COVID-19 Protocols for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

 

This website contains important information all residents living on-campus at UAA must understand and abide by for the safety of our community. These measures have been put into place to protect our residents from the dangers presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. By working together, we can keep each other safe and ensure continued access to education.

COVID-19 Health Disclosure Process

In an effort to keep our community safe, residents will notify On-Campus Living (OCL) under the following circumstances: 

  • If you test positive for COVID-19
  • If you were exposed to an individual who has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, including a fever in excess of 100 degrees
  • If you travel outside of the state of Alaska for more than 24 hours

During business hours, residents should contact the Student Health & Counseling Center (SHCC) if they fall into any of these categories. Residents can contact SHCC at 907-786-4040. SHCC will then notify OCL to coordinate the quarantine or isolate of the student. Outside of business hours, residents should contact the RA-On-Duty for their area. 

Residents who fall into any of these categories will be required to quarantine or isolate themselves in their housing assignment. See the information on isolation or quarantine below. 

 

COVID-19 Categories

Residents have the potential to find themselves in one or more of the following categories throughout the academic year. It is imperative that residents understand the conditions under which they may fall into one of these categories, as well as the conditions to be released from them. 

 

Isolation 

  • Residents who test positive for COVID-19.
  • What am I allowed to do during isolation?
    • Residents must stay in their apartment or residence hall room, going out only for emergency 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 household goods or supplies in the arctic entryway of their building. 
    • Attendance in in-person classes is NOT permitted.
  • When will I be released from isolation?
    • Residents must remain isolated until they have been medically cleared by public health or another medical professional. 

 

  

Self-Quarantine (symptomatic or exposed)

  • Residents who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19. 
  • Residents who have been exposed to someone who is experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Exposure means being in contact with someone within six feet for at least 15 minutes over the past 48 hours, regardless of whether the contact occurred indoors or outside, or if masks were worn. 
  • Residents who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Exposure means being in contact with someone within six feet for at least 15 minutes over the past 48 hours, regardless of whether the contact occurred indoors or outside, or if masks were worn. 
  • Residents who have been exposed to someone who has been exposed to someone else who is experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • What am I allowed to do during this version of self-quarantine?
    • Residents must stay in their apartment or residence hall room, going out only for emergency 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 household goods or supplies in the arctic entryway of their building. 
    • Attendance in in-person classes is NOT permitted. 
  • When will I be released from this version of self-quarantine?
    • A resident who is experiencing symptoms should self-quarantine and should consult with a medical professional regarding next steps. Residents should continue self-quarantining until a medical professional advises them they can stop. 
    • A resident who has been exposed to someone who is now self-quarantining due to being symptomatic for COVID-19 or due to being exposed to someone else who is symptomatic should enter self-quarantine. The resident should consider getting tested 7 days after the exposure. The resident can end their self-quarantine if the person they were exposed to tests negative. 
    • A resident who has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must self-quarantine for 14 days. A resident may choose to get tested for COVID-19, but should not end their self-quarantine before 14 days if they get a negative test result. Residents who choose to get tested should do so 7 days after the exposure.  

 

 

Self-Quarantine (non-symptomatic, awaiting test results)

  • Residents who are moving onto campus for the first time awaiting the results of their first test in compliance with On-Campus Living’s testing policy. 
  • Residents who have already moved in but have left the state of Alaska for more than 24 hours, have returned to residential campus, and are awaiting the results of their first test. 
  • What am I allowed to do during this version of self-quarantine?
    • Residents must stay in their apartment or residence hall room, going out only for emergency medical care, and using contact-free delivery methods to obtain all necessary household goods and supplies. 
    • Residents in North or East Hall may retrieve household goods or supplies in the arctic entryway of their building. 
    • Attendance in in-person classes is NOT permitted. 
  • When will I be released from this version of self-quarantine?
    • A resident who has NOT traveled outside of the state of Alaska for more than 24 hours in the past two weeks may enter interaction minimization after receiving a negative result from their first test. 
    • A resident who has traveled outside of the state of Alaska for more than 24 hours and has returned to residential campus may enter strict social distancing after receiving a negative result from their first test. 

