Policy on Competitive Non-Federal Graduate Fellowship Awards

Title: Policy on Competitive Non-Federal Graduate Fellowship Awards
Policy Owner: Graduate School
Applies to: Graduate Students
Campus Applicability:  All Campuses excluding the School of Law. Includes Masters/PhD. programs at UConn Health
Effective Date: July 17, 2013
For More Information, Contact Graduate School
Contact Information: (860) 486-2182
Official Website:


1. The University is committed to enhancing the number of nationally competitive fellowships and awards from prestigious organizations.

2. While these awards may provide students with a full fellowship and payment of some portion of tuition and/or health insurance premiums, there is often a significant shortfall in the award for coverage of the total cost of tuition and health insurance premiums.

The University of Connecticut has developed this policy to fund the difference between the amount awarded (by the granting agency) and the actual cost to the fellow for tuition and health insurance premiums.  This policy applies to fellowships that provide a stipend equal to or more than a full nine-month UConn graduate assistantship at the level appropriate for the student’s status at the time the award begins.

3. The fellow’s home department will notify the Dean of the Graduate School when a student receives a fellowship eligible for University support under this policy.  For a limited number of students who receive the most prestigious non-federal fellowships, the University will supplement the fellowship to cover the actual cost of tuition and health benefits (but not University fees).

4. The PI or the faculty advisor/graduate student must apply for any cost of education (tuition) and the health insurance premium allowance permitted for that award.  Any institutional allowance or educational allowance accompanying these awards must first be used to cover tuition and then health insurance premiums.  Unless there is a specific statement in the fellowship description, the educational allowance will not be used to pay university fees.

If funds are available after payment of tuition, health insurance premiums and university fees (if allowed by the grant), they can be used to cover any educational allowance specifically identified in the sponsor guidelines for research supplies, equipment, books, travel to meetings, etc.

5. The fellow’s share of the health insurance premium (or the fellow and his/her dependents) will not exceed those currently charged to graduate assistants within the same plan, and must be paid by the fellow.

6. Unless otherwise disallowed, out-of-state students supported on a fellowship under this policy must apply for in-state residency status by the end of the first year. After the first year, only the equivalent of the in-state tuition rate will be covered if the student remains an out-of-state student.  The difference will be the student’s responsibility.

7. Please note that it is not the intention of this policy to supplement University Fees.  University Fees may be paid up to the maximum allowable from the grant if budgeted as an allowable cost on the award.  If there is a shortfall in the grant award for fees, the responsibility to pay the balance will reside with the student.

Applying for In-State Residency

Graduate students who wish to apply for in-state residency status should submit the Application for In-State Tuition form to:

UConn Graduate Admissions Office
Residency Officer
The Graduate School
438 Whitney Road Ext. U-1152
Storrs, CT 06269

The application is available at


Kent E. Holsinger

Vice Provost for Graduate Education

and Dean of the Graduate School


Policy Adopted:  9-5-12

Policy Revised: 12-14-12, 7-17-13

Credit Hour

Title: Credit Hour
Policy Owner: Office of the Provost
Applies to: Students
Campus Applicability: All Campuses, including UConn Health
Effective Date: August 15, 2012
For More Information, Contact Office of the Provost
Contact Information: (860) 486-4037
Official Website:

The University of Connecticut, as mandated by the U.S. Department of Education and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and following Federal regulation, defines a credit hour as an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutional established equivalence that reasonably approximates not less than –

(1) One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of class student work each week for one semester or the equivalent number of hours of instructional and out of class work for shorter sessions (e.g. summer); or

(2) At least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.

Instruction and out of class work increase commensurately, for courses consisting of two, three, four, five or more credit hours.


Policy Created: August 15, 2012 (Approved by President’s Cabinet)

Human Stem Cell Research Approval

Title: Human Stem Cell Research Approval
Policy Owner: Office of the Vice President for Research
Applies to: Employees, Faculty, Students, Other
Campus Applicability:  All Campuses
Effective Date: May 25, 2018
For More Information, Contact Office of the Vice President for Research
Contact Information: (860) 486-3001
Official Website:


The purpose of this policy is to ensure that proposals for human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research and selected types of human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) research are approved by the University’s Stem Cell Research Oversight (SCRO) Committee. This policy does not apply to primary cells isolated from human tissues that are not manipulated to become pluripotent.

