Important Updates: Pre-Arrival Testing and Quarantine, Informed Consent, Course Schedules

July 31, 2020

Dear students,

As conditions continue to evolve both in the state of New Hampshire and across the country, we want to share new requirements of the state and CDC. We also want to update you on several other important pieces of information with respect to your curricular planning and campus arrival.

Pre-arrival testing

All students who plan to be on one of our campuses (Durham, Manchester or Concord) must be tested no earlier than eight days prior to their arrival or the first day of classes, whichever comes first, and demonstrate proof of a negative test through our testing program or by providing the information as part of your regular medical record. Testing dates and times will be emailed each week and students can select the most convenient site for where they are spending the summer. For those students who live outside of New England, you will receive an email from Quest with additional information specifically for you to participate in testing. Please watch for that email late next week. All testing data is maintained in a secure and HIPPA compliant manner. Results will be available in three to five days.

This does not apply to the short and physically distanced scheduled drop-offs of belongings in on-campus housing in Durham. However, if your scheduled time for drop-off is within those eight days prior to your arrival for the semester, you can get tested while you’re on campus. Times and locations will be included in the weekly updates mentioned above.

Pre-arrival quarantine

Due to a recent change in New Hampshire COVID-19 requirements, any student coming to one of our campuses (Durham, Manchester or Concord) from outside of the New England states (N.H., Mass., Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island or Connecticut) must quarantine 14 days prior to their arrival in New Hampshire, attest in writing to having done so and provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test as described above. A negative test does not eliminate the need to quarantine for 14 days. Use of public transportation does not negate the 14-day quarantine. Guidance on how to quarantine is available from the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services.

Informed consent

The informed consent form is required of all students who plan to be on one of our campuses (Durham, Manchester or Concord) this fall. We originally targeted July 31 for students to respond to allow time for individual outreach to any student who selects “no” to ensure that they can take the necessary courses they need to graduate in a timely manner. While we encourage you to sign the informed consent agreement by July 31, we will keep the link live through August. If you want to be back on our campuses, you must select “yes” on the form before arrival. Students who select “no” on the form will not face conduct code violations. However, they will not be able to be on any campus.

To access the form, go into Webcat and choose “Student Informed Consent Agreement” under “Personal Information” at the top of the page.

Class schedules/remote access

The deans’ offices have been working with the faculty to finalize all course assignments and delivery methods given the decreased density in classrooms on our campuses. The majority of classes have been uploaded in We are thankful for the great work sthat they have done in this difficult and changing environment. Labels in the system currently indicate if courses are face-to-face, rotating attendance, hybrid or online only. At this time more than 95% of lecture classes have access to technology that would allow students to take them remotely. The Registrar’s Office is in the process of tagging each class or lab in MyCourses that will be available both in-person and remotely. That process is expected to be completed over the next two weeks.

If you choose not to sign the informed consent form for any reason, including because of health concerns, and plan to study remotely please contact your associate dean as noted below to ensure your studies stay on track and you can complete your degree in a timely manner. If you plan to be on one of our campuses and need an accommodation, please contact the Student Accessibility Services Office.

Contact information by college

College of Life Sciences and Agriculture: Email Kim Babbit
College of Liberal Arts: Contacts listed by program
College of Health and Human Services: Email Marybeth Carstens 
College of Engineering and Physical Sciences: Email Sharon McCrone 
Paul College of Business and Economics: Email Paul College Advising 
UNH Manchester: Visit Academic Advising 
UNH Law: Email Lauren Berger



Thank you for your continued patience as we work to navigate the many challenges COVID-19 brings to the start of a new academic year. Please watch your UNH email for more details on pre-arrival testing in the next few days and continue to check our main COVID-19 page; answers to many new FAQs have been added, with more to come.

Wayne Jones

Kenneth Holmes
Senior Vice Provost for Student Life