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Residence Hall Safety Precautions

University Housing has developed detailed policies and procedures that will ensure physical distancing, intensified cleaning and other safety measures. The University regularly communicates with our campus community about safety protocols through email and the University's COVID-19 website.

  • Common space furniture (in lobbies, common areas and other reservable rooms) will be reduced to limit seating capacity.
  • Floor meetings and other large community building activities will not occur in person inside of any residence hall due to lobby occupancy limits. Small group activities will be allowed per North Carolina guidelines for group gatherings.

  • All individuals living in a residence hall are required to follow posted signage . Signage will communicate important information, including:
    • Community standards related to face coverings, physical distancing, common area expectations and personal hygiene.
    • Occupancy limits for residence hall rooms, lobbies, common areas, kitchens, elevators, laundry rooms, etc.

  • To ensure the health and safety of our residential community, University Housing is providing extensive training to employees, providing protective gear and enhancing cleaning services in all residence halls.
  • University Housing staff will sanitize suite and apartment bathrooms weekly. More frequent cleaning remains the responsibility of the student residents.
  • We have hired additional staff in order to increase the frequency of wiping down high-touch surfaces (walls, handrails, doors, knobs/handles, public areas, elevator lobbies, buttons, kitchen and bathroom surfaces, etc.). Staff will add shifts for weekend cleaning and disinfecting of restrooms, kitchens, lobbies, laundry rooms and high-touch surfaces in the residence halls.

  • Roommates in their residence hall rooms will be treated as a single household, and for this reason, will not be required to wear a face covering while inside their rooms. They are, however, expected to wear them elsewhere in the residence halls, on campus and in the community. For further information regarding face coverings, please refer to Appalachian's face coverings policy .

  • The latest information about testing and the University's procedure for coordinating with local public health agencies regarding responding to and reporting of positive cases can be found on the University's COVID-19 website.

Information regarding health and safety procedures on campus can be found on the Univesity's Campus Safety website.