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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

Messages and Advisories

COVID-19 updates shared with the UHart community

Current communications that have been shared with University of Hartford students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni are listed below in chronological order. The most recent communications will be added to the top of this list as they become available. 

Messages are also organized by specific UHart groups—students, parents, faculty, and staff. See the breakdown.

Most Recent Update to the Campus Community

Dear Students,

We are excited to welcome you to campus in less than one month! Our vaccine requirement, combined with our current health conditions in Connecticut, are allowing us to move forward with our plans for a more typical on-campus experience this fall. Below are some of the protocols that will be in place beginning Aug. 15. As always, we will continue to work with our healthcare partners and local health agencies, and follow evolving guidance from the CDC.

Masks

We are reviewing the CDC’s recommendation for indoor masking in areas with high rates of transmission to determine the potential impact on our campus community. We will share our updated mask policy as soon as possible.

Testing

Currently, there is no pre-arrival or weekly testing requirement for students who are vaccinated, but that could change based on health conditions closer to the start of the semester. We recommend that you take a photo of your vaccine card or have it with you when coming to campus to verify during move-in.

All students who have a medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement must provide a pre-arrival PCR test (taken with 72 hours of arrival on campus) and must be tested each week for COVID-19 as a precaution in lieu of the vaccine. More details of this process will be shared with these students soon.

Course Formats

We are returning to in-person classes as our primary mode of instruction. As with other semesters, there are certain classes being offered as ­­­­­­online and remote classes depending on the program of study. Course formats are specified in the course catalog.

Health Monitoring

We will again be using the Daily Health Screening in LiveSafe to monitor the health of our community and to assist with contact tracing. Daily check-ins are required for visitors, guests, and unvaccinated members of our community. If you are vaccinated and feel ill or test positive for COVID-19, you should also complete the check-in process and a member of our health team will reach out to you.

Visitors and Guests

Residential Spaces

This semester, residential students will be allowed to have guests in their spaces. These guests must be University of Hartford students and the number of people in a space cannot exceed the capacity limit of that space. Specific information on those numbers will be shared closer to move-in. At this time, residential students may not have external guests in residential spaces. This will be revisited later in the semester depending on current health conditions.

Campus Visitors

Family members of residential students may visit campus but we ask you remain outdoors as much as possible as we begin the semester. If guests must enter campus buildings (restrooms, bookstore, etc.), we request they wear a mask. Food delivery, rideshare, and taxi drivers; vendors hired by the University; and prospective students and their families will also be allowed on campus. Visitors must wear a mask indoors and complete the LiveSafe app.

Events

With very few exceptions, on-campus events will be limited to members of the University community for at least the first four weeks of the semester. At the end of that time period, we will review current health conditions on campus and in the surrounding community to determine whether we can open events to others.

Vaccine Requirement

As a reminder, all students who have not already received medical or religious exemptions must be fully vaccinated by Aug. 15 to come to campus for the fall semester. Log on to the Student Health Portal to submit your documentation. If you are not yet fully vaccinated, please complete this brief survey. We will follow up with you to discuss any specific needs or concerns directly.

We are confident that by working together, we can keep our campus community safe while enjoying a more “normal” semester. We will continue to monitor public health conditions and will share more information over the coming weeks via email and our Healthy Hawks website. If you have any questions, please email COVID19@hartford.edu.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon.
COVID-19 Planning Group

Messages in Chronological Order

June Updates

Dear Students,

We write today with an update on our COVID-19 safety planning for the fall. As always, our main goal is to protect the health of our community by following the recommendations of the CDC, local health departments, and our health-care partners. For this reason, the University of Hartford will require all students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Aug. 15, 2021.

Having a fully vaccinated student body will a give us the best chance to return to a more typical college experience, with in-person services and activities, and fewer restrictions in the residential neighborhoods and in the classroom. Science continues to show that the vaccine is safe, effective, and the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As vaccines have become more widely available, infection rates have dropped. In Connecticut, the daily positivity rate is less than one percent.

Following our current policies for all required vaccines, limited exemptions may be granted for medical and religious reasons. For more information on this process, please visit our website. The deadline for applying for an exemption is July 15, 2021.

Updating Your Vaccine Information

Once you are fully vaccinated (with either one dose of Johnson and Johnson or two doses of Pfizer or Moderna), please log on to the UHart Health Portal using your UHart email credentials and:

  • Click “My Forms”
  • Click on “COVID-19 Vaccine”
  • Enter the dates of any vaccinations you have received
  • Upload an image of your CDC Vaccination Card

Learn More About the Vaccine 

We understand you may have questions about the vaccines. You can find more information and answers to frequently asked questions on our website. We are also offering the following workshops to share information and address concerns you may have. Students and families are invited to register online if interested in attending.

A Conversation About Vaccine Hesitancy: This pre-recorded town hall, which you can access on YouTube, addresses myths and misconceptions about the vaccine.

Vaccine Access: Wednesday, June 30, at 8 p.m. via Zoom. This presentation is intended for anyone who is ready and willing to get the vaccine, but needs help getting started. The panel will review steps to get the vaccine, transportation or access issues, financial concerns, etc.

Heath-Related Questions and Concerns: Thursday, July 1, at 8 p.m. via Zoom. This presentation will address some common health and safety concerns regarding the COVID vaccine.
 
Please email COVID19@hartford.edu with any additional questions.
 
As we proved over the past year, when we work together, we can maintain a safe and excellent student-centered educational experience. Thank you for your cooperation and for all you do to protect our community.
 
Sincerely,

COVID-19 Planning Group

May Updates

Dear Campus Community,

In light of new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we are making a slight update to our mask-wearing rules for campus. Masks are no longer required when outdoors. Of course, you are still welcome to wear one if you prefer to.

At this time, after consulting with our health-care partners, we are exercising caution and will continue to require masks inside. Although the governor has eliminated the state mask mandate, he is asking private businesses and non-profits to make decisions for their respective communities. Infection rates are declining in Connecticut, but there is still a risk that businesses could be a source of COVID-19 spread. Because we do not yet have enough data to determine the campus vaccination rate, we must continue to protect our unvaccinated and/or vulnerable colleagues and classmates.

We will continue to communicate throughout the summer as we monitor guidelines from the CDC and the Department of Public Health. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please email COVID19@hartford.edu.

Thank you for your continued cooperation,

COVID-19 Planning Group

Dear Campus Community,

For the last eight months, we have worked toward a common goal: maintaining an excellent, safe, on-campus, student-centered educational experience. We did it. Today, after successfully maintaining in-person learning all year, students are wrapping up finals, and our seniors are preparing to celebrate Commencement. The University owes it all to the hard work and perseverance of our dedicated students, faculty, and staff who never wavered in their commitment to support and protect each other.

We do not need to tell you how challenging this year was. Some members of our community became ill, lost loved ones, or faced personal and financial obstacles. We all worked through our uncertainty and anxiety. In ways big and small, the pandemic impacted each and every one of us. Nevertheless, as a community, we remained resilient. We developed new high-quality methods of teaching and learning—and created new and lasting student-engagement traditions. Moreover, we recommitted ourselves to prioritize social justice and inclusion both on and off campus.

We will all need to tap into that collaborative spirit when we return to campus this fall. Mask-wearing and scaled-down social distancing will most likely be part of the experience. However, we are confident that as more of our community gets vaccinated, we will ease many of our COVID-19 restrictions across campus. We are very optimistic that campus will feel “more normal” this fall. To help with our planning, we ask students to let us know once they are fully vaccinated. Please visit our Vaccine Information web page to learn how to submit your information.

The COVID-19 Planning Group will continue to follow public health guidance and the advice of health-care partners to ensure a safe environment, and will provide updates about vaccinations, testing, move-in, and other topics throughout the summer. We will also post information on the Keeping Hawks Healthy website and respond to any email questions you send to covid19@hartford.edu.

In the meantime, we encourage everyone to take time for self-care that may not have been possible during the busy semester. Rest, spend time with loved ones, get outside, engage in whatever rejuvenates you. Give yourself a break; you deserve it!

To our students graduating this weekend, congratulations on all of your accomplishments! We are proud of you and hope that you stay in touch. To our returning students, faculty, and staff, we look forward to the fall, with the return of old traditions and new adventures!

Sincerely,

Greg Woodward
President

Fred Sweitzer
Provost

Aaron Isaacs
Dean of Students

 Dear Students,

As a reminder, we are partnering with CVS to host an on-campus COVID-19 vaccination clinic tomorrow, May 4. Those who attend will receive their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

Walk-Ins and Pre-Scheduled Appointments

We will be accepting walk-ins, so if you are interested in being vaccinated but did not sign up for a timeslot, please come to Konover between noon–6 p.m. We recommend coming as early as you can because supplies are limited for walk-in visits. If you already have an appointment, plan to arrive at Konover at your scheduled time.

Please remember to bring identification with you; a student ID is sufficient. We also recommend wearing short sleeves.

Submitting Your Vaccination Information

We strongly encourage everyone in our community to get vaccinated. A strong vaccination rate on campus will allow us to continue planning for a less restrictive fall semester. To help us make these decisions, once you are fully vaccinated, please log on to the Student Health Portal using your UHart email credentials:

  • Click “My Forms”
  • Click on “COVID-19 Vaccine”
  • Enter the dates of any vaccinations you have received
  • Upload an image of your CDC Vaccination Card

If you submit your information by Friday, May 7, you will be entered to win one several prizes, including:

  • Keurig Single Cup Coffee Maker
  • Kodak Portable Instant Photo Printer
  • Bose Bluetooth Speaker
  • Portable charger

Winners will be chosen on May 7.

If you have any questions, please email COVID19@hartford.edu.

Thank you,
COVID-19 Planning Group

April Updates

Dear Students,

We are partnering with CVS to host an on-campus COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Tuesday, May 4. We are strongly encouraging everyone in our community to get vaccinated and this is a great opportunity to do so. A strong vaccination rate on campus will allow us to continue planning for a less restrictive fall semester.

Clinic Details

The clinic will take place in Konover Campus Center, noon­­–6 p.m., on Tuesday, May 4. Those who attend will receive their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. This vaccine requires a second dose, which you can receive at your local CVS pharmacy three weeks after your first dose. CVS representatives at our on-campus clinic will assist you with scheduling at your local CVS location.

Scheduling Your Appointments

Registration closes at noon on Monday, May 3, so please make sure to sign up as soon as you can.

Choosing a Time Slot
  • Visit this link to get started.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to select a time for your on-campus appointment.
  • Ths link will require you to schedule a second appointment for three weeks after your first dose. This second appointment is a “place-holder” appointment. It will reserve your second dose but will not be the true appointment date.
  • When you receive your first dose at the on-campus clinic, CVS staff will work with you to schedule your second dose either in your hometown or wherever you will be at the time of your second dose.
Additional Steps

  • When asked for insurance coverage information, select “I don’t have medical insurance” and confirm the statement on the next screen. The identification details should be left blank.
  • Click on “continue scheduling” at the bottom of the screen. 
  • Answer clinical screening questions.
  • Provide consent for the vaccine and the health-care service of administering it. This will collect an electronic signature from you, and you will be confirmed for your time. On this screen and in a confirmation email, there are some helpful reminders for the day of the clinic.
  • The confirmation email will come from no reply@CVS.Health.com or pharmacy@notification.cvshealth.com.

Submitting Vaccination Information

As we have mentioned, if our University community attains a high level of natural or acquired COVID-19 immunity before July 1, 2021, we are confident we will be able to roll back some of the comprehensive health measures put in pace to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We need data to help us make these important decisions. You can help by letting us know when you have been fully vaccinated.

Please submit your vaccination record using the following instructions.

Once you are fully vaccinated (with either one dose of Johnson and Johnson or two doses of Pfizer or Moderna), please log on to the Student Health Portal, using your UHart email credentials, and:

  • Click “My Forms”
  • Click on “COVID-19 Vaccine”
  • Enter the dates of any vaccinations you have received
  • Upload an image of your CDC vaccination card

Although we have not yet decided whether to require the COVID-19 vaccine for students this fall, we continue to encourage everyone in our community to get vaccinated.

If you have any questions, please email COVID19@hartford.edu.

Thank you,

COVID-19 Planning Group

 

Dear Students,

As we near the end of the spring semester, we are preparing to wind down our weekly COVID-19 testing program and add testing options for all students before they return home.

Weekly Testing

The weeks of April 26 and May 3 will be the last two weeks that residential students will be required to attend their regular rapid testing appointment. In addition, the final day that we will administer PCR tests to commuter and residential students will be Monday, May 3.

Optional End-of-Semester Testing

During finals week, we are offering opportunities for all students to receive rapid tests on Monday, May 10, and Tuesday, May 11. These tests are optional, but they are encouraged, particularly for those who will be participating in Commencement or who will be returning home and will be around those who may be unvaccinated and/or vulnerable to serious COVID complications.

