall tuition bill in June. Please be aware, the adjusted rates do factor in the University providing additional cleaning and sanitizing of the residence halls, campus classrooms, common spaces, restrooms and shuttles.

    The original room and meal plan rates as well as the adjusted rates can be found on the Bursar's Office Tuition & Fees webpage.

  • What programs are available for students who have been impacted financially? Updated June 1

    The Chargers Helping Chargers Fund was established and provided with significant funding from several members of the University's Board of Governors, as well as from faculty, staff, and alumni to help support current students seeking assistance for such necessities as housing, food, medical expenses, remote learning or instructional technology, or other emergency needs. Students can learn more by visiting myCharger. Due to an overwhelming response to this program, the Chargers Helping Chargers Fund is no longer accepting applications at this time. Should additional funding become available, we will review applications in the order in which they were received until all available funds have been provided to our students.

  • Did the University receive any funding through the CARES Act passed by Congress?

    Through the CARES act, the federal government has provided the University $4.6 million in funding. The CARES Act stipulates that 50 percent of these funds be distributed directly to students. We will be using these funds to provide assistance to our students and their families who are facing the most significant financial challenges as a result of the coronavirus global pandemic. The University plans to use the remaining $2.3 million to help offset expenses associated with the transition to distance learning.

  • How and when will CARES funding be provided to students? Updated May 22

    Students receiving CARES Act funding received an email at their University email address on May 22. Due to the limited funds available, not all students will receive CARES funding. For more information about the CARES Act and how the distribution of funds was determined, please click here.

  • Will students be refunded for the portion of housing and meals they were unable to utilize during the spring 2020 semester? Updated April 17

    During President Kaplan's virtual meeting with students on April 16, it was announced that partial credits for spring room and board charges will be posted to students' accounts by the end of April. Students expecting a credit will be able to see this reflected in ePay by April 30. As was previously announced, students returning to the University will be able to use this credit toward current or future University charges. Returning students who lived on campus and/or who had a meal plan during the spring semester, will be eligible for a credit that can be applied toward current or future University charges.

    Students who are graduating in May and students who ultimately do not return to the University in the fall will be eligible to receive a refund, should an overpayment exist on their student account. Refunds for graduating seniors will be issued starting in early May, and this process is expected to take two weeks. Refunds for students not returning to the University will be processed continually, starting in June, and will be processed as the University becomes aware of a student's future plans. Refunds will be processed through the Bursar's Office and will follow standard refunding protocol. Students who are signed up for direct deposit will receive their refund in that manner. Students who are not signed up for direct deposit, and elect not to sign up, will have a check mailed to their home address.

    Students who studied at the University's Tuscany campus this spring will receive credits or refunds as outlined above.

  • Is the University crediting any other charges besides housing and meals for spring 2020? Updated May 11

    The University has reviewed all spring charges and has recently posted credits to students' accounts. Students should review their account in ePay should they have questions as to whether or not they received a credit.

    As with housing and meal credits, students who are graduating in May and students who ultimately do not return to the University in the fall will be eligible to receive a refund, should an overpayment exist on their student account. Refunds for graduating seniors will be issued starting in early May, and this process is expected to take two weeks. Refunds for students not returning to the University will be processed continually, starting in June, and will be processed as the University becomes aware of a student's future plans. Refunds will be processed through the Bursar's Office and will follow standard refunding protocol. Students who are signed up for direct deposit will receive their refund in that manner. Students who are not signed up for direct deposit, and elect not to sign up, will have a check mailed to their home address.

  • Health and Safety Measures
  • Will students and employees be required to have testing before returning to campus? Will this be provided by the University? Updated August 3

    Please read this section carefully, as details have changed since the Reopening site was first launched. The information below was updated on August 3.

    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 that students coming from Affected States have different restrictions, per State of Connecticut guidelines.

    • 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 for this 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 72 hours in advance of their travel to Connecticut AND must quarantine for 14 days prior to their move-in date (resident students) or quarantine for 14 days and be tested 5 days before their planned first day on campus (commuter students). 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.

