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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 Updates to the Community

January 8: Spring Semester Updates and Adjustments

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

Messages in Chronological Order

January Updates

January 15: Information for Faculty and Staff

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

January 14: Important Updates for Residential Students

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

December Updates

December 23: A Testing Update for Commuters

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

December 18: Move-In, Testing, and Residential Life Deadlines

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


December 15: End-of-Semester Message

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.edu to 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

November 25: Celebrating a Successful Semester

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

November 17: Important Travel Recommendations

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

November 16: Fall Move-Out Reminders

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

November 9: Pre-Thanksgiving Testing

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

November 4: Fall Move-Out and Spring Move-In

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

October Updates

October 26: Increase in Positive Cases

Dear Campus Community,

Over the last week, we have seen an uptick in the number of community members testing positive for COVID-19. After celebrating several weeks of few or zero new cases, we had 18 positives last week. This increase is consistent with our peer institutions and the growing numbers in the state. We believe that the rise in cases is due primarily to off-campus activities.

All of the infected students are either home recovering or are in isolation on campus in separate isolation space. Our professional contact tracers have reached out to those who were in close contact with the positive cases, and anyone determined to be at risk is now in quarantine. The 18 positive cases can be tied back to three separate pockets, and we are carefully monitoring these groups. In addition to our regular weekly community testing held each week, we hosted an additional testing event for high-risk groups on Friday afternoon. We plan to begin implementing a pooled saliva testing program this week to continue expanding our testing and tracing efforts. The results of our wastewater sampling on campus continue to show no evidence of COVID-19, indicating that we are not experiencing a widespread issue on campus. While we are disappointed that our numbers increased, we have a strong handle on the situation and are not concerned about a widespread issue at this time. A reminder that if you test positive for COVID-19 at a facility off campus, you must call Health Services at 860.768.6601 to report the results as soon as possible. This allows our contact tracers to quickly begin their important work.

After many months of restrictions, we understand the desire to resume “normal” activities. However, Connecticut and the rest of the country are currently experiencing significant increases in positive cases. Our own increase serves as a reminder to stay vigilant on our health and safety measures. It is crucial that we continue to:

  • Complete the health screening on the LiveSafe app every day before coming to campus, or before going to class if you are a residential student
  • Stay home if you sick
  • Wear a mask covering your mouth and nose everywhere you go
  • Maintain social distancing of 6 feet
  • Do not host or be part of any large gatherings or parties, on or off campus
  • Follow all other health and safety policies

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.

The actions of only a few can have a serious impact on our entire community, as well as the health of peers, colleagues, family, and friends. Please do your part to keep everyone safe. Your choices have consequences. Do not be selfish. With your help, we can continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities and on campus.

Thank you,

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

October 23: Spring Semester

Dear Campus Community,

As we continue to work together to fight the spread of COVID-19 this fall, plans are well underway for the spring semester. We will continue to offer a blended approach to education, which will include in-person classes, as well as hybrid, remote, and online courses. As always, our plans depend upon ongoing guidance from the state of Connecticut and public health officials, but we remain confident that by following all of our health and safety guidelines, we can continue to keep our campus healthy.

Academic Calendar

We have made some important changes to the spring academic calendar to allow for a longer break, to get through the worst of the winter flu season, and to reduce the number of campus openings and reopenings. These include starting the spring semester 12 days later than previously scheduled and eliminating spring break. Many of our peer institutions in the state and across the country are following a similar strategy. By making these changes and keeping students on campus without having a spring break, we prevent travel-related risks and avoid complications caused by the state travel advisory

Although there will not be a spring break, the University will create opportunities for downtime throughout the semester, during which the University will offer some additional fun events.

Spring schedule:

  • Classes Begin: Monday, Feb. 1
  • Classes End: Friday, May 7
  • *Final Exams Begin: Saturday, May 8
  • Reading Day: Sunday, May 9
  • Final Exams End: Friday, May 14

* There are only a few courses that typically meet on Saturdays for exams

Students will be required to show documentation of a negative COVID-19 test before moving onto campus or, for commuters, before starting class. We will share more information about this process, as well as details of spring move-in, soon.

Other Key Updates

Residential Life

As a reminder, residence halls close for the fall semester on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 10 p.m.Students who finish in-person classes prior to Nov. 24 are encouraged to leave for break at their earliest convenience.

At this time, students do not need to sign up for a move-out time slot; there is plenty of time for all students to move out safely if students stagger their departures as they finish classes. As always, social distancing and masks will be required, and we will have additional cleaning of high-touch areas taking place during this time. 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, they must fill out the LiveSafe health survey prior to arriving via the app or online.

As of now, and this is subject to change, students may leave their belongings in their rooms/suites/apartments. However, you should take all valuables (money, jewelry, high-end or sentimental items), as well as personal and academic items (driver's license, passport, medicine, computers, textbooks, other academic materials).

Details of the move-out process, how to request a late stay due to a class or travel issues, and information about break housing for those who meet certain criteria will be shared soon.

Travel Restrictions
 
We are extending international travel restrictions on University-sponsored travel in an effort to protect our campus community. In compliance with the CDC's recommendation that Americans avoid nonessential travel, all University-sponsored international travel, including study abroad, will remain restricted for faculty, staff, and students. We continue to actively monitor guidance from the State Department and the CDC with the intention of changing or removing restrictions as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email covid19@hartford.edu. Our Healthy Hawks website continues to be a valuable informational resource.

Thank you again for everything you do to keep the community thriving. Best wishes for your continued success this fall, and I look forward to this upcoming spring.

Sincerely,
Greg Woodward

October 19: Winter Break Scheduling for Employees

Dear Colleagues,

As we are now halfway through the fall semester, I would like to share some updates from HRD and University leadership regarding scheduling.

The University will be closed for the winter holiday break at the end of the day on Wednesday, Dec. 23, and will reopen on Monday, Jan. 4. President Woodward has added Dec. 24 to the break this year to say thank you for all of your hard work and dedication during the COVID-19 pandemic. As in past years, faculty, staff, and students will not be allowed to enter campus buildings during the holiday shutdown with the exception of a limited number of essential service units that have received prior approval. Please note that this is not just a physical shutdown—this is a break. All employees, including remote employees, should use this time off to refresh and recharge before the spring semester begins.

We are also developing plans for the staffing of campus offices between the time students leave for Thanksgiving and when they return for the start of the spring semester. It is important to note there is still a lot of planning to happen regarding the process for students to repopulate campus and begin the spring semester. More information will be forthcoming, but for the purpose of planning, there are two different periods to consider:

  • Nov. 25–Dec. 14: Residence halls will be closed and students will be home, but classes and exams will be occurring remotely.
  • Dec. 15–late January: Students will be off campus and on winter break.

Supervisors should assess whether in-person business operations should continue during either or both of those time periods based on the needs of students, faculty/staff, prospective families, and our larger community. Supervisors should feel empowered to make the decision they feel is best for the department’s business functions and the safety of employees and colleagues on campus. For faculty, academic spaces will remain open and available through Dec. 14 for remote teaching.

Supervisors should communicate to hrd@hartford.edu no later than Nov. 2, 2020, the status of their department for the break beginning Nov. 25. Knowing which employees will be on-site during this time will provide our essential staff in Facilities and Public Safety the ability to shut down buildings, reduce our energy consumption, and thoroughly sanitize spaces.

Please contact HRD at hrd@hartford.edu if you have questions. Thank you for your continued support.

Jen Conley

October 16: Important COVID-19 Policy Update

Dear Students,

I am happy to share that our on-campus COVID-19 cases have now been trending downward for one month. You should all be proud of the part you are playing in protecting yourselves, your fellow students, and the faculty and staff who are working so hard to support you this semester. Because cases are staying low and the vast majority of you are behaving responsibly, we are now able to ease some restrictions for some of our residents. However, due to COVID-19 cases increasing in our surrounding community, particularly in the city of Hartford, we are placing additional restrictions on off-campus gatherings for all of our students, including commuters.

