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Good afternoon everyone And welcome to this special Town Hall meeting We’re delighted to have so many of you join us today and to try to answer as many questions as we can about the plans we are working on towards the fall semester We’re going to do the best we can to answer as many questions as we can with the information we have right now You should expect there are going to be questions that we don’t yet have answers to and we’ll be as transparent as we can about that, about when we might have the answers to those questions I know what everybody wants at this point in time is clarity and we’ll bring as much clarity as we can to this, but we won’t be perfect in that sense I will say that in our work to this point and going forward, we are guided overall by one prime prerogative and that is health and safety of our community, faculty staff and students So, everything we’re doing now is driven by that priority And as you know, from prior announcements, we are working towards getting the information we need to make the best possible decision about the fall by the June 30th timeframe And it’s during that period we expect to have the information we need about progression of the pandemic and also the tools we may have to deal with the pandemic in order to make the best decisions possible So, let me give you some preliminary information about what we’re working on and then I’m going to turn it over to a couple of our working group leaders, give some summaries and then we’re going to go to your questions So, first of all, we are working on two fronts simultaneously And they may seem paradoxical to you They’re actually asking the faculty to prepare for the fall semester assuming that they’re going to be fully online At the same time, we have working groups that are working to the opposite end where they’re working to the assumption that we will be fully residential in the fall And redesigning the campus, redesigning our facilities, our behavioral training, all of those things, our curriculum, our scheduling, in order to design the safest possible reentry environment to protect faculty, staff and students So it may seem paradoxical that we’re working on those two extreme front but we believe that gives us the most flexibility in terms of (indiscernible) in which we may reenter in the fall So, let me go forward with a little bit of what that may look like First of all, in returning and preparing for returning in person, let me add one more comment That the other rationale for preparing for full reentry is we know that that work is not going to be wasted We know at some point we’re going to be fully returned in person in pursuit of our mission and returning to the campuses and the people that we love And we all seek to work with in person So, with regard to the returning, there is some assumptions that are guided in part by the governor’s working group on higher education As you know, Rachel Rubin has been our point and leader on that, we’ve been creating those gating conditions I think there is a slide coming up from our Town Hall host will show you what some of those gating conditions are So the groups that are working on the scenarios in which we are back in person, are assuming that these gating conditions are met And the gating conditions include advance testing of all student, facing students faculty and staff That we have contact tracing capability We have the ability to isolate people There is also some assumption on the state of the disease So, assuming all of those things are in place and we have working groups working towards designing what do we look like in that regard Some of the other assumptions that we’ve accepted as givens are that people will be wearing masks and in shared spaces

People will be maintaining six feet apart Their implications of that six foot spacing Six feet apart outside of any possible pod units within dorms But in public spaces or shared spaces, the six foot spacing has consequences which means our classes will be at about 1/3 of density of students that they used to be at That means at full density we can be at 30 percent of capacity You can see even in the case where our students will be back in person, our courses will be a mix of online and in person The other thing that you can see from this is that we’re going to be redesigning our facilities, particularly with thoughts to ingress and egress to eliminate any possibilities of log jams and massive crowding as classes let in and let out So, those are some of the things that are baked in from the beginning And then beyond that, there are a lot of open questions For those, I’m going to turn to each of our area leaders We have the Provost office leading the academic affairs issues We have Dean of Students leading the students issues We have our VPR leading the research related issues And then we have a group led by health and safety and our EDP for administration on functional areas to support those things So I’m going to turn it over to each of those leaders, starting with the Provost starting with the Provost office and I’m happy to introduce to you our Provost designate, Carl Lejuez and he has been working very closely with our Provost John Elliott And he will be presenting this section So Carl, let me turn it over to you Great Thank you President Katsouleas I’m actually really happy to be able to talk with you today about the academic work plan, because I know many of you, this is something that’s front and center on your mind The first thing I want to say is starting with the whole work of our Provost, or intern provost, Jack Elliott The working group has been trying to move as quickly through a lot of uncertainty to try to address the most important questions And those are questions about how do weapon ensure the best learning opportunity possible The highest quality of the offerings we have available How do we support faculty and students who don’t feel comfortable coming back? How do we really be able to take accommodation of online offerings in person offerings and hybrid offerings, the opportunity to use lecture capture and potentially tune in classrooms I think