    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. Click here to view the full testing guidelines and acceptable testing dates based on your planned arrival to campus.

  • Will the University accept antigen testing or so called “rapid tests”? Added July 21

    The state of Connecticut does not allow for antigen testing or so called rapid testing to be used due to concerns about lower accuracy of these tests and high false negative rates.

    Click here to view the full testing guidelines and acceptable testing dates based on your planned arrival to campus.
  • Why was a 5-day testing window selected? Added July 21

    The State of CT has asked that testing be done as close to the time of return to campus as possible. Our 5 day testing window balances the ability to get a test with the requirement to quarantine until arriving to campus.

    The University has put in place requirements that are more stringent than the DPH guidance out of an abundance of caution and out of the utmost concern to keep the campus community healthy.

    We will be sharing information about our preferred testing providers who are working with us to ensure that test results are received in less than 5 days here in Connecticut, often with same day results. You will be able to make an appointment online for testing in advance that can be done upon your arrival to campus or in advance of your arrival.

    Click here to view the full testing guidelines and acceptable testing dates based on your planned arrival to campus.
  • I am worried I will not be able to get test results within 5 days. What are my options? Updated July 21

    Many testing centers are informing patients that testing results may take longer than 5 days. Should test results be delayed and a test result has not been received by the University at the time of move in, we will allow residential students to move-in their belongings to the residence hall. They will be asked to self-quarantine in a hotel or another off-campus location until results are received.

    We will be sharing information about our preferred testing providers who are working with us to ensure that test results are received in less than 5 days here in Connecticut, often with same day results. You will be able to make an appointment online for testing in advance that can be done upon your arrival to campus or in advance of your arrival.

  • Why is the University requiring initial testing of the entire on-campus population? Added July 21

    The University has put in place requirements that are more stringent than the DPH guidance out of an abundance of caution and out of the utmost concern to keep the campus community healthy.

    For example, University of New Haven has a large commuter student population, so testing all commuter students (not just out of state students) and all on-campus employees was strongly advised by our local public health official.

  • Are students allowed to travel off campus during the semester? Will residential students need to be re-tested if they return home for a visit during the semester? Updated July 21

    Students will be allowed to travel off-campus during the semester, although we are strongly recommending against non-essential travel outside of the New Haven area. The University has intentionally condensed the Fall 2020 semester by eliminating Labor Day and Fall Break holidays to encourage students not to travel unless absolutely necessary during the Fall semester. Residential students will not need to be re-tested if they go home for the weekend (unless the travel is to a state with a high rate of community transmission at that time and the State of Connecticut requires a negative test or a 14-day quarantine). Those states can be found on the state's website. Family members can of course visit campus, but will not be allowed in residence halls after move-in day.

  • What is being done with the student data collected from wellness surveys and contact tracing? How are HIPAA privacy rules/laws being adhered to? Added July 1

    The University will be working with a third-party, HIPAA-compliant vendor who will be gathering and storing this information in a secure database. Our likely vendor uses blockchain technology for secure interoperable medical records and has clients that include Mayo Clinic, among others. For contact tracing, confidentiality will be protected as much as is possible to conduct contact tracing. All contact tracers will be trained using the Johns Hopkins course for contact tracing and using the state’s secure contact-tracing database.

  • What is the plan if there is a COVID-19 positive case on campus or in a residence hall? Updated July 14

    Any student who has COVID-19 symptoms will be isolated in separate University housing until viral testing can be completed. If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they will remain in isolation for 10 days since their positive test result (asymptomatic cases) or 10 days since symptoms first appeared (symptomatic cases) and after 72 hours with no fever.

    Upon a positive COVID-19 viral test result, all individuals in close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with that student will be contacted and testing will be required.

    If contacts test negative, they should quarantine for 14 days since their exposure.

    If contacts test positive, they should isolate using the timeline outlined above.

  • How will University student and employee health be monitored? Added June 15

    The University will ask that all students monitor daily for COVID-19 symptoms using a health and safety app. We will adhere to a strict policy that all students and employees will not be permitted on campus if any symptoms exist. If a student or employee has COVID-19 symptoms, our campus Health Services will follow up with them regarding next steps for isolation, testing, and contact tracing.

