Move-in Fall 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, check-in for new and returning fall residents will be conducted with the intent of limiting contact and allowing early arrival for students to quarantine or isolate if necessary before the start of classes. 

Move-in Days

Move-in will occur over a longer period of time and students will be required to schedule a 15-minute appointment for check-in once room assignments are finalized. Students will receive an email with instructions on how to book a check-in appointment once their assignment is ready to view on UAOnline. 

  • Move-in Dates
    • August 8 - 23
  • Move-in Appointment Hours
    • 10 am - 4 pm Monday - Friday
    • 9 am - noon Saturday and Sunday

Residents will not be allowed to check in after hours or outside of their scheduled check-in time. Students arriving outside of these hours should arrange for alternate lodging until their check-in appointment. 

Planning Your Travel

    • Residents coming to On-Campus Living from outside of the state of Alaska should attempt to arrive on campus earlier during the move-in period to comply with testing requirements. 
    • Residents coming to On-Campus Living from inside the state of Alaska should attempt to arrive on campus later during the move-in period.
    • Each student can be accompanied by up to two individuals to help with move in.  Note: Anyone helping students move in cannot have been outside of the state in the 14 days prior to coming to campus.
    • COVID-19 testing will be available during check-in, as well as access to Student Health Center staff to ensure compliance with immunization requirements (see additional information below on COVID-19 testing)

 

COVID-19 Testing

All residents, regardless of their point of origin prior to arrival at UAA, will be required to have at least two COVID-19 tests with negative results, or will need to quarantine for 14 days. Residents should be aware of all current state mandates and ensure they are in compliance.  

Beginning August 11, State Mandate 10 will take effect. This mandate requires that travelers arriving from outside of Alaska who are not Alaska residents must have a COVID-19 test with 72-hours of departure, or must pay $250 to have a COVID test administered at the airport. Students coming to Alaska for school can be considered residents by presenting a letter from the university verifying they’ll be attending UAA. To request a letter from On-Campus Living, please contact University Housing at uaa_housing@alaska.edu

 

At check-in, students will meet with staff from the UAA Student Health and Counseling Center (SHCC) to present test results and determine further testing needs. The Health Center can administer COVID-19 tests as required and will set your schedule for follow-up tests. If you have health insurance, the SHCC can bill your insurance. Please submit your insurance and any immunization records to the Student Health Portal as soon as possible prior to your arrival. If you have questions about testing, health insurance or other required immunizations, please contact the SHCC at 907-786-4040 or uaa_studenthealth@uaa.alaska.edu.

To minimize the impact on the resident, we strongly recommend all residents arrive on campus with a negative COVID-19 test that is less than 72-hours old from your time of departure to campus. Students will be required to have at least two COVID-19 tests with negative results, or will need to quarantine for 14 days after arrival. In order to determine your specific testing or quarantine requirements, please refer to the information below:

 

  • Test taken within 72 hours of arrival with a negative result

    Student will complete a Declaration Form on arrival and will schedule a second test within 7-14 days of arrival.

    • Students arriving from within Alaska: Student will need to minimize interactions until the second test comes back with a negative result. 
    • Students arriving from out-of-state: Student will need to practice strict social distancing until the second test comes back with a negative result. 
  • Test taken within 72 hours of arrival with no result

    Student will complete a Declaration Form on arrival and will need to self-quarantine until they receive a negative result on their first test.

    • Students arriving from within Alaska: Student will need to minimize interactions until the second test comes back with a negative result. 
    • Students arriving from out-of-state: Student will need to practice strict social distancing until the second test comes back with a negative result. 
  • No test taken before arrival

    Students who arrive without a test will have two options: 

    Option 1 Student will complete a Declaration Form, will be tested on arrival and will schedule a second test within 7-14 days of arrival. Student must self-quarantine until the first test comes back with a negative result.

    • Students arriving from within Alaska: Student will need to minimize interactions until the second test comes back with a negative result. 
    • Students arriving from out-of-state: Student will need to practice strict social distancing until the second test comes back with a negative result. 

     

    Option 2:  Student will quarantine for 14 days.

    • Student will notify the Student Health and Counseling Center (SHCC) that they plan to quarantine instead of taking a COVID-19 test. SHCC staff will log the student's quarantine start date and will notify On-Campus Living staff of the date the student is free to leave quarantine.
    • Students may only leave their room for medical emergencies. 
  • Previously tested positive but recovered at least three weeks prior to arrival

    Student will complete a Declaration Form and present a negative test result as well as a note from a medical provider or public health official releasing the student from isolation. Student will also attest to being asymptomatic.  

 Residents must be prepared to present evidence of any negative test results they have received within 72-hours prior to arrival. 

At any point during this process, residents with a positive result must isolate until medically cleared.  