the important point for now is that we have right groups of people This is including deans across all of the units This is including Senate Executive Committee This is, trying to include as many folks as possible for these next two weeks really trying to explore every question that possibly at the center of How do we layout kind of structure and timing of our semester? How do we ensure that matching desires of students in terms of hardline work in person classes, the availability of our faculty to offer, in those mediums And particularly important to me is how do we ensure as best as possible that we are still supporting the, all the other academic things about the UCONN experience that go beyond just classroom And so, these are the questions that we are working on over these next few weeks We’re hoping to start having very clear answers about some of the factors I talked about in say two to three weeks, but then taking the time needed, be able to start, making decisions and communicating It may be the case because there are so many moving parts, some of the decisions aren’t communicated right away, but we will try to communicate those as quickly as possible, but please know right now, we are working with faculty We are trying to ensure that we are understanding student preferences and that we are going

to do our best to be able to create the strongest UCONN experience in our academics this year think we can move on to the next slide I think that is going to be I will talk about our student parts that we’re doing right now Thank you And because it’s such a nice compliment to what the Provost was just framing, which is we want to return to a vibrant academic experience and one that is safe and well And we absolutely want to do the same thing beyond the classroom And, my work has really focused on working with some exceptional colleagues from across the university in residential life and student health and wellness and dining and graduate student affairs and international student support services And all our emergency departments And because of that, I want you to be assured that we’re thinking together about how to do our best work as it focuses upon meeting student medical care needs and for the students at stores, that means things like how will we administer testing to all of our students, because we’re clearly being told to do by the governor How will we provide a safe healthy campus to you that responds quickly to the on set of disease and maintains health standards on campus? So, that means thinking about a residential community that is able to maintain a community of wellness as best we can under the guidance of residential life and student health and wellness And certainly that extends into where we break bread together to, we want to make sure we do that safe safely as well and also give you that great food that I know dining is able to provide And then, finally, how can we always maintain a sense of community at UCONN? One of the things that I just love about being part of this community is when we come together and the feeling that brings about Whether it’s hundreds of us chanting the Husky chant or showing up at Husky\uc0\u8209 thon or going to a game We still want to preserve that community and follow all of the best and safe practice that we’re being told to follow from the governor \ So, our best work now is making all of those things plan into a reality So the university can make the best decision for all of us as a student community I know we’ll talk more about this in the questions that come Thank you Dean Daugherty I know the time is moving along I want to get quickly to everyone’s questions I’ll just turn briefly to Radenka, who is leading the research effort and Scott Jordan on the functional support areas to just make some brief remarks, please Thank you, thank you President Katsouleas And thank you UCONN community and we are missing all of you at the campus Starting research today, but we have the gradual process of reopening and problems cannot reopen until we obtain the approval from the Vice President of research Research activities that can be conducted remotely shall continue to do so We are starting to reopen in the phases, the return to work requires safety training and safety plan We are starting with faculty, staff and graduate students and slowly but surely we are going to introduce our creative undergraduate students to come back as well Thank you Thank you Radenka And Scott Just briefly, I’ll say the entire operations of the administrative apparatus of the university is organized now to support these three efforts The efforts to get academics restarted, research restarted and get students back on campus We are as Tom said, and so many remarks, simultaneously planning to have everyone back while doing the work we need to do to run the university in case we are not able to come back in person I do want to highlight folks at our facilities and operations departments as well as our university planning department, that is making floor plans and maps of every single room on campus and how to maintain six foot separation in each of the rooms Our public safety team, environmental health and safety, who have prepared an online training course that is available right now

