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COVID-19 Information

The health and safety of our students, employees, and visitors are of the utmost importance to the University. The Office of University Housing has assessed possible risks and developed the following protocols and procedures to help mitigate those risks.

The Office of University Housing and Residential Life wants to hear from you. If you have questions or concerns regarding how we are handling safety for COVID-19, contact us via email oncampusliving@louisiana.edu or call 337-482-6124.

Visit the University's COVID-19 response website for more information about how the University is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuring the health of all students and employees.

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Clarifying Student Expectations for Housing

Students will be responsible for complying with University policies public health as described in the Housing Contract Addendum found in the StarRez portal. Failure to comply may render the student unable to participate in residence hall activities and/or may result in a referral to Student Rights and Responsibilities. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Physical distancing
  • Compliance with isolation/quarantine protocols
  • Use of personal protective equipment, including face coverings
  • Communication of COVID-19 situations through the online self-reporting form

Housing Health and Safety

We know that your health and safety are of the utmost importance as you weigh your options for the upcoming year. Here are some of the measures we're taking:

Masks are Required

Anyone entering a residence hall/apartment building (including residents) must wear a mask while in public spaces.

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Increased Cleaning Efforts

  • All common spaces and high touch point areas such as elevator buttons, water fountains, door handles, public restrooms, and laundry rooms will be cleaned at an increased frequency.
  • Signage is placed on every suite/jr suite/apartment entrance door as well as suite/jr suite/apartment bedroom doors explaining how students should self-report COVID-19 symptoms/issues.
  • Custodian staff will be going into the suites to clean bathrooms on a scheduled basis. This schedule will be posted in the rooms so residents can be aware and remain in their rooms or not be in the space during these scheduled cleanings.
  • Residents should bring their own cleaning supplies to clean all spaces within suite/jr suite/apartment. Here are some tips for cleaning your room.
  • Students will be notified before maintenance is done in the suite/bedroom this includes housing maintenance, facilities management, and third party vendors.

Restricting Occupancy

No more than two residents will share a bathroom or bedroom. There will be no triples or quads.

Isolation/Quarantine

  • Some residence hall spaces have been taken offline to be used as isolation/quarantine spaces for residents that decide to isolate/quarantine on campus.
  • Resident MUST follow the university’s isolation/quarantine policy, or they will be asked to move off campus. View the student COVID-19 quarantine and isolation form.
  • Residents must self-report if in contact with a positive person, feels symptoms, or has tested for COVID-19 (meaning the resident has taken a COVID-19 test but has not received the results yet). This is an online process. A flyer with the URL is on every suite/jr suite/apartment entrance door as well as suite/jr suite/apartment bedroom doors explaining how students should self-report COVID-19 symptoms/issues.
  • Housing, Residence Life, Student Affairs, and Student Health Services will work with any resident that needs to isolate/quarantine.

​Room Changes

  • If a resident decides to move to another room, isolation/quarantine students would only move the necessary items needed during the isolation/quarantine period, not all of their belongings.
  • When one resident is involved, the resident will be assigned to a new, clean space and move within two hours to a new room.
  • When two or more residents are involved, residents will move one-at-a-time into a clean space. Residents will be given two-hour windows to move. NOTE: Students cannot “swap” rooms. All rooms would need to be cleaned by Housing custodial staff before another resident can move into that room.

Common Spaces

  • To ensure appropriate social distancing, all common spaces will be closed. This includes but not limited to lounge spaces, fitness areas, study rooms.
  • Cleaning efforts will continue and be increased in these spaces.
  • There will be no visitation allowed in any areas of on campus living including resident rooms/suites/jr suites/apartments.
  • Only two people are allowed at a time in the elevators.

Staff Training

All Housing and Residence Life Staff have and will continue to be trained on all safety protocols and guidelines from the university, the city/state/federal governments, and health officials as they pertain to COVID-19.

Residential Life

All of our programs will follow the CDC guidelines. We will have a mixture of face-to-face programs with social distancing guidelines as well as interactive virtual programs.

Look forward to participating online with trivia, grocery bingo, movie nights, video tournaments, and cooking demonstrations with your RA. All of our roommate agreements will be completed online. Residents will have one on one meetings with their RAs via an app called Teams. We look forward for you attending programs and wining prizes while making friends and learning about all the resources available for you to make your experience at UL Lafayette successful.

Move-in Fall 2020

(August 12 – August 15; specific timeslots given to residents)

To promote the health and safety of students, families, and our staff, there have been several adjustments to the move-in process. This page will be updated as more information becomes available.

Process

  • Timeslots: For social distancing purposes, a specific check in date/time will be posted on the resident’s Housing Portal Page. Failure to follow the specific date/time will result in waiting long periods of time in the August heat.
  • Only one non-resident will be allowed in the building to help student move in during the timeslot allotted. After this timeslot, the non-resident should vacate the building to allow others to move in safely.
  • Resident and non-residents will be screened before they will be allowed to check in. This screening will include a temperature check and completion of a short questionnaire. If the resident or non-resident fail any part of the screening, they resident will not be allowed to check in at that time.
  • Personal Protective Equipment: All residents and non-residents will be required to wear a facial covering for the duration of the move-in process. Please bring your own; however, we will provide a facial covering to anyone that does not have one. Residents will also be required to wear a facial covering anytime they are outside of their residence hall room or apartment.
  • Only two people are allowed at a time in the elevators.
  • To help with social distancing, stairwells and side entrances will be open for move in

Packing

  • This semester will look very different from previous semesters. To help with that transition, here are a few items that should be added to your packing list:
    • Thermometer
    • Hand Sanitizers
    • Facial Coverings: several because they should be washed frequently
    • Cleaning wipes for living space
    • A container that can hold up to 14 days of clothes and supplies for IF isolation/quarantine is needed
    • Collapsible rolling cart to move items into buildings/can also be used to bring groceries and supplies to/from building to vehicle
  • A more extensive packing list can be found here.

Move-out Summer 2020

Move-out will be extended over the course of several days to ensure that social distancing practices are maintained. New residents will be given a specific date and time window to move out of their residence hall/apartment.

  • Each building will have a set number of residents per time window checking out at a time.
  • Only one non-resident will be allowed in the building to help student move-out.
  • Residents and non-residents helpers will be required to answer a questionnaire and have their temperatures taken before entering the building. This will be administered by Student Health Services.
  • If a resident or non-resident has a positive questionnaire and/or a temperature, they will not be allowed to move in.
  • Residents and visitors will be required to sanitize their hands before entering the building.
  • Everyone must wear a mask during move-out. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided at the front desk.
  • Non-residents must sign in at the front desk before proceeding to the resident’s room and sign out when leaving the building. Non-residents will be allowed in the residence halls during your move-out times only.
  • All residents/non-residents are to practice social distancing as best as they can.
  • Only two people are allowed at a time in the elevators.
  • Stairwells and side entrances through community rooms would be open.