Fall Move In and Residence Halls
University Housing and Residence Life is working to provide a safe, healthy and comfortable environment for all Mocs. Students must follow protocols in place to help protect health and safety, including requiring the wearing of face masks, practicing social distancing and observing designated foot traffic patterns.
The University will continue to monitor the prevalence of COVID-19, and residence hall policies are subject to change as may be necessary.
- University Housing and Residence Lifeis working to provide a safe, healthy and comfortable environment for all Mocs. In addition to health and safety expectations for campus housing residents, enhanced cleaning protocols are in place.
- Common spaces in residence halls and other areas on campus have been reconfigured to promote social distancing. Face masks must be worn in residence hall common areas and anywhere else inside these buildings when students are not in their private living spaces.
- For the protection of all residents, no visitors or non-residents are permitted in UTC housing except during official, scheduled move-in and move-out periods.
Move-in will happen from Monday, Aug. 10 to Sunday, Aug. 16, and social distancing will be practiced throughout this time. Elevators, doors and stairs will be labeled as entrances or exits, and only one family should use an elevator at a time. Other changes include:
- Students are asked to sign up for a reserved move-in time between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily.
- University Housing will host drive-through check-in at the UTC Sports Complex.
- Students are asked to bring only two guests each to help unload and move in belongings. Students and their guests must wear face masks while on campus.
- Students have two hours from their check-in times to finish unloading and relocating their cars to long-term parking lots.
- Volunteers won’t be permitted to help unload cars but may serve as greeters or parking attendants.
About 500 students are expected to move in each day from Aug. 10-16. Faculty and staff are encouraged to offer students and their families smiles, a wave or help with directions.
Visitors who live off campus will not be permitted in any residence hall after a student’s move-in day.
Students should complete the daily health self-screening form no more than two hours before arriving on campus on their scheduled move-in day. The online form is available at www.xxxxxxxx. All students and guests are asked to monitor their health and refrain from coming to campus if they feel unwell. University Housing will work with students who need to delay move-in.
Visit the Operation Move In page for more information.
If a student who had previously signed up for housing decides not to live on campus this fall, Housing and Residence Life has extended its cancellation date to Aug. 7 for a full refund of the deposit. Cancellation forms can be found via Manage My Housing.
Students who cancel housing for the fall semester will be able to reapply for housing for spring semester 2021, should campus housing be available. The application for spring semester housing opens in November and students apply via Manage My Housing on the UTC website.
If a student is taking only online classes but chooses to live on campus this fall, standard housing contract fees apply.
Residential Life During COVID-19
Students are expected to adhere to personal safety measures such as handwashing, wearing face masks and social distancing. Gathering in common areas will be limited. Students are asked to be mindful of capacity limits in kitchens, laundry rooms and other common areas.
Students are not required students to wear face masks in their private living space, but students will be expected to wear masks inside housing facilities as they walk to and from their personal residence and whenever social distancing cannot be maintained.
Housing and Residence Life has assessed every housing complex toward compliance with health and safety protocols. Furniture in bedrooms has been reconfigured to accommodate social distancing, and in spaces where social distancing was not possible, bedrooms were converted to one-person occupancy.
All residents must follow entry and exit signage. Social distancing of six feet or more between people is encouraged in common areas. Residents should avoid congregating in groups of 10 or more.
Students are not allowed to host or invite any guests to their rooms or residence halls.
Students should wear face masks inside residence halls when not in their rooms. Common areas such as lounges and meeting rooms have been reconfigured to help maintain social distancing. Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided to all campus residents and hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout all residence halls. Students are asked to avoid congregating in groups of 10 or more.
Students should proactively wash their hands, thoroughly and often, and use hand sanitizer after being in contact with high-touch objects such as railings, doorknobs and elevator buttons. Disinfecting and cleaning solutions will be provided for students in residence hall facilities to assist in protecting their own health and safety.
Limit elevator capacity and take stairs when possible. Under no circumstances should anyone enter an elevator or wait in an elevator lobby without wearing a face mask.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
University Housing staff is following updated, comprehensive protocols for cleaning and sanitizing all rooms and common spaces. Custodial services will continue to clean restrooms and common areas with enhanced attention given to high-touch areas such as doorknobs, handrails and elevators. Increased cleaning of all areas by facilities using CDC-recommended disinfectants is ongoing. Campus housing residents will be supplied with disinfectant to use in their living quarters.
Bedrooms within unit suites share air circulation. Updates and maintenance in all complexes are in compliance with all building design specifications.
Response to COVID-19 Cases
Housing and Residence Life is holding designated rooms for residential students who test positive for COVID-19 and those who need to self-isolate due to potential exposure.
If a residential student tests positive or has been identified as a close contact of a person who tests positive, he or she will be moved to a temporary residence for a period indicated by University Health Services officials in collaboration with the Hamilton County Health Department. The Office of Student Outreach and Support will be notified of student-specific COVID-19 cases and will communicate directly with the student on how to move about the campus and where to isolate.