Please note that these policies can change at any time, depending upon health conditions on and off campus and on your continuing to follow our health and safety rules and guidelines. These include, but are not limited to, completing the daily health screening on the LiveSafe app, cooperating with contact tracers, and attending your testing appointment if you are selected for proactive testing. All of our policies can be found on hartford.edu/healthy-hawks.

Hawk Hall and the Neighborhoods

Beginning today, Friday, Oct. 16, the following policy for Hawk Hall and the neighborhoods will be in effect:

  • Residents of these buildings will be allowed to have one guest per room at one time, as long as that guest lives on the same floor.
  • Roommates must agree ahead of time to allow a guest, each time there is a guest.
  • Residents and their guests must wear masks and maintain social distance.

We have heard from many of our students, particularly first-year students and those living in singles, that isolation and loneliness are negatively impacting their mental health. We are hopeful that this new policy will help. Please reach out to your advisors, faculty members, or RAs if you need help and you can always call CAPS resources at 860.768.4482 if you would like to speak to with a counselor.

Suites and Apartments

At this time, we are not going to change our guest policy for suites or apartments. I know this is disappointing, so please allow me to explain our reasoning. Those living in suites and apartments are already part of a larger household unit. You are able to spend time with suitemates and apartment-mates and are not as socially isolated as our students who are living 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.

In addition, although our cases on campus are low, we must still be extremely cautious. We are seeing the impact the pandemic can have on many college campuses in Connecticut and the virus is still very active in our region. Health experts now say that small gatherings are a growing source of COVID-19 spread.

Off-Campus Policy Updates

The health risk posed by small gatherings, in addition to the governor designating the city Hartford as a COVID-19 hot spot, is leading to the following change:

  • Effective immediately, gatherings at off-campus living units are limited to ten people.
  • Masks must be worn and social distancing must be maintained during these gatherings.
  • Hosts and guests may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution for alleged violations of this policy.
Common Spaces

Please continue to take advantage of our outdoor gathering spaces while the weather cooperates. Common spaces in the residence halls remain available to the students who live there, as long as posted occupancy limits are followed.

We also have indoor spaces across campus where you can meet with friends, classmates, and colleagues. Please 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.

Thank you all for your efforts to keep our campus safe. We are getting through this together.

Sincerely,

Jessica Nicklin
Associate Vice President for Student Success

October 9: Spring 2021 Remote Options

Dear Students,

With advance registration for the Spring 2021 semester just around the corner, and the COVID-19 pandemic still active and unpredictable, we are planning for a spring semester that looks very similar to this fall semester. We will continue to offer some classes in hybrid and remote formats, and other classes fully face-to-face whenever we are able to maintain appropriate social distancing.

This semester, some students are taking all of their classes remotely. We understand that students have faced various hardships related to the pandemic, and gladly worked to accommodate these requests. For the Spring 2021 semester, we will again offer students the option of having a fully remote class schedule wherever possible.

We are asking that students who wish to request a fully remote Spring 2021 semester fill out this form by Monday, Oct. 19. You must request fully remote status officially in order to be accommodated as a fully remote student upon registration.

Students who are fully remote during the fall semester will not automatically be considered remote for spring and must still fill out the spring request form to formally apply. If you have any questions, please email css@hartford.edu.

Sincerely,

Jessica Nicklin
Associate Vice President for Student Success
 

Jim Shattuck
Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies

October 8: Celebrating a Milestone

Dear University of Hartford Community,

Today marks a major milestone in our collective determination to keep our campus open this fall. Believe it or not, we are halfway to Thanksgiving break and all I want to say is THANK YOU!

Our students arrived on campus in late August and since then countless schools across country have been forced to move to fully remote classes. It is easy to imagine several scenarios in which we may have been one of those schools, but here we are. We accomplished this together. Our faculty and staff spent countless hours preparing for the arrival of our students, meeting evolving state mandates, and pivoting to deliver an outstanding educational experience in this new normal. Students, we know this hasn’t been easy. You have shown us you want to be here by following the health and safety guidelines designed to protect you and our larger community. Today, we should all be immensely proud of our individual contributions to our collective success.

To show my appreciation, our friends at Dining Services are hosting some celebratory events throughout the day:

  • Cupcake Give Away: noon­–2 p.m. outside GSU
  • Commons Tailgate: noon­–2 p.m. on the Commons Patio
  • Fall Harvest Dinner: 4:30–9 p.m. inside the Commons
  • S’mores: 6­–8 p.m. at the fire pit between A and C complexes

Please remember that we still have work ahead of us to keep our COVID-19 rates at our current low level. We continue to carefully monitor our positivity rate, trends in our contact tracing, and health conditions in our neighboring communities. We hear your concerns about feeling isolated from friends, and we are working on ways to help—but we need to proceed cautiously. We are reviewing the state’s phase three plans and are hopeful for another good week of testing results.

It remains my hope that, in the next few weeks, we can begin to ease some of our on-campus residential life restrictions. Each residential community has its own unique qualities, so it will likely not be a “one-size-fits-all” solution. Changes we make will be implemented in a safe, deliberate manner. Among the ideas we are considering: allowing more small group gatherings in residential common spaces and shared areas, and expanding our definition of a family unit to allow students in some residential communities to have one guest in their room, as long as that guest lives on the same floor.

As the weather gets colder, please remember that we do have indoor spaces where you can meet with friends, classmates, and colleagues. Please 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.

I am grateful to all of you for your patience, cooperation, and dedication to creating a safe community, and immensely proud of the entire University family for weathering this pandemic with character and strength. Keep up the good work!

Greg Woodward
University President

September Updates

September 21: Expectation Reminders

Dear Students,

We are writing to address several behavioral issues that have been managed across campus over the last several days.

Although our number of positive COVID-19 cases remains relatively low, our contact tracing is confirming that groups of students have engaged in behavior that jeopardizes not only our safety, but also the chances of us staying on campus this fall. Some of our diagnosed positive cases are resulting in a significant amount of quarantine requirements because rules have not been followed. We have clearly and repeatedly communicated our rules and expectations, as well as the penalties for failing to follow them. We are writing once again to implore you to make smart decisions. If you don’t, there is a real chance that in-person classes will move online and everyone will go home.

We want to reiterate the rules and expectations currently in place are not the University against our students. This is about all of us coming together as Hawks to fight the spread of a pandemic that is unlike anything we have ever seen. We all want to be here and we are doing everything we can to educate you, support you, and keep you on campus. We understand that it is extremely difficult to not see friends, go to parties, or participate in traditional college experiences. Many of you say we are too strict and have urged us to ease up on our guest restrictions and visitor policy. We still hope to be able to do that. However, that is—quite frankly—impossible for us to do if the current behavior continues.

Here are some important reminders:

  • Do not host or attend parties.
  • Do not have guests in your living space.
  • If you are selected for random proactive testing, you must attend. It is 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 before going to class, or before coming to campus if you live off campus.

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.

To all of you who have behaved responsibly, reminded your classmates and friends to follow the rules, and submitted tips to LiveSafe—thank you. You are protecting yourself and the entire campus, and we all appreciate your efforts.

We can do this!

Thank you,
Division of Student Success

September 18: Testing, Isolation, and Quarantine

Dear Campus Community,

Thank you again for your engagement and participation in the many efforts outlined in Keeping Hawks Healthy. As we move through the semester, and as we identify and manage positive cases and contacts, it is important that we continue to assess and evolve our processes and procedures. Each situation is sensitive and unique. We are learning and adapting, while prioritizing the safety and security of our campus community. I’m writing today to update you on a number of our COVID-19 response initiatives.

Testing

We have contracted with a second local health-care partner with deep clinical expertise to scale our testing. We currently test approximately 5 to 10 percent of residential students as a part of our weekly proactive community testing. Beginning next week, we will test at least 20 to 25 percent and will begin to include other student populations in our testing. We will also continue to offer tests for faculty and staff as previously outlined, and for students who report with symptoms to Health Services. Overall results will continue to be posted to the University’s COVID-19 Dashboard.

