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 public updates to the University Community.

Updated: October 22, 2020

Added email from the COVID Task Force and Provost to the University community.

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  • Dear Students,

    We would like to thank you for your cooperation and your attention to the comprehensive measures that were put in place due to the University’s Orange Alert. The actions that were taken are working. We continue to see a decrease in the number of new cases (over the past seven days) and the number of total active cases.

    As a result, we anticipate returning to Green Alert status and resuming in-person classes on Monday, Oct. 26.

    Please be aware of the following important information about the resumption of in-person classes:

    COVID-19 Testing – All residential students are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken between Oct. 13 and Oct. 25. Commuter students are strongly encouraged to get tested before returning to campus. All test results should be submitted to CoVerified. Information about how to submit test results to CoVerified can be found here.

    Dining Services – Out of an abundance of caution, all meal options will continue to be carry-out only through the Re-Charge Day that will take place on Tuesday, November 3. At that time, we will reassess and determine if we can resume dining-in options.

    Several new tents will be placed on campus that will enable students, as the weather permits, to eat outside. Students are strongly encouraged to continue to dine only with your family units. Since any activity without a face covering poses risks, students are encouraged to be vigilant about observing physical distancing when eating with others. Students in quarantine and isolation will continue to have meals delivered to them.

    University Housing – With the expected return to Green Alert status on Monday, Oct. 26, residential students will be able to, at that time, resume hosting signed-in current students as guests in the common space in their University housing. All students must wear face coverings at all times and adhere to the posted capacity limits in all common spaces. As has been the policy since the start of the semester, students are only permitted in the individual room/suite in which they live, and no outside guests are allowed on campus.

    Campus Operations – As has been the case since the start of the semester, The Peterson Library and the Beckerman Recreation Center will continue to operate on an appointment-only basis.

    Above all, we must continue to be vigilant. In just the last few weeks, we learned firsthand the far-reaching impact that the lack of adherence to established guidelines can have on the entire University community and on our on-campus operations. We continue to implore everyone to follow the comprehensive public health measures that continue to be in place and, most importantly, to be accountable to each other. If we continue to do that, we will be able to complete the remainder of the fall semester without interruption.

    Spring 2021 Academic Calendar Announced

    We are excited to share with you some details about the Spring 2021 academic calendar. The Spring 2021 semester is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, January 20, with 10 days of online-only classes. In-person classes are set to begin on Wednesday, February 3.

    Spring 2021 Return to Campus Testing Requirements – The same COVID-19 testing requirements that were in place for the start of the Fall 2020 semester will be in place for the start of the Spring 2021 semester. All students must show proof of a molecular SARS- COV2 RT-PCR test taken within five (5) days prior to their arrival on campus. Residential students must show proof of a negative test before they will be permitted to move into University housing. Students from affected states will have to quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival in Connecticut. Commuter students must show proof of a negative test taken within five (5) days prior to the start of in-person classes on Feb. 3.

    Residential Student Move-In – Students returning from affected states should plan to return to University housing on Sunday, January 17. Students will quarantine on campus for 14 days while taking their courses online. Students from affected states will be required to take a COVID-19 test within five (5) days prior to their arrival AND complete a second COVID-19 test while in quarantine. Residential students from non-affected states should plan to take their courses online from home until they return to campus on Sunday, January 31. Spring semester room and board rates will be adjusted accordingly for students from non-affected states.

    Spring Break – At the request of the Connecticut Department of Public Health, we have made the decision to cancel Spring Break and replace it with four Re-Charge Days that will take place throughout the Spring 2020 semester. We believe this approach will give you a chance to relax and decompress while discouraging non-essential travel that could lead to the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Details about these Re-Charge days and the rest of the Spring 2021 academic calendar can be found here.

    Please note that while we have every confidence the Spring 2021 calendar will proceed as outlined, it is important to note that the latest State of Connecticut guidance we have received has encouraged us to be flexible as we plan for the Spring 2021 semester. We will continue to be prepared for any eventualities as a result of the evolving impact of the coronavirus on our state and region. Any necessary modifications would be communicated as quickly as possible.

    Thank for you for your continued patience and flexibility. Together we will continue to thrive in these challenging times.

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

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

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

  • Dear Students,

    Over the last few days, we have yet to see a decrease in the number of positive cases in our community. As a result, following consultation with state and local public health officials, the COVID Task Force has recommended to President Kaplan, and he has endorsed, an extension of the University's suspension of in-person classes until Monday, October 26. At this time, we remain in an Orange Alert status.

    We should emphasize that the current daily trend over the last several days was not unexpected as we continue to increase our testing capacity. You should not be alarmed, but everyone must remain vigilant and take extra precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19 on our campus. We are confident that the comprehensive steps we are taking will effectively limit the spread of coronavirus in our community.

    While we understand you may have a desire to return home during this timeframe, we strongly encourage you to remain on campus out of concern for your own health and safety and for that of your families. College students remaining in place is the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and our state and local public health officials.

    With a goal of returning to in-person classes on October 26, we are providing the following clarifications and new measures that are in addition to the actions that have already been implemented. These steps will allow us sufficient time to conduct more testing and to decrease the number of social interactions that continue to take place.