Please click here if you would like to sign up for a testing slot.

Vaccination Updates

We continue to work on plans to hold a vaccination clinic on campus and look forward to announcing those details soon. That clinic will provide the first dose of a two-dose series; students will be able to schedule  their second dose, which can be given in their hometowns.

If the UHart community attains a high level of natural or acquired COVID-19 immunity before July 1, 2021, we are confident we will be able to roll back some of the comprehensive health measures put in pace to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. To help us make these decisions, once you are fully vaccinated, please log on to the Student Health Portal using your UHart email credentials:

  • Click “My Forms”
  • Click on “COVID-19 Vaccine”
  • Enter the dates of any vaccinations you have received
  • Upload an image of your CDC Vaccination Card

If you have any questions, please email COVID19@hartford.edu.

We are almost there. Let’s finish strong, Hawks!

Thank you,
COVID-19 Planning Team

Dear Students,

We have good news about the availability of COVID-19 vaccines for our University of Hartford students, as well as information about submitting your vaccination information.

Vaccination Clinics Next Week

Our partners at Hartford HealthCare are offering the first dose of the two-dose Pfizer vaccine at two clinics at the XFINITY Theatre in Hartford. The clinics, which are open exclusively to UHart students, will be held on Monday, April 19, 9 a.m.­–4 p.m., and Tuesday, April 20, 11:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.).

Please note: if you get vaccinated at these clinics, you would be due to get your second dose on May 10 or 11. Hartford HealthCare will help you make that second appointment and we will also run shuttles to those clinics. Please review your schedule for finals to make sure those dates will fit into your academic and travel schedules.

At this time, vaccines are not mandatory, but we strongly encourage everyone in our community to get vaccinated to protect themselves and each other, and to help us return to a more traditional college experience. Please visit our Healthy Hawks website to learn more about the vaccine and for answers to frequently asked questions.

Scheduling a Vaccine Appointment

You will need an active Hartford HealthCare MyChartPlus account. Please click here to access MyChartPlus. If you do not have a MyChartPlus account, you can sign up online via Hartford HealthCare. Click here for instructions on how to activate an account.

If you have questions about using MyChartPlus, you can call the support line at 860.972.4993 or email mychartplussupport@hhchealth.org.

Once logged into MyChart:

  1. Click “Make an Appointment” and select COVID Vaccine
  2. Answer the questions displayed on the screen. One of the questions will be: “Have you been provided with an event ID for vaccination at a specific clinic site?” Please respond “Yes” to this question. Continue entering the questions as displayed.
  3. Please select the organization or school that provided you an event code. If organization is not listed, please select “Other."
  4. Enter the Event ID you received in your email on April 14.

We are still in communication with other providers in hopes of scheduling additional vaccination opportunities for students. If we do schedule other clinics, we will share that information as soon as we can.

Getting to Your Appointment

The XFINITY Theatre is located at 61 Savitt Way in Hartford, a 15-minute drive from campus. We are offering a shuttle service for those students without cars or who don’t have the opportunity to ride with a friend or a ridesharing service. The shuttles will depart Konover every 45 minutes using the following schedule:

Monday, April 19

  • First departure from Konover: 8:30 a.m.
  • Last departure from Konover: 4 p.m.
  • Last departure from XFINITY Theatre: 5 p.m., or until all students are done with their vaccinations and wait periods.

Tuesday, April 20

  • First departure from Konover: 11 a.m.
  • Last departure from Konover 6:30 p.m.
  • Last departure from XFINITY Theatre: 7:30 p.m., or until all students are done with their vaccinations and wait periods.


Reporting Your COVID-19 Vaccine Status

As part of our efforts to understand how many of our students are already vaccinated, we are providing a COVID-19 vaccination form through our new Student Health Portal, which is available to all students at hartford.studenthealthportal.com.

Once you are fully vaccinated (with either one dose of Johnson and Johnson or two doses of Pfizer or Moderna), please log on to this site, using your UHart email credentials, and:

  • Click “My Forms”
  • Click on “COVID-19 Vaccine”
  • Enter the dates of any vaccinations you have received
  • Upload an image of your CDC Vaccination Card

This information will help us make decisions that will impact campus this fall. If our University community attains a high level of natural or acquired COVID-19 immunity before July 1, 2021, we are confident we will be able to roll back some of the comprehensive health measures put in pace to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Again, although we have not yet decided whether to require the COVID-19 vaccine for students this fall, we continue to encourage everyone in our community to get vaccinated.

If you have any questions, please email COVID19@hartford.edu.

Thank you,
COVID-19 Planning Group

 

Dear Residential Students,

We have some key updates to share regarding the University’s response to COVID-19, as well as a reminder about today’s room selection deadline.

Guest Policy Revisions

We are pleased to share that our on-campus COVID-19 cases are trending downward. Because case numbers are lower and the vast majority of you are following health and safety guidelines, we are able to ease some restrictions for some of our residents.

Please note that these policies can change at any time, depending upon health conditions on and off campus—and on your continued adherence in following COVID-19 protocols.

Beginning on Thursday, April 8, the following policy will be in effect:

  • Students who live in stand-alone singles or who do not have any room, suite- or apartment-mates (meaning they are the only one assigned to their entire housing unit – not just bedroom) may have one guest at a time in their space.
  • These guests must live in the same neighborhood (A-F) or building (Hawk Hall, Regents Park, Park River, and Village Apartments) as the resident they are visiting, but do not need to live on the same floor. For example, if you live in Poe, you can visit a friend’s room in Malcolm X, Dubois, Willard, and Poe. If you live in Hawk Hall, you can visit anyone who is living alone in Hawk Hall.
  • Residents and their guests must wear masks and maintain social distance.
  • Non-residential students are not allowed in residential spaces.

We are hopeful that this new policy will help ease feelings of isolation for students who are living alone. At this time, we are not ready to change our guest policy for students who live in doubles, suites, and apartments, because those students are already part of a larger household unit and are not as socially isolated as students who live alone. We will continue to monitor health conditions and trends to see if we will be able to relax restrictions in these spaces in the future.

Spring Move-Out

We are currently finalizing move-out dates for the end of the semester and will communicate those as soon as possible. We anticipate requiring students to sign up for a move-out slot in order to ensure social distancing within our buildings. Each student will be allowed to have two people inside their residence to help with move-out. As a reminder, anyone coming to campus is required to complete the LiveSafe Health Screening.

Important Reminders

Testing

It remains critical that all residential students attend the weekly required testing appointments, as well as any proactive random testing you are selected for. If you have any questions about your testing appointment, please contact COVIDtest@hartford.edu.

Vaccines

We continue to work with the State of Connecticut in hopes of scheduling an on-campus opportunity for our students to be vaccinated. We expect this will happen in early May, and will keep you posted. In the meantime, if you would like to schedule your own off-campus appointment, please visit ct.gov.

Room Selection

The deadline for returning students to complete their housing application is today, April 8. The housing application, available through your Self-Service account, is an online form you must complete prior to participating in any aspect of room selection. You will need to:

1. Log in to Self-Service
2. Go to the Office of Residential Life page
3. Log in with your University of Hartford email credentials
4. Select Applications
5. Select Fall 2021–Spring 2022

Visit our website for more information about room selection, including details of our new housing options, such as the Honors Community, Special-Interest Housing, two- and three-person suites and apartments, and more.

Thank you for your continued cooperation. Let’s finish this semester strong!

COVID-19 Planning Group

Over the last year, the University of Hartford demonstrated the strength of our institution and the resilience of our community during an unprecedented crisis.

We took a phased approach to a complex and evolving situation, being thoughtful and informed in our analysis and decision making. Above all, we worked together to act in the best interest of the safety and well-being of our entire campus community every day, while delivering an excellent and student-centered educational experience.

Our commitment and dedication to these priorities remain the same as we plan for the fall semester. Thanks to our community’s continued efforts to protect each other and fight the spread of COVID-19, we are thrilled to share that we are moving forward with plans for a return to a more traditional on-campus experience this fall. President Gregory Woodward recently shared his growing sense of cautious optimism with faculty and staff.

“The weather is warming and access to vaccines is ramping up across the country; hopefully a new post-pandemic reality is arriving soon,” he said. “I am so incredibly impressed by our students, faculty, and staff who consistently persevere through challenges and remain dedicated and committed to education. I am exceptionally proud of our community and look forward to the next chapter in providing a transformative and powerful residential academic experience."

The University will continue to follow public health guidance and the advice of our health-care partners to ensure a safe environment, while planning to roll back some of the plans and restrictions necessarily put in place to minimize risk over the last year. Most notably, we anticipate a return to in-person classes as our primary course format. Recognizing there will still be some uncertainty in the near future, the University will continue to offer new and existing opportunities for flexibility in the classroom and on campus. Through our execution of hybrid teaching and learning, our faculty and staff have implemented many new skills and technologies that they will continue to use to enrich classroom and educational experiences.

We also look forward to welcoming back more of our residential students and resuming more in-person services and activities. It is likely that mask wearing and scaled down social distancing will continue, but as more of our community gets vaccinated, we are confident that we will be able to ease COVID-19 restrictions across campus, including residential life, athletics, fine arts, research, and other extracurricular and co-curricular activities.

Throughout the course of the pandemic, UHart students, faculty, and staff have stepped up and made the choices that were necessary to stay on campus and in the classroom. We have consistently been an example to other colleges and universities that it is possible to continue an on-ground education, even in the midst of such challenge and uncertainty. As UHart consistently proves, anything can happen when we work together.

“Thank you for creating and maintaining a safe community and showing up every day with commitment and character,” said President Woodward. “We look forward to creating and offering the full UHart experience together this fall.”

March Updates

Dear Students,

As you likely know, Connecticut college students will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine beginning on Thursday, April 1. This is a change from the previously announced date of April 5. Yesterday, the governor and the State of Connecticut provided additional guidance to local health departments and vaccine providers regarding the expanded eligibility of the vaccine, and shared additional context about what this means for our student population.

The State has indicated its commitment to providing Johnson & Johnson vaccines to Connecticut’s higher education institutions in early May, if not sooner, to allow institutions to host closed clinics for currently enrolled students prior to the end of the semester. Officials are confident that the State has enough supply for all who want to be vaccinated, but they do anticipate an initial rush at the beginning of this next eligibility period. We will work with our health-care partners to schedule opportunities for on-campus vaccinations as soon as possible.

Therefore, you can wait for the vaccine to be offered on campus later in the semester, or you may register for an appointment beginning April 1 through local public health departments, pharmacies, and other providers that may have available supply. Please visit ct.gov for more information on how to schedule an appointment. Local health and vaccine providers have been advised that a student ID is sufficient to demonstrate in-state eligibility to receive a vaccine.

We encourage everyone in our community to get vaccinated to protect yourself and those you care about. Vaccinations will also help us return to a more traditional college experience this fall. If our University community attains a high level of natural or acquired COVID-19 immunity before July 1, 2021, we are confident that our campus will be able to roll back some of the comprehensive health measures put in pace to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

\We know you have questions about the vaccine. Please visit our new Vaccine Information web page to learn more about its safety and efficacy, reasons to be vaccinated, and the facts behind some common myths. We also invite you to attend our Town Hall, Educate and Encourage–Overcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy, and hear the facts from experts who will dispel misconceptions about the vaccine. The event takes place on Thursday, April 1, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. via zoom. Visit our website to register or learn more.

Our goal is to make vaccinations available to as many students as possible, as quickly as possible. We will update the community as any additional details are shared with us. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact COVID19@hartford.edu.

Thank you,
COVID-19 Planning Group

Dear Classes of 2020 and 2021,

After an extremely difficult last 12 months—which included twice having to write a painful letter postponing Commencement, one of our most cherished traditions—I write today with excitement to update you on our plans for honoring the Classes of 2020 and 2021 this spring.

I appreciate your patience in recent weeks. We have been evaluating different scenarios for months, constantly evaluating changing state guidelines and the recommendations of health experts. I am pleased today to outline details about our Commencement Weekend in May.

UHart will host six separate ceremonies at the XL Center in downtown Hartford during the weekend of Saturday, May 15, and Sunday, May 16. This venue gives us the best option to safely welcome our graduates and guests, without the additional weather concerns related to outdoor ceremonies. These ceremonies will be streamlined to keep the focus where it belongs—on the students from the Classes of 2020 and 2021 and their wonderful accomplishments during these most challenging of times.

Understanding that some will not be with us in person that weekend, I want to emphasize that each of the ceremonies will be livestreamed and that the names of all graduating students will be read, regardless of whether they are celebrating in person or at home.

