COVID-19 Vaccine

  • The University of Iowa strongly encourages students, faculty, and staff to receive the vaccine as soon as they are eligible, in consultation with their healthcare provider, but it is not mandatory. 
  • The Iowa Code authorizes the Iowa Department of Public Health to evaluate vaccination requirements, and the University of Iowa follows its determinations and guidance. 
  • Student Health Services will provide COVID vaccinations for students who are registered for the fall semester as early as this summer or prior to classes beginning.  You can make an appointment with them to get your COVID vaccine. 

Face Masks and Social Distancing

The University of Iowa strongly encourages faculty, staff, students and visitors to get vaccinated and wear face masks indoors or when social distancing is not possible.

COVID-19 Housing

  • COVID-19 housing will be available for students. Students will have separate rooms and floors for quarantine and isolation.  

Showing Symptoms

  • Not feeling well or think you may have COVID-19? Follow these instructions.  
  • If you live on campus in a residence hall, self-reporting your status will initiate the process for arranging your isolation/quarantine space. Please self-isolate, wear a face mask, and utilize Market2Go until a member of the Housing and Dining team contacts you to discuss your relocation needs and next steps. Please note that self-report forms submitted after 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and 4:00 p.m. on weekends will be followed up the next day. Until you are contacted by Housing and Dining, maintain your self-isolation, with a face mask on. You should stay away from others as much as you can while traveling through the building. 

Quarantine and Isolation Processes in the Residence Halls

  • When a student comes into contact with another individual who has COVID-19 or tests positive for the virus the following processes will be implemented. Please note the following definitions below:  
    • Quarantine: Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if a person is infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department. (Source: CDC)  
    • Self-isolation: Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19, and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until  it’s safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room,” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available). (Source: CDC)  
  • Students who need to quarantine (meaning they have been exposed to another individual who has the virus), will need to report this via an online link which will send a notification to the University Housing and Dining staff. A member of the staff team will follow up with that student asking various questions regarding testing status, if the student wants alternative housing, timeframe for relocation, transportation options, and next steps. Students who need to quarantine in a separate room will also be sent an email upon reassignment and be temporarily relocated for 14 days. A student’s roommate will continue to be present and live in the original room and should monitor for symptoms.  
    • Standard quarantine period is 14 days following an exposure.
    • If you live on campus, are not vaccinated, and were exposed by your roommate/suitemate, you will need to remain in quarantine the full 14 days due to the nature of the congregate living situation.
      • OR
    • You may be released after 10 days if you are asymptomatic or after 7 days if the following criteria are met:
      • You are non-symptomatic
      • You have a negative PCR* test taken after day 5 or later quarantine
  • Students who need to isolate (meaning they have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus), will need to report this via an online link which will send a notification to the University Housing and Dining staff. A member of the staff team will follow up with that student asking various questions regarding testing status, if the student wants alternative housing, timeframe for relocation, transportation options, and next steps. Students will be temporarily relocated to live in a community with others who have tested positive for the virus.   
  • Students who test positive will be released from isolation a minimum of 10 days from the symptom onset or test date if asymptomatic, 24-hours fever free without fever-reducing medication, improving symptoms.  
    • The symptom onset or test date if asymptomatic is counted as day “zero”, followed by 10 days, and then can move out of isolation the day after.  
    • Students who test positive will be monitored as medically necessary. Medical care will be provided virtually by Student Health or the provider who made the original diagnosis. Students who are seen at Student Health will have follow up from the clinic and be able to contact Student Health for follow up and updates. We encourage students to contact their healthcare provider if issues or concerns arise.  

  • Quarantine and isolation floors will not have a designated resident assistant (RA) living in the community.  Information on how to contact the staff member on duty will be included in materials provided to students being moved. 
  • When possible, floor access will be restricted only to residents in isolation housing.  
  • Students in quarantine or isolation will have meals delivered. An online ordering website will be provided when a student is temporarily reassigned. 

Contract Tracing 

Johnson County Public Health (JCPH) will be conducing all contract tracing and case investigation.  

Expectations for Students in Short Term Stay Housing (Isolation and Quarantine)

During your time in short term stay housing, University Housing and Dining staff will be in communication with you to offer support and resources. If you have questions or need additional support please contact the residence hall desk to be connected with the staff on duty. The following expectations should be followed by students in short term stay housing.