    Study In Place – We are strongly recommending that all students who are not currently in quarantine or isolation limit their interactions with anyone other than family members or family units.

    All residential students not currently in quarantine or isolation should remain in their rooms as much as possible and leave their rooms only to pick up food or have a COVID-19 test.

    All commuter students not currently in quarantine or isolation should remain in their homes as much as possible, limit their interactions to roommates and family, and leave their homes only to get food or have a COVID-19 test.

    We do recognize the need for you to maintain your mental and physical wellness during this time. For those students not in quarantine or isolation, we encourage you to get out of your homes or residence halls for a brief, daily walk with those in your family unit, properly distanced and with face coverings. Those on campus should also, as you will see details about below, take advantage, on occasion, of the appointment-only options at the Library and Recreation Center.

    Commuter students and those living off campus will not be permitted to return to campus until Monday, October 26. We will be communicating directly with commuter students soon about recommended guidelines and restrictions specific to that population.

    COVID-19 Testing – Every residential student, who is not currently in quarantine, will be required to get a COVID-19 test between October 13 and October 24. Students who are in isolation or who have already tested positive for COVID-19 will not have to retest. Students in quarantine who have already tested do not need to retest. Saturday testing slots are being added for this week and next week. Residential students who have not already signed up for a test should do so here.

    Commuter students are strongly encouraged to be tested at an off-campus location of your choice. Please refer to the Yale New Haven Health testing information site, and report off-campus test results to COVIDTesting@newhaven.edu. We hope to be able to provide additional testing options for commuter students and will communicate that information directly with commuter students soon.

    Students in Quarantine – Any residential student who is in quarantine and decides to quarantine off campus will not be able to return to campus until the end of their 14-day quarantine and will need to get tested on day 5 and day 12 of their quarantine. Both negative tests will be required to return to University housing and need to be RT-PCR tests. Students in quarantine who remain on campus are required to test on day 5 of their quarantine and to complete a 14-day quarantine, but will not need to test a second time.

    Students in Isolation – Any student who has tested positive will need to isolate for 10 days and be symptom free for the last 24 hours of their isolation to be cleared by Campus Health Services. If a student who has isolated returns to a campus residence hall room that is in quarantine, they must complete the existing quarantine period with their family unit.

    Dining Services – All meal options will continue to be carry-out only. Students are strongly encouraged to only dine with your family units. Since any activity without a face covering poses risks, students are encouraged to be vigilant about observing physical distancing when eating with others. Students in quarantine and isolation will continue to have meals delivered to them.

    Campus Operations – The Peterson Library and the Beckerman Recreation Center will continue to operate on an appointment-only basis. University-sponsored transportation services will continue to be limited through Sunday, October 25. A full schedule of available transportation services is posted on myCharger.

    On-Campus Employment – Residential and commuter students who are able to complete the responsibilities of their on-campus jobs remotely are encouraged to do so. To support those with on-campus jobs who are unable to continue working while in-person classes are paused, the University is developing a plan to ensure they will be compensated based on their normal weekly scheduled hours.

    Off-Campus Employment, Clinical Rotations, and Internships – Students who have internships off campus are encouraged to try to make arrangements to work remotely through the end of next week, or they should suspend the internship through next week. Those who must leave campus for off-campus jobs or other commitments are asked to email COVIDTesting@newhaven.edu by Sunday, October 18. They will be required to have a COVID-19 test next week. No clinical rotations will take place through Saturday, October 24.

    As a reminder, all students must follow the comprehensive public health measures that are in place. Everyone is required to wear face coverings, observe physical distancing, use CoVerified, and refrain from large gatherings. Suspected instances of misconduct can be reported via Report It, the LiveSafe app, or by calling the University Police Department's non-emergency number at 203.932.7014.

    We hope you enjoyed your Re-Charge Day yesterday and took advantage of this opportunity to rest and decompress. We are pleased to announce that we have scheduled a second Re-Charge day for Tuesday, November 3, to give you a chance to have another full day to gear up for a successful end of the fall semester.

    Please be on the lookout for information about a student town hall that will take place at 3 p.m. today where we can address questions or concerns you might have. You also will receive an invitation to a student and parents/families town hall that will be held this evening at 6 p.m.

    Thank you for your continued patience, cooperation, and resilience. We know how to reverse this trend and get our campus back to better health. Together, and with a renewed commitment to protecting yourselves, each other, and our community, we will get through this challenging time.

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

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

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    As a follow up to President Kaplan's earlier message, we are writing to provide some important information.

    As a reminder, we are in an Orange Alert status, which suggests that new cases on campus are increasing and may continue to do so for the next few days.

    Therefore, the following steps are being taken:

    • Classes will be moved to online only as of Tuesday, October 13, through Saturday, October 17.
    • Commuter students are restricted from campus for any reason during this period.
    • Students residing in on-campus housing are strongly encouraged to remain on campus, at least until they are tested for COVID-19.
    • Employees who are able to work remotely should plan to do so.
    • Gatherings of any size – instructional or non-instructional – are prohibited until transmission rates decrease.
    • Consistent with previous policy, outside guests are not allowed on campus.
    • If clusters of infection occur on campus, we may target specific locations (a residence hall floor, for example) for quarantine.

