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Keeping Hawks Healthy

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Face Coverings

In order to help ensure the health and safety of the UHart campus community and the public from the spread of COVID-19, all students, employees, and visitors are required to wear face coverings when in public.

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You will see these signs around campus—Let's Keep Hawks Healthy!

This means when you are not in your personal living space, including in the classroom, you must wear a face covering. The University will provide all students, faculty, and staff one washable UHart mask (please bring more with you when you arrive on campus), and has implemented a face coverings policy. 

Mask Basics

  • A face covering means any cloth face covering, such as facemask, bandana or scarf, that covers the nose and mouth, and ties around the ears or the back of the head. It must be secured under the chin and fit snugly against the sides of the face.
  • Face coverings 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, meeting rooms, classrooms, walking on campus, etc.).
  • You may remove your face covering if you are working alone in a separate space (e.g., cubicles with walls, private offices, etc.). However, you must wear a mask or face covering from the time you enter the building until the time you arrive at your cubicle/workstation, and at any time you are leaving your work station and moving around common areas (e.g., in hallways and stairwells, going to the restroom or break room, etc.).
  • When operating in larger settings (e.g., areas open to the public, shared offices, or similar settings), you must wear a face covering.

This requirement is in accordance with federal and state safety requirements and with state public health directive. This policy is in effect until otherwise communicated.

Need a Mask?

The University of Hartford is providing one washable mask to all students, faculty, and staff. There are also mask distribution areas around campus for those who need one.

Boxes of masks can be picked up by appointment at procurement in the facilities building. Please email ppe@hartford.edu. Individual masks can also be picked up at residential life, in GSU, or in any of the below locations: 

Nursing Suite Auerbach 288
Barney School Dean's Office Auerbach 306
Biology Department BC 257
Lincoln Theater Box Office
ITS Help Desk CC 117
Mortensen Library Circulation Desk
Math Department Office Dana 220B
Rehabilitation Sciences Office Dana 410
Psychology Office East Hall 203
The Hartt School Fuller Operations Window 2nd Floor
A&S Dean's Office Hillyer 200
ENHP Dean's Office Hillyer 252
Hillyer College Dean's Office Hillyer 114
The Hartt School HPAC HPAC Public Safety Station
CETA Dean's Office UT 209
HAS Dean's Office V 103C

Face Coverings Policy

APPLICABILITY

This policy applies to all University personnel, students, contractors, vendors and visitors, on site at a University location, unless specifically exempted below. For the purposes of this policy, “University personnel” includes:
  • Full- and part-time faculty, staff, temporary, and students employees who work on site at an UHart work location.
  • Individuals who are classified as Independent Contractors who have a contingent worker relationship with UHart or others who work on site at UHart, but are not employees.

EXEMPTIONS

  • Accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis with unit 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. Employees please see the Return to Work Guidelines.
  • Independent workspaces, outdoors, private residential unit.Face coverings are not required when:
    • Working or spending time alone in a personal workspace, office, or other area on campus
    • Working or spending time outdoors (e.g., running) and at least a six-foot distance can be maintained
    • 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; a six-foot physical distance between people is required when eating and drinking and during breaks.

LABORATORY GUIDELINES


Clinical Laboratory (ENHP):
  • Face covering (over mouth and nose)
  • Gloves – when performing patient care during clinical time
  • Face shield – during situations/procedures when there is a risk of contact with aerosolized substances and/or bodily fluid (intubation)
  • N95 respirator as appropriate
Laboratory (other than Clinical):
  • Face covering (over mouth and nose)
  • Face Shield (when social distancing <6-feet can’t be maintained)

UNIVERSITY UNIT RESPONSIBILITIES  

Offices/departments are required to conduct an assessment to determine the required PPE for their employees to define workplace modifications and/or alterations, which will be implemented to mitigate the risk of spreading/contracting COVID. Units are required to provide all employees working on site at their UHart work location with a face covering or job-required PPE and replace them when necessary. However, employees and students are responsible for laundering their University-issued reusable cloth face coverings and may use a personally purchased alternative face covering as appropriate.

The University will provide every student returning to campus with one washable cloth UHart mask, but should plan to bring additional personal face coverings.

University students and employees should refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on face coverings with regard to type and fit, wearing , and washing.

POLICY ENFORCEMENT  

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. 

Employees: 

  • 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: 

  • 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 mask 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.

Additional guidelines for faculty assisting student compliance with this policy include:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.  
  4. 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.

Faculty should also refer to the Face Coverings in the Classroom: Addendum for Faculty policy for additional guidance.

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

Information for Faculty

Face Coverings in the Classroom: Addendum for Faculty

  
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.

Information for Staff and Student Workers

Please see Face Covering FAQs on HRD's website.