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COVID-19 Policies and Restrictions

Last updated 5/25/2021. Updated face covering policy.

Housing Residents have a duty to report their status to UAS Student Housing in any of the following circumstances:

  • If you have been in any location outside of Juneau for at least 72 hours, foreign or domestic, within the last two weeks.
  • If you have been identified by public health in "close contact" with someone who has been confirmed to have COVID-19, or with someone who is COVID-19 symptomatic and is a "person under investigation"
  • If you are returning from having been a passenger on a cruise ship
  • If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • If you are COVID-19 symptomatic or are a "person under investigation"

If you meet one or more of these criteria, you must notify Student Housing immediately and follow all directions given by Student Housing, including the possibility of relocation, quarantining, etc. Contact your instructors if you are told you will be unable to attend your classes. 

Definitions:

Person Under Investigation: Someone who is COVID-19 symptomatic and either has been advised to get a molecular COVID-19 test, or has taken a test and is awaiting results.

Close Contact: The CDC defines a close contact as being within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes.

Due to challenges with heightened cleaning requirements, the following areas will be closed to resident use:

  • Banfield Hall - all common areas 

When applicable, these areas may be traversed while traveling from one area to another. However, furniture will be removed and/or rearranged and ongoing use of these spaces is not permitted. 

The following areas within student housing may be used as long as masks are worn and occupancy caps are observed:

  • John Pugh Hall lobby
  • John Pugh Hall laundry room
  • John Pugh Hall hallways
  • John Pugh Hall third floor commons & kitchen
  • John Pugh Hall fourth floor commons
  • John Pugh Hall 2nd floor study nook
  • Housing Lodge third floor
  • Housing Lodge second floor
  • Housing Lodge laundry room

Vaccinated Individuals:

Individuals who are fully vaccinated (two weeks after their final shot in their vaccine series) are not required to wear face coverings on UAS property. Residence Life highly encourages housing residents to share their vaccine record with the department so that, in addition to the face covering policy, you can be exempted from travel restrictions and you will no longer be considered a Close Contact if you come in contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive, provided you have no symptoms. Share your vaccination record with us by visiting a desk location or by emailing your record directly to uas.housing@alaska.edu.

Unvaccinated Individuals:

Face coverings are required on campus and at University sponsored activities regardless of location. Every person must wear a mask or face shield that completely covers the person’s nose and mouth. Face coverings may be removed only if a person can easily maintain a continuous distance of at least six feet from all other persons, and one is:

  1. outside, or
  2. engaged in an activity incompatible with mask wearing (e.g. dining) in a space officially designated for that activity, or
  3. an employee at their designated work station who has no direct contact with the public.

Within student housing, residents and staff are expected to wear face coverings whenever they are indoors and not within the privacy of their assigned apartment or suite. This includes but is not limited to:

  • All areas of the Student Housing Lodge
  • Hallways, Lounges, Lobbies, and Laundry rooms within residence halls

Face Coverings are not required within residential units, but are highly encouraged within common areas such as kitchens, living rooms, bathrooms, and shared entries. 

Face Coverings are also not required for staff who solely occupy a secured, enclosed space such as within private offices when the door is closed and only one occupant is present.

Resident-to-Resident Visitation:

Current UAS Housing residents may visit each other within the privacy of their residential units in accordance with the UAS guest policy. However, the following recommendations and restrictions remain in effect:

  • Overnight guests of any kind, including current residents, are not permitted. 
  • A temporarily-reduced cap on residents and guests is being enacted – at no time may more than eight individuals be present within a housing unit, including residents assigned to a unit and their guests. 
  • All residents are highly encouraged to practice social distancing while visiting units and to wear masks as appropriate when unable to social distance.
  • All residents are encouraged to keep a log of guests to their unit for contract tracing purposes, if it becomes necessary. Paper logs are available for pickup at housing desk locations.
  • No individual observing a quarantine, strict social distancing, isolation, or minimizing interactions while testing is permitted to visit another residential unit. 