    COVID-19 Testing – All residential students will be invited to test this week. The University is coordinating with our local health partners to offer testing on campus. All residential students must have a negative test on file with the University before they are able to return to on-campus classes. Please note that anyone who has tested positive within the last 90 days will not have to re-test. We will be sending additional information about testing for this week in a separate email.

    Commuter students are encouraged to be tested at an off-campus location of your choice. Please refer to the Yale New Haven Health testing information site. Please report off-campus test results to COVIDTesting@newhaven.edu. Commuter students who are already scheduled for testing this week on campus should not come to campus for that appointment.

    Online Learning – Online classes will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 13, and Thursday, and Friday, Oct. 15 and 16. No classes will he held on Wednesday, Oct. 14 as part of the University-“re-charge day” instituted by President Kaplan. Faculty will communicate with you directly about this week's assignments and virtual classes. All professors have been advised to adjust their syllabi for the remainder of the semester and to not plan to make up class time that is cancelled during Wednesday's “re-charge day” or a similar day being planned for early November. Students who have questions or concerns should connect directly with their professors or the department chair, should they feel it is necessary.

    The University Library will remain open during this period, but only for residential students who pre-register to use the space.

    University Housing – Winchester Hall remains in a full-building quarantine until Oct. 20. Residential students are not permitted to have current students as guests or to visit other University housing. Students should limit their interactions as much as possible to those in their family unit during this period. As has been the policy since the start of the semester, students are only permitted in the individual room/suite in which they live, and no outside guests are allowed on campus.

    Dining Services – Effective starting Tuesday, all meal options will be carry-out only. The University will be utilizing outdoor dining spaces to the extent possible, and additional food trucks will be brought to campus.

    Beckerman Recreation Center – The Beckerman Center will continue to be available on an appointment-only basis for residential students only. All in-person group classes have been cancelled until further notice. The suspension of ChargerREC activities also remains in effect.

    University-Sponsored Transportation – Some University-sponsored transportation services will be suspended as of Tuesday until further notice. A full schedule of available transportation services will be posted on myCharger once it is finalized.

    Student Life – The University will be holding additional virtual co-curricular programming for all students, including events focused on managing the stress of living through a pandemic. In addition, the University is planning COVID-compliant and physically distanced on-campus activities for residential students only during this time period.

    Community Meetings – The COVID Task Force and senior University leaders will host three virtual town hall forums.

    • A Virtual Town Hall for students and parents will take place tonight (Monday, October 12) at 6 p.m. It will be broadcast live via the Charlie the Charger Facebook page. Attendees will be able to submit questions throughout the live presentation. Please note that you do not need a Facebook account to watch the session. You can simply click the link above to visit Charlie's page and look for the live video. Students should share this information with parents or family members who would like to attend.
    • Interim Provost Mario Gaboury and COVID-19 Coordinator Summer McGee will host an informational meeting, for faculty only, that will be held tonight (Monday, October 12) at 7:30 p.m. A separate Outlook invite will be sent.
    • President Kaplan will hold a virtual forum to meet with all faculty and staff on Tuesday October 13, at 11 a.m. A separate Outlook invite will be sent.

    As President Kaplan indicated in his earlier message, we are confident that the actions we are taking will effectively mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community and enable us, after a brief pause, to resume in-person classes for the remainder of the semester.

    As a reminder, all students are required to follow the comprehensive public health measures that are in place. Everyone is required to wear face coverings, observe physical distancing, use CoVerified, and refrain from large gatherings. Suspected instances of misconduct can be reported via Report It, the LiveSafe app, or by calling the University Police Department's non-emergency number at 203-932-7014.

    We realize this is a dynamic time for everyone, and we are grateful your cooperation and for being accountable to each other.

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

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

  • Dear Students,

    In response to the increase in COVID-19 cases in our community, I have made the decision, in consultation with our COVID Task Force and local and state public health officials, to temporarily pause in-person classes for the remainder of the week. Our brief transition to online learning will begin with classes on Tuesday and will continue through the remainder of the week, at which time we will reassess our status.

    What does this mean? For those familiar with our COVID-19 dashboard, we have moved to a color-coded alert system, where Green indicates a low risk, Orange indicates moderate risk, and Red indicates high risk. We are currently in an Orange Alert status, which suggests that new cases on campus are increasing and may continue to do so for the next few days.

    Therefore, the following steps are being taken:

    • Classes will be moved to online only as of Tuesday, October 13, through Saturday, October 17.
    • Commuter students are restricted from campus for any reason during this period.
    • Students residing in on-campus housing are strongly encouraged to remain on campus, at least until they are tested for COVID-19.
    • Employees who are able to work remotely should plan to do so.
    • Gatherings of any size – instructional or non-instructional – are prohibited until transmission rates decrease.
    • Consistent with previous policy, outside guests are not allowed on campus.
    • If clusters of infection occur on campus, we may target specific locations (a residence hall floor, for example) for quarantine.

    Shortly, you will receive a message from the COVID Task Force with important information about COVID-19 testing, online learning, dining services, and other campus operations for the balance of this week. Please read this message carefully. At this time, we are planning to resume full campus operations on Monday, October 19.

    Please know that I appreciate the resilience you have shown since the start of the semester and your continued cooperation. I am keenly aware that the ever-evolving impact of the coronavirus pandemic over the past six months has been trying for us all.

