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Frequently Asked Questions

As we continue to monitor and make informed decisions to protect our campus community, we've created a list of frequently asked questions.

Health and Safety

The general community and external guests are no longer required to fill out Live Safe. If you are feeling ill or experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, please reach out to your faculty members or supervisor. You can contact Health Services at 860.768.6601 to speak with a healthcare professional or schedule an appointment.

Please see our website for complete information.

Effective as of August 4, 2022, masks are not optional in most University facilities and settings. They will continue to be required in the classroom or personal office spaces, unless otherwise specified by faculty members or staff. They will also be required in Health Services, at COVID-19 testing locations, and in all performance spaces—including theaters. 

It is important to note that you should continue to carry your masks at all times. In addition to the classroom, an individual may choose to wear a mask at any time, indoors or outdoors. Please be respectful of one another and the individual choices others make for their own health or the safety of others.

Our facilities teams perform regular cleaning of all public spaces. They consistently disinfect classrooms, common areas, workspaces, and dining areas to help minimize transmission. Additional hand sanitizing stations were installed across campus and ventilation systems have been updated with appropriate filters.

MONITOR FOR SYMPTOMS

Be aware of the following symptoms: 

  • Fever (100.4° or higher) or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

If you experience these symptoms, please call Health Services at 860.768.6601 You may also send an email to covid19@hartford.edu with additional questions.

It is our hope that you will remind one another to put on masks and follow all other rules.

For behavior that is belligerent or simply too large of an issue for you to manage, please use LiveSafe to report a violation. Go to the app, click “Report Tips,” and then “COVID-19 Concerns.” These tips can be anonymous, but should be submitted in a timely fashion. Reports that are submitted hours or days later may affect our ability to address the alleged concern.

Vaccines and Boosters

For the 2022–23 academic year, COVID vaccinations and boosters are strongly recommended, but not required, for University of Hartford students, faculty, and staff. Vaccine status does not need to be updated with the University at this time.

The CDC has defined eligibility as:

  • five months after receiving your second Pfizer or Moderna dose
  • two months after your J&J vaccination 

Just as UHart provides clinics for flu vaccines, we will also offer COVID vaccine clinics for first, second, and booster doses throughout the year. Getting vaccinated protects you and offers you the best opportunity to avoid severe illness and symptoms.

Please visit our vaccine page for more information and for answers to frequently-asked questions.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you should notify your supervisor, and report your case to the COVID Response Team by filling out the Livesafe app or by emailing tracer@hartford.edu. A member of the COVID Response Team will call you to discuss your symptoms and provide you with your official dates for isolation. The University will follow current CDC guidance. The length of isolation will be five days from symptom onset or from the date of your positive test if no symptoms are present. A negative test is NOT required to return to campus. However, you will be required to wear a mask for an additional five days when in the presence of others. This five days is in addition to the isolation period.

In addition, you should plan to notify your close contacts, both in and outside the University, of your positive test. Formal contact tracing and notification of close contacts will no longer take place via the COVID Response Team. We ask that you notify your close contacts so that they can take appropriate action.

If you are notified that you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, we ask that you follow CDC guidance based on your own vaccination status. CDC guidance for what to do if you have been exposed to COVID can be found here.  

Quarantine and Isolation

The University follows current CDC isolation and quarantine guidance.

The length of isolation will be five days from symptom onset or from the date of your positive test if no symptoms are present.

A negative test is NOT required to return to campus. However, you will be required to wear a mask for an additional five days when in the presence of others. This five days is in addition to the isolation period.

If you are a residential student who must quarantine or isolate, we ask that you must return home for that period. If that is impossible due to distance, vulnerable family members at your residence, or other reasons, we will work with you to isolate or quarantine on campus, but there is limited space available.

COVID-19 Testing

No, there will not be mandatory COVID testing this semester.

Residential Life Information

Residential students are allowed to have guests in their spaces. These guests can be University of Hartford students (residents or commuters) or outside guests. Guests are permitted in the Residential Halls and should follow all guest policies.

Guests are permitted in the Residential Halls and should follow all guest policies.

Support for Students

It's very important to care for your mental health during this challenging time. CAPS will maintain regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.) on a remote basis.

If you would like to speak with a therapist, please call CAPS at 860.768.4482 and leave a voicemail. Or, email CAPS Director Dr. Jeff Burda at burda@hartford.edu. Questions from faculty, staff, or others should be directed to Dr. Burda. 

If there is an emergency on campus, please contact Public Safety at 860.768.7777. 
If there is an off-campus emergency requiring immediate assistance, please call 911 or go to your nearest ER.

Campus Life and Events

Yes! We are excited to bring back many of our popular in-person events as of Spring 2022 and have many fun programs planned for the 2022–23 academic year. Please see UHart Hub for a complete schedule and information.

Students are also encouraged to follow the University of Hartford social channels to see more information about pop-up events throughout the year. 

Yes, clubs can meet. Please see the Student Engagement and Events Policy for complete information.

The University of Hartford has resumed normal business hours for most offices and departments during the academic year. Hours are available on our website for most locations, or you can contact the office directly through our directory.

The University is looking forward to welcoming external guests safely to campus for events and programming. Guests are now permitted in the Residential Halls. Detailed information has been posted on our guest policy webpage.

 

Yes! Detailed information regarding our visitor policy will be provided prior to the start of the 2022–23 academic year, but the University is looking forward to welcoming external guests safely to campus for events and programming.