 

 

Strict Social Distancing

  • Residents who are moving onto campus from out of state for the first time awaiting the results of their second test in compliance with On-Campus Living’s testing policy. 
  • Residents who have already moved in but have left the state of Alaska for more than 24 hours, have returned to residential campus, and are awaiting the results of their second test. 
  • What am I allowed to do during strict social distancing?
    • 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.
    • Residents with a meal plan may NOT enter the Gorsuch Commons to pick up meals. Residents should call the RA-on-duty between 5-6 pm each day they wish to have meals delivered to them. 
    • Attendance in in-person classes is NOT ​permitted.
  • When will I be released from during strict social distancing?
    • Residents can end their strict social distancing once they have received a negative result from their second COVID-19 test. 

 

 

Interaction Minimization

  • Residents who are moving onto campus from inside the state for the first time awaiting the results of their second test in compliance with On-Campus Living’s testing policy.
  • What am I allowed to do during interaction minimization?
    • 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. 
    • 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. 
    • Attendance in in-person classes is NOT ​permitted.
  • When will I be released from interaction minimization?
    • Residents can end their interaction minimization  once they have received a negative result from their second COVID-19 test.

 

Information for Students in Isolation or Self Quarantine

  • General Information
    • Residents may complete their isolation or self-quarantine in their assigned apartment or suite. 
    • Students in isolation or self-quarantine may not leave their assigned suite or apartment during the entire quarantine or isolation period. Students will not be permitted to have visitors during this time. Violation of these guidelines may result in the removal of the student from campus. 
    • Students in isolation or self-quarantine are not permitted to possess or consume alcohol or drugs during the entirety of their isolation or self-quarantine.  
    • Students are strongly encouraged to be in close communication with their parents/guardians during this time. UAA may choose to do an emergency notification to the parents or guardians of students in isolation or self-quarantine. 
    • Students in isolation or self-quarantine should contact the University Housing Front Desk at 907-751-7202 during regular business hours if they have questions. Students can call the RA-On-Duty during evening and weekend hours if they have questions:
      • East Hall & Templewood: 907-529-9178
      • MAC & North Hall: 907-529-9176
    • Students in isolation or self-quarantine can receive items from friends and family. Students can have items dropped off at the University Housing Front Desk during regular business hours. For deliveries after hours or on the weekends, residents can contact the RA-On-Duty for their area. 
    • The University reserves the right to close campus, at which time students in isolation or self-quarantine will need to be relocated to an alternative location. 
    • Students may need to identify an alternative care location for their Assistance Animal while in isolation or self-quarantine.
  • Isolating or Self-Quarantining Off-Campus

    In the event a resident chooses to complete their isolation or self-quarantine off-campus, they should be aware of the following policies: 

    • Residents must inform the Department of Residence Life of their decision to isolate or self-quarantine off-campus. 
    • Residents must adhere to all the same policies and procedures relevant to isolation and self-quarantine, including policies for entering UA buildings, class attendance, testing requirements, etc. 
    • Residents will not have access to residential areas, including their assigned suite or apartment, until they can demonstrate they have completed their isolation or self-quarantine. 
    • Residents may contact On-Campus Living to have items they may have forgotten retrieved from their spaces and coordinate a pick-up time with a friend or family member. The items must be related to health, safety, or academic success. 
  • Meal Delivery

    Residents with a meal plan who are in "quarantine," "isolation" or "strict social distancing" statuses are not allowed to come to the Commons to pick up food. These residents can have meals delivered to them. Please see the information below about ordering meals for delivery: 

    • Brunch Monday - Friday:  Call the Housing Desk at 907-751-7202 between 11 am and 12 noon.  Meals will be delivered around 1 pm
    • Brunch Saturday - Sunday:  Call the RA on duty for your area at the numbers below between 11 am and 12 noon. Meals will be delivered around 1 pm.
      • North and MAC Apartments: 907-529-9176
      • East and Templewood Apartments: 907-529-9178
    • Dinner Monday - Sunday:  Call the RA-on-duty for your area at the numbers above between 5 and 6 pm. Meals will be delivered between 6-7 pm. 

