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Keeping Hawks Healthy

Read the latest updates on UHart's response to COVID-19: hartford.edu/healthy-hawks.

Testing for COVID-19

We are implementing an expanded proactive testing program and Health Services is available for those students who feel ill.

Proactive Testing

We have contracted with a second local health-care partner with deep clinical expertise to scale our testing.

Beginning the week of Sept. 21, we will select at least 20 to 25 percent of residential students for asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, up from 5 to 10 percent. We will also be including other student populations in our testing.

If you are selected, you will be notified by email. This test is not optional. You must report to the on-campus testing site as instructed. This test will be administered at no cost to you. If you receive an appointment for the weekly testing, you must attend. Testing will continue to be offered in convenient campus locations and it takes less than 10 minutes on average. 

Symptomatic Testing

Health Services has tests available for students who experience COVID-19 symptoms. If you are sick, do not go to class. Stay in your room and call Health Services at 860.768.6601 (between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday) or GoHealth Urgent Care at 860.200.7701 after hours.

If you are tested off-campus and are positive, please call Health Services right away.

Testing Policy

See official testing policy

This policy was updated on Sept. 22, 2020.

To maintain the health and well-being of the University community, it is essential that community members participate in initial and ongoing COVID-19 testing throughout the academic year. This policy refers to viral testing only (not antibody testing), which determines whether you have a current COVID-19 infection.

Ongoing COVID-19 Testin

For Residential Students 

  • Each week between 20 and 25% of the residential student body will be selected for asymptomatic COVID-19 testing.
  • If you are selected, you will be notified by email.
  • This test is not optional. You must report to the on-campus testing site as instructed.
  • You must take the test and agree to release your results to the University of Hartford.
  • This test is of no cost to you.
  • If a positive test is identified, Health Services will contact you. Students should either go home or will be isolated in accordance with the quarantine and isolation policy.
  • Students who do not show up for testing will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. If found responsible for breaking the testing policy, possible sanctions may include loss of housing.


For Non-residential, Commuter, and Graduate Students 

Non-residential, commuter, and graduate students may be asked to obtain an asymptomatic test due to contact tracing efforts when risk of exposure is considered high.

  • If you are selected or a test, you will be notified by email.
  • This test is not optional. You must report to the on-campus testing site as instructed.
  • You must take the test and agree to release your results to the University of Hartford.
  • The test is of no cost to you.
  • If a positive test is identified, health services will contact you. You should stay home to isolate.
  • Students who do not show up for testing will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. If found responsible for breaking the testing policy, possible sanctions may include loss of housing.

For Faculty and Staff 

Currently, there is no on-going testing expectation for faculty and staff. Faculty and staff can request one asymptomatic test during the Fall semester, as capacity allows. Please visit HRD's website for more information and to sign up.

Students, faculty, or staff who receive a positive COVID-19 test result off campus must report to Health Services. If you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, you must contact Health Services or your own physician for consult. Do not try to self-quarantine.

Definitions

Isolation

Student has the virus and must return home or stay in a designated isolation space. If remaining on campus, their food will be delivered and laundry and mail service will be provided. Classes will be taken remotely as symptoms allow. Students in isolation may room with other students in isolation.

Quarantine

Student was exposed to the virus and needs to wait and see if they develop symptoms. Quarantine is typically 14 days since the last exposure to the infected person. Students may quarantine in their own space or be moved to a separate quarantine space depending on the living situation and recommendation of Health Services. When in quarantine, food will be delivered and laundry and mail services will be provided. Students may also be asked to quarantine if they have had no known exposure, but are awaiting a COVID-19 test while exhibiting symptoms. While in quarantine, students may or may not have a roommate depending in the situation. Students should go home for quarantine when possible.