The role of the SCRO Committee is to ensure that human embryonic stem cell (hESC) and selected types of human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) research at all University of Connecticut campuses is well-justified and that inappropriate and/or unethical research is not conducted. The SCRO Committee facilitates the collaboration between researchers across University campuses by adopting nationally and internationally accepted standards designed to protect the University’s reputation for ethical and responsible research.

The review and approval of hESC research by the SCRO Committee (or its equivalent) is required by Connecticut law. The SCRO Committee review and approval is also required for all proposals funded by the State of Connecticut Regenerative Medicine Research Fund.


All University faculty, employees, students, postdoctoral fellows, residents and other trainees, and agents who supervise or conduct research involving hESCs and select types of iPSCs.


Human Embryonic Stem Cell (hESC): Human embryonic stem cells are pluripotent cells that are self-replicating, derived from human embryos, and are capable of developing into cells and tissues of the three primary germ layers. Although human embryonic stem cells may be derived from embryos, such stem cells are not themselves embryos.

Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (iPSC): Human induced stem cells are a type of pluripotent stem cell that have been artificially created by reprogramming non-pluripotent human cells through techniques that do not involve oocytes or embryos, e.g., through inserting genes into a somatic cell.


All research projects in the following categories are required to obtain SCRO Committee approval before acquiring cells or cell lines and before commencing research:

  • All research involving hESCs and their derivatives;
  • All stem cell research involving human gametes and human embryos;
  • All stem cell research projects funded by the State of Connecticut, including those that do not use hESCs;
  • All in vitro human iPSC research involving the generation of gametes, embryos, or other types of totipotent cells; and
  • All in vivo research involving implantation of human iPSCs into prenatal animals or into the central nervous system of post-natal animals.

The SCRO Committee supplements but does not replace other University review processes (e.g., reviews by Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC), Institutional Review Boards (IRB), Institutional Biological Safety Committees (IBC), etc.) and compliance with applicable legal requirements.


Violations of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University By-Laws, General Rules of Conduct for All University Employees, applicable collective bargaining agreements, the University of Connecticut Student Code, and other applicable University Policies.


Connecticut General Statutes §§ 4-28e and 32-41jj to 32-41mm, inclusive

NIH Stem Cell Information


Revisions: March 28, 2012; May 25, 2018 (Approved by President’s Cabinet)

Emergency Closing Policy

Title: Emergency Closing Policy
Policy Owner: Office of the President, Office of the Provost, EVP/CFO, Human Resources Department
Applies to: Faculty, Staff, Students, Others
Campus Applicability: All campuses except UConn Health
Approval Date: August 30, 2023
Effective Date: August 31, 2023
For More Information, Contact: Office of Faculty & Staff Labor Relations and the Department of Human Resources
Contact Information: (860) 486-5684 or
(860) 486-3034 or
Official Website:


During inclement weather and other emergency situations at the University of Connecticut, the safety of our students, faculty, and staff is paramount. At the same time, the University has very important research, teaching, service, and outreach missions, and must maintain continuous and effective business operations. With due consideration to safety, the University will remain open and operate normally to the greatest extent possible. Faculty, staff, and students should evaluate their own circumstances carefully, exercise appropriate judgment, and take responsibility for their safety when making decisions during inclement weather.

The purpose of this policy is to provide direction to the University community in the rare circumstances when the University Administration decides to cancel classes; delay opening, release employees early, or close operations at some or all University campuses. This policy also explains how employees will be notified of the University’s decisions and clarifies expectations regarding attendance and performance of job-related duties. The policy applies to the entire University community, including administration, faculty, staff, and students, at all campuses except UConn Health.


Decisions to alter the University’s normal operations and schedule for all campuses are made jointly by the President’s Office, Provost’s Office, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (EVP/CFO), and the Head of Human Resources. Decisions about such alterations are made with full input from Public Safety and Facilities Operations and Building Services for all campuses. Careful consideration will be given to the particular conditions and circumstances at each campus, and decisions will account for variations that may exist among the situations at different campuses.

When the University is open and operating normally, all employees are expected to make every effort commensurate with their personal safety to be at work. Individual academic departments and administrative units are not permitted to close and release employees. Those decisions will be made on a university-wide basis. Departments, regional campuses, and units may cancel special events they sponsor at their discretion and are responsible for communicating such cancellations.

