Fall 2021 Move-in

On behalf of the Department of Residence Life, welcome to UAA! We are excited to have you as a member of our community and hope the information on this page assists you in successfully moving into your new home. Please make note of policies and procedures put into place due to COVID-19 and plan your arrival on campus accordingly.

Move-in Days

Move-in for the fall semester will be held over four days prior to the start of classes. Residents will need to schedule a check-in time and will be notified via email with details and instructions when they can schedule a check-in appointment online.

Move-in Dates and Times

  • Fall Move-in: August 19-22
    • Thursday - Friday: 10 am - 4 pm
    • Saturday - Sunday: 12 noon - 4 pm

Residents will not be allowed to check in after hours or outside of formal check-in times, since all new move-ins must meet with Student Health & Counseling Center Staff at move-in (see the information about COVID-19 testing below). Students arriving outside of these hours should arrange for alternate lodging until formal check-in begins. 

Planning Your Travel

  • Residents moving onto campus who are not yet fully vaccinated (see vaccination requirements below) should be aware that the required testing and subsequent self-isolation and strict social distancing periods may result in the resident missing in-person classes and other obligations. 
  • Previous restrictions on guests will be lifted starting August 2, 2021 which will allow residents moving in in the fall to receive assistance from family or friends to move in. 
  • COVID-19 testing will be available during check-in, as well as access to the Student Health & Counseling Center staff to ensure compliance with immunization requirements (see additional information below on COVID-19 testing)

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Starting this fall, students who live on campus are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Students are highly encouraged to comply with this policy prior to arriving on campus for move-in. Residents who are not fully vaccinated prior to arrival on campus can access the vaccine through the Student Health and Counseling Center (SHCC) and will need to be fully vaccinated within 45 days of move-in. SHCC will have staff present during check-in to administer immunizations and check compliance with the policy. If you are in Anchorage prior to check-in and would like to make an appointment with SHCC, you can contact them at 907-786-4040. Please see the Residence Life Immunization website for more information about required immunizations. 

Residents who arrive on campus without being fully vaccinated should minimize interactions with other members of the community, but are still permitted to attend in-person classes and be present on campus as long as they are in compliance with the UAA Mask Policy. 

Residents who arrive on campus with one dose of an approved two-dose series may be able to secure their second dose from SHCC. If international residents have received one dose of a two dose series that is not approved for use in the United States, the resident may be required to to start a new series with a vaccine approved in the United States. International residents who are fully vaccinated with a vaccine that is not approved for use in the United States but has been approved outside the U.S. will be considered fully vaccinated and in compliance with this policy.

Exceptions to the immunization requirements are considered by the Dean of Students Office. Exceptions are generally granted only in cases where residents are unable to receive an immunization due to a medical condition or because of a religious belief. Requests for exception can be emailed to the Dean of Students Office at uaa_deanofstudents@alaska.edu

COVID-19 Testing

All residents, regardless of their point of origin prior to arrival at UAA, will be required to be tested for COVID-19 or will need to self-quarantine for 14 days. Students can currently receive a COVID-19 test at the airport at no cost if they are an Alaska resident 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.   

  UA Student Verification Letter

Residents can minimize the time they will be required to self-quarantine or observe strict social distancing by arriving on campus fully vaccinated. Residents who are not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to arrive on campus with evidence of a negative test result 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.  

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 SHCC can administer COVID-19 tests as required and has a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines. If you have test or immunization records, you can upload them to the Student Health Portal prior to your arrival. If you have questions about testing or other required immunizations, please contact the SHCC at 907-786-4040 or uaa_studenthealth@uaa.alaska.edu.

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
    • Students will need to provide documentation of their COVID-19 negative test results to the Student Health and Counseling Center (SHCC) prior to their arrival on residential campus. For questions regarding this process, please contact SHCC at 907-786-4040. 
    • Students who are NOT fully vaccinated at check-in will be required to observe five days of strict social distancing starting from the time of their arrival on campus even if they test negative for COVID-19. 
    • Students who are fully vaccinated at check-in will not be in any category and have no restrictions. 
  • Test taken within 72 hours of arrival with no result
    • Students will need to provide documentation of their COVID-19 test administration to the SHCC prior to their arrival on residential campus. For questions regarding this process, please contact SHCC at 907-786-4040. 
    • Students will need to self-quarantine until they receive a negative result on their COVID-19 test. 
    • Students who are NOT fully vaccinated at check-in will be required to observe five days of strict social distancing starting from the time of their arrival on campus even if they test negative for COVID-19. 
    • Students who are fully vaccinated at check-in will not be in any category and have no restrictions if they receive a negative test result.
  • No test taken before arrival

    Students who arrive without a test will have two options: 

    Option 1:  Students can currently receive a COVID-19 test at the airport at no cost if they are an Alaska resident 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.