Now, the details:

  • Ceremony start times each day will be 8:30 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. Each ceremony will be approximately 90 minutes in length, and the arena will be thoroughly sanitized and air circulated between ceremonies.
  • Each ceremony will host no more than 400 students and two ticketed guests each, in order to comply with state-mandated capacity limits for the XL Center. This means that we will need to carefully evaluate anticipated student attendance by school and college before officially assigning days and times. Thus, we ask that all graduates planning to attend in person that weekend complete this form by April 6. You will receive your ceremony date and time shortly thereafter. Due to the size restrictions, special requests for dates and times cannot be accommodated.
  • All graduates and guests will be required to wear face coverings at all times and adhere to social-distancing guidelines.
  • Students responding that they would like to attend in person will be allotted two tickets each for their guests, emailed to them directly from the XL Center—and valid for the specified ceremony only. All seating is assigned to allow for 6-foot distancing between other family groups within the arena. No tickets will be available during Commencement Weekend, and graduates and guests must not arrive earlier than one hour prior to the ceremony start time.
  • To celebrate the achievements of our doctoral students, we will host a small hooding ceremony on campus at a date to be announced.

Some of you may be wondering why all of our ceremonies can’t be outdoors on campus. With the construction of our new academic building, the Francis X. and Nancy Hursey Center for Advanced Engineering and Health Professions, there is not a large enough space on campus to have one main ceremony as we have done in the past. We did consider hosting multiple smaller ceremonies on campus, but the intricate requirements that come with providing sufficient cleaning and disinfection, security, and event guides are truly best handled by a larger professional events team, such as the XL Center staff. Again, weather concerns could have forced one or more ceremonies to be canceled last minute, a significant risk we wanted to avoid for our graduates and families.

The UHart main campus will be open to graduating students and their guests on May 15–16 to allow graduates to take photos with their friends and families at their favorite outdoor campus locations before or after their ceremony.

I am sure you have more questions—or will in the weeks to come. Please do not hesitate to email us or follow updates on our Commencement website. In the meantime, those planning to attend in person are asked to complete our response form and order their cap and gown by April 6.

To our graduates in the Classes of 2020 and 2021: Whether we honor you in person or virtually on May 15 and 16, please know that it is with great pride that we gather to celebrate your achievements. As you hear your name called that weekend, it will not only be a tribute to your academic achievements but a testimony to the grace and resilience you have shown in overcoming the many obstacles you faced completing your final semester(s) in a pandemic-restricted world.

Congratulations to you all. This is a huge milestone in your life and I am so happy that our great University brought you to this moment. I, for one, cannot wait to celebrate with you.

Gregory Woodward
President

Dear Students,

We made it to Friday, a historic day as our Hartford Hawks take on Baylor in the Men’s Basketball NCAA Tournament at 3:30 p.m. There are screens up in the Commons and we will broadcast the coverage on the outdoor sound system. There are seating areas available but there is no indoor dining and masks and distancing are required. We look forward to welcoming our Hawks back to campus at a later date and hopefully a larger celebration in the spring.

We know that celebrations and the improving weather make it tempting to drop your guard, but we are asking you to stay focused on protecting yourself and the campus community. We saw significant increases in our positive cases this week. As things open up around us, please remember that a negative COVID-19 test is not a guarantee that you do not have the virus. It may be too early in your infection for a test to detect it. You may still be contagious and pass the virus to others you care about.

We have several brief updates to share regarding student gatherings, travel restrictions, and COVID-19 vaccines.

Student Gatherings

As you may be aware, effective today, the state has increased the indoor gathering capacity for private residences to 25. Our University policy is not changing. For students who live in off-campus units, we will continue to limit gatherings at off-campus living units to 10 people. Students in violation of the  off-campus behavior policy will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution.

Travel Restrictions

As of today, the state of Connecticut travel advisory is no longer in effect. The state is reminding residents that the CDC recommends against travel at this time as it increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19, including new variants. We are still asking residential students to remain on campus as much as possible, and we strongly recommend all students avoid non-essential travel outside of the Hartford area. For those who may have traveled recently, please follow the travel-related guidance from the CDC and Connecticut Department of Public Health. You are also required to truthfully fill out your LiveSafe app before entering campus.

COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-Out

As you likely know, we anticipate Connecticut college students will be eligible to receive the vaccine on April 5. We are developing a plan with local and state public health authorities that will enable all current students, including those who are not permanent Connecticut residents, to get vaccinated on campus or to have access through one of our campus partners. We encourage you to get vaccinated and are committed to making this process as simple as possible. We will continue to update you on our plans and will publish a section on the Healthy Hawks website next week.

We hope you are taking advantage of the warm, sunny days this week and are getting outside with your friends. Our fire pit, Adirondack chairs, benches, etc. are all available for you. (Please remember to stay masked up and socially distant, just as you would inside.) Thank you for your continued efforts to keep our campus and the community safe. We know it isn’t always easy—but it is appreciated.

Go Hawks!
COVID-19 Planning Group

Dear Students,
 
Over the past few days, there has been a concerning increase in COVID-19 cases. We currently have 51 active student positive cases, 28 of which are from this week. 
Through contact tracing, we have linked 24 of these new positive cases to small gatherings, specifically among Greek life organizations. After consulting with our healthcare partners, we do not believe these cases are leading to a widespread issue on campus at this time. But we do need to immediately take some extra precautions. All Greek life activities are paused immediately and until further notice. 

In addition, effective at 11 a.m. today, March 17, campus dining will move to a take-out only format through Tuesday, when we will have our next round of residential student testing. We will make a decision about whether to reopen dining facilities when we get those test results.
 
This is a crucial reminder: the careless and irresponsible actions of a few can have very real consequences for our entire campus, including the vast majority of students who are complying with health and safety guidelines, and are doing everything they can to protect the community. Be smart. Even though some restrictions are easing in our area, we remain in the midst of a pandemic. As this recent increase in cases indicates, COVID-19 is still here.
 
Today is St. Patrick’s Day. The men’s basketball team is in the NCAA Tournament on Friday. We understand there are reasons to celebrate with your friends. You want to go out to dinner and go to parties, but now is not the time. Another increase in cases could very well lead to even stricter mitigation measures. Since classes began in September, we have been urging you to follow the rules in place to keep us all safe; they are not new and can all be found on our Healthy Hawks website. Failure to comply will lead to a referral to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution.
 
As a reminder:
 
•Do not host or attend parties.
•Do not have guests in your living space.
•Avoid unnecessary travel. 
•Testing appointments are mandatory.
•Report to Health Services if you are ill or receive a positive result from a test taken off campus.
•Complete your LiveSafe health screening every day if you are a residential student, or before coming to campus if you commute.
•Rules and guidelines apply to all students, regardless of whether you have been vaccinated.
 
We will continue to update our online dashboard and share information on the Healthy Hawks website and via email. As always, please email covid19@hartford.edu with any questions or concerns.
 
Please do your part to keep everyone safe. The success of our semester depends on all of you.
 
Thank you.
COVID-19 Planning Group

Dear Students,

As we near the halfway point of the semester, there are many reasons to feel optimistic. COVID-19 cases continue to fall in Connecticut and more people are getting vaccinated. We’re also finally getting a taste of spring weather! All of these factors may make it tempting to drop your guard, but we are asking you today to stay focused on protecting yourself and the campus community.

Through LiveSafe tips and our contact tracers, we are learning that some students are still choosing to break our health and safety rules by gathering in groups. These actions have very real consequences, such as spreading COVID-19 to those you care about and causing others to go into quarantine as a precaution. Please remember: a negative COVID-19 test is not a guarantee that you do not have the virus. It may be too early in your infection for a test to detect it. You may still be contagious and pass the virus to others.

Student Expectations

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, as well as the time you would typically be on spring break, we understand it is difficult to not see friends, go to parties, or participate in more traditional college experiences. We are working on ways to make things easier, but we have to proceed with caution and cannot relax any restrictions if behavior does not improve. Students found responsible for violating the University’s COVID-19-related policies on or off campus will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Resolution.

As a reminder:

  • Do not host or attend parties.
  • Do not have guests in your living space.
  • Testing appointments are mandatory.
  • Report to Health Services if you are ill or receive a positive result from a test taken off campus.
  • Complete your LiveSafe health screening every day if you are a residential student, or before coming to campus if you commute.
  • Rules and guidelines apply to all students, regardless of whether you have been vaccinated.

Another reminder: be honest with contact tracers. There is an expanded “good Samaritan and amnesty” policy in place for those who, during contact tracing, share information that would normally subject them to the conduct process. This is to encourage students to truthfully answer questions related to contact tracing, which is vital to stopping the spread of COVID-19.

We are still asking residential students to remain on campus as much as possible, and we strongly recommend you avoid non-essential travel outside of the Hartford area. If traveling to a location listed on the State’s Travel Advisory List, students must follow all guidelines before returning to in-person activities on campus. This includes quarantine or proof of a negative test (see the Advisory on ct.gov).

Student Life

We hope you are taking advantage of the warm, sunny days this week and are getting outside with your friends. Our fire pit, Adirondack chairs, benches, etc. are all available for you. (Please remember to stay masked up and socially distant, just as you would inside.) In addition, there are several campus events planned for the coming weeks, including a Watch Party for the Men’s Basketball team as it takes on UMass Lowell this Saturday morning. If the Hawks win, they will advance to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament for the first time in program history. The game starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday and will be shown in the Commons during regular meal service.

Thank you for your cooperation,
COVID-19 Planning Group

 

Dear Students,

As we enter March, we remain encouraged by our relatively low number of active COVID-19 cases on campus, and by our community’s cooperation with our health and safety rules and guidelines. For these reasons, we are ready to begin easing some restrictions in our residence hall lounges.

Beginning on Thursday, March 4, lounges in the residential neighborhoods and buildings will be open to all students who live in those same neighborhoods and buildings, regardless of floor. For example, if you live in Poe, you can spend time in any of the floor lounges in Malcolm X, Dubois, Willard, and Poe. If you live in Hawk Hall, you can spend time in any lounge in Hawk Hall, with other students who live in Hawk Hall. Masks and social distancing are still required, and you must follow these spaces’ posted capacity limits.

We have heard from many of our students, particularly first-year students and those living in singles, that isolation is negatively impacting their mental health. We are hopeful that this new policy will help. We will continue to monitor health conditions and trends with an eye of hopefully relaxing restrictions in returning student areas. As a reminder, there are no guests allowed in rooms.

Please note that these policies can change again at any time, depending upon health conditions on and off campus and on your continuing to fulfill all COVID-19 prevention requirements. As a reminder, all of these policies can be found on our Keeping Hawks Healthy website. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Attending your mandatory testing appointment(s).
  • Cooperating with contact tracers.
  • Completing the mandatory daily health screening on the LiveSafe app.

This LiveSafe Health Screening has been required since the fall, but as of Thursday, March 4, you must show documentation that you completed the LiveSafe Health Screening before entering University Commons and the Sports Center. Please be prepared to show your “green check mark” when swiping in to these locations.

Please continue to take advantage of our outdoor gathering spaces, such as the fire pit, on days when the weather cooperates. We also have indoor spaces across campus where you can meet with friends, classmates, and colleagues. Refer to 25Live to review location availability and capacities, or contact the Student Center Administration for further guidance at 860.768.4283 or sca@hartford.edu.

If you have any questions, please email covid19@hartford.edu.

Thank you,

COVID-19 Planning Group

February Updates

Dear Students,

As COVID-19 cases continue to decline in our area, we have decided, in partnership with our health-care partners and the Department of Public Health, to adjust our testing requirement for undergraduate commuter students once February is over.

New Testing Guidelines

Beginning March 1, undergraduate commuter students will not automatically be tested each week. Instead, you will be periodically selected for testing, which will take place on Mondays in the Konover Campus Center. If you are selected for a test, you will be notified the Thursday before and asked to choose a time slot for the following Monday. If you are chosen, it is required that you attend your appointment.

Commuter students living in the immediate area (Hartford, West Hartford, Bloomfield) and those with high contact on campus, such as full-time students, student workers, and members of student organizations, should expect to be selected for testing more frequently than those living farther away and having less contact with the campus community.

Accessing Campus

As you know, all commuters need a University-issued sticker in order to access campus. If you did not receive your sticker during a testing appointment, due to weather conditions or other exemptions, please tell the officer at the front entrance and you will be directed to the Public Safety Office to get your sticker. You have until 11 p.m. on Friday, March 5, to do this. If you do not get your sticker by March 5, you will not be allowed to come to campus.

Thank you for your continued cooperation with our testing program. If you have any questions, please email covid19@hartford.edu.

Thank you.

COVID-19 Planning Group
 

 

Dear Faculty and Staff,

We have an update to share about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Connecticut.

Governor Ned Lamont announced yesterday that the state will follow an age-based approach when determining a schedule for vaccine eligibility, in an effort to make the process more efficient and equitable. Eligibility will be determined by age, not by pre-existing health conditions or the nature of one’s job. The exceptions are pre-k through 12th-grade school staff and teachers, and professional child-care providers. This group will be eligible in March. Connecticut and neighboring states have unfortunately not included higher education in this definition.

