Coronavirus COVID-19: Our Response
The Fall semester starts Tuesday, September 8, 2020
- It is important that all students check your Sonisweb/schedule prior to the first two days of classes.
- There will be no on-ground labs for any on-ground 4 credit sciences. Scheduled on-ground lectures will proceed on campus with social distancing. Check your Goodwin email for information from your instructor.
- All Administrative Offices are open by appointment ONLY.
- All faculty office hours will remain online or by appointment ONLY.
- The Library and Testing Center are open by appointment ONLY.
- The Café will be open for purchasing of grab and go items.
- All consumption of food/drink must be done in designated areas on campus.
- The student lounge will remain closed. No eating/drinking or congregating will be permitted.
The information below will assist you when entering Goodwin buildings. You must have your Goodwin ID to enter all buildings.
417 Main Street
- All Goodwin employees, students, and visitors must enter through the front door, located on the Main Street side.
- Please walk on the sidewalk and not through the drive-thru for safety purposes.
- Security will take your temperature when you arrive
- Signs will also be posted as a reminder
- Please do not ring the doorbell at the back door; it is not an entrance for Goodwin’s use.
3 Pent Road
- All Goodwin employees, students, and visitors must enter through the main door.
- Security will check your temperature when you arrive.
- Students are requested to complete a check-in form.
If your classroom, office, or department is located at any of the locations below, it is recommended that you add at least 15 minutes to your morning commute.
One Riverside Drive
- All faculty and staff located at One Riverside Drive must enter through the glass doors near the loading dock.
- All students must enter through the main front door of each building.
Temperature Check Locations
If you visit a building on campus and you do not notice a security desk/station, please call (860) 913-2100. We appreciate your understanding with assisting us as we maintain a safe and healthy environment and campus.
|Building||Temperature Check Location|
|2 Pent Road||Pathways||3 Pent Road|
|2 King Court||Histology||403 Main Street|
|3 Pent Road||Manufacturing||3 Pent Road|
|9 Riverside Drive||CTRA||211 Riverside Drive (One)|
|29 Willowbrook Rd||Riverside Magnet||211 Riverside Drive (One)|
|95 Willowbrook Rd||Riverside Magnet||211 Riverside Drive (One)|
|167 Riverside Drive||ESL, GU Classes, OIE||211 Riverside Drive (One)|
|195 Riverside Drive||CTRA Middle School||211 Riverside Drive (One)|
|211 Riverside Drive||Goodwin University Main Bldg.||211 Riverside Drive (One)|
|247 Riverside Drive||Communications/Gen Ed/IT||211 Riverside Drive (One)|
|345 Main Street||Facilities Garage||211 Riverside Drive (One)|
|351 Main Street||Facilities Offices||211 Riverside Drive (One)|
|403 Main Street||Dental, Optical, OTA||403 Main Street|
|417 Main Street||Funeral Services and Other Staff||417 Main Street|
Returning to Campus
The Reopening Taskforce compiled this list of things to do BEFORE and DURING your visits to campus. These safeguards are designed to protect students, faculty, and staff by reducing the risk of spreading the virus in any campus facilities. Please note that these policies and procedures are subject to change based on the evolving nature of COVID-19. Safety training through Human Resources will be provided through an online tutorial participation and will be mandatory prior to your initial return to campus.
In preparation for coming to campus, everyone should evaluate their health for the following:
- Cough/shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain, chills, and/or sore throat
- Known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19
- Loss of taste or smell
- Feeling feverish or measured temperature at or above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
- If you are not feeling well, DO NOT come to campus, especially if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above.
Contact your health care provider for guidance and notify your supervisor or instructor of the necessary absence.
- Self-screen daily before going to campus for any of the symptoms currently associated with COVID-19.
- COVID-19 symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus.
- All students, faculty, and staff must always have their Goodwin ID to enter the buildings.
- All persons entering a building must sign in and will be checked against the approved building access roster.
- Security will check your temperature daily for each building you enter on campus.
- Wear a protective mask or face covering (over both your nose and your mouth) while on campus in any public location (lobby, restrooms, and open areas that provide contact in office, department, and classrooms).
- Failure to comply will involve our security team and may result in your expulsion, dismissal, or termination.
- Maintain the maximum physical distance.
- It is mandatory that you review the posted building protocol signage for foot traffic and spacing in hallways, lobby, and elevators.