  • Students will remain in their assigned room and only leave to use the restroom, to attend a health appointment, or in the event of an emergency (e.g. fire, storm, etc). 
  • Masks should be worn at any time outside of the room. 
  • Visitors will not be permitted in short term housing. 
  • Students should assist in monitoring their symptoms and contact the Student Health Nurseline at 319-335-9704 with any questions or concerns. 
  • Essential items left in the original room may be delivered to the residence hall desk if in a bag (e.g. medications, textbooks, and phone/ computer charger). 
  • All other packages will be held at your original hall. 
  • If you need medicine or shelf-stable groceries, our residence hall staff will work to deliver those items. Items can be sent to attention to: 
    • Name 
    • 100 [Building Name], Room # 
    • c/o Isolation/Quarantine 
    • Iowa City, IA 52242. 
    • Please note that we cannot receive items that need to be refrigerated as staff will deliver items with your University Catering meals from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 5:00-6:00 p.m. 
  • Staff will not deliver food from restaurants. Additionally, delivery drivers are not allowed access to spaces within the residence halls. 
  • Garbage should be bagged and placed outside the room by 9:00 a.m. to be picked up. Please use the trash bag liners, not the carryout bags. 
  • New linens may be requested by emailing uhd-covid@uiowa.edu
  • If linens are needed in the middle of the night, contact the hall desk. 
  • Soiled linens should be placed in a trash can liner and keep in the room. 
  • Students will be notified of any scheduled drills and should remain in the room. 
  • In the event of an actual emergency, the student should vacate the space. 
  • Work orders must be requested through the residence hall front desk via phone. 
    • Students will need to wear a mask and may be asked to step out of the room while the repair is being made. 
  • You will receive communication from various University staff to your university email. These staff members include residence hall staff or embedded therapists. 
  • If you have additional questions, please reach out to your residence hall front desk. 
  • If your plans change and you are no longer in need of short term stay housing, please send an email to uhd-covid@uiowa.edu and include your name and ID number. Additionally, if you need to adjust your checkout date based on updated information from your medical professional, please let us know. 
  • During your time in short term stay housing, University Housing and Dining staff will be in communication with you to offer support and resources. If you have questions or need additional support please contact the residence hall desk to be connected with the staff on duty. 
  • The following items are provided by University Housing and Dining: 1 pillow, 1 set of sheets, 1 bedspread, 2 towels, 2 washcloths, a microwave and a refrigerator or MicroChill unit, a trash can and liners. Meals will be delivered with disposable cutlery on a daily basis when ordered. As a reminder, students must be able to carry everything that they bring to short term stay housing.  
  • Items to pack:   
    • Clothing length of stay 
    • Toiletries – soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving items, menstrual care products, styling products, etc.   
    • Masks and thermometer  
    • Over-the-counter medications – acetaminophen/ibuprofen, decongestant  
    • Tissues  
    • Prescribed medications  
    • Bathrobe, shower shoes, caddy  
    • Electronics  
    • Computer and charger  
    • Phone and charger  
    • Webcam  
    • Headphones  
    • Academics  
    • Textbooks  

The following resources are available to students in short term stay housing: Student HealthEmbedded TherapistsResidence Hall staff, and the Dean of Students office.  

Meals will be provided to you in short term stay housing. You will be emailed a link in which you can order your meals online. Bottles of water will accompany your meal. If you have dietary accommodations you will be able to include that in your order. Please note the following: 

  • Orders will close at 5:00 a.m. for today's lunch and dinner and tomorrow's breakfast . Lunch and dinner will be delivered hot. Breakfast will be cold but microwave ovens will be available to heat your menu items. We encourage you to place meal orders at least a day in advance if possible. 
  • Your meal will be delivered to your residence hall room door. Your order will include a receipt with your name, phone number, and room number. 
  • Lunch will be delivered from 12:00 p.m. (noon) to 1:00 p.m. and dinner and breakfast will be delivered from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
  • If you miss a meal deadline, please reach out to staff to discuss options. 
  • If you have any questions or dietary concerns, please contact us via email: dining@uiowa.edu or call: 319-353-2046. 

 

Housing Contracts, Refunds, and Cancellations for Fall 2021

  • Housing contracts are written as a full academic year contract covering two semesters (Fall 2021 and Spring 2022). The contract period covers fall break (Thanksgiving) and spring break, but it does not cover break periods at the end of the fall or spring semesters.  
  • Once students receive their housing assignment, they are given 7 days to cancel their housing contract with no financial penalty before it becomes binding. If you are not attending the University of Iowa, you are ineligible to live in campus housing and will be released from your housing contract. 
  • Requests for a contract release once your housing contract is binding or once you move into the residence halls (whichever comes first) should be submitted online in the housing application portal. Required supporting documentation may be uploaded, as well. 