The planned vaccine eligibility schedule for the state is as follows:

  • Currently eligible: Age group 65 and older
  • March 1, 2021: Expands to age group 55–64
  • March 22, 2021: Expands to age group 45–54
  • April 12, 2021: Expands to age group 35–44
  • May 3, 2021: Expands to age group 16–34


We encourage all employees to receive the vaccine as soon as they are able to in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and their medical providers. To learn how to make an appointment, and for all other information about the state’s vaccine rollout, please visit ct.gov/covidvaccine.

Thank you,

Human Resources Development

Dear Students,

We hope you had a great weekend. We have some new information about mandatory testing, as well as an update about common spaces in the residence halls.

Residential Life

We are happy to share that starting tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 23, common areas in the residential halls will be open. Declining numbers of COVID-19 cases, and your cooperation in following our health and safety guidelines, made this decision possible. We know that many of you have felt isolated and that connecting with others is a vital part of your college life. These spaces are a great place to spend time socially distanced with friends. We are currently updating the lounges’ occupancy limits. Please make sure to adhere to these posted limits and wear your masks so that we can keep the lounges open.

And, thank you to everyone who made this weekend’s Winter Fest a success! The Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion, and student groups, have more events planned for the coming weeks. Check out the UNotes Calendar and UHart Hub for information.

Testing Update

As part of our ongoing efforts to protect the campus community, we will continue to test all residential students at least once a week on an ongoing basis. Beginning in March, some students will be tested more than once a week as part of our random surveillance testing strategy.

Weekly Rapid Tests

The time slot that you already have for weekly testing will continue to be your regular time slot. If you need to make a permanent change to your weekly testing time slot, please email covidtest@hartford.edu. Remember, these tests are mandatory.

Random PCR Tests

On Mondays, starting March 1, randomly selected residential students will receive PCR tests as a supplement to the weekly rapid tests. Please note that when you are selected for the additional PCR test, you will be tested twice that week: once on Monday and once during your regular time slot on either Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.

If you are selected for a mandatory PCR test, you will be notified by email on Thursday and asked to sign up for an appointment for that coming Monday in Konover. Results from our on-campus PCR tests usually come back in two or three business days. We are hopeful that this increase in testing will help us better identify—and control—potential COVID-19 clusters.

Thank you again for your commitment to keeping UHart healthy. Have a great week!

COVID-19 Planning Group

 

Dear Students,

Happy Friday! We are looking forward to a great weekend on campus.

Winter Fest is tonight and tomorrow night from 7 to 11 p.m. in F Lot. Tonight’s events include ice skating, an outdoor drive-in movie, a caricature artist, and hot chocolate. Tomorrow’s activities feature ice skating, a snow globe photo booth, a caricature artist, and hot beverages. The fire pit across from the Commons will be available all weekend and is a great place to meet socially distanced with friends. Please see UNotes for all the details.

Thank you to the Hartford Events and Activities Team for sponsoring Winter Fest. For more information other upcoming events, visit UHart Hub. If you have any questions about the event or need any accommodations, please email The HEAT at theheat@hartford.edu.

We need your help to make sure this is a safe and fun event. Please make sure to follow all COVID-19 policies, including filling out the LiveSafe Health Screening. And as a reminder, rideshare services and taxis must pick up and drop off in F Lot. Rideshares and taxis are not permitted to pick up students on campus between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

We hope to see you this weekend!

Aaron Isaacs
Dean of Students

 

  
 
 

Dear Students,

Welcome back to campus! Those of us in the Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion are looking forward to connecting with you and helping you spend time with friends in fun and safe ways.

Events

We are excited about the dozens of events we have planned for this semester. Thank you to all of you who shared feedback and ideas. Based on your input, we are offering Trivia Tuesdays, Wellness Wednesdays, and Friday Flicks each week. Coming up this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19 and 20, we are hosting Winter Fest, a two-day event featuring an ice rink, “drive-in” movie, a character drawing event, and a snow globe photo booth.

For information about all of these events, and many more, please visit UHart Hub online. We frequently update the site with new events and activities, so check in often. As a reminder, our events are open to the UHart community only; there are no public events this semester.

Clubs and Organizations

As was the case in the fall, you will be able to meet with your clubs and organizations this semester. We encourage you to hold regular meetings through virtual platforms, but in-person meetings can be held by following strict guidelines. Please see our website for more specific information about reserving space, or contact scasched@hartford.edu sca@hartford.edu with questions.

Event and Engagement Policy

If you are planning an event, please make sure to read the complete Event and Engagement Policy online. There is important information about capacity limits, safety precautions, and other processes you must follow.

We know this is a challenging time and it is hard to feel connected to others. Please remember you are part of a community that cares about you. Feel free to reach out any time and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Sincerely,

Torshia Anderson
Executive Director, Student Engagement and Inclusion

Dear Students,

We have several updates to share about our response to COVID-19, as well as several reasons for optimism. Numbers are still high across the country, but we are happy to report that cases and hospitalizations are decreasing in our local area. Connecticut is making COVID-19 vaccines available to more of the population each week, with additional eligible groups expected to be added in the coming weeks and months. We must keep our guard up and avoid letting “COVID fatigue” jeopardize this progress.

Cases on Campus

The University’s COVID-19 Dashboard is a valuable resource for our community and provides accurate campus data. It is updated weekly, typically on Mondays or Tuesdays, and can be found on the Keeping Hawks Health website. We currently have 18 active cases, with many positives choosing to remain in isolation off campus. This is more than we experienced in the fall semester, but not unexpected given levels in our area and across the country.

Student Life

Health conditions on campus made it possible for us to open the second-floor Sports Center yesterday (please see our website for hours and health guidelines). The fire pit on the residential side of campus is also now available for your use and is a great spot to spend time with friends.

And be sure to check out Winter Fest, from 7­–11 p.m., on Feb. 19 and 20. F Lot will be transformed into a winter carnival, complete with an ice skating rink! Friday night also features an outdoor drive-in movie, a caricature artist, and hot chocolate. Saturday night includes a snow globe photo booth, a caricature artist, and hot beverages. For more information about upcoming events, visit UHart Hub. If you have any questions about the event or need any accommodations, please email The HEAT at theheat@hartford.edu.

As an extra precaution, lounges and common areas in our residences will remain closed through this week. We made this decision based on COVID-19 data specific to our residence halls, as well as a few behavioral issues that have occurred. It remains our hope that these areas can open soon. For this to happen, it is critical that you follow all of the health and safety policies we have communicated to you, including the residential life guest policy. As a reminder, a guest is defined as anyone who does not reside in the same housing unit. You can find all our policies on the Keeping Hawks Healthy website.

Accessing Campus

Commuters may, of course, come to campus to use the library, dining areas, and other facilities. Those buildings all close late in the evening, so considering our policy that prohibits visitors in residence halls, we are restricting commuters from coming to campus between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. To enter campus, commuters must display the yellow H sticker you received after your arrival testing. If you do not have this sticker, please contact covidtest@hartford.edu.

We are also restricting the hours that rideshares can pick up students from F Lot. Ubers, Lyfts, taxis, and other ride services will not be able to pick you up on campus between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

As a reminder, anyone coming on campus must fill out the LiveSafe Health Screening before they arrive. Residential students must complete the screening every day.

Thank you to those who have followed our rules and guidelines so far this semester. With everyone’s cooperation, we are confident we can keep cases down and continue to have a safe and successful semester.

Sincerely,

COVID-19 Planning Group

Dear Students,

I hope your first week of in-person learning went well. Thank you for all of your cooperation during the first two weeks of the spring semester, including our arrival quarantine period and the weekly testing.  

The purpose of my email this evening is to remind you of our residential life guest policyStudents are not permitted to have guests on campus or in their residential spaces outside of their residential units. A guest is defined as anyone who does not reside in the same housing unit. Guests include, but are not limited to, resident students not assigned to the same housing unit/room, parents, family members, and commuter students.

Please also note:

  • Residential students shall only enter the building to which they are assigned.
  • Commuters and other non-residential students are not allowed in the residence halls.
  • No visitors are permitted to enter apartments or suites.
  • Guests are not permitted in any on-campus housing unit at any time. Only the resident(s) assigned to a room, suite or apartment may be in the housing unit.
  • Overnight guests are not permitted at any time.
  • Gatherings of any size within campus housing units will not be permitted at any time. 
  • Large indoor gatherings or 'parties'—on or off campus—will not be permitted at any time. 

Additionally, a reminder that we will be keeping our lounges and common areas closed through Feb. 14, as an extra precaution. We have centralized all rideshare deliveries and drop-offs to F Lot (Konover). There may be some cases in which immediate family members need to come to campus. In those instances, an immediate family member is required to submit a request form at least 24 hours in advance.

We are still encouraging residential students to remain on campus as much as possible, limiting community exposure and spread on and off campus. We strongly recommend you avoid non-essential travel outside of campus and the Hartford area. If traveling to a location listed on the State’s Travel Advisory List, students must follow all guidelines before returning to in-person activities on campus. This includes quarantine or proof of a negative test (see the Advisory on ct.gov). 

Please continue to follow all healthy and safety guidelines, and behavior expectations, which you can find on our Keeping Hawks Healthy website. Wear your mask, practice social distancing, and attend your required testing appointments. We know you are tired of these restrictions, but we appreciate your partnership to keep moving toward normal operations; with the number of COVID cases being higher than in the fall, they are necessary. We will continue to review these policies in the hopes of easing some of them as the semester continues. These decisions will depend on the advice of public health experts, our weekly testing results, and on the willingness of all of you to make smart and safe choices.

Stay connected through in-person and virtual events and activities planned for the upcoming weeks. Please see UHart Hub for information on the upcoming Winter Fest, as well as details for virtual trivia and bingo, Wellness Wednesdays, and more.

Aaron Isaacs
Dean of Students

Dear Students,

Thank you for all of your cooperation during our arrival quarantine period, which helped us begin the semester as healthy and safely as possible. We are cautiously looking forward to resuming more normal operations. In-person classes are starting and dining is reopening with appropriate capacity and social distancing measures in place. We still encourage residential students to remain on campus as much as possible, limiting community exposure and spread on and off campus.

As a community, we must all remain vigilant. Please follow all healthy and safety guidelines, and behavior expectations, which you can find on our Keeping Hawks Healthy website. Wear your mask, practice social distancing, and attend your required testing appointments. As in the fall, students are not permitted to have guests on campus or in their residential spaces outside of their residential units. Also, please note that we will be keeping our lounges and common areas closed for more one week, through Feb. 14, as an extra precaution.

As a University community, we have been successful in working together to protect our community, and these efforts must continue. We know you are tired of these restrictions, but with the number of COVID cases being higher than in the fall, they are necessary.

As a reminder, we have centralized all rideshare deliveries and dropoffs to F Lot (Konover). If you are being picked up or receiving a food delivery, it must be done in F Lot. Other important health reminders:

  • Report to Health Services immediately if you are ill or receive a positive result from a test taken off campus.
  • Complete your LiveSafe health screening every day if you are a residential student, or before coming to campus if you live off campus.
  • Be honest with contact tracers. There is an expanded “good Samaritan and amnesty” policy in place for those who, during contact tracing, share information that would normally subject them to the conduct process. This is to encourage students to truthfully answer questions related to contact tracing, which is vital to stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Although there are no longer restrictions on leaving campus, we strongly recommend you avoid non-essential travel outside of campus and the Hartford area. If you travel to a state that is on the CT Travel Advisory, you must follow the rules of the Advisory and either quarantine or produce proof of a negative test (see the Advisory on ct.gov). All University-sponsored travel is postponed at this time.

As a reminder, students found responsible for violating the University’s COVID-19-related policies on or off campus (i.e. throwing parties, hosting gatherings, guests, conducting themselves in a manner that endangers the health and safety of the community, etc.) may not be permitted to access campus and will not receive a refund for room and board. We will continue to review these policies in the hopes of easing some of them as the semester continues. These decisions will depend on the advice of public health experts, our weekly testing results, and on the willingness of all of you to make smart and safe choices.

To keep you connected, our Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion has dozens of in-person and virtual events and activities planned for the upcoming weeks. One highlight is Winter Fest on Feb. 19 and 20, which features an ice rink, “drive-in’ movie, character drawing, and a photo booth. Please see UHart Hub for information, as well as details for virtual trivia and bingo, Wellness Wednesdays, and more.

Thank you for all you do to keep our community safe. Let’s have a great and safe semester!

Aaron Isaacs
Dean of Students

January Updates

Dear Students,

Welcome back! We have been preparing for your arrival and together we are well underway to repopulating our campus for the spring semester.

As you are aware, the positivity rates in the state of Connecticut and across the country continue to rise. As such, the state of Connecticut, in conjunction with the Department of Health, have laid out specific reopening guidelines for colleges and universities.

