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Returning for Fall 2020

August 4, 2020

Undergraduate on-Grounds residents: with the announcement of the new Fall 2020 opening date, you have more time to decide about your housing for the upcoming semester.

If you choose to participate remotely in online classes only, you can email housingassignments@virginia.edu by the August 24 deadline to be released from your housing agreement without penalty.

In-person courses for undergraduates will begin on September 8, and students will be able to move into residence halls several days before then. The revised fall 2020 move-in dates and appointment process are detailed on our Move-In 2020 page. Also see the FAQs below, which will be updated as information becomes available.

We thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

 

All of us at Housing & Residence Life (HRL) have been hard at work determining the best and safest processes for welcoming you to Grounds for the fall 2020 semester!

We know you have been eagerly anticipating additional information regarding specific housing details for Fall 2020. While the UVA experience this fall will undoubtedly be different, we remain devoted to providing a dynamic residential experience and communities that support the University’s academic, social, and cultural goals.

 


COVID-19 Policy

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.

Current requirements

  • 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.

 


Email Communications

INCOMING FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS -- JUNE 18, 2020

Dear Student,

We hope this email finds you safe and well! All of us at Housing & Residence Life (HRL) have been hard at work determining the best and safest plans for welcoming you to Grounds for the fall 2020 semester. We know that you have been eagerly anticipating additional information regarding your transition to the University community, and we write today with specific housing details as a follow-up to President Ryan's June 17 email.

There is no question that the UVA experience this fall will be different. You may be taking online courses from your room, community spaces will have new distancing and restricted occupancy expectations, and policies will change in order to help maintain a healthy environment. We are committed to protecting the health and safety of our residents while minimizing the spread of COVID-19 within our community.

To promote our mutual success, we require your participation as an active partner in these efforts. Please see below for the actions you need to take.

What's Changed

The following decisions have been made in consultation with public health and medical experts, who in turn are basing their recommendations on the current status of this worldwide health crisis.

  • You will need to log into the housing portal to indicate whether you plan to live on Grounds in Fall 2020. After you've logged into the portal, click on “Fall 2020” in the navigation menu to access the steps you need to take. If you plan to live in Charlottesville, you are required to live on Grounds. If you will live at home, you can note this on the portal and be exempted from the requirement.
     
    You will need to complete this task by July 1, 2020 in order to select a preferred roommate and receive your housing assignment and assigned move-in date. Note that traffic may be heavy on the housing portal. If you are not able to log in at your first attempt, we ask you to wait a few hours and then try again.
  • Students who require special housing accommodations due to a disability or underlying medical condition should submit their request for accommodation to the Student Disability Access Center (SDAC). This year, this includes requests due to an underlying medical condition that would put a student at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. SDAC has extended the deadline for requesting accommodations to July 1, 2020.
  • All students who indicate they will reside in on-Grounds housing are required to agree to the COVID-19 policy and a COVID-19 addendum to their housing contract. The COVID-19 policy includes new student responsibilities such as social distancing, wearing a face covering, and following quarantine and isolation protocols. Changes made by HRL include closing some community spaces in residential areas and limiting guests in the residence halls. Policy details are available in your account on the housing portal and on the HRL website.
  • In addition to the steps above, you will need to submit your ID photo to the UVA ID Office so that your University ID may be created. Students living on Grounds won't receive a housing assignment or move-in date unless an ID photo has been submitted.
  • Pending completion of these tasks, first-year housing assignments will be available in mid-July.

What Hasn’t Changed

  • All first-year students living on Grounds will be assigned housing in the first-year areas and residential colleges. These areas contain primarily double-occupancy rooms (two students per bedroom).
  • Once you complete the addendum as noted above, you will have the opportunity to preference your roommate selection through the housing portal. The roommate selection process will be offered in early July. Also remember that you may opt to have a roommate randomly assigned, which is a great way to meet someone new as you begin your UVA journey!
  • We remain devoted to providing a dynamic residential experience and communities that support the University’s academic, social, and cultural goals.

