Visitors

UConn Campus Visitor Access Guidelines

The University of Connecticut is a public institution and does not normally limit visitor access to the public areas of its grounds and non-residential public buildings. However, in support of efforts to protect health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, access to campus was limited to authorized students, employees, and others pre-approved with a defined need to be on campus.

Based upon current federal, state, and local COVID-19 guidance many of the precautionary measures employed during the last year have been relaxed or lifted. UConn will continue to monitor COVID-19 guidance and mitigate the risk through sound protocols and prevention efforts. This visitor access guidance applies to all campuses, except UConn Health. A visitor is defined as anyone who is not currently a UConn student, staff, or faculty member. This includes visiting students and researchers, prospective students and their families, performers, cast and crews, arts and sports patrons, and other non-UConn individuals participating in UConn activities.

This guidance is current as of 5 October 2021 and is subject to change.

General Guidance

All visitors should follow University safety precautions and guidelines:

  • Monitor your health daily. Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19. Do not visit a UConn campus if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a CDC-recommended face covering:
    • Indoors – required for all.
    • Outdoors – recommended.
    • The wearing of masks is always supported by the UConn community.
  • For their own protection, unvaccinated individuals should maintain 6 feet distancing from others.
  • Wash hands often.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched items/surfaces.
  • Individuals should maintain 6 feet distancing from others when eating or drinking indoors.
    • Events where food will be served should plan to allow for safe distancing.
  • Refer to the UConn Campus Guidelines for more detailed information.

Academic and Research Purposes

Collaborating scientists, staff, and students are allowed to visit campus for academic and research activities with approval of their Dean or designee. These individuals must follow all federal, state, and University requirements for faculty, staff, and students that are in place at the time they visit campus.  Since these requirements evolve as the COVID-19 situation changes, these individuals should adapt plans to accommodate and meet these requirements if changes develop.  This includes the potential that the University may further restrict or prohibit any outside collaborators from being on campus; in such a case, the activity may need to be canceled on short notice, up to and including the day it is planned.  The University is not responsible for any costs or financial considerations if the activity must be canceled or rescheduled due to COVID-19 related concerns.

Prospective Student Campus Visits

Storrs Visitation Programs

  • In-person and hybrid visit experiences are available for daily visitors, including in-person, indoor, information sessions. Rooms will be filled to limited capacity.
  • Large-scale open houses, with attendance as high as several thousand, will be hosted across a range of dates in the fall. Rooms will be filled to limited capacity, and no single large gatherings will be held (e.g. Gampel).
  • Dining halls are not yet open to individual campus visitors. Until such time that outside guests are permitted in dining halls, campus visitors may dine in the SU Food Court (USM) and must follow prescribed protocols for masking, distancing, etc. for these spaces.
  • Bus groups will also reconvene, and engagements will follow the above guidance on occupancy and all other relevant guidance. Until such time that these groups will be permitted to dine in the dining halls, groups may dine in the SU Food Court (USM). Wherever meals are provided, groups may arrange for boxed lunches through university catering. These meals may be consumed by these groups in open campus spaces, or in a room that has been reserved for this purpose.

Regional Campus Visitation Programs

  • In-person and hybrid visit experiences are available for daily visitors, including in-person, indoor, information sessions. Rooms will be filled to limited capacity.

Applicable requirements for all prospective students visiting campus

  • To ensure the health and safety of the entire UConn community, all visitors are required to wear a mask or face covering while on campus and adhere to all safety measures, including physical distancing and hand hygiene protocols.
  • Pre-registration is required.
  • For more information on exploring UConn see https://admissions.uconn.edu/explore-uconn.

Job Candidates

Job candidates/recruits are allowed to come to campus, as necessary, following the safety precautions under General Guidance.

Performing Arts

  • Performing Arts Spaces - For Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, Connecticut Repertory Theater, the von der Mehden Recital Hall, and all other venues being used for the purposes of a performing arts event:
    • Capacity will be limited to no more than 50%* at all venues; seating will be controlled to promote physical distancing guidelines.
    • All patrons attending indoor events in-person will be required to wear a mask (unless eating/drinking) and observe social distancing protocols.
    • Patron arrival times will be scheduled/staggered to avoid large crowds. Patrons will be encouraged to take their seats upon arrival and to exit the venue and lobby spaces immediately following the performance.
    • Patrons will be encouraged to be vaccinated, monitor their health, perform hand hygiene, and maintain 6 feet distancing if unvaccinated.
    • If feasible, live performances will also be live-streamed; otherwise refunds will be offered to encourage patrons to stay home if symptomatic.
    • Contracted artists and vendors will be required to observe all state, local, and UConn COVID-19 protocols.
    • The above guidance may be subject to change as additional information becomes available.
  • Exhibition Spaces – Ballard Institute, Benton Art Museum, and the Contemporary Art Galleries.
    • Capacity will be limited to no more than 50%* at all exhibitions.
    • All patrons attending indoor exhibitions will be required to wear a mask (unless eating/drinking) and observe social distancing protocols.
    • The Benton will be open to the public, with the capacity restrictions noted above. However, class visits must be scheduled, and student groups are limited in size to what the smallest gallery can accommodate at 50% capacity. Other visitors may enter without an appointment, but the security staff and gallery guards will maintain a strict count of the number of visitors in the museum to maintain capacity limits.
    • At the Ballard and Contemporary Art Galleries, exhibition spaces will be open to visitors only by appointment; patron arrival times will be scheduled/staggered to maintain capacity limits.
    • Patrons will be encouraged to be vaccinated, monitor their health, perform hand hygiene, and maintain 6 feet distancing if unvaccinated.
    • If feasible, exhibitions will be made available to view online to encourage patrons to stay home if symptomatic.
    • Contracted artists and vendors will be required to observe all state, local and UConn COVID-19 protocols.
    • The above guidance may be subject to change as additional information becomes available.