Increasing our testing will result in students being asked to test more than once throughout the semester. It is important to note that this is mandatory, but should not be viewed as a punishment. We can certainly appreciate that testing isn’t an activity you would put at the top of your list, but it is necessary to limit the risk of COVID-19 spreading undetected. If you receive an appointment for the weekly testing, you must attend. Testing will continue to be offered in convenient campus locations and it takes less than 10 minutes on average. Thank you for your cooperation.

In addition, as you are aware, we have installed automated self-temperature checks at key building locations at strategic points on campus. We will also be reinstituting random temperature checks at the front entrance so as to be able to continue to assess commuter students. This is in addition to the LiveSafe app that is required for entrance to campus.

Isolation and Quarantine

In coordination with our health-care and agency partners, we have maintained a conservative approach to isolation and quarantine. At the start of the semester, these spaces were largely being occupied by students from travel advisory states who were prepared to quarantine—and they had the ability to leave their spaces. Now, isolation and quarantine spaces are reserved for students who have tested positive or may have been exposed to the virus through contact, as determined by our professional contact tracing team. We have been actively working to prepare and outfit these spaces as they turn over. In addition to the personal items a student brings to isolation or quarantine, linens, toiletries, meals, laundry and other necessary items will be provided. Special requests and accommodations will be available in quarantine and isolation.

What does it mean to be placed in isolation?

Students will only be placed in isolation if they have tested positive for COVID-19. Regardless of whether or not a student is or is not experiencing symptoms, the isolation period will last for 10 days from the day the COVID-19 test was performed. If a student is showing symptoms, they will need monitor themselves each day, and if they worsen or feel ill, they should Health Services or Public Safety immediately. Roommates (and other identified close contacts) will be contacted by the contact-tracing nurses and, as appropriate, directed to quarantine for 14 days. Students will need to remain in their isolation space—meals will be delivered, classes will be taken remotely, and laundry service will be provided. Students are not to leave their assigned spaces and may not have visitors. Per current health guidelines, students in isolation may room together, share a bathroom, and share common space because they have already contracted the virus. Isolation will conclude in 10 days as long as there are not worsening symptoms and only after being cleared by Health Services.

What does it mean to be placed in quarantine?
 

Students will only be placed in quarantine if they are identified as someone at risk of direct exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Please note that the University will directly contact any community member who has been determined to be at risk and needs to quarantine. We have had several circumstances where people have decided to unnecessarily quarantine themselves. While anyone is welcome to self-quarantine in their own space or home for their own comfort, this is a personal decision and not required. Students should communicate directly with their faculty and advisors; faculty and staff should contact Human Resources. Individuals abiding by social distancing measures—wearing a mask and maintaining 6 feet of distance—are typically not considered to be at risk.

Students required to quarantine will stay in quarantine for 14 days since the last day of contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19. Students will also be tested and those with positive results will be moved to isolation. Students who test negative and do not develop symptoms will continue quarantine for 14 days and self-monitor daily. Students will need to remain in their quarantine space—meals will be delivered, classes will be taken remotely, and laundry service will be provided. If you do develop symptoms during your quarantine, you will be tested for COVID-19 and remain in quarantine as directed by Health Services.

Students who are not a known exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, but present to Health Services with symptoms that are suspicious or severe in nature, will also be quarantined until test results come back. Students testing positive will be moved into isolation as directed by Health Services. Students testing negative may stay in quarantine to allow Health Services to monitor symptoms and possibly retest. If symptoms resolve, Health Services staff may release you from the mandatory quarantine.

When should I be extra cautious?

Members of the campus community who are not a known exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, but have mild cold symptoms that have been going on for more than 24 hours (not including chest pain, shortness of breath, or loss of taste/smell), should take additional precautions. Contact Health Services or your health professional if you feel you need a test and stay in your room or home as much as possible. Take additional time to clean shared spaces (bathrooms) or high-touch surfaces (doorknobs). Always practice social distancing, wear a mask, wash your hands, and use sanitizer often.

Can I isolate or quarantine at my own home?

As we move through the semester, we recognize that taking a conservative approach means that at some point, there may be more students in quarantine than we can appropriately accommodate. There are some students, due to a variety of circumstances, who are not able to return home should they need to isolate or quarantine. Students who are required to isolate or quarantine, and are able to safely do so at home, are encouraged to make those arrangements. We will assist students and families in any way we can to create safe and appropriate plans for travel, interim housing, and academics. We are committed to keeping our students, faculty, and staff safe, comfortable, secure, and most of all, healthy.

Again, thank you for your continued partnership. Please visit hartford.edu/healthy-hawks for updates and reach out to covid19@hartford.edu with any additional questions.

Thank you,

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

September 16: Fac/Staff Accommodations for Spring 2021

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Although the fall semester has just begun, we are busy making plans for the spring 2021 semester. We continue to recognize some of our employees may be particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 due to their age, underlying health conditions, or other factors. Please see the CDC’s list of high-risk groups.

Here is an update on accommodation requests for the spring:

If you are CURRENTLY APPROVED for an accommodation, you will be receiving a separate communication from HRD, and personnel in that office will work with you to assess extending this request for the spring.

If you need to request a NEW accommodation for the spring, please review the information below and request an appointment with the Office of Human Resources Development (HRD) to discuss your specific situation, documentation requirements, and options. All new requests for accommodation should be directed through HRD following the procedures below. Please do not begin the process with your department chair, dean, or supervisor; they will be notified by HRD if an accommodation is granted.

DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS

The University will continue to follow its established process for disability accommodations, including engaging in the interactive process with faculty and staff with disabilities 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.

HIGH-RISK CONSIDERATIONS

For employees who may not have a disability, but are otherwise considered “high risk” for serious illness due to COVID-19, the University has established the process below for those faculty and staff to explore the possibility of alternative work arrangements with their supervisors.

  • Employees who are, or will be 65 or older as of June 30, 2021, and wish to work from home should contact HRD before Sept. 30, 2020.
  • Employees whose own underlying health condition increases the risk for serious complications related to COVID-19 (as set forth in CDC guidelines) should contact HRD to discuss the situation no later than Sept. 30, 2020. HRD will notify the appropriate supervisor if the request is granted.
  • Employees who cohabitate with someone who is or will be age 65 or older as of June 30, 2021, or who cohabitate with someone with an underlying health condition that increases the risk for serious complications related to COVID-19, shall contact HRD to discuss the situation by Sept. 30, 2020. HRD will notify the appropriate supervisor of the staff member’s decision.
  • In addition to the above considerations, UHart will grant temporary unpaid administrative leave to any staff member who requests such a leave. Requests should be made to HRD no later than Oct. 15, 2020. HRD shall notify the appropriate supervisor, and address such requests on a semester-by-semester basis.

It is possible that your circumstances could change after these deadlines. If that happens, please contact HRD.

Thank you for your patience—and for all you do, have done, and will do for this university.
 
Fred Sweitzer, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Jen Conley, Interim Director, Human Resources Development

September 9: Initial Fall Semester Update

Dear Campus Community,

I hope the week is going well and that you have had a chance to enjoy the outdoors; it is beginning to turn ever so gently into a beautiful New England fall.

As I walk around campus, I feel a positive energy. We are adapting pretty well to the complexities of our current reality as we learn and grow together. I have had the opportunity to speak with many of you and fully realize how important it is for our students to be on campus this semester. We are off to a great start and sincerely hope we can sustain that attitude and momentum by staying informed, being cautious, and demonstrating our dedication to keeping each other safe.

The University has launched a COVID-19 Dashboard that will be updated several times each week with additional data points. For now, it displays a cumulative total and a summary of the weekly proactive community testing. The cumulative total combines the results of tests conducted in Health Services, weekly proactive community testing, and positive results reported by students and employees tested off campus. This week, we had zero positives in our weekly proactive testing and a report of six additional student positives cases, adding to the one positive we had last week. All of these students have been appropriately isolated with contacts identified through comprehensive and professional contact tracing. We are offering medical, housing, and academic support to these students as needed.

