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Face Coverings

We are closely monitoring guidance from the CDC and operating under the guidance of a fully vaccinated campus. Give the current recommendations from the CDC and DPH and given that Hartford is currently designed as an area of high transmission, masks are required on campus for all community members when indoors regardless of vaccination status. We will continue to monitor the guidance and status of the virus and update accordingly.

Face Coverings Policy

As of August 9, University of Hartford community members are required to wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status. 

APPLICABILITY

This policy applies to all University personnel, students, contractors, guests/visitors and vendors on site at a University location, unless specifically exempted below.

EXEMPTIONS

Accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis with Human Resources management representatives (employees) or Access-Ability Services (students). Documentation may be required to substantiate a need for an exception or accommodation to this policy.

Face coverings are not required when:

  • Working or spending time outdoors
  • Working or spending time alone in a personal workspace, office, or other area on campus.
  • Operating a single occupancy vehicle.
  • Teleworking (i.e., not reporting on site to a University work location).
  • Inside a private on-campus residential unit room/bathroom.
  • Eating or drinking; Please note that eating and drinking in the classroom is not permitted. Students may bring water or other liquids to class and, with instructor permission, take a break to step into the hall to hydrate.
LABORATORY GUIDELINES

Clinical Laboratory (ENHP):

  • Face covering (over mouth and nose) as instructed by faculty
  • Gloves – when performing patient care activities as instructed by faculty Face shield – during situations/procedures when there is a risk of contact with aerosolized substances and/or bodily fluid (intubation) as instructed by faculty
  • Clinical experiences off campus shall follow any requirements by the clinical site.

Laboratory (other than Clinical):

  • Face covering (over mouth and nose) as instructed by faculty
  • Face Shield as instructed by faculty

 

 

This policy was updated on Aug. 9, 2021. 

 

Policy Enforcement

Employees and students are expected to comply with the face covering requirement as a condition of attendance and/or employment at UHart, as well as for the health and safety of themselves, their colleagues, and the UHart community. 

Offices/departments are required to ensure all of their employees have a thorough understanding of these requirements. Employees who do not comply should be reminded of the policy by their supervisor and provided additional education and training as needed. If, after additional education and training, an employee refuses to comply, contact the unit human resources development (HRD) representative to initiate the appropriate corrective action or standard of conduct process. If an employee states they are unable to wear a mask due to a health condition, refer the employee to the formal accommodation request process.

Campus employees with concerns that other employees are not complying should speak with their supervisor or report it to the Human Resources Department.

Students and employees are expected to comply with the face covering requirement as a condition of attendance and/or employment at UHart, as well as for the health and safety of themselves, their colleagues, and the UHart community. 

Student are expected to follow face covering requirements at all times when on campus. If a student is without a face covering in accordance with this policy, a verbal request for compliance should be made to educate, encourage, and persuade individuals to wear face coverings. Student do not need to wear a face covering when inside a private on-campus residential unit or in a residence hall bathroom during personal grooming activities.

If a student refuses to comply with the policy, a referral should be made to the Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution.It is not necessary to notify law enforcement nor Public Safety.

  • If a student arrives to class without a suitable face covering, the instructor should quietly and politely remind them about the university policy on masks. Direct them to a location on campus where they can get one. After class, speak to the student and inform them that three instances of arriving without a suitable face covering will lead to administrative withdrawal from the course.
  • If the student claims an exemption or need for accommodation, remind them of the procedures for requesting an exemption (found in the Face Covering Policy) and let them know they cannot attend class without a mask unless they have an exemption..
  • If the student arrives to class without a suitable face covering, and refuses to put one on, the faculty member should, as quietly, politely, and discretely as possible, ask the student to leave class.  After the class, the faculty member will follow up with the student and reiterate the mask policy and inform the student that to participate in class, masks must be worn.  If such a refusal happens a second time, the instructor will administratively withdraw the student from the course.
  • If the student arrives to class without a suitable face covering, refuses to put one on, and refuses to leave the classroom, the faculty member should dismiss the class for the day and immediately report the student to Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution through the referral form. In addition, the student should be warned that another instance of this refusal will lead to administrative withdrawal from the course.

The University of Hartford is committed to maintaining a respectful, productive, inclusive, and equitable community, and discrimination and other conduct that is inconsistent with our values will not be tolerated. If you see someone without a face covering in violation of this policy, you should not confront them beyond a verbal request for compliance to educate, encourage, and persuade individuals to wear face coverings. It is not appropriate to notify law enforcement/Public Safety in the instance of an actual or perceived violation of this policy.

RESOURCES 

This policy may be subject to change based on orders, requirements, and guidance from federal, state, and local authorities.

Policy Addenda

Faculty are advised to put the following statement in their syllabi: 

Consistent with University policy, our community values, and our desire to take measures to keep one another safe, all members of this class must wear a mask or other suitable face covering.  If a student arrives to class without a suitable face covering, the instructor should quietly and politely remind them about the university policy on masks.  Direct them to a location on campus where they can get one. After class, speak to the student and inform them that three instances of arriving without a suitable face covering will lead to administrative withdrawal from the course.

If the student claims an exemption or need for accommodation, remind them of the procedures for requesting an exemption (found in the Face Covering Policy) and let them choose to either wear a mask in the meantime or participate remotely until a determination has been made.

If the student arrives to class without a suitable face covering, and refuses to put one on, the faculty member should, as quietly, politely, and discretely as possible, ask the student to leave class and engage remotely for the day.  After the class, the faculty member will follow up with the student and reiterate the mask policy and inform the student that to participate in class, masks must be worn.  If such a refusal happens a second time, the instructor will administratively withdraw the student from the course.  

If the student arrives to class without a suitable face covering, refuses to put one on, and refuses to leave the classroom, the faculty member should dismiss the class for the day and immediately report the student to Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution through the referral form. In addition, the student should be warned that another instance of this refusal will lead to administrative withdrawal from the course.