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Health and Hygeine

Health and Safety Inspections

To encourage residents to become engaged in maintaining the condition of their living environments, to promote a better understanding of the expectations Student Housing has for residents, and to assist Student Housing in properly maintaining the condition of residential units, Student Housing conducts Health and Safety Inspections during each semester.

What to Expect When an Inspection Occurs

During a Health and Safety inspection, a Residence Life professional staff member and a Residence Life student staff member will enter residential units to conduct a short inspection to ensure that each unit is being maintained in a clean and healthy manner. These inspections are not room searches -- they are largely visual inspections ensuring no fire hazards. contraband items, or health hazards are present. Residence Life will not expect personal belongings. Belongings, drawers and other items will not be inspected. Residents do not need to be present for their inspection.

Residence Life will check refrigerators and food storage areas to ensure that no health hazards are present, including moldy food, expired food, etc. Residence Life will also ensure that trash has been removed from the unit and that it is generally clean. Finally, we will check cabinets under the sinks in kitchens and bathrooms to ensure no leaks are present.

Please be aware that discovery of conduct violations during inspections will lead to a complete unit search.

Units may appear "lived in" - residents are not expected to have a perfectly pristine living environment. Residents will be expected to have a clean floor, to have vacuumed and wiped down surfaces, and to have filed work orders for maintenace concerns.

What to do to Prepare for an Inspection

To prepare for a health and safety inspection, roommated should work together to complete a general cleaning for their unit.

This includes:

  1. Clean all floors - pick up items, vacuum carpets, sweep/mop linoleum.
  2. Take out trash and recyclables - no trash overflowing or on the floor of the unit.
  3. Put in work orders with the Lodge Desk or John Pugh Hall Front Desk for maintenance needs.
  4. Ensure there are no fire hazards or contraband items in the unit, in accordance with the Campus Living Guide.

The John Pugh Hall Desk and Lodge Desk have vacuums, mops, brooms, and other common checkout items residents may use to prepare their units.

How to View Inspection Results

All inspection records are maintained electronically. Residents can log in to MyHousing (accessible from the UAS Housing Website) and select "RCR's and Inspections" to view their results. They will also receive a short email several hours after their inspection is complete indicating that they have passed or failed their inspection. This email will indicate any action items (or lack of items) that need to be completed, as well as a re-inspection date if required.

Personal Hygiene and Sanitation

Students who elect to reside in a communal environment, such as the one student housing provides, should be conscious of how their lifestyle, habits, and cleanliness might affect those whom they share living space with. In cases where residents have concerns about the hygiene or sanitation habits of a roommate, the roommate will be addressed by a staff member and informed that his or her personal lifestyle is disturbing others. To maintain a communal environment, action items may be suggested or required of the roommate to remedy the concern.

Suggestions/Guidelines for Personal Hygiene

In essence, residents should realize that maintaining relaxed hygiene or cleanliness standards is often not conducive for living in close spaces with others who do not share the same lifestyle. In the interest of helping to promote healthy habits, personal wellness, and a pleasant living environment for all students in unit, the following hygiene and cleanliness standards should be observed.

  • Shower and wash hair several times per week, or daily.
  • Use antiperspirant and/or deodorant if body odor becomes an issue.
  • Clean clothing, bath towels, and bed linens regularly with laundry detergent.
  • Do not leave soiled laundry sitting in the room.
  • Clean dishes soon after use and remove trash that may contain food or in a reasonable time frame.
  • Vomit, blood, and other bodily fluids or biohazards should be cleaned immediately with a disinfecting cleaning solution.