If an emergency occurs that may require an adjustment in work schedules for an individual unit or small number of units (such as a power outage or flood in a single building), employees should work from another location if possible. Supervisors must obtain permission from the President’s Office, Provost’s Office, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (EVPA/CFO), as appropriate, before releasing employees from work for more than a short period of time.


The University will make announcements about closings or delayed openings as soon as feasible, and generally no later than 5 a.m. When conditions change rapidly or unexpectedly, however, the University may need to make or update decisions about classes and business operations on short notice.

UConn’s Alert website,, is the definitive source of information about the University’s operating status. All announcements regarding changes to the University’s operating schedule will be posted to this site as soon as decisions are made.

In addition to the Alert website, text message alerts may be issued regarding closings, cancellations, early dismissals, or delays. UConn community members should register to receive the University’s text message alerts at

Community members may also call the University’s 24-hour emergency closing information number, (860) 486-3768, to check the University’s operating status for all campuses. Second and third shift employees are urged to call this number for information.

Individual units are responsible for communicating decisions about whether any special events they sponsor are postponed or canceled. Community members should contact the sponsoring units directly for information about such events. This applies to athletic events, performances, conferences, lectures, presentations, workshops, and other events hosted by a sub-unit of the University.

Expectations for Employees

This section summarizes the information applicable to:

  • All Employees (except essential/emergency support services staff)
  • Faculty/Class Instructors
  • Essential/Emergency Support Services Staff

All Employees (except essential/emergency support services staff)

When the University is open and operating normally, employees are expected to report to work. During inclement weather, employees are expected to plan accordingly, including accounting for extra time needed to travel to and from work. If an employee decides not to remain at or report to work because of concerns about travelling safely, employees may use vacation, personal, or other accrued time without advance approval. Employees must promptly notify their supervisors in these situations. Employees who anticipate concerns may discuss in advance the possibility of flex time or telecommuting with their supervisors.

When the University directs employees not to report to campus during a closing, delay, or cancellation, employees will not be charged leave unless their time off was already scheduled and approved. If an employee is on a scheduled day off due to sick leave, vacation, personal time, earned time, or leave of absence without pay during an official University closing, delay, or early release, the employee’s time will be charged accordingly.

Since employees who are not on a pre-approved leave during a closing would normally be present at work, employees are expected to be accessible and responsive to their supervisors as needed during their regularly scheduled work hours. Supervisors may require that employees check and respond to email regularly, respond to work calls, or attend virtual meetings, and may expect that assigned work that can be accomplished remotely is completed on time regardless of emergency cancellations. Likewise, supervisors may make reasonable adjustments to be able to continue University business, including holding meetings by teleconference and handling normal business by email, and employees who would normally be present at work may be required to participate.

Faculty/Class Instructors

All faculty at all campuses must abide by the University’s decision to remain open. If the University does not cancel classes, faculty are expected to hold classes as scheduled, except in circumstances when a faculty member determines that they are unable to travel safely to campus. In these exceptional cases, the faculty member must notify their dean and department head and must also notify all students in the class. Faculty must not cancel class prior to the University’s decision about whether the University will alter its normal schedule. Faculty may elect to hold classes virtually using online methods.

Only the instructor of record for a class may decide to cancel a class. Teaching Assistants may not make independent decisions to cancel classes or other activities related to classes; they must consult with the faculty member for the course.

Instructional time that is cancelled is expected to be made up in accordance with the By-Laws, Rules, and Regulations of the University Senate. The University’s academic calendar includes specified “emergency closing make-up dates.” Faculty who plan to use these times to make up class must inform students as soon as possible and reserve a classroom through the Registrar’s Office. Faculty may also make up classes at other times but must be sensitive to students’ availability to attend.

Faculty should respect the decisions of commuting students who decide not to travel to campus, or to leave class early in order to get home safely, and provide options for them to make up missed work. The Dean of Students Office is available to assist faculty and students with concerns about missed work.

Essential/Emergency Support Services Staff

Operations including public safety, residential and dining services, health services, animal care, facility maintenance, information technology services, student support services, transportation, and other important services may be required to continue even in severe weather or during other circumstances that require the University to cease other operations.