- Rigorously practice hand hygiene, cough etiquette, cleanliness, and sanitation.
- Follow all re-opening guidelines for programs or location specific program plans.
- Continue to utilize Microsoft Teams or Zoom for meetings.
- Meetings in conference rooms or common areas should be kept to a minimum and meetings may only take place with physical distancing.
- You must contact the Facilities department to request use of non-scheduled rooms.
- You must use the restroom on your designated floor where your classroom or office is located
Cleaning and Sanitizing
- Disinfecting of all classrooms and labs will be conducted between sessions.
- Disinfecting of all offices and departments will be conducted at the end of the workday
Do not bring outside cleaning or disinfecting products for your personal use. They are not allowed in any Goodwin building.
Food and Beverage
- All food deliveries must be curbside pick-up only for all Goodwin buildings.
- It is the employee’s and student’s responsibility to inform drivers not to exit their vehicle.
- You must be outside in front of the building at least 5 to ten minutes prior to your delivery time.
- If you decide to consume your food inside, it must be done in your office or cubicle.
- If you would like to eat outside, there will be designated social distance areas.
- All student consumption of food must be in designated outside areas only.
- Only closed drink containers are permitted (including a cup with a top and straw).
- We highly recommend that you consider bringing prepared food options.
- There will be limited use/access of microwaves and refrigerators (3 persons maximum in each designated space).
- You must maintain social distancing in faculty/staff lounge as well as all areas on campus.
Goodwin Temporary ID Process for Students, Staff, and Faculty
During this time, the temporary setup to obtain an ID is as follows:
- ID pictures will be taken by security in the lobby of One Riverside Drive.
- ID pictures will be taken from 9 am to 3 pm, Monday to Friday for the first 2 weeks of classes, September 8-18.
- Effective September 21, ID pictures will resume to regular scheduled hours, 7:30 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday.
- Online students are not required to have a Goodwin ID until they are registered for an on-ground course (following the above procedure).
Replacement fee for misplaced student ID: $10
Fall 2020 Library Hours of Operation and Reopening Plan
- Students/patrons allowed in the library, including room 142, limited to no more than 20 at a time. This will allow for some computer use, study table use, and tutor appointments.
- Library use will be by appointment/sign-in only, with a two-hour time limit to allow equitable access for the largest number of students if library occupancy is at a maximum.
- Because of the maximum number, one librarian can monitor all students.
- Librarians will use TutorTrac to sign all students into the library.
Hours of Operation:
- The library will be open Monday to Thursday, 8 am to 4:30 pm, by appointment only.
- Library staff will be available remotely on Friday, 8 am to 4 pm.
- The library will be open the first Saturday of each month only 8 am to 4 pm.
- The library is closed on Sundays.
- Library chat will be available Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4 pm.
- Returned books and DVDs will be quarantined for 72-hours before being shelved or made available to others.
- Student workstations will need to be cleaned after each usage.
- Calculators, staplers, A&P models, microscopes, and slides will be cleaned after each use by library staff at desk.
- Overall cleaning of the library will be in accordance with and handled by Facilities.
- Cloth face coverings will be worn over mouth and nose in accordance with state/University guidelines.
- Study rooms
- Both library offices
- Book stacks: Staff will retrieve items for student check-out
Areas that will be available to students/patrons (no outside visitors at this time):
- Study table area
- Computer area
- Areas in front of staff desk (while student/patron is utilizing those services)
Services that will not be available:
- Short term loan materials that cannot be cleaned (magazines/newspapers)
- Use of group study rooms
- Browsing books and DVDs (Library staff will retrieve items from shelves)
- In-person class or large-group information literacy instruction
Services that will be available:
- Reserve books (Students must use hand sanitizer and put on library-provided gloves to handle reserve books)
- Computers (6’ apart)
- In-person reference (6’ apart)
- Chat, phone and email reference
- Access to Anatomy & Physiology special collections: models, microscopes, and slides (exception: box of bones)
All tutors will continue meeting with students virtually.
In the event that circumstances call for a shutdown of the campus similar to March 2020, online protocol and campus closing would be followed as it was then. This protocol has been documented with policies and procedures which can be reinstituted with relative ease.