Our deep concern for safety, security, and sensitivity requires us to go above and beyond the average health requirements. While many schools have enlisted students or academic staff to assist the local health agencies with contact tracing, we have hired 14 registered nurses who work seven days a week to quickly and effectively identify contacts, assess concerns, and monitor health assessments. We have consulted with an environmental health and safety firm and contracted with additional cleaning crews to provide around-the-clock sanitizing in academic and residential common spaces. We are being extremely proactive in our testing, including testing students who present any potential symptoms of COVID-19 in Health Services as well as any potential contacts. Several options exist to ramp up our testing over the next several weeks. The University has also invested and implemented wastewater testing, an unusual precautionary action among our peers. All of these efforts and results will be shared through the online Dashboard, UNotes, and email communications.

Students are doing their part and adjusting to a new way of living and learning on campus. The current community rules and expectations are not what any of us would choose to implement for our preferred student experience, but—for now—they are necessary. We look forward to revisiting and making updates in line with the health of our University community. We have added facilities and public safety student ambassadors, have staff performing regular patrols, and are grateful for the support of the incredible student staff in residential life to monitor our collective and individual behavior and challenges.

However, even with this positive news, we continue to receive hundreds of anonymous tips about mask usage concerns through the LiveSafe app each week. Many of you are asking the University to give your friends and peers formal warnings. This is simply not possible or sustainable to this degree—the staffing necessary would be overwhelming. Instead, I am asking each of you, and specifically our students, to be your own best advocates and safety ambassadors. If you see someone wearing a mask below their nose, nicely remind them it should be pulled up or simply motion to their mask. If your friends are taking their masks off when they shouldn’t or aren’t following social distancing requirements, please be honest; tell them you really need and want to be here all semester. Their behavior could contribute to an outbreak of infection, making it impossible for us to complete the semester on campus. If you are one of the students we are receiving pictures of, your friends want you to wear your mask and take this seriously! Please make this simple effort to help protect you, your friends and family, and our community.

There are no guarantees in these uncertain times; however, as each new scenario unfolds, I see our campus team putting into motion plans developed over many months to keep us safe. These are unprecedented situations, but I can say with complete confidence that we have implemented every precaution and measure at our disposal—without consideration for expense—to create and help maintain a safe campus for our community. Please continue to do your personal best every day and expect the same from those around you. I am proud of what we, and what you, have accomplished so far. Keep going! We can do this.

Thank you,

Greg Woodward
President

August Updates

August 27: Student Engagement and Events

Dear Students,

The Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion (OSEI) welcomes you to the University of Hartford. We spent the summer reimagining campus life and the ways you socialize and participate in activities. Life has changed for all of us over the last few months, but we remain committed to helping you engage with others in a fun and safe way.

I encourage you to read the complete Event and Engagement Policy online, but here are some main points:

Events

Although they may look different, there will be campus events this semester. Many of these will be virtual, but there are some events that can be outdoors, if social distancing is possible and crowd size limits are followed. Attendance and participation in events will be limited to members of the UHart community.

One of our first events of the semester is tomorrow’s March on Washington, which includes a viewing of the live Washington, D.C. gathering and a powerful march throughout campus. Social distancing guidelines will be enforced, and masks are required.

Clubs and Organizations

You can 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 the policy for more specific information about reserving space, or contact sca@hartford.edu with questions.

Club Sports, Intramurals, and SGA Performance Groups

Unfortunately, club sports, Intramurals, and SGA performance groups will not be able to practice, compete, or perform this fall semester. We know this is disappointing, but it is the safest choice.

Members may still gather for meetings by following the guidance found here. Clubs that have traditionally held in-person practices/rehearsals should contact the Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion at sei@hartford.edu for consideration and potential approval of in-person events. Each request will be handled on a case-by-case basis and will depend on the nature of the activity.

Sports Center

The Sports Center will open its second-floor fitness facility to undergraduate students beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 8.  Weekday hours will be 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 9 p.m. The facility will close from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday to allow for deep cleaning and sanitization procedures. Weekend hours will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  

Due to the potential high rate of virus transmission, membership locker rooms will be closed this semester as will indoor and outdoor courts. Towels and locks will not be available. The pool will not be open this semester.

Masks will be required in the building at all times. There will be a door thermometer at the entrance to serve as a temperature check. Also in place will be a monitoring system that will help Sports Center staff track capacity limits within the fitness center in accordance with Connecticut state guidelines. 

As we navigate the challenges ahead, please know that the University will be here for you. Thank you for your commitment to caring for yourself and for all your fellow Hawks.

Sincerely,
Torshia Anderson
Executive Director, Student Engagement and Inclusion

August 27: Important Health and Safety Reminders

Dear Students,

Now that we are into our first week of classes, please remember to follow all health and safety rules and policies, including new protocols for dining services, that are in place for our safety.

Health and Safety Reminders

If you have not submitted your negative test result, you must do so before moving onto campus or, if you are commuting, before attending class. You must follow all posted protocols when eating in any dining facility on campus. Face masks are required when you are not in your personal living space. Whenever possible, keep six feet of distance between you and others who you do not live with, especially indoors. Remember to complete your daily health screening on LiveSafe before coming to campus, or before going to class if you live on campus. Participate in our contact tracing and random testing programs, and obey quarantine and isolation requirements. And, of course, wash your hands.

Commons and GSU

Yesterday, for health and safety reasons, Dining Services had to unfortunately pause food service in the Commons because not all students were following the social distancing guidelines set in place.

As a result, the Commons and GSU will be reducing the seating capacity to one person per table and moving a majority of their operation to a grab-and-go format. I understand that this may be inconvenient for some, but it will remain this way until student behavior is in line with dining expectations. The Dining Services team has been incredibly student focused and we need your help in keeping their employees and our community safe.

We also ask you to be respectful of our hardworking grounds crew as you use the grab-and-go options. Please put your trash in receptacles and leave your location clean and litter free.

Our COVID-19 policies are in place to help ensure we are able to stay safe and stay on campus; everyone needs to follow these policies. If you have questions about safe dining, please visit the Healthy Hawks website or speak with any Dining Services staff member.

Guest Policy

In addition, it is critical that you follow our guest policy. I know this is particularly difficult, but it is necessary for the safety of our campus community and our neighbors, and our ability to continue to offer an in-person, residential experience. As referenced in my letters to the community on Aug. 11 and Aug. 19, guests are not permitted in the residence halls. Only the residents assigned to a room or an apartment can be in that space. Alleged violations will be documented and referred to the student conduct process. Separate from the student conduct process, interim measures including interim suspension could be put in place as soon as the next day after the alleged incident is reported.

I am happy to see that many of you are socializing in our new outdoor gathering spaces. That’s what they are there for! But please remember, mask and social distancing rules still apply. To make outdoor gatherings a little easier for you to navigate, we are painting grids on the Village lawn as a visual reminder to social distance in small groups.

If you need a refresher on any of our COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, you can find them all on the Healthy Hawks website. They will also be covered in the EverFI COVID Course you are required to complete. (You received an email from EverFI with instructions.)

Reporting Violations

It is our hope that you will remind one another to put on masks, stay six feet apart, and follow all other rules. As part of our pledge, you have the ability to remind community members to wear masks and be socially distant. For behavior that is belligerent or simply too large of an issue for you to manage, please use LiveSafe to report a violation. Go to the app, click “Report Tips,” and then “COVID-19 Concerns.” These tips can be anonymous, but should be submitted in a timely fashion. Reports that are submitted hours or days later may affect our ability to address the alleged concern.

Thank you.

Aaron Isaacs
Dean of Students 

August 19: Student Behavior Expectations

Dear Students,

We are only a few short days away from returning this fall semester and we are excited to welcome you back to campus!

