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Covid-19 and the University

Preparation is in our DNA

The University of New Haven of has long prided itself on being prepared for all eventualities – and instilling that mindset in our students. That’s why we have been as successful as any institution in protecting our University community from COVID-19, mitigating the impact of the pandemic, and continuing to provide a meaningful and rewarding educational experience in an out of the classroom for our students. This is a significant point of pride for the University, and it is a credit to everyone in our community.

Our hope is that by the time you officially join our University community in August, the impact of the pandemic will largely be behind us. Regardless of what the future might have in store, we want you and your parents and families to know we are prepared to respond, and we are adept at instilling this mindset in our students. Through our innovative majors in such areas as public safety, national security, health sciences, or cybersecurity, to name just a few, we know that preparation is the key to success, and we are excited to prepare you to be our next success story.

As Chargers, there are values and expectations that we all share which provide the framework for how we interact as individual members of the community and speak to who we are and what we stand for as a community.

And today, as the effects of this pandemic impact the Charger community and the world, we must all do our part to care for the health and wellbeing of every member of our campus community.



We pledge to CARE FOR OTHERS.


"Health Services and the Covid Task Force have worked closely to provide the safest environment for students. We have worked together to ensure that students are tested regularly and that any students that are not feeling well are assessed and cared for by the clinical team in Health Services. We have implemented video visits as a method to be able to "see" students. We video visit regularly with all students in isolation in order monitor their progress and order any medications that might be necessary. We are also fully open for in-person visits for students who have non-covid health concerns."

Jill Banatoski, M.D., FACP

Health Services Medical Director

"This past semester on campus truly spoke to strengths of everyone's character, not just students. To be a student during this time is to truly become a Charger—to care about the community and others around you."

Sofia Martinez '22

President, Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA)

"Keeping our campus community healthy is infused in everything we do. As one of Connecticut's recognized leaders in COVID preparedness and response, our University is committed to maintaining the college experience while doing so in a safe manner. We keep our students and parents updated regularly via live town halls, videos, emails and more. Last year, our campus had one of the lowest COVID case numbers in the state because our Charger Nation was committed to campus health."

Summer Johnson McGee, Ph.D., CPH

Dean of the School of Health Sciences / COVID-19 Coordinator

Blog Posts

University of New Haven Supports First Responders During Coronavirus Pandemic

As local public safety professionals and emergency personnel work to keep the community safe during the COVID-19 outbreak, the University of New Haven is doing its part to help support their efforts by offering critically needed temporary housing in its residence halls.

‘Living through COVID-19 Has Made Me More Eager to Become a Healthcare Provider Who Will Advocate for Her Patients’

As I have seen the impact COVID-19 has had on communities, particularly on people of color, I have found myself more driven than ever to help address the ongoing health disparities in the U.S. healthcare system.

Alumna, Adjunct Professor on the Front Line of Local Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

Caitlin Sculley ’15 MHA has brought her clinical background, leadership skills, and dedication to caring for patients and healthcare providers to her new role as part of Yale New Haven Hospital’s response to the pandemic.

Members of the University’s Military Community Serving on Front Lines of Global Coronavirus Pandemic

Meet some of the veterans and active service members in the University of New Haven community who are committing themselves to service amid the global coronavirus pandemic. They hope to make a difference when it is needed the most.

Career Development Center Continues to Provide Same Support, Resources Virtually

While students are now searching for jobs and internships from home, staff members in the University of New Haven’s Career Development Center are continuing to provide a comprehensive offering of trainings, workshops, office hours, and other career services online.

Students Organize Fundraiser to Benefit West Haven Food Pantry

Members of the student-run Mayor’s Advisory Commission are committed to supporting the West Haven community. So when they learned about an increased need at a local food pantry due to the coronavirus pandemic, they answered the call.

Read more stories on our Chargers Care Blog!