Room Types and Accommodations

Rooms will be opened to their designed capacity, as space allows.

Living with Roommates 

  • Students were able to request roommates and live in Living Learning Communities for fall 2021. Roommate request deadlines were February 15 for returning students and May 3 for new students. 
  • University Housing and Dining has not collected vaccination information as a part of our lifestyle questionnaire or roommate finder, and we will not take vaccination status into account when making room assignments.  
  • The University of Iowa strongly encourages students, faculty, and staff to receive the vaccine as soon as they are eligible, in consultation with their healthcare provider, but it is not mandatory.  
  • We encourage all students to talk with their roommate about personal plans to manage COVID-19 and understand that it is up to each individual if they choose to disclose their vaccination status to a roommate. Any communication that may be perceived to pressure, force, or coerce anyone to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination should be avoided. 
  • Students can visit, coronavirus.uiowa.edu/vaccine-information to learn how to receive their vaccination on campus. 
  • The university will continue to rely on guidance from the Board of Regents, State of Iowa; the Iowa and Johnson County departments of public health (IDPH, JCPH); the Big Ten Conference; and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding face masks, social distancing, and other health and safety measures. 
  • Students will complete a roommate agreement with their Resident Assistant (RA) and discussion around health and safety will be included.  

No. University Housing and Dining will not match student with a roommate based on vaccination status for several reasons: 

  1. University Housing and Dining has not collected vaccination information as a part of our lifestyle questionnaire or roommate finder, and we will not take vaccination status into account when making room assignments. 
  2. University Housing and Dining does not have a method to aid students in screening potential roommates related to COVID-19 status. 

We encourage all students to talk with their roommate about personal plans to manage COVID-19 and understand that it is up to each individual if they choose to disclose their vaccination status to a roommate.  

Any communication that may be perceived to pressure, force, or coerce anyone to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination should be avoided. 

If you would like to change your room you have several options going forward: 

  1. Change your room during the room change period June 28-July 12, 2021. After the online room change period we will open summer waitlists July 14, 2021, and fall waitlists in early September with room changes beginning September 7.  
  2. Identify, coordinate, and request a swap between two rooms. 
  3. Identify a new roommate and request a staff assigned room. 

Please note: There are no room changes between August 15 and September 7. 

Residence Hall Cleaning Protocols

  • The majority of physical barriers (e.g. plexiglass) will be removed from residence halls spaces. 
  • Over the summer, each residence hall room was deep cleaned. Each student room surface was cleaned and sanitized, with all touchpoints disinfected. All public spaces were cleaned and sanitized with touchpoints being disinfected. 
  • Common touchpoints are cleaned and disinfected daily including elevator buttons, handrails, doorknobs, mailbox doors, etc. following CDC guidelines  for cleaning. 
  • We have applied a bioprotectant to our public/high-traffic spaces prior to student arrival. The product is a bacterial and viral inhibitor that reduces bacteria and viruses on surfaces for up to 90 days. 
  • Public spaces, public restrooms, and entries are cleaned on a daily basis. 
  • Trash removal from the grounds surrounding the residence halls occurs daily.   
  • Restrooms located on a community floor will have a cleaning scheduled posted outside of the space so students can plan accordingly.   
  • The residence hall hot and cold air handling systems will continue to use hospital grade MERV13 filters in all residence halls. 
  • Once a student moves in, the student will be responsible for cleaning and sanitizing their residence hall room. University Housing and Dining will not be responsible for cleaning and sanitizing occupied residence hall rooms and the corresponding doors and doorknobs/handles on a regular basis.   
  • UH&D staff are trained and follow the highest standard guidelines established by the professional organization for institutional facilities professionals (APPA). UH&D Custodial Services has three certified trainers that hold ISSA Custodial Technician credentials. They are trained in both basic and advanced methods.  In addition, a member of the Custodial team has completed the Fundamentals Training Course with an emphasis on SARS-CoV-2/COVID 19 through GBAC, Global Biorisk Advisory Council (A division of ISSA), which was used in determining procedures and frequencies moving into fall.  

Resident Experience (Floor Meetings, Living Learning Communities)

  • Residence Hall Welcome meetings (mandatory to attend) will be held virtually  
  • All RA floor meetings will be held in-person, with a virtual component.  
  • All Living Learning Community events and opportunities will be held in-person, with a virtual component. 
  • Residents that wish to have a one-on-one meeting with their hall coordinator will be able to choose if it is in person or virtual.