    With that in mind, I have decided to implement a “re-charge day” on Wednesday, Oct. 14, and I am cancelling all classes scheduled for that day. This was a suggestion made by the Undergraduate Student Government Association that I wholeheartedly support. I hope everyone will use this day to relax and rejuvenate yourself for the remainder of the fall semester. We will also plan another “re-charge day” in early November. More details will be shared soon.

    Most importantly, I want to encourage everyone to be calm, to be smart, and not to panic. The University has spent months preparing for any and all eventualities related to COVID-19, and we are very confident that the comprehensive actions we are taking – combined with the aggressive measures we have implemented since this spike began within the last week – will quickly and effectively mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on our campus, and enable us to resume on-campus activities in the near future.

    Thank you for your ongoing patience and for coming together as a University community to support each other.

    With best wishes,


    Steven H. Kaplan, Ph.D.
    President

  • Dear Students,

    With the weekend upon us, I wanted to take a moment to remind you of the responsibility we have to each other as Chargers. As we have seen recently, the actions of only a few individuals can have a far-reaching impact on the entire University community.

    My request to each of you is simple. Be considerate of your peers and be accountable to each other. Please do not put yourself in a position where your decisions, on or off campus, could undermine the hard work everyone has put in throughout the first half of the semester.

    The COVID Task Force and I are confident that the recent spike in COVID+ cases is being contained efficiently and effectively. We will continue to be aggressive to take steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on our campus.

    As of this morning, we have confirmed 76 positive cases of COVID and all are in isolation. In addition, some 400 of your classmates are in quarantine either on or off campus. We need to work together to prevent further increases and to change the trends we are seeing.

    Any violations of the comprehensive public health measures that are in place will face strict consequences. More than 300 violations of these measures have been reported to my office, and more than 150 students have been disciplined as a result. A number of additional reported violations are also being investigated.

    As a reminder, students are required to wear face coverings at all times (other than eating in a dining facility or if you are in your family unit), observe physical distancing, and complete your daily symptom check in CoVerified. Please note that residential students quarantining on campus who are found to have broken their quarantine restrictions will be subject to immediate suspension from University housing.

    I must emphasize in no uncertain terms that unauthorized large gatherings – either on campus or off campus – are expressively prohibited. The University Police Department and the West Haven Police Department will be actively monitoring campus and the area surrounding campus to ensure this order is followed. Students should continue to report potential issues of misconduct via Report It, the LiveSafe app, or by calling the University Police Department's non-emergency number at 203-932-7014.

    My intention is not to alarm you, but it is important to me that each student understands the seriousness of this situation and the impact it is having on our University. To be clear, we are prepared to take all necessary steps – including expulsion from University housing – to address those who commit violations that jeopardize the health and well-being of our community.

    Ultimately, as President Kaplan and Dr. McGee have indicated, this is a time for us to come together as a community, to be accountable to each other, and to support one another. Your continued commitment is critical to ensuring the semester can continue with no further interruptions. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

    Sincerely,

    Ophelie Rowe-Allen, Ed.D.
    Dean of Students and Chief Student Affairs Officer

  • Dear Students,

    Throughout the fall semester, I have deferred to the leaders of COVID Task Force to share important updates with the University community, as they have done an incredible job communicating with the University community and implementing comprehensive public health measures to keep us safe and healthy.

    I believe, though, after my latest briefing from the COVID Task Force that it is incumbent on me to communicate with you directly. My intention is not to alarm you, but to convey the seriousness of the situation we are facing and to underscore the role we all play in helping to change the trend we are currently seeing.

    Since October 1, we have identified 24 positive cases, with 19 of those coming in the last 48 hours. A critical mass of those are clustered in Winchester Hall, which has led to a full-building quarantine until October 20.

    We must reverse this trend immediately. Any significant increase in cases could threaten our ability to continue on-campus operations or force us to, as other schools in Connecticut and across to country have had to do – transition to completely online learning. That is an outcome none of us want to see. We are scheduled, as you know, to have in-person classes and on-campus programming until Nov. 24. I am asking each of you to commit yourself to helping ensure we are able to complete this semester uninterrupted.

    Due to the nature of the coronavirus, we anticipated cases would occur, and we have planned extensively to be able to respond to any and all eventualities and to mitigate any potential spread. Above all, our priority is protecting the well-being of our community members. To be clear, the measures in place have, up until this recent spike, proven to be very effective.

    Unfortunately, the actions of a small group of people over the last week or so – including an unauthorized large gathering off campus – have threatened to undermine this work. As a result, 280 students are being quarantined on campus and nearly 70 are quarantining off campus. Candidly, much of this could have been avoided if everyone had followed the regulations in place.

    All community members are required to wear a face covering, observe physical distancing, use CoVerified, and refrain from large gatherings. To be clear, anyone not following these regulations is in direct violation of the University's code of conduct and will face strict consequences, up to an including expulsion from the University. Instances of misconduct can be reported via Report It, the LiveSafe app, or by calling the University Police Department's non-emergency number at 203-932-7014.

    Since the beginning of the semester, the University has investigated nearly 300 reports of alleged COVID-19 policy violations and has handed down more than 150 disciplinary sanctions ranging from warnings to housing suspensions. We're grateful to those who have reported violations, and hope you continue to do so.

