As we all know, the risk that COVID-19 poses can be reduced but cannot be eliminated at this time. On-campus activities and dorm living present additional potential risks which should be considered carefully against the many benefits of living on-campus.
That being said, Housing & Residential Life and the University of Arizona are going to great lengths to reduce that risk wherever possible.
Each resident must adhere to the guidelines and recommendations set forth by Housing & Residential Life, Campus Health, the University of Arizona, the City of Tucson, and the State of Arizona.
Once a student moves into their dorm room or apartment, their space is considered a domestic, private domicile and not a public space where they routinely come into contact with others. We consider dorm rooms or apartments the student’s private home and thus cannot guarantee what behaviors or practices are followed within these spaces.
Housing & Residential Life will continue to provide residents with educational messaging and guidance for communal living, however it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to abide by guidance and physical distancing recommendations within their dorm room or apartment. Cloth face coverings must be worn in hallways, common spaces, lounges, community-style bathrooms, kitchens and when interacting with a Housing & Residential Life staff member. Personal hygiene activities are exempt from this policy, while in the bathroom.
In addition to providing COVID-19 tests of all residents and live-in staff, Housing & Residential Life has enacted several building updates and modifications to align with CDC guidelines. We have been using our elevated cleaning protocols since March 2020. We’ve also established COVID-19 specific mitigation polices all residents will be expected to adhere to and daily wellness checks will be required for all students and employees to help keep our campus community safe. Additionally, we will encourage students to review and follow our residential best practices.