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    Roadmap to an On-Campus Experience

We are preparing to welcome students back to our campuses in Durham, Manchester and Concord for a COVID-19-ready fall semester. Informed by the latest science, public health guidance and ideas from our university community, UNH is developing a flexible, in-person fall 2020 experience designed to keep our community safe, ensure access and quality for our students, and move our community forward. Should health conditions change, we are prepared to pivot in support of the health and well-being of our community.

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Coronavirus News & Updates

Employee Health Attestation

Reopening Reports

Education Committee

Student Services Reopening Plan

Create COVID-19-ready campuses

  • On-campus testing provided for all students, staff and faculty prior to the start of classes as well as regularly throughout the semester, beginning with a phased return to research this summer
  • Comprehensive tracing in partnership with the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services 
  • Dedicated quarantine housing identified and prepared on the Durham campus; available if needed for Manchester and Concord students
  • Expanded student move-in in Durham over three weeks beginning Aug. 10, 2020
  • Population density limited to enable physical (social) distancing in classrooms, dining halls, residence halls, offices and other public spaces
  • While at work, in classrooms and in public common areas, community members will wear a cloth face covering to help protect against the spread of the virus
  • Public health campaign launched to ensure students, faculty and staff follow all public health and safety guidelines
  • Prepared to adapt as needed to changing COVID-19 conditions

Deliver flexible, blended academic instruction

  • Begin classes on August 31, 2020, as scheduled (Aug. 24 for UNH Law)
  • Mid-semester break (October 12) and pre-Thanksgiving Day (November 25) will be instruction days. Face-to-face classes will end and residence halls will close Wednesday, Nov. 25, and the last 10 days of classes and exams will be online. (Pending Faculty Senate approval)
  • Provide a mixture of in-person and remote coursework and an expanded daily class schedule to limit population density on campus and provide options
  • Offer remote flexibility for people at risk of COVID-19 and members of vulnerable populations (Subject to approval)

Align resources for success

  • Health and safety supplies, sanitation stations, testing and physical distancing guidelines will be in place
  • Increased cleaning and disinfection of public areas like classrooms, restrooms and other high-touch surfaces
  • Prioritize resources for academic support and IT needs to help faculty develop and students access technology-enabled instruction
  • Offer COVID-19-compliant access to facilities and resources like Hamel Rec, the MUB, Dimond Library, Health & Wellness, advising and other activities, services, events and support on our campuses
Modes of Operation

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The yellow mode of operation is classified as Restricted Operations; this is our target for Fall 2020.

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Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Students

You will have access to in-person instruction, campus life and support services.
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Graduate Students

Graduate Students

You will receive support and flexibility while progressing toward your degree.
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Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff

You will receive training, information and support for your health and safety needs.
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We offer a variety of resources including a soon-to-be launched public health campaign.
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We’re here to help, 24/7. For health, safety and other pressing issues that are not addressed in our FAQs, please email covid@unh.edu or call the UNH COVID-19 hotline (603) 862-2020 between the hours of 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. This is the most current and up-to-date information. For emergencies, dial 911.

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All student international travel programs and experiences for the fall 2020 semester are cancelled in accordance with the university’s International Travel Risk Policy. The U.S. State Department Global Health Advisory Level 4: Do Not Travel remains in effect due to COVID-19. Applications for January and Spring 2021 remain open with the hope that education abroad programs can resume next year.

As we begin the implementation of our plan for fall, we are working to minimize the potential impacts to students who have already chosen their course schedules while meeting the health and safety goals that will enable our return to campus.

The university is committed to equitable remote options for vulnerable/at-risk populations and meeting the needs of students whose health or personal circumstances require them to learn remotely. We are working to provide enough options that students who cannot attend courses in person can make progress toward their degrees. However, not every course will be offering remote instruction, and this may require a fully remote student to choose different classes.

The university is working to preserve the traditional campus experience to the greatest extent possible, with the necessary safety protocols and guidelines in place that protect students, faculty and staff.

  • Students can get something to eat via quick-service dining options, including takeout and order-ahead. All dining facilities will have health and safety modifications.
  • You will take part in campus life, resources and services with health and safety modifications like prescheduling and limits on capacity to ensure your health and safety.
  • Campus activities and events will scale based on health and safety conditions, beginning with things like scheduled trips and visits, and additional remote programming (for example, esports) with clubs and organizations.

Yes, while at work, in class, and in public common areas, community members will wear a cloth face covering to help protect against the spread of the virus.

Yes, on-campus testing will be required for all students, staff and faculty prior to the start of classes as well as regularly throughout the semester, beginning with a phased return to research this summer.

Summer session is underway. All summer classes are being offered via remote, non-face-to-face learning. Questions can be directed to Registrars.Office@unh.edu.

Due to current guidelines, including physical distancing expectations and the uncertain nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the university has decided not to open the Outdoor Pool and Mendum’s Pond this summer. In addition, Camp Wildcat, sailing/kayaking/paddleboarding, and swim lessons will not be offered.