Coronavirus (COVID-19) Plan
Safety on Campus
University Housing is taking multiple steps to make your experience on campus as safe and exciting as possible for our residents.
Here are things we’ve done to make residential life on campus safer:
- Conducting enhanced disinfection of the many high-touch areas within our facilities like door handles, knobs, buttons, switches, handrails, tables, etc.
- Continuing our cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection process as directed by the Centers for Disease Control, which includes additional “fogging” of bathrooms.
- Evaluation of all residential programming to limit group sizes while encouraging and building strong communities.
- Partnerships with campus offices to continue important messaging about social distancing and current health protocols.
- Modified serving stations, installation of sneeze guards, contactless ordering where feasible, additional portable handwash stations in dining facilities.
See more information about COVID-19's impact on campus dining at the Dine on Campus website.
Please visit the University of Arkansas's Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage for campus-wide information about the virus.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
No. University Housing encourages all students to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is not a requirement to live on campus.
Yes, Gov. Asa Hutchinson issued an executive order requiring face masks in most situations where individuals are in public. This executive order took effect Monday, July 20. While that order is no longer state law, the university will continue with current standards of safety until the end of the spring semester.
Sanitation and Safety
The university put up signs across campus at the entrance of buildings about the requirement to wear masks and other educational information. There are also signs in common areas and in kitchens explaining how to best remain safe in these indoor spaces.
Yes, protective barriers were installed at front desks where packages are picked-up and at the main University Housing office front desk You can help by keeping at least six foot away when waiting to pick-up packages and mail or any other time you are at the desk.
Yes. Cleaning is very important. University Housing invested heavily in additional staffing, including investing over $1 million dollars to increase cleaning measures during the afternoon and weekends. We are doing enhanced disinfection for high-touch areas within our facilities like door handles, knobs, buttons, switches, handrails, tables, etc.
We also continue to clean, sanitize and follow the disinfection process as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which includes additional “fogging” of bathrooms.
Yes, as supplies allow, hand sanitizer stations will be located at each of the front desks where you receive mail and packages.
Most of our drinking fountains have bottle filling stations. These will be the only available drinking fountains.
As with other high-touch areas, filling stations will be cleaned more frequently.
There are HVAC industry best practice strategies that can be applied across our University Housing facilities and these have and will guide our HVAC response.
The potential for infection transmission via building HVAC systems is being reduced by implementing, to the degree practicable, three high-level strategies:
- OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE — We’re ensuring that systems are operating within the recommended temperature humidity range. Our electronic monitoring system provides us with alarms and notifications when any system fails or falls outside the programmed design settings allowing our staff to promptly addresses any operational variances and bring these systems back into specification.
- VENTILATION AND DILUTION — Our newer energy recover unit systems and air handling units utilize outside air to reduce the concentration of any potential infection source.
- FILTRATION AND MITIGATION — All filters are being replaced to ensure improved filtration and air disinfection technologies are installed in our newer HVAC systems. Such proven engineering technologies complement or supplement the other basic strategies mentioned above.
These best industry practices are taken primarily from publications from the following:
- The CDC
- ASHRAE: The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers
- AIA: The American Institute of Architects
Quarantine and Isolation
Visit the university's main page about quarantine and isolation procedures for the latest information.
If you have a positive test result, you will be reassigned to a temporary room where you can isolate.
You can be with others after:
- At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
- At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
- Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving
If you go to a medical provider outside of campus and are tested positive you need to complete the self-report form the same day you receive your results.
Your reassignment will be sent to your University email address and will have directions about the next steps to take for your temporary housing.
You are not allowed to leave your room or have visitors.
The assistant director for outreach from University Housing will contact you.
If you have a meal plan, there is no extra charge. If you do not have a meal plan, your student account will be charged the daily rate. Meals ordered through dining services will be delivered to your temporary housing assignment.
You will place trash outside your room following the directions provided in the email you receive. Trash should be placed in the bin outside by 9 a.m. Monday and Thursday.
You may have your personal laundry picked up and delivered to your temporary room at no extra charge. Pick-up on Monday is delivered on Thursday. Pick-up on Thursday is delivered on Monday.
All rooms used for isolation are cleaned following Centers for Disease Control guidelines once vacated.
If you are identified as a close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID 19, you should get tested. Tests are available at the Pat Walker Health Center. Until test results are provided, you may be reassigned to a temporary room. Pat Walker Health Center will provide you information on how long you will need to quarantine.
If you have a housing contract, there will be no additional fees or charges for staying in the isolation or quarantine rooms.
If you do not have a housing contract the daily housing rate will be charged to your student account.
We certainly hope this will not be the case. It is going to take everyone doing their part to protect our community.
The student, who is alleged to have violated the directives of quarantine or isolation regulations, will be referred to the Office of Student Standards and Conduct (OSSC).
The result will likely be an Interim Action by OSSC to immediately remove the student from University Housing. No assistance will be provided to find an off-campus location.
Housing and Dining
Effective Sunday, Jan. 3, University Housing will limit guests/visitors in the residence halls. Each resident may have only one guest in the residence hall at a time. This will continue through the end of the spring semester.