    We will continue to act swiftly and firmly in response to those who don't abide by our policies. That includes those responsible for this past weekend's gatherings, if the evidence leads us there. I understand your desire to see quick sanctions on those few who are spoiling it for the many who are following the rules. Please let the student conduct process take its course.

    Ultimately, what matters now is our response to the challenge we are currently facing as a community. I am confident that we will come together, as we always do, to support each other. I thank you in advance for your resilience and for being accountable to each other.

    With best wishes,


    Steven H. Kaplan, Ph.D.
    President

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    We are writing to inform you that, as of earlier today, all residents of Winchester Hall are being required to quarantine in their rooms on campus due to potential exposure to several individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. We have taken this step, out of an abundance of caution, while COVID-19+ cases are still quite low, to mitigate the risk of further spread.

    This is an action necessitated, largely, by an unauthorized large-scale gathering that took place over the weekend that was attended by a person who has since tested COVID+. The COVID Task Force-led contact tracing protocols that took place after learning of potential exposure to five (5) positive cases has made quarantining everyone in Winchester Hall the most prudent option to protect the health and well-being of the University community.

    In addition, some residential students living in other University housing and some commuter students are also being required to quarantine. In total, there have been seven (7) new COVID+ cases in the last 24 hours, including the five in Winchester, which is necessitating the full-building quarantine.

    All impacted students (residential and commuter students) will be required to quarantine for 14 days. They will be restricted from attending in-person classes or using any University facilities. Any violations of these restrictions will result in immediate disciplinary action. All students in quarantine will be tested while they are in quarantine.

    This underscores the importance of all members of the University community following the comprehensive public health measures that are in place, including wearing appropriate face coverings, practicing physical distancing, refraining from large gatherings, and using the CoVerified app.

    The University considers these measures mandatory, and any violations of these guidelines will be subject to strict and swift discipline, up to and including suspension, expulsion from University housing, or dismissal from the University. We must be accountable not only to the members of our own community but also the individuals who are part of the larger community in which we reside.

    It is important to remember that a person is deemed to be a contact of a COVID+ positive individual only if they have direct and sustained contact with an individual, without a mask, for more than 15 minutes, and/or have access to the same shared spaces, including bathrooms. Wearing masks, observing physical distancing, and refraining from large gatherings are critical steps to mitigating the threat of the spread of COVID-19.

    To stay apprised of our COVID-19 situation, please visit our COVID-19 Dashboard. As new cases are identified, the dashboard is updated.

    Now is not the time to let our guard down. We must all remain vigilant. As we have seen at many other schools in our state and region, an increase in cases could threaten on-campus operations. To be clear, the actions of a few could put the remainder of the semester at risk.

    Ultimately, we all have a responsibility – one that we should embrace – to keep each other safe and to do our part to ensure we are able to continue to have a successful – and complete – fall semester. Thank you for your cooperation.

    Sincerely,

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

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

    Ophelie Rowe-Allen, Ed.D.
    Dean of Students and Chief Student Affairs Officer

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    We would like to take this opportunity to share a message with you about the importance of continuing to comply with the comprehensive public health measures in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Thanks to your diligence, the number of current cases on our campus remains very low.

    Still, we must emphasize that we are not immune to the impact of COVID-19, and the possibility of outbreaks in our University community is ever present. Many other schools in our state and region are seeing an increase in cases that, in some instances, could threaten their on-campus operations.

    Despite all our hard work and success in these first five weeks, any unauthorized large gathering or failure to wear face coverings could result in us experiencing the same spike in numbers seen at others colleges and universities around the state and across the country. It is essential that we continue to be vigilant to ensure that our campus remains healthy and that operations on our own campus are not affected by an outbreak of COVID-19.

    We all have a responsibility to help keep our campus safe. There are three essential activities that are important to assisting the COVID Task Force in this effort:

    Accurate and Timely Symptom Reporting: If you experience any COVID-related symptoms, you must report them immediately in CoVerified and to Campus Health Services. Symptom reports in CoVerified are shared with Campus Health Services for follow-up. If you know someone who is feeling ill and they have not reported to CoVerified and Campus Health Services, you should complete a COVID-19 report in ReportIt. Not reporting symptoms is a student and employee conduct violation that will face significant consequences.

    Sharing Off-Campus Test Results: Reporting test results not taken on campus (or coordinated by the University) is required for all members of the University community. Anyone who elects to get tested off campus must submit those results to MedTunnel and email the COVID Task Force (COVIDTaskForce@newhaven.edu) as soon as the test results are received.

    Proper Isolation & Quarantine Requirements: Abiding by the requirements of isolation and quarantine are vital to preventing spread. If you are contacted by a University of New Haven contact tracer, you must follow all quarantine guidelines for 14 days. In addition, if you are notified by someone other than the University's COVID Task Force that you are a contact of a COVID+ individual, you must immediately inform the University.

    Participating in Random COVID-19 Testing: The University is currently testing approximately 10 percent of the on-campus University population on a weekly basis. Over the coming weeks, we will be increasing that percentage to 25 percent. As a result, University community members will be asked to test more than once this semester. Failure to take a random test after you are informed to do so by the COVID Task Force is also a student and employee conduct violation that will face significant consequences.

