Coronavirus COVID-19: Our Response
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Goodwin University has been conducting off-campus learning and labs to complete the spring semester of 2020. For the summer semester, which began on May 11, we have continued to prepare for distance learning and employed online tools for simulated labs and didactic instruction. We at Goodwin understand that while the implementation of hybrid instruction might be the norm for the foreseeable future, a return to remote learning should be available in case a resurgence of the virus necessitates another campus closure. In parallel, we also have developed resources for students who require special accommodations.
According to the governor's plan for reopening higher education, there are four phases, three of which apply to Goodwin:
- Phase 1B on or about June 1, 2020: Nonresidential students who need workforce, clinical, and laboratory courses required to complete degrees
- Phase 2 on or about July 1, 2020: Other nonresidential student courses and selected student support staff
- Phase 3 on or about August 24, 2020: Remaining undergraduate, certificate, and master's students, and the remainder of staff
While any reopening plan is contingent on guidance from the governor of Connecticut and the prevailing medical information, Goodwin's repopulation plan will begin with Phase 1B on or about June 1, 2020. In this phase, the campus would remain closed to the public and only open for essential campus operations and selected labs and classrooms, detailed below. Coming back to campus helps to create hands-on scenarios for health and manufacturing students to practice technical, diagnostic, and exam skills. A Phase 2 plan would be prepared for on or about July 1 to allow more campus traffic with distinct protocols. Phase 3 would coincide with our fall semester start in September.
The Goodwin plan has taken into account the guidance of the State of Connecticut, the CDC, our risk and insurance partners, and our board of trustees. We recognize the value of in-person instruction, and while this plan allows for safe and direct faculty/student interaction in the labs, we recognize our need to remain in a distance learning situation for our remaining classes. To be sure, some courses with academic outcomes cannot be measured or achieved on a solely virtual basis. Consequently, performance, laboratory, and clinical experiences will return to campus before courses that can effectively be delivered online.
Goodwin University Reopening Taskforce
Rich McCarty, Chair, Assistant Vice President for University Initiatives & Advancement
Terry Antoine, Director of Human Resources
Ashika Brinkley, Program Director of Health Sciences & Public Health
Paula Dowd, Dean, School of Nursing & Health Professions
Bryant Harrell, Vice President for Physical Facilities and Information Technology
Diana LaRocco, Dean, School of Applied Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Ray Maselek, Assistant Vice President of Facilities
Jean McGill, Vice President of Human Resources
Ashley Sciarretta, Student Affairs Specialist/Conduct Officer
Cliff Thermer, Dean, School of Business, Technology & Advanced Manufacturing
Rich Vibberts, Director of Campus Safety & Security
Jan Watts, Associate Dean, School of Nursing & Health Professions
Danielle Wilken, Provost and Dean of Faculty
Below is the plan for Phase 1B; subsequent plans will be submitted for Phase 2 and 3 at a later date. This Goodwin plan is subject to the prevailing medical information and directives suggested by the State of Connecticut. It will go into effect on June 1, 2020. Only those faculty, students, and staff engaged in hands-on learning required for degree completion are allowed in the specified spaces. All didactic learning will continue online for Phase 1B.
Histology (King Court)
The lab will have two sessions a day with an hour intermission for cleaning.
- Monday—Friday mornings: 6 participants (faculty/students)
- Monday—Friday afternoons: 6 participants (faculty/students)
- Saturday mornings: 6 participants (faculty/students)
CNC Machining (Pent Road)
Students will be using two CNC labs; each lab has self-contained spaces for social distancing, with intermissions for cleaning between usage.
- 4 mornings per week: 6 participants (faculty/students) in each lab
- 1 afternoon per week: 6 participants (faculty/students) in each lab
- 1 evening per week: 4 participants (faculty/students) in each lab
Welding (Pent Road)
Students will be using two welding labs; each lab has self-contained spaces for social distancing, with intermissions for cleaning between usage.
- 5 mornings per week: 10 participants (faculty/students) in each lab
- 2 evenings per week: 4 participants (faculty/students) in one lab
CNC Quality (Pent Road)
Students will be using one classroom; accommodations have been made to stay six feet away, with intermissions for cleaning between usage.
- 2 afternoons per week: 15 participants (faculty/students); class capacity is 60
- 1 morning per week: 15 participants (faculty/students); class capacity is 60
Nursing (One Riverside Drive)
Students will be using two classrooms; accommodations have been made to stay six feet away, with intermissions for cleaning between usage.
- Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 8 participants (faculty/students); class capacity is 30
- Tuesday evening: 8 participants (faculty/students); class capacity is 30
- Wednesday evening: 8 participants (faculty/students) in two classrooms each; class capacity is 30
- Thursday mornings: 8 participants (faculty/students) in two classrooms each; class capacity is 30
- Every other Saturday: 7-3 pm; 9 participants (faculty/students); class capacity is 30
- Access will be restricted to the classrooms/labs/offices in the building for which access has been granted.
- Each building will have a roster of accepted faculty and students allowed access.
- There will be a sign in sheet (print & sign) detailing the requirement to acknowledge any health issues to ensure the safety of the building, as well as students and faculty.
- Any other person with questions regarding access to any Goodwin University building, office, or vehicle should obtain prior authorization through these designated personnel:
- Faculty: authorization from the dean of their respective school
- Staff: authorization from Director of Human Resources Terry Antoine
- Students: authorization from Student Affairs Specialist/Conduct Officer Ashley Sciarretta
- Any employee or student who is 65 years old or older has been advised by the governor's task force to stay home during this time. Goodwin recognizes that this is a personal choice, and all employees and students (regardless of age) have the responsibility to disclose their health status to protect themselves and the community.
- Consideration for classroom density has been created for all Phase 1B labs and classes. Labs, offices, common spaces, and all classrooms will be limited to support the six-foot social distancing recommended by the governor of the State of Connecticut and the Higher Education Reopening Taskforce.
- Classrooms, labs, elevators, and hallways have designated plans to preserve social distancing and preserve safe density zones.
- All Student Affairs activities will remain available online during Phase 1B, including, but not limited to library, tutoring, counseling, food pantry, wellness, and laptop rentals.
To ensure the safety of all members of the Goodwin community, the facility cleaning will be thorough and frequent, and will include classrooms, common areas, labs, and machinery.
After each morning class/lab, Goodwin custodians will:
- Clean all restrooms and disinfect all restroom fixtures
- Clean kitchen(s) and disinfect all kitchen fixtures
- Empty trash cans and replace liners
- Clean classrooms and disinfect all desktops and chairs
- Disinfect all touchpoints:
- Door handles
- Light switches
- Elevators (where applicable)
After each evening class, sub-contract cleaners will:
- Clean all restrooms
- Clean kitchen(s)
- Clean classrooms
- Empty all trash cans and replace liner
- Sweep and mop all hard surface flooring
- Vacuum all carpets
- Clean desktops (only if cleared)
Every morning before the a.m. class, Goodwin custodians will:
- Disinfect all restroom fixtures
- Disinfect all kitchen fixtures
- Disinfect all classroom desktops and chairs
- Disinfect all touchpoints:
- Door handles
- Light switches
- Elevators (where applicable)
MonitoringSecurity Screening/Building Entry Policies
- Prior to traveling to Goodwin, individuals should do a self‐check of body temperature at their homes.
- All staff and students must have their Goodwin IDs and be cross-checked against the roster. Any individual not having a valid ID should report to the Community Room for a retake.
- Staff and students will be asked a short series of simple health questions.
- Staff and students will have their temperatures taken.
- Staff and students will be required to sign in.
- All persons seeking admittance to a building must be wearing a facemask or cloth face covering. You will not be admitted without one.
- Each student or faculty member will be issued a mask from the University at the first day of repopulation should they not have one of their own.
- Failure to be prepared with a mask on subsequent visits to campus may result in a conduct review by Human Resources or Student Affairs, respectively.
ContainmentMembers of the Goodwin community will be denied entry:
- If a fever at/above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit is registered on an individual being screened to enter a building, or other symptoms of the coronavirus are detected, that individual will be denied entry.
- The student or faculty member will be recommended to consult their physician.
- If after 72 hours, no symptoms are present and/or a doctor's note is produced, readmission will be considered.
- As tests become available statewide, symptomatic cases will require testing and a negative result prior will be needed for reconsidering access into the facilities.
- If entry was declined due to a procedural policy, please contact Goodwin Security.
- Security will determine if any additional requirements must be met prior to granting building access.
- Failure to comply with the rules listed above will result in denial of entry into Goodwin buildings. Any student issues will be forwarded to Ashley Sciarretta for Student Affairs standards of conduct. Any employee issues will be forwarded to Terry Antoine for Human Resources.
- Failure to meet any of the screening procedures will deem it necessary to decline entry to a Goodwin facility.
- Faculty and students will continue to have strong communications should there be reasons for absences. Students should follow the protocol which exists under normal circumstances to make up work and be attentive to schedules and curriculum.
In the event that circumstances call for a shutdown of the campus similar to the March 2020 shutdown, online protocol and campus closing would be followed as it was then. This protocol has been documented with policies and procedures that can be reinstituted with relative ease.
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