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University of Hartford Announces Fall 2020 Opening Plans

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The University of Hartford in West Hartford plans to house students on the campus beginning in August 2020, provided it is permitted by the state.


University of Hartford President Gregory Woodward sent a letter to students, parents, faculty, and staff on Saturday, May 30, 2020, with the first of many anticipated messages about plans for the opening of campus for fall semester 2020. President Woodward acknowledged that students are eager to continue their education at UHart and that the entire campus community is looking forward to starting the fall semester in person and on campus.

The University of Hartford is diligently working on fall 2020 scenario planning for students, faculty, and staff and innovating every part of the UHart experience – from the academic calendar to residential living – to provide options and access for the best and safest possible combination of high-quality on-campus and remote teaching.

The University’s plans and schedule, which are dependent on the ongoing guidance from the state of Connecticut and public health officials, currently are as follows:

  • We will offer an early drop-off period for students’ belongings in mid-August, followed by move-in on a staggered basis from Aug. 24-26.
  • Instruction begins for all students on Aug. 26. Online instruction may be utilized during the first week to allow for continued move-in and the administration of state-required COVID testing of all students upon their return.
  • Classes will be held on Labor Day.
  • On-campus classes conclude on Nov. 24. Students depart for Thanksgiving break and will not return to campus until Jan. 17, after winter break.
  • Monday, Nov. 30–Tuesday, Dec. 15: Fall classes, review sessions, office hours, reading days, and final exams will be completed remotely.

Throughout the summer, the University will provide further details about safety procedures, health screenings, and specifics on any possible housing changes within our residential facilities. To read President Woodward’s May 30 letter, please click here. For the latest information on the University’s COVID-19 plans, please check hartford.edu/health-coronavirus often.

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