Goodwin University Reopening Taskforce
Terry Antoine, Director of Human Resources
Ashika Brinkley, Program Director of Health Sciences & Public Health
Paula Dowd, Dean, School of Nursing & Health Professions
Ray Maselek, Assistant Vice President of Facilities
Rich McCarty, Chair, Vice President for Institutional Initiatives in the Office of the President
Jean McGill, Vice President of Human Resources
Ashley Sciarretta, Student Affairs Specialist/Conduct Officer
Rich Vibberts, Director of Campus Safety & Security
Dear Members of the Goodwin University Community,
For the past several weeks, we’ve been working diligently on a plan to begin summer semester classes, minimizing disruption to the extent that we are able. I wanted to reach out and share with you some important updates.
The summer semester will begin on May 11. All didactic courses (those without a hands-on component) will be offered online.
Health science courses that include labs will begin online, with the hope that they can transition to campus before the end of the semester, if allowed, so lab experiences can occur on site. Those sections that were originally offered as online will remain online for the entire semester as planned.
For courses that include a clinical component, all didactic components will be offered online. We will seek guidance from the governor’s office on allowing students in normal clinical environments.
Equipment-based courses (e.g., many manufacturing courses) will begin online and hopefully transition to on-ground training as soon as possible, depending on guidelines from the governor’s office on social distancing in manufacturing settings.
Information specific to individual students will be sent in follow-up communications
It’s our hope that everyone has become comfortable in the online environment. We have learned a great deal since shifting entirely to online classes in response to the pandemic and will learn even more. We continue to review how this impacts our students and will put additional supports in place for those who may need them. Our goal is to continue to serve our students holistically and to keep them on their intended career paths.
Looking Forward to the September Start
With no way to predict when the COVID-19 crisis will abate, we want to be as thoughtfully prepared as possible, ready to meet challenges should they occur. We are not deciding on any options at this time, but will be prepared to repeat the actions planned for the summer semester, with any new insights gained in clinical models, equipment-based options, and online delivery.
Mark Scheinberg, President
To the Students of Goodwin University,
There is no way I can overstate the far-reaching effects the COVID-19 outbreak is having on our world. I wanted to reach out to you all to hopefully provide some perspective, answer some questions, and, if possible, reduce your anxiety just a bit.
PLANNING FOR THE REMAINING SPRING SEMESTER
Students will remain off campus through the end of the spring semester, and all learning will continue in an online format through May 11. Faculty and academic leadership continue to work tirelessly to identify effective solutions for students who have laboratory experiences in their courses, including coordinating with our accrediting organizations on lab and clinical hours. Your individual faculty member will be in contact with you as decisions are made regarding these transitions.
REGISTERING FOR THE SUMMER SEMESTER
We are exploring every possibility to start the summer semester on time, but are closely monitoring guidance from federal, state, and local agencies. Registration is now open, and while it is understandable that some students may be hesitant to make their next move at this time, we encourage everyone to register for summer classes at their earliest opportunity.
Goodwin administrators, faculty, and staff are working, quite literally, around the clock to make decisions and find solutions that are in your best interests. Our goal is to help you continue to make academic progress and to support you through to the completion of your program and on to a career in your chosen field. Goodwin programs are created to lead to meaningful careers, exactly the kind that leads us through times of economic uncertainty.
We are posting information to this page as it becomes available, with the understanding the recommendations and guidelines for dealing with the COVID-19 change minute by minute. Please check the webpage and your Goodwin emails often. If students have concerns that are not addressed below, they can submit their questions to Ask@goodwin.edu.
ACCESSING FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS
You advisor is ready to work with you and other Goodwin departments to create a flexible plan that best meets your needs. Goodwin is working aggressively to make more financial aid available so that students can continue their enrollment. Students experiencing hardships as a result of COVID-19, such as unemployment or family issues, that are preventing them from registering for the summer semester are encouraged to reach out to their academic advisors or program director as soon as possible. If you currently have an active payment plan with the University and are experiencing hardships, please coordinate with the Goodwin Business Office at 860‑727‑6784 to walk through payment relief options, such as payment freezes or term extensions.
SEEKING SUPPORT SERVICES
- As you continue with your current academic work, remember that tutoring is available.
- The Ann B. Clark Transitions Food Pantry remains open for students in need of support. Please contact Isamar Rodriguez in Student Affairs at 860‑913‑2185 or IRodriguez@goodwin.edu.