As a University community, we have worked diligently to come together and physically create a safe place for you to begin this semester. Today, I am writing to reiterate that this fall is going to be different from previous years—it has to be. Life on and off campus will not be what you are used to or, if you are a new student, what you may envision as a typical college experience. There are new rules, policies, and expectations that you will have to learn, adjust to, and follow—both on and off campus. These are necessary for the safety of our students, faculty, staff, families, and the larger community.

You will continue to learn about these measures, and more, when you complete your online module from EverFi. We also ask you to read all COVID-related policies and guidelines on our Keeping Hawks Healthy website

However, nothing is more critical than the shared sense of responsibility we must take on to keep our community healthy. This is something that we all must commit to cultivating, as a collective, through our decisions and actions; it is this sense of social responsibility that needs to become our “new normal” if we are to continue to operate this fall. COVID-19 will be a factor in our ability to deliver an in-person college experience now and for the foreseeable future. How big the impact is will be up to all of us, based on our commitment to protecting ourselves and others. That is why we have adopted the Let’s Keep Hawks Healthy Pledge.

It is hard to ignore what is happening at other institutions around the county. Some have already opened and are now in the process of closing due to the choices their community members have made. My intent with this letter is not to scare or shame you into complying with these new expectations. Rather, I want to challenge all of us to embrace this new normal together, by holding each other accountable for our decisions and actions. Remaining on campus this semester will take a monumental effort from all of us, but I trust that this educational experience—your educational experience—is as important to you as it is to all of us.

I do believe a majority of students have already made the decision to abide by the new policies. Others may need some guidance on how to adhere to the new reality, and we are here to assist you with that. Unfortunately, there will be a small portion of community members for whom this responsibility will prove to be too great. We know how easily the virus can spread and we know people can be carriers without experiencing symptoms. The actions of even a small number of community members with risky behavior have the potential to put a full in-person semester in jeopardy for all of us.

I will be as transparent as possible; students found responsible for violating the University’s COVID-19-related policies (i.e. throwing parties, hosting gatherings, conducting themselves in a manner that endangers the health and safety of the community) will be removed from campus and will not receive a refund for room and board. Trust me when I say that I am not excited about this hardline. 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 and take actions only with each other’s health and safety at the forefront.

We will be hosting a town hall ton Thursday, Aug. 20, from 7 to 8 p.m. to give you an opportunity to hear from myself, Residential Life, Public Safety, and Health Services about these new expectations for campus life and how to engage with each other safely. Please click here to register.

Thank you for rising to the challenge of embracing the new normal of caring for one another as a UHart community. Let’s truly keep all Hawks healthy.

Sincere regards,

Aaron

August 18: Testing Update and Health Screenings

Dear Students,

Thank you to those who have submitted their COVID-19 test results. As a reminder, you need to show documentation of a negative test that was taken 14 days prior to moving in if you are a residential student, or before attending class if you are a commuter. Please see our website for specific testing requirements, including how to send us your results. There have been some FDA updates this past week, broadening your options for acceptable tests.

Remember, no test = no key. Please make sure that your name, date, type of test, and results are included on your submission. Arriving with a test result on site (and not pre-loading your test results to our secure portal), may result in delays during move-in.

Daily Health Screenings

In addition to testing, the daily self-monitoring of your health is a key part of our efforts to keep you and our campus community safe. All students, employees, and visitors are required to complete a COVID-19 screening survey on our LiveSafe app before arriving on campus for the day, or, if you live on campus, before going to class.

The screening survey consists of a few questions, such as whether you are experiencing any unusual COVID-19 symptoms, live with or have been exposed to anyone with a confirmed or suspected case, or if you have tested positive for COVID-19. Your answers to the questions should be submitted to the best of your knowledge and based on how you are feeling that day. You will then receive one of two responses:

  • A Green Check on your screen approves you to go to class and to participate in activities.
  • A Red X on your screen means you cannot go to class. Stay in your room, or off-campus if you are a commuter. Someone from our Health Team will contact you to follow up. The Health Team may ask you to see a Health Care Provider for further evaluation or determine it is safe for you to leave your residence.

Please visit our website to view the Live Safe app and to download it. If you do not use a smartphone, you can access an online version on a computer. Please print the results for verification if possible.

If You Become Ill After Completing the Daily Screening

Please be aware of your health throughout the day. If you experience the following symptoms, outside of ordinary symptoms you might typically experience (e.g., seasonal allergies, chronic migraines, sore muscles after working out, etc.), please contact Health Services at 860.768.6601.

  • Fever (100.4° or higher) or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

*Please note: Health Services is not taking walk-ins. All visits will be by appointment.

Quarantine, Isolation, and Contact Tracing

If you are arriving from a travel advisory state, you must quarantine for two weeks upon arriving to Connecticut. If you are identified throughout the semester as having close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you will also be asked to quarantine, which means you must stay in your living space, other than very limited occasions to get food. You may attend class remotely. Learn more.
 
All students who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate themselves. Ideally, you will be able to go home via private transportation. In the event this is impossible, residential students will be able to isolate in rooms on campus. Isolation means you cannot leave the room; food will be delivered to you. We will also check in on you via telemedicine. Learn more. You must also participate in our contact tracing program in order to help us prevent the spread of COVID-19. Learn more.
 
We care about you and your health and are committed to helping you stay safe this semester. If you have any questions, please email covid19@hartford.edu.
 
Thank you.

Health Services

August 17: A Message from Provost Sweitzer

Dear Faculty Colleagues,
 
I intended to send this email on Friday morning, but the best laid plans…………
 
It has been quite a busy week as we try to finalize our academic and health and safety preparations for the opening of school.  I know that many of you have had questions and concerns in both areas and I hope most of them have been addressed.  I also know that this is an emotional time as we enter another chapter in the COVID saga and while information and training may help, they don’t address all the emotional concerns.  I am not going to try and tackle all that in one email but do want to address them all over the next several days.
 
So this email is about academic preparation, and communication with your students, since there are some ideas you may want to implement in the next week or so.  Future emails will address some health and safety protocols and how you can encourage and enforce them.  For now, if you missed the presentation in the Open Senate meeting on Thursday and want to know as much as you can about our preparations, I suggest you watch the recording of the session.  

Turning now to academic preparation, there has been a lot of activity this week in workshops and on the Facebook page, UHart Teaching with Technology.  If you missed the session by Jim Lang on Thursday, I highly recommend it.  You can find it, all the college sessions, and the training sessions for college trainers at the CTEI web site; https://Bit.ly/uhart-ctei

You all know that engagement and community are keys to student success, and that the COVID environment presents some obstacles in that regard.  Here’s a few things I have gleaned from reading, listening, Facebook, and workshops.

  • You can start now, before classes begin.  Send your students an email letting them know you are looking forward to working with them, giving them some information about the course, and asking them to share information with you, as they are comfortable.  Information they might want includes the format you are using, any hardware or software they need to participate when they are not Face to Face (and don’t assume they know about Blackboard), a reminder to contact CSS if they don’t have something they need, and, in the case of A/B models, who should be attending the first day of classes (the A group or the B group), what your virtual office hours will be, and how they can contact you over the next week or so.  I encourage you to include not just information, but an encouraging and supportive tone.  Finally, if you are able to post your syllabus and other materials now, do that and invite students to check them out.  I also encourage you to find out something about your students.  You can use a survey, or a writing prompt, or whatever works for you, but knowing who they are, why they are taking the course, and what they are excited and nervous about will be extra important this fall.

