Arrival Information and Pre-Arrival Test Reminder

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

Please see the message below that I sent to students earlier today. The message contains important information about arrival to campus and pre-arrival testing.  Please take a few moments to review this information with your student and be sure that they are taking the steps necessary to prepare for their return to campus if they are choosing to be at Conn in-person for the spring semester. 

Thank you!

Victor Arcelus
Dean of Students


Dear Students, 

I hope that you are having a restful break. In the coming weeks, I will be emailing you detailed information about our return to campus process and what to expect this spring with our COVID-19 protocols. In this message, I will focus on providing some updated information about arrival expectations and specifically the pre-arrival test.  If you are planning to study on campus during the spring semester, please review the details noted here and continue to monitor your email for future messages. 

We are in regular conversations with the CT Department of Public Health and one of the key expectations that they have for colleges and universities is that students arrive to campus with a negative PCR test result.  Please note that the test must be taken no earlier than 7 days before arrival on campus and you will not be permitted on campus without the pre-arrival test result. If you have had COVID-19 and have recovered in the 90 days before your arrival day you do not need to arrive with a negative test but you do need to bring dated documentation showing your positive COVID-19 test or medical diagnosis.  

The assigned arrival days are February 4 or 5:  

  • Thursday, Feb. 4–Students with last names beginning with L to Z
  • Friday, Feb. 5–Students with last names beginning with A to K
You must arrive on campus between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and go directly to the testing center to be tested. Later this month you will be able to sign up for a testing time in the CoVerified app. If you cannot arrive while the testing center is open you should make plans to arrive in New London the night before and stay at a hotel. We have made arrangements with two local hotels that are offering discounted rates: Clarion Inn ($55) and SpringHill Suites ($74). International students may coordinate alternative arrival days with Dean Patton.  

As far as the pre-arrival test, you may get tested in your community (test no earlier than Thursday, January 28).  It is important for you to evaluate the availability of PCR testing in your area as well as the turnaround time for receiving your results. 

Rather than getting your test done locally, you may request to have a PCR test kit mailed to you directly—if you are living in the continental United States. We are once again partnering with LetsGetChecked (LGC) and they can send you a test kit and process your sample. The sample collection is self-administered using a shallow nasal swab similar to the tests we have been using on campus. If you opt for the test kit, you will receive it the week of Jan. 18. You will need to collect your sample and send the kit back to LGC on Friday, Jan. 29. LGC will provide results directly to you within 48 hours of receiving your sample.

If you would like to receive the at-home test kit from LGC, you need to complete the online test request form (log into CamelWeb first in order to have access to this form). The original deadline was today (Friday, Jan. 8) but we are extending the deadline to the end of the business day on Monday, January 11. During the week of Jan. 18, the kit will arrive at the address you provide on the online form. The cost of the kit, test processing and shipping is $130 and will be billed to your student account.

Also, please remember that we are expecting that you self-isolate during the two weeks prior to your arrival on campus (from Jan. 21 or 22 to Feb. 4 or 5). Please make arrangements to be able to do this during this pre-arrival period. In order to have a successful launch to the semester it is critical for everyone to do their part to avoid bringing COVID-19 to campus.

Thank you for your attention to the pre-arrival testing requirements. I will be sharing more details with you in the coming weeks. 


Victor Arcelus
Dean of Students