- Managing anxiety at times like this is challenging for everyone. Telephone and video conferences with counselors are available to students by contacting Janet Concatelli in Student Affairs at 860‑913‑2043 or JConcatelli@goodwin.edu.
- Goodwin's Kid Care program is currently closed per the governor's directive. We will keep the community updated on any plans to reopen.
A PERSONAL THANK YOU
I would like to thank the students of Goodwin University for their flexibility and understanding as we go through these difficult times. I know that the changes have come quickly and been challenging to adapt to, especially in those programs that have had to shift to online delivery at lightning speed. The grace under pressure currently being demonstrated by our students makes me prouder than ever to lead this institution.
In closing, I would like to share a quote that came to me from one of our faculty:
"Every hand that we don't shake, must become a phone call that we place. Every embrace that we avoid, must become a verbal expression of warmth and concern. Every inch and every foot that we physically place between ourselves and another, must become a thought as to how we might be of help to that other, should the need arise." — Rabbi Kanefsky
Goodwin University President
Dear Members of the Goodwin Community,
Below are a number of updates on-campus procedures in response to the COVID-19 situation.
- All employees must wear ID badges at all times. The security team needs to tell the difference between employees and campus visitors easily, and your cooperation is required.
- Screening procedures for visitors are being put in place at all campus buildings. Signage will be added as soon as possible.
- Admissions will provide a list of scheduled applicant appointments to the Welcome Center staff. Unscheduled appointments will be handled as appropriate.
- The Custodial Staff will be disinfecting all of our buildings on the following schedule. Please note that once classrooms have been cleaned, the doors will be locked to prevent entry.
211 (“One”) Riverside, second floor
211 Riverside, third floor
2 King Court
211 Riverside, fourth floor
211 Riverside, fifth floor
417 Main Street
211 Riverside, sixth floor
The First Floor of 211 Riverside will be disinfected every morning until further notice. The process will include an electrostatic spray of all touchpoints including phones, keyboards, and door handles. This spray mist is not harmful in any way and will not leave a residue. However, we recommend you clear your desks of papers, pads, coffee mugs, etc.
We also ask that you refrain from using Clorox wipes as these chemicals do not mix well with the deep cleaning spray chemicals. We are currently looking for a wipe that is compatible with our chemicals, but in the meantime, if requested, we will provide our product in areas with shared computers and explain the proper procedure for its use.
Goodwin University President
Dear Members of the Goodwin Community,
In the midst of unprecedented global circumstances due to the evolving nature of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and extended community members are always our first priority.
Our COVID-19 Task Force meets daily, following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control, Connecticut Department of Public Health, and East Hartford Health Department. Our goal is to protect our community and minimize disruption to teaching and learning.
I am writing to share key decisions for the coming weeks.
STUDENTS, LEARNING, AND TEACHING
Effective Friday, March 13, at 3 pm through Monday, March 16, at 8 am, the Goodwin campus will close to all students, faculty, and staff. There will be no access to any University building, including our magnet schools, during this time. Over the weekend, our facilities team will conduct a thorough assessment and continued cleaning of the entire campus. While we are having a community-wide response, there are nuances relative to public school requirements. These messages will be communicated to the magnet school community separately.
GOODWIN UNIVERSITY WILL BEGIN A TRANSITION OF CLASSES FOR FULL, ONLINE DELIVERY.
- Effective Friday, March 13, at 3 pm, students are not allowed on campus until at least March 23. This date will be revisited as conditions warrant.
- By end of day on Monday, March 16, all faculty members will be in contact with their students with directions on how their class will be administered.
- Academic leadership and faculty are working tirelessly to transition all classes to online and/or remote delivery to begin as early as March 16 and no later than March 23.
- Students who are currently enrolled in fully online courses will continue without interruption.
- Over the next week, faculty will be developing alternative learning options for students who do not have the ability to engage in online learning.
We will continue to monitor the situation with the hope that we can return to in-person instruction before the end of the semester. Students should monitor their Goodwin email accounts for information from the University and instructions from their faculty members about the specifics of their courses going online. We are working on the implications of this shift for clinical experiences, labs, internships, and other particular types of courses or activities and will share additional information as it becomes available.
Faculty are expected to be available during this time period and to remain in constant contact with their academic leadership and students. Faculty are required to be available for on-campus meetings as needed, however they may return to campus to access resources and their offices as of Monday, March 16.
