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UConn’s Services for Students, Outreach Activities and Other Information Regarding Coronavirus
To the University Community:
We write today to update the UConn community with information related to coronavirus, now known as Covid-19, which has dramatically impacted many aspects of life and business worldwide.
The virus emerged at a very difficult time when many UConn students and scholars were home for winter vacation in China, where the outbreak has been centered. Some UConn students and scholars have faced a delayed return to campus for the new semester, and are understandably worried about family and loved ones at home.
UConn Nation is one caring and united community. We empathize with all of our community members who have been personally impacted by Covid-19, and we are here to support them.
While we understand that many people may fear for their health and that of their loved ones, we urge you to join us by advocating against hurtful, hateful and insensitive behaviors that are not appropriate in this global health crisis and contradict our values. There is no place for those behaviors on our campuses.
Many UConn students have inquired about what they can do to help. In addition to providing a welcoming environment for your peers, we encourage interested student organizations to work with UConn Community Outreach on relief and fundraising efforts.
We also believe it is important to recognize the efforts of various offices who have gathered information and conducted outreach activities related to the virus.
UConn Student Health and Wellness has created a coronavirus webpage and offers a phone hotline to provide the latest information on the virus. It has provided free individual health screenings to students who recently traveled to China, and has been diligently following federal and state guidelines for managing risk related to the virus.
UConn International Student and Scholar Services has worked to identify international students who are most at risk of being impacted by mobility restrictions caused by the virus. That office has also worked with campus partners to provide options and support for students and scholars who were unable to return from China for spring semester, and to guide students who returned late due to travel delays. In addition, it has worked with the Chinese Consulate in New York to identify resources for Chinese citizens in need due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
The Office of the Provost has also collaborated with deans and faculty members to offer support for students who were delayed in their efforts to begin their spring semester classes.
The University is preparing options for students who do not wish to travel outside the U.S. during the summer. We are working to ensure a productive and relaxing summer for these students, including opportunities for them to participate in dynamic courses and enrichment experiences. Once these options are available, we will announce them.
Please note, there have been no known cases of Covid-19 at the University of Connecticut or within the state of Connecticut. Students, staff and faculty who have recently returned from China should already be past the two-week quarantine period. As of Feb. 14, 2020, there are no UConn Storrs students who are in the 14-day coronavirus monitoring period.
We remind students to take precautions to stay healthy as we move into peak flu season, including by getting your flu vaccination if you have not already done so, washing hands frequently, and staying home if you are ill. With spring around the corner, we hope that the severe impacts of this virus are behind us.
Please let us know if there is anything we can do to further support you.
Vice President for Enrollment Planning and Management
Vice President for Student Affairs
Vice President for Global Affairs
Tragic Loss in Our UConn Community
Over the course of the last several hours, our community has learned about a tragic incident on the Storrs campus. UConn student Tianyin Shang was discovered yesterday in the area of Mirror Lake by UConn Police. Her condition was grave and despite every effort to revive her, she did not survive and was pronounced dead at Windham Hospital on Monday afternoon.
A loss in our community like this is impossible to comprehend. Last night, my colleagues and I spent time with her friends and we will continue to reach out to those who knew Tianyin best. I have learned that Tianyin, or Skyine as she was known to her friends, was proud of her Chinese heritage, excelled in math, was a friend to many in her residential community, and a rising star on the UConn Western Equestrian Team.
She is deeply missed, and many are struggling to understand her death. During the course of the next few days, we will remember, we will grieve and we will seek to cherish her contributions to our lives. The University has been in contact with her family and will provide all our support during this difficult time.
Her loss touches all of us in different ways. Our grief for Tianyin’s loss – no matter how well we knew her -- will impact us in a myriad of ways. Please know that the University is here for you:
- Student Health and Wellness – Mental Health: Mental Health Services is available to provide support to the Storrs student community at this time of loss. Mental Health Services is located on the 4th floor of Arjona and their website lists information regarding their hours of service. Additionally on their website, you will find information on managing grief and loss.
- On Call: A Counselor-on-Call and crisis information is available to you, all day, every day. The Counselor on Call is available after hours by calling 860-486-4705.
- Residential Life: The Residential Life staff team are available 24/7 to support members of the University residential population in need of support. They can be contacted at 860-486-2926, or through the Resident Assistants on duty.
- Dean of Students: The Dean of Students Office located on the 2nd floor of Wilbur Cross is available to assist students struggling with the loss of their classmate. You may make an appointment by calling 860-486-3426 or stop in to meet with a staff member during business hours, Monday – Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm. Staff in the Dean of Students Office are available to help you connect with support services as needed.
- Student Care Team: If you are concerned about the well-being of a community member, call 911. If it is not an emergency please complete a referral for the Student Care team.
Please take time to care for yourself and your fellow students during this difficult time. As a community we will support one another. I am continually touched by the students, faculty, staff, and organizations, like Active Minds, that seek to support each other. I am grateful to be among such a community of compassionate Huskies. Please, ask for help. We’re here.
Eleanor JB Daugherty
Associate Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students
Spring 2020 Winter Welcome
Happy New Year! We look forward to your return to campus.
As you pack, make sure your cold weather attire includes lined coats, mittens, hats, extra blankets and waterproof boots. For those of you with cars, emergency supplies such as a flashlight, batteries, ice scraper and traction sand are important. Water and non-perishable food will also be important to keep available for when you cannot easily leave your residence. If you are not feeling well or need a flu vaccine, please contact Student Health and Wellness.
When there are severe weather conditions, keep in mind that the campus is an enormous physical plant and our resources are prioritized when clearing snow. Your safety is our top concern and we encourage you to monitor emergency messages on our campus Alert site at alert.uconn.edu and the Winter Storm Guide. Please also be mindful of campus policies if you need to miss a class. For those who rely on public transportation to get to and from campus, please stay aware of any transportation changes.
Facilities Operations is a department focused on keeping our buildings and grounds clear and safe during severe weather. This department is available 24/7 to respond to emergencies and has a downloadable mobile app for requesting on campus work orders. The workers you have come to know inside the buildings help with storm related issues outside. Please be cognizant of them operating equipment, and recognize certain service levels may not be reached during inclement weather.
During severe weather, the clearing of snow is prioritized to focus immediately on:
- Access for emergency vehicles (fire, police, and EMT)
- Student access to critical areas like Student Health and Wellness and the Dining Halls
- Emergency building repairs
Once the above priorities have been satisfied, Facilities Operations and Building Services will then work to clear roads and enable access for:
- Transportation (i.e. UConn buses)
- Access to academic buildings for classes
- Waste Management
- Parking Lots
We share this with you to stress that your health and safety are the University’s top priority. It also means that some campus comforts may be delayed while we focus on making sure we provide for emergency services on campus. During those times, it is important to stay safe, limit your activity outside, and follow the direction of University staff. Any unsafe conditions on the UConn grounds should be reported to Facilities Operations and Building Services using the mobile app found on the MyUConn app or by calling 860-486-3113.
UConn is prepared to offer minimal disruption to classes and the functioning of the University. It takes scores of individuals to keep the campus accessible and safe, and I know you will join me in appreciating their dedication to UConn students, staff and faculty.
Eleanor JB Daugherty
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Associate Vice President for Facilities Operations and Building Services
P.S. Membership in the Dean of Students Advisory Group remains open to the student body. The next meeting is February 11. If you are interested in joining, please email Cathy Downs at email@example.com. All are welcome!