If you go to EHS.UCONN.edu, especially for the, those that are coming back to research, that is a required element And of course, our IT team that is, that has not taken a day off since we started this moving online, went seamless Lee at least from my perspective I know it was hard work for them There is a lot of thanks to be given to the IT team at UCONN for that This whole team is available today to answer any questions that you may have Thank you Great Thank you, Scott And now I think we can turn it over to Tysen Kendig our Vice President for communications who is going to take us through some of the questions that we received in advance and also some that we’re receiving live So I’ll turn it over to you Mr.\’a0Kendig Thank you President Katsouleas So we do have a number of questions that have been submitted online over the last few days and we’ll get to some live questions as time permits us First few questions have to do with reopening in general The first one what is the current plan for the fall semester Faculty have been told to prepare for online classes but is the university leaning more toward online or inperson classes I direct that one to the Provost So, you know, I think what’s important is at this point, faculty are preparing to teach online if that becomes a necessity I think what is really valuable and if we are able to do, is to have a mix of in person courses, online courses and then hybrids And where that becomes important is, if we want to try to start with what is in the best interest of students and student preference, we are then able to see what is safe but then what is available from our faculty and figure out where those demands meet So we can’t answer that specifically right now Some of it will depend on safety, but the extent to which we are preparing as much as possible for online will allow us to ensure that we’re going to be able to meet where student preferences are and how did you students can learn best as much as possible The other thing that is very important is for those who, either faculty or students who feel unsafe being in person, we are finding ways to ensure that you will not need to do that, and you will have online opportunities moving forward Great Thank you We’ll make the final decisions for reopening, because this will then make their decisions President Katsouleas? The reopening is mine as President Obviously the basis first of all we have guidance from the governor’s working group So the decision will depend on those criteria being met The gating conditions so to speak And then, I’ll be engaging in a broad consultation with all the constituencies but the leadership team and most important trustees for making the decision And the guiding principle will be, you know, do we have plans in place that can provide reasonable assurance of safety for our faculty, staff and students? And that will be what ultimately determines what we do This question came in a few moments ago But this is in the category Which students would be the priority? Or maybe put differently, how would students be selected? If only a few students would be allowed back on campus I suggest maybe the Provost? Yeah I can take that I think it’s important to separate out what we mean by that So, first there is which students are able to be in housing That is one question The other question is, which students would be able to take courses in person, which students would be able to get other parts of the UCONN experience? That’s the part I’m going to answer And I think there, it’s important, it’s not quite the same as housing, wherein housing you’re either physically there or you’re not But we’re able to do with the educational experiences, we can, we can create different experiences for different students And so it’s not the case that some students would only get in person and others would only get online We have lots of different ways in which we can create a hybrid where some students for

a particular class, part of it would be object line, part of it would be in person We can do things where students may platoon, where they would be in class one day but watching it another day There are many different things we can do And I think what’s going to be most important is we’re going to do as much as we can to get as many students who want an in person experience as much of this as possible But it won’t be a case of some get it and others wouldn’t It would just be a combination to try to get as much for each person where it is safe The university decides to open up in the fall, what is the plan if COVID 19 reemerges President I will throw that to you Obviously as part of our plan that we submit to the governor to reopen, we have to have a plan for repopulating, monitoring, for isolating and then for closing So, you know, initially if there are cases that we identify, the plan is contact tracing and ice laying If our ability to isolate becomes overloaded, at that point we have a plan to shut down as we did in the spring So, there are contingencies for those cases This question is probably for the Provost or perhaps Terry do minute guess from environmental health and safety UCONN is located in one of the most intense COVID risk hot spots in the nation Can you explain how UCONN will take into factor the presence on different campuses? We can start, you know, I think one thing is important is while some campuses may have more risk than others, we want to ensure safety at all of the campuses So, at some level we want to have the same standard at Storrs as we do at Stamford So part of that is ensuring that we have PPE That we’re testing That students that we have that six foot kind of boundary between students So, first off, we want to make sure in all cases we are trying to be as safe as possible We’ll say that we’re working very closely with the Regional Director of the Stamford campus who is now working with his team to identify additional risk factors that may be the case that there could be more testing, we may try to reduce the density or the number of students that could be in a class So, if there are specific things in Stamford that are identified, we will work on those But I do want to say, we need to hold ourselves to the highest standard at any campus I will just add that you know, EHS is definitely prepared to support leadership on the unique situations of any individual campus We have April handful of questions pertaining to on campus interactions after reopening This question I think would probably go to Elly Daugherty our Dean of Students Have there been any discussion about when students will be allowed to return to campus to retrieve their belongings from the dorms? Yes So I want to make a number of friends across the university for helping us put together a plan that we were waiting to successfully implement With that work, we’re ready to email all of you today and tell you that we will be launching a moveout process over the course of the month of June And this is going to sound very familiar to what we talked about in our first Town Hall when I was talking to you in March So, we do, you know, given the guidance that we’re seeing from the State and what we anticipate June will look like, we’re comfortable proceeding with the moveout but different than what you’re used to So social distancing will be in place We are, you’re signing up for a spot to move out at a time period to move out And I know you know that process, but there are going to be windows that have much smaller amounts of people on campus, so we can successfully move those belongings out, keep the numbers small, maintain social distancing and most importantly provide options to students who are unable to come to campus So, that could mean you have a proxy That could mean we store it for you for awhile and you come back and get it later in the fall It’s important to me that you know that there is will not a mandate coming from Res Life

