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Reopening UConn

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.

Leveraging our world-class faculty in behavioral health, we are working with students and staff to develop novel strategies to help guide decision making in keeping our community safe.

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.

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:

  • Testing all residential students upon arrival to campus (The university is currently evaluating testing protocols for other student populations)
  • Protocols for faculty and staff testing, on a prioritized basis, are currently being evaluated
  • 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

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 in classrooms and all other common areas and workspaces indoors and outdoors. 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