The guidelines are intended to limit the potential spread on our own campus, as well as in the regional community. There is a focus on two key areas:

1: Increased testing during the arrival process and throughout the month of February for all students, including commuters.
2. Imposing a self-quarantine, or in our case an “arrival quarantine,” at the start of the semester. They have advised us to limit student’s movements on and off campus, conduct the first week of classes online, and continue to limit large gatherings, while regularly testing our community.

The guidelines have caused us to slightly shift how we will operate this spring particularly as it relates to the arrival quarantine, campus access, and student behavior. Like the start of the fall semester, there are new rules, policies, and expectations that you will have to learn, adjust to, and follow—both on and off campus for the spring semester. These are necessary for the safety of our students, faculty, staff, families, and the larger community. We were extremely successful this past fall with our efforts to keep our community safe and the University open for in-person learning, and I know we can do it again.

Our arrival quarantine is in place to keep you and the community safe by allowing us time to safely test each residential student at multiple points. During this period, we are asking that students remain on campus. If you need to leave campus for clinicals, vaccines, or work or medical appointments, please exercise responsible judgement when entering the neighboring communities. We are trying to give you the information and the tools to keep each other safe and make smart decisions to protect yourself and others. Please, to the extent that you are able, do not leave campus.

Testing


Residential students, you will be tested next week and it will be done according to where you live; that will help us in the contact tracing process. You are mandated to show up for testing and failure to do so will trigger the Conduct process. After that, you will have a regular time each week and will have choices about the day and time.

Commuter students, you will be tested on Feb. 8 and 9, the first week of “in-person” classes. Remember to sign up for a time online. Please keep in mind that the day and time you sign up for will be the same time slot for your required weekly testing, at least through February.

Of course, none of this applies to students who are going to school 100 percent remotely.

Testing for the month of February is mandatory for all residential and commuter students. It is critical that you do not miss your assigned time slot. Students who no show for their designated time will be referred to Conduct.

Other Policies

Access to campus will be limited during the arrival quarantine and throughout the spring semester. As in the fall, students are not permitted to have guests on campus or in their residential spaces outside of their residential family units. We have centralized all rideshare deliveries and drop-offs to F Lot (Konover). If you are being picked up or receiving a food delivery it must be done in F Lot. During the arrival quarantine, Uber and Lyfts for pick-ups will not be allowed on campus after 9 p.m.; food delivery is still permitted.

Students found responsible for violating the University’s COVID-19-related policies on or off campus (i.e. throwing parties, hosting gatherings, guests, conducting themselves in a manner that endangers the health and safety of the community, etc.) may be not be permitted to access campus and will not receive a refund for room and board. As I said in the fall, I am not excited about this hardline, but it is necessary to ensure the safety of our campus. In a normal semester, we would have the opportunity to engage students in more educational-based outcomes and a series of steps or remedies, as we always do. However, the health and safety of our campus is the priority. There will not be exceptions. If you make poor choices that endanger others—on or off campus—you could change the outcome for many.

Everyone will have to be intentional and thoughtful about the choices we make each and every day. It is my sincere hope that you and all members of the University community will make decisions with each other’s health and safety at the forefront.

As a community, I have no doubt in our ability to meet this challenge and it is my hope that you all will continue to embrace an attitude caring for one another as a UHart community.

Let’s continue to keep all Hawks healthy.

Sincerely,

Aaron Isaacs
Dean of Students

Dear Students,

We have some new information to share about our COVID-19 testing requirements for non-residential students.

Testing Dates

As you know, we are requiring students to submit documented results of a negative PCR test that was taken within seven days prior to your campus arrival date, in addition to a rapid test you will take when you first come to campus. To determine your testing dates, please go online and sign up for a rapid test on either Feb. 8 or 9. (This link is also available at hartford.edu/testing). If you sign up for a Feb. 8 test, you must get your off-campus PCR test on Feb. 1 or later. If you sign up for a Feb. 9 timeslot, you must get your off-campus PCR test on Feb. 2 or later.

Please keep in mind that the day and time you sign up for will be the same timeslot for your required weekly testing, at least through February. All subsequent weekly testing will be PCR tests conducted indoors in the lower level basement of the Commons Dining Hall (near Hawks Nest). Results from these tests usually come back in two to three business days. )

Submitting Your Pre-Arrival Test Result


To learn how to submit your negative PCR test results, please visit hartford.edu/testing. Again, this test must be take no sooner than seven days before you will arrive on campus for your Feb. 8 or Feb. 9 testing appointment.

Health Services will review your results within two business days of receiving them. You can check the status of your test approval within Self-Service by going to the same place you went to upload the result. You will also receive an email once your test result is approved. If there are issues with your test result that need to be corrected, you will receive an email from Health Services with instructions for how to correct it.

If you have tested positive for COVID within the past 90 days, please do not retest. Instead, submit your previous positive test results for approval by our medical team.

Testing Upon Arrival On Campus

When you come to campus on your first testing date on Feb. 8 or 9, you will drive to D Lot to check in. We will verify that you submitted your pre-arrival PCR test and that it has been approved. Once verified, you will receive a sticker for your ID showing that you are permitted to be on campus during the spring semester. Again, please ensure that your pre-arrival test is taken no more than seven days prior to your testing date on Feb. 8 or 9, whichever date you sign up for.

If you do not have an approved test, you will not be permitted to remain on campus, and will not receive a sticker. You can only return to campus after a negative PCR test has been submitted and approved.

Next, you will proceed to the testing area in C Lot and get a rapid test. You will wait in your car in a designated waiting area until the results of your rapid test are available.

  • Students who test negative will be released from the waiting area and able to move freely about campus for classes.
  • Students who test positive will be given a PCR test on site and instructed to self-isolate at home for a minimum of 10 days. A member of our medical team will call you to follow up on your health status and to engage in contact tracing.

If you have any questions, please email COVID19@hartford.edu.

Thank you!
COVID-19 Planning Team

Dear Residential Students,

We look forward to welcoming you back to campus beginning next week. Here are some important reminders and updates on what you can expect when you come to campus. 

Pre-Arrival Testing

All students must provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test that was taken within seven days prior to moving in. For example, if you are moving in on Jan. 28, the earliest day you can take a test is Jan. 21. Please see our website for a chart of move-in dates with corresponding testing dates. Our website also provides options for at-home testing for those who are concerned about getting results back in time, as well as instructions for submitting your test via Self-Service. Please remember, if you do not have documentation of a negative test, you will not be approved for access to campus or move-in.

Move-In Process and Arrival Testing

If you have not already signed up for a move-in time slot between Jan. 27 and Jan. 30, please do so through the housing portal. To ensure social distancing and other health and safety protocols are followed, you must sign up for a slot and arrive at that time. We are not able to accommodate students who show up outside of their arrival hours because we will not have the necessary medical staff for testing. Please plan accordingly. If you have any questions, please proactively contact Residential Life at reslife@hartford.edu.

All students will receive a rapid test upon arriving on campus. This is in addition to the PCR test result you are required to provide from the seven days prior to move-in. Both tests are required.

Prior to arrival, please download the NAVICA app; this is how you will receive the rapid test results.

Entering Campus

1: Complete the daily health screening survey on the LiveSafe app; you must receive a green check mark to enter campus. Do not come to campus if you are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms.

2: Enter campus using the Bloomfield Ave. main entrance (by the traffic light).

3: Drive to B Lot and be prepared to show the email stating that your PCR test was approved.

You will not be permitted to enter campus without a copy of this email.

4: UHart staff will provide you with a red sticker for your UHart ID. Make sure you have your ID ready.

Accessing Arrival Testing

1: You will be directed to C Lot, where you will enter a testing tent for your rapid test. When your test is complete, you will park in D Lot to await your test results.

2: You will receive your results via the NAVICA app. If you are negative, show your results to the attendant, you will be given a pass, and you may proceed to your spring housing assignment and move in; you may park in designated areas adjacent to your building and unload your belongings; move your car to your assigned parking lot after two hours. If someone is dropping you off, this guest must always remain outside of the residence halls.

3: If you test positive, you will receive the NAVICA notification and a phone call from a nurse, who will give you instructions for getting a follow-up PCR test on site to confirm the result. If you live within 200 miles of campus, you will be asked to return home to self-isolate until you are cleared by our medical staff. If you live outside of this radius, we will work with you on alternate isolation arrangements during your self-isolation period.

Please note: if you carpool with other students and one of them tests positive, you will be considered a close contact and will also have to self-quarantine off campus.

Arrival Quarantine

As a reminder, all residential students will be required to quarantine on campus until Feb. 7. Classes will still begin on Feb. 1, with the first week of classes being offered only in a remote format.

During this first week, you can treat most of campus as your home, but should not leave campus. The arrival quarantine is based on guidance provided to all Connecticut colleges and universities from the state and the Department of Public Health for a safe reopening of campus. We are asking students to stay on campus during this time to protect our own campus community and those in the community around us.

We know that this is challenging and that there may have to be some exceptions, such as medical appointments. For those who have off-campus jobs, we hope your employers will understand if you take this week off to participate in the campus quarantine as an additional safety precaution. We strongly encourage you to use your best judgement and take your responsibility to public health seriously. Students disregarding state and University guidance will be referred to conduct.

During the arrival quarantine, you will be able to be outdoors. Dining facilities will be open for takeout and there will be a designated pick-up area for food delivery. You will need to eat your food in your room; all general common areas will be off limits until Feb. 8. The library and Health Services will be open by appointment and you can go to the mailroom, the bookstore, and Public Safety. Students will not have access to academic buildings.

All students will be retested before the end of the arrival quarantine. If you test negative, you will be able to leave quarantine after Feb. 7. If you test positive, you will begin a self-isolation period in a space on campus or, if you wish, at home.

Health and Safety Reminders

Please review all of our health and safety guidelines online before you come to campus. During and following our required arrival quarantine, mask wearing, social distancing, a no-guest policy, and other public health precautions from last semester will continue to be in place. Please remember that residential students are required to complete the LiveSafe health screening every day.

As was the case last semester, we are committed to transparency as we communicate information about the health of our community. Our spring COVID-19 Dashboard will be live online beginning Feb. 1, with the first data being shared after the initial rounds of testing.

We know this is a lot of information and that you may still have questions. We remind you to join us for a virtual Town Hall meeting this evening, Thursday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. You can attend by following this link to Webex; registration is not required. You can also email COVID19@hartford.edu and visit our Healthy Hawks website for updates. 

Thank you.

COVID-19 Planning Committee

Dear Students,

We have several important updates to share about our testing requirement for non-residential students, including pre-arrival testing, testing when you first arrive on campus for classes, and for undergraduates, weekly testing for the month of February.

As you know, the University is subject to an arrival quarantine beginning with move-in on Jan. 27 and ending on Feb. 7. The first week of classes (Feb. 1–6) will only be offered in a remote format and non-residential students will not be permitted on campus for any reason. Similarly, we have asked residential students to remain on campus as a part of our commitment to reopening safely. Our Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion is planning several virtual activities for students during this week, and you are welcome to participate. Students not following state or University quarantine restrictions, on or off campus, will be referred to conduct.

Submitting Your Pre-Arrival Test Result

As a reminder, all University students, including non-residential students, must submit a negative PCR COVID-19 test that was taken no more than seven days prior to arrival on campus. If testing is not widely available in your area and you are concerned about getting results back in time, there are several mail-in testing services that can be purchased for at-home collection. You mail the test kit back to the lab and some can have results back within three days. Please see our website for some examples.

Here is how you will submit your test results:

1: Log in to Self-Service.
2: Click on the Student tab.
3: Click on “Upload a COVID test.”
4: Fill out the form and attach your test results. The documentation must clearly show your name, the date the test was performed, and the test result.

Health Services will review your results within two business days of receiving them. You can check the status of your test approval within Self-Service by going to the same place you went to upload the result. You will also receive an email once your test result is approved. If there are issues with your test result that need to be corrected, you will receive an email from Health Services with instructions for how to correct it.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 during the last 90 days, please submit your POSITIVE results using the same process above. Health Services will review the results in order to clear you to return to campus.

 

New On-Campus Testing Requirement

Per updated state guidance, all non-residential students will need to be tested when they first arrive on campus. (Undergraduates also need to be tested for COVID-19 on campus every week in the month of February. This means you should expect to be tested for COVID-19 each week, unless you are registered as a remote student. If you plan to study remotely this spring, and have not already filled out the request form, please make sure you do so here.)

Your first test will take place on Feb. 8 or Feb. 9 during the first week of in-person classes. In order to accommodate the schedules of our non-residential students, undergraduates will be able to sign up for a weekly testing time slot on Monday or Tuesday, and your  testing time will stay the same each week. Soon, you will receive an email with additional information on what to expect and a link to choose your first testing time slot.

Town Halls      

We know this is a lot of information and that you may still have questions. We invite you to join us for a virtual Town Hall meeting on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. You can attend by following this link to Webex; registration is not required. You can also email COVID19@hartford.edu and visit our Healthy Hawks website for updates.

