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COVID-19 Information for New Academic Year

July 14, 2022
Submitted By: Office of Marketing and Communication

For the 2022–23 academic year, COVID vaccinations and boosters are strongly recommended, but not required, for University of Hartford students, faculty, and staff. Vaccine status does not need to be updated with the University at this time.

The plan for this year, from the University’s COVID Steering Committee, comes after much thoughtful discussion, the continued monitoring of public health conditions locally and beyond, and consultation with our state, education, and health care partners. The State Department of Public Health has opted not to add the COVID vaccine to its list of required vaccinations for schooling, including K-12, and Connecticut state colleges and universities are not requiring vaccination.

Just as UHart provides clinics for flu vaccines, we will also offer COVID vaccine clinics for first, second, and booster doses throughout the year—including vaccination booster clinics at least once per month in September, October, and November. We encourage all students, faculty, and staff to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and stay up to date on booster doses. Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself against severe illness from COVID-19 should you become infected.

Additional policies for 2022-2023 are as follows:

  • Masks that cover the face and nose will be required in classrooms and personal office spaces, unless otherwise specified by the faculty or staff member. They will also be required in Health Services, at COVID-19 testing locations, and in all performance spaces, including theaters. Approved masks are detailed in our face covering policy. Be sure to carry a mask with you at all times.
  • We are strongly encouraging students to take a COVID-19 test before arriving on campus. Students developing symptoms and testing positive after arrival will be asked to return home. If a student tests positive at home for COVID-19 and their move-in date falls within their isolation window, the student should contact tracer@hartford.edu, and stay home to isolate according to CDC guidelines (currently set at five days). The student can then contact Residential Life at reslife@hartford.eduto set up an alternative move-in day and time.
  • Once on campus, students, faculty, and staff should take a COVID-19 test when they experience symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19. Tests will be available free of charge at Health Services by appointment. If you are not sure whether you should get a test, contact Health Services at 860.768.6601. In an effort to control the infection and address potential outbreaks, groups who have been affected by COVID-19 may be asked to test for the illness and will receive an individualized plan from Health Services. The campus medical team will continue to guide students testing positive with individual instructions, and we will again require isolation at home whenever possible. The residential life team will still have isolation space available if necessary and Health Services, via Hartford HealthCare, will continue to serve our community related to our COVID response.
  • This year’s campus visitor policy will allow residential students to have guests who are 18 years of age or older in residential areas, including overnight. The number of guests allowed per housing unit is equal to double the unit’s capacity (i.e. equal to one guest per resident). Each overnight guest can stay up to three nights per month and will be required to follow all University policies when on campus. For more details on the campus guest policy, click here.
  • LiveSafe is returning as a general safety tool, and will no longer pertain to COVID response. The primary way to report a COVID-19 case is to email tracer@hartford.edu.

As always, the University reserves the right to modify these plans at any time, depending on CDC and DPH guidance, as well as the own unique needs of our campus. Throughout the pandemic, we have been informed, safe, and flexible—this will continue in the new academic year.