Important Information for Spring 2021 Return

Dear Students, 

Congratulations on coming to the end of the fall 2020 semester! This has been a tremendous community effort, and we appreciate all that you have done on and off campus as a member of this wonderful College community. As you finish your classes, we want to take this opportunity to remind you of some details about returning to campus in February.   

Return Dates

As we noted in a letter to you on Nov. 13, the College’s plan is to have you return to Conn on either Feb. 4 or Feb. 5 (depending on your assigned date). We’ve assigned return dates to spread people across two days. 

  • Thursday, Feb. 4–Students with last names beginning with L to Z

  • Friday, Feb. 5–Students with last names beginning with A to K

Since March, we have had to be flexible and nimble, and the same will be expected in spring 2021. We will continue to monitor the circumstances with COVID-19 and are in regular contact with the Connecticut Department of Health and our Hartford HealthCare partners to finalize our spring plans. If arrival dates need to be adjusted, we will notify you of any changes as soon as possible.

Pre-Arrival Test

As you begin thinking about the spring term, I encourage you to review the Return to Conn To Do List webpage. Some initial information is posted there now and more details will be added in January. 

Similar to the onboarding process in August, before returning to Conn in February you will need to self-isolate during the two weeks prior to your arrival on campus (Jan. 21 or 22 to Feb. 4 or 5). You will also need to get a pre-arrival COVID-19 PCR test during the seven days before arrival (test no earlier than Thursday, Jan. 28). Please note that you will not be permitted on campus without a pre-arrival test. 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 your home directly—if you live in the continental United States and have difficulty accessing a test. 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 you have been taking 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, please complete this online form by Friday, Jan. 8 (log into CamelWeb first in order to have access to this form). If you have questions or any difficulties with the form, please contact the IT Service Desk at (860) 439-4357 (HELP), email or open a Web Help Desk ticket. 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.

Life on Campus this Spring

We are eager to see you back on campus this spring or to engage with you over Zoom if you choose to be remote. Faculty have started planning their spring courses, and staff are coordinating details for your return and for life on campus. We are incorporating your feedback into all of these efforts and applying what we’ve learned from you this fall. As one example, dining will skip the pre-packaged carry out phase during onboarding quarantine and, instead, begin the semester with the take-out format we had in place for most of the fall semester. New food options are also being developed by the dining team. In January, we will launch a revised version of the Path Forward website to include pertinent information about the spring term. Please visit that site often for the latest updates.

January Engagement Opportunities

We’ve been working on a series of exciting events and programs during the month of January. Visit Connect With Conn next week to see the many activities and options to engage with us during the Winter Break, including ELEVATE: The Inaugural Social Justice Conference at Conn.

Congratulations on nearly completing the fall semester, good luck on your finals, get some well served rest over the break. Please send any questions you have to, and we will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you in-person or virtually in February!


Victor Arcelus
Dean of Students

John McKnight
Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion

Jefferson Singer
Dean of the College