The University may designate employees as “Essential” employees (also known as “Emergency Support Services Staff”) if it determines their job functions are necessary or potentially necessary to conduct the University’s business even when the University is not operating normally. Employees designated as essential are typically expected to report to or remain at work when the University has a delayed opening, early release, or closure.

Individual Departments determine which, if any, of their employees are essential. Further, Departments may require all essential employees to report during any closure. Alternatively, Departments may develop a procedure that limits the number of essential employees required to report based on the nature or duration of the closure, the nature of the functions the Department performs, and the level of staffing needed. This approach is typically implemented through an “on call” notification system or a rotating assignment.

Departments are responsible for notifying essential employees annually of their designation. Employees hired into positions that are essential are first notified of their designation at the time of hire. In addition, the business needs of the University may change in ways that require other employees to be deemed essential even if they were not designated so at hire. In such cases, the Department will notify affected employees at the time of their designation. By October 1st of each year, Departments with essential employees must provide a list of these employees to the Office of Faculty and Staff Labor Relations and the Department of Human Resources.

Unless provided in the applicable collective bargaining agreement or authorized by the Governor, the University is prohibited from awarding compensatory time or extra compensation to essential employees for working during their regularly scheduled hours when the University has a delay, early release, or is closed.


Violations of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University By-Laws, General Rules of Conduct for All University Employees, applicable collective bargaining agreements, and the University of Connecticut Student Code.


Time and attendance procedures for employees and supervisors are posted on the Payroll Department website at

Requirements with respect to instructional time and making up time are defined in the By-Laws, Rules, and Regulations of the Senate ( and the University’s Credit Hour Policy (


Policy adopted: October, 2012


November 26, 2014
August 27, 2015
August 30, 2023 (Approved by the Senior Policy Council and the President)


Acceptance and Disposal of Textbook Donations, Policy on

Title: Acceptance and Disposal of Textbook Donations, Policy on
Policy Owner: Office of the Provost
Applies to: Faculty, Staff
Campus Applicability:  All University Campuses, including UConn Health
Effective Date: October 12, 2011
For More Information, Contact Office of the Provost
Contact Information: (860) 486-4037
Official Website:



It is understood that from time to time the publishers of academic textbooks and related materials may provide free copies to faculty or staff for their use. Under State of Connecticut and University of Connecticut ethics policies, these free materials may not be accepted as personal property and should instead be accepted as property of the University. The eventual disposal of free textbooks and related materials is subject to University policy.

The purpose of this policy is to delineate the appropriate acceptance and eventual disposal of gift textbooks and related materials.

This policy applies to all faculty and staff of the University of Connecticut and the University of Connecticut Health Center.

Prohibited Donor: Registered lobbyists or a lobbyist’s representative; Individuals or entities doing business with or seeking to do business with the University; or Contractors pre-qualified by the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services.

Published: the reproduction of a textbook or related materials through print, digital, or other media, including but not limited to, standard printed texts and e-books.

Related materials: documents or other media used to supplement or in any other way support a textbook in the teaching and study of a subject.

Textbook: a book published and used in the teaching and study of a subject.

Under State of Connecticut and University of Connecticut ethics rules, faculty and staff are prohibited from personally accepting a free textbook or related academic materials from prohibited donors if the value of the item(s)  is more than $10.00.  Most publishers offering free textbooks would fall under the definition of a prohibited donor.

As permitted under state and University rules, a free textbook or related academic materials valued at more than $10.00 may be accepted as property of the University.

When a free textbook and/or related academic materials are deemed out-of-date or are otherwise no longer in active use, they may not be removed from the University for personal use. These items may be donated with the approval of the appropriate Dean or through the University Libraries “Disposal of Materials Policy” by donating them to the Library.

Policy History

Effective October 2011 (Approved by the President’s Cabinet)

Use of Students in Outside Employment

Title: Use of Students in Outside Employment
Policy Owner: Office of University Compliance
Applies to: Faculty, Staff
Campus Applicability: All Campuses, including UConn Health
Effective Date: July 14, 2015
For More Information, Contact Office of University Compliance
Contact Information: (860) 486-2530
Official Website:


Background and Reasons for the Policy: The Code of Ethics for Public Officials preclude public employees from accepting other employment which will impair the employee’s independence of judgment or otherwise create a conflict of interest.

