COVID-19 Policies and Procedures for the Summer and Fall 2021

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, self-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 will be required to enter strict social distancing, self-quarantine or isolation according to the parameters set below. Residents have the option to spend their time in these categories in their housing assignment or off-campus. Residence Life reserves the right to require residents to complete their self-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 with roommates will likely be required to complete their self-quarantine or isolation in a different assignment on-campus.

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 uaa_deanofstudents@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 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.
  • 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 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 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.
  • 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 (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 self-quarantine?
    • A resident who is experiencing symptoms should self-quarantine and should consult with a medical professional regarding next steps. Residents should continue their self-quarantine until a medical professional advises them they can stop or they test negative for COVID-19. 
    • A resident who has been exposed to someone who is symptomatic for COVID-19 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. The resident may choose to get tested for COVID-19 tested 7 days after the exposure, but should not end their self-quarantine before 14 days if they get a negative test result. 

  

Self-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 self-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.
    • Attendance in in-person classes is NOT permitted. 
  • When will I be released from this version of self-quarantine?
    • A resident who is NOT fully vaccinated must observe self-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 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. 
    • 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

  • 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 Self Quarantine

  • General Information
    • Residents should be aware of obligations they may have that require their presence in-person, such as classes or work, as self-quarantine, isolation and strict social distancing may prohibit residents from leaving their suite or apartment. This is especially important for the fall semester as check-in will not start until approximately 4 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 self-quarantine in their assigned apartment or suite. 
    • 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 Residence Life 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 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 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.
    • Violation of these policies may result in the removal of the resident from campus.
  • 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 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 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 self-quarantine (symptomatic or exposed) 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 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 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 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. 

  

Residence Life COVID-19 Testing Policy

In accordance with guidance from the University of Alaska, as well as public health officials on the municipal, state, and local 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 summer semester will be required to be tested for COVID-19 or self-quarantine for two weeks. Residents must be tested or begin their two week self-quarantine prior to the start of classes on May 17, 2021. 
  • All residents living on-campus for the fall semester will be required to be tested for COVID-19 or self-quarantine for two weeks. Residents must be tested or begin their two week self-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 self-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 self-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:  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 at least three weeks prior to arrival

    Students must present a negative test result as well as a note from a medical provider or public health official releasing the student from isolation. Students will also need to 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.