Office of Residence Life Updates

The Office of Residence Life is committed to the safety and security of every student who has decided to call UD home. The health and safety protocols that were in place for fall will continue for spring.

Occupancy

At this time, UD does not intend to set occupancy limits within its residence halls. Roommates and suitemates are considered a family unit.

Face Coverings

Roommates and suitemates are considered a family unit and, as such, students will not be asked to wear face coverings within their rooms. However, face coverings will continue to be necessary in all campus buildings including all areas of residence halls outside of bedrooms or family units, classrooms, and common areas. Students will be asked to continue to practice social distancing in common areas and hallways. There are disciplinary measures for students not abiding to this policy.

Face coverings are also required in the City of Dubuque and Dubuque County. On Aug. 7, 2020, the Dubuque City Council unanimously adopted a city ordinance that requires everyone within city limits to wear a face covering in public, with some exceptions. On Nov. 18, 2020, a countywide face covering mandate went into effect in Dubuque County.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), face coverings offer some protection to the wearer and are also meant to protect those around the wearer, in case they are unknowingly infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. However, a face covering does not eliminate the need to practice good hygiene or social distancing of at least 6 feet.

Single-use face coverings are available at stations throughout campus should you forget your face covering. Should you enter a building and notice a station is out of face coverings, please contact the Office of Safety and Security at 563.589.3333. If you are not wearing a face covering, you will be asked to leave the building.

Guests and Visitors

Only residents of each residence hall or building are allowed in that residence hall or building. Additionally, residents of residence halls or buildings are not allowed on any floor or in any POD, apartment, or house that is not their floor, POD, apartment, or house. UD will continue to not allow outside guests or visitors. There are disciplinary measures for students not abiding to this policy.

Good Housekeeping and Disinfection Practices

UD will continue to implement increased cleaning and disinfecting practices on high use surfaces and in high traffic areas. This includes cleaning and disinfecting common areas, communal restrooms, and lounges. UD encourages students to wash face coverings and bedding regularly.

Isolation and Quarantine Procedure

The Office of Residence Life has adopted an isolation and quarantine procedure in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. This procedure will be refined as information and understanding of COVID-19 evolves.

Implementation of the isolation and quarantine procedure is coordinated by the Department of Student Life, Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center, and UD Cares Team