COVID-19 Residential Living Housing Updates

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

calendar image.JPG CURRENT HOUSING TIMELINE
  • May 14 | Last day of classes for the spring semester
  • May 17-21 | Final exam week
  • May 22 | Commencement

post it_graphic.JPG Spring Semester Information (Spring 2021)

Spring Semester Antigen Testing 
Antigen testing will be REQUIRED weekly of ALL on-campus students beginning Monday, January 25. If you have checked-in to your residence hall, you are required to get tested weekly - there are no exceptions for not being on campus during that week. 

For more information, please go to the Policies, Procedures, Symptom Monitoring, and Health Expectations section of this webpage. 

Meal Plan Change Process 
Students who wish to change their meal plan for spring semester can do so now through January 29, 2021 in the UWSP Housing Portal

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, PROCEDURES, SYMPTOM MONITORING, AND HEALTH EXPECTATIONS

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.) 

Antigen Testing
Antigen testing will be REQUIRED weekly of ALL on-campus students beginning Monday, January 25. If you have checked-in to your residence hall, you are required to get tested weekly - there are no exceptions for not being on campus during that week. 

Failure to comply with weekly testing will result in eviction from housing immediately. Students who are evicted WILL be responsible for their full charge of housing and dining. 

  • Students should schedule their tests at http://covidappt.uwsp.edu/point
  • Testing will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, in the Berg Gym located in the Marshfield Clinic Health Systems Champions Hall 
  • Prior to arrival for each test, students MUST complete the online screening on the website link provided 
    • Screening is required within 48 hours of each test 
  • Students will need to bring their UWSP student ID as verification, on the day of testing 
  • After students are tested, they will be asked to wait for results (results will be shared privately)
    • Students should allow about 30 minutes for each test 
  • Students who have tested positive for Covid-19 should submit their test results to hlthsv@uwsp.edu 
    • Students are exempt from testing for 90-days after their positive test 
  • If you are symptomatic, please call Student Health Service at 715-346-4646 to be tested
    • DO NOT go to the antigen testing site 

Please be sure to complete the online COVID-19 Symptom Screening every day 

Capacity Limits
Modified capacity limits must be followed in all individual rooms/suites 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 face covering policy. 

Daily Symptom Screening
Students are expected to complete the online system screening daily, located on the COVID banner of the UWSP homepage. Students should contact Student Health Service and alert residence hall staff via email or phone call, if they are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms.

Drinking Fountains
Fountains will be closed for community use while bottle filling stations remain open. 

Elevators
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 if occupants are assigned roommates. 

Face Coverings
Face coverings that cover mouth and nose are required in all public spaces. Face coverings are required when a student leave their individual residence hall room/suite. Any guests to a student room/suite should wear a face covering. 

Front Desk Hours
Front desk hours will occur daily from noon – 8 p.m. during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Front Desk item(s) Checkouts
No checkouts will be available at this time. This includes kitchen supplies, sports equipment, tools, games, study lounge keys, fitness room keys, etc. 

Guests
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 window. Hosts are required to check-in their guests upon arrival via front desk or the QR code posted in the lobby. 

Isolation Spaces
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. UW-Stevens Point has identified isolation space(s) on campus that may be used in this situation. 

Kitchens
Community/floor kitchen use will be available. 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. 

Laundry Machines
Laundry machines will be available for use. Students should use self-sanitizer before and after each use of the washer and dryer. 

Lockouts
Lockouts will continue to be done at the front desk during regularly scheduled desk hours. Students will need to find a Resident Assistant (via duty phone or by knocking) outside of desk hours. 

Meetings
Meetings with hall staff may be conducted electronically. In-person meetings are left up to the discretion of all parties, while following physical distancing guidelines.

Music Room and Game Kitchens
Music room and game kitchens no longer require a key to be checked out from the front desk. Residents may utilize these spaces by accessing them with their personal Saflok. Students are responsible for cleaning these spaces after use. 

