Royals Safe Together

Residence Life

General Housing Information

Face Coverings in Residence Halls

  • Face coverings are not required when students are in their assigned residence (room,suite, or apartment) and the only other person(s) present is their assigned roommate(s). Residents in apartments are permitted to remove face coverings within other areas of their apartment so long as only residents who share the apartment are present.
  • Given that students may not know if they can maintain social distancing, face coverings are required any time students leave their residence, including going to building common spaces or bathrooms.

 Residence Hall Bathrooms

  • In buildings with multiple community bathrooms on a floor, students will be assigned a specific bathroom for their use, and limited occupancy in the bathroom spaces will be implemented.
  • Increased cleaning procedures will be in place for all community bathrooms, which may mean the bathroom is closed during certain parts of the day.
  • In-room custodial services (trash removal and vacuuming) in first year and sophomore residences will be paused this semester. Students will be given instructions on trash disposal at the beginning of the semester by their Resident Assistants.

Residence Hall Guests

In order to limit community spread, it is necessary to limit contact between people in close quarters. Accordingly, no non-University guests and no overnight guests will be allowed in residence halls during the spring semester.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for students returning to campus?

All students returning to campus for the first time during the spring 2021 semester must submit a negative COVID-19 test result, administered within 72 hours prior to their return to campus, to their Student Health Portal.
• Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days and were tested off campus must submit their positive results to their Student Health Portal.
• Students who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days via University testing do not need to upload test results.
• All lab results must include your name, the date of the sample, the type of test (PCR), and the result.

Returning to Campus for Spring Semester

Students returned to campus for the spring semester on specific days, and all students were required to submit a recent negative COVID-19 PCR test result (or positive result from on or after October 31, 2020) via their Student Health Portal in order to be granted access to campus. For the safety of our community, students were not able to access campus until this result was received and verified by University personnel. Students that tested positive at the end of the Fall 2020 semester on campus (on or after October 31, 2020) did not need to upload test results.

Students who were already approved to return to campus during Intersession were advised not travel between the end of Intersession and the start of the Spring Semester. Students, approved for Intersession campus access and who continue dto live at their current location without leaving the state, did not need to provide an additional test result.

To accommodate the return of students, Residence Life  set up a staggered return to the residence halls.

Residential Population Anticipated Date of Return to Campus* COVID-19 PCR Test Administration Date
Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students Friday, January 29 On or after Tuesday,
January 26
Sophomores Saturday, January 30 On or after Wednesday, January 27
First Year Students Sunday, January 31 On or after Thursday, January 28


*Pending confirmation of test results

Students were advised to self-quarantine while awaiting test results. Test results needed to be uploaded to the Student Health Portal. Lab results included the student’s name, the date of the sample, the type of test (PCR), and the result. Results were reviewed by University staff, and students received a confirmation email when they were approved to access campus.