*Capacity percentages may vary by venue.

Library Facilities and Services

Library facilities and services on the Storrs campus, at UConn Law School in Hartford, and at the Health Sciences Library in Farmington are available to campus visitors, as necessary.  Guests are required to follow all individual library policies and safety precautions under General Guidance. This includes access to exhibition spaces and those participating in the community borrower program. Access to regional campus libraries will follow individual campus guidelines. Use of facilities by third parties will follow UConn’s recommendations for pre-approval.

Athletic Events

Due to the rising levels of COVID-19 infection in Connecticut and the coun­try, UConn Athletics will require fans attending home athletics contests to show proof of vaccination, or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72-hours prior to game time, as announced on Thursday, January 6.

The new requirements go into effect for the women’s basketball game against Xavier on Saturday, January 15 and will apply to all individuals, including UConn students, aged 12 and over.

Fans attending UConn home athletics contests are encouraged to arrive early in order to expedite the entry process.  As a reminder, doors open 60-minutes prior to gametime at the XL Center and 90-minutes prior to game time for events on campus.

Patrons will be required to provide proof of vaccination in either physical or digital form.  A person is considered to be fully-vaccinated by CDC standards two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna), or two-weeks after a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson).

It is recommended that fans planning to attend UConn Athletics events visit the CT WiZ web portal to easily access their digital vaccination record.  Individuals who received their vaccination in the state of Connecticut will be able to download or print a digital vaccination record in a few easy steps.

Proof of vaccination can also be demonstrated either by displaying a CDC-issued Vaccination Record Card, or a photo of the card.

Unvaccinated fans will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, administered by a medical professional, within the last 72 hours.  Negative PCR or rapid antigen tests will be accepted, but an at-home test will not.  Proof of negative test will be accepted in both physical and digital form.

Fans will also need to provide a form of identification, which corresponds to the vaccination or negative test record.

Individuals who have previously received a medical or religious exemption will also need to display a negative COVID-19 test.

Fans who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should not attend a UConn athletics contest, and all attendees aged two and over will be required to wear a face covering unless actively eating or drinking.

The health and safety of our student-athletes, fans, coaches and staff is our main priority.  We will continue to evaluate the situation around the on-going pandemic and will adjust policies as necessary to ensure our commitment to safety.

Other Events/Activities

Student Activities

Registered student organizations/clubs and department/program-sponsored student activities or events follow guidance as provided in the University’s COVID-19 Non-Academic Gathering Guidelines. These include:

  • Guests, speakers, and artists are permitted to appear on campuses and are subject to compliance with the University’s COVID-19 Non-Academic Gathering Guidelines that are in place at the time of their performance/appearance.
  • All venues and attendees will observe current masking, social distancing, and capacity restrictions.

Student Recreation Center

The Student Recreation Center will not issue Guest Passes at this time.

Large Scale Events

All traditional large-scale events will be conducted, including but not limited to WOW, Family Weekend, Convocation, Homecoming, Involvement Fair, etc., and will be modified as necessary to comply with the University’s COVID-19 Non-Academic Gathering Guidelines.

Events and Conference Services

In-person conferences will resume in the fall and follow all General Guidelines as found in this document.

Contractors

  • UPDC developed the University COVID-19 Mitigation Guidelines for the Contractor Community and a Supplement document for contractors performing work on a project with UConn at the Storrs campus (including Depot campus) and the regional campuses, extension centers, and the School of Law.
  • Contractors and vendors whose primary place of work is in or on property owned or controlled by the state, but not a contractor or employee of an outside vendor who visits properties owned or controlled by the state only to provide one-time or limited-duration repairs, services, or construction, must comply with Gov. Ned Lamont’s Executive Order No. 13G. If unsure as to whether a contractor or vendor is subject to the Governor’s Executive Order, please contact ubs@uconn.edu.

Tenants

Tenants of UConn-owned properties will follow all applicable guidance as found in their use agreement, lease, or contract.

Camps and Other School-Age Programs

Overnight and third-party run camps are suspended until further notice. University affiliated day camps and other school-age programs that have obtained leadership approval will follow the requirements of the University’s Minor Protection Program and the  CT Office of Early Childhood, as appropriate.

Use of University Facilities and Resources by Third Parties

UConn is a public institution and as such normally permits use of its grounds or public buildings by third parties. During the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and the declared Public Health Emergency, UConn limited the use of its campus facilities and resources (all campuses) by non-university third-party entities.  While this restriction has been lifted all requests for use must be submitted in writing to the Provost’s Office, Regional Campus Director, Vice President for Research, or the President’s Office at least two weeks in advance and must clearly define the justification for use to be considered for approval.