    We will continue to update our COVID Dashboard in real-time to reflect new positive cases and individuals in quarantine or isolation. In addition, our COVID Dashboard is updated on a weekly basis to reflect tests taken as part of our ongoing random, asymptomatic testing program.

    It is essential that we continue to be accountable to our classmates, our faculty/staff, and our colleagues. Those who violate any of the comprehensive public health measures in place will face strict consequences.

    Our goal, ultimately, is not to punish individuals but to swiftly correct any behaviors that jeopardize the health and safety of our University community. Anyone who suspects an individual is not in compliance with any of the guidelines in place should complete a COVID-19 report in ReportIt

    We appreciate your ongoing commitment to keeping everyone safe as we all continue to work together to do all we can to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our University community.

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

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

    Ophelie Rowe-Allen, Ed.D.
    Dean of Students and Chief Student Affairs Officer

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    We are writing to inform you that two University of New Haven students, one residential student and one commuter student, have tested positive this week for COVID-19 . These students have been isolated and their close contacts have been quarantined, per the University's quarantine and isolation guidelines.

    We understand that this development may be unsettling. We should emphasize, though, that the University has been planning extensively to help mitigate the threat of the potential spread of COVID-19. Our priority continues to be ensuring the safety and well-being of the University community. We identified these cases and isolated them quickly.

    This is a sign that our public health monitoring and procedures are working effectively, and it reiterates how important compliance is for our entire University community. Since August 17, we have tested more than 4,500 individuals on our campus and have had only four positive cases reported to the University.

    In order to protect our students' privacy, we are unable to share personal details about the impacted individuals. If you have not been contacted by a University or City of West Haven contact tracer, then you are not a contact for these individuals. No additional action is required at this time.

    We will provide updates and communicate in the future as is necessary. Moving forward, any new cases will be added to the COVID Dashboard as they occur. When new data is added to the Dashboard, we'll publish with "Updated on" dates, so you should check the dashboard regularly throughout the semester.

    Those with questions or concerns or who are seeking additional guidance are encouraged to contact the COVID Task Force at COVIDTaskForce@newhaven.edu.

    We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the following precautions to help protect yourself:

    • Wear face coverings at all times in public spaces, both indoors and outdoors.
    • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer
    • Cough and sneeze into your elbow, and wash your hands after using tissues
    • Avoid touching your face, nose, mouth, and eyes if you have not washed your hands
    • Practice social distancing by providing six feet of personal space. The University is closely monitoring all on- and off campus gatherings to ensure compliance.
    • Clean and disinfect shared objects and surfaces.

    If you develop COVID-19 symptoms and are feeling unwell, you should:

    • Self-isolate if you feel ill and monitor your symptoms.
    • Report symptoms in CoVerified and then call Health Services at 203-932-7079. After hours, call the Yale New Haven Health System COVID-19 Call Center at 833-ASK-YNHH (833-275-9644).
    • Once you are tested, you should isolate while you wait for rest results to be returned. All information related to testing or symptoms should be immediately reported to the COVID Task Force.

    Please continue to follow the comprehensive public health guidelines that are in place. Your vigilance is key to preventing and containing outbreaks on our campus and keeping our University community healthy and safe.

    Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we navigate this challenging and ever-evolving situation.

    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

  • Dear Member of the University Community,

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your commitment to following the comprehensive public health guidelines that are in place to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Thanks to your diligence and cooperation, we have seen a no new cases on our campus and a very small number of off-campus cases. We have launched a COVID-19 dashboard to share this information with you. It will be updated on a weekly basis throughout the remainder of semester. For a complete update, please visit our COVID-19 Dashboard.

    We should all take great pride in the low number of positive cases to date. This is a testament to your attention to wearing appropriate face coverings, practicing physical distancing, refraining from large gatherings, and using the CoVerified app. All of these steps are critical in protecting the health and well-being of all members of the University community.

    As a reminder, all members of the University community were required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before returning to campus for the Fall 2020 semester. Since the first week of classes, we have been conducting random, asymptomatic testing for approximately five (5) percent of the University community on a weekly basis, and we are oversampling some populations as warranted. This is in line with public health guidance and will continue for the duration of the fall semester.

    We are pleased to share that students, especially, are taking COVID-19 policies and procedures very seriously and are taking steps to protect themselves and their peers. Compliance programs are in place for students living both on and off campus, and the University has partnerships in place to enforce compliance for students living in the Greater West Haven community. In the last month alone, we have seen a four-fold increase in the number of compliance reports (compared to all of the last year). This increased reporting is a strong sign that our University community cares about our health and safety and that we are all committed to holding each other accountable as we continue to navigate the impact of this pandemic.

    All members of the University community should continue to use the COVID-19 form on the Report It website to report any actions that are not in compliance with our public health guidelines.

    We are currently in a very strong position, but we must continue to stay vigilant. It is incumbent upon all of us that we do not let our guard down. Keep up the great work, and we will continue to have a safe, successful, and, most importantly, complete Fall 2020 semester.

    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 and Administrative Services

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    Now that we have completed our second week of classes, I want to thank you for the continued strength of your commitment to the University as we navigate what truly are uncharted waters.