    Note: only residents who are in quarantine, isolation or strict social distancing are eligible for meal delivery. All other students should go to the Commons to pick up their meals. 

  • Amenities and Services
    • Residents in isolation or self-quarantine can have their trash removed by the RA-On-Duty. If you need your trash taken out, place it in a plastic trash bag then double bag it. Residents should have their trash outside of their suite or apartment door by 8:30 pm each night. Residents should have their trash removed at least every 3 days according to CDC guidelines. 
    • Residents in Isolation or self-quarantine requiring clean clothes may coordinate with Residence Life to provide these, as needed. Residents may call On-Campus Living at 907-751-7202 or email uaa_housing@alaska.edu to request this service. The request will be routed to the Residence Coordinator for follow-up. 
    • Residents will have access to teleconference counseling services from the Student Health & Counseling Center (SHCC). Appointments with SHCC can be made by calling 907-786-4040. 
  • Academic Support
    • The Dean of Students Office will assist residents in coordinating their academic needs, including communication with professors. Faculty will be able to have necessary materials delivered to the students while in isolation or self-quarantine. 
    • Residents who need access to a computer will be able to make a request to the Dean of Students Office for assistance. 
    • Residents will work with Disability Support Services (DSS) in digitizing as much of the student’s class work as possible. DSS will work with faculty on moving instruction online to accommodate the isolation or self-quarantine of the student. 
  • Safety Information
    In the event of a fire alarm or emergency, residents in isolation or self-quarantine will gather in a separate location. Residents should proceed to the Bill Rose Memorial Garden near the bridge behind the Gorsuch Commons. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear your issued mask. 
  • Medical Information
    • Residents who are in isolation or are self-quarantining due to an exposure or being symptomatic can expect to be checked on approximately once a day via telephone or Zoom with the Student Health & Counseling Center. 
    • For emergencies, please dial 911. 

  

Testing Policies for Residents Returning to Campus after Out-of-State Travel

Residential students who travel outside of Alaska any time during the semester will need to adhere to the testing policies below upon their return to campus. These testing policies do not apply for students traveling within the state. Note: Students who are moving into campus housing for the first time during the academic year must follow the COVID-19 testing policies outlined in the OCL Move-in page. 

  • Test taken within 72 hours of arrival with a negative result
    • Student will meet with the Student Health and Counseling Center (SHCC) upon their return to Alaska and before they return to campus housing. To schedule an appointment with the SHCC, call 907-786-4040. 
    • Student will complete a Declaration Form at the SHCC and will schedule a second test within 7-14 days of arrival. 
    • 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 meet with the Student Health and Counseling Center (SHCC) upon their return to Alaska and before they return to campus housing. To schedule an appointment with the SHCC, call 907-786-4040. 
    • Student will complete a Declaration Form at the SHCC and will schedule a second test within 7-14 days of arrival back in Alaska. 
    • Student will need to self-quarantine until they receive a negative result on their first test, and then 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 Students can receive a COVID-19 test at the airport for no cost if they are an Alaska residents or if they show verification that they are a UA student. Students can obtain a verification letter through the UA website. Please click on the button below for more information and to generate a letter. 

    Travel Verification Letter

    • Student will meet with the Student Health and Counseling Center (SHCC) upon their return to Alaska and before they return to campus housing. To schedule an appointment with the SHCC, call 907-786-4040. 
    • Student will complete a Declaration Form at the SHCC and will schedule a second test within 7-14 days of arrival back in Alaska. 
    • Student will need to self-quarantine until they receive a negative result on their first test, and then practice strict social distancing until the second test comes back with a negative result.

     

    Option 2:  Quarantine for 14 days. 

    • Student will notify their Residence Coordinator (RC) that they plan to quarantine instead of taking a COVID-19 test. The RC 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.