COVID-19 Housing Updates
This page provides information about changes to Residence Life and housing processes due to COVID-19. We will provide updates as we know more. Updated August 25
2020-2021 Housing Structure
- All residence halls rooms are single occupancy, so students will not be able to live with roommates (with the exception of double Birchwoods and RCAs, which will remain double occupancy)
- The Language House program does not have dedicated residential space this year and the rooms in those houses are for returning students regardless of their involvement with a language
- Living options are not offered this year
- First-year and transfer students were organized into residential “pods” or cohort groups. This means students who are signed up for the same classes may be grouped together. From a public health perspective, this is a health risk-reduction measure because it fosters conducting all activities in small groups that remain together over time. The residential pods vary in size from 10 to 26 students, depending on the architecture of the residence halls. The pods were formed according to two of your fall semester courses: an in-person course and your Humanities 110 section (the yearlong Humanities course required for all first-year students). There were some exceptions to how the pods are formed, e.g., transfer students are less likely to have common courses but may be grouped in a pod.
- Returning students were assigned rooms by Res Life staff based on their preferences, student status, and assignment time slot. Students were not able to select their own rooms.
Residence Hall Commons Rooms & Kitchens
To further reduce the possibility of virus transmission through social gatherings, residence hall common spaces and kitchen areas were closed on Saturday, August 22 until further notice. Students may access kitchen spaces to fill water bottles and use the refrigerator or microwave. The only exception to using the kitchen for cooking is for the limited number of students who have an accommodation on record with Residence Life for meal plan exemption. Since we are in the midst of student arrivals and testing, it is imperative that we take time to assess the data (test results, daily health check, campus behavioral survey, and the Oregon Health Authority dashboard) before making a decision to reopen these spaces. This decision will be made in conjunction with our medical providers and the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Group.
Cleaning: Residence Halls and Houses
Custodians will be cleaning and disinfecting restrooms, social rooms, and kitchens, Monday - Friday from 10am - 12pm and 2 - 4pm
A custodian will only disable one bathroom at a time, so students are permitted to access another bathroom if necessary during the cleaning time frame.
Students can help this process by doing the following:
- Limit time spent in common spaces during these times and stay out of the bathrooms, kitchens, and social rooms when possible while custodians are actively cleaning them
- Respect barriers put across doors and signage indicating cleaning is happening and don't enter the room when those are up
ResLife will collect feedback and information after classes start so Facilities can refine the cleaning time frames to maximize natural use patterns.
Expectations for 2020-2021 Residents
On-campus housing looks very different from how it has in past years. Students were asked to sign an addendum to the housing contract that has information about mask wearing, social distancing, cleaning and travel agreements, and a variety of other measures to help maintain the health and safety of residents. Students were asked to carefully consider whether or not they will be able to abide by these expectations before confirming their interest in living on campus.
Interested In Living On Campus This Fall?
Please note that this form is only to express interest in living on campus and does not guarantee housing.