COVID-19 Policies and Procedures for the 2021-22 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 Policy

In an effort to keep our community safe, residents will notify Residence Life 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 72 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 Residence Life to coordinate the strict social distancing, quarantine or isolation 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 may be required to enter strict social distancing, quarantine or isolation according to the parameters set below. Residents have the option to spend their time in these categories in their housing assignment if they do not have suitemates, in a designated quarantine suite or apartment if they do have suitemates, or off-campus. Residence Life reserves the right to require residents to complete their quarantine or isolation in a different assignment on-campus if it is determined that is what is in the best interest of the resident or the community. 

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 Vaccination Policy

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.

Requests for a waiver to the immunization requirement are considered by the Dean of Students Office and can be submitted via email to Assistant Dean of Students Michael Votava at mvotava@alaska.edu. See the online Move-in Guide for more information about COVID-19 vaccination requirements at check-in.  

Residents who are not fully vaccinated at check-in 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 must be in full compliance with the COVID-19 vaccination policy within 45 days of move-in to remain in campus housing. 

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 isolation housing, 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 isolating 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.
  • When will I be released from isolation?
    • Residents must remain isolated until they have been medically cleared by public health or another medical professional. 

 

Quarantine - symptomatic (vaccinated or unvaccinated) or exposed (unvaccinated only)

  • Vaccinated or unvaccinated residents who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
  • Unvaccinated residents who have been exposed to or had close contact with someone who is experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 
  • Close contact contact is defined by the CDC as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected or symptomatic 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.

Note: Fully vaccinated residents who have had close contact or been exposed to someone who tests positive for or has symptoms of COVID-19 should monitor for symptoms, limit interactions where possible and get tested 5-7 days following exposure if the person they were exposed to tests positive. As long as vaccinated residents experience no symptoms, they do not need to quarantine.

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.

  • What am I allowed to do during this version of quarantine?
    • Residents must stay in quarantine housing 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.
  • When will I be released from this version of quarantine?
    • A vaccinated or unvaccinated resident who is experiencing symptoms should quarantine and should consult with a medical professional regarding next steps. Residents should continue their quarantine until a medical professional advises them they can stop or they test negative for COVID-19. 
    • An unvaccinated resident who has been exposed to someone who is symptomatic for COVID-19 should monitor for symptoms, limit interactions where possible and get tested 5-7 days following exposure. If the individual the resident was exposed to tests positive for COVID-19, the resident should enter quarantine for 14 days
    • An unvaccinated resident who has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days. The resident should immediately get tested and should consider getting a second test 5-7 days after the exposure, but should not end their quarantine before 14 days even if they get a negative test result. If the resident develops symptoms during this time, they should isolate themselves and get tested as soon as possible. 

  

Quarantine (non-symptomatic, awaiting test results)

  • Residents who are moving onto campus and are awaiting the results of their COVID-19 test in compliance with the Residence Life COVID-19 Testing Policy
  • Residents who have already moved in but have left the state of Alaska for more than 72 hours, have returned to residential campus, and are awaiting the results of their COVID-19 test.
  • What am I allowed to do during this version of quarantine?
    • Residents must stay in their apartment or residence hall room, going out only for the following reasons: 
      • emergency medical care (in consultation with a medical professional); 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 retrieve household goods or supplies in the arctic entryway of their building.  
      • residents with a meal plan may enter the Gorsuch Commons to pick up meals but must wear a mask. Residents must utilize to-go containers and must take their meal back to their rooms.
    • Residents with suitemates should wear a mask whenever possible outside of their bedroom.
    • Attendance in in-person classes is NOT permitted. 
  • When will I be released from this version of quarantine?
    • A resident who is NOT fully vaccinated must observe quarantine until they receive the results of their test. If the resident tests negative, they must observe strict social distancing for 5 days from their arrival on campus. 
    • A resident who IS fully vaccinated must observe 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. 
    • 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. 

 

Strict Social Distancing (unvaccinated residents only)

  • 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 if their test was administered for the following reasons: 
    • In compliance with Residence Life policy at the beginning of the semester or as deemed necessary by Residence Life throughout the academic year.
    • Residents who travel outside of the state of Alaska for more than 72 hours.
  • 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. 
  • 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 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 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.
  • When will I be released from during strict social distancing?
    • Residents continuing to live on-campus from one semester to another who are tested in compliance with the Residence Life COVID-19 Testing Policy can end their strict social distancing 5 days after their test was administered.
    • Residents moving onto campus or returning from out-of-state travel for more than 72 hours can end their strict social distancing 5 days after their arrival on campus. 

 

 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, isolation and strict social distancing may prohibit residents from leaving their suite or apartment. This is especially important for the fall and spring semester as check-in will not start until a few days prior to the beginning of classes. Residents who are not fully vaccinated and fall under strict social distancing may miss classes until they are no longer under restriction. 
    • Residents may complete their isolation or quarantine in their assigned apartment or suite if they do not have suitemates. If they have suitemates, Residence Life can assign these residents to a quarantine suite or apartment. 
    • Students in isolation or quarantine are not permitted to possess or consume alcohol or drugs during the entirety of their isolation or 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 quarantine. 
    • Students in isolation or quarantine should contact the Residence Life Information 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:
      • West Hall & Templewood: 907-529-9178
      • MAC & North Hall: 907-529-9176
    • Students in isolation or quarantine can receive items from friends and family. Students can have items dropped off at the Residence Life 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 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 quarantine.
    • Violation of these policies may result in the removal of the resident from campus.
  • Isolating or Quarantining Off-Campus

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

    • Residents must inform Residence Life of their decision to isolate or quarantine off-campus. 
    • Residents must adhere to all the same policies and procedures relevant to isolation and 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 quarantine
    • 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. The items must be related to health, safety or academic success. 
  • Meal Delivery

    Residents with a meal plan who are in quarantine for symptoms (vaccinated or unvaccinated residents) or for exposure (unvaccinated residents only) or isolation statuses are not allowed to come to the Commons to pick up food. These residents can have meals delivered to them. Instructions for requesting meal delivery will be shared with residents closer to the start of the fall semester.

  • Amenities and Services
    • Residents in isolation or 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 quarantine requiring clean clothes may coordinate with Residence Life to provide these, as needed. Residents may call Residence Life at 907-751-7202 or email uaa_residencelife@alaska.edu to request this service. The request will be routed to the Residence Coordinator for follow-up.
  • 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 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 quarantine of the student. 
  • Safety Information
    In the event of a fire alarm or emergency, residents in isolation or 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 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. 

  

Residence Life COVID-19 Testing Policy

In accordance with guidance from the University of Alaska, as well as public health officials on the federal, state and municipal level, the Department of Residence Life may require residents to be periodically tested for COVID-19. At this time, Residence Life plans to require testing of residents at the following times: 

  • All residents living on-campus for the fall semester will be required to be tested for COVID-19 or quarantine for two weeks. Residents must be tested or begin their two week quarantine prior to the start of classes on August 23, 2021. 
  • Residents who travel outside of Alaska for more than 72 hours any time during the academic year 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 throughout the academic year.

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 Residence Life Move-in webpage.

 

  • 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 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 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 quarantine until they receive a negative result on their COVID-19 test. 
    • Students who are NOT fully vaccinated 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 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 quarantine until they receive a negative result on their COVID-19 test. 
    • Students who are NOT fully vaccinated 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 will not be in any category and have no restrictions if they receive a negative test result. 

     Option 2:  Quarantine for 14 days.

    • Students will need to 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 Residence Life 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 prior to arrival

    Students must be medically cleared before returning to campus and should consult with the SHCC about their status.  

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.