With on-campus move-in scheduled for Aug. 8, UCF Housing and Residence Life, student residents, and other university departments all play important roles in promoting good health and well-being on campus, while helping to mitigate risks related to the coronavirus.
Throughout the semester, UCF will work with Orange County health experts and epidemiologists to update its response plan for COVID-19.
Move-in appointments are already available for sign-up on the Housing Portal via myUCF and will be limited by floor and/or community to reduce physical interactions. Residents are encouraged to quarantine for two weeks before their arrival to help reduce chances of exposure to the coronavirus.
During the move-in process, residents must wear face coverings and will be allowed to bring no more than two individuals, who are also asked to wear face coverings, with them for assistance.
Before arriving on campus, it’s important to become familiar with other requirements from UCF Housing, as well as updates to the department’s Community Living Guide for Fall 2020.
• Overall occupancy across all UCF Housing units has been reduced by 484 beds and about 7,600 residents will live on campus during the fall.
• As the coronavirus’ impact remains dynamic, UCF is prepared to move to more remote learning and working as needed. However, UCF Housing intends to remain open throughout the Fall 2020 semester, as long as it is safe to do so.
• Towers at Knights Plaza, NorthView, Rosen Apartments and UnionWest will remain at regular occupancy since the majority of these units offer single bedroom and bathroom units or single bedroom and shared bathroom units.
• Nike, Hercules and Libra communities will convert 450 shared bedrooms in suites to single rooms for reduced occupancy.
• Residents were required to acknowledge they read a housing addendum by July 17 that outlines responsibilities and requirements, such as maintaining good hygiene habits, physical distancing, wearing a mask when necessary, completing testing as requested and disclosing COVID-19 infection status to Student Health Services.
• Residents will only have access to the building they are assigned to and service spaces, such as staff offices, laundry rooms and mail centers affiliated with their buildings.
• No off-campus guests or visitors will be permitted in any residential buildings after move-in. Residents are allowed to have one guest from their assigned building in their room at a time.
• If residents break any of these and other rules outlined in the addendum, housing staff will prompt them to correct their actions, and if necessary, consequences will be faced through the conduct process. If a resident becomes aware of misconduct they should report it to their RA or community office.
• UCF Housing is working to plan virtual events and potential in-person events that follow physical distancing and safety guidelines.
• Students and no more than two accompanying helpers should wear face coverings throughout the move-in appointment.
• At the start of each appointment, UCF residents will undergo COVID-19 testing administered by Aventus BioLabs. There will be no out of pocket costs to students. UCF will bill students’ insurance, and if insurance does not cover the cost, UCF will cover it instead.
• Testing locations on main, Downtown and Rosen campuses will be communicated to each resident before arrival. The nasopharyngeal (nose) swab test takes up to five minutes and results should be available within two to four days. UCF is using PCR testing because it is the most accurate test available, which allows for proper case identification, according to Student Health Services Medical Director James Schaus.
• After testing, students will then proceed to the housing check-in stations where they will receive their room key, ID card, and welcome bag. Resident will also be provided one free, reusable face covering for use throughout the semester. Students will then go directly to their community and move into their rooms.
• Students should remain in their on-campus residence and begin a relative quarantine, only leaving their rooms for food deliveries or pick-up until they receive their test results. These measures will help reduce any potential exposure after a resident is tested and helps to provide a more accurate sense of COVID-19 infection status.
• After move-in there will be a virtual community meeting for residents to meet their resident advisors and neighbors and learn about upcoming events in UCF Housing and on campus.
• More information about move-in can be found here. UCF Housing will also provide residents with other details regarding move-in appointment sign-up and procedures via email.
Wellness, Cleaning and Safety
• Residents should complete daily self-assessment for symptoms, which can be completed online. In mid-August, a self-checking method will also be added to the UCF Mobile app.
• Throughout the semester if a resident begins to experience symptoms or comes in contact who someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they should contact the UCF COVID Line at 407-823-2509 to determine a course of action and complete the UCF COVID Self-Checker.
• Consistent with other return to campus plans, high-touch point and communal spaces cleaning will be increased. Wellness dividers will be used in community offices and administrative spaces where students may need to visit in-person.
• Housing facilities staff completed required Environment Health and Safety COVID-19 training in June and will complete daily self-assessments before reporting to work.
• Requirements such as physical distancing and face coverings in common areas will be enforced.
• Air filters in UCF’s residential units have been upgraded to MERV 9, which captures bacteria, spores and viruses.
Response for Positive Cases
• Residents who test positive for COVID-19 should stay in their room and contact the UCF COVID Line at 407-823-2509. A UCF Housing staff member will contact them with additional instructions.
• COVID-19 positive residents will be required to isolate up to 14 days or until they receive medical clearance to return to their housing assignment.
• More than 80 rooms in UCF-owned properties and nearly 80 others in university-managed properties will be reserved for students who test positive or are presumptive positive and need to quarantine. Students should have a plan for isolating off campus in the event they test positive. Space will be limited on campus.
• When a resident tests positive, their roommates will be notified. If any roommates exhibit symptoms, they will also need to isolate. Roommates who are asymptomatic will need to quarantine in their housing unit.
• When a student tests positive, UCF staff will enter their unit to determine if decontamination or disinfection needs to occur.
• UCF Dining has developed a wellness plan, which includes a continental breakfast, a boxed lunch and hot dinner, for students in isolation. The plan will automatically be available to students who have signed up for a meal plan and will be available for purchase by others.
For the latest information about returning to campus, visit UCF’s coronavirus and Returning to UCF websites. Students, faculty, staff and visitors will be required to complete the COVID Self-Checker — available via the UCF mobile app or online — each day before arriving to campus.