Staff are very important to supporting our students and keeping the University functioning. Although we are moving to an online learning format, the University will remain open. We anticipate maintaining standard hours and work shifts for staff members as much as possible. We will continue to monitor this plan closely and communicate any changes.
MEETINGS, EVENTS, AND ACTIVITIES
Through March 31, all campus events, including student club activities, are being canceled. We ask faculty and staff to postpone all non-essential travel and outside in-person meetings, and to limit inside in-person meetings. Please use technology as much as possible. Most activities will be curtailed to encourage social distancing.
I am sensitive to the strain that this situation creates. We all carry numerous responsibilities — each for our own particular role at Goodwin. I am grateful for all that each of you do and for your willingness to care for each other and all of our global citizens in these challenging times.
All students, faculty, and staff received an email on March 11 directing you to this COVID-19-dedicated webpage with information about the virus, ways to protect yourself, actions you should take as a community member, and the link to Goodwin’s COVID-19 Travel and Exposure Disclosure Policy. This webpage will be updated continually, and I urge you to check back frequently.
Within the next week, we will be sending further detailed communications advising the Goodwin community on how campus operations may be further impacted and with information on how clinical and manufacturing and other laboratory experiences will be delivered.
The University senior leadership is meeting daily and remains in constant contact with our COVID-19 Task Force and will provide regular updates as conditions warrant.
I want to assure you that we are doing our best to handle unanswered questions and share new information in a timely way. Let us always be aware of the needs of others and never hesitate to reach out and lend a hand or a listening ear. Let us be caring with our words and actions towards others. We pride ourselves in being a welcoming community of learning. There has never been a more opportune time to turn our words into actions.
I thank you for your resilience, patience, and compassion for one another as we navigate these turbulent times.
Goodwin University President
Information about the virus
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as state and local health departments, continue to monitor the spread of the virus. There is a low risk for infection among Connecticut residents.
Symptoms of the virus include:
- Fever (100.4°)
- Body aches
- Shortness of breath
How to protect yourself
The risk of infection is highest among persons who have visited affected regions, or been in contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19. The list of highly impacted areas of the world continues to be updated by the CDC.
According to the CDC, good hygiene continues to be the most effective precautionary measure to combat the spread of the virus. Frequent, prolonged handwashing is highly recommended. You should also avoid touching your face and eyes.
How we are responding and what we need from you
In accordance with Goodwin University's new COVID-19 Travel and Exposure Disclosure Policy, all members of the Goodwin community, including students, faculty, staff, and campus-based third-party vendors must complete the COVID-19 Travel Disclosure Form if they have travelled internationally, or to any location designated as a COVID-19 "hot spot", since February 1, 2020 OR have upcoming international travel.
Additionally, our fine facilities team have expanded their already vigilant and diligent efforts and established elevated cleaning protocols and a more frequent schedule to ensure thorough cleansing and sanitization of all areas of each building on campus.
The importance of communication
We will communicate updates regarding our COVID-19 response strategies as needed. Updates will be posted on this page, and we will send out communication to Goodwin University faculty, staff, and students via email as needed. Students, staff, and families of Connecticut River Academy and Riverside Magnet School will be notified of updates through each school's dedicated messaging and communications channels.
If you are an employee or student at Goodwin University, and are not receiving email communications from us to your @goodwin.edu or @student.goodwin.edu inbox, you may have accidentally blocked us or unsubscribed, or the message has been mistakenly flagged as "spam" or "junk". Click this link to resubscribe to our emails, and don't forget to check your "spam" or "junk" email settings.
Being a respectful community member
We are proud of Goodwin University’s diverse community and remain committed to ensuring that everyone can experience an inclusive environment in the classrooms and work spaces. We urge all members of our community to take an active role in rejecting xenophobia, bigotry, and racism associated with COVID-19.
This includes being an ally of others; if you are in a situation where you observe bigotry or other forms of disrespect, we ask you to support your colleague or student to address and to de-escalate the situation.
Goodwin University faculty and staff should direct questions, comments, or concerns about this to:
Director of Human Resources
Goodwin University students should direct questions, comments, or concerns about this to:
Student Affairs Specialist
For additional information about COVID-19
Visit ct.gov/coronavirus or call 2-1-1