Housing & Residence Life

Autumn 2020 Housing & Residence Life Guidance

UChicago on-campus Housing & Residence Life has always sought to provide students with opportunities to live in vibrant, inclusive communities that engage and support students in their academic and non-academic endeavors. This fall, as we welcome students back to campus, we are focused on making our residence halls as safe as possible and are committed to continued excellence in supporting our residents. To that end, due to concerns of COVID-19, there are several changes we are implementing to reduce risk for all of Housing & Residence Life - students, staff, and faculty. 

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Residence Hall Bed Counts and Room Assignments

All residence hall floorplans have been carefully reviewed and all spaces physically inspected. We have made adjustments to our capacity and reduced density across campus by roughly 40 percent. All assignments are single occupancy with a bathroom designation. Students will be able to live in multi-person apartments and will be assigned to a single occupancy bedroom within those spaces.

  Traditional Singles and Doubles Suite Style Apartment Style
Bed Configuration Single Occupancy Single Occupancy Single Occupancy within bedrooms
Meal Plan Required Required Required
Ability to Prepare Food Refrigerator or MicroFridge not to exceed 4.0 cubic feet is the only food preparation appliance permitted Refrigerator or MicroFridge not to exceed 4.0 cubic feet is the only food preparation appliance permitted Yes
Bathroom Configuration Designated shared; 3:1 fixture count Private Private
Bathroom Plan for Use Small number of students utilize and scheduled use Students sharing bathroom collaboratively; will develop schedule for usage Students sharing bathroom collaboratively; will develop schedule for usage
Plan for Cleaning/Sanitation Facility Services will clean at increased intervals Students will be responsible for cleaning and maintaining their own bathroom Students will be responsible for cleaning and maintaining their own bathroom
Common Areas Closed Closed Apartments may have no more than one additional person per resident
Guest Guidelines Access to the residence halls is limited to the building residents only. No overnight visitors or guests are permitted. Access to the residence halls is limited to the building residents only. No overnight visitors or guests are permitted. Access to the residence halls is limited to the building residents only. No overnight visitors or guests are permitted.

Life in the Halls

As students and families consider their decision to come to campus for the fall quarter, please carefully review the important advisories and additional guidance and rules regarding community expectations for our residential population. Students will be asked to participate in and manage their own well-being and that of their community. Important information will continue to be provided by Housing & Residence Life and the University and we look forward our partnership with parents, families and students to ensure this year is safe and enjoyable for everyone. 

Move-In

Beginning with move-in, safety precautions will be in place. To allow students, their families, and staff to maintain a safe physical distance, later this summer students will select a specific move-in date and time window using the myHousing Portal. The move-in process has been modified and will extend over several days. Students may not move onto campus without a scheduled time. Students and their families should be prepared to select an alternative date and time should their first choice not be available. 

In order to help facilitate an easy move-in, please consider shipping your belongings to campus in advance. We will accept packages beginning September 8, 2020 and these items will be delivered to your room prior to your arrival. Bring only what is essential when you come to campus! Students will need to limit their move-in help to two friends or family members and carts will be available. Every person involved in move-in must wear a face covering and follow all posted guidelines concerning physical distancing and the use of designated pathways in buildings and elsewhere on campus. Please adhere to signage guidance on capacity limits in shared areas such as elevators and bathrooms.

As a Resident living on campus, the current health crisis will impact your housing experience. It is incumbent upon all of our community members, including you, to mitigate the spread of illness and keep our community as healthy and safe as possible.

Face Coverings

Per the University commitment to a safe campus environment, everyone is expected to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth at all times while in University Buildings, including campus residence halls (outside of personal rooms), UChicago Shuttles, and on the campus grounds when others are present. 

Students are expected to provide their own face coverings, whether made at home or purchased. Face coverings should be changed daily and disposable face coverings should be discarded daily.

Social Distancing

Limiting contact among people both on and off campus is critical. While on campus, you should remain at least 6 feet away from others. When walking in corridors and entries where you must pass someone close than 6 feet away, move with purpose. Please do not congregate in any areas of the Residence Halls. Please adhere to posted signage regarding number of occupants permitted in student bedroom, laundry rooms, and elevators. Community lounges, kitchens, music practice rooms, recreation rooms, and Resident Deans Commons have been temporarily closed. Housing & Residence Life will continue to be advised by the University as to when these spaces can be safely reopened for student use. 

Visitors

Residence Halls guest/visitor rules have been revised. Access to rooms and living spaces in all residence halls is limited to building residents only, at all times. Overnight guests, including family members, are not permitted.

Student Well-Being

Housing & Residence Life staff (Resident Heads and Resident Assistants) will be in residence this fall to support all students and provide virtual and when safe, in-person, programming. RHs and RAs will be regularly checking in with students virtually- please make sure to respond- in order to reduce person to person interactions. The Housing & Residence Life office is open 8:30am to 5pm weekdays, and an Assistant Director of Residence Life is on call at all other times to assist with urgent matters. 

The University and Housing & Residence Life are committed to the well-being of our students. The University has many resources to assist students during this unprecedented time including stress reduction tips, virtual wellness coaching, and mindful meditation. Please visit the Wellness resources available at https://wellness.uchicago.edu/. Students can also connect with mental health services at https://wellness.uchicago.edu/mental-health/.

Quarantine and Isolation Housing

Quarantine housing is used when a person has potentially been exposed to an illness and needs to separate from other people in order to see if they develop symptoms and become sick. Isolation housing is used when someone has symptoms or is confirmed to have an illness. See UChicago Protocol for COVID-19 Exposures.

If a student needs to go into quarantine, and they reside in on-campus housing, Housing & Residence Life will work with the student to ensure they are able to safely quarantine and have meals delivered to them. Students may need to relocate as needed to safeguard their health and that of their community. 

If a student needs to go into isolation, and they reside in on-campus housing, Housing & Residence Life will work with the student to ensure they are able to safely be in isolation and have meals delivered to them. Students may need to relocate as needed to safeguard their health and that of their community. 

The University has set aside student housing that will serve as quarantine and isolation accommodations for residential students. When a residential student is temporarily assigned to quarantine or isolation, the student will receive a detailed plan from Housing & Residence Life about the steps they need to take to prepare for their stay in temporary accommodations, including a “what to bring” list, information about self-care during the quarantine or isolation period, and contact information for assistance during the quarantine or isolation period.

While in quarantine or isolation, students will have full access to wireless internet in their accommodations, so they are able to attend classes remotely and participate in virtual student activities. The quarantine and isolation accommodations include UChicago Dining Services providing regular delivery of prepared meals for reheating, fresh fruit, produce, and dairy products. All quarantine and isolation spaces will contain a mini refrigerator or a kitchen with a microwave and refrigerator. Please note: HRL or UChicago Dining will reach out to students at the start of their stay in quarantine or isolation to inquire about food allergies and/or special diet requirements. All students in quarantine or isolation will refer to a medical professional advice regarding the amount of time needed to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.