Health & Safety Guidelines
The University of Hartford has taken a phased approach to a complex and evolving situation, being thoughtful and informed in our analysis and decision making. Above all, we are working together to act in the best interest of the safety and well-being of our entire campus community.
Guidelines to Keeping Hawks Healthy
All students, including those living on campus and commuters, will be required to be tested prior to the start of the semester.
Residential students: As a reminder, you must show documentation of a negative diagnostic COVID-19 test that was taken within 14 days prior to moving in. If your results are negative, you will be able to move in as scheduled.
If you test positive, you should stay home until you are cleared by a physician. You will not be able to access your room without a documented negative test. No test = No key.
Each week, between 5 and 10% of residential students 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. This test will be administered at no cost to you.
Commuters (including graduate students taking classes on campus): You must show documentation of a negative diagnostic COVID-19 test that was taken within 14 days prior to coming to campus. If your results are negative, you will be able to come to campus and go to class.
If you test positive, you should stay home until you are cleared by a physician. You will not be able to come to campus or go to class without a documented negative test.
Daily Health Screenings
When campus fully reopens, all employees, students, and visitors will be required to participate in daily health screenings via our LiveSafe app.
Appropriate use of face masks or coverings is critical in minimizing risks to others near you. Please remember that masks are not a substitute for social distancing. If, due to a medical condition, you are unable to wear a mask, please contact Health Services.
- Masks should completely cover your nose and mouth
- Masks must be worn when in the presence of others and in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., common work spaces, classrooms, conference rooms, etc.).
- You may remove your mask if you are working alone in a separate study space. However, you must wear a mask or face covering from the time you enter the building until the time you arrive at your individual study room/space, and at any time you are leaving your individual space and move around common areas (e.g., in hallways and stairwells, going to the restroom, etc.).
- Continuous wearing of masks is not required in outdoor workspaces where students do not regularly come within six feet of others.
Maintaining space between yourself and others is one of the best ways to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus and slowing its spread. There have been cases of people being diagnosed with COVID-19 despite not having symptoms, so social distance is important all of the time, not just if you feel sick. While on campus, stay six feet away from one another. Capacity changes and social distancing guidelines will be shared when available.
Washing Hands & Other Personal Hygiene
The following guidelines should be maintained to help keep you and others healthy:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces.
- If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw any used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.
- Avoid touching your face.
Cleaning & Disinfecting
Our Facilities team will be engaging in more frequent and robust cleaning protocols. In addition, we are asking all students, faculty and staff to help with our cleaning efforts by routinely cleaning and disinfecting your personal living and working.
Working with Health Services and Hartford HealthCare, our on campus health provider, we have multiple safety precautions in place to keep our community healthy. However, if you are concerned you may have COVID-19, we have provided resources and advice if you become ill.