Skip to Main Site Navigation Skip to Content Skip to Footer
Back To Top

COVID Protocols

decorative edge


This section intentionally left blank.


    • The optional wearing of masks will continue.
    • We ask you to respect those who choose to continue to wear a mask.
    • COVID vaccines and booster shots are no longer required of students, faculty, or staff, but are strongly encouraged.
    • The vaccines currently approved for use by the FDA remain the safest, most effective means of protecting yourself from serious illness and hospitalization.
    • Residential students who test positive will be expected to isolate at home or off-campus.
    • Exemptions to isolating on campus may be granted for those with extenuating circumstances.
    • Any student who isolates on campus will be responsible for their own food and is required to wear a mask


  • Monkeypox is a virus that is similar to smallpox, but Monkeypox symptoms are milder. Monkeypox can be spread to anyone through direct contact.


    • Rash
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Swollen lymph nodes
    • Exhaustion
    • Muscle aches and backache
    • Headache
    • Respiratory symptoms (sore throat, nasal congestion, cough)

    Monkeypox 101

  • Monkeypox symptoms typically start within 3 weeks of exposure. If you have flu-like symptoms, a rash may develop 1-4 days later. Monkeypox typically lasts 2-4 weeks or until a new layer of skin has formed over the rash.

  • A close contact is anyone, since the start of your monkeypox symptoms that you:

    • Have had sex with; this includes oral, anal, and vaginal sex.
    • Have hugged, cuddled, or kissed.
    • Shared cups, utensils, towels, clothing, bedding, blankets, or other objects and materials with.
    • Have touched or who came in contact with the rash on your body.
  • Asymptomatic contacts may continue their routine daily activities. However, if you start developing symptoms, you should immediately self-isolate and contact Health Services at (860) 465-5263 for an appointment.

  • Call Student Health Services at (860) 465-5263 for an appointment.

    • Wash your hands frequently.
    • Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like Monkeypox.
    • Avoid contact with objects and materials that someone with Monkeypox has used (i.e. cups, bedding, towels, clothing, utensils, etc.).
  • To find up-to-date information on the Monkeypox vaccination, including where to obtain the vaccine in Connecticut, please go to: Monkeypox Vaccination (

decorative edge

If you have any questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, please contact Sandra Rose-Zak, Coordinator of Wellness Promotion at: or the University Physician, Dr. Breton at:

decorative edge

Continued updates to our COVID policies and evolving protocols are possible because we are all learning to live safely with the viruses. Should community health conditions or directives change, we will adjust policies accordingly.

student posing for photo

Enjoy more than 90 student clubs, more than 2,500 events, concerts, speakers, and more.

Student Life
students outdoors greeting each other

Welcome to the Class of 2026—check out your next steps!

Class of 2026
students working in classroom

Our faculty look forward to teaching inquisitive students face-to-face in small classes.

exterior shot of student dorms

Live on campus close to class, the library, and dining halls. Visit your friends in other halls.

person's arm over documents spread across a table

Get easy access to the cost of education at Eastern and available financial aid.

Costs and Aid
the Eastern front entrance sign

Information you need to help your student plan for college—resources, deadlines and more.