Your assistance, as well as your patience with these procedures - which are new to all of us - is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at housingassignments@virginia.edu.

We look forward to welcoming you to Grounds!
UVA Housing & Residence Life

INCOMING TRANSFER STUDENTS -- JUNE 18, 2020

Dear Student,

We hope this email finds you safe and well! All of us at Housing & Residence Life (HRL) have been hard at work determining the best and safest plans for welcoming you to Grounds for the fall 2020 semester. We know that you have been eagerly anticipating additional information regarding your transition to the University community, and we write today with specific housing details as a follow-up to President Ryan's June 17 email.

There is no question that the UVA experience this fall will be different. You may be taking online courses from your room, community spaces will have new distancing and restricted occupancy expectations, and policies will change in order to help maintain a healthy environment. We are committed to protecting the health and safety of our residents while minimizing the spread of COVID-19 within our community. To promote our mutual success, we require your participation as an active partner in these efforts.

Next week, HRL will begin making housing offers to incoming transfer students who have submitted a housing application. Housing is not guaranteed, so we will use a lottery system to determine the order in which applicants receive offers. Please see below for the actions you need to take.

What's Changed

The following decisions have been made in consultation with public health and medical experts, who in turn are basing their recommendations on the current status of this worldwide health crisis.

  • For incoming transfer student who receive a housing offer:
    • All students who will reside in on-Grounds housing are required to agree to the COVID-19 policy and a COVID-19 addendum to their housing contract. The COVID-19 policy includes new student responsibilities such as social distancing, wearing a face covering, and following quarantine and isolation protocols. Changes made by HRL include closing some community spaces in residential areas and limiting guests in the residence halls. Policy details are available on the HRL website.
    • After logging into the housing portal, you will access and sign your housing agreement. You will then need to sign the addendum online in order to receive your assigned move-in date. Your housing notification email will contain instructions for signing the housing agreement and addendum online. Note that traffic may be heavy on the housing portal. If you are not able to log in at your first attempt, we ask you to wait a few hours and then try again.

[NOTE that incoming transfer students who receive a new housing offer by email will also be given an adjusted timeline to complete these tasks based on the date of their offer. Their deadline will not necessarily be July 1.]

  • Students who require special housing accommodations due to a disability or underlying medical condition should submit their request for accommodation to the Student Disability Access Center (SDAC). This year, this includes requests due to an underlying medical condition that would put a student at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. SDAC has extended the deadline for requesting accommodations to July 1, 2020.

What Hasn’t Changed

  • All incoming transfer students need to submit their ID photo to the UVA ID Office so that their University ID may be created. Students living on Grounds won't receive a move-in date unless an ID photo has been submitted.
  • We remain devoted to providing a dynamic residential experience and communities that support the University’s academic, social, and cultural goals.

Your assistance, as well as your patience with these procedures - which are new to all of us - is greatly appreciated. ciated. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at housingassignments@virginia.edu.

We look forward to welcoming you to Grounds!
UVA Housing & Residence Life

RETURNING UPPERCLASS STUDENTS -- JUNE 18, 2020

Dear Student,

We hope this email finds you safe and well! All of us at Housing & Residence Life (HRL) have been hard at work determining the best and safest plans for your return to Grounds for the fall 2020 semester. We know that you have been eagerly anticipating additional information, and we write today with specific housing details as a follow-up to President Ryan's June 17 email.

There is no question that the UVA experience this fall will be different. You may be taking online courses from your room, community spaces will have new distancing and restricted occupancy expectations, and policies will change in order to help maintain a healthy environment. We are committed to protecting the health and safety of our residents while minimizing the spread of COVID-19 within our community.

To promote our mutual success, we require your participation as an active partner in these efforts.

What's Changed

The following decisions have been made in consultation with public health and medical experts, who in turn are basing their recommendations on the current status of this worldwide health crisis.