    Faculty and staff worked diligently during the summer to prepare to reopen the campus and welcome back not only hundreds of colleagues but thousands of students from across the country and around the world. That we have been able to do so in the midst of a pandemic, with minimal disruption and less than a handful of confirmed cases of the virus, is a tribute to each one of you – faculty, staff and students. Your willingness to adhere to a host of new rules and regulations tells me volumes about your commitment to the health and well-being of the University of New Haven.

    I would not be true to myself if I did not also warn against complacency and remind you not to take our early success for granted. The virus is persistent, and we must be as well. While life on campus is certainly different, and in some ways more difficult, than we've ever known before, your dedication to keeping yourself – and thus others – healthy and safe will allow us to thrive in this new environment.

    I made the decision to reopen the campus because I believe it is the best way for our students to continue their educational experience. I also believed our community would respond in the fashion that it has. It gives me great pleasure to acknowledge your efforts, and I am grateful.

    Let's stay the course, because only together can we continue to succeed.

    With best wishes,


    Steven H. Kaplan, Ph.D.
    President

  • Dear Members of the University Community,

    The COVID Task Force is pleased to announce the launch of CoVerified as our official COVID-19 compliance platform. Please read this entire message, as it includes critical information for your potential return to campus this week.

    A comprehensive tool that is being used by dozens of colleges and universities across New England and the Tri-State area, CoVerified will be a critical component in mitigating the risk of COVID-19 on our campus and in keeping our community safe and healthy during the Fall 2020 semester.

    Anyone who will be on campus, even only periodically, during the fall semester will be required to use the CoVerified app on their smart phone or to access this tool through a web browser. (If you will be studying or working completely remotely for the fall semester, you should indicate that through CoVerified so that you will be excluded from further reminders and the University's ongoing testing plan.)

    What Will CoVerified be Used for?

    CoVerified is the University's primary record of testing compliance, and it will be used for daily symptom checking, notifying community members selected at random as part of our ongoing asymptomatic testing program, contact tracing, and monitoring whether students are in quarantine, isolation, or cleared to be on campus.

    CoVerified will regularly be used in:

    • Classes (Faculty will be asking all students at the beginning of each class to hold up their devices to show their green “cleared” badge)
    • Beckerman Recreation Center
    • Dining halls
    • Other on-campus events

    To learn more about CoVerified and how it will be used, please visit the CoVerified page on myCharger. You can also find a link to CoVerified from the COVID-19 Information page.

    How Do I Get Started with CoVerified?

    CoVerified is available as an app for both iOS (Apple Store) and Android (currently available as a direct download). You can also choose to not install the app and access CoVerified via a web browser.

    Visit the CoVerified page on myCharger for links, to get started.

    How Do I Get “Cleared” in CoVerified to Start Classes or Return to Campus?

    Everyone starts with a status of “Restricted” (red badge). Individuals who are restricted will NOT be able to attend classes or access campus buildings until their status is updated.

    To obtain a cleared (green) badge, please login to the CoVerified app or website as soon as possible.

    Those who have successfully submitted test results can finish the process of clearing themselves for a return to campus by completing the initial Daily Wellness Check – click “Report” or “Report Symptoms.” You are required to complete the Daily Wellness Check to obtain your initial cleared status and to maintain a cleared status each day you plan to come to campus.

    COVID-19 test results previously submitted to MedTunnel have been uploaded to CoVerified. Tests taken by any members of the University community with Murphy Medical Associates or through the Let's Get Checked at-home test kit have been added to CoVerified. Any test results received by the University via any method, after receipt of this email, will be added to CoVerified once a member of the COVID Task Force reviews the test result.

    Anyone who has not yet submitted their test results to the University should submit their results via MedTunnel as soon as possible. Step-by-step instructions for submission to MedTunnel are on the Health Services website.

    Additionally, individuals who have not completed their Return to Campus Training by August 24 will also be restricted from campus.

    What Should I Do if I am Still Restricted After Completing the Daily Wellness Check?

    Individuals who are restricted will NOT be able to attend classes or access campus buildings until their status is updated.

    Users who follow all of the instructions above (signed into CoVerified, completed the initial information onboard, completed their Daily Symptom Check), and who STILL see a Restricted (red) status may report to the Bixler/Gerber quad starting Monday morning at 8 a.m. Bring a copy of your test results with you, either digitally or printed, and a member of the COVID Task Force will review the results and, if accepted, clear you in CoVerified so that you can proceed to class or your work assignment.

    If you have NOT yet tested, DO NOT come to campus. The on-campus assistance is ONLY for those community members who submitted a test OR have test results in hand and STILL have a red badge.

    Need Technical Support with CoVerified?

    Technical support is available through the app or email. Visit the CoVerified page on myCharger for additional information.

    Thank you in advance for your continued cooperation and for your shared commitment to keeping our community safe.

    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

  • Dear Students,

    The launch of CoVerified, our COVID-19 compliance app, has been delayed because of unexpected technical issues experienced by our third-party vendor.

    If you are arriving to campus this week, please check the COVID-19 Testing Information page on myCharger for instructions on submitting your test results. See the "Submit Test Results" box for the most up-to-date instructions.

    Please note that individuals who have tested with Murphy Medical Associates do not need to upload results to MedTunnel. These results are automatically sent to the University and entered by our staff.

