COVID-19 Residential Living Housing Updates

UW-Stevens Point Housing policies and procedures during COVID-19.

calendar image.JPG CURRENT HOUSING TIMELINE
  • November 25 | Start of Thanksgiving break at 6 p.m. 
    • Students will go into virtual learning for the remainder of the semester
  • December 14 - 18 | Final exams week 

sink image.JPGRESIDENCE HALL COMMUNITY STANDARDS

All residence hall students will be expected to abide by residence hall community standards which have been designed to support a healthy living environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. They include:

  • Masks (face coverings) – face coverings that cover mouth and nose are required in all public spaces (hallways, kitchens, lounges, computer labs, etc.) Face coverings are required when a student leaves their individual residence hall room/suite. Any guests to a student room/suite should wear a face covering. 
  • Social Distancing – students will be expected to physically distance at a 6-foot range in all common residence hall areas, when able. Common area furniture has been reorganized and or removed to allow for the physical distancing requirements. Furniture may not be moved since it has been strategically placed to keep students distanced. Modified maximum occupancy signage will be posted in all common spaces.
  • Physical Hygiene – students will be expected to maintain a basic level of cleanliness in their resident room. Proper and frequent handwashing is expected. Sanitizing stations will be placed at various entry and exit locations and students are expected to use the sanitizer when they enter and exit a building. 

Students who fail to cooperate with the community standards identified by Residential Living may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of their residence hall contract and/or suspension from the university. Every effort will be made to gain voluntary cooperation from a student before engaging in the formal disciplinary process. 

clipboard image.JPGPOLICES, SYMPTOM MONITORING, AND HEALTH EXPECTATIONS
  • Students are expected to self-monitor daily for COVID-19 symptoms. Any student who develops symptoms should immediately contact Student Health Service during normal business hours or the local health care system on evenings and weekends.
  • Students are highly encouraged to be up-to-date on vaccinations  

Residential Living Response to Possible/Confirmed COVID-19 Cases 

  • If you are named as a close contact, you will be called by a contact tracer from public health and instructed to quarantine. 
    • The placement of an individual in quarantine will be determined based on the specifics of their situation. 

  • If you are waiting for COVID-19 test results or have tested positive, you will be instructed to isolate. 
    • You will be provided with options regarding isolation.
    • UWSP has identified isolation space(s) on campus that may be used in this situation.
    • You will be provided with additional information regarding campus resources at that time. 

Contact Information
  • Student Health Service Office
    • Delzell Hall
    • 715-346-4752
    • Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed daily from noon to 1 p.m.) 


Quarantine/Isolation Bag 

In these uncertain times, the possibility exists that you may test positive for COVID-19, or be named as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. If this happens, you may have to leave your resident room for a period of quarantine or isolation. It is a good idea to have a pre-packed bag ready to go, in an easily accessible location within your resident room. We have a suggested list of items to consider packing, so you are prepared for 10-14 days.

COVID-19 quarantine/isolation bag:

  • Extra cell phone charger 
  • List of important phone numbers written out 
  • Prescription medications 
  • List of any medication allergies 
  • 10-14 changes of clothing 
    • Including undergarments and pajamas
  • Slippers or other footwear (we advise not walking around barefoot)
  • Shower sandals (for use within the bathrooms)
  • Pillow
  • Bed linens (bed linens will not be provided)
  • Fleece blanket
  • Laundry detergent
  • Thermometer
  • Body lotion
  • Chapstick
  • Feminine hygiene products, if applicable 
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste 
  • Shampoo and conditioner 
  • Hair comb/brush 
  • Hair ties 
  • Cough drops
  • Tylenol (to bring fever down, help with aches)
  • Vicks Rub (optional Mucinex DM or Robitussin Cough & Chest Congestion)
  • Tissues
  • Snacks, pre-packaged foods and Gatorade 
  • Cloth face coverings
  • Leisure items
    • Coloring book, with coloring materials 
    • Word find book
    • Deck of cards
    • Etc.

Guest Expectations

  • Limited guests will be allowed in the residence halls. Only other students living on-campus will be allowed in other residence hall buildings. No off-campus guests will be allowed in the residence halls, except for the student's designated initial move-in appointment. Hosts are required to check-in their guests upon arrival.  
  • Modified capacity limits must be followed in all individual rooms/suite spaces. The maximum capacity of a traditional residence hall room occupancy is four (4), and Suites@201 has a maximum capacity of eight (8) people per suite. Any additional people beyond the assigned occupants in a residence hall room/suite must be agreed upon by all roommates/suitemates prior to entry. Guests must abide by the mask policy.  

