Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University continues to review guidelines from federal, state, and local governments and health agencies. With the goal of preparing a healthy on-Grounds environment, we have developed the policy outlined below. These policy requirements are likely to change as the public health crisis evolves.
Know that while we remain committed to providing the residential experience and support you expect from us, we also expect that our residents will act in the best interests of the community’s health. Taking steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is a shared responsibility. Therefore, residents living on Grounds are required to comply with health and safety policies, including the COVID-19 policy, adopted by the University and Housing & Residence Life. Failure to adhere to these initiatives may result in immediate removal from University housing, Interim Suspension, and/or disciplinary proceedings.
- Social distancing: You must practice social and physical distancing, and limit close contact with others who do not live in your room, suite, or apartment.
- Hand hygiene: You must comply with public health guidelines for healthy hygiene, including washing hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Face coverings: The University’s policy on face coverings requires you to wear a face covering in shared spaces outside of your bedroom, suite, or apartment.
- Personal cleaning: In order to limit exposure, you are responsible for wiping down the surfaces you touch in bathrooms and shared spaces with household disinfectant.
- Gathering size limits: You must follow current limitations on the size of social gatherings, activities, and events inside or outside your housing.
- Staying home if you feel sick: If you experience COVID-19 symptoms, you are required to stay home and call Student Health immediately at 434.924.5362. Student Health will instruct you on required next steps. If you are experiencing a medical emergency (i.e. difficulty breathing), call 911.
- COVID-19 testing and contact tracing: You may be required to undergo screening or testing for COVID-19, and to provide information for contact tracing.
- Isolation and quarantine: If you experience COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19, you may be required to relocate temporarily to an alternate housing assignment. You are required to follow Student Health’s instructions regarding isolation and quarantine.
Housing & Residence Life measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19
- Increased cleaning of shared spaces, and scheduled closings of common areas for disinfecting.
- Regulation of common area spaces, including rearranging or removing furniture and setting occupancy limits.
- Limiting visitors and guests so that only residents and select staff may enter the residence halls.
In addition to the above measures, Housing & Residence Life will also take the following steps in undergraduate on-Grounds housing:
- Closing community kitchens until it is deemed safe to re-open them.
- In housing with community bathrooms, assigning specific showers, sinks, and stall locations to limit the number of students sharing these facilities.
- Water fountains will be capped. However, water bottle filling stations will be available for use.
- Removing door closures on lounges, studies, and community bathrooms so that doors can remain open.
- Suspending room changes until further notice to reduce resident exposure.
- Adapting residential programming to adhere to social distancing guidelines.