    In addition to following the instructions on the myCharger page for electronic submission, all students are encouraged to have a physical copy or a digital record of their test results with them when they arrive on campus. We will send an email to all students when CoVerified is ready for use by members of the University community.

    Thank you for the ongoing patience and flexibility as we continue to work together to navigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. We look forward to seeing you on campus soon.

    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

  • Dear Students:

    We are delighted to welcome you to the fall semester! The University Faculty and Staff have been preparing all summer for a new academic year. This message is a follow-up to an earlier one you received this summer about our new learning management system, Canvas.

    New Learning Management System Replacing Blackboard

    On behalf of the University of New Haven, I would like to share some exciting news. The University has launched a learning management system called Canvas, which replaces Blackboard for academic classes. All classes will be in Canvas this fall and there will not be any academic classes within Blackboard. Your courses will be available in Canvas on, or prior to, August 24th.

    Canvas is very user friendly!

    The Student Orientation video provides you with an overview of accessing and navigating Canvas.

    1. Log into Canvas at https://canvas.newhaven.edu (The canvas link will be available in myCharger by August 21).
    2. Click on the Dashboard (half clock icon) to view your courses.

    Technical Canvas Support

    During the semester, if you have difficulty using Canvas or encounter a technical issue, click the Help "?" button on the left-hand navigation tool bar on the left.

    Options for technical support via the Canvas Help "?" button:

    • Submit a Ticket for Canvas Assistance
    • Livechat with Canvas Support
    • Canvas Phone Support Hotline

    Student Organizations

    Student organizations will remain in Blackboard for fall 2020. You will continue to have access to any organizations or clubs with which you are affiliated.

    More Information about Canvas

    For additional information about Canvas, please go to the Student Resources page in myCharger, click on "IT Help desk" and go to https://studentsupport.newhaven.edu.

    We are delighted to share the news about this new learning management system. Best wishes for a great year at the University of New Haven.

    Sincerely,

    Cynthia Gallatin,
    Digital Learning Initiatives

  • 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-L)

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

    Commuter Students (Last Name M-Z)

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

  • 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 August 16

    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, students will not be able to move their belongings into the residence hall. No keys or keycard access will be issued without proof of a negative test result.

    The University is working with Murphy Medical Associates to provide on-campus testing. Click here for testing dates and times in myCharger (login required). In some cases, students who arrive without proof of a negative test may be able to get same-day test results, although we cannot guarantee this.

    Students who arrive without proof of a negative test result will be asked to self-quarantine in a hotel or another off-campus location until results are received, and in some cases may need to reschedule their move-in for a date after their test results are received.

  • 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 August 14

    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, if the travel is to a "green" state. Travel is to a state with a high rate of community transmission (a "red state") is not permitted, as it requires a 14-day quarantine by the student. 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. Click here to see the adjusted Visitor Poicies for 2020-21.

  • What is being done with the student data collected from wellness surveys and contact tracing? How are HIPAA privacy rules/laws being adhered to? Updated October 10

    The University is working with a third-party, HIPAA-compliant vendor to gather and store information in a secure database. 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. Contact tracing is also being conducted by the City of West Haven.

  • What is the plan if there is a COVID-19 positive case on campus or in a residence hall? Updated October 5

    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 14 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? Updated October 10

    We understand that everyone is busy and has a lot going on. If you do forget to input your daily wellness check, you will be restricted from access to campus until such time as you complete your daily health check. 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. The contact tracing process 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 CoVerified. Positive symptom reports 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 CoVerified to report those symptoms. Students who do not comply with the daily symptom checking requirements are subject to discipline through the student conduct process.

  • 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 August 12

    All students and employees at the University must wear a mask / face covering in all public spaces. All on-campus individuals must wear masks that are at least 2-ply fabric and tight fitting across the nose and mouth. No gaiters, bandanas or loose coverings will be allowed. Coverings must not contain offensive language. Members of the University community will be able to bring their own cloth face coverings or medical-grade masks to campus, if they meet the listed standards. Anyone returning to campus for the first time should come prepared with their own mask / face covering. 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 face coverings, 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. Anyone who sees concerning behavior on or off campus invovling a member of the Universty community can report the behavior through the ReportIt system.

  • 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 report symptoms through CoVerified.

  • 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? Updated August 13

    Parents and family members will be able to help their students on move in day. Parents/guests of students from affected (red) states will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Parents/guests of students from green states will not need to have a COVID-19 test. All parents/guests will need to wear a face covering and follow all physical distancing guidelines. Students will be allowed only one helper in the building at a time. 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; Updated Sept. 29 to clarify suite/apartment common areas

    Students will be able to gather in common areas, 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. No one is permitted inside any private residence hall room/suite/apartment except the room/suite/apartment in which they reside. This includes a suite/apartment's shared living room/common space. Please refer to the COVID-19 Directives in the 2020-21 Student Handbook for further details.

  • 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? Updated August 13

    Resident students will be able to visit common spaces in their residence hall, but they will not be allowed in others' residence hall rooms or suites. Commuter students, and residents from another hall, are allowed in common spaces in a residence hall only when accompanied by a resident of that hall that has invited them as a guest, but are not allowed in the individual rooms or suites. All students in common paces in University housing will have to wear a face covering at all times and follow physical distancing guidelines.

  • 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).

  • 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, at their own expense.