  • Speaking of syllabi, the challenge of writing a good syllabus is complicated by all the COVID factors.  I hate for syllabi to just be a list of what they need to do and all the rules they are supposed to follow, since it’s also an early opportunity to get them excited about the course, but there is a lot they need to know about things like entry and exit protocols, face coverings and other PPEs, how best to remote in, and (if you have thought about this yet) what we will do if we need to take the class 100% remote.
And then there is the first day or week of class.  Everything I read and remember tells me that these days are crucial in establishing connection and setting a good tone.  I suspect that, especially for first year students, their feelings of disruption, nervousness, and even disconnection will be more pronounced than in a normal semester.  I encourage you not to just plow into content, but to take some time to establish connection, talk about the class format, answer questions, and so on.  And encourage patience.  Students are going to be late sometimes, class may not start on time, there will be tech glitches, and depending on what technology you are using you may need to spend time helping them learn.  CSS will be able to direct them to general resources, but some may need individual attention.
 
In closing, I am always thinking of new ways to tell you how much I appreciate, respect, and value all the work you are doing for your students and for the university.  I don’t have a new one, so I will just say thank you.  Thank you.
 
Fred Sweitzer

August 12: Travel Advisory Update

Dear Students,

We are personally reaching out to students and families enrolled from states currently included on the state’s travel advisory list. Please know that we are here to do everything we can to assist and support our students while strictly following the Executive Order to preserve the health and well-being of our community.

As we have communicated, a Connecticut Travel Advisory is putting restrictions on visitors from dozens of states. The Governor’s Executive Order has evolved, leading to a major change for many of our students: If you are coming from one of those states, you will have to quarantine for 14 days upon arriving in Connecticut. Under state regulations, a negative test taken prior to coming to Connecticut is no longer a substitute for quarantining.

All students can begin their quarantine in a variety of ways while limiting activities and movement during this time. If you are able to stay in Connecticut with family and friends—or in any state that is not a part of the current advisory list—please do so as soon as possible. Alternatively, you may choose to begin your quarantine at a hotel of your choosing. We have secured discounted rates for students and families at regional hotel partners that can be found here. You will need to provide the University with a completed Connecticut Travel Health Form to show that you have satisfied the quarantine requirement before moving in or attending class. You also still need to provide a negative diagnostic COVID-19 test taken within 14 days prior to moving in

Residential students may start their quarantine at a location in Connecticut, or another state not on the advisory list, and, with University permission, complete the remaining time when you move in. We are working as quickly as we can to ready our residential facilities for move-in and residential students from states on the advisory list will be able to move in on Friday, Aug. 21, with prior approval. At that time, we will verify where you are within your required quarantine period. Again, you still need to provide a negative diagnostic COVID-19 test taken within 14 days prior to moving in. The University will provide room and board for this additional time on campus; there will not be any additional expense to you if you move in early to begin your quarantine. Please note, if you are traveling from an advisory state and your roommate is not, you will need to complete your quarantine in a different, temporary housing assignment. We will provide you with the details prior to move-in.

As a reminder, students quarantining on campus will be able to pick up food from a designated location while wearing a mask and practicing social distancing, or have food delivered from local establishments. Per the current guidelines, limited numbers of students can share bathrooms; cleaning expectations and schedules will be shared. You will be able to be outside if wearing a mask and social distancing. The guidance also states that you should not leave campus and limit your movement in the area.

Students will need to attend classes remotely until they have completed the full 14-day quarantine. Your instructors will be informed if you are beginning your classes remotely. If you have any concerns about going to class remotely, you should contact your advisor or the Center for Student Success. 

We are asking students from advisory states to let us know of your plans as soon as possible using this form.

Thank you for your continued understanding as we work through these challenging logistics together. We will continue to share additional details about our quarantine and residential policies, as well as move-in during the coming week. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact COVID19@hartford.edu.

Thank you,
Office of Residential Life

August 11: Visitor and Guest Guidelines and Accessing Campus

Dear Students,

We can once again share positive news about Connecticut’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. Hospitalizations are down and the state has one of the lowest COVID-19 infection rates in the country. At the University of Hartford, we are confident in our ability to safely reopen campus later this month. Whether we are able to remain open is up to all of us.

Being part of the UHart community means we must all do our part to stay healthy; protect our classmates, colleagues, and neighbors; and support and help each other. Getting tested for COVID-19, wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, washing our hands, and following other health and safety guidelines are all important steps. We have also shared our Let’s Keep Hawks Healthy Pledge to make a commitment to keep each other safe. But there are other ways we need to adapt in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Visitor/Guest Guidelines and Accessing Campus

We have traditionally prided ourselves on being an open campus, but enhanced health and safety protocols mean we have to make significant changes to our visitor/guest policy this fall. Please see the entire policy on our website. Following are some key points:

Access to campus will be largely limited to current students, faculty, and staff. Others who are permitted on campus include:

Spaces on campus that typically welcome the public (Harrison Libraries, performance spaces, galleries, the Campus Store, etc.) will not be open for visitors/guests. There will not be any public events on campus this semester.

Visitor/Guests of Students, Faculty, and Staff

We are unable to allow any personal visitors or guests to campus, in the residence halls, or elsewhere. There may be some cases in which immediate family members need to come to campus. In those instances, they will be required to submit a request form at least 24 hours in advance. Early drop-off and move-in periods are exceptions to this rule.

Health Screenings

Anyone who is coming to campus must first complete a brief COVID-19 screening survey via our LiveSafe platform. Please visit our website to learn more, download the LiveSafe mobile app, or access the online version.

Masks

As a reminder, masks or face coverings must be worn when in the presence of others and in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (common work spaces, classrooms, conference rooms, etc.).

Residential Life

There is no doubt that life in our residential neighborhoods will be different this fall. Please remember that the changes we are making are for your safety, and for the safety of everyone on campus and in the surrounding community.

We will have a no-visitor/no-guest policy within our residence halls. That means only students living in a specific housing unit (room, apartment, or suite) will be allowed inside that space. Residential buildings are open only to those students who live in that building (other than the first floor classroom of Hawk Hall). Please see our full residential life policy on our website. It is important that you read it in order to get a complete picture of the rules, expectations, and possible repercussions of not following the policy.

We realize campus life will be more restrictive in some areas, but we are organizing activities and enhancing and arranging outdoor spaces so that you can safely socialize and engage with each other. We know the residential experience is extremely important to you and we are doing everything we can to maintain some sense of normalcy.

Opportunities for Questions and Feedback

The Division of Student Success is here to support you and we are looking for ways to best accomplish that goal.

We set up a survey for you to share what resources you most need, what your biggest concerns are, and other things that are important to you. We encourage you all to complete the survey by Monday, Aug. 17.

We also invite you to attend a virtual town hall meeting on Thursday, Aug. 13, at 8 p.m. This will be an opportunity for you to ask questions, share your concerns, and review important information before coming to campus.

Join meeting on Aug. 13 (Password: UHart.) Registration is not required.

Our faculty and staff are thrilled to welcome you to campus. While the experience won’t necessarily be what you are used to or were expecting, with your help, and with all the precautions we are putting in place, we can have an engaging, enjoyable, successful semester.

If you have any questions about living on campus, please email Residential Life at reslife@hartford.edu. If you have other questions about the University’s response to COVID-19, please email COVID19@hartford.edu.

Thank you,

Aaron Isaacs
Dean of Students

August 9: LiveSafe Fac/Staff Health Screenings

Dear Faculty and Staff,

The daily self-monitoring of your health is a key part of our efforts to keep you and our campus community safe. All employees, students, and visitors will be required to complete a COVID-19 screening survey on our LiveSafe app before arriving to campus for the day. That screening is now up and ready for you to use.

Please visit our website to learn how to download the LiveSafe app, if you have not done so already. If you do not have a smartphone, there is an online version can be accessed on a computer. You may want to print the results for verification. Please contact your supervisor if you do not have access to technology and need to fill out a paper survey.

The screening survey consists of a few questions, such as whether you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, live with or have been exposed to anyone with a confirmed or suspected case, or if you have tested positive for COVID-19. Your answers to the questions should be submitted to the best of your knowledge and how you are feeling that day. Based on your answers, you will receive one of two responses:

  • A Green Check on your screen approves you to come to campus.
  • A Red X on your screen will direct you to stay off campus. You must then notify Human Resources at 860.768.4666 or hrd@hartford.edu, as well as your supervisor. Please also contact your physician.

