The Phased Plan for Return to Campus: Phase 3
This page has been updated as of August 12, 2020.
Please note that decisions we have made are based on the comprehensive work of our COVID Task Forces and consistent with guidance provided to universities by the state of Connecticut Department of Public Health and in accordance with local, state, and federal health and safety guidance. As such, all information on this page is subject to change.
New and returning student move-ins are scheduled for August 14-21, with all move-in slots RSVP'ed through the Office of Residential Life's myHousing system. (Please note that these dates have been updated as of July 20.) Please continue to check the Academic Calendar for the most-updated Fall 2020 schedule.
The page you're on now talks about the overall guidelines for the Phase 3 of the return to campus plan. We've also developed this page with resources for students and their families.
Effective August 14, 2020 until further notice
COVID-19 Viral Testing Required for All Students and Employees - Updated August 6
Please read this section carefully, as details have changed since the Reopening site was first launched. The information below was updated on August 6.
All residential students, commuter students, and University employees who will be returning to campus will be required to get a molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test within 5 days of their return to campus.
Additionally, anyone coming to campus from a high COVID positive state currently subject to travel restrictions by the State of Connecticut must ALSO quarantine for 14 days prior to their return to campus date.
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.
Face Coverings / Masks
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. A face covering must be worn in all University buildings and public spaces except for individual residence hall rooms and private offices. Face coverings will be provided to individuals and will be located in their department and the University Campus Police Station. Individuals are permitted and encouraged to make their own face coverings, provided they meet the guidelines listed above. If an individual has respiratory medical issues or if wearing a mask otherwise presents a safety issue, they should inform Human Resources (employees) or the Dean of Students Office (students).
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 1st 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 14 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The University’s COVID-19 Coordinator is Summer McGee, PhD, CPH, Dean of the School of Health Sciences. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Please note dates are subject to change based on government regulations and health advisories.
|Item||Phase 3 (Aug. 14, 2020)|
|Essential / Student Facing Employee Work Location||On-Campus|
|Non-Student Facing Employee Work Location||Remote (or On-Campus Only with Permission of Supervisor)|
|Physical Distancing Requirements (Minimum 6 Feet)||Yes|
|Student Clubs, Groups, Teams, Organizations||Face to face per physical distancing requirements|
|Student Facilities (Gym, Library, Lounges)||Open per physical distancing requirements|
|University-owned Residence Halls||Open|
|University-owned Apartments & Residences||Open|
|Dining Services||Dining resumes normal operations per physical distancing requirements. Meal plan begins Aug. 18.|
|University sponsored travel||Restricted: approval necessary from Provost (academic travel) or CFO (administrative travel)|
|COVID-19 Testing||All students and employees must have a negative molecular SARS-COV2 RT-PCR test taken within 5 days of their return to campus|
|14-Day Quarantine||Required for anyone coming to campus from a high COVID positive state currently subject to travel restrictions by the State of Connecticut|
This table illustrates the items as they relate to Phase 3, beginning on or after August 14, 2020. Click here to see the full plan for phased reopening.