saying you have to come and move your belongings out If there are obstacles in your way That could be distance, that could be your health, that could be any number of things And we’ll be accommodating that as well Then there will be more specific direction sent to the Stamford campus on their move out as well So you’ll be getting emails from us later this afternoon introducing you all to that It follows up on the early email that we sent just a few weeks back to forecast what we anticipated it looking like Now I’m able to tell you that we will be able to proved the very controlled extended moveout during June I’ll keep you on standby for the next question along with the Provost If it is decided to have some students, faculty and staff on campus this fall, would there be any individual or small group face to face meetings permitted? If so, would people be expected to wear masks? Would there be limits on the size of the group? I can talk about the academic piece for that I think the same general rules apply And if you can, at these meetings where you have six feet of distance, it is going to be crucial that everyone is wearing masks in those cases We have a behavioral strategies group that is working right now, that is pulling together the best ways to not just address individual questions, but more how do we create a culture where we’re behaviorally safe but also able to have the best learning environment possible? So to the extent that we can safely have those meetings, I think the size will be limited by the extent to which you can have folks in the room and still have those six feet Now, there could be other guidelines from the State that obviously always supersedes things, but we believe in the same kind of mind set that we’re approaching classroom We can approach those meetings, but it’s really incumbent upon all of us to do everything we can to abide by those guidelines Let me echo that and say, yes But we’re not going to write the playbook The State writes the playbook for us And then we implement it within the context of UCONN So, social distancing does allow us to be in each other’s company, but in a different way Masks are absolutely a practice that the State is strongly encouraging us to follow And I agree with that guidance And community is going to feel different And so, we will have to work together, and I’m expecting very directly to my student friends who are talking with us now We will have to think a little bit differently about how we build and express community on campus in the fall It’s going to be very hard for us to have large informal gatherings and feel competent about each others safety But it is very important that we have a strong sense of community on campus So we’re going to have to think more about staying connected through social distancing, and staying connected in smaller groups But always remembering the importance of staying connected Being a Husky isn’t going away, we’re just redefining it a little bit for fall So, related to students physically being on campus, what will offices who can effectively work remotely be expected to do? Is someone from HR maybe to address that? Yes Yes, I can take a stab at that Similar to what’s been said about students, you know, I think this will require ongoing discussions with the unit leaders and manager, managers and depending on the offices that staff be supporting Again we would support the spec that as a community we exercise social distancing where possible Conducting some of the business, continue to do that remotely There are options for managers to look at rotational staffing in offices so that we can support some of the Student Services that would be coming back to campus Tysen, this is Scott Jordan, if I could add to it what Alicia said For the time being though on May 20th, our message to our office employees is if you can telecommute, you should continue to telecommute We are unwavering in that message even as we plan to potentially have folks start coming back

Question for the Provost Regardless of students or staff being allowed to be on campus, will any class that can be taught online expect to be taught online? Part of that will really depend on what we have available and what the safety considerations are I think if we can reasonably have a course in person, that’s what we want to do So if we are able to do that, we will Where this will get tricky is depending on, on where kind of safety guidelines are, things that can change, there are some courses that we simply can’t teach online We’ll have to, we’re developing strategies now for how those can be provided safely or how we can accommodate those courses in future semesters So, we are, I know it’s hard not to have a hard and fast rule, but if we were to create that now, there is a very good chance over the next few weeks that those things could change pretty dramatically So, I think spirit of how to think about this is we want our faculty and staff to have options that, first off, make them feel safe Second, that we can provide the class experience in person, where we are able to do it And that where online is a viable option to supplement that, we will do everything we can to have the best online instruction and support as that goes This question is making the rounds, including some on the live front I direct it to the President I don’t believe our Athletic