University Update to COVID-19: 3/9/2020

University update to COVID-19 response as of 3/9/2020:

To the UConn Community:

Earlier today, Governor Lamont sent executive branch agency heads a directive designed to help prevent and delay COVID-19 in Connecticut, including freezing employee travel on state business.

University-Sponsored Travel Outside of Connecticut is Suspended: Though not an executive branch agency, UConn wishes to act in keeping with the governor’s goals. Effective immediately, all domestic and international, university-sponsored travel outside of the state by faculty and staff is suspended until further notice. Any exception needs to be approved by university leadership.

Requests for Travel Exceptions: If you believe an exception should be made for your planned travel, please make a request in writing to the appropriate operational leadership office to whom you report, meaning the President (for units that report directly to the President’s office), Provost, Executive Vice President for Administration/CFO, or the CEO of UConn Health. Each request will be evaluated and a response will be provided.
Travel Updates: In consultation with the Governor’s office, the university may determine what is or is not essential employee travel and will provide you with any updates.
Campus Events: Organizers of events on any of our campuses being attended by out-of-state travelers must continue to consult with the Provost’s office (if the event as academic in nature, including the regional campuses and the schools in Farmington) or the EVP for Administration’s office (if the event is non-academic in nature) to determine if any modifications are needed. This requirement applies to all events sponsored by the University, including schools, colleges, departments as well as employee-sponsored or student-sponsored events.

On-campus activities such as athletic events and fine arts performances can continue as scheduled. If anything changes or if modifications are needed, new guidance will be shared immediately.

Please also continue to consult UConn’s coronavirus information page for resources and guidance on these issues and related topics.

Coronavirus Information for Higher Education

The American Association of University Professors provides information pertaining to COVID-19:

Coronavirus Information for Higher Ed

We are monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and will be regularly updating this page of resources for AAUP members and others in the higher education community. The AAUP emphasizes the need for governmental responses to COVID-19 to be guided by expert knowledge and stresses the importance of faculty participation in the development of institutional responses to the coronavirus. As our Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities observes, the faculty has primary responsibility in areas such as curriculum, methods of instruction, and aspects of student life that relate to the educational process.

Please email communications@aaup.org with any suggestions of further resources to add to this list.

World Health Organization (WHO)

Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19
Situation Dashboard

US Government Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Department of Education (DOE) 
COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Guidance for Student Foreign Travel

Department of State
Current Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Travel Warnings and Advisories)

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center
https://rems.ed.gov/Resources_Hazards_Threats_Biological_Hazards.aspx

Higher Ed Resources

From our organizing partner, American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
COVID-19—How to Be Prepared: Bulletin for Higher Ed Faculty and Staff
Is Your Workplace Ready for Coronavirus? Guidance for Local Higher Education Leaders on Information Requests and Requests to Bargain

American Association for State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
Resources for State Colleges and Universities on the Coronavirus

American College Health Association (ACHA)
2019 Novel Coronavirus: What Campuses Need to Know

ACHA and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)
Coronavirus Resources for Colleges

American Council on Education (ACE)
Colleges Continue Coronavirus Planning; CDC Issues Guidance for Foreign Programs and Domestic Campuses

Printable CDC Factsheets