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Updates About Student Engagement and Events

August 28, 2020

The following message was sent to students on Thursday, Aug. 27

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 Friday'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