Director is online How will UCONN athletics be affected by the pandemic in the stadium? I wish our athletic Director were online So, the same safety precautions that apply to all students apply to the student athletes So, we’ll be looking at all possible ways that we can successfully have our athletic programs in a way that, you know, that is safe for them and others And so, that’s a subject of ongoing work, and really we don’t know the answer to that yet Okay We have a few questions pertaining to financial and operational considerations at UCONN This is as you might expect a very popular question Will tuition change for students at their fall semester courses must be taught online? What about fees, including for in person services like Student Rec Center? This is Scott Jordan We are not considering changing tuition at this time UCONN tuition pays for your education And even if some courses are taught online, or in hybrid form or if all courses are taught online, the education will be delivered and we’ll do it in as high quality and rate as we can With regard to certain fees, there are fees that are optional, fees that are mandatory Housing and dining is a good example of an optional fee And as happened in the spring, if a student chooses not to be in housing or the university asks them to leave housing, well refund those dollars The other fees, we are actually discussing right now, both the, our ability to reduce or waive fees if we are in a, a not in person environment Also the services that are provided It is important to note that many of the knees that the university charges student support services that are available even if we’re not here on campus together; such as mental health, career counseling, academic support And that we will look at the level of service we provide and fees we’re charging if we find ourselves in an online environment in the fall Scott This next question is for you as well Is the university considering furloughs or layoffs for staff, if so, when will a decision be announced? Thank you Tysen As I’m sure folks are aware, the current environment does place real financial strain on the university And that we are working every day with federal and state support, or seeking federal and

state support to ensure the university remains financially healthy One of the options that we may have going forward would be to reduce our staff costs potentially through those options that you described It is important to note though that most university employees, 95% of university employees are represented by unions and collective bargaining, and we would do, make no move with regard to furloughs or layoffs without working properly through union leadership My understanding is at the State level, the governor is interested in doing so through see aback, the state employees bargaining coalition The State is working through that but with no result yet Important to note that the university would not make any proposal with regard to this without leadership taking the lead And at this time, our most active conversation about furloughs is with management and that nothing happen and we would of course never go to the bargaining table with our unions without management taking the lead and taking furloughs ourselves The next question would be best addressed to the President Does the university expect faculty to be laid off or retiring (indiscernible) or unfilled due to monetary losses from COVID 19 Concern is classes may no longer be available due to department downsizing, thus they will not receive the specialized education paid for and expected Simple answer is no And we’re actually continuing to recruit faculty to open positions that have been approved And if we do have to make sufficient priority decisions, a chief consideration is going to be ensuring students who are in a degree program are able to complete that degree program without interruption or delay So we’ll be making whatever decisions we need to, to ensure students can complete their degrees Help me out with your assistance for this one How will the university be helping off campus students who may have already committed to a lease agreement? So, for the Storrs campus in particular, which I think that question really speaks to, we have already begun meeting with managers to explore some options Like short term leases Individually, we’ve been working with students and property managers; if they are in leases and in difficult spots with those leases And we do that through our Office of Off Campus and Commuter Services and specifically the Director of that office is Don Armstrong So, while we don’t control the lease agreement, university is not the owner of that property or the agent in the agreement, we’re very happy to work with you and try to enable some strong communication between students and property managers who are facing challenges with their current lease agreements We are also and this is broader than the scope of the question, just working with them in general, to talk about a fall return and some flexibility that students might need 0Thank you We have a few questions that came through about health and safety precautions The first one I’ll direct to Dan Weiner our Vice President for Human Affairs or Elly Daugherty This came in place Do you have a way to protect Asian and Asian-American students protect against racism due to the COVID virus, should you contact them in classes 0Let me just say that University of Connecticut is a global campus We have faculty, students from over 100 countries A lot of our students are American citizens They have parents from other countries or they might have been born in another country So we are very deeply multi-cultural We are aware and disturbed by the Asian racism during this period And we have policies, procedures and locations to handle those things So it’s very important as students come back to campus that we deal effectively with the students on how to handle these kind of situations, respond effectively Elly, you might want to follow up 0Everything that Dan said is incredibly important and true And we will never stop standing behind those commitments to our global university, to our students, and to addressing issues of hate and racism when they occur

