Dear Students,
 
We are just a couple of weeks away from welcoming you to campus!  As we approach arrival day, we wanted to provide you with some updates and a checklist of things to do before you come to campus.
 
You can find the checklist on this new webpage. Please review this information carefully, as it will make your transition to Conn smoother. Key highlights include: 

  • Information about pre-arrival testing: If you opted for a LetsGetChecked test kit, the site tells you the day you should be collecting your sample and sending it back to the lab. The sample collection day is based on your assigned arrival day and the number of days needed for shipping and test processing, so that you receive the result before arriving on campus.
  • Information about on-campus expectations: Four documents that you must carefully read and sign before arriving on campus:
  • Information about state regulations: Guidance if you are coming from a travel advisory state and what you need to do to comply with state regulations.
  • Information about your first days: Transition plans including information about an onboarding Zoom meeting your first night to talk about the semester ahead and answer any questions you may have. In the days that follow, you will be asked to complete a COVID-19 online orientation training program that we are preparing with Hartford HealthCare. This will be available in Moodle.  

The last item on the checklist is an update related to onboarding quarantine. We are making adjustments based on discussions with our Hartford HealthCare partners, evolving state guidance and the national prevalence of COVID-19. Now when you arrive on campus, we will expect everyone to remain in onboarding quarantine until they receive at least two negative on-campus test results. We expect this quarantine period to last for 6-7 days. Please note that you may have a longer quarantine period of up to 14 days if you arrived directly from a travel advisory state or from outside the United States. Requiring students to have at least two negative test results will help us have a successful start to the fall semester with a low prevalence of COVID-19. The checklist also updates the expectations related to quarantine with a bit more flexibility, including the ability to take walks or runs on your own around campus.
 
One final change we are implementing this fall is to begin all classes remotely with in-person instruction now starting on Sept. 11. This new approach has a dual purpose. It will allow students both on- and off-campus to start the semester together in the same format; and it will help us minimize in-person contact and lessen the likelihood of the virus spreading during this transition period.
 
Many of our communications to date have focused on how we are working to provide a healthy transition back to Conn. We also want to assure you that our staff members have also been working on new ways to provide engaging opportunities that contribute to your overall experience on campus. Below is a sampling of what we have planned during onboarding quarantine and beyond.
 
Hale Center for Career Development

  • Career preparation classes
  • Career advising with our staff and career conversations with alumni and parents 
  • Career exploration weeks with remote networking and recruiting focus areas in technology, business and health professions
  • Finance cohort breakfast series for students interested in investment banking, consulting and financial advising 

Academic Resource Center

  • Orientation sessions on writing for college, time management, planning and organization for successful remote learning, and financial literacy
  • Small group programs on staying motivated and getting ahead on work
  • Skills workshops, such as a two-week Excel crash course and a book club

Community Engagement

  • Meaningful remote, local, community engagement opportunities by reaching out to hollerancc@conncoll.edu
  • Civic engagement and voting programming throughout the election season. Visit www.camelsvote.org & follow @CamelsVote for more information
  • Interactive workshops on ethical and equity-minded community engagement
  • Activities related to the One Book One Region/Summer Read Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo can be found at www.onebookoneregion.org

Division of Institutional Equity and Inclusion

  • During onboarding quarantine:
    • New student orientation sessions on equity and anti-racism
    • Foundational online diversity, equity and inclusion training
    • Sexual violence prevention education
    • Student leader training 
    • Identity focused student advising and support
    • Affinity/identity based club and organization advising 
  • Post onboarding quarantine:
    • Anti-racist education and training
    • Dialogue Project workshops and events
    • Campus-wide social justice training and education
    • Identity focused student advising and support
    • Cultural heritage month events
    • Gender- and sexuality-based programming
    • Religious and spiritual observances

Office of Student Engagement

  • During onboarding quarantine:
    • Virtual involvement fair
    • Virtual student organization meetings
    • Virtual late-night programming including DIY events, trivia nights, bingo, escape rooms and open mic nights
    • Launch of the first intramural E-sports league
  • Post onboarding quarantine:
    • Club sport small group practices
    • On-campus exploration with Outdoor Adventures
    • Outdoor movies
    • Food truck events  

Residential Education and Living

  • Housefellow and Floor Governor training
  • Nightly virtual floor meetings to build relationships with roommates and neighbors
  • Virtual meetings with student staff members to provide support and connect students to campus opportunities 
  • Weekly "Visible and Socially Distant" programs to facilitate student connections

Student Counseling Services

  • Virtual individual and group counseling
  • Meditation training 

Athletics

  • Virtual fitness classes
  • Virtual wellness classes
  • Campus fitness challenges
  • Fitness center access by reservation

Many of these engagement opportunities are available to all students, whether you are living on campus or learning remotely this fall. We are all eager for the semester to begin so that we can work closely with you and think creatively about new and different ways for you to connect with us and with each other. We know the year ahead will be unlike any other, and we are committed to making it as engaging and meaningful as possible, all while providing an exceptional Conn experience.
 
We hope you stay safe in these next weeks as you prepare to start the new year. Bring to it all the imagination and passion you can muster! It is our work together as one community that will make this a memorable, enriching and successful year for us all.
 
Sincerely,


Victor Arcelus
Dean of Students
 

John McKnight
Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion
 

Jefferson Singer
Dean of the College