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Fall 2020 Policies and Restrictions

Last updated 8/7/2020. Added "Duty to Report" policy.

Housing Residents have a duty to report their status to UAS Student Housing in any of the following circumstances:

  • If you have been in any location outside of Alaska for at least 24 hours, foreign or domestic, within the last two weeks.
  • If you have been identified by public health in "close contact" with someone who has been confirmed to have COVID-19, or with someone who is COVID-19 symptomatic and is a "person under investigation"
  • If you are returning from having been a passenger on a cruise ship
  • If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • If you are COVID-19 symptomatic or are a "person under investigation"

If you meet one or more of these criteria, you must notify Student Housing immediately and follow all directions given by Student Housing, including the possibility of relocation, quarantining, etc. Contact your instructors if you are told you will be unable to attend your classes. 


Person Under Investigation: Someone who is COVID-19 symptomatic and either has been advised to get a molecular COVID-19 test, or has taken a test and is awaiting results.

Close Contact: The CDC defines a close contact as being within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes.

Due to challenges with heightened cleaning requirements, the following areas will be closed to resident use for Fall 2020:

  • John Pugh Hall third floor commons & kitchen
  • John Pugh Hall fourth floor commons
  • John Pugh Hall 2nd floor study nook
  • Banfield Hall - all common areas
  • Housing Lodge - third floor 

When applicable, these areas may be traversed while traveling from one area to another. However, furniture will be removed and/or rearranged and ongoing use of these spaces is not permitted. 

The following areas within student housing may be used as long as masks are worn and occupancy caps are observed:

  • John Pugh Hall lobby
  • John Pugh Hall laundry room
  • John Pugh Hall hallways
  • Housing Lodge second floor
  • Housing Lodge laundry room

The following areas will be subject to an access schedule (i.e. residents will have assigned times they may utilize the facility):

  • John Pugh Hall laundry room
  • Housing Lodge laundry room

Face coverings are required when on campus.  Every person must wear a mask or face shield that completely covers the person’s nose and mouth when the person cannot easily maintain a continuous distance of at least six feet from all other persons, or when in a shared enclosed room such as a classroom or lab.

Within student housing, residents and staff are expected to wear face coverings whenever they are indoors and not within the privacy of their assigned apartment or suite. This includes but is not limited to:

  • All areas of the Student Housing Lodge
  • Hallways, Lounges, Lobbies, and Laundry rooms within residence halls

Face Coverings are not required within residential units, but are highly encouraged within common areas such as kitchens, living rooms, bathrooms, and shared entries. 

Face Coverings are also not required for staff who solely occupy a secured, enclosed space, including:

  • The Lodge Desk, behind a sneeze guard and with the door closed
  • Within private offices when the door is closed and only one occupant is present

Non-Resident Visitation:

Non-residents may not be present within housing units at any time. Non-residents may utilize exterior housing spaces such as the housing courtyard and pavilion provided all parties observe social distancing.

Resident-to-Resident Visitation:

Current UAS Housing residents may visit each other within the privacy of their residential units in accordance with the UAS guest policy. However, the following recommendations and restrictions remain in effect:

  • Overnight guests of any kind, including current residents, are not permitted. 
  • A temporarily-reduced cap on residents and guests is being enacted – at no time may more than four individuals be present within a housing unit, including residents assigned to a unit and their guests. 
  • All residents are highly encouraged to practice social distancing while visiting units and to wear masks as appropriate when unable to social distance.
  • All residents are encouraged to keep a log of guests to their unit for contract tracing purposes, if it becomes necessary. Paper logs are available for pickup at housing desk locations.
  • No individual observing a quarantine or minimizing interactions while testing is permitted to visit another residential unit. 
  • Resident-to-resident visitation may be rescinded if residents do not utilize proper safety precautions or if COVID-19 risk increases. If this policy is changed you will receive 24 hours’ notice via email. 

We expect that all members of the on-campus housing community - residents, faculty, staff, and guests act in a manner that demonstrates respect and consideration for those around them, including respect and consideration for the health and safety of all community members. All residents are prohibited from creating a health or safety hazard within housing and the University may request or require a resident to leave housing if their continued presence in the housing community poses a health or safety risk for community members.

Residents are required to comply with health and safety laws, orders, ordinances, regulations and health and safety guidance adopted by the University or Student Housing as it relates to public health crises, including COVID-19. This guidance will evolve as the public health crisis evolves and may include, but is not limited to, social distancing, limitations on mass gatherings/events, encouraging or requiring wearing a face covering, COVID-19 diagnostic and surveillance testing (including before or upon arrival to campus), contact tracing, disinfection protocols, limitations on guests, and quarantine/isolation requirements (including before or upon arrival to campus). Adherence to health and safety requirements applies to all residents, staff, faculty and guests and extends to all aspects of Student Housing and Dining Services, including bedrooms, bathrooms, community kitchens, lounges, lobbies, courtyards/pavilions and other common spaces.

At any time, the University may request or require a resident to leave housing when that resident’s continued presence in the housing community poses a health or safety risk for community members. Residents are required to comply with requests from Student Housing to leave their assigned space due to COVID-19 or other public health emergency and failure to do so is a violation of the student code of conduct/BOR policy and may subject a student to immediate removal or loss of housing from their assigned space. Not all residential rooms or communities are appropriate for self-quarantine or self-isolation, for example, and in those situations where a student is recommended or required to self-quarantine or self-isolate, students may not be permitted to continue residing in their residential space and will be provided alternative housing arrangements as needed. Removal from housing to isolate or quarantine does not constitute a termination of a residential housing agreement.
Residents are required to comply with any de-densifying efforts (act of spreading out and/or separating individuals to minimize contact) needed on campus due to COVID-19 or other public health emergencies, including, but not limited to, the relocation of all or some residents to alternative housing. Relocation does not constitute a termination of a residential housing agreement. In the event Student Housing must relocate residents as part of a de-densifying strategy due to public health concerns for an extended period of time and alternative housing is not available, Student Housing will offer impacted residents a prorated reimbursement as appropriate and based on information available at that time.
Dining Service, including where and how it will be offered to residential students, is subject to the discretion of the University and is subject to modification to address public health concerns. Due to health and safety guidance adopted by the University or Dining, Dining may limit the occupancy of dining locations, limit the amount of time students may reside within dining venues, or make other operational adjustments needed to address health and safety concerns.
Student Housing will continue to implement and modify its cleaning protocols to address COVID-19 or other public health emergencies in the interest of minimizing the spread of disease. Student Housing will educate and inform residents on appropriate cleaning protocols within their assigned spaces to reduce the spread of COVID-19 within the residence halls and various apartment units.
Upon reasonable notice, Student Housing reserves the right to terminate housing agreements due to public health emergency needs, including COVID-19. In the event Student Housing terminates housing agreements due to public health concerns, UAS will offer a prorated reimbursement for impacted residents as appropriate and based on information available at that time.
All alleged violations of the above policies will be referred to Student Conduct for review. Failure to comply after an initial conversation may result in disciplinary action or campus restrictions as appropriate, including a possible loss of housing eligibility.