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COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

UAA no longer requires students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to live in student housing. For more information about immunization requirements, please refer to the Residence Life Immunization Policy

 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.

These policies are in place as of April 6, 2022

COVID-19 Health Disclosure Policy

In an effort to keep our community safe, residents will notify the University of the following circumstances: 

  • Residence Life or the Student Health and Counseling Center (SHCC) should be immediately notified if a resident tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status 
  • Residence Life or the SHCC should be notified within 12 hours of a resident developing symptoms that have not been ruled out as COVID-19 by a molecular test, especially symptoms that include a cough and a fever in excess of 100 degrees, regardless of vaccination status. Note: Residents must still quarantine as quickly as possible after symptoms develop.
  • Residence Life or the SHCC should be notified within 12 hours of a resident who is unvaccinated having been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Note: Residents must still quarantine as quickly as possible after exposure.

Note: Exposure is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of an individual infected with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, regardless of whether the contact occurred indoors or outside, or if masks were worn.

Residents who fall into any of these categories may be required to enter quarantine or isolation according to the parameters described in the COVID-19 Categories.

Residents are not required to disclose to the University exposures to individuals who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 but have not yet tested positive. Residents who are fully vaccinated are also not required to disclose to the University exposures to individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. In these instances, residents should minimize their interactions as defined in the COVID-19 categories.

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 Residence Life to coordinate the quarantine or isolation of the student. Outside of business hours, residents should contact the RA-On-Duty for their area.

Residents are encouraged to contact Residence Life (907-751-7202) or Environmental Health & Safety (907-786-1300) if they have any questions or want to consult about individual cases. Given the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, guidance from medical professionals and public health is rapidly changing, and we are here to assist you in understanding the policies and procedures that apply to your specific circumstances.

COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies

Vaccinations

The University of Alaska Anchorage does not require students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to live in student housing. However, residents are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, in consultation with a medical professional and according to guidance from public health officials. Vaccinations have been identified as the most effective strategy in stopping the spread of the virus. Being vaccinated may also reduce the amount of time required or recommended for quarantine following an exposure. Students have access to the vaccine on-campus through the Student Health & Counseling Center and can contact their office to schedule an appointment. For more information about immunization requirements for residents, please visit the Residence Life Immunizations website. 

Testing

Residence Life reserves the right to implement testing requirements for residents should conditions related to the pandemic worsen. Decisions regarding required testing will be made in consultation with medical professionals and public health officials. Testing requirements can vary in scope depending on the circumstances leading to the requirement being put in place (e.g. community-wide testing, a single building, a suite or apartment or even required testing for an individual). Residence Life reserves the right to determine when an individual is experiencing symptoms consistent enough with COVID-19 to require that they either receive a molecular-based test or quarantine according to the Residence Life guidelines. If implemented, residents will be given as much notice as possible of any testing requirements, as well as detailed instructions for quarantine and next steps depending on the results.

Note: Unless otherwise specified, references to “testing” are molecular-based FDA-authorized laboratory tests for current infection, such as those that detect viral genetic material (e.g. RT-PCR). An antigen test should only be used to determine if a resident can end their quarantine or isolation period earlier than 10 days.

Home Testing Kits

UAA has a number of antigen-based home COVID-19 testing kits that may be available to residents on a first-come, first-served basis. The primary purpose of the home testing kits is to give members of the UAA community easy access to COVID-19 testing if they are experiencing any symptoms related to the virus. While not as accurate as a molecular test, the home testing kits are generally accurate in detecting COVID-19 positive cases if the individual is experiencing symptoms. Having this information as soon as possible can help stop the spread of COVID-19 early in its cycle. 

Home Testing Kits: Symptomatic

Any resident, regardless of their vaccination status, is required to quarantine and disclose to the University within 12 hours that they are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19. A resident who administers a home test while in quarantine should proceed as follows based on their test results

  • If the test results come back positive, the University should be immediately notified and the resident should enter isolation 
  • If the test results come back negative, residents who are experiencing symptoms should continue to follow the Residence Life quarantine guidelines
    • Residents can only end their quarantine if a molecular test comes back negative

Home Testing Kits: Exposed

Only residents who are unvaccinated are required to quarantine if they are exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. A resident can administer a home testing kit following an exposure, but would still be required to disclose the exposure to the University according to the Residence Life Health Disclosure policy and quarantine according to the Residence Life quarantine guidelines. Home test kits cannot be used to determine if a resident who is unvaccinated and has been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 needs to enter quarantine. 

The Student Health & Counseling Center is available to provide testing resources and guidance, and can be contacted at 907-786-4040, or via email at uaa_studenthealth@alaska.edu.

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, what they are permitted to do in each category, as well as the conditions to be released from them.

