Health & Safety
The Power of the Pack
It's up to all of us to keep ourselves and each other safe. UConn is moving forward to reopen with the confidence that when we all work together, we can succeed.
UConn's experts are developing comprehensive plans for reopening regarding every aspect of campus. Visit the Department of Environmental Health and Safety's COVID-19 Resources page for a toolkit of information and interactive courses aimed at educating our community on the latest reopening protocols.
Maintaining safety precautions is the responsibility of every employee; faculty and staff are encouraged to politely remind colleagues to adhere to safety protocols if they are not doing so.
Students will be advised on expectations through signage presented throughout the campus. Students will not be able to attend in-person classes or university events if they do not wear a mask and adhere to physical distancing requirements. Repeatedly failing to follow these expectations may result in a referral to Community Standards and/or removal from the residence halls. Following the community expectations is a necessary act of support for all members of UConn Nation.
We will use sound protocols and protective measures to mitigate risk. Here’s how.
Reducing the population of faculty, staff, and students across all campuses whenever possible through:
- Reduced classroom, residence hall, and meeting room occupancies
- Allowing for continued telecommuting wherever possible
- Work crew rotations and flexible schedules
- Online education when beneficial to supplement or replace large classroom settings
- Limiting large events and visitors on campus
Health screening and monitoring protocols to maintain the wellness of our community, including:
- Providing guidelines for student, faculty, and staff testing
- Providing protocols for quarantine, self-isolation, and contact tracing.
- Strengthening a culture that supports all students, faculty, and staff to “stay home when ill”
- Providing ongoing COVID-19 testing resources
- Providing resources, when available, for rapid identification, notification, education, and support for positive cases
- Reserving residential isolation spaces to reduce transmission
- Ensuring individuals coming to campus adhere to state travel advisory guidelines
Education and engagement of the community to maintain a safe campus via:
- Mandatory COVID-19 safety training that includes instruction on physical distancing, wearing of face coverings, hand hygiene, and sanitation
- Required masking and physical distancing in classrooms and all other common areas and workspaces indoors and outdoors on campus. The University will work with students and employees who are unable to wear a mask to find an effective solution that will ensure the safety of others. The University has procured a sufficient number of masks to distribute to our entire population. Other than those who are unable to wear a traditional mask due to a medical condition, for example, masking in classrooms and other commons spaces is not optional.
- Safety signage and regular messaging that is clear and accessible
- A community commitment to follow health and safety protocols
- COVID-19 safety resources to help workers stay safe
Implementing structural transmission prevention measures, including:
- Allowing for physical distancing in classrooms and learning spaces
- Creating pedestrian movement patterns through both open and closed spaces
- Posting visual cues to assist physical distancing
- Establishing touchless point-of-service technology
Enhanced cleaning and hygiene protocols, including:
- Frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces
- Hand sanitizer stations made available at the entrances to buildings and classrooms
- Providing cleaning/disinfecting supplies for commonly used surfaces
- Encouraging personal hand hygiene practices
Update on Masks
In order to ensure the health and safety of the UConn community, all students, faculty, and staff are required to wear face coverings when on campus. The University is providing all students, faculty, and staff with two washable cloth face masks.
Storrs Residential Students: Masks were placed in each residence hall room prior to move-in.
Stamford Residential Students: Masks were distributed by the Campus Director.
Storrs Off-Campus and Commuter Students: The Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services has reached out to property managers near the Storrs Campus. Packages of masks are being delivered to some of these apartment complexes. Your property manager will distribute the masks accordingly to UConn students. This includes the following apartment complexes: Celeron Square, Colonial Townhouse, Oaks on the Square, Eagle Court, Meadowbrook Gardens, Norwegian Wood, Orchard Acres, Windham Park, Carriage House, Trail Run, Walden, and Woodhaven Park. Continued outreach is being made to other properties.
Additionally, masks are available for pick-up by commuter students at the UConn Bookstore on the Storrs campus.
Regional Campus Commuter Students (excluding UConn Health): Masks have been delivered and will be made available at your campus.
Faculty and Staff: Masks have been distributed to your department, division, school, and campus. If you have not received your masks, please contact your supervisor for more information.