We can do this!

Thank you,

COVID-19 Planning Group

Dear Faculty and Staff,

As we look forward to the start of the spring semester, we want to provide some updates and reminders. 

Department heads should continue to assess their business needs for staffing their units. Where possible, and most especially through the month of February, remote work should continue.

We know that many of you are wondering whether you are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine due to the nature of your job. The University will follow all CDC, Department of Public Health, and state of Connecticut guidance as it pertains to the rollout of vaccinations for our faculty and staff. As further guidance emerges regarding vaccine distribution and return to work, we will be sure to communicate this to the campus. Please be patient as the guidance is frequently changing.

We recommend all employees to closely monitor the phased rollout of the vaccine and we will continue to share information as it becomes available. We encourage all employees to receive the vaccine as soon as they are able to in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and their medical providers. Phase 1b already includes those age 75 and older with new groups expected to be added in the coming days and weeks.

Accommodation Requests

The University will continue to follow its established process for COVID-19 and disability accommodations, including engaging in an interactive process with faculty and staff to determine whether they require reasonable accommodations to perform the essential functions of their job amidst the pandemic.

If faculty or staff have a medical condition that could reasonably affect their ability to safely perform their duties on campus, they must request a reasonable accommodation through HRD and go through the interactive process. Based on the information obtained through that process, a determination will be made as to whether the employee qualifies for a reasonable accommodation.

Testing

Faculty and staff are invited to begin the semester with a free PCR COVID-19 test on Monday, Feb. 8. Please sign up for a test online by Feb. 1.

As was offered in the fall, all faculty and staff will also continue to have access to one additional free asymptomatic test after the month of February. Additional information about how to sign up for a time slot throughout the semester will be forthcoming.

Quarantine and/or Isolation

The University will adhere to state of Connecticut guidance regarding quarantine and/or isolation after potential exposure to an affected individual. The University will strictly enforce a 10-day quarantine for an exposure. Employees will not be permitted to “test out” of a quarantine or isolation period. 

For Staff:
  • Essential employees (such as those who work in Public Safety or Facilities who cannot perform their duties from home) with a diagnosis or a presumed diagnosis of COVID-19 should provide HRD with medical documentation. These employees will be asked to stay home and report time as “University Close.”
  • Essential employees required to self-quarantine because of an exposure at work will be asked to stay at home and report time as “University Close.”
  • Essential employees required to self-quarantine because of an exposure outside of work will be asked to first use vacation and personal time, as with any other illness. If the bank has exhausted, this will be unpaid time.
  • Non-essential employees (those who can continue business operations by working from home) who are required to self-quarantine should continue to work and report time as normal. If they are not feeling well, the employee should use their bank of personal and/or vacation time, as with any other illness.  If the bank(s) are exhausted, this time will be unpaid.
  • Non-essential employees with a diagnosis or a presumed diagnosis of COVID-19 should provide HRD with medical documentation. If the employee feels well enough to continue working, they should do so. Employees who do not feel well enough to continue work will be directed to first use personal or vacation time, as with any other illness. If the bank has been exhausted, this will be unpaid time. If the absence extends to a sixth consecutive day, the University’s short-term disability coverage may apply in accordance with the Employment Manual.
For Faculty:
  • Faculty members who have been exposed to COVID-19 or who have an actual or presumed diagnosis should quarantine at home. If they are feeling well enough to teach from home, they may do so. Please let your department chair and dean know of your situation.

Masks, Hand Sanitizer, and Cleaning Supplies

As detailed in the University’s Return to Work Guide, masks are required outside of your own personal work space. Masks should fully cover your mouth and nose.

If your department is in need of hand sanitizer and/or other cleaning supplies, please make your request using the online reporting feature on the Facilities website. You will then be contacted to make arrangements for either delivery or pick-up.

On-Campus Health Center—Hartford HealthCare (HHC)

We pleased to report that we have been able to contract with HHC for faculty and staff to use the on-campus Health Center as an urgent care center.

Just like a traditional urgent care center, this is for routine care. These services are not meant as a replacement for a primary care doctor or specialists, but will support services such as treatment for sore throats and sinus infections. Providers will prescribe as necessary, though they are not able to provide routine refills of maintenance medications. Additional details will be shared as Health Services finalizes plans and resources for the semester.

Health Screening

Employees should continue to complete the Live Safe Health Screening Survey each day they are schedule to report to work. As a reminder, if, based on your reported responses, you receive a Red X and a “Do not report to campus message,” a nurse health-team member will contact you to discuss your specific situation and the process to return to work.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we continue to navigate the next phase of this pandemic.

We hope you continue to be well.

Thank you,
Human Resources Development

Dear Residential Students,

We have several important updates to share about move-in, testing, and what life on campus will be like during our arrival quarantine period.

Move-in on Campus

As a reminder, all residential students will move in from Jan. 27 to 30. We know some of you may already have travel plans or have approved move-in times for other reasons; please contact Residential Life at reslife@hartford.edu and someone from that team will work with you to discuss your arrangements. All residential students must sign up for a move-in time slot between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. We are implementing a new system for you to sign up for a move-in time, which will also allow swipe access to campus. Specific instructions for sign-up will be forthcoming.

In accordance with new state guidelines, all students will receive a rapid test upon arriving on campus. This test will be administered in addition to the PCR test result you are required to provide from the seven days prior to move-in. Both tests are required. If you test negative, you will be free to move into your residence. If you test positive, and you live within 200 miles of campus, you will be asked to return home to self-isolate until you are cleared by our medical staff. If you live outside of this radius, we will work with you on alternate isolation arrangements during your self-isolation period.

Please note: if you carpool with other students and one of them tests positive, you will be considered a close contact and will also have to self-quarantine off campus.

We ask that only one person accompany you for drop-off, if possible, and this guest must remain outside of the residence halls at all times. If you are in need of special assistance or accommodation, please email reslife@hartford.edu.

Arrival Quarantine

As a reminder, all residential students, regardless of advisory state residency or move-in date, will be required to quarantine on campus until Feb. 7. Classes will still begin on Feb. 1, with the first week of classes being offered only in a remote format.
 
This arrival quarantine is different from the typical quarantine period you would enter into for medical reasons. During this first week, you can treat most of campus as your home, but should not leave campus. And all health and safety guidelines (masks, social distancing, no visitors or guests in residential spaces, etc.) will be in effect.

During this time, you will be able to be outdoors for fresh air and can go for walks around campus. Commons and GSU will be open and offering their regular selections in a takeout format. We will also designate a pick-up area should you wish to order food for delivery. You will need to eat your food in your room; all general common areas will be off limits until Feb. 8. You can go to the mailroom, stop by the bookstore to pick up your new books, and visit the library (by appointment). Health Services will also be open by appointment and Public Safety will be accessible, but students will not have access to academic buildings. Our Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion is planning several virtual activities for students during this week. Some student workers will be permitted to perform essential job functions on campus; we are asking supervisors to communicate with these students directly.

All students will be retested before the end of the arrival quarantine. If you test negative, you will be able to leave quarantine after Feb. 7. If you test positive, you will begin a self-isolation period in a space on campus or, if you wish, at home.

Again, please do not leave campus during this arrival quarantine. We are committed to working with the state to limit movement within our neighboring communities and prevent the spread of COVID-19. We recognize there have to be some exceptions, such as vaccine or medical appointments, and that some of you need to report to work off campus. However, it is critical that you think of the campus as having a bubble surrounding it and do your part to not break that barrier. We will monitor the front gate—but a great deal depends on you. Students not following the state and/or University quarantine guidelines will be referred to conduct.

Submit Your COVID-19 Test Results Prior to Arrival

As communicated, all students are required to provide documentation of a negative PCR COVID-19 test that was taken within seven days prior to moving in. If testing is not widely available in your area and you are concerned about getting results back in time, there are several mail-in testing services that can be purchased for at-home collection. You mail the test kit back to the lab and some can have results back within 2–3 days. Please see our website for some examples.
 
Here is how you will submit your test results:

1: Log in to Self-Service.

2: Click on the Student tab.

3: Click on “Upload a COVID test.”

4: Fill out the form and attach your test results. The documentation must clearly show your name, the date the test was performed, and the test result.

Health Services will review your results within two business days of receiving them. You can check the status of your test approval within Self-Service by going to the same place you went to upload the result. You will also receive an email once your test result is approved. If there are issues with your test result that need to be corrected, you will receive an email from Health Services with instructions for how to correct it.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 during the last 90 days, please submit your POSITIVE results using the same process above. Health Services will review the results in order to clear you to return to campus.

Town Hall  

We are sure you have questions! We will be holding a virtual Town Hall meeting for students and parents during the evening of Thursday, Jan. 21. We will share sign-up information soon. In the meantime, please email COVID19@hartford.edu for assistance and check our Healthy Hawks website for updates.

We can do this!

Thank you,
COVID-19 Planning Group

Dear University of Hartford Community,

As we begin the new year, we are monitoring the changing health conditions in Connecticut and across the country. It has become increasingly clear that COVID-19 will continue to have a major impact on our campus and our community this spring. We are in daily communication with health-care partners and state health officials, and while we are awaiting their final guidance for reopening campus, we want to share the following updates to inform your planning and decision making. The University will continue to share additional information as we know more in the coming week.

In consultation with the state of Connecticut and the Department of Public Health, we are adjusting campus move-in to take place from January 27 to 30. All residential students, regardless of advisory state residency, will be required to quarantine on campus. We will maintain a full campus quarantine until February 7, with the first week of classes being offered only in a remote format. We will not be able to have any gatherings on campus during this time, and we will be asking all residential students to remain on campus to limit movement within the regional community. Meals for this week will be grab-and-go. Students will be able to spend time outdoors. Commuter students will not be able to access campus during the quarantine period. On February 8, we will resume in-person instruction, in addition to our blended offerings of hybrid, remote, and online courses. Dependent on state and health-agency recommendations, campus will return to normal operations at that time.

Move-In and Quarantine

All residential students must sign up for a move-in slot in order to ensure that social distancing and other health and safety guidelines are followed. You will receive an email next week with instructions on how to sign up online for an available time slot. We know some of you may already have travel plans or have approved move-in times for other reasons; we will work with you individually to discuss your arrangements. Please note that exceptions to the on-campus quarantine are not able to be accommodated. Again, all residential students are required to complete their quarantine on campus per state of Connecticut guidance.

As a reminder, masks will be required throughout spring move-in and no guests are allowed in any of the campus residence halls or buildings. We ask that only one person accompany you for drop-off, if possible, and this guest must remain outside of the residence halls at all times. If you are in need of special assistance or accommodation, please email reslife@hartford.edu.

Testing

The state of Connecticut is requiring significant mandatory testing on campus for residential students and commuters this semester. We have not received our final guidance but we are actively planning for elevated testing requirements and will share additional information soon. All undergraduate students can expect to be tested weekly for at least the first month on campus.

As a reminder, all students are required to provide documentation of a negative PCR COVID-19 test that was taken within seven days prior to moving in or, for commuters, within seven days prior to attending your first class on campus.Students living off campus who are traveling back to Connecticut from a state that falls under the CT Travel Advisory must follow additional requirements from the state. We will share additional information about how to submit your test results next week.

Campus Life

Changing our timelines, and following the guidance for quarantine and testing, positions us to begin the semester in a manner that safeguards the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and regional community. During and following our required campus quarantine, mask-wearing, social distancing, a no-guest policy, and other public health precautions from last semester will continue to be in place. It is our hope that as the vaccine is distributed and conditions improve, we will be able to loosen these restrictions. Just like last semester, it will be up to all of us to keep each other safe, healthy, and on campus for in-person instruction.

To help you stay connected to friends, our Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion has dozens of events scheduled for this semester, both virtual and in person (following quarantine). An ice rink, polar golf, scavenger hunts, virtual trivia and bingo, food trucks, and movie nights are among the many events and activities planned for the semester. A full schedule will be available online soon.

You will hear more in the coming days and weeks about move-in logistics, testing requirements, and quarantine expectations as we prepare to return. We know this is a lot of information and that you will have questions. Updated resources and frequently asked questions will continue to be added to our Healthy Hawks website; please email COVID19@hartford.edu for additional assistance.

Please know that we are completely dedicated to developing plans that will allow us all to return to campus safely. We continue to appreciate your patience and partnership, and look forward to welcoming you back to campus later this month.

Last semester, the University of Hartford was one of the most successful institutions in the country in maintaining a safe and healthy campus. You did this. You were amazing. Let’s show the world we can do it again. Thank you for your generous spirit in the interest of our special community. Here’s to Healthy Hawks soaring again in 2021!

Sincerely,

Greg Woodward
President

December Updates

Dear Students,

I hope you are enjoying your break so far and are finding some time to relax.