  • What if a University community member forgets to input their daily wellness check? Added June 17

    We understand that everyone is busy and has a lot going on. If you do forget to input your daily wellness check, we would ask that you complete your wellness check, including taking your temperature the next day. If students ever start to feel unwell at any point, they can use our app to check in and send information to Health Services so they can follow-up with you. We will also periodically send reminders to check in.

  • Will the University be using contact tracing? Added June 15

    The University has State of Connecticut registered and trained contact tracers on our campus. We have updated our online student illness form to improve our contact tracing process. This form will allow us to quickly identify any students who have been in contact with a positive COVID-19 individual in class or in the residence halls and contact them regarding isolation and testing.

  • What should a student do if they have flu-like systems? Added June 15

    Any student who has flu-like symptoms should report those symptoms through our health and safety app LiveSafe. This app will allow a student to complete a questionnaire that will be followed up on by campus Health Services.

  • A student believes their roommate has COVID-19 symptoms but hasn't reported it yet. What should they do? Added June 15

    Students should speak to their roommate about their symptoms and encourage them to log into the LiveSafe App to report those symptoms.

  • Is there a face covering policy? If so, who is responsible for providing them? Will members of the University community be allowed to bring their own PPE? Updated July 9

    All students and employees at the University must wear a mask / face covering in all public spaces. Members of the University community will be able to bring their own cloth face coverings or medical-grade masks to campus. Anyone returning to campus for the first time should come prepared with their own mask / face covering. We require that any face coverings fit snuggly around the top of the nose and cover the mouth. We recommend having multiple face coverings as they should be worn daily and then washed in warm, soapy water after each daily use.

    In addition to the face covering or mask you wear on you first return to campus, the University will provide two masks, as well as other items, to all University students and employees upon their return to campus, either at move-in (residential students), during Welcome Week (commuter students), or as part of employees' return to on-campus work (if applicable). The mask kits are only being made available to students and employees who are physically returning to campus.

  • Is wearing a face covering an alternative to social distancing? Added June 15

    No. A cloth face covering must be worn at all times, in addition to maintaining six (6) feet of distance between individuals. We understand that in some instances and locations distancing is not always possible, which is why masks are always required.

  • How will the University be enforcing the COVID-19 policies to ensure safety? Added June 15

    Preventing the spread of COVID-19 takes a community-wide effort to abide by our public health and safety policies. Student and staff ambassadors will be deployed across the campus to help remind individuals to abide by these policies. Students who repeatedly fail to abide by our COVID-19 policies may face disciplinary action, but this will not be the first step.

  • Will classrooms be cleaned after classes are over? Added June 17

    Everyone in the University community will be asked to pitch in to keep our common spaces, including classrooms, clean. Every classroom will have cleaning supplies, and we will be asking students and faculty to clean their spaces prior to leaving and to clean their work area upon arrival. We will also have approximately 40 percent more cleaning staff across the campus to help keep our spaces clean.

    Please note that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have indicated that COVID-19 is not primarily spread on surfaces. Cleaning is important and will be a key part of our reopening, but wearing face coverings, washing your hands, and keeping physical distance are absolutely crucial to preventing the spread of the virus.

  • Will healthcare, meals, and internet be provided for students in isolation? Added June 15

    Yes. Access to healthcare providers, food, Internet and other services will be provided to students in isolation and quarantine.

  • Who should I contact with a health-related question or concern?

    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 you 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 complete the University's online illness notification www.newhaven.edu/illnessnotification.

  • International Students
  • What does the new SEVP guidance mean for international students at the University of New Haven? What are the normal limits for online/remote coursework on the F-1 visa? Added July 7

    Under normal circumstances, F-1 visa regulations state that undergraduate F-1 students must enroll in at least 12 credits per semester and that graduate students must enroll in at least nine (9) credits to maintain full-time enrollment. Typically only three (3) online/remote credits can be counted toward meeting the full-time enrollment requirement, and the remaining credits must be on-ground.