      UA Student Verification Letter

    • Students will need to provide documentation of their COVID-19 test administration to the SHCC prior to their arrival on residential campus. For questions regarding this process, please contact SHCC at 907-786-4040. 
    • Students will need to self-quarantine until they receive a negative result on their COVID-19 test. 
    • Students who are NOT fully vaccinated at check-in will be required to observe five days of strict social distancing starting from the time of their arrival on campus. 
    • Students who are fully vaccinated at check-in will not be in any category and have no restrictions if they receive a negative test result. 

     

    Option 2:  Self-quarantine for 14 days.

    • Students will need to notify their Residence Coordinator (RC) that they plan to self-quarantine instead of taking a COVID-19 test. The RC will log the student's self-quarantine start date and will notify Residence Life staff of the date the student is free to leave self-quarantine.
    • Students may only leave their room for medical emergencies.
  • Previously tested positive but recovered prior to arrival

    Students must be medically cleared before moving on to campus


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 COVID-19 test
    • Residents who choose to self-quarantine for 14-days rather than get a test
  • A resident moving onto campus who IS fully vaccinated must observe self-quarantine until they receive the results of their test. If the resident tests negative, the resident is no longer in any category and has no restrictions. 
  • Residents in residence halls may retrieve household goods or supplies in the arctic entryway of their building. 
  • Residents with a meal plan in the fall may enter the Gorsuch Commons to pick up meals but must wear a mask and gloves. Residents must utilize to-go containers and must take their meal back to their rooms.
  • Attendance in in-person classes is NOT permitted. 

Strict Social Distancing

  • Residents who are NOT fully vaccinated must observe strict social distancing during the time frame between receiving a negative test result and 5 days from the time they arrive on campus for move-in. 
  • 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 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 with a meal plan in the fall may enter the Gorsuch Commons to pick up meals but must wear a mask and gloves. Residents must utilize to-go containers and must take their meal back to their rooms.
  • Attendance in in-person classes is NOT ​permitted.

Isolation

  • Isolation applies to residents who test positive for COVID-19.
  • Residents must stay in their apartment or residence hall room, going out only for emergency medical care (including COVID-19 testing in consultation with a medical professional), and using contact-free delivery methods to obtain all necessary household goods and supplies. Residents who need to leave the apartment or residence hall room for emergency medical care should notify Residence Life whenever possible prior to exiting. 
  • Residents in residence halls may NOT retrieve household goods or supplies in the arctic entryway of their building. 
  • Residents with meal plans may NOT enter the dining hall to retrieve meals. Information regarding meal delivery is included below. 
  • Attendance in in-person classes is NOT permitted.

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.

Fully Vaccinated

The University of Alaska defines fully vaccinated as an individual who is greater than or equal to 2 weeks following receipt of the second dose of an authorized two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series, or is greater than or equal to 2 weeks following receipt of an authorized single-dose vaccine.

Medically Cleared 

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

Close Contact

Close contact is defined by the CDC as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected or symptomatic person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (for asymptomatic individuals, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection), regardless of whether the contact occurred indoors or outside, or if masks were worn.

Things to Know About Check-in

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. Anchorage also has Uber and Lyft for transportation options. 

Unloading and Parking

UAA Parking Passes will NOT be required to park in campus housing lots during check-in August 19-22 (parking pass enforcement begins the first day of fall classes). The Residence Halls all have a limited loading/unloading area in front, but don't leave your car unattended in the loading zone. Be careful not to park in any red zones (fire lanes) or in spaces designated as handicap parking - you will likely be ticketed or towed (tickets for parking in these spaces can start at $200)!  

Health and Immunization Clinic

The Student Health and Counseling Center will be present in the Gorsuch Commons during fall check-in to collect documentation or administer any missing immunizations or COVID-19 tests before you can check in. To expedite your check-in, please have your immunizations up to date and your documentation submitted prior to check-in.

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 SHCC prior to check-in. 
  • Be sure to complete all your online check-in forms before arriving. You'll receive 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.