Fall 2020 Update

See UHart’s reopening plans for Fall 2020 and additional information about our response to COVID-19.

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Coronavirus Updates

The University of Hartford continues to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19, and is taking steps to keep our community healthy and informed. 


Health Services: 860.768.6601
Public Safety: 860.768.7777 (Emergency) 860.768.7985 (Routine)
World Health Organization

Important Updates
  • An email sent to students on July 10 details health and safety precautions, as well as information about testing and health screenings.
  • We have created a blended approach to academics and are offering classes in a variety of formats: Online (asynchronous), remote (synchronous), hybrid, and in-person.
  • We have made changes to the academic calendar to allow for on-campus learning this fall. Instruction begins Wednesday, Aug. 26. On-campus classes conclude on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Fall classes, review sessions, office hours, reading days, and final exams will be completed remotely.

Please email with any questions or concerns. You can also learn more by reviewing a list of frequently asked questions. 

Messages and Advisories

See all current and past communications shared with UHart students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Latest Updates to UHart Community

Academic Changes

blended approach to academics

We have created a blended approach to academics for the fall and are offering classes in a variety of formats:

In Person: Traditional in-person classes will meet at a specific time and place that is reflected on your schedule.

Hybrid: These classes are a mix of in person and online, depending upon the needs of the class. Some meetings will be in person, while others will be online, as determined by the faculty member. For example, if you have a Tuesday, Thursday course, the instructor may tell you that it meets in person on Tuesdays and online on Thursdays.

Remote: These classes are fully online but meet at a specific time (synchronous).

Online: These classes are fully online and do not meet at a specific time (asynchronous).

We have also made changes to our fall 2020 calendar.
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winterterm and spring 2021

Winterterm will be fully online this winter, and will begin on Saturday, Dec. 26, and end on Friday, Jan. 15. The spring 2021 semester will begin as planned on Wednesday, Jan. 20, with residence halls reopening on Sunday, Jan. 17.


The University of Hartford will not not offer face-to-face classes this summer. Both Summerterm sessions will be held exclusively online. 


Residential Life Information

Housing assignments for Fall 2020 will be finalized by the end of July. Students will receive an email with their fall housing assignments and further information about residential life will be forthcoming. Additionally, because of the changes to our fall calendar, billing statements will reflect a reduction in housing and dining costs for residential students. You can see a cost breakdown our website.

Fall 2020 residential life schedule
  • Saturday, Aug. 15–Sunday, Aug. 23: The University will offer an early drop-off period during the week leading up to the start of the semester for residential students who can easily travel to campus. This will be a same-day, in-and-out process to drop off belongings in rooms and return home without an overnight stay. Similar to our ongoing move-out process, advance sign-up will be required for preset time slots. This will allow us to accommodate testing requirements, maintain social distancing recommendations, and minimize traffic.
  • Monday, Aug. 24–Wednesday, Aug. 26: Students begin living in residence halls, with arrivals scheduled on a staggered basis. The early drop-off of belongings by as many students as possible will help to accelerate this process.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 24: Students depart for Thanksgiving break and will not return to campus until Jan. 17, after winter break.

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REsidence halls currently closed

The residence halls are now closed to all students other than those who have already been approved to remain on campus. 

Health and Safety

We anticipate that with the very clear and careful health guidelines and protocols we will implement, the preemptive precautions, the partnership of our on campus health professionals at Hartford Healthcare, and the cooperation of our students and all members of our community, we will be able to secure a safe learning experience on campus this fall. Some of the protocols and precautions include:

Daily Health Screenings

All students will be required to participate in daily health screenings via our LiveSafe app.

Face coverings

All students, employees, and visitors are required to wear face coverings when in public. This means when you are not in your personal living space, including in the classroom, you must wear a face covering. The University will provide every student with one washable cloth UHart mask upon your return to campus, but please plan to bring additional personal face coverings to campus. Every effort will be made to supply face coverings as needed in various campus settings.

Social Distancing

Academic facilities, dining halls, libraries, performance spaces, and other campus areas are being reconfigured to allow for social distancing of at least six feet.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Our facilities team will continue to perform regular intense cleaning of all public spaces. They will consistently disinfect classrooms, common areas, workspaces, and dining areas to help minimize transmission. Additional hand sanitizing stations are being installed across campus and ventilation systems are being updated with appropriate filters.