Purpose of Policy: To provide guidance on the employment of students by faculty and staff for work external to the University.

Expected Institutional Outcome: Compliance with the Code of Ethics.

Applicability of Policy: All employees.

Policy Statement: Pursuant to Connecticut General Statute Section 1-84(b) of the Code of Ethics for Public Officials, a state employee may not accept other employment which will impair his/her independence of judgment as to his/her official duties or employment.  Furthermore, in accordance with Connecticut General Statute Section 1-86 and the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies Section 1-81-29, a state employee with a potential conflict of interest must inform his/her supervisor who shall assign the matter to another who is not subordinate to the individual with the conflict.

Potential conflicts may occur when a University employee hires a student in any non-University supported activity. Therefore, employees who choose to employ students in any non-University activity must obtain written approval from their Department Head/Dean/Director prior to employing the student. Faculty members who wish to hire a graduate student and who teach a course in which the student is enrolled, serve as a member of the student’s thesis or dissertation committee, or serve as the student’s advisor or the director of his or her thesis or dissertation research must also receive written approval from the Dean of the Graduate School.  The University requires that each student receive a written offer of employment with a specific scope of work or job description, the rate of compensation and the expected hours of work.  In addition, the student should receive a fair market value rate of pay.

Students have on-going recourse to the Provost who will consult with the Dean of the Graduate School (for graduate students) or the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (for undergraduate students) in order to address any grievances that may arise during the term of the employment.

Failure to comply constitutes a violation of the State ethics code and University policy and is subject to disciplinary procedures of both.

Responsibilities: All employees.

Use of Students in Outside Employment Letter Template


Revised: 07/13/2015; 12/16/2014; 06/23/2008

New Policy: 03/01/2004

University Library Copyright Policies

Title: University Library Copyright Policies
Policy Owner: University Library Copyright Project Team
Applies to: Faculty, Staff, Others
Campus Applicability: Storrs and Regional Campuses
Effective Date: May 29, 2007
For More Information, Contact University Libraries
Contact Information: 860-486-2518
Official Website:

Background and Reasons for the Policy

The University of Connecticut Libraries provide high quality collections and information services in support of the University’s research and educational missions. In its endeavors, the University Libraries are committed to compliance with intellectual property law and the preservation of the rights of copyright owners and users of copyrighted materials. The University Libraries also seek to ensure that members of the university community know their rights and responsibilities under the provisions of the U.S. copyright law (17 U.S.C. Section 107), and are able to apply them regarding their use of copyrighted works.

Purpose of the Policy

These policies define the parameters of service provided by the University of Connecticut Libraries with regard to compliance with U.S. copyright law, the doctrine of fair use, and related exceptions in the law for library services.

Expected Institutional Outcomes

These policies provide basic information and guidance regarding the use of copyrighted material by University of Connecticut Libraries staff and users of library services. They answer many common questions regarding the use of copyrighted materials and provide contacts and resources for more information.

Policy Statement

These policies are maintained and updated on the University of Connecticut Libraries web site at


Drafted by the Copyright Project Team 2/19/07 at the suggestion of:

  • Denielle M. Burl, Esq., University Legal Specialist; and
  • Rachel Rubin, Director of Compliance, Office of Audit, Compliance & Ethics

Undergraduate Earned Credits Semester Standing

Title: Undergraduate Earned Credits Semester Standing
Policy Owner: University Senate
Applies to: Students
Campus Applicability: All Campuses
Effective Date: November 1, 2002
For More Information, Contact Office of the Registrar
Contact Information: (860) 486-3331
Official Website:

The University of Connecticut charts a student’s educational progress by semester standing based on earned credits rather than the traditional designations of freshman, sophomore, junior, senior. However, semester standing may be related to these traditional terms as indicated below.

Standing is based on earned credits, not on numbers of semesters attended. Courses in progress are not counted. Standing is advanced after minimum credits indicated below have been earned.

Traditional Semester Standing Earned Credits
Freshman 1



0 – 11


12 – 23

Sophomore 3



24 – 39


40 – 53

Junior 5



54 – 69


70 – 85

Senior 7







86 – 99




117 – 133(Pharmacy)


134+ (Pharmacy)

Please contact the Registrar’s Office at 486-3331 with any questions.