COVID-19 – 2021 Spring Semester Plans

Memos from President Rhona Free regarding Spring Semester plans

March 15 memo: Dear USJ students, faculty, and staff,

With the health and safety of our community in mind, and in response to guidance from the CT Department of Public Health, here are some reminders and updates related to the start of the Spring 2021 semester. Read the entire memo here.

Update on Friday, April 9:

In response to the increased rate of positive COVID-19 cases on campus and the region, USJ is reinstating two restrictions that were lifted in March to minimize transmission rates of the virus as quickly as possible.  Effective April 9 through the remainder of the Spring semester, the following restrictions will be reinstated:

1.      Students are not allowed in any residence hall except the one they live in. Non-residential students may not enter any residence halls.

2.      Students may not bring non-USJ guests into any campus building. The campus remains closed to the public.

Read the entire memo here.

Connecticut Resources:

Main COVID-19 vaccine portal: Connecticut COVID-19 Vaccine Portal

COVID-19 vaccination scheduling:

Fact Sheets from the Department of Public Health (available in 5 languages)

COVID-19 vaccination distribution data:

Transportation resources

DPH Twitter Feed

General information on support for individuals living with disabilities:

The University of Saint Joseph is continuously monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and is open based on state guidelines. All around campus you will see reminders about the ways each of us can contribute to protecting the health of our entire community. The COVID-19 Concerns Form is for any member of the USJ community to use to share a concern, even if it as small as that a hand sanitizer station is empty.

USJ COVID-19 New Case Dashboard. This weekly dashboard reports new cases from the USJ Community of faculty, staff, and students. Infected individuals are not allowed on campus until they have completed quarantine requirements. USJ has implemented a contact tracing process per state guidelines. Individuals who were in contact with anyone who was infected will be notified by the USJ Contact Tracing Team.

This dashboard tallies new cases for a week and will be updated weekly with information received by midnight on Friday.

New cases from Saturday, April 3 – Friday, April 9, 2021

Residential Students: 5

Commuter Students: 6

Pharmacy Students – Hartford Campus: 0

Gengras Center and SYC Employees: 1

Employees: 0

Campus Information

Important Message for USJ students coming to campus to take classes during the 2020-2021 Academic Year: Message from VP for Student Affairs Ken Bedini regarding a required daily health assessment for all students coming to any USJ campus, read it here.

USJ COVID Guidance & FAQs for the USJ Community includes information about testing and quarantining guidelines and processes.

When you are on campus, students are required to take the daily online health assessment and comply with the USJ 2020-21 Face Mask Policy. Information about face-coverings/masks is available here.

All information below was last updated on March 15, 2021. USJ will be updating this information as the situation with COVID-19 changes.


Campus Life

Health & Safety

USJ U.S. CARES Relief Fund Report

The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) is required to provide regular reporting to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on the use of funds authorized by the CARES Act. Funds received by USJ under the CARES Act were authorized by Congress and signed into law by the President on March 27, 2020.  The information in the linked report is intended to meet the reporting requirements of the CARES Act.

Emergency Student Financial Aid Report

Institutional Report Quarter Ending 9/30/2020

Institutional Report Quarter Ending 12/31/2020

Institutional Report Quarter Ending 3/31/2021

About COVID-19

COVID-19 has similar symptoms to the flu and can range from mild to severe. Symptoms may include:

According to the CDC, “People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:”

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Read more about the difference in the transmission of and severity between the seasonal flu and COVID-19 here.

You can find information about local test centers near campus, here.

Limit Your Risk of Exposure

Connecticut has prepared tips to prevent the spread of COVID-19, feel free to share this poster with tips.

The CDC recommends the following steps to help limit the risk of exposure:

  • Wear a mask when you are in a shared space.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Singing happy birthday is a good way to time it out. If soap and water isn’t available use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people that are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough. Make sure you throw away any tissues once they have been used.
  • Clean and disinfect including tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.


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