Ordering food – for delivery to the residence halls

  • Students who order food from an outside vendor (not including University Dining) or other external deliveries will need to meet the delivery person outside of the residence hall. 


building image.JPGFACILITY AVAILABILITY AND ACCESS

  • Front desks will be open during the 2020-21 school year.
    • Desks operations will be daily from noon - 8 p.m. 
    • NO equipment check-out (tools, board games, sporting equipment, cooking equipment, etc.) will occur.
    • Plexiglass has been installed at the front desk, for student and staff safety. 
    • Mail and packages will be handled with as little contact as possible. 
    • Vacuums and cleaning kits will be available for students to check out from the front desk. These items will be sanitized after reach use. 
  • Community Kitchen use will be limited.
    • Any use of the kitchen appliances and surfaces will require students to wipe down the unit before and after use with the provided cleaning equipment, in addition to the daily cleaning.
    • Personal cooking equipment may not be stored in the kitchen spaces.
    • Students are encouraged to purchase their own mid-sized refrigerator
      • You may have up to 5.4 cubic feet of refrigerated space in your room; this can be one 5.4 cubic ft. fridge or a combination of two smaller ones.
  • Recreational equipment (i.e. pool tables, ping-pong tables, etc.) will not be available for student use. 
  • Music rooms will be available for use. Only one person will be allowed at a time.
  • Drinking Fountains will be closed for community use. Bottle filling stations will remain open if the fountain has a bottle filler. 
  • Vending Machines will be stocked, students should use self-sanitizer before and after each use.
  • Elevators will be available for use. Only one occupant will be allowed in an elevator at a time. Exceptions will be made for members of a family during move-in and/or assigned roommates.
  • Traffic management guidelines will be developed for each hall and will include defined exits and entry doors when possible.
  • Laundry machines will be available for use. Students should use self-sanitizer before and after each use of the washer and dryer.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will continue to be placed in each hall lobby area. 

Thanksgiving Break
  • If students have spring housing, they can keep their belongings in their room
    • Students will need to follow a simple break check-out process that includes turning off room lights, turning on heat, taking out garbage, etc. (if they are leaving campus for extended periods of time during the break)
    • Students should take belongings that they will need for the extended time away from the residence halls 
    • There will be a registration process for students staying during this time 
      • More details about the registration process will be sent to their UWSP email in late October/early November regarding break registration
  • Students who do not have spring housing and who will be moving out will need to arrange a check-out time following our check-out process 
    • More details will be sent to the student's UWSP email in late October/early November regarding that process. 

 

mop and bucket image.JPGCLEANING AND DISINFECTING
  • Students are expected to clean and disinfect their rooms on a regular basis. Cleaning kits are available for checkout from the front desk during open desk hours.
  • Bathrooms will be closed once per day for deep cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Disinfecting will be done on all public areas such as handrails, elevator buttons, common areas, etc. twice per day.
  • Students are encouraged to bring additional cleaning supplies to keep their personal spaces clean and may want to consider bringing their own disinfecting wipes to clean fixtures prior to and after use. 


social image.JPGHALL STAFF AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
  • All of our residence halls will continue to be fully staffed with the following team members:
    • Residence Hall Directors (RHDs): are live-in professionals who supervise the student staff within their building. They are here to assist in your transition to college providing academic, social, wellness, and personal development support.

    • Resident Assistants (RAs): are upper-class students who live on the residence hall floors. They are your go-to-person for all concerns on your floor. Whether you want to get more involved, are in the middle of a roommate conflict, or are simply wanting a person to connect to, your RA is ready to assist you.

    • Desk Receptionists: are student staff who are the first point of contact to greet residents and guests and serve as a resource within the halls.

Although our planning for activities and programs may differ, we are still committed to providing many exciting ways to connect students to their hall community, and to UWSP as a whole. We are in the midst of planning both in-person programs and many virtual options in which students can participate. Safety measures/policies will be in place for in-person activities to protect participants and staff. 

Living on-campus still provides many benefits to residents including proximity to the academic buildings and dining services, access to campus information and resources, and connections to peers, diverse environments, and opportunities to meet a variety of individuals. 

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​COVID-19 University Updates

With the ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic, UW-Stevens Point continues to evaluate the situation daily. 

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