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Vaccine Requirement

All UHart students must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the fall. Students should submit vaccine information by Aug. 15. Learn more about the vaccine requirement

Testing for COVID-19

We are reviewing guidance and consulting with healthcare partners to determine what our testing policy will be this fall.

Summer Residential Student Requirements

Due to recently updated guidance from the Department of Public Health, all residential students who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must be tested weekly. If you have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson, you will not be required to come for weekly testing.

Please submit your vaccine card via the Student Health Portal. (Visit our Vaccine Information web page for more information). If we have not received your vaccine card by Monday, May 24, you will be invited to sign up for a weekly testing time slot on campus. If you become fully vaccinated at any point after that date, simply submit your vaccine card and you will be excluded from future testing.

Summer Commuter Student Requirements

Students commuting to campus this summer are not required to be tested.

Symptomatic Testing

local testing options
  • Hartford HealthCare’s Go Health Urgent Care offers PCR tests and rapid tests seven days a week. Call 860.200.7701 to make an appointment.
  • Physician One at 21 North Main Street in West Hartford offers PCR tests and rapid tests seven days a week. Call 860.236.3911 to make an appointment.
  • Cost and time to get results may vary based on location and type of test. Results can take up to seven days for PCR tests and prices typically range from $100­ to $150.

Testing Policy

This policy was updated on Feb. 24, 2021

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 Testing

For Residential Students 

  • All residential students will receive weekly rapid tests
  • On Mondays, starting March 1, randomly selected residential students will receive PCR tests as a supplement to the weekly rapid tests.
  • If you are selected for a PCR test, you will be notified by email.
  • These tests are not optional. You must report to the on-campus testing site as instructed.
  • You must take the tests and agree to release your results to the University of Hartford.
  • The tests are 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 Undergraduate Commuter Students

Non-residential, Commuter, and Graduate Students 

  • If you are selected for 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.