Housing Information During COVID-19

 

Campus Housing After Thanksgiving

University Housing will remain open when the University switches to remote instruction. If students are not returning to campus for the spring semester and choose to formally check out of their residence hall at Thanksgiving, they will be able to request a reimbursement for the final 3 weeks of the fall semester. However, if students are returning in the spring semester, then they are welcome to leave their belongings in their residence hall room between semesters and will not receive a reimbursement of housing fees.

Spring Semester Housing

SUU is planning on operating just like fall semester for spring 2021, with the semester starting on January 11. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation very closely and will make adjustments if necessary. We do not plan to go entirely remote as a campus, and will isolate areas of campus or classes if there is an outbreak. If the University is required by the Governor’s Office or Health Department to move to remote instruction, there will be an adjustment to university housing contracts for students who live in university housing. Students who live off-campus would have to work with their landlords on a possible shift to their contracts.

Cleaning & Safety

Hand sanitizing stations are available in the lobbies of every University Housing residential facility. Exterior doors will be propped open during business hours to provide additional airflow and to minimize contact with common area high-touch surfaces as much as possible. University Housing housekeeping staff regularly be passing through the buildings to disinfect these surfaces as well as elevator buttons, doors, and handles.

In keeping with the University’s desire to provide as “normal” experience as possible for students, all common space areas within University Housing (bathrooms, lobbies, kitchens) will be kept open with the exception of the small gym in Founders Hall. A clear, plastic partition has been installed in the main University Housing office to provide a barrier between customer and staff as a 6-ft minimal distance is typically not observed in this space.

Signs have been posted encouraging you to follow and observe CDC and regional health guidelines to prevent possible virus transmission. All residents are encouraged to purchase cleaning supplies, face coverings and masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes.

Household Units

Consistent with our public health guidance, all individuals living in the same suite or apartment are considered a “household”. If an individual is experiencing symptoms (fever, cough, vomiting), they should report these symptoms to the Residence Life Staff. The student experiencing symptoms will be asked to isolate and be assigned to a room within the designated isolation spaces for a period of 14 days after a positive test result. If the student has not taken a test, it will be recommended and the student will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days in the new assigned space.

Roommates who have been living with the student will be likely to be contacted by the The Southwest Utah Public Health Department contact tracing team. Roommates should self-quarantine in their current space for 14 days if they are exposed to an individual with symptoms or a positive COVID test result.

Protocols for Quarantine and Isolation

To fully prepare to contain potential outbreaks for students who live in on-campus housing, SUU will implement the following protocols for quarantine/isolation halls:

Isolation

Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate from others for 14 days or 3 days post symptom, whichever is longer. Students can return to their permanent residence if they so choose or may utilize University-owned apartments while in isolation. If these beds all fill, the University has arrangements with local hotels for additional isolation beds.

SUU will utilize the Macbeth and Renaissance apartments as quarantine/isolation halls.  In these facilities there are 29 beds available for use.

  • In these apartments students will have a private bedroom and bathroom.
  • Students will have access to the internet so they are able to continue their schooling.
  • SUU will partner with SUU Dining Services to bring in meals and snacks for these individuals.
  • SUU will assist in providing other essential supplies as needed.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 or are feeling symptomatic, please contact the Resident Assistant On-Call for your building after hours or the University Housing office at (435) 586-7966 during business hours 8 am -5 pm M-F.
  • For a more extensive definition of ‘isolation’, please visit the CDC website.

Quarantine

Students who have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 will be asked to quarantine in their own apartment for 14 days.

Off-Campus Housing 

All students who have signed contracts with off-campus housing entities will need to discuss their own personal situation with the landlord prior to signing any contracts, including no face-to-face courses after Thanksgiving break. The university is not responsible for rent or fees for off-campus housing.

Students living off campus that test positive should follow the procedures outlined on the Testing, Contact Tracing, & Quarantine page.

Students living off-campus should self-isolate in their personal homes. They will not self-isolate in the campus building because it is safer for them to remain at their own home and not travel back and forth to campus while sick.

 

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