I have an update to share about the testing requirement for the beginning of the spring semester. As a reminder, classes begin on Feb. 1, 2021. In order to come to campus, you will need to show documentation of a negative diagnostic COVID-19 test that was taken within seven days prior to your arrival. Please note that only PCR tests fulfill this requirement. We will not be accepting antibody or rapid antigen tests. We will share information about how to provide your documentation after the holidays.

In addition, students impacted by the Connecticut Travel Advisory will need to follow the state’s requirements for quarantining and/or testing out of the quarantine. As of now, the advisory applies to all states other than New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, as well as all countries. You can read the full CT Travel Advisory on ct.gov.

As has been the case all year, state guidance and advice from health experts could evolve and cause us to change our plans, so please remain as flexible as possible in your planning. Continue to check your hartford.edu email for updates throughout your break. You can also find updates on our Healthy Hawks website. If you have questions, please email COVID19@hartford.edu, which will continue to be monitored when the University is closed for holiday break from Dec. 24 through Jan. 3.

Happy holidays!

Katie Kitchens
Director of Student Services and Advising

Dear Residential Students,

We have several important updates to share about the upcoming spring semester, including new information about testing and move-in dates, as well as key deadlines for making decisions about living in University housing. As has been the case all year, state guidance and advice from health experts could evolve and cause us to change our plans.

As we previously communicated, there will be two different move-in periods due to the Connecticut Travel Advisory. Please note that the Travel Advisory is subject to change at any time, so please remain as flexible as possible in your planning. You can read the full CT Travel Advisory on ct.gov.

Students from Travel Advisory States and Countries

NEW INFORMATION

Residential students from affected states or countries will move back to campus on Saturday, Jan. 23, or Sunday, Jan. 24. Students who did not live in University housing this fall will move in on Friday, Jan. 22. This is a slight change from previously announced plans. Instructions for signing up for a move-in slot will be shared in January.

We have also extended our required testing timeline because we know it is difficult to quickly obtain test results in many states. You must now show documentation of a negative PCR COVID-19 test that was taken within seven days prior to moving in.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS
  • We will not be accepting antibody or rapid antigen tests.
  • You cannot move into the residence halls without a negative test result. Information about how to submit your results will be coming soon.
  • You will quarantine in your spring housing assignment when you move in.
  • You will be tested on Monday, Jan. 25. If your results are negative, you can resume normal on-campus activity if you are asymptomatic. If the results are positive or you become symptomatic, you will be moved to isolation.

Students Not Impacted by the Connecticut Travel Advisory

NEW INFORMATION

Students who did not live in the residence halls in the fall will move in on Thursday, Jan. 28.

Instructions for signing up for a move-in slot will be shared in January. You must show documentation of a negative diagnostic PCR COVID-19 test that was taken within seven days prior to moving in.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS
  • Returning students will move back to campus residence halls between Friday, Jan. 29, and Sunday, Jan. 31.
  • We will not be accepting antibody or rapid antigen tests.
  • You cannot move into the residence halls without this test result. Information about how to submit your results will be coming soon.

Health and Safety Reminders for All Residential Students

As always, social distancing and masks will be required throughout spring move-in. As a reminder, no guests are allowed in any of the campus residence halls or buildings. If you have someone coming to campus to drop you off they must fill out the LiveSafe health survey prior to arriving via the app or online. They must also remain outside your residence hall at all times.

Important Deadlines for Residential Students

We know some of you are still making decisions about the spring. To help guide your planning, here is the policy to keep in mind if you do end up choosing to withdraw from University housing during the following time periods:

  • Now–Jan. 11: Housing fees will be refunded in full.
  • Jan. 12–Jan. 22: Housing fees will be refunded, other than a $150 cancellation fee.
  • Jan. 23–28: Housing fees will be refunded, other than a $350 cancellation fee.
  • Jan. 29–Feb. 7: Housing fees will be refunded in the amount of 50% of the semester.
  • Feb. 8 and after: No refund will be issued.

As a reminder, the University housing requirement requires full-time undergraduate students to live in on-campus housing and participate in a meal plan during their first two years, barring outlined exceptions. Students not granted an exception will be charged standard pricing for room and board as a part of our routine billing procedures, and subject to the above deadlines.

Please continue to check your hartford.edu email for updates. If you have any questions about University housing, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Residential Life at reslife@hartford.edu. If you have questions about our response to COVID-19, please email COVID19@hartford.edu, which will continue to be monitored when the University is closed for holiday break from Dec. 24 through Jan. 3.

Thank you,

Jill Engel-Hellman
Director of Residential Life

Dear Students,

Now that finals have ended, I want to congratulate you on all of your success this semester and wish you a happy and healthy winter break. You certainly deserve it! I hope you are able to find some time to rest and recharge, and to reflect on all you have accomplished. I also send best wishes to our fall graduates who are embarking upon new careers, further education, and other endeavors. You will always be part of the UHart family and we are proud of you.

I am truly looking forward to the spring semester and am confident we will once again provide a high-quality, safe, and engaging on-campus experience. You and your faculty have proven you can excel in flexible learning formats with shared goals of excellence. Our Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion (OSEI) is busy planning events, activities, and experiences for your return. We are exploring new options and also bringing back two student favorites: food trucks and Friday Flicks. OSEI is of course interested in your ideas, so please send them to sei@hartford.edu.

We will have many updates about testing, move-in, and other topics to share over the next few weeks, so please keep your eye on your hartford.edu email account over break. We will also post information on the Healthy Hawks website and you can email your questions to covid19@hartford.edu. As always, do not hesitate to reach out if we can help with advising, academics, housing, finances, or other issues. Email css@hartford.eduto be connected with the appropriate resources at any point over the winter break.

Thank you for your dedication and commitment this fall. Your generous spirits made this semester a success in so many positive ways. See you in 2021!

Greg Woodward
President

November Updates

Dear University of Hartford Community,

We did it! I am immensely proud of our community.

When I announced the University would hold in-person classes and bring residential students to campus this fall, I knew it wouldn’t be easy. We all had to adjust to new ways of learning, teaching, and socializing, while coping with additional personal and professional stressors caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past few months, we watched as schools in Connecticut and across the country pivoted to a fully remote model due to rising cases. We were prepared and we were committed. We never gave up, and here we are, on Nov. 25, celebrating the incredible accomplishment of finishing our in-person classes exactly as scheduled. We worked together to make this possible and we can all feel tremendous pride in this result.

The success of the past few months gives me a sense of great optimism for the upcoming spring semester. As communicated, and dependent on current guidance, we will again offer a residential experience with a mix of in-person, remote, online, and hybrid classes. Instruction begins on Feb. 1, with move-in taking place over the 10 days before classes start. Between now and February, the University will closely review our processes and policies to build upon what worked well and to adjust any areas that may need improvement. Please continue to share your ideas for teaching, learning, and safe events and experiences with the Office of the Provost and the Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion to add to what is being planned for the spring semester. Additional information will continue to be shared via email over the winter break.

To the faculty and staff, thank you for persevering through a semester unlike any other. You adapted to changing course models and dealt with challenging logistics, all while supporting and teaching our students and helping to keep them safe. And to the students, thank you for your dedication and commitment to your education, your resilience, and your unselfish commitment to do everything in your power to help keep us safe and on campus this fall. You have been true partners—and I am impressed and moved by your efforts.

UHart truly outshone most of the schools in this country in our response to the pandemic, and this success is a testament to the efforts, courage, and sacrifices of our entire University community. Together, we have made this semester a success.

Best wishes for the last week of classes and finals. As a reminder, campus is now closed to students; only those with prior approval will have access to buildings and grounds. Please enjoy a happy, healthy, and restful holiday season and winter break with your families. I look forward to welcoming you back in 2021.

Sincerely,

Greg Woodward

Dear Students,

Now that we are just a week away from the end of in-person classes for the fall semester, it is important to think about how you will protect yourself—and your friends and family—over the holidays and throughout the winter. You have all worked incredibly hard this semester to keep yourself and our campus community safe. It is crucial not to let your guard down once you leave campus.

Health experts are warning that Thanksgiving celebrations, coupled with people traveling from state to state, could cause a spike in COVID-19 infections. The Connecticut Department of Public Health is offering the following recommendations for University students who are traveling home for the holidays.

SAFE TRAVEL RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Quarantine for 14 days before mingling or socializing with family members at their homes.
  • Get tested before leaving college or immediately upon arriving home, and then again at day seven of your quarantine if possible. (Please see our website for testing options on campus and in the Hartford area.)
  • Complete the 14-day quarantine even if the test results are negative.
  • If you have family members at high risk of complications from COVID-19 (over the age of 60, with chronic medical conditions, etc.) consider completing your quarantine somewhere other than with those high-risk family members.
  • Avoid large social gatherings or reunions, which pose a high risk for spreading COVID-19.
  • Check travel restrictions for your destination before you go.
  • Always wear a mask in public settings and on public transportation. If you are infected with COVID-19, have symptoms, or are within a mandatory quarantine period due to close contact with a known case, avoid public transportation if at all possible.
  • Get your flu shot before you travel.
ADDITIONAL PRECAUTIONS
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from anyone who is not in your household.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your mask, eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Bring extra supplies, such as masks and hand sanitizer.

Please see the CDC’s Thanksgiving Holiday Preparation Guide for more tips on staying safe this holiday season.

Thank you,

Jessica Nicklin
Associate Vice President for Student Success
COVID-19 Coordinator

Dear Residential Students,

Believe it or not, we are just one week away from fall semester move-out. As a reminder, residence halls close at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Please complete a Late Stay Request form if you are unable to leave campus by this day and time due to a late class or travel issues.

The Residential Life staff is committed to making move-out a safe and smooth process. To help us accomplish this, please read this email carefully, as it contains important information about the end-of-semester closing that applies to all residential students.

As a reminder, guests are not allowed inside the residence halls. If you do have someone coming to campus to help you move out, they must stay outside at all times. Also, please ask them to fill out the LiveSafe Health Screening before arriving.

Preparing to Leave Campus

Please note: Residence Life staff will inspect all rooms, suites, and apartments after you have departed to ensure all has been done to properly close up your room.

Bring the following items home:

  • Everything of value (sentimental, money, expensive items, etc.)
  • Pet fish and plants
  • Candles and incense (previously lit or unlit), extension cords, multi-plug adaptors, and appliances. These items are not permitted.

Clean your space:

  • Garbage bags, boxes, and labels can be picked up from the Office of Residential Life or your RA.
  • Thoroughly clean your housing unit (mop, sweep, vacuum, put items away).
  • Remove and dispose of all perishable items (milk, vegetables/fruit, meat, etc.) from all refrigerators.
  • Dispose of all opened food not stored in a container.
  • Take all recycling and trash to a recycling receptacle or dumpster. (There is a $25/bag fee for trash that has not been removed from you housing unit).

Other preparations:

  • Ensure any unassigned bed spaces are free of belongings and available for a new student to move-in before the first day of classes.
  • Unplug all items in room/suite/apartment – except refrigerators. All refrigerators should remain plugged in.
  • Close and lock all windows.
  • Put shades halfway down on floors 2-5 and all the way down on first floors.
  • Adjust your heat as specified below:
    • •Park River/Regents Park/Village – set thermostats to 65 degrees
    • Neighborhoods A-F – turn off heating units
    • Hawk Hall – residents do not need to do anything
    • Turn off all lights.
  • Lock room/suite/apartment door(s) and take keys and ID home with you.

Double occupancy rooms only

  • Clearly delineate which items belong to each roommate (place belongings onto/next to each student’s bed).

Regent's Park only

  • Move all items from common areas (bathrooms and living areas) to your personal living space and/or clearly mark, with a label, who owns each item.
  • Remove all items from bathroom towel bars, sinks and counters so that Facilities can fully clean every bathroom.
  • Wash dishes or be billed $50 to clean any unwashed dishes.

Park River and Village Apartments only

  • Move all items from common areas (bathrooms, kitchens, and living areas) to their personal living space and/or clearly mark, with a label, who owns each item.
  • Remove all items from bathroom/kitchen towel bars, sinks and counters so that Facilities can fully clean every kitchen and bathroom.
  • Wash dishes or be billed $50 to clean any unwashed dishes.

Do not rely on your roommate(s) to complete these items; all residents of a space are responsible for ensuring their area is properly closed up for the break.

Cars on Campus

If you plan to leave your vehicle on campus during the Thanksgiving and winter break, it is important that you park in E Lot for security and snow removal purposes. Parking Lot E is located adjacent to the Public Safety Office. The vehicle must have a current parking permit. If you are unable to find a parking space in E Lot, please contact Public Safety at 860.768.7985. The dispatcher will direct you to an alternate parking lot.

Looking Ahead to Spring Semester

We are fully expecting and planning for another safe on-campus semester this spring. Please see our website for residence hall opening information. As we communicated, there will be two move-in periods/processes, one for students impacted by the CT Travel Advisory and one for those who are not.