In accordance with recommendations from state and public health officials, all residential students will be required to provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test within 14 days of your arrival on campus. In addition to the increasing availability of testing in communities across the country, the University is working with peer institutions and our healthcare partners to offer additional testing opportunities. In the coming weeks, we will share additional details, including how to document a negative test result with the University prior to travel.

Financial Refunds and Credits

UHart has developed a refund/credit plan in response to the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Room, Meal Plan, and Parking Permit Adjustments

Credits and refunds are being calculated student-by-student. Amounts are based on prorated costs, minus select fixed expenses, from the period beginning March 23, the day campus operations would have been resumed following spring break, and continuing through the end of the spring semester.

Credits and refunds are subject to the following adjustments:

  • Financial aid applied to room and board
  • Fees paid by those students who remained on campus
  • Fees paid by the University for those students with certain on-campus job positions
  • Outstanding account balances

Campus Events

It is out of an abundance of caution that effective Friday, March 13, the University is postponing or canceling non-essential events or work-related gatherings scheduled to take place on campus until the foreseeable future.


We will hold a combined Commencement 2020 ceremony at the end of the calendar year, bringing together those who would have been recognized in May 2020 with our graduates eligible for our December 2020 Commencement.

After consulting with deans and student leaders to discuss the best option among the limited dates available in December at downtown Hartford’s XL Center, we have selected Tuesday, Dec. 15, at noon, as the date and time for our Commencement 2020 ceremony.  

Admission Events

We know it is is important for families to visit campus before students officially commit to attend. We are excited to being offering tours throughout the month of June. Following the guidlines from our governor and the CDC, these will be mainly outdoor walking tours, and will limit the number of guests, practice social distancing, and require everyone to wear masks at all times.

Please click here to sign up for a tour.

The Hartt School Community Division

See the latest updates regarding HCD classes, lessons, and performances on their website.


Information for Employees

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Throughout July and into the beginning of August, to the extent possible, employees who can effectively perform their job responsibilities remotely should continue to do so. During this time, Facilities and other reopening committees will review all departments for necessary protective barriers and social distancing, and ensure that the University is in compliance with all of the state of Connecticut’s reopening requirements.

If you are working remotely and need to come to campus to collect your materials or belongings, you will be required to submit this form to Public Safety in order to gain approval for access to campus buildings. These visits will require our staff to assist with access and cleaning, taking away from already reduced resources in our Public Safety and Facilities operations. Please be considerate of this in making your requests.

Learn more about other Human Resources updates for employees. 

Information Technology Services

ITS will remain open and can help with the transition to remote work. If you need assistance from ITS, please make an appointment to visit the office. Walk-ins are discouraged due to work volume and the need to maintain social distancing. To set up an appointment, please email

We will continue to update employees with additional information as it becomes available.

Travel Information

Domestic travel

A travel advisory is now in effect in Connecticut. Anyone traveling into Connecticut from the following states are directed to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah

The states were selected by meeting the following criteria: new daily positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average. The list of states is fluid and will be updated weekly. This travel advisory also applies to Connecticut residents who are returning from a visit to the impacted states.

International travel

The CDC recommends Americans avoid all nonessential international travel. If you must travel, follow the recommendations in the Global COVID-19 Pandemic Notice, in addition to any travel health recommendations provided on the CDC's website.


International Students

The International Admission Office and Office of Graduate Admission have revised their admission procedures due to the coronavirus. Accommodations are being made for international students applying for undergraduate and graduate programs for the 2020 Fall Semester, which begins in September. Please visit the International Admission website for the details. Please visit the Graduate Admission website for details specific to graduate admission. For the answers to frequently asked questions regarding international students and admission, visit the International Student Center's FAQ page.


Campus resources
  • Health Services: 860.768.6601
  • Public Safety 860.768.7777 (Emergency), 860.768.7985 (Routine Calls)
  • Study Abroad and International Center: Nicole Kurker-Stewart, , 860.768.5101
  • Dean of Students Office: Aaron Isaacs,, 860.768.4285
  • Counseling and Psychological Services: 860.768.4482
  • Information Technology Services:
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