  • You will need to log into the housing portal to indicate whether you plan to live on Grounds in Fall 2020. After you've logged into the portal, click on “Fall 2020” in the navigation menu to access the steps you need to take. If you no longer plan to attend in-person classes in Charlottesville or do not feel comfortable living on Grounds and accepting the responsibilities outlined in the COVID-19 policy referenced below, you can request release from your housing agreement on the portal.
     
    You will need to complete this task by July 1, 2020 in order to receive your assigned move-in date. Note that traffic may be heavy on the housing portal. If you are not able to log in at your first attempt, we ask you to wait a few hours and then try again.
  • All students who indicate they will will reside in on-Grounds housing are required to agree to the COVID-19 policy and a COVID-19 addendum to their housing contract. The COVID-19 policy includes new student responsibilities such as social distancing, wearing a face covering, and following quarantine and isolation protocols. Changes made by HRL include closing some community spaces in residential areas and limiting guests in the residence halls. Policy details are available in your account and on the HRL website.
  • Students who require special housing accommodations due to a disability or underlying medical condition should submit their request for accommodation to the Student Disability Access Center (SDAC). This year, this includes requests due to an underlying medical condition that would put a student at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. SDAC has extended the deadline for requesting accommodations to July 1, 2020.

What Hasn’t Changed

  • At this time, upperclass students with a housing assignment for 2020-2021 will be able to remain in their assigned housing. The possibility always exists of reassignment due to evolving health safety concerns.
  • We remain devoted to providing a dynamic residential experience and communities that support the University’s academic, social, and cultural goals.

Your assistance, as well as your patience with these procedures - which are new to all of us - is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at housingassignments@virginia.edu.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Grounds!
UVA Housing & Residence Life

GRADUATE AND FACULTY/STAFF RESIDENTS -- JUNE 24, 2020

Dear Resident,

We hope this email finds you safe and well! All of us at Housing & Residence Life (HRL) have been hard at work determining the best and safest plans for the return to Grounds for the fall 2020 semester. We know that you have been eagerly anticipating additional information, and we write today with specific housing details as a follow-up to President Ryan's June 17 email.

There is no question that the UVA experience this fall will be different. You may be participating in online courses from your room, community spaces will have new distancing and restricted occupancy expectations, and policies will change in order to help maintain a healthy environment. We are committed to protecting the health and safety of our residents while minimizing the spread of COVID-19 within our community.

To promote our mutual success, we require your participation as an active partner in these efforts.

What's Changed

The following decisions have been made in consultation with public health and medical experts, who in turn are basing their recommendations on the current status of this worldwide health crisis.

  • All those who indicate they will will reside in on-Grounds housing are required to agree to the COVID-19 policy and a COVID-19 addendum to their housing contract. The COVID-19 policy includes new resident responsibilities such as social distancing, wearing a face covering, and following quarantine and isolation protocols. Changes made by HRL include  limiting guests in the residence halls. Policy details are available on the HRL website inder "COVID-19 Policy."
  • You will need to log into the housing portal to indicate whether you plan to live on Grounds for the 2020-2021 academic year. After you've logged into the portal, click on “Fall 2020” in the navigation menu to access the steps you need to take. If you no longer plan to be part of in-person classes in Charlottesville or do not feel comfortable living on Grounds and accepting the responsibilities outlined in the COVID-19 policy referenced below, you can request release from your housing agreement on the portal. There will be no early termination fee associated with this release, as long as it is requested by July 10.
     
    You will need to complete this task by July 10, 2020. If you are not able to log in at your first attempt, we ask you to wait a few hours and then try again.
  • If you are already residing in Graduate and Faculty/Staff Housing, you must also complete the steps on the housing portal either agreeing to the COVID-19 policy and addendum or requesting a release by July 10. If you do not complete these steps by the deadline, your housing agreement will be terminated and you will need to move out of your housing by July 17, 2020. If you elect to be released, you must also move out by July 17, 2020.
     
