The Phased Plan for Return to Campus: Phase 1

The following guidelines have been developed to provide additional clarification on how we aim to promote the health and safety of all employees and students.

These guidelines are in compliance with orders and guidance issued by the state of Connecticut. These guidelines are applicable to all University of New Haven employees, students and guests. Employees, students and guests are collectively referred to as "individuals" below.

These guidelines are subject to change as the COVID-19 situation evolves.

Guidelines For Phase 1 On-Campus Operations

Effective June 1, 2020 until further notice

Physical Distancing

Physical distancing requires minimum of six feet separation between all individuals while on campus. Care should be taken when in common areas such as hallways, classrooms, dining areas and breakrooms.

Masks

Masks are face coverings that cover the nose and mouth. Masks must be worn in all University buildings and public spaces except for individual residence hall rooms and private offices. Masks will be provided to individuals and will be located in their department or can be obtained by contacting the Environmental, Health & Safety Department. Individuals are permitted and encouraged to make their own masks, provided they meet the CDC guidelines. If an individual has respiratory medical issues or if wearing a mask otherwise presents a safety issue, they should inform Human Resources.

Daily Wellness Check

To help ensure the safety and wellness of all individuals, University of New Haven is piloting a wellness check requirement effective Wednesday, June 3, which will continue until further notice. All contractors who are working in proximity to University of New Haven employees or students will be subject to the University’s protocol (or their employer’s protocol if deemed acceptable to the University). All individuals working on campus will be asked to adhere to a daily wellness check at the start of their shift or arrival on campus.

  • Symptom Questionnaire via the LiveSafe App: All individuals will be required to download the LiveSafe App on their smartphone and check in daily on that app. Individuals will be asked questions pertinent to mitigating risk of contagious illnesses.
  • If the individual has any of the symptoms on the form, they should follow the University’s illness policy.

Illness

Individuals should not report to work on campus or visit campus if they are potentially contagious for any reason. Colleagues should follow their normal call-off procedures. If an individual develops any of the symptoms on the questionnaire or is not feeling well during their shift, they should contact their supervisor and go home. A return to work plan/date will be determined by Human Resources.

Personal Sanitizing

Soap, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes will be provided in all open campus buildings. Individuals working on campus in proximity with others will wash their hands at least once an hour or utilize the hand sanitizing stations that are available throughout campus.

Individuals Temporarily On Campus

Individuals who have been temporarily authorized to go to campus for brief time periods must wear a mask while in common areas where there may be interaction with others. They are encouraged to complete Daily Wellness Checks via the LiveSafe App but will not require COVID-19 viral testing to access campus. Individuals must also sanitize any shared equipment that they use while on campus (e.g., copiers) by utilizing disinfecting wipes or cleaners. The colleague may remove their mask if they are in an office alone.

Staggered Work Shifts

To make social distancing more effective across the campus as we re-open, the University’s administrative offices will adopt two 5 hour shifts (8:30-1:30 and 2:00-7:00 PM) during the work day with a 30 minute break between the shifts. No office will operate with more than 50% occupancy during a shift. Remote work will continue where possible.

Breaks

Breaks should not be taken together when possible. Colleagues taking breaks at the same time in the same break area must maintain social distancing of at least six feet.

Essential Colleagues

Supervisors will continue with current scheduling practices to minimize colleagues working on campus. Only colleagues who are currently designated as essential are to work on campus. Individuals authorized to return to campus as a part of phased reopening must be approved by the respective Vice President in consultation with Human Resources.

Meetings

All meetings and trainings will be held virtually if at all possible. If a meeting must be held in person, the meeting should be limited to the fewest number of colleagues possible. Masks and physical distancing of at least six feet are required.

Visitors/Contractors

Colleagues should not allow nonessential visitors/contractors on campus. Any essential vendors, contractors, or delivery personnel must wear a mask while on campus. Visitors/contractors are to be approved by a Vice President.

Cleaning

All high-touch areas will be cleaned and disinfected routinely in accordance with guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in spaces that are accessible to colleagues, students, and other individuals. Unless informed otherwise, daily disinfecting of office surfaces is the responsibility of office and laboratory personnel (e.g., desks, tables, copiers, handles of chairs, door knobs).

University Sponsored Travel

University associated and sponsored travel will be highly restricted. Colleagues may seek prior approval for travel from their Vice President via their supervisor.

Probable or Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

Any individual with a positive diagnosis should not be on campus and should contact Human Resources (employees) or Campus Health Services (students). University of New Haven will follow the following protocol to ensure compliance with the orders issued by the Governor of Connecticut and the Connecticut Department of Health to respond to a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus.

  • Close off areas visited by the person who is a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Open outside doors and windows and use ventilation fans to increase air circulation in the area if possible.
  • Wait a minimum of 24 hours, or as long as practical, before beginning cleaning and disinfection.
  • Disinfect and clean all areas such as offices, bathrooms, common areas including but not limited to break rooms, conference and training rooms, dining facilities, shared electronic equipment (e.g., keyboards, touchscreens, copiers) or anything used by the ill person.
  • Identify individuals at University of New Haven that were in close contact (within about six feet for about ten minutes) with a person with a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19 from the period 48 hours before symptoms onset to the time at which the patient isolated.
  • Promptly notify individuals who were in close contact with any known exposure to COVID-19 on campus. Consistency with applicable confidentiality laws will be followed.
  • If exposed individuals become symptomatic, they should follow the CDC’s guidelines regarding isolation and the discontinuance of isolation.

Compliance with Guidelines

Compliance with these guidelines is essential to provide the safest environment possible. Please discuss any questions with your supervisor. Also, Human Resources is available for consultation. You can reach Carol Koziatek at ckoziatek@newhaven.edu. The University’s COVID-19 Coordinator is Summer McGee, PhD, CPH, Dean of the School of Health Sciences. She can be reached at smcgee@newhaven.edu.

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Phased Reopening Plan - Phase 1

Please note dates are subject to change based on government regulations and health advisories.

Item Phase 1 (June 1, 2020)
Essential / Student Facing Employee Work Location On-Campus
Non-Student Facing Employee Work Location Remote
Physical Distancing Requirements (Minimum 6 Feet) Yes
Mask Usage Required
Student Clubs, Groups, Teams, Organizations Remote
Student Facilities (Gym, Library, Lounges) Closed
University-owned Residence Halls Open only to those unable to return to permanent residence
University-owned Apartments & Residences Open only to those unable to return to permanent residence
Dining Services Closed
University sponsored travel Restricted: approval necessary from Provost (academic travel) or CFO (administrative travel)
COVID-19 Testing N/A
Wellness Checks Daily

This table illustrates the items as they relate to Phase 1, beginning June 1, 2020. Click here to see the full plan for phased reopening.