    Because of the coronavirus global pandemic, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has issued special guidance for the Fall 2020 semester. For schools operating with a hybrid or flex model that combines in-person classes with online/remote classes, F-1 students will be allowed to take more than thee (3) credits online/remotely, but will not be permitted to study fully online/remotely and remain in the U.S.

  • What if there is another outbreak of the coronavirus and courses transition completely to online/remote learning during the Fall 2020 semester? Added July 7

    Should another outbreak occur that impacts course delivery, the University will work with all international students individually to attempt to continue course delivery in person or through a hybrid format, while following the guidance at that time from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).

  • Is it possible to study online/remotely if I am not in the U.S.? Added July 7

    Students may study online/remotely, part-time or full-time, if they are outside of the U.S., as they are not subject to visa regulations. Depending on the situation in a student’s home country, students who are from outside of the United States may find it difficult to travel at this time, or they may feel unsure about traveling. In these instances, pursuing online/remote studies from a student’s home country could be a good option. International students who study remotely during the fall semester, will be able to join their classmates on-campus for the Spring 2021 semester, provided they meet all visa requirements.

    International students who are planning to pursue online/remote coursework during the Fall 2020 semester should consult with their academic adviser regarding the courses they should take. The F-1 regulations do not limit the number of online/remote credits international students may take if they are not in the U.S.

  • If an international student is in their final semester, and only has one class left, can that last class be completed online? Added July 7

    The course load for an international student who is in the United States (even if it is only three (3) credits) cannot be completed fully online/remotely. International students in this position would have to leave the U.S. and pursue their final credits online/remotely from home.

  • How does the latest Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) guidance affect eligibility for Optional Practical Training (OPT)? Added July 7

    International students who left the U.S. during the Spring 2020 semester and who are unable to return to the U.S. for the fall semester must return in the spring 2021 semester on a new initial I-20. A new initial I-20 “restarts the clock” on eligibility for practical training. To be eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT), a student would have to be enrolled for one full academic year, and thus would not be eligible for OPT until January 2022.

  • If an international student is in their final semester, and only has one class left, can that last class be completed online? Added July 7

    The course load for an international student who is in the United States (even if it is only three (3) credits) cannot be completed fully online/remotely. International students in this position would have to leave the U.S. and pursue their final credits online/remotely from home.

  • How does the latest Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) guidance affect eligibility for Curricular Practical Training (CPT)? Added July 7

    Undergraduate students are not eligible for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) until they have completed at least one full academic year. Graduate students are eligible for CPT after completing one semester, provided they are not on academic probation.

    Students who left the U.S. during the Spring 2020 semester and who are unable to return for the fall semester, must secure a new initial I-20 to return to the U.S. for the Spring 2021 semester. A new initial I-20 “restarts the clock” on eligibility for practical training, including CPT.

  • Student Life and Campus Life
  • Will parents/family member be able to assist their students during move-in day? Added July 1

    Parents and family members will be able to help with move in day. They will not be required to be tested but will be required to wear masks and be physically distant from other families and students. Time slots for move in will be assigned to allow for physical distancing and to avoid overcrowding of elevators and other spaces used for move in.

  • What additional cleaning precautions are being taken? Added June 15

    The University has adopted new cleaning and sanitization standards for all University buildings that use the most up-to-date guidelines from the CDC. These standards will include implementing new methods of cleaning, new timelines for cleaning, and the addition of sanitation stations at high-traffic areas around campus.

  • How will the library, student center, and recreation center function during the Fall 2020 semester? What are the restrictions? Added June 15

    We are currently re-inventing all public spaces on campus to abide by physical distancing and other requirements. All student-focused buildings will be operational during the Fall 2020 semester but will operate differently than they have in the past. Capacity restrictions will be placed on dining halls and the recreation center to ensure they operate within state guidelines.

  • How will University transportation services be impacted? Updated June 17

    University-sponsored transportation services will operate using physical distancing requirements and enhanced cleaning. Everyone will be required to wear a mask on campus shuttles. Revised schedules for campus transportation will be posted later this summer.