    If you have not yet moved in and you do not complete the steps on the housing portal by July 10, your housing agreement will be cancelled and the space will be offered to another applicant.
  • Students who require special housing accommodations due to a disability or underlying medical condition that would put a student at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should submit their request for accommodation to the Student Disability Access Center (SDAC). SDAC has extended the deadline for requesting accommodations to July 1, 2020.

What Hasn’t Changed

  • At this time, Graduate and Faculty/Staff residents with a housing assignment for 2020-2021 will be able to remain in their assigned housing. The possibility always exists of reassignment due to evolving health safety concerns.
  • We remain devoted to providing a dynamic residential experience and communities that support the University’s academic, social, and cultural goals.

Your assistance, as well as your patience with these procedures - which are new to all of us - is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at housingassignments@virginia.edu.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Grounds!
UVA Housing & Residence Life

POLICY CONCERNING RELEASE FROM UNDERGRADUATE ON-GROUNDS HOUSING -- JUNE 26, 2020

Dear Student,

We write today to share a clarified policy concerning your return to Grounds that we hope eases your decision-making process about on-Grounds housing for fall 2020.

The policy allows you greater flexibility over your housing situation for the fall, should you find that the number of your classes being conducted online is significantly larger than you were expecting. If you choose to live on Grounds by July 1 and later decide that you wish to take your classes remotely for the fall semester, Housing & Residence Life will release you from your on-Grounds housing agreement with no penalty, provided you contact us by August 5. This gives you a month to assess your July 1 housing decision. Incoming first-years released from their on-Grounds housing agreement are required to live at home, consistent with our fall 2020 housing policies for first-year students.

To request a release, you must notify us via email by Wednesday, August 5, 2020. Please note that this new policy does not replace your July 1 requirements to share your housing plans and agree to the COVID-19 policy and addendum on the housing portal, and to submit a photo for your University ID (if you are an incoming student). The new policy simply allows for release from your housing agreement between July 1 and August 5 in this limited circumstance unique to fall 2020 housing.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at housing@virginia.edu.

Sincerely,
UVA Housing & Residence Life

POLICY CONCERNING RELEASE FROM GRADUATE AND FACULTY/STAFF ON-GROUNDS HOUSING -- JULY 14, 2020

Dear Resident,

We write today to share a policy that we hope eases your decision-making process about on-Grounds housing for the 2020-2021 academic year. The policy allows you greater flexibility over your housing situation, should you find that the number of your classes being conducted online is significantly larger than you were expecting.

If you previously signed an on-Grounds housing agreement but now wish to participate in classes remotely, Housing & Residence Life will release you from your on-Grounds housing agreement with no penalty, provided you contact us by August 5.

To request a release, you must notify us via email by Wednesday, August 5, 2020. If you have already moved into your on-Grounds housing and you request a release, you will need to move out by August 12.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at housingassignments@virginia.edu.

Sincerely,
UVA Housing & Residence Life

 


Frequently Asked Questions

 

Housing Agreements and Availability

I'm an incoming first-year student. Will I be required to live on Grounds?

Our long-standing policy is that all incoming first-year students are required to live on Grounds. We are modifying that policy for this year to allow students to remain in their home communities with their parents, guardians, or others. First-year students would be breaching the University's policy if they leased or lived in apartments in the local community.

I’m an upperclass student planning to live on Grounds. Will there be changes to my dorm assignment?

At this time, upperclass students with a housing assignment for 2020-2021 will be able to remain in their assigned housing. The possibility always exists of reassignment due to evolving health and safety concerns.

If I cancel or don’t sign an on-Grounds housing contract for the full 2020-2021 academic year, can I still apply for housing for spring 2021?

Yes. Please note that housing is not guaranteed and is subject to availability.

For undergraduate students, the housing application process for the spring semester typically begins on November 1, with offers made on a rolling basis beginning in mid-November.

Graduate students may submit a Graduate and Faculty/Staff - 2020-21 housing application and request a January 2021 move-in date on their application.