Continuing this is a sign for us to do even deeper and more effective work on this topic When we open, just whatever degree we open in the fall, I’m very concerned about stigma And I think, I know some of our students have already experienced it And we need to be interactive and aggressive in how we maintain a culture of kindness and respect to each other And that’s something that we are also thinking about when we talk about creating a new culture on campus in the fall, that is accepting of new expectations and behavior for being healthy and safe And also how to anticipate and reduce issues of thoughtlessness and hate and bias on campus And that is absolutely concurrent with all of our thinking when we look at expectations for the fall It’s not something I only want to respond to, it’s something I know we all want to address preventatively for the fall Yes for environmental health What are the standards being created for cleaning and disinfecting in between classes I guess you can expand that to prior to student reentry? As far as health and safety for the facility and certainly academic affairs as these discussions are being developed for the classroom environment Currently facilities is increasing their cleaning activities in the spaces that are, that have been repopulated through the research reentry, as well as the spaces that are already populated because of the essential employees that are already on campus What are the plans for testing students, faculty and staff as they return to UCONN campuses Will the university require temperature checks or require other cautionary measures? So, I guess I could speak broadly to that As we would be following the higher education guidelines and any new guidelines that are established by the State As we approach the residential aspect of reentry, we do have some guidelines in place already from the Higher Ed, education subcommittee that talks about, you know, faculty, staff and students, or at least student facing faculty and the testing that should be done prior to reentry Of course all this is contingent upon testing supplies that might be available at the time as well as any public health considerations that we would be looking to the State to provide some guidance on So we’re certainly aware of the need for some testing or the recommendations in place, we’ll be following the State’s guidance on that moving forward This question might be best directed to Doctor David Banach, who is your expert on health If testing is being done at UCONN, will the testing be for antibodies or for COVID 19? Who would get to go back to campus; the one who tests positive for antibodies or just those that test negative for COVID 19? So that’s, so that’s a good question I think there is ongoing discussions with the details of the testing that’s performed I think the main testing focus for reentry is typically with PCR testing to identify active infection The antibody is really used to identify prior infection And I think you know at this point understanding we’re in an infancy in understanding the significance of positive antibody testing, so when we view reentry we primarily think about PCR testing which is the main stay for detecting acute infection Again, I think there is discussions that are ongoing as far as the implementation of testing practice, but I believe that’s what the, the primary focus would look like I would add from a student perspective We are doing antibody testing for students Our confidence in that is probably not as strong in light of what we learn just to echo what Doctor Banach said so our student testing is PCR based testing That would be the premise of return or whether we ask you to quarantine off campus once we learn of the results of the PCR That’s our planning today though and I think we would all agree a lot can change in a month So, we are all hopeful for consolidated body testing but I don’t think we see it yet to determine whether a student could enter the community with a greater degree of confidence Is that a fair observation Doctor Banach? Absolutely The main conclusions around antibody testing is how viral neutralizing the antibodies made

when they are present and durability of them how long they last for which are unfortunately unknowns at this point And I think we’ll learn a lot more about that even in the coming months But I think that’s the big challenge with antibody, that we know it’s going to have a place in our arsenal of testing, but the optimal way to use it and what to glean from that information is still an area that we have a bit more to learn about We have about 15 minutes left in our allotted time so I want to make sure I jump ahead to our student specific questions submitted These are probably directed to our Vice President of Management In the fall, if classes remain online and students know from this past semester that online learning does not work for them, students request a leave of absence without penalty and what would that be awarded? Somewhat related to that is another question saying will not returning students affect scholarships You might want to take that Absolutely So students can take a leave of absence if they so choose They should be aware in they have a leave of absence longer than six months it may impact repayment of student loans, but otherwise it will not impact their eligibility for financial aid for future terms or for the fall term for that matter I think I saw that somebody was wondering about scholar shim eligibility for the situation where we maybe online And again just like the spring that did not negatively impact students with regard to their eligibility for financial aid or scholarship Should fall classes remain online, will some student workers be available, or be able to work from home? I will direct that one to you as well Nathan Yes So after we engage in social distancing and close the university campus and went online, a little bit better than half of our students that need to work online remotely So many of our departments set up arrangements for students and even still today are working remotely as for departments We anticipate