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Reopening UConn

Living on Campus

A Home Away From Home

We are committed to providing as holistic a living experience as possible for our students, while implementing precautions to protect their health. Safety measures include reduced density and a new housing assignment process, earlier move-in and move-out dates, and testing and quarantine protocols.

Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services is available to assist students in securing off-campus housing and to support those students who commute to campus from home. We will enforce the Governor’s executive order and our Student Code of Conduct while being mindful of the unique health and safety implications of endangering behaviors to our campus community during the pandemic.

As always, campus services for students, faculty, and staff are available.

Post-Quarantine Period Guidelines

Students living within the residence halls for the Spring semester must comply with the Spring 2021 Temporary Health and Safety Procedures (revised 3/11/21) and the Housing Contract. Students are expected to wear a mask or face covering in public; maintain at least six feet of physical distancing and limit time spent closer than six feet apart to less than 15 minutes; and wash their hands often for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer frequently. Residents will be required to submit to periodic testing for COVID-19. Repeated failure to follow expectations such as masking and physical distancing may result in a referral to Community Standards and/or removal from the residence halls.

Residential Guests

  • No overnight guests are allowed in the residence halls. Guests cannot stay in the residential buildings past 11:59 pm.
  • No resident may have more than 1 guest at any given time. At Storrs, only other current UConn Storrs residential students are permitted as guests in residential facilities and at Stamford only current Stamford residential students are permitted as guests in Stamford residential facilities. In addition, guests should not be exhibiting COVID-19 related symptoms.
  • The ability to host a guest is subject to social gathering restrictions.
  • Guests may not use any community bathrooms located on floors where residents live.

Social Gatherings

  • Residential students can gather in lounge areas but must stay within the posted maximum number of people allowed to gather in each lounge area, wear a mask, and practice physical distancing.
  • Students are welcome to interact with their "residential family units" in interior common areas such as hallways, common rooms, and lounges, while observing masking and social distancing.
  • Students can gather outdoors with other UConn students in small groups, wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.
  • Students can gather in larger groups in outdoor areas according to University guidelines.
  • Use of outdoor recreation areas adjacent to residential facilities must adhere to the Governor's stated guidelines.

Facilities and Bathroom Use

  • Game rooms in residential areas will not be open for use.
  • Residential stairwells and hallways may be restricted to one-way use. Except in times of emergency, residents are required to abide by these restrictions.
  • Students should minimize time in all shared bathrooms.
  • Residents are expected to use their assigned family unit bathroom only.
  • Students must not not use cell phones or store personal items in shared bathrooms.
  • Residents and guests should wear face masks when using any common-use bathroom (those on non-residential floors).
  • Students should clean bathroom fixtures before and after use. Residents assigned to apartments, suites, and rooms with semi-private bathrooms are responsible for cleaning. These may be inspected periodically by University staff on a schedule that will be shared with residents.

Dining

  • Dining Services will continue to offer a variety of menu options and all-day dining for students with meal plans.
  • Offerings will be limited to items served, versus “cook to order” menu items. Service will be a blend of takeout and dine-in to align with Dining Health Requirements.
  • Dining Services has modified its retail policies for the use of points. All changes to Dining Services will remain in effect
    until Dining Health Requirements are revised.
  • Residents may encounter longer wait times than normal when entering dining facilities during the first few weeks of the semester. Dining Services will work to keep residents informed of busier times so that residents can plan accordingly.
  • Please see Dining Services' COVID Updates and FAQs page for up-to-date information on which dining halls are open and whether dining is take-out only or eat-in.

For more information, read the Department of Residential Life's comprehensive Spring 2021 Housing FAQ here.