COVID-19 Housing Procedures

While we are excited for students to return to campus for the Spring 2021 semester, it is important to remember the circumstances surrounding this academic year will be unprecedented.  While we cannot fully predict how the broader situation with COVID-19 will play out in the coming months, university faculty, staff, and students can all play a role in keeping our own community safe. University Housing is instituting a number of policy and operational adjustments. 

We understand that you may have questions, so we will update this website daily.  We ask for people's patience in this process as we deal with a high number of phone calls and emails in our office. 

Last updated:  December 20, 2020

Students Will:

  • Wear a mask.
  • Follow the modified move in schedule designed for students and parents to have a safe and pleasant move in experience.
  • Purchase cleaning supplies in order to clean their space on a regular basis.
  • Use hand sanitizer regularly, especially after coming into contact with high touch spaces.
  • Follow social distancing guidelines on all parts of campus.
  • Complete the daily online health assessment.

University Housing Will:

  • Wear masks, especially when in public areas and interacting with students.
  • Facilitate social distancing in all of our offices, including signs, guidance laid out on floors, and clear plastic barriers at front desks.
  • Modify common areas, including community showers, in residence halls to encourage social distancing.
  • Implement enhanced cleaning protocols to all common areas, especially high touch areas.
  • Install hand sanitizer stations throughout residence halls.
  • Provide Health Kits for all residents upon their arrival.  These kits will include: two cloth masks, one thermometer, travel-size disinfecting wipes, alcohol swabs, tissues, two individually wrapped disposable masks to be worn in the event of illness, and travel-size hand sanitizer on a silicone strap (so it can be attached to a backpack or the like). These will be handed out at the Covid testing locations.
  • As with classroom buildings, university facilities staff will assess all residence halls with regard to ventilation and circulation. Details include preventive maintenance of mechanical HVAC systems, upgraded filters and edge-sealing, and maximized outdoor air supply. These steps align with the American National Standards Institute/American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Standard 62.1 (2019), which can be found online.

Move-in Expectations

  • Anyone experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms should not come to campus.
  • Proper social distancing must be followed in the residence halls.
  • Only one person or family will be permitted on an elevator at a time.
  • All students and guests must maintain 6 feet of separation in any line queue, at entrances and in stairwells.
  • Everyone will be required to wear a face mask.
  • All students and guests are expected to frequently wash their hands and/or use hand sanitizer, which will be provided throughout the residence halls.
  • Each student will be allowed up to two guests to assist with move-in.
  • Students and their guests will move their own belongings into their room. Our goal will be to make carts and dollies available for you to use to move your belongings.

Bed Lofting Requests

First and Second Year Residence halls have beds that can be lofted.  If you are a new arrival for Spring 2021, you can request to have your bed lofted prior to your arrival.  Please submit a housing maintenance request form found on MyHousing by Friday, January 15, 2021. We can only loft beds in completely empty rooms. 

Packing Tips

It is recommended students pack lightly this semester. University Health Services has consistently noted that excessive and unnecessary clutter adds spaces where pathogens can sit and be spread. For this reason, we recommend that our residents try to reduce the number of belongings that they travel with. This includes extra furniture and storage solutions that may be added to a suite or apartment common space.

We also recommended that you limit your reliance on cash this academic year. Passing cash to staff members such as cashiers, waiters, etc. increases the chances of transmission.

Valuable or sentimental items should remain at home. While we want you to decorate your room, our experience from the spring semester gave us insight that it is difficult to properly pack and ship these types of items home to you. 

Cleaning Guidelines

The custodial services team will be implementing a higher standard of cleaning this academic year.  

Students are expected to clean their own bedrooms.  Plan on bringing your own cleaning supplies to campus.