Quarantine or Isolation

Quarantine

  • Residents experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, especially a cough and a fever in excess of 100 degrees, regardless of vaccination status
  • Residents who are unvaccinated and have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • Residents awaiting results of a COVID-19 test required by Residence Life, regardless of vaccination status

Isolation 

  • Residents who test positive for COVID-19. regardless of vaccination status.
  • What am I allowed to do during isolation or quarantine?
    • Residents who choose to complete their quarantine or isolation period on campus must stay in their assigned isolation apartment or residence hall suite, 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 their apartment or residence hall room for emergency medical care should notify Residence Life whenever possible prior to exiting and should wear a mask at all times. 
    • Residents who choose to complete their quarantine or isolation period off campus will have access to their assigned residence removed and are not permitted to enter any University of Alaska facility during this time.
    • Residents completing their quarantine or isolation in a residence hall 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. Residents will be provided with information on meal delivery when they enter quarantine or isolation.
    • Attending in-person classes is NOT permitted.
  • When will I be released from quarantine or isolation?
    • In general, quarantine and isolation will last up to ten days with day zero counting as either: 

      • the day the student tested positive, or

      • the date of the onset of symptoms (not to exceed 5 days from the date of the positive test). 

    • On day six, residents in quarantine or isolation have the option to contact the Student Health and Counseling Center (SHCC) to schedule a COVID-19 antigen test (please note that a molecular test should not be used as they are likely to come back positive weeks or months after an individual is no longer contagious). This option is generally limited to asymptomatic cases or cases where the resident is experiencing mild symptoms. 
      • The resident can either schedule an in-person test or a Zoom meeting where the resident will be monitored by a professional staff member to ensure the test was administered properly.
      • Residents are encouraged to schedule their appointment with the SHCC approximately 24 hours ahead of time if their symptoms are improving and it has been 24 hours since their last fever without the use of a fever reducing medication. 
      • If the resident’s test eligibility date falls on the weekend or a University holiday, the resident can call the RA-On-Duty for their area to connect with a professional staff member to schedule a Zoom meeting.
      • If the test comes back positive, the student may repeat the same process on day eight of quarantine or isolation. If the second test is still positive, the student must quarantine or isolate for a total of ten days or 24 hours after their last fever without the use of a fever reducing medication (whichever is the longer of the two options).
      • If the test comes back negative, the resident is permitted to end their quarantine or isolation. The resident is strongly encouraged to take the following actions if they end their quarantine or isolation earlier than 10 days:
        • Continue to wear a mask around others and in any indoor space
        • Take a second antigen test either administered at home or scheduled through SHCC.
          • If the resident’s test results are positive, the resident is required to notify the University according to the Health Disclosure Policy

 Interaction Minimization

  • Residents who are fully vaccinated and have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Exposure is defined by the CDC as being within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, regardless of whether the contact occurred indoors or outside, or if masks were worn.
  • Residents who are exposed to someone who is experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status  
  • What am I allowed to do during interaction minimization?

    Residents under interaction minimization do not technically have any restrictions placed upon them, but residents are highly encouraged to take the following steps:

    • Minimize their interactions with others to the best of their ability
    • Wear a mask in indoor areas and around others 
    • Monitor their health for signs of symptoms consistent with COVID-19 
    • For residents who were exposed, get a molecular-based test 5-7 days after the exposure

 

Information for Students in Isolation or Quarantine

  • General Information
    • Residents should be aware of obligations they may have that require their presence in-person, such as classes or work, as quarantine and isolation prohibit residents from leaving their suite or apartment. 
    • Residents may complete their quarantine or isolation in their assigned apartment or suite if they do not have roommates. If a resident has roommates and chooses to complete their quarantine or isolation period on-campus, Residence Life will assign the resident to a designated space for quarantine and isolation housing. Generally, residents who live in a residence hall will be placed in a residence hall suite to complete their quarantine or isolation, and residents in apartments will be placed in apartments.
    • Residents are not permitted to possess or consume alcohol or drugs during the entirety of their quarantine or isolation period.  
    • Residents 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 residents who test positive for COVID-19.
    • Residents in quarantine or isolation should contact the Residence Life Information Desk at 907-751-7202 during regular business hours if they have questions or need assistance. Residents can call the RA-On-Duty during evening and weekend hours or on holidays observed by the University if they have questions:
    • West Hall & Templewood: 907-529-9178
    • MAC & North Hall: 907-529-9176
    • Residents in quarantine or isolation can receive items from friends and family by having the items dropped off at the Residence Life Information 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 residents in quarantine or isolation may need to be relocated to an alternative location. 
    • Residents may need to identify an alternative care location for their Assistance Animal while in quarantine or isolation.
    • Violations of these policies may result in the termination of the resident’s housing agreement and a restriction from being present on any residential campus in the University of Alaska system.
  • Isolating or Quarantining Off-Campus

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

    • Residents must inform Residence Life of their decision to quarantine or isolate off-campus. 
    • Residents must adhere to all the same policies and procedures relevant to quarantine or isolation, 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 have completed their quarantine or isolation period. 
    • Residents may contact Residence Life to have items they may have forgotten retrieved from their spaces and coordinate a pick-up time with a friend or family member. Items related to health, safety or academic success will be prioritized.