The below message was sent from the Dean of Students to all graduate and undergraduate students on all campuses
We’re back this fall. It’s happening. I’m so very happy to share with you some of our fall plan. I’m going to talk through a lot of these details below. You are also warmly invited to attend our upcoming student town hall tomorrow, Tuesday, at 1pm or our “Bring Back the Pack” conversation Wednesday at the Hartford campus.
We are one of the best universities in the country and the world. That means that we will welcome our best and brightest from all over the world this fall. In doing so, we will be safe, healthy, and grateful to be an in-person learning community again.
Preparation for fall means that we accept that COVID-19 is not over. We recognize that variants can jeopardize our health and safety at UConn. As a global university, we will open cautiously and safely this fall with all of this information in mind.
Here’s what we are doing and where I need your help:
Move-in will occur August 27-29. Students who are not fully vaccinated will be required to participate in re-entry testing and vaccination appointments will be available. Some family members are very welcome to help their student move into our residence halls.
COVID-19 vaccinations for all UConn students engaged in in-person learning is required. Requests for exemption must be submitted by July 15. Vaccination status, whether complete or partial, is required to be reported to SHaW by July 31. Currently, only 67% of Storrs students have reported vaccination to SHaW. We will report regional numbers once fall enrollment is released in mid-August.
Vaccination status is protected health information and will not be publicly disclosed.
Fully vaccinated students are those who have received all recommended doses of an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed COVID-19 vaccine. Fully vaccinated students will not need to participate in quarantine or surveillance testing. Vaccinated students will be required to be tested if symptomatic for COVID-19.
Vaccine exempt, including medical and non-medical exemptions, and non-fully vaccinated students will participate in arrival testing, ongoing surveillance testing, quarantine when indicated, and follow preventative measures while on campus. These requirements will be provided in confidential communication between the student and SHaW by August 14.
Student Activities and Programs:
Club sports are back! WOW is back! The list goes on and we are looking forward to hosting in-person events on all of our campuses. We will be opening in a cautionary period that will be guided by the return of the color-coded system. More to come in August once we have a better sense of vaccination status of our students.
We are happy to announce that the trajectory of vaccination rates in our residential community will allow us to release some beds held for quarantine and isolation. This is good news: apartments and suites like Busby, Hilltop, and Charter Oak will re-enter the housing stock for the room change process that will begin July 6.
It is very important that students upload their vaccination information into the SHaW patient portal. To encourage you to do this we are offering a contest awarding one lucky student with free on-campus housing for the fall 2021 semester. All residential students are eligible who upload their vaccination record or exemption request by July 7th.
Things are coming together, my friends, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome you back in the fall. Enjoy your summer, get vaccinated, and get ready: we’re back.
All my best,
Eleanor JB Daugherty, EdD
Associate Vice President and Dean of Students