The University has been using the LiveSafe app for several years as the campus safety platform. It has been a critical resource for students and employees to access for help during an emergency, report a safety issue or concern, or request an in-person security escort.

We are committed to everyone’s safety on campus. Thank you for your cooperation and your help in keeping our community safe.

Thank you,

Department of Public Safety

August 7: Testing Requirement Update

Dear Students,

We know that State and University testing requirements are top of mind right now. Here are some reminders and clarifications as you make your final plans for testing. We also invite you to attend a virtual town hall meeting on Thursday, Aug. 13, at 8 p.m. This will be an opportunity for you to ask questions, share your concerns, and review important information before coming to campus.

Join meeting. Password: UHart
Registration is not required.

Testing Requirement

All students, including those living on campus and commuters, will be required to be tested prior to the start of the semester.

Residential students: You must show documentation of a negative COVID-19 test that was taken within 14 days prior to moving in. You do not need to have a negative test to participate in the early drop-off of belongings.

We accept tests that diagnose a current COVID-19 infection. These are also known as molecular tests, viral tests, or RT-PCR tests. We do not accept antibody tests. Please see the FDA’s website for more information about the specific kinds of tests.

Upload your results to our secure form. (Please note: This link has been updated since the prior form was sent on Tuesday, Aug 4.) You must sign in with your UHart email and password.

If your results are negative, you will be able to move in as scheduled. If you test positive, you should stay home until you are cleared by a physician. You will not be able to access your room without a documented negative test. No test = No key.

Commuters (including graduate students taking classes on campus): You must show documentation of a negative diagnostic COVID-19 test that was taken within 14 days prior to coming to campus.

We accept tests that diagnose a current COVID-19 infection. These are also known as molecular tests, viral tests, or RT-PCR tests. We do not accept antibody tests. Please see the FDA’s website for more information about the specific kinds of tests.

Upload your results to our secure form. (Please note: This link has been updated since the prior form was sent on Tuesday, Aug 4.) You must sign in with your UHart email and password.

If your results are negative, you will be able to come to campus and go to class. If you unexpectedly test positive, you should stay home until you are cleared by a physician. You will not be able to come to campus or go to class without a documented negative test.

If you are taking all of your classes online and do not plan to come to campus, you do not need a test.

Accessing Tests

We have heard from some families that, depending on your home state, finding a test may be difficult. Here are some suggestions that may make obtaining a test easier for you, including having a test mailed to your home.

If you live in Connecticut: We recommend going through Hartford HealthCare, our on-campus health service provider. They have nine drive-up testing centers in the state and results are typically ready within three days. If you have questions about Hartford HealthCare’s testing, please call its Community Care Center at 833.621.0600. You may also visit Connecticut’s COVID-19 Testing Locator to find additional testing locations.

If you live outside of Connecticut: Availability and criteria for who can obtain a test vary from state to state. We recommend visiting the Department of Health & Human Services website to find information for your state. The site also includes details on low-cost or free testing.

At-Home Test: We are partnering with Vault, a provider of COVID-19 tests that you can take at home. Please visit their website to learn more about the process and costs. We are unable to accept other mail-in or at-home tests because many are not FDA approved.

Ongoing Testing

Each week, between 5 and 10 percent of residential students will be selected for asymptomatic COVID-19 testing. If you are selected, you will be notified by email. This test is not optional. You must report to the on-campus testing site as instructed. This test will be administered at no cost to you.

Currently, there is no ongoing testing expectation for non-residential students. Commuters and graduate students taking classes on campus may be asked to obtain an asymptomatic test due to contact tracing efforts when risk of exposure is considered high.

Traveling from a Restricted State
 

We will continue to share additional details of our quarantine policies in accordance with the State of Connecticut Travel Advisory and any additional updates or changes.

Please continue to check hartford.edu/healthy-hawks for updates and FAQs. If you have any questions, please email COVID19@hartford.edu.

Thank you.

Student Health Services

August 4: Testing Requirements and Travel Restrictions

The below message was also forwarded to all faculty and staff on August 4, 2020

 

Dear Students,

Thank you for your patience as we continue to work through the changing Connecticut state regulations and health guidance on COVID-19 testing. We have several important updates to share with you.

Testing Requirement

All students, including those living on campus and commuters, will be required to be tested prior to the start of the semester.

Residential students: As a reminder, you must show documentation of a negative diagnostic COVID-19 test that was taken within 14 days prior to moving in. Please upload your results to our secure form (must log in with UHart email and password). If your results are negative, you will be able to move in as scheduled.

If you test positive, you should stay home until you are cleared by a physician. You will not be able to access your room without a documented negative test. No test = No key.

Commuters (including graduate students taking classes on campus): You must show documentation of a negative diagnostic COVID-19 test that was taken within 14 days prior to coming to campus. Please upload your results to our secure form (must log in with UHart email and password). If your results are negative, you will be able to come to campus and go to class.

If you test positive, you should stay home until you are cleared by a physician. You will not be able to come to campus or go to class without a documented negative test.

Accessing Tests

We have heard from some families that, depending on your home state, finding a test may be difficult. Here are some suggestions that may make obtaining a test easier for you.

If you live in Connecticut: We recommend going through Hartford HealthCare, our on-campus health service provider. They have nine drive-up testing centers in the state and results are typically ready within three days. If you have questions about Hartford HealthCare’s testing, please call its Community Care Center at 833.621.0600. You may also visit Connecticut’s COVID-19 Testing Locator to find additional testing locations.

If you live outside of Connecticut: Availability and criteria for who can obtain a test vary from state to state. We recommend visiting the Department of Health & Human Services website to find information for your state. The site also includes details on low-cost or free testing.

At-Home Test: We are partnering with Vault, a provider of COVID-19 tests that you can take at home. Please visit the Vault website to learn more about the process and costs. We are unable to accept other mail-in or at-home tests because many are not FDA approved.

Ongoing Testing

Each week, between 5 and 10 percent of residential students will be selected for asymptomatic COVID-19 testing. If you are selected, you will be notified by email. This test is not optional. You must report to the on-campus testing site as instructed. This test will be administered at no cost to you.
 
Currently, there is no ongoing testing expectation for non-residential students. Commuters and graduate students taking classes on campus may be asked, as capacity allows, to obtain an asymptomatic test due to contact tracing efforts when risk of exposure is considered high.

Traveling from a Restricted State

As we have communicated, a Connecticut Travel Advisory is putting restrictions on visitors from dozens of states and Puerto Rico. The Governor’s Executive Order has evolved over the last week, which is leading to a major change for our many of students: If you are coming from one of those states, you will have to quarantine for 14 days upon arriving in Connecticut. Under state regulations, a negative test taken prior to coming to Connecticut is no longer a substitute for quarantining. You must also fill out the Connecticut Travel Health Form. Please visit CT.gov for a list of the states, but keep in mind that it is subject to change due to health conditions across the country. International students should follow the guidance outlined on the CDC website, but in most cases will also quarantine for 14 days upon arriving in Connecticut.

We know this is not the way you want to start your fall semester, but we must all follow the Executive Order to preserve the health and well-being of our community. Residential students may complete their quarantine in University housing or off campus, and are expected to limit activities and movement during this time. If you are quarantining on campus, you may pick up food from the University Commons while wearing a mask and practicing social distancing, or have food delivered. Per the current guidelines, limited numbers of students can share bathrooms and cleaning expectations and schedules will be shared. You will also be able to be outside if wearing a mask and social distancing. We will continue to share additional details of our quarantine and residential policies, as well as how this change will impact classes for students in quarantine.

Please continue to check hartford.edu/healthy-hawks for updates and FAQs. If you have any questions, please email COVID19@hartford.edu

Thank you,
Student Health Services

August 4: Returning to Work

Dear Faculty and Staff,

As we get closer to reopening campus on August 10, I would like to share some of the expectations HRD and University leadership have for reporting to work on campus.

