Author: Guralnick, Stephanie

Recruitment of Students, Policy On

Title:  Recruitment of Students, Policy On 
Policy Owner: The Division of Enrollment Planning & Management 
Applies to: University Employees, Volunteers, Trainees and Others 
Campus Applicability: All Campuses 
Effective Date: August 23, 2021
For More Information, Contact Office of the Vice President for Enrollment Planning & Management 
Contact Information: (860) 486-1463 
Official Website: https://epm.uconn.edu/

PURPOSE

To ensure compliance with federal laws and regulations regarding ethical recruitment and enrollment activities conducted at the University. Specifically, Section 487(a)(20) of the Higher Education Act (HEA) and its implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. 668.14, as well as the University’s Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Defense.

APPLIES TO

Employees, volunteers, trainees, and other persons whose conduct, in the performance of work for UConn, is under the direct control of UConn, whether or not they are paid by UConn. 

DEFINITIONS

Commission, Bonus, Incentives means a sum of money or something of value, other than a fixed salary or wages, paid to or given to a person or an entity for services rendered.  

Securing enrollments or the award of financial aid means activities that a person or entity engages in at any point in time through completion of an educational program for the purpose of the admission or matriculation of students for any period of time or the award of financial aid to students.

These activities include contact in any form with a prospective student, such as, but not limited to – contact through preadmission or advising activities, scheduling an appointment to visit the enrollment office or any other office of the institution, attendance at such an appointment, or involvement in a prospective student’s signing of an enrollment agreement or financial aid application.

These activities do not include making a payment to a third party for the provision of student contact information for prospective students provided that such payment is not based on: (1) any additional conduct or action by the third party or the prospective students, such as participation in preadmission or advising activities, scheduling an appointment to visit the enrollment office or any other office of the institution or attendance at such an appointment, or the signing, or being involved in the signing, of a prospective student’s enrollment agreement or financial aid application; or (2) the number of students (calculated at any point in time of an educational program) who apply for enrollment, are awarded financial aid, or are enrolled for any period of time, including through completion of an educational program. 

“Entity or person engaged in any student recruitment or admission activity or in making decisions about the award of financial aid” means (1) with respect to an entity engaged in any student recruitment or admission activity or in making decisions about the award of financial aid, any institution or organization that undertakes the recruiting or the admitting of students or that makes decisions about and awards Title IV, HEA program funds; and (2) with respect to a person engaged in any student recruitment or admission activity or in making decisions about the award of financial aid, any employee who undertakes recruiting or admitting of students or who makes decisions about and awards Title IV, HEA program funds, and any higher level employee with responsibility for recruitment or admission of students, or making decisions about awarding Title IV, HEA program funds. 

Enrollment means the admission or matriculation of a student into an eligible institution. 

Inducement means any gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan, transportation, lodging, meals, or other item have a monetary value or more than a de minimis amount to any individual, entity, or its agents including third party lead generators or marketing forms. 

Service Member means a current or former member of the uniformed services which includes (a) the armed forces; (b) the commissioned corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric; and (c) the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service. 

POLICY STATEMENT

The University of Connecticut prohibits the award of any commission, bonus or other incentive payment based in any part, directly or indirectly, upon success in securing enrollments or the awarding of financial aid, to any person or entity who is engaged in any student recruitment, admission activities, or making decisions regarding the awarding of financial assistance.   

In addition, in accordance with the Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding, the University will refrain from high-pressure recruitment tactics aimed at Service Members, which includes making multiple unsolicited contacts (3 or more) including contacts by phone, email, or in-person, and engaging in same-day recruitment and registration for the purpose of securing Service Member enrollments. 

ENFORCEMENT
Violations of this policy or associated procedures may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University By-Laws, General Rules of Conduct for All University Employees, and applicable collective bargaining agreements.

PROCEDURES/FORMS
Contact the Division of Enrollment Planning and Management with questions 

POLICY HISTORY

Policy created effective: August 23, 2021 [Approved by President’s Senior Team]

 

Mandatory Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Title: Mandatory Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
Policy Owner: Human Resources
Applies to: All employees, including volunteers and contractors
Campus Applicability: All campuses, excluding UConn Health
Effective Date: August 18, 2021
For More Information, Contact Human Resources
Contact Information: HR@uconn.edu
Official Website: https://hr.uconn.edu/

PURPOSE 

UConn is committed to protecting our students, employees, and our communities from COVID-19. Toward that goal, and in consideration of guidance released by the state of Connecticut, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and a variety of public health authorities and professional organizations, UConn is implementing a mandatory vaccination policy for its workforce.

APPLIES TO

The Mandatory Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy applies to all Workforce members (see definition below)[1]. This policy applies to Workforce members regardless of whether they work on-site or remotely, unless the individual qualifies for an exemption as provided herein. Exemptions may be granted to Workforce members (1) who have certain medical conditions; or (2) on the basis of a strong religious or sincerely held belief. Workforce members who are denied an exemption shall have ten (10) days from the date of the notice of the denial to receive the vaccine (either a single dose vaccine or first dose of the 2-dose vaccine). Deferral of the receipt of the vaccine may be granted to Workforce Members (1) who have certain medical conditions; (2) who are on approved block FMLA or supplemental leave; (3) due to a positive COVID test or treatment; or (4) due to current pregnancy or breastfeeding.

DEFINITIONS

Workforce Members: All UConn employees, volunteers, and any contracted individuals.

COVID-19: COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, a new coronavirus discovered in 2019. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.

Fully Vaccinated: Individuals are considered fully vaccinated 1) two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series (such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines); or 2) two weeks after a single-dose vaccine (such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine).

International employees shall be considered in compliance with the COVID-19 vaccine requirement if they have been vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine that has either been authorized for emergency use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or been authorized for emergency use outside of the United States by the World Health Organization (WHO).

POLICY STATEMENT

All Workforce members are required to have or obtain a COVID-19 vaccination as a term and condition of employment at UConn, unless an exemption or deferral has been approved. All Workforce members shall be required to report their vaccine status and to provide approved documentation as proof of vaccination.  All current employees shall be required to report their status not later than September 10, 2021.  All new Workforce members shall be required to provide proof of their vaccination status prior to the start of their employment.  All records of vaccinations and approved exemptions will be maintained by Human Resources. Such records will not be included in Workforce members’ personnel files.

ENFORCEMENT

Violations of this policy or associated procedures may result in appropriate disciplinary measures, up to an including dismissal, in accordance with University By-Laws, General Rules of Conduct for All University Employees, applicable collective bargaining agreements, other applicable University Policies, or as outlined in any procedures document related to this policy.

PROCEDURES/FORMS

Procedures and forms associated with this policy are available on the Human Resources website.

REFERNCES

 

[1] Workforce members represented by bargaining units under the jurisdiction of the State’s Office of Labor Relations (OLR-OPM) are not currently subject to mandatory vaccination requirements of this policy until negotiations have concluded. They are subject to the mandatory reporting, testing and health and safety requirements if unvaccinated.