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Summary of Residence Hall COVID-19 Policies

The following is a summary of the residence hall COVID-19 policies that remain in place for the health and safety of our residential students and staff.  Residents with repeated or intentional violations of these standards may experience the cancellation of their housing contract for the year.

COVID-19 Vaccination

Getting your COVID-19 vaccine is the best way you can contribute to a typical, in-person experience at Carolina this fall and to prevent the spread of the virus. Prior to coming to campus, you should complete the COVID-19 Vaccination Certification in ConnectCarolina. Under the Student Honor Code, you are expected to provide truthful information on your vaccination status and date. 

Carolina Together Testing Program

The University plans to use your vaccination status to determine participation in the Carolina Together Testing Program, including requirements for re-entry testing prior to move-in and for regular monitoring tests. 

Students who have not attested to being vaccinated will be required to test twice weekly beginning Monday, August 23rd. 

Quarantine and Isolation Requirements

The University plans to use your vaccination status to determine participation in contact tracing requirements and in quarantine and isolation requirements. For unvaccinated individuals and for vaccinated individuals who test positive, the University will continue to provide a limited number of quarantine/isolation spaces and ensure that we are providing appropriate care and support resources in those locations in compliance with public health guidelines. Residential students will be required to relocate to the isolation and/or quarantine buildings if they are instructed to do so by Campus Health or the Orange County Health Department.  Detailed information can be found on the Carolina Together and the Carolina Housing websites.

Masks/Face Coverings

Residents will not be required to wear a covering/mask in their assigned residence hall room/suite/apartment when the door is closed. Residential students must comply with the current University requirements for face coverings and face masks while indoors in residence hall common areas such as restrooms, lobbies, elevators, and stairwells. Detailed information can be found on the Carolina Together website.

Guests must be masked the entire time they are in the residence halls.  Residents must be masked in their assigned residence hall room/suite/apartment when guests are present.

What is the expectation for students wearing a mask in common areas? 

In accordance with the University’s guideline on face coverings and face masks,   you will be expected to wear a face covering/mask while indoors in your suite/apartment and in residence hall restrooms, lobbies, elevators, stairwells, and other common areas. However, you will not be required to wear a covering/mask while in your assigned residence hall room with the door closed. Residents who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused service by a Carolina Housing staff member until they put on a mask.  Willful violations of these guidelines may result in loss of privilege to live in the residence halls.

We recognize there are intricacies in expectations around mask wearing, specifically in bathrooms and kitchens. Carolina Housing expects that students will wear masks in all common areas of residential buildings. However, we understand that students will need to briefly remove their masks for hygienic reasons while in the bathroom (i.e. brushing teeth, washing face, etc). We do expect student students will wear their masks to and from the bathroom. Students must wear masks in all other common areas, including kitchens and hallways.

What is the expectation for Carolina Housing Staff, including Resident Advisors, to enforce the University mask or occupancy standards? 

For all of our new expectations around health and safety, we expect there will be an adjustment period to help our students understand the guidance. In the effort to support this, Carolina Housing staff will remind students of the new expectations when we see a violation. If a student violates the policy multiple times, Carolina Housing may report the incidents to the university per the University’s Community Standards and guideline on face coverings and face masks.

If the violations are in conjunction with violations of the community living standards or University alcohol policy, students will also be referred through our Conduct Process.

Visitation

Standard visitation guidelines will be in place for all residence halls with the following exceptions:

  • In addition to any residents present, the number of guests permitted is two (2) in a residence hall room and four (4) in an apartment.
  • In an abundance of caution, overnight guests continue to be prohibited until further notice.
  • Guests must be masked the entire time they are in the residence halls.  Residents must be masked in their assigned residence hall room/suite/apartment when guests are present.

What is the expectation for Resident Advisors enforcing the visitation policy in Common Spaces?

For all of our new expectations around health and safety, we expect there will be an adjustment period to help our students understand the guidance. In the effort to support this, Carolina Housing staff will remind students of the new expectations when we see a violation. Carolina Housing staff will not be conducting random ID Checks. We are trusting and expecting our students to follow the University Community Standards.  Carolina Housing staff will respond to reports of disruptive behavior. During these incidents, if a student does not live in the community of the incident, it will be documented and they will be asked to leave.

If the violations are in conjunction with violations of the community living standards or University alcohol policy, students will also be referred through our Conduct Process.

Suite/Apartment Changes

For the health and wellbeing of residents, suite/apartment changes will be approved on a limited basis based on the circumstances relevant to each room change request. 

I am not getting along with my suitemate/roomate. Can I change rooms? 

For the health and wellbeing of our residents, only departmentally initiated room changes will be allowed after residents move into their rooms.  This is necessary in order to minimize disruption to the “family unit” created in the rooms.  Depending on emerging public health needs and the need for additional campus isolation or quarantine spaces, residents may be required to relocate permanently to another room/building on relatively short notice.  Residents are encouraged to bring only the minimum number of belongings required for the semester.

My roommate or suitemate is sick. Can I move rooms temporarily or permanently? 

Unfortunately, Carolina Housing does not have the ability to move a student based on their roommate being sick. Carolina Housing only moves a student for medical need when Campus Health recommends we do so. In this situation, we relocate the sick student for a designated time period. 

Use of Common Areas and Amenities

Common areas in the residence halls will be open for resident use as long as mask requirements, physical distancing, posted occupancy limits, and other rules are followed. Some of the current protocols are as follows: 

  • Elevators will operate at normal capacity limits unless otherwise indicated by signage in the elevator. Residents who are able to use the stairs are encouraged to do so (especially those who live on lower floors).
  • Water fountains, ice machines, vending machines, and water bottle refill stations will operate as normal.

ResNET Operations

ResNET student and professional staff provide individual and building-wide technology assistant to residents (printing, connection issues, etc.).  Residential Computing Consultants (RCCs) reside in all residence halls and can provide in-room or in-lounge support to residents, as well as virtual support through Microsoft Teams or Zoom.  Masks must be worn at all time that students are interacting with RCCs, including when support is being provided in residence hall rooms.

Package Center Operations

Three on-campus package centers (located in Hinton James, Morrison and Spencer) each service specific residence halls. Mail and packages addressed to residents are delivered to their respective package center. Residents receive notifications when their mail is available for pick-up. The package centers may operate on a modified schedule, with strict adherence to mask and physical distancing requirements.

Community Office Operations

Each building/collection of buildings has a Community Office that serves as the hub for service delivery in the building(s). These offices will operate using current mask and physical distancing guidelines. Please note that some enhancement items typically available for resident checkout (cooking equipment, etc.) may have limited the availability. 

Residential Staffing, Programs and Events

Residence hall programming will be offered in-person, when possible, and virtually when necessary to comply with the current University requirements for gatherings and events.  All in-person residence hall events will abide by university masking and physical distancing requirements. Attendance at these events may also be limited as needed to comply with public health guidelines and by the limitations of the event location.  Further information can be found on the Carolina Together website.

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