Faculty & Staff

UConn was able to safely reopen with the participation of all its people: when our students, faculty, and staff join together, we made it happen. We are committed to providing the utmost support for our faculty as they continue to adjust their teaching methods, and to supporting the health and well-being of every person who works at the University to ensure we can keep moving forward, together.

Faculty & Staff

Given a recent sharp increase in student COVID-19 positivity rates and the increasing prevalence across Connecticut and the nation, the University of Connecticut announced on December 30, 2021 that residential move-in would be delayed by two weeks for the Spring 2022 semester. At least the first two weeks of classes will be conducted online. Read the full announcement for details on changes affecting faculty and staff for the Spring 2022 semester.

Faculty & Staff

Due to a substantial rise in COVID-19 positivity rates both in the state of Connecticut and on UConn’s Storrs campus and the potential risk this poses to the remainder of the in-person semester and commencement, the university is reinstituting a masking requirement for all indoor instructional settings, workspaces, and indoor events exceeding 100 individuals, effective Monday April 18. This applies to the Storrs and regional campuses.

“Instructional settings” include classrooms, labs, studios, rehearsal rooms and clinics. For employees, masks should be worn in the workplace, as was the case prior to March 3. Physical distancing is not required and catering and dining guidance in unchanged and continues to apply to upcoming events and awards ceremonies.

This policy will remain in place through the end of the semester and final exams.
The goal of this decision is to protect health on our campuses and to help ensure that the remaining weeks of the semester and UConn’s commencement ceremonies can be conducted in-person. A widespread outbreak that overwhelms university health services and available isolation space could potentially disrupt both.

When the university relaxed masking requirements in March, and then again earlier this month, the COVID-19 positivity rate in Connecticut was consistently low at approximately 2%; as of this week, the state’s seven-day average now stands at 6.26%. During the month of March and prior to that, the number of positive cases among students was also consistently low. Over the most recent seven-day reporting period, there were approximately 150 new positive cases both on- and off-campus.

UConn’s classrooms and workspaces remain extremely safe; resuming the masking requirement for these spaces during a time of rising infection rates further enhances that level of safety.

As always, the university adjusts its public health measures based on circumstances and available data.