Non-Resident Visitation:

All restrictions for resident-to-resident visitation also apply for non-resident vistiation. Non-residents may visit UAS Housing only when the community risk level is "minimal." To view the current risk level, visit the City and Borough of Juneau COVID-19 Dashboard. It is your responsibility to know the Juneau community risk level at all times and comply with the non-resident visitation policy.

  • Non-residents of UAs Housing may not visit if they:
    • Have traveled outside of Juneau for more than 72 hours wihin the last 10 days
    • If they have been in close contact (less than 6 feet for at least 15 minutes without masks) with someone who has COVID-19 or who is a "person under investigation" for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
    • If they have tested positive for COVID-10 and hav enot yet been medically cleared.

Visitation policies may be rescinded if residents do not utilize proper safety precautions or if COVID-19 risk increases. If this policy is changed you will receive 24 hours' notice via emial.

We expect that all members of the on-campus housing community - residents, faculty, staff, and guests act in a manner that demonstrates respect and consideration for those around them, including respect and consideration for the health and safety of all community members. All residents are prohibited from creating a health or safety hazard within housing and the University may request or require a resident to leave housing if their continued presence in the housing community poses a health or safety risk for community members.

Residents are required to comply with health and safety laws, orders, ordinances, regulations and health and safety guidance adopted by the University or Student Housing as it relates to public health crises, including COVID-19. This guidance will evolve as the public health crisis evolves and may include, but is not limited to, social distancing, limitations on mass gatherings/events, encouraging or requiring wearing a face covering, COVID-19 diagnostic and surveillance testing (including before or upon arrival to campus), contact tracing, disinfection protocols, limitations on guests, and quarantine/isolation requirements (including before or upon arrival to campus). Adherence to health and safety requirements applies to all residents, staff, faculty and guests and extends to all aspects of Student Housing and Dining Services, including bedrooms, bathrooms, community kitchens, lounges, lobbies, courtyards/pavilions and other common spaces.

At any time, the University may request or require a resident to leave housing when that resident’s continued presence in the housing community poses a health or safety risk for community members. Residents are required to comply with requests from Student Housing to leave their assigned space due to COVID-19 or other public health emergency and failure to do so is a violation of the student code of conduct/BOR policy and may subject a student to immediate removal or loss of housing from their assigned space. Not all residential rooms or communities are appropriate for self-quarantine or self-isolation, for example, and in those situations where a student is recommended or required to self-quarantine or self-isolate, students may not be permitted to continue residing in their residential space and will be provided alternative housing arrangements as needed. Removal from housing to isolate or quarantine does not constitute a termination of a residential housing agreement.
Residents are required to comply with any de-densifying efforts (act of spreading out and/or separating individuals to minimize contact) needed on campus due to COVID-19 or other public health emergencies, including, but not limited to, the relocation of all or some residents to alternative housing. Relocation does not constitute a termination of a residential housing agreement. In the event Student Housing must relocate residents as part of a de-densifying strategy due to public health concerns for an extended period of time and alternative housing is not available, Student Housing will offer impacted residents a prorated reimbursement as appropriate and based on information available at that time.
Dining Service, including where and how it will be offered to residential students, is subject to the discretion of the University and is subject to modification to address public health concerns. Due to health and safety guidance adopted by the University or Dining, Dining may limit the occupancy of dining locations, limit the amount of time students may reside within dining venues, or make other operational adjustments needed to address health and safety concerns.
Student Housing will continue to implement and modify its cleaning protocols to address COVID-19 or other public health emergencies in the interest of minimizing the spread of disease. Student Housing will educate and inform residents on appropriate cleaning protocols within their assigned spaces to reduce the spread of COVID-19 within the residence halls and various apartment units.
Upon reasonable notice, Student Housing reserves the right to terminate housing agreements due to public health emergency needs, including COVID-19. In the event Student Housing terminates housing agreements due to public health concerns, UAS will offer a prorated reimbursement for impacted residents as appropriate and based on information available at that time.
All alleged violations of the above policies will be referred to Student Conduct for review. Failure to comply after an initial conversation may result in disciplinary action or campus restrictions as appropriate, including a possible loss of housing eligibility.