Music Rooms
Students may utilize these spaces by accessing them with their personal Saflok. Students are responsible for cleaning these spaces after use. 

Open/Closed Door Policy
Residents can leave the door to their individual room/suite open if all individuals in the room are wearing face coverings due to the space being open to the public. 

Ordering Food (off-campus vendor)
Students who order food from an outside vendor (not including UWSP Dining) or other external deliveries will need to meet the delivery person outside of the residence hall. 

Physical Distancing
Students will be expected to physically distance at a 6 ft. 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. 

Quarantine Spaces
If you are named as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, 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. 

Traffic Management
Guidelines will be in place for each residence hall and will include defined exits and entry doors when possible. 

Vacuums and Cleaning Kits
Vacuums and cleaning kits are available for residents to checkout to help maintain a clean environment. Additionally, garbage and compost bags will continue to be available for hall residents at no extra cost. 
 


face covering graphic.JPG POLICIES, PROCEDURES, AND GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS IN QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION

Students placed in quarantine/isolation must follow all University and Residential Living policies. 

Checkouts
Once Residential Living receives notification from Student Health Service of your test results, you will be provided with instructions for vacating the quarantine space.

Courtesy Cab Rides
If a student requests a ride from their original space to their isolation/quarantine space, that can be arranged via University Police with Courtesy Cabs. 

  • Hall Directors will advise students to call University Police dispatch to arrange the cab ride.
  • Students should tell dispatch that they were instructed by a Hall Director to call because they need to move to isolation/quarantine. Dispatch will want to know the student's current on-campus location, the location they will need to go to for isolation/quarantine, when the student will be ready to go, and a student contact number.  

Daily Check-in Phone Calls
Residential Living staff will be contacting all COVID-19 positive students in isolation/quarantine once a day, every day. All residential living students, whether they chose to go home, or are isolating on-campus, will be contacted. 

If a student does not answer their phone, UWSP University Police will be contacted to conduct a welfare check. 

Designated Quarantine Areas
Once placed in a designated quarantine area, students are expected to remain in that area until they have received their COVID-19 test results back from Student Health Service and received further instruction for checking out of that space from Residential Living. 

Fire Alarms
Students should exit the building promptly while wearing their face covering. Once outside, students should maintain a physical distance of 6 ft. 

Food Delivery
Off-campus food vendors are not allowed to deliver to the isolation spaces. Students in quarantine can order food to be dropped off for a contactless pickup outside the main entrance. 

Forgotten Items Before Going into Quarantine/Isolation
Students are in need of any necessary items while in quarantine or isolation must note this on their daily check-in through the UWSP Housing Portal. Retrieval and delivery of those items will be handled on a case-by-case basis. 

The student must coordinate with the isolation/quarantine Hall Director to arrange a contactless drop-off. 

Guests
Students in quarantine/isolation are not allowed guests. 

Lockouts
If a student does not have access to a personal phone, they may utilize the red emergency landline. 

  • Isolation Space
    • Signs will be posted instructing students in isolation spaces to contact the isolation duty phone if they are locked out of their space. 
  • Quarantine Space
    • Signs will be posted instructing students in quarantine spaces to contact the quarantine duty phone if they are locked out of the room. 

Mail and Packages in Quarantine/Isolation Spaces
Students who receive mail and packages at their assigned fall room location while in quarantine/isolation will have the option to have it delivered. Only essential items shall be delivered when students are in these temporary spaces. 

Tornado Warnings
Students should head to designated shelter areas while wearing face coverings. Students should maintain a physical distance of 6 ft., if able. 


quarantine graphic 2.JPG TEMPORARY QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION ROOM ASSIGNMENT CRITERIA

If a student has tested positive for COVID-19, the student will move into an isolation space.

If a student is awaiting test results, the student awaiting test results must move into a quarantine space. If the student receives a positive COVID-19 test while in quarantine they must move into isolation. Students will receive test results within 48 hours. 

If a student has been named as a "close contact", the student must move into a quarantine space for a 14-day quarantine. The student should not congregate with others. The student will have access to the music room and computer room (limit 1). 

