These plans are based on federal, state, and local regulations and guidance available at this time, as well as public health recommendations. As the situation with COVID-19 is fluid, they are subject to change.
Campus Housing Protocols
On campus residence halls, apartments, and campus houses will be open and operational for Fall 2020. Residence halls and apartments will open with new protocols in place. This section will help provide information you need to live in on-campus housing.
Move-in – General Information
Move-in will take place over an extended time period with fewer students permitted to move in per time frame. Social distancing procedures for students and staff will be in place. More details, such as how to sign up for a move-in time, will be provided in separate communication from the Residence Life Office by July 24.
Students are limited to bring no more than two guests with them for move-in. Students have been required to complete a pre-arrival online screening form. For the safety of our campus community, guests must self-screen within 24 hours prior to coming to campus, using the same criteria:
- In the last 14 days, have you traveled outside the United States?
- Do you have new or worsening onset of any of the following symptoms?
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Nausea or vomiting
- Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees
- Congestion or runny nose
- Have you tested positive for COVID-19 OR have you been tested for COVID-19 and are currently awaiting results?
- Have you been in close contact with someone who is lab-confirmed positive for COVID-19?
If you answer YES to any of these questions, please do not come to campus to assist students.
Move-In for New Students
- New student move-in will occur on August 8. New students will receive a placard to hang from their rearview mirror. The placard will be sent both through the mail and email; it will show your designated move-in time, room number, and a map with move-in location information.
- Upon arrival students will drive to their location at their designated time, have their car unloaded, and go directly to their room for as contactless a check-in process as possible.
Stop, Drop, and Go
Family and friends helping with move-in (no more than two, please) are encouraged to “Stop, Drop, and Go”:
- Stop -- Before arriving on campus, if your student needs some extra items for his/her residence, please stop at one of the local stores. This will assist in reducing population density and multiple trips on and off campus. If you need to make a second trip onto campus, please be as brief as possible.
- Drop -- Deliver your student's luggage/belongings to their residence and help them settle in. Guests must properly wear a face covering at all times on campus, and limit their time to no more than three hours.
- Go -- It's time for a hug and well wishes as you depart. Your student will have lots of available support and a fun and busy schedule for orientation. You are encouraged to stay in frequent touch with your student!
Optional Contactless Move-In
New students who wish to have less contact with others will have the opportunity to sign up for a contactless move-in. Contactless move-in will take place on Friday, August 7, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Information will be sent to new students about how to register for limited spots to participate in contactless move-in.
Students choosing to participate in contactless move-in will be responsible for moving their own items. If up to two family and friends assist you, please follow the same “Stop, Drop and Go” protocols shown above.
Move-in for Returning Students
- Returning students will sign up for move-in times that are staggered to promote social distancing.
- Returning students will receive instructions from their residence director regarding how to register for a move-in date and time.
- If up to two family and friends assist you, please follow the same “Stop, Drop and Go” protocols shown above.
Common Spaces in Housing
- Students will not be required to wear a face covering while in their personal room, suite, or apartment, but face coverings are required when students walk down hallways, in common areas, elevators, inside stairwells, or any other spaces.
- Students will be asked to limit group gatherings and maintain at least 6 feet of social distance at all times.
- College activities will be organized with social distancing practices and the need to limit the density of group gatherings in mind.
- Although residence hall lounge areas will be open for use, each will have a maximum number of individuals who may be present at one time. This maximum capacity number will be posted in each room. Students must maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing and wear face coverings at all times in residence hall lounge areas.
Visitors and Guests on Campus
- Visitors or guests that are not UMHB students will not be permitted in any campus housing facilities at this time.
- Only students assigned to their residence hall room or apartment bedroom will be allowed in those spaces.
- Visitors and guests that are UMHB students are permitted to visit residence hall and apartment common spaces in accordance with the Guide to Campus Housing visitation policies and posted social distancing requirements.
- This policy may change as health and safety protocols evolve throughout the 2020-2021 academic year.
- Student should maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing at all times, follow all posted guidelines, and wear their face covering except for when showering, brushing their teeth, washing their face, applying make-up, or shaving.
- Students should not place toothbrushes on counters. Instead, carry them in a travel toothbrush case. Using bathroom totes can help limit contact of personal items with counter surfaces.
- Students are expected to leave community bathrooms neat.
- Bathrooms will be regularly cleaned by the university’s custodial staff.
- Keep kitchens neat and clean.
- Students should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, or eating utensils. Non-disposable food service items should be washed with dish soap and hot water or in a dishwasher. Wash hands after handling food service items.
- Use gloves when removing garbage bags and handling and disposing of trash.
- Laundry room capacities will be posted in each living facility to maintain social distancing.
- Face coverings must be worn when using the laundry facilities.
- Guidelines will be posted for washing instructions and handling of dirty laundry.
- When using a community laundry room, UMHB students should be mindful of the time it takes to complete a load of laundry. Students should not leave their laundry unattended.
Move-Out at End of Fall Semester
- Since classes will end before the Thanksgiving holiday, the residence halls will close on Tuesday, November 24, at 7:00 p.m.
- Specific move out procedures will be provided to students by their residence director.
- Only students who have been granted exemptions may continue to reside in campus housing during the winter break. Examples of exemptions include athletics, international students, or students with extenuating circumstances. Students should contact their residence director to obtain a form to request a move-out exemption.
- Students who are returning to the same campus housing space for Spring 2021 semester will be permitted to leave their belongings in their rooms during the winter break. As always, UMHB assumes no responsibility for theft, loss, or damage to student belongings, and students are encouraged to obtain renter’s insurance.
- Students may return to the residence halls for the Spring 2021 semester on January 10, 2021. Students who live in apartments and campus houses should discuss the allowable move-in date with their residence director.
Unanticipated Move-Out due to Isolation Protocols
Although the university has taken many steps to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19, students who develop symptoms will typically be required to isolate off-campus. Students should have a plan for alternate accommodations and transportation off campus, should this occur.
Page last updated July 30, 2020