Working on Campus

As I shared with supervisors last week, many of our offices are student-facing or require in-person business operations during the academic year and must be open and staffed on campus in order to fulfill their mission. As communicated in the Return to Work Guide, phased staffing may be required to meet social distancing requirements. Your supervisor was asked to assess staffing based on business needs and their ability to control and manage specific work environments. If your supervisor is making such plans, they will communicate those to you.

As a reminder, all employees, students, and visitors will be required to participate in daily health screenings via our LiveSafe app before coming to campus. If you log any of the following symptoms you should notify your supervisor and HRD that you will not be at work. Then, contact your doctor:

  • Fever (100.4° or higher) or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

The health screening will be up and running soon; please click to learn more about LiveSafe and/or to download it.

You will also be required to complete an online training before starting work on campus. The training will walk you through campus health and safety guidelines put in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. A link to that training will be available soon.

Working Remotely

There are some offices on campus that are not student-facing and having employees on campus is not necessary for their business purpose. As I shared with supervisors last week, in these cases, employees should continue to work remotely to the extent possible. This would allow for social distancing on campus, and saves resources for our facilities team, Public Safety, and other colleagues who must be on campus. Supervisors were empowered to make the decision that is best for the department’s business functions and the safety of your department and colleagues on campus. They will be communicating that decision with you.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Human Resources Development at hrd@hartford.edu.

Thank you,

Jen Conley

August 3: A Message from Provost Sweitzer

Dear Faculty Colleagues,
 
Well, it’s August and that means students are coming soon.  It has been a busy summer for all of us as we prepare to help students succeed in an environment filled with challenges; thank you for all you have done and continue to do.  I know there have been a lot of emails, some of them long, and it’s hard to keep track of them and find them for reference.  We had a web page where all the communications were housed, but in the transition to our COVID reopening plans it got a bit obsolete.  It is being updated as we speak and you can find it here.

This email is a bit of a hodge podge of items pertaining to our academic challenges and resources to meet them.  You can use the links below to jump to the topics you want to look at.  There are also some attachments that pertain to some of these topics, so you can wait to decide whether to open them.

Zoom and Other Video Conferencing Tools
Recording
Technology Demonstration/Practice
Making Content Accessible
Don’t Forget About Equity
Helping Students Acclimate
What About Tests?
The Most Important Thing

A Shameless Plug for Blackboard
I know that not all of you like Blackboard or find it completely suitable, but please consider using it anyway.  Many of the tools and tips in this and other emails are going to work a lot more smoothly if you do, as they can be seamlessly tied in.  Basic and advanced Blackboard resources are on the FCLD web site. You can still sign up to attend the 8-session Teaching Online 101 series running from August 3-August 14 from 11-noon. Or you can just attend a few relevant sessions.  See the FCLD website

Zoom and Other Video Conferencing Tools
Most of you will be using some sort of video conferencing tool if you are using a hybrid or remote approach (reminder, a remote approach is when the class is on-line, but taking place synchronously at specified times).  The university supports WebEx, Skype for Business, and Blackboard Collaborate and we have recently decided to make Zoom available for those of you who want to use it.  We have individual Zoom licenses and if you want one, please contact Information Technology Services at its@hartford.edu.  Resources for effective use of all these tools can be found on the FCLD website

Your students may also need help learning to use these technologies.  The Center for Student Success is developing a support page that will include tutorials and/or instructions.
 
Recording
Most of you will want to record your class sessions, or at least portions of them.  All learning spaces will be outfitted with a webcam, but remember that a webcam has to be tied into one of the video conferencing platforms.  And you will need to start the recording when you begin class.  You can move around the room and the microphone will still pick you up, but if you would like a headset, we are happy to provide you with one to use in all your classes. Contact its@hartford.edu.  And in case you are concerned about students distributing the recording, please see the attached policy statement, which I encourage you to include in your syllabus
 
Technology Demonstration/Practice
In case you missed it in UNotes, ITS has set up a Demonstration Room to showcase hybrid learning technologies available for faculty to use this fall. Available technologies will include: 
  • Web camera 
  • Wireless Headset 
  • Document Camera 
  • Touch screen display for annotation 
  • Wacom writing tablet 
  • Ensemble Anthem Lecture Capture 
  • WebEx/Zoom/Collaborate Web Conferencing 
You have to sign up for a session and they are filling up fast; we will try to do this again the following week. Email helpdesk@hartford.edu to schedule a session.  
 
Making Content Accessible
Whether you are teaching face to face, hybrid, remote, or on-line I urge you to make as much course content as you possibly can available on-line.  Remember that some students are electing to take all their classes remotely, and we have promised them they can do so (unless a face to face course cannot be taken remotely by anyone).  And, students may find themselves unable to attend class sessions for some period of time.  And of course there is the possibility that we will have to send everyone home at some point.
 
Don’t Forget About Equity
Equity and inclusion are important concerns in any instructional setting, but there are particular equity issues to think about when using on-line platforms and methods.  The attached rubric, adapted from one developed by Peralta Community College, is a clear and useful resource.
 
Helping Students Acclimate
Another reason to use Blackboard is it makes it very easy to communicate with all students enrolled in your class.  Think about contacting them a week or two before classes begin, and post your syllabus if it’s ready.  Let them know what kind of approach you are using (remote, hybrid, etc.), how you will be implementing that approach and what technology you will be employing.  Give them some resources to try things out, if you can, and let them know where they can go for help.  The more problems you can solve, or get solved, before class begins and the more you can allay the fear of the unknown, the better.
 
What About Tests?
If you are teaching remotely or on-line, you may be concerned about how to administer tests and quizzes.  And if you are face to face or hybrid, you may have some students who are not able to come to class and have to take their test in another way.  Some of you, I know, are worried about cheating.  Given the likelihood of remote students participating in both hybrid and face to face courses, some faculty may now be wondering how they will fairly administer exams when students won’t all be in the same places at the same time.  One possible solution would be to administer exams through the Blackboard Tests feature.  All students can take the exam/test, online, during a scheduled class period. Instructors with concerns about students sharing exam questions or online students using resources while taking exams can consider using additional tools within Blackboard in concert with the test feature.  Lockdown Browser and/or Respondus Monitor provide some degree of “virtual proctoring” reducing the likelihood behaviors associated with “cheating.”  Although these solutions are imperfect, they are available options.  
 
Please do note that these “proctoring” options require that a test be created in Blackboard.  Support for how to create tests and assessments in Blackboard can be found at the FCLD Teaching with Blackboard page.  Click on Assessments and Assignments for how to create a test. 
 
Once a test has been made in Blackboard, an instructor can add the use of Lockdown Browser and/or Respondus Monitor to reduce sharing of test questions/answers or using digital or other resources during an exam.  Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor support can also found on the FCLD link above.  Click on Respondus Lockdown Browser & Monitor for “how to” info.
 
The Most Important Thing
As was true in the spring, the keys to success in the fall are going to be connection, patience, flexibility, adaptability, and kindness.  Students, especially the kind of students who are attracted to the University of Hartford, thrive on connection.  It can be achieved in any delivery system and I urge you to make it a goal.  The more connected students feel, the more likely they are to persist AND to take up the mantle of responsibility as we try to keep one another safe and healthy.  There will be technical glitches for you and your students.  As we acclimate to the new realities of entering and exiting classrooms, using elevators one person at a time, and so on, students are going to be late on occasion.  Students are going to forget their masks.  Students who are remoting in may be stuck in the residence halls, or at home under a variety of circumstances.  Be patient.  Be kind to them, and to yourself. 
 
As always, please feel free to be in touch with questions or concerns.  I will send more information and resources as they become available.  Thank you again.
 
Fred
 
 
H. Frederick Sweitzer, EdD
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

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. 

Students


  • 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

Faculty

  • 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

Staff

  • 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

Parents

  • 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

Alumni

March 23: An update to our alumni