If a student is awaiting test results and has been named as a "close contact", the student must move into quarantine while awaiting results. If their test results come back 'negative', the student must continue to quarantine for the remainder of the 14-day period. 


quarantine graphic.JPG POLICIES AND PROCEDURES WHILE STUDENT IS IN QUARANTINE/ISOLATION

Checking in
When students arrive at the quarantine/isolation space, DO NOT CHECK IN AT THE FRONT DESK. 

There is a metal key box near the main entrance. The room key and Saflok are located in this key box and will give the student access to the building. The key code will be given to students once they are contacted about their quarantine/isolation space. Students will need to keep this key packet to return during their checkout. 

Checking Out of Isolation
When the student is cleared by Student Health Service to return to their fall room assignment, the student must pack up their belongings and return their key and Saflok to the 'Express Checkout Dropbox'. 

Daily Check-ins
Once a day the student will receive a phone call from Residential Living to see if the student is doing okay while in isolation and/or needs any assistance. 

If students do not answer their phone calls, University Police may be sent to do a welfare check. 

Going Off-Campus to Isolate
Students in isolation must stay in their isolation space until they are cleared by Student Health Service to resume normal activities. If students wish to vacate their isolation space to continue their isolation period at an off-campus location, the student must notify county public health before leaving. 

Portage County Public Health: publichealth@co.portage.wi.us and provide the following information:

  • First and last name
  • Birthdate
  • Address of where the student is going to isolate/quarantine
Laundry
There is a laundry room provided for those in isolation to do laundry. 

Lockouts
The student will need to call the isolation/quarantine duty phone listed. 

Meals
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be delivered to your quarantine/isolation space daily. Students will be allowed dietary restrictions and meal-time periods by UWSP Dining. A one-time grocery order will also be allowed for students to make with UWSP Dining while they are in quarantine/isolation. 

Off-Campus Food Vendors
Off-campus food vendors are not allowed to deliver to the isolation spaces. Students in quarantine can order food to be dropped off for a contactless pickup outside the main entrance. 

Packing
It is recommended you pack enough items in the event you must isolate/quarantine for 14 days. There will be certain items provided such as toilet paper, a thermometer, and hand soap. These items are property of UW-Stevens Point and must remain in the isolation/quarantine areas upon departure. 

Trash
If the student has trash that needs to be taken out, the student should place the trash bag outside of their isolation space. Trash will be collected daily around 11 a.m. 


While in Quarantine/Isolation
Students should not prop doors. When exiting their space, they should be limited to doing laundry. If the student sees another individual, they need to make sure they abide by physical distancing guidelines. 

building image.JPGBREAK HOUSING


Spring Break

Staying here for Spring Break?

  • Log into the UWSP Housing Portal at https://uwsp.starrezhousing.com/StarRezPortal/
    • Select the Interim/Break Housing Process and click on your current room to fill out the break registration form 
  • Remember! 
    • All front desks will be CLOSED starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 19, and will re-open at 12 p.m. on Sunday, March 28. 
    • Packages will be delivered to the Suites@201 front desk during spring break. 

Are you leaving for Spring Break?

  • Please make sure to do the following:
    • Remove trash and take to dumpster
    • Close and lock windows
    • Make sure heat is on
    • Be Green! Unplug unused electrical items (except refrigerators)
    • Lock your door when you leave

Required Antigen Testing for Spring Break

  • Students who travel or spend time with people outside their households are encouraged to be tested once the week before and twice the week after spring break. No testing will be offered at the Berg Gym, during the week of spring break, March 22-26. 
  • Anyone who travels internationally MUST quarantine for 14 days before returning to any UW-Stevens Point campus. 

Additional information regarding Residential Living - during spring break

  • Our main office, located at 601 Divison St., will operate Monday-Thursday during normal business hours. 
  • Friday, March 26 the office will be CLOSED due to a mandatory university-wide furlough day. 


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. 
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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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