HRL and COVID-19

Housing and Residential Life is committed to providing a safe living environment. As the global pandemic continues to evolve, we will make necessary updates to the information provided below.

Our Commitment to Cleanliness

Working with the Facilities and Operations Planning team, we have established best practices for cleaning our spaces. Our increased cleaning efforts include:

Hand sanitizer stations are located at all building entrances, elevator lobbies, offices, and desk entrances.
Cleaning staff uses CDC-directed cleaning methods and EPA-registered disinfectants to wipe surfaces and clean high-traffic areas.
All lobby and communal bathrooms are equipped with hands-free devices such as faucets, soap dispensers, and paper towel dispensers.

Additionally, our staff is trained to provide the best experience possible throughout this evolving situation. We are here to provide you with assistance while maintaining safe practices.

Help Us Slow the Spread

As resident students, there are a number of expectations while living on campus. We have put together a guide to help roommates maintain a clean and safe living environment and students can report concerns about unsafe behaviors of others to 'Canes Care for 'Canes.

The University strongly encourages all students to be immunized against COVID-19. If you have not yet been vaccinated, please visit vaccinefinder.org to find a vaccination location near you.

Masks are not required on the Coral Gables Campus. Individuals who wish to wear a mask for their protection are encouraged to do so, and that decision should be respected by all members of our community.
The front doors of residential area lobbies are locked 24/7 and require a valid 'Cane Card to access.
Students who host or attend any on-campus gatherings that exceed occupancy and/or violate guest policies will face disciplinary action and be subject to a housing contract review, even on the first offense. 
Residents are expected to regularly clean and sanitize their living spaces with their own cleaning supplies.
Any courier service (Postmates, Uber Eats, Instacart, flower delivery, etc.) must meet the resident outside of the buildings. 
The University reserves the right to notify parents or families without a student’s prior consent in health or safety emergencies. If you are found in violation of these policies, your ability to continue to live in housing will be reviewed and your parent/guardian will be notified of the outcome of that review. 

Testing

Students experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must be tested at Student Health Service. Appointments are required and are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To schedule an appointment, sign in at MyUHealthChart.com and select the “Visits” button on the top of the screen. 

Isolation and Quarantine

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from people who are not infected. For clinical assistance, please follow the instructions on the Student Health Service website.

A summary of our approach to quarantine and isolation is outlined below. University health officials may adjust these guidelines as needed based on a student’s individual circumstance and the availability of off-campus isolation spaces.

Open All Tabs
  • Quarantine or Isolation On Campus

    Any student directed to isolate or quarantine by Student Health Service will do so in their assigned residential room and will need to wear a mask, preferably an N-95. Masks will be provided to the student and roommate. Students can choose to isolate or quarantine off campus at their own expense.

    Any student who is uncomfortable remaining in their room with a student who has tested positive for COVID-19 is free to secure their own accommodations elsewhere or off campus at their own expense.

    Eating in the dining halls, or any indoor on-campus dining facility is not permitted while in isolation or quarantine. Students in isolation/quarantine are responsible for their own food arrangements. Students are encouraged to work with a roommate or friend to have food picked up. If that is not possible, the student can go to the take-out area of either dining hall wearing a mask and pick up a to-go meal.