that will be the same in the fall if that becomes a necessity that well have employment opportunities for our student employees remotely Jump to go a few questions pertaining to university employees and this was a question that just got relied May administrative staff come back to offices for specific one time projects that are completed within a day or week as long as they abide by the CDC regulations? Yes I’ll take that one And actually, over the past few weeks, we’ve had a number of employees who have inquired and they return to the campus to the office, on an occasional basis And we stress to them to continue to practice social distancing And when returning to the campus, to wear their masks And to ensure that all the safety precautions that have been at least in the guidelines that they’re following So we do have employees who may visit the campus occasionally to take care of some of the necessary business of their particular areas If you test positive for COVID 19 but feel fine, can you work from home? Do you have to take sick time? So I’ll take that one as well If an employee tests positive for COVID, but they continue to feel well, they can absolutely continue to telecommute, as Scott mentioned earlier we are encouraging all staff, as possible, if they can telecommute to do so So if an employee is feeling well, absolutely they can telecommute and not have to use their sick time Okay Related to that previous question, a lease sa Will staff with compromised immune systems be able to continue working at home until there is a vaccine for COVID 19 And if so will they need a note from their doctor and apply for a disability accommodation? Okay So, first and foremost, we encourage employees to work with their managers And again, I emphasize the ability to telecommute or, to the extent possible We have found that for the past few weeks managers have been extremely flexible in understanding that there are some employees with compromised immune systems And have some concerns about returning to the campus Other options that are available to managers employees, a flexible schedule, with telecommuting arrangements, the work schedule or the workday

doesn’t necessarily have to be the traditional 8 to 5 So managers, we found, have been extremely flexible in that regard, for rotational schedules. I do want to say that in the very near future, HR has put together a new program that is called employees exchange program, that is designed to have temporary reassignment so that employees in these situations, if they don’t feel comfortable coming back into certain environments may be reassigned to areas that, for lack of a better way, not as risky Employees also can use their personal crew time if indeed those options don’t work with them I guess the underlying message is there is not a one decision fits all, but HR is poised to work with the managers and the employees for different work arrangements or any type of leave of absence that they may need Thank you We have a if you questions pertaining to academic affairs So I’ll let the Provost on stand by for these In the case of fall semester classes having to be given open line is there a plan to make all lab classes online as well? Yeah, right now we’re talking through what is possible There will be some type of courses that just simply can’t be done online We will have to figure that out But there are many in which there are creative and thoughtful ways and we have faculty who are developing these things right now to be able to do that In cases where something can’t be offered, we will work with students and we will figure out a way to make sure that it does not (indiscernible) So the main thing is where we can do it, we’ll figure out how to do it And where we can’t, we will ensure that it is not unfairly impacted If there is some sort of distance learning again during the fall semester is there anyway that students or faculty who live near one of the campuses will be able to access books from the library for research? The university consider some type of curbside pickup for books? So I thankfully saw this question in advance And I had a chance to talk to our dean of the libraries And she said that there will be some combination, either or, or both of either curbside pickup, or being able to scan materials and provide them to you via email There is a lot of details that need to be worked out, but she is a fierce advocate for, for our community continuing to get those resources even if they can’t physically be here She’s working tirelessly to ensure that there is something available that will allow our community to continue both research but also our academic resources This question is a little similar to the one just asked about last But what is the university plan for prioritizing the needs of students in the School of Fine Arts Studio relights on spaces, facility spaces on campus Online greatly diminishes what they can do They are looking for reassurance that their next semester will be more complying So one general thing I want to say is our entire team is created a list of 39 different categories that we need to be able to have answers in over the next six weeks Performance classes are actually one of these Now, dean of Fine Arts is working with other deans, and the vice Provost for undergraduate studies to be able to address what is possible for performance classes? How do we ensure that again it’s the same thing as labs We’ll do it and with some very creative strategies And because we are starting to work on this now, there are ways to kind of think through both with hybrid, when you use hybrid, you can, you can reduce the number of students who need to necessarily be in a space at any given time That’s something I want to come back to I think it can be attempting to think about the academics of either you will be here or you won’t be here We are trying for where students want to be online, they can be We will support that safely But more, how do we get as much of an in person experience for each student, instead of thinking about haves and have nots So, using those technologies will be ways we can start to think how we would address performance classes

