An email sent Monday to UNH Durham staff clarified many of the questions that have been asked of the administration, including an informed consent agreement that requires students to “take responsibility for the risks associated with admission to the University of New Hampshire, including the risk of exposure to COVID-19.” We understand that there is a lot to manage. That is why we have extended the deadline for signing the compliant notice until Friday, July 31, 2020. If you want to change the response you sent to your informed consent, log in to Webcat, select “Consent to Personal Information” in the Personal Information menu, and click “I want to change my response.” Technical questions can be asked at the UNH Assistance Office at (603) 862-4242. Students have the option to refuse approval agreement on the information provided, but they cannot participate in on-campus activities, including teaching. Appropriate measures are made available to students who are unable to attend physical classes due to illness under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). I am writing to inform you that we have heard your concerns about the informed consent form. First, I want to make it clear that informed consent is not the same as a disclaimer. It is an awareness that you understand what is expected and you agree to follow behavioral and safety practices to reduce the risk of COVID-19 for every member of our community. We are working hard to make all the necessary parts to ensure a successful reopening of our campuses, and it is a challenge if the information changes every day, if not every hour. We are holding another virtual town hall meeting on Thursday, July 23 at 1.m 9 a.m. to answer your questions: unh.zoom.us/j/92276774648 or 646 876 9923 Webinar ID: 922 7677 4648.
On Friday, July 17, university of New Hampshire (UNH) President James W. Dean Jr. asked students to sign and submit an informed agreement on campus programming to return to campus. Students have the opportunity to accept and sign the agreement or refuse their training and activities on campus in the fall and to renounce it. The agreement stipulates that students who choose to return to campus are required to submit a negative COVID-19 test prior to their arrival, must be regularly screened and isolated throughout the semester when tested positive. In addition to participating in temperature screening, contact monitoring and appropriate hygiene methods, students may “be required to waive responsibility if they wish to participate in certain extracurricular activities or to participate in certain events or functions.” If students have questions about the reopening plan or the knowing approval agreement, students are encouraged to contact President Dean`s office by email as soon as possible. Students have until Friday, July 24 to approve or reject the approval agreement knowingly. “Regardless of the learning environment for autumn 2020, UNH`s teaching will be the same,” the agreement says. “The education you pay for is in exchange for apprenticeships, academic credit and some non-academic services that are provided personally, in a hybrid or remote environment.” The agreement contains the guidelines and protocols that students expect from students when they return to campus life.
These protocols include wearing masks, physical renunciation and other common risk reduction practices. The agreement for students to return “voluntarily” to campus states, “I am starting from the risks associated with entering the University of New Hampshire, including the risk of exposure to COVID-19.” On July 17, UNH students received an e-mail from the school with a “student approval agreement.” The document asks them to unsubscribe to find out if they are coming to German class on campus this fall semester or if they have just