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Keeping Hawks Healthy

See UHart’s fall opening plan and our response to COVID-19: hartford.edu/healthy-hawks.

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Changes to the Fall Calendar

We've made the following important changes to the academic calendar for the fall 2020 semester. Our plans and schedule, of course, are dependent on the ongoing guidance from the state of Connecticut and public health officials.

SATURDAY, AUG. 15–SUNDAY, AUG. 23

The University will offer an early drop-off period during the week leading up to the start of the semester for residential students who can easily travel to campus. This will be a same-day, in-and-out process to drop off belongings in rooms and return home without an overnight stay. Similar to our ongoing move-out process, advance sign-up will be required for preset time slots. This will allow us to accommodate testing requirements, maintain social distancing recommendations, and minimize traffic. See move-in details. 

MONDAY, AUG. 24–WEDNESDAY, AUG. 26

Students begin living in residence halls, with arrivals scheduled on a staggered basis. The early drop-off of belongings by as many students as possible will help to accelerate this process.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 26

Instruction begins for all students. Online instruction may be utilized during the first week to allow for move-in and the administration of state-required COVID testing of all students upon their return. Please note, some academic programs may begin in-classroom instruction prior to Aug. 26, per Connecticut state guidelines for graduate and select student populations. Information will be provided directly to these groups.

MONDAY, SEPT. 7

Classes will be held on Labor Day

TUESDAY, NOV. 24

On-campus classes conclude at the end of the day. Students depart for Thanksgiving break and will not return to campus until Jan. 17, after winter break. This schedule reduces the risks of virus spread during flu season; allows for a thorough cleaning of all campus facilities; and limits the possibility of students, faculty, and staff returning to campus after potentially being exposed to the virus during travel over the Thanksgiving break.

We recognize this change means less time for students in our residential and dining facilities. As a result, we have proactively reduced room and board costs by two weeks. Revised bills for residential students will reflect this reduction. See the cost reduction.  

MONDAY, NOV. 30–TUESDAY, DEC. 15

Fall classes, review sessions, office hours, reading days, and final exams will be completed remotely. We recognize that Commencement is Dec. 15, and we will work with all graduating students requiring accommodations. 

WINTERTERM & SPRING 2021

WinterTerm will be fully online this winter, and will begin on Saturday, Dec. 26, and end on Friday, Jan. 15. The spring 2021 semester will begin as planned on Wednesday, Jan. 20, with residence halls reopening on Sunday, Jan. 17.