Overnight guests will not be permitted, and no guests should be in rooms between the hours of 2-8 a.m. This will continue through the end of the spring semester.
It is not possible to say you will not get or be exposed to COVID-19 however, when everyone does their part, risks can be mitigated.
Here is how you can help.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Follow through on the things you agreed to in the COVID-19 addendum you signed.
- Wearing a face covering, properly, is required anytime you are outside of your room and in your living facility. Your nose and mouth should always be covered.
- Face coverings made of cloth should only be worn once and then washed. We recommend only using disposable face coverings once. If you throw away your face covering, you need to first put it inside a bag. Do not just throw it in a trash can.
- Always take your bathroom items in a container. Do not set your personal items directly on a sink or counter.
- Wash your laundry at least once a week. Do not let it accumulate in your room until you go home.
- Do not linger in the laundry room. Use the Laundry Alert app to receive notifications when your laundry is done, or a machine is free for use.
Trash should be properly disposed of at least every other day. Do not place trash in recyclable bins.
At least every other day, recyclable items should be placed in designated bins on your floor or in other areas of your hall.
Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces in your room. There are several off-the-counter cleaning products the CDC recommends. Don't forget to clean your electronics.
The best way to see events taking place is to log into HogSync.
Virtual activities are available if you do not want to participate in person.
All events will follow CDC, Arkansas Department of Health and campus guidelines, whichever is applicable to the event.
Floor meetings will be redesigned to be a mix of small meetings and on-line meetings.
Inside events will not last more than 60 minutes.
Yes, housing and dining services will remain open if the university goes to any type of online learning.
There are no self-serve buffets or "make your own" bars in the dining halls. All food will be handled by dining staff.
You can take advantage of enhanced takeout options.
Traffic flow has been changed in the dining areas to minimize contact among diners and reduce wait times.
Cleaning schedule has been enhanced to keep surfaces sterile.
Dining staff will continue to do regular temperature screenings and wear face coverings.
Dining hall hours are available on the Dine on Campus webpage.
See more information about COVID-19's impact on the dining experience on the Dine on Campus website.
Yes, we have reconfigured lobbies and common areas to promote and encourage social distancing. Visual reminders of the importance of social distancing will be found throughout our halls.
During the academic year, elevators are limited to four people. You should move to the far corners of the elevator to maximize social distancing.
Occupancy of elevators remains at four people.
No. In Northwest Arkansas, high levels of pollen and humidity are normal during the end of summer and start of fall.
Leaving your windows open negatively impacts the air quality within your room and the rest of the building. It also negatively affects the efficiency of the fan coil units within your room and may result in mold or mildew growing on surfaces.
Some of our newer buildings have sensors on the windows that disable the HVAC equipment and will shut down fan coil units to prevent short-cycling, excessive condensation and potential flooding when windows are left open.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, our response may be slightly delayed as we take the time to ensure the safety of both you and our staff.
Our staff wear appropriate personal protective equipment and expect the same from you when we arrive to respond to your needs.
We will knock and announce our presence and our purpose for access. If you are present, we will ask you to wear a face cover and to exit the room to limit interaction and abide by social distancing recommendations.
We will sanitize the area where we need to gain access to and then sanitize any areas we touched upon our departure. If you are not present, we will leave a hang tag that explains our entry and our actions to complete your requested action.
Managed Greek Housing
Yes, Gov. Asa Hutchinson issued an executive order requiring face masks in most situations where individuals are in public. This executive order took effect Monday, July 20. If you are outside of your living suite, you should wear a face cover to help protect the safety of all members of the house. The university will continue with all mitigation measures until the end of the spring semester.
It is your responsibility to notify out-of-house members about your test results.
If you live within a 3-hour drive of campus we ask that you go home, if possible.
If you are unable to go home, or make arrangements, off-campus University Housing can accommodate you. You are required to relocate to off-campus or an assigned space in University Housing. You may not remain in the house under any circumstances.
The Housing-managed Greek properties do not provide the room type required by the Arkansas Department of Health for students to isolate.
You will receive a message at your university email account with details about what you will need to do for the isolation period.
Information regarding how meals will be delivered to you are still being discussed. We will update this information when plans are finalized.
University Housing set aside rooms with bathrooms for possible quarantine needs within the residence halls. If you are unable to go home or find a temporary place off-campus you can contact University Housing who will provide a temporary reassignment. Communication with directions will be sent to your university email account. Decisions on who should be quarantined or isolated are made by the Arkansas Department of Health. The Housing-managed Greek properties do not provide the room type required by the Arkansas Department of Health for students to quarantine.
No, the houses will not close for the spring 2021 semester. Considering that the house will not close and be available to students, there will be no type of credit for the semester.
Yes. Cleaning is very important. University Housing invested heavily to increase cleaning measures during the afternoon and weekends.
We are doing enhanced disinfection for high-touch areas within your house like door handles, knobs, buttons, switches, handrails, tables and more.
We also continue to clean, sanitize, and follow the disinfection process as directed by the Centers for Disease Control which includes additional “fogging” of bathrooms.
It is important that you help by keeping public areas clean, taking out your trash, and cleaning your room frequently.