  • Will students be permitted to socialize on campus? What are the restrictions? Added June 15

    Students will be able to gather as long as they abide by social distancing requirements of six (6) feet between individuals. One exception to this policy is in residence hall rooms and suites, where roommates and suitemates are considered a “family unit.” Family units may gather together without cloth face coverings or social distancing.

  • What is the plan for dining? How do students get their meals? Added June 15

    Students will experience an upgraded dining experience on campus with a new meal reservation system, expanded seating areas for dining, more “Grab and Go” options for meals, and extended dining hall hours.

  • Will visitors be permitted in University housing? Added June 15

    At this time, the campus visitation policy will not allow outside visitors in University housing.

  • Are students not allowed to go into other students’ residence hall rooms? Added June 17

    We recognize that getting together is a key part of the college experience. Students can visit other students on campus so long as they abide by the University’s face covering policy and our physical distancing rules of six (6) feet between people. It is also a good idea to wash your hands as often as you can or use hand sanitizer after touching doorknobs and other items in high-traffic common area.

  • Can personal belongings be left in the residence halls when students depart campus in November? Added June 15

    Yes. Students will be allowed to leave their personal belongings in the residence halls at the conclusion of Fall 2020 semester on-campus learning on November 24. No access to the residence halls will be permitted after Wednesday, November 25 until the Spring 2021 semester move-in (January, 2021).

  • What will happen with mail or packages that are being sent to campus? Updated May 4

    The mailroom will be operating on a limited and part-time basis through at least June 30 and is only accepting mail that facilitates critical departmental needs. Faculty and staff with critical needs should coordinate with the University postmaster.

    The only student mail being accepted at this time is mail addressed to the limited number of students who, due to extenuating circumstances, still reside in University housing. Student packages that were received prior to March 20 were made available to students who participated in the residence hall move-out that occurred in March. Packages that were not picked up at that time remain secured on campus.

  • How can students return textbooks that were rented from the Campus Store? Updated May 4

    Students received an email recently with guidance about returning rental textbooks.

    For students who have the textbooks in their possession, after final exams are complete, please follow the instructions in the email they received to print a pre-paid shipping label and return the rental textbooks as soon as possible.

    For students whose rental textbooks are unable to be returned because their books are in their residence hall and are not retrievable at this time, the current policy is to delay charges until June 30. We will provide further guidance once it is determined when students will be able to access their residence halls.

    Finally, we are aware that some students already tried to return their books to campus and it was returned to sender because the University's mailroom was temporarily closed at the start of the pandemic. If this happened to you, the pre-paid shipping label cannot be used again. You can re-ship the books via FedEx Ground and retain the receipt for the shipping costs. Upon return to campus, students should visit the campus store with their shipping receipt, and the campus store will refund the shipping amount.

    If you have any questions, please contact Campus Store manager Laraine Johnson at LJohnson@newhaven.edu.

  • Summer Youth Academies
  • Will the University hold its Summer Youth Academies?

    The University has decided to cancel its 2020 Summer Academies. All payments will be refunded. We apologize for any disappointment, and we hope you will decide to join us again in Summer 2021. Visit our Summer Youth Academies page for more information.

  • Travel & Study Abroad
  • What changes have been made to study abroad/away programs? When will these programs resume? Added June 15

    Study abroad programs will not take place during the Fall 2020 semester. Additional information about when these programs may resume will be made available later this year.

  • Are there travel restrictions in place for faculty, staff, and students? Added June 15

    University sponsored off-campus travel will be very limited for 2020-21 academic year. Classes and student organizations will not be permitted to conduct field trips in most cases. Faculty and staff also will not be supported for University-sponsored travel.

  • What guidelines does the University have in place for personal travel?

    The University is continuing to advise against non-essential personal travel, particularly to high community spread areas. Resident students who do travel to states determined to be high community spread areas by the State of Connecticut will be required to show proof of a negative test or be subject to a 14-day quarantine period.