I expect that within the coming weeks, we will have very clear guidance And I would direct anyone curious about that to actually inquire within the school, because the leadership is very, very serious about this and is most able to answer those questions There are a couple questions that have come in line that I want to make sure we get to Pertain to masks, asking where graduate students, faculty and others, request PPE equipment from the university Do they have to drive to stores to pick them up or will they be distributed to the regional campuses as well? I just sort of paraphrased a few questions into one there Mary is that one you might be able to address or I’ll just open it up to anybody to give insight on this I was thinking maybe Scott might want to weigh in and I’ll. Sure We do have an inventory of masks in our central warehouse right now They are available for order at warehouse.UCONN.edu There is a request form there for both masks and hand sanitizer They will be delivered to you We have several thousand in inventory and I believe something like 30,000 on order currently The ones that are on order are reusable wash able masks that we intend to have enough available for everyone when we return to campus Because the disposable masks that we have in inventory right now are in really short supply and as I said we have a lot of them for one quart, we may limit the quantity we will send to you We are now limiting them to five per person, that allows a person to have at least one per day and reuse them over time But please, just go to that website, order them and we will deliver them to you Right Question probably for public safety How will the university enforce safe distancing and the wearing of masks on campus? Well, this is, I think we will do that in collaboration with our student affairs and by establishing guidelines in education and training of the value of wearing masks and social distancing And looking at it from not a harden enforcement perspective, but how to gain compliance with the regulations that are put forward And really, behavioral (indiscernible) really enforced to everyone’s best interest to wear masks and be social distant, not social, but physical distance And I might connect to some questions I’m seeing here too, that you know, to the achieve the last thing we want to do is have this heavy enforcement on campus I think we all know how that we care about you and we want you to be safe So one of the questions that came through here earlier is an indication of that is our health on campus And so, yes, we have thought about, do we tell you regularly about the health on campus and how well we’re doing? We did a wonderful job being healthy over the remainder of the spring despite having just over a thousand students living on campus So, enforcement and compliance and care for one another is probably where I would want to move this towards, is how do we care for one another and impact our actions And then of course, do we have a backbone of enforcement, things like the housing contract, are going to need to reflect our social distancing and that has to be as well But we really want to build a culture of care for each other and how we inform each other about our progress in staying healthy at the campus Elly, I’m going to keep you queued up for the likely few questions we have online First of all, will there be mental health students for the fall either in person or online? Yes, there has to be You have been using those resources over the course of this semester, almost at the same rate that you would if we were fully in session So we have to continue to provide you mental healthcare on campus and telemedicine has been successful information ray for us and we’ll continue do that in the fall We’re also hearing from you that maybe increasing our group therapy, we’ve been doing that for our international population We’re talking about doing more of that for our graduate student population So, yes, we will continue to offer services similar to what we were offering over the

spring And even increasing our group therapy, particularly if we’re remote I think this has been very important for student well being both on campus over the last few months We’ll make this our last question as I know it’s a popular one among alumni including in my own house. What is the timeline for reopening the dairy bar for take out ice cream? I was so happy to see this question because I agree with you This is a desperate time so I’ve been talking with Dennis Pearce who’s our dining director on campus and he’s looking specifically at Just how could we have a measured safe opening of the dairy bar, but remember we want to be consistent with state guidance and we’re gonna marry all those things together and figure out a way to get you your ice cream, so give us a little bit of time but we’re definitely as interested as you are in getting husky tracks back in our freezers President Katsouleas, I think we got through most of our questions, we certainly did not get through all of them, but I know we covered a lot of ground, so we’ll turn it back over to you for any closing comments Thank you Tysen, well done. They were very good questions. I’d like to first thank the panelists and their teams who have been working so hard to prepare us for a safe return, they did a wonderful job answering questions even though we don’t yet know all the answers to the questions that you have I hope that this peek under the lid of the box of what the machinery is grinding through right now is helpful and reassuring to you to get a glimpse of that going on even though there are a lot of things we don’t know, there are some things that we do know. What we do know for sure is that UConn has done extremely well in weathering this storm to this to this point and will continue to do so and the key to that will be the goodwill and the community spirit and the talents of the husky nation and I want to thank all of you who are tuned in for your unique contributions to our mission, to our community and I wish you all to stay well and have a wonderful week Thank you for thank you for joining us

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