Will there be an adjustment to housing and dining charges due to schedule changes?

In response to the schedule changes for housing and dining services due to COVID-19, the University will provide adjustments to undergraduate housing and dining charges for the Fall 2020 semester. The adjustments will be processed beginning September 21.

Housing adjustments for undergraduate on-Grounds housing residents with move-in dates between August 31 and September 18 will range from $255 to $310. The amount will be based on the student's assigned residence. Undergraduate students with move-in dates prior to August 31 will not receive the housing adjustment. This includes students housed in delayed opening, quarantine, or isolation housing prior to August 31.

What if I want to cancel my on-Grounds housing contract after I chose to live on Grounds?

If you decide that you wish to remotely participate in online classes only, Housing & Residence Life will release you from your on-Grounds housing agreement. For undergraduates, there is no penalty provided you contact us by August 24, 2020. For residents of graduate and faculty/staff housing, the deadline for release without penalty is August 5, 2020. Incoming first-years released from their on-Grounds housing agreement are required to live at home, consistent with our fall 2020 housing policies.

If you request to be released from your 2020-2021 on-Grounds housing agreement after the deadline above to remotely participate in online classes only:

  • For undergraduate housing, you will receive a partial refund equivalent to the housing charge less $1,000 to cover fixed costs associated with operating University housing. No refunds will be issued after the beginning of the seventh week of each semester.
  • For graduate housing residents, an early termination fee of $1,000 will apply. No early termination will be approved during the final three months of your housing agreement.
  • In light of the uncertain nature of the pandemic, the housing release terms the University is offering above represent a more generous refund than typically allowed by the on-Grounds housing contract terms and conditions for undergraduate students, and a lower early termination fee than what’s specified in housing contracts for graduate students.

To request a release, you must notify us via email to housingassignments@virginia.edu. If you have already moved in, your release will be effective on the date you notify us of your departure via email, your room is verified to be vacant, and keys (if applicable) are received by Housing & Residence Life.

Given the two-week delay for the fall, how does this affect the on-Grounds move-in schedule?

Due to the delay, all current move-in appointments for undergraduate students will be cancelled (with the exception of those living on the Lawn). Housing & Residence Life will contact students in the coming weeks with an updated move-in schedule. Move-in appointments for students living on the Lawn and for graduate housing residents are not affected by the two-week delay.

What if I need financial assistance due to the delayed opening this fall?

The University has set up an application process for students to request financial assistance to support their food and housing or other emergency needs directly related to the delayed opening. Delayed Opening Assistance is intended to support undergraduate students who are planning to live on Grounds, who receive financial aid, and are full-time degree-seeking students. For more information, see the Delayed Opening Assistance webpage. If you have questions about Delayed Opening Assistance, email emergencyfunding@virginia.edu.

What happens if I'm not able to move in on my planned date?

If you will arrive after your assigned move-in date, you must inform Housing & Residence Live via email to housingassignments@virginia.edu. Students and faculty/staff residents who arrive after their housing agreement begins will not have any housing charges waived or pro-rated for arriving late.

I am an international student and want to live on Grounds, but am waiting for my visa or travel arrangements. What should I do?

We recognize that some international students are experiencing delays in visa processing that may prevent them from relocating to Charlottesville by the beginning of the fall semester. In addition, we understand that these issues may not be resolved by the stated deadline for students to request release from their on-Grounds housing commitment.

If you do not have clarity regarding your ability to enroll in person at the University for the fall semester, you should request a release from your on-Grounds housing agreement before the stated deadline. This course of action will ensure that you do not incur financial obligations for housing that you may not be able to use if you experience visa issues throughout the semester.

Should you request to be released from your housing agreement and later find that you will be able to travel to the United States, please email Housing & Residence Life with your projected arrival date. We can assist at that point by identifying the housing options that are available to you. Even if there is no on-Grounds housing availability at that time, you will still have housing options in Charlottesville, and we can help direct you to off-Grounds housing resources.

Do you anticipate ending up with empty rooms this fall? If so, can students be reassigned to singles for health and safety reasons?

Additional spaces may become available as some students cancel their housing contracts. Students who wish to request reassignment to a single room for health and/or safety reasons should submit their Request for Housing Accommodation to the Student Disability Access Center (SDAC).

How does my decision to live on or off Grounds affect my priority for 2021-2022 housing?

At this time we expect that rising second-year students will continue to have priority before rising third- and fourth-year students, and that students living on Grounds will have priority before students living off Grounds. Given those assumptions, we expect the priority order for 2021-2022 upperclass housing will be:

  1. Current on-Grounds residents in upperclass areas and residential colleges who are returning to their same housing area
  2. Rising second-years who live on Grounds in 2020-2021
  3. Rising second-years who live off Grounds in 2020-2021
  4. Rising third- and fourth-years who live on Grounds in 2020-2021 but want to move to a different housing area
  5. Rising third- and fourth-years who live off Grounds in 2020-2021 but want to move on Grounds

More complete details about the returning student application process for 2021-2022 will be available during the fall 2020 semester.

 

Roommates

Will students be housed in doubles?

Double rooms will continue to be the default option for housing incoming first-year students.

If my roommate decides not to return for either semester, will I be assigned a random roommate?

Housing & Residence Life will fill any vacancies as it deems appropriate. If there is a vacancy in a room, suite, or apartment before or after move-in, any student who has applied for housing may be assigned there. Students may contact the Housing & Residence Life assignments office at housingassignments@virginia.edu if they would like to request someone who wishes to take the vacated space. However, we cannot guarantee that these requests can be accommodated.

 

Fall 2020 Residential Experience

What will be different about the student residential experience?

The residential experience is an important part of life at the University of Virginia. In public spaces, students will be expected to follow all university and public health guidelines including the use of PPE and social distancing. There will be guidelines for communal bathrooms, including assigning students to specific sinks, stalls, and showers, and limiting the number of students at any given time. Public areas in residence halls will undergo increased cleaning efforts and hand sanitizer stands will be readily available. All students will be provided two cloth face coverings, two 2-ounce containers of hand sanitizer and a touch-tool, which is meant to assist in tasks such as opening doors and punching keypads, hands free.

Is it possible to request housing accommodations if I have an underlying medical condition?

When applying for on-Grounds housing, students may request accommodations through the Student Disability Access Center (SDAC).

What about shared bathrooms and common spaces in residence halls?

Shared bathrooms and common spaces will be available to students and will require that students adhere to university and public health guidelines. Students will be assigned to sinks, stalls, and showers, and we will limit the number of students allowed in a communal bathroom at any given time. All public spaces in residence halls will be undergoing increased cleanings.

 

COVID-19 Precautions

Can I move into University housing if I'm currently in isolation or quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19?

Per University policy, you cannot move in to on-Grounds housing if you are in isolation or quarantine.  Please discuss with your local Health Department or physician to determine when your isolation and quarantine period has ended. Please email Housing & Residence Life (housing@virginia.edu) with these dates so we can prepare for your arrival.

How will COVID-19 safety precautions be reinforced in the residence halls?

Resident Advisors will provide training for dorm residents at the beginning of the year on rules and regulations pertaining to COVID-19 and how they apply to housing and residence life. If students have questions, Resident Advisors will be able to direct them to additional resources. Failure to comply with University requirements may result in disciplinary action in accordance with relevant policies.

What types of special cleaning services will housekeeping be providing in the residence halls and classrooms?

The University will substantially increase cleaning services in all public areas, including dorms and academic spaces.

How are we isolating students who contract COVID-19?

First, it’s helpful to note that isolation and quarantine are different terms. Isolation refers to cases where an individual has a confirmed infection. Quarantine refers to situations where an individual has been exposed but may or may not be infected. The University has set aside housing for both the isolation and quarantine of students who reside in University housing.