Please monitor your hartford.edu email account for important updates over the break. Information will also be shared on hartford.edu/healthy-hawks.

If you are graduating or are unsure whether you will be returning to on-campus housing this spring, please visit our website for more information on what steps to take.

If you have any questions about fall move-out or spring move-in, be sure to speak with your Resident Assistant (RA), Resident Director (RD), or contact the Office of Residential Life (reslife@hartford.edu).

Best of luck on your final exams!

Max Koskoff
Assistant Director of Residential Life

This email was sent to all undergraduate students on Nov. 9, 2020.

Dear Students,

In an effort to keep you and your families safe, we are offering an opportunity for you sign up for a COVID-19 test before you leave campus for Thanksgiving.

Space is limited and these tests are intended for students returning to a household with family members who are high risk (elderly, immunocompromised, infants, etc.). These tests are PCR tests and you can expect your results within 24 to 48 hours. They are being offered free of charge and the following options are available:

If you schedule a test, please keep your appointment. You should not sign up for a test if you are experiencing symptoms, are in quarantine, or have tested positive within the last three months.

If you are unable to secure a slot or the options do not work for your travel plans, you have many local options to get a PCR test.

  • Health Services conducts PCR tests Monday-Friday. Required appointments can be made by calling 860.768.6601.
  • 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.

A reminder that residence halls close for the fall semester on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 10 p.m. We are expecting that students will stagger their departures as they finish in-person classes, so there is plenty of time for everyone to move out safely. Please complete a Late Stay Request form if you are unable to depart campus by this day and time due to a late class or travel issues.
 
Thank you,
 
Jessica Nicklin
Associate Vice President of Student Success
COVID-19 Coordinator

Dear Residential Students,

I am writing to provide you with additional details about the fall move-out and spring move-in processes. Please note that as the guidance evolves in the coming weeks and months, this information is subject to change.

Fall Move-Out

Residence halls close for the fall semester on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 10 p.m. We are expecting that students will stagger their departures as they finish in-person classes, so there is plenty of time for everyone to move out safely. Please complete a Late Stay Request form if you are unable to depart campus by this day and time due to a late class or travel issues.

BREAK HOUSING

Break housing will be available for approved students from Wednesday, Nov. 25, to Thursday, Jan. 28. Students must receive prior approval and there is an additional cost for the period between Thanksgiving and the last day of finals. For more information or to sign up for break housing, log in to the Housing Portal through Self- Service to access the Post-Thanksgiving and Winter Break Housing Request Form. Forms are due Thursday, Nov. 5. Please visit our website for more information.

COVID-19 TESTING

We are finalizing plans for COVID-19 testing opportunities prior to fall move-out. Testing days and times, as well as sign-up information, will be coming soon.

PRE-CLOSING PROCEDURES

RAs have begun pre-close inspections and closing meetings with students. During these meetings, RAs will review:

  • How to prepare your room/suite/apartment before departing campus
  • Options to retrieve your belongings should health conditions and/or guidance from the state require us to remain closed or make additional changes to our spring calendar
  • Your housing plans for spring 2021
  • Facility issues that need to be addressed over break

Spring Move-In

Due to the Connecticut Travel Advisory, there will be two different move-in periods: one for students who live in states or countries listed in the Travel Advisory, and one for those who do not. Please read the following sections carefully to make sure you are following the correct timeline and procedures. Please note that the Travel Advisory is subject to change at any time, so please remain as flexible in your planning as possible. Please see the full CT Travel Advisory on ct.gov.

Classes begin Feb. 1 for all students.

STUDENTS FROM TRAVEL ADVISORY STATES AND COUNTRIES

The Connecticut Travel Advisory and University of Hartford require residential students from affected states or countries to take additional steps when returning to UHart:

  • Move back to campus on Friday, Jan. 22, or Saturday, Jan. 23.
  • Show documentation of a negative PCR COVID-19 test that was taken within 72 hours prior to moving in. We will not be accepting antibody or rapid antigen tests.
  • You cannot move into the residence halls without this test result. Information about how to submit your results will be coming soon.
  • Quarantine in your spring housing assignment when you move in.
  • You will be tested on Wednesday, Jan. 27.
  • If your results are negative, you can resume normal on-campus activity if you are asymptomatic.
  • If the results are positive or you become symptomatic, you will be moved to isolation.
STUDENTS NOT IMPACTED BY THE CONNECTICUT TRAVEL ADVISORY

Students who are not coming from a travel advisory state or country:

  • Move back to campus residence halls between Friday, Jan. 29, and Sunday, Jan. 31.
  • Show documentation of a negative diagnostic PCR COVID-19 test that was taken within five days prior to moving in. We will not be accepting antibody or rapid antigen tests.
  • You cannot move into the residence halls without this test result. Information about how to submit your results will be coming soon.

Health and Safety Guidelines

As always, social distancing and masks will be required throughout the fall move-out and spring move-in process and we will have additional cleaning of high-touch areas taking place during these times. As a reminder, no guests are allowed in any of the campus residence halls or buildings. If you have someone coming to campus to pick you up and/or drop you off, they must fill out the LiveSafe health survey prior to arriving via the app or online. They must also remain outside your residence hall at all times.

Again, we anticipate that state and health guidelines will continue to evolve. Please monitor your hartford.edu email for important updates from the Office of Residential life and the University over break.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Residential Life at ResLife@hartford.edu.

Sincerely,
Jill A. Engel-Hellman
Director of Residential Life

Messages for Specific Community Members

Below, you can view emails for specific community members. The full communication for each message is located above in chronological order. 


  • February 24: Undergraduate Commuter Testing and Campus Access
  • February 22: Residential Life and Testing Update
  • February 19: Winter Fest This Weekend
  • February 17: Student Engagement and Events
  • February 16: Student Life and Campus Access
  • February 12: Residential Life Guest Policy
  • February 9: Student Expectations
  • January 29: Policies and Expectations
  • January 27: Testing Update for Undergraduate Commuters
  • January 21: Move-In Updates
  • January 20: Testing Update for Commuters
  • January 14: Important Updates for Residential Students
  • January 8: Move-In and Quarantine Information
  • December 23: Testing Update for Commuters
  • December 18: Move-In, Testing, and Residential Life Deadlines
  • December 15: End-of-Semester Message
  • November 25: Celebrating a Successful Semester
  • November 17: Important Travel Recommendations
  • November 16: Fall Move-Out Reminders
  • November 9: Pre-Thanksgiving Testing
  • November 4: Fall Move-Out and Spring Move-In
  • October 26: Increase in Positive Cases
  • October 23: Spring Semester
  • October 16: Important COVID-19 Policy Update
  • October 9: Spring 2021 Remote Options
  • October 8: Celebrating a Milestone
  • September 21: Expectation Reminders
  • September 18: Testing, Isolation, and Quarantine
  • September 9: Initial Fall Semester Update
  • August 27: Student Engagement and Events
  • August 27: Important Health and Safety Reminders
  • August 19: Student Behavior Expectations
  • August 18: Testing Update and Health Screenings
  • August 12: Travel Advisory Update
  • August 11: Campus Access and Residential Life Visitors
  • August 7: Testing Requirement Update
  • August 4: Testing Requirement and Travel Restrictions
  • July 23: Testing, Move In, and More
  • July 10: Fall Opening Update
  • May 30: Fall Opening Update
  • May 21: Move-Out Information
  • May 13: End-of-Semester Update
  • May 1: Refunds and Credits
  • April 28: End-of-Semester Message to Students
  • April 9: Summerterm Moving Exclusively Online
  • April 6: New Date for Commencement
  • April 3: Campus Update
  • March 29: Move-in Plan Change
  • March 27: Move-out Plan Reminder
  • March 27: Advance Registration for Fall 2020
  • March 26: Academic and Personal Support for Graduate Students
  • March 26: Move-Out Plan and Options
  • March 23: Academic Updates for Students
  • March 21: Changes to Spring Semester
  • March 16: Critical Updates to UHart's Phased Approach
  • March 15: Updates on COVID-19 Response to Campus Community
  • March 12: Messages from President Woodward—Phased Approach to COVID-19
  • March 12: Event Restrictions
  • March 11: Message to Campus Community & Travel Registration
  • February 28: Restrictions on Travel
  • February 27: Prevention Tips
  • January 28: Symptoms and Precautions
  • January 23: Novel Coronavirus
  • February 23: COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility
  • January 15: Information for Faculty and Staff
  • November 25: Celebrating a Successful Semester
  • October 19: Winter Break Scheduling for Employees
  • October 8: Celebrating a Milestone
  • September 16: Fac/Staff Accommodations for Spring 2021
  • September 9: Initial Fall Semester Update
  • August 27: Student Engagement and Events
  • August 27: Important Health and Safety Reminders
  • August 19: Student Behavior Expectations
  • August 18: Testing Update and Health Screenings
  • August 19: A Message from Provost Sweitzer - Health and Safety Precautions
  • August 17: A Message from Provost Sweitzer
  • August 4: Returning to Work
  • August 3: A Message from Provost Sweitzer
  • July 20: Returning to Work
  • July 15: Information for Faculty
  • July 8: A Message for Faculty About Remote Students
  • July 6: Faculty Development for Fall Teaching Approaches
  • June 19: Return to Work Update
  • June 16: A Message for Faculty
  • May 30: Fall Opening Update
  • May 18: Employee Schedules
  • April 9: Summerterm Moving Exclusively Online
  • April 6: Campus Access and Health Screenings
  • April 6: New Date for Commencement
  • April 3: Campus Update
  • March 27: Advance Registration for Fall 2020
  • March 26: Message to Faculty—PT and other related issues
  • March 24: Employee Health Guidelines
  • March 23: Academic Updates for Faculty
  • March 21: Changes to the Spring Semester
  • March 20: Resources for Teaching Online
  • March 17: Campus Access
  • March 16: Critical Updates to UHart's Phased Approach
  • March 15: Updates on COVID-19 Response to Campus Community
  • March 13: Teaching Resources
  • March 12: Message from President Woodward—Phased Approach to COVID-19
  • March 12: Event Restrictions
  • March 11: Message to Campus Community & Travel Registration
  • March 10: Preparations and Travel Restrictions
  • March 6: Academic Continuity
  • January 28: Symptoms and Precautions
  • January 23: Novel Coronavirus

  • February 23: COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility
  • January 15: Information for Faculty and Staff
  • November 25: Celebrating a Successful Semester
  • October 19: Winter Break Scheduling for Employees
  • October 8: Celebrating a Milestone
  • September 16: Fac/Staff Accommodations for Spring 2021
  • September 9: Initial Fall Semester Update
  • August 27: Student Engagement and Events
  • August 27: Important Health and Safety Reminders
  • August 19: Student Behavior Expectations
  • August 18: Testing Update and Health Screenings
  • August 4: Returning to Work
  • July 20: Returning to Work
  • June 19: Return to Work Update
  • May 30: Fall Opening Update
  • May 18: Employee Schedules
  • April 6: Campus Access and Health Screenings
  • April 6: New Date for Commencement
  • March 27: Advance Registration for Fall 2020
  • March 21: Changes to the Spring Semester
  • March 17: Campus Access
  • March 16: Critical Updates to UHart's Phased Approach
  • March 15: Updates on COVID-19 Response to Campus Community
  • March 12: Message from President Woodward—Phased Approach to COVID-19
  • March 12: Event Restrictions
  • March 11: Message to Campus Community & Travel Registration
  • March 10: Preparations and Travel Restrictions
  • January 28: Symptoms and Precautions
  • January 23: Novel Coronavirus
  • October 16: Important COVID-19 Policy Update
  • September 21: Expectation Reminders
  • September 18: Testing, Isolation, and Quarantine
  • September 9: Initial Fall Semester Update
  • August 27: Student Engagement and Events
  • August 27: Important Health and Safety Reminders
  • August 19: Student Behavior Expectations
  • August 18: Testing Update and Health Screenings
  • August 12: Travel Advisory Update
  • August 11: Campus Access and Residential Life Policies
  • August 7: Testing Requirement Update
  • August 4: Testing Requirement and Travel Restrictions
  • July 23: Testing, Move In, and More
  • July 10: Fall Opening Update
  • May 30: Fall Opening Update
  • May 13: End-of-Semester Update
  • May 1: Refunds and Credits
  • April 6: New Date for Commencement
  • March 26: Move-out Plan and Options
  • March 21: Changes to the Spring Semester
  • March 16: Critical Updates to UHart's Phased Approach
  • March 15: Updates on COVID-19 Response to Campus Community
  • March 12: Message from President Woodward—Phased Approach to COVID-19
  • March 11: Message to Campus Community & Travel Registration
  • March 10: Preparations and Travel Restrictions
  • January 28: Symptoms and Precautions
  • January 23: Novel Coronavirus

March 23: An update to our alumni