UWF releases Housing and Residence Life COVID-19 Safety Measures for Fall 2020
As the University of West Florida prepares to welcome students back to campus for the Fall 2020 semester, Housing and Residence Life is enhancing health and safety measures and reducing risk for COVID-19 on campus through new protocols for residents.
The annual Move-In Day has been transformed into Move-In Week, taking place from Aug. 17-21 by appointment only. Students have been asked to review the new COVID-19 Addendum to the Housing Contract as well as the University’s Return to Campus Plan to stay informed of new policies and procedures before planning their return to campus.
Students can bring two family members or guests to help them move in during their scheduled time slot. Extensive cleanings will be conducted in each residence hall before move-in, with common areas cleaned several times each day in compliance with CDC cleaning protocols.
Residents, families and staff in residence halls are expected to comply with campus regulations regarding social distancing and face coverings during the move-in process. At check-in, students will be provided with “welcome back kits” containing a cloth face covering, no touch tool, thermometer and hand sanitizer. All residents are encouraged to bring their own move-in supplies if possible, such as carts, dollies or hand trucks.
UWF Housing and Residence Life has updated its residence hall policies following guidance from city, county, state and federal guidelines, as well as best practices for health and safety.
In accordance with CDC recommendations, all students will be required to wear face coverings when in common spaces, hallways or bathrooms in the residence halls. Students only have ID card access to their residence hall. This minimizes cut-through traffic in residential spaces.. The number of guests a resident may have at any given time will be limited to one person. This guest must be a member of the UWF community (currently enrolled student, faculty or staff).
Additional policies include:
- No more than two people are allowed in an elevator at any given time.
- All residential spaces, including common spaces, have been evaluated for maximum occupancy under social distancing. These limits are posted throughout the residence halls. Students are required to follow the new capacity numbers.
- No gatherings are permitted in residence hall shared spaces (lobbies, study rooms, laundry rooms, etc.) that exceed stated occupancy limits.
To learn more about UWF Housing and Residence Life, visit uwf.edu/housing.