Status Definitions

The following definitions will be used to clarify these policies: 

Self-quarantine

  • Applies to residents in the following categories: 
    • Residents awaiting results of their first test
    • Residents who choose to quarantine for 14-days following out-of-state travel rather than get a test
    • Residents who have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19 
    • Residents who are experiencing symptoms
  • Residents must stay in their apartment or residence hall room, going out only for medical care, and using contact-free delivery methods to obtain all necessary household goods and supplies.
  • Residents in North or East Hall may retrieve food or groceries in the arctic entryway of their building as long as they have no symptoms of COVID-19 or are not self-quarantining due to a potential exposure to COVID-19.
  • Attendance in in-person classes is ​not permitted.

Minimizing interactions

  • Applies to residents who have NOT traveled outside of Alaska for more than 24 hours in the past 14-days, who have received an initial negative test and are awaiting results of a second test.
  • Residents must limit their trips outside their apartment or residence hall room to primarily outdoor areas; using curbside delivery and take-out services rather than dining in within restaurants; not entering indoor attractions (dine-in restaurants, museums, theaters, gyms, pools, etc.); maintaining at least six feet of distance away from others and wearing face coverings whenever in public or common areas.
  • Attendance in in-person classes is ​not ​permitted.
  • During the time in which residents are minimizing interactions, they may enter the Gorsuch Commons, but should not enter any other University of Alaska facility until their second test comes back negative. 

Strict Social Distancing

  • Applies to residents who HAVE traveled outside of Alaska for more than 24 hours in the past 14-days, who have received an initial negative test and are awaiting results of a second test.
  • Residents must limit their trips outside their apartment or residence hall room to only outdoor areas; using curbside delivery and take-out services rather than dining in within restaurants; not entering indoor attractions (dine-in restaurants, museums, theaters, gyms, pools, etc.); maintaining at least six feet of distance away from others and wearing face coverings whenever in outdoor public or common areas.
  • Residents in North or East Hall may retrieve food or groceries in the arctic entryway of their building.
  • Attendance in in-person classes is ​not ​permitted.

Isolation

  • Residents who test positive for COVID-19 must stay in their apartment or residence hall room, going out only for medical care, and using contact-free delivery methods to obtain all necessary household goods and supplies.
  • Residents in North or East Hall may NOT retrieve food or groceries in the arctic entryway of their building. 
  • Attendance in in-person classes is ​not permitted.
  • Residents who test positive for COVID-19 will be under the direction of public health authorities or other medical professionals.

COVID-19 Test

Testing using molecular-based FDA-authorized laboratory tests for current infection, such as those that detect viral genetic material (e.g. RT-PCR) or antigen tests. This does not include antibody blood tests, which indicate past exposure.

Medically Cleared 

Public health or other medical providers will indicate when someone is allowed to return to normal activities.

 

 

Where

Check-in for all assignments begins in the Gorsuch Commons, 3700 Sharon Gagnon Lane, Anchorage, AK 99508.  

Getting to UAA Housing

Taxis are available just outside of baggage claim at the Anchorage Airport.  A taxi from there to UAA Housing is approximately $25 - $30.

Unloading and Parking

UAA parking passes are not required to park in the residential parking lots during check-in (enforcement starts once school starts). North, East and West Halls all have a limited loading/unloading area in front of the halls. Do not leave your car unattended in the loading zone. Do NOT park in the red curb areas - these are fire lanes and you will be ticketed and towed. 

What you’ll need to Check In

Be sure to bring a driver’s license or photo ID for check-in.

To save time, have all your immunization forms submitted to the Health Center prior to check-in. 

Be sure to complete all your online check-in forms before arriving. You'll recieve an email when the check-in forms are available.

Get your Wolfcard

Your Wolfcard will be your key to your room (along with a pin number that will be given to you at check-in). If you don’t already have a Wolfcard, you can get one at the Gorsuch Commons when you check in.

 Items to Consider for Fall 2020 Housing 

Residents are encouraged to be mindful of the amount of items they move onto campus. Given the unpredictable nature of COVID-19, the possibility does exist of a full closure of the residential community should an outbreak occur. This could require residents to move out over a short period of time. If this occurs, residents will be responsible for all costs related to travel, move out, and relocation due to the closure. 

Residents should identify an alternative, local housing option they could relocate to in 72 hours or less should this be necessary. 

Residents should come to UAA with adequate financial support to return to their permanent residence or an alternative housing option should this become necessary. 

Residents who have an approved assistance animal that needs to go outside should have a plan to have an emergency contact care for the animal in the event they are quarantined on campus. 

On-Campus Living’s ability to approve room moves once residents have moved in will be very limited. 

On-Campus Living strongly encourages residents to be highly aware of implications for out-of-state travel during the academic year. Residents who travel out of state may be required to comply with rigorous testing or quarantine requirements upon arrival back into the state of Alaska. Compliance with these requirements may impact your ability to participate in classes or other collegiate obligations. 

Additionally, residents who choose to travel during the Thanksgiving break may not be allowed to return to residential campus if they are not returning to On-Campus Living in the spring semester.