Campus Guidelines

The State of Connecticut and the Connecticut Council of Independent Colleges provided institutions with significant guidance for a phased return to on-campus operations. Colleges and universities are empowered to draft their own plans that must comply with regulations at the local, state, and national agency levels. These regulations are in place to safeguard the health of all employees and students. Please read the information below carefully as some policies and procedures have changed for efficiency and safety purposes.
 

COVID-19 Guidelines for Residential Life
 

Guidelines for Residential Life

If you live, or intend to live on campus, please familiarize yourself with this list of requirements and and COVID-related changes.
 

COVID TESTS: Per the University’s current COVID-19 Policies, all students taking classes on campus will need to submit two PCR COVID tests prior to beginning in person classes. The second test must be taken 6-10 days after the date of the first. (ex: if you get tested on January 13th, you must be tested again no later than January 23rd).


BEFORE ARRIVING: The following documents must be reviewed and/or completed by all before returning to campus. All forms can be found on the MyUB Portal under "Covid-19 Documents." We ask that you to follow the guidelines provided to ensure the health of your safety and others on campus.

  1. UB COVID-19 Student Return to Campus Self-Certification - Complete prior to arrival.
  2. COVID-19 Safety Training - Review one time. 
  3. COVID-19 Safety Training Quiz - Complete one time. 
  4. Daily Health Assessment - Complete daily on LiveSafe by selecting the grey Health Verification Tool card. See instructions on how to download LiveSafe. If your phone does not support it, you can access the form on the portal.
  5. Student Contact Information Sheet - Complete daily.

COVID TESTS: Per the University's COVID-19 policies, all students will need to submit two PCR COVID tests. All students living on campus will need to take a COVID-19 PCR test within five days of arriving to campus regardless of where you have been. The second test must be taken 6-10 days after the date of the first. (ex: if you get tested on January 13th, you must be tested again no later than January 23rd).


BEFORE ARRIVING: Before returning to campus, all students need to ensure that they have completed the following steps. If you have questions regarding this information, begin by reviewing canvas and/or Webadvisor to review any possible holds, check your spring semester bill, and so forth.   

  • To move into campus housing, you must be a registered student. Contact your academic advisor for further assistance if you are not registered.
  • Ensure you have connected with Student Financial Services regarding your financial responsibilities. Students are expected to be enrolled in a payment plan or have less than $500 as an outstanding bill.
  • Ensure all immunization paperwork is submitted to Health Services.


The following documents must be reviewed and/or completed by all before returning to campus. All forms can be found on the MyUB Portal under "Covid-19 Documents." We ask that you to follow the guidelines provided to ensure the health of your safety and others on campus.

  1. UB COVID-19 Student Return to Campus Self-Certification - Complete prior to arrival.
  2. COVID-19 Safety Training - Review one time. 
  3. COVID-19 Safety Training Quiz - Complete one time. 
  4. Daily Health Assessment - Complete daily on LiveSafe by selecting the grey Health Verification Tool card. See instructions on how to download LiveSafe. If your phone does not support it, you can access the form on the portal.
  5. Student Contact Information Sheet - Complete daily.

Students are encouraged to bring a weekend bag/carryon luggage to prepare an emergency kit to travel with in the event they are exposed to the COVID-19 virus. Review the Travel Advisory for Visitors to Connecticut for more information.

All residents are required to sign up for an appointment. Returning students: please note that although your family and friends are welcome to drop you off and assist you unloading, they will not be allowed inside your residence hall. New students: please call our office to arrange permission for one person to assist you to move into your room. You will experience a curbside move-in process and remain in your vehicle until all verifications have been completed before entering your residence hall. You will only have 45-60 minutes to unload in the designated curbside parking.

  • Students will not be permitted to check in without negative COVID Test results submitted here.
  • Students arriving from out of state (not including NJ, NY, or RI) should be prepared to quarantine in Barnum Hall for 14 days after arriving to the state but prior to attending classes, or until 2nd test conducted 6 days after the first test is rendered negative. Any student awaiting test results must quarantine until results are available.      
  • Students who live in or are traveling to one of the high risk states listed here, or any international students traveling back into the states, have the ability to move-in Monday, January 18 through Wednesday, January 20, 2021. UB uses students' official home address registered with the University, so students will need to identify themselves to the Office of Housing and Residential Life if their permanent home address is not updated. Sign up for an appointment here by 11:45 PM on 1/15/2021: https://ubhousing.wufoo.com/forms/kcp7wf011q3dmi/ 
  • Residential students from Connecticut, and students who are NOT in a high risk state, will have the ability to move-in Saturday, January 23 through Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Sign up for an appointment here by 11:45 PM on 1/15/2021: https://ubhousing.wufoo.com/forms/k18xtyxw0z7oprt/ 

Plans for the academic year at UB will include slight modifications to the regular semester schedule.

  • Regular semester courses – online, accelerated, hybrid, and in-class – will begin on January 25. All classes will be held online for the first week. Classes will begin on campus on February 1 where applicable.
  • Graduate Health Sciences courses – Acupuncture, Chiropractic and Naturopathic – will begin on January 19.
  • Trimester Health Sciences courses – PAI, Nutrition, DHSc – will begin on January 4.

Full Academic Calendar

At the beginning of the academic year, students and employees must participate in a required training session that includes information about COVID-19, your responsibilities to prevent its spread, and UB’s policies and procedures that were put in place to respond to the pandemic.

In order to comply with the six foot distancing, new occupancy standards will be created for student housing, classrooms, and meeting spaces on campus. Use of UB spaces will require adherence to the new occupancy limits.

Contact tracing is critical to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to members of the UB community. All students must submit a daily health assessment form via LiveSafe and Student Contact Information Sheet via the portal.

All UB employees and students are required to wear masks inside all campus buildings, except in private offices and research labs when others are not present. New residential students will receive two cloth face coverings upon check-in. Commuter students can visit the Commuter HQ during Welcome Week to pick up their welcome bags and face coverings.

Need a new face covering? Contact Student Involvement or stop by the student center.

Marina Dining Hall will be open for "grab and go" meals from 1/18/2021 until full-service meals begin on 2/15/2021. This may change depending on the guidelines from the State of Connecticut and CDC recommendations. Hours of operation are as follows:

Hours 1/25 - 1/31/2021 during initial campus quarantine period:

  • Brunch    11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
  • Dinner     5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
  • NOTE: students can take additional food at dinner upon request

Hours starting 2/1/2021 (take out only):

  • Breakfast    7:30 AM to 9:30 AM
  • Lunch         11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
  • Dinner         5:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Hours starting 2/15/2021 (in-person dining planned):

  • Breakfast    7:30 AM to 9:30 AM
  • Lunch         11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
  • Dinner         5:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Fresh Tossed will be open for take out only starting on 2/8/2021.

Hours starting 2/8/2021 (take out only):

  • Lunch         11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Review the Dining On-Campus Guide to see what Sodexo is doing to ensure your safety and theirs.

The food service team at Sodexo is taking a cautious, measured approach that gives students the confidence to enjoy meals on campus, as well as the flexibility to choose the dining options that make them feel most comfortable.

The world will not return to normal overnight, and neither will this campus. Rather, we will move in steps toward a “new normal” that safeguards health while allowing campus activities to resume. Our phased approach enables dining teams to proactively support each level of this transition with appropriate tools and techniques that strictly follow local, state, and federal guidelines.


Personal Protective Equipment
Employees will wear masks and gloves.

Hand Washing
Staff will continue to wash hands frequently.

Team Member Health
Employees will regularly report on their health, including temperature checks.

Food Safety
Self-service options will be eliminated.

Sanitizing and Disinfecting
High-touch surfaces will be cleaned frequently with professional-grade products.

Social Distancing Measures
When dining rooms are open, they will have limited seating capacity, updated configurations, and floor markers to encourage social distancing.

Technology
Touchless entryways and cashless payments will limit contact between dining staff and students.

Carryout and Prepackaged Options
Expanded options for carryout orders where feasible.


We know how difficult the last few months have been, and we recognize that students and parents may have reservations about dining outside the home. We want to assure you that the campus dining team is taking every precaution to deliver safe, high-quality food in a carefully controlled environment. Safeguarding the health and well-being of every member of the campus community is our highest priority.

Although there may be challenges ahead as the world recovers, we are optimistic that together we can rise to these challenges. Driven by a confident resolve, Sodexo’s careful and systematic approach will keep students, faculty, and staff who dine on campus safe and healthy.

All UB employees and students are expected to uphold the new policies, procedures, and standards that ensure the health and safety of the community. Departmental and program administrators will monitor employee compliance and policies will be enforced by Human Resources. New policies related to students will be added to the Key to UB. The Division of Student Affairs is responsible for ensuring students’ compliance with safety policies and protocol.

What to Do If You Become Ill

If you experience fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, stay home and contact a healthcare provider for guidance—do not go to a healthcare facility before you have called your doctor or a hospital emergency room for instructions.

  • We encourage students who are concerned that they may have had close contact with an ill person who is experiencing flu-like symptoms to call UB Student Health Services at (203) 576-4712, or come into the Health Sciences Center to see someone in Student Health Services from 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. When Health Services is closed, students should contact AMR through Campus Security at 203-576-4913.

CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund - Student Aid

The CARES Act has allocated funds to higher education institutions for emergency relief grants to be used for student aid to eligible students. The US Department of Education is administering the funds and has apportioned $1,635,969 to the University of Bridgeport to be used solely for this purpose.

From May 15 - June 30, 2020, a total of $1,636,515.91 (including accrued interest) in CARES Act emergency financial aid grants was distributed to eligible UB students.

CARES Act