Plans for Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 (COVID-19)
While the USJ vaccination requirement may be expanded over the summer, USJ has already established a vaccination requirement for all residential students and student-athletes. Except for classes specifically designated as online or hybrid, classes will meet in person.
Summer Session 2021May 28 – USJ Memo to Obtain Vaccination Bracelet: Students, Faculty, & Staff
In the interest of protecting the health of the University of Saint Joseph community, including the Gengras Center and School for Young Children, and in light of guidance from the CDC, Connecticut Department of Public Health, and the Governor’s Office, as of May 24, the following policies will take effect on campus:
- Masks are not required outdoors on campus, except for unvaccinated individuals when they are near the Gengras Center or the School for Young Children or when they are near student groups visiting campus from those schools.
- USJ has begun collecting information on vaccination status and distributing bracelets to those faculty, staff, and students who are vaccinated. Individuals who do not submit verification will be assumed to be unvaccinated and must comply with all policies for unvaccinated individuals. Masks should be worn at large gatherings on campus, especially if children are present. Vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks in other indoor settings. Unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear masks indoors at all times except when alone in a private office.
- Consistent with DPH guidelines for health care facilities, masks continue to be required for everyone for entrance to Student Health Services (SHS), now located in The Beekley Center on the first floor of the O’Connell Athletic Center.
- Consistent with DPH guidelines for K-12 schools, masks continue to be required for everyone for entrance to the Gengras Center or School for Young Children. Further, individuals who do not work in those schools must follow all of their visitor restrictions and guidelines when in those buildings.
- Six-foot distancing will remain for offices until further notice but is not required in other settings.
- Faculty, staff, and students confirmed as fully vaccinated will no longer have to complete the Daily Attestation form and Contact Tracing form when utilizing USJ Wi-Fi and will not be required to quarantine or be tested if asymptomatic post-exposure
- Staff who were approved for remote work for COVID-related reasons may continue to work remotely until June 30, 2021, unless they have been approved for an earlier return.
- Quarantining is not required for asymptomatic fully-vaccinated individuals who are identified as close contacts if sufficient proof of vaccination and/or attestation of vaccination has been provided to HR (employees) or The Beekley Center (students).
- Classes (except for those designated as online) will meet in person with the remote option utilized as needed for individual student situations.
- Faculty who were approved for remote teaching for the Academic Year 2020-2021 for COVID-related reasons may continue to teach remotely until June 30, 2021, unless they have requested and been approved to return to campus before then.
- Gengras Center and SYC employees who are taking classes at USJ may attend classes in-person if they are vaccinated. Unvaccinated Gengras Center and SYC employees should participate in classes remotely to minimize the risk of transmission.
These policies will be updated and reposted as necessary. For information on the guidance, see: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Coronavirus/Community_Resources/Vaccinations/Print-Materials/Fact-Sheets/COVID_Rules_Vaccinated.pdf
Thank you for your continued cooperation. If you have questions, please contact the President’s Office at [email protected].
President Rhona Free
Rhona C. Free, Ph.D.
COVID College Challenge
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USJ Offices Are Open
Within offices, employees are required to maintain at least 6 ft. of distance between themselves and others while in shared workspace and wear a mask.
Students should call or email offices before visiting to determine if services can be provided virtually, or if an appointment is required for in-person services.
Main COVID-19 vaccine portal: Connecticut COVID-19 Vaccine Portal
COVID-19 vaccination scheduling: https://covidvaccinefinder.ct.gov/
Fact Sheets from the Department of Public Health (available in 5 languages)
COVID-19 vaccination distribution data: https://data.ct.gov/stories/s/CoVP-COVID-Vaccine-Distribution-Data/bhcd-4mnv/
General information on support for individuals living with disabilities:https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Information-For/Individuals-with-Disabilities
USJ COVID-19 Dashboard
Over the year USJ conducted tests of students as well as faculty and staff in high exposure positions for a total Positive test rate of 0.7%. Of almost 7000 tests conducted on campus, there were 44 positives. Of all of the students, faculty, and staff who were tested off campus because of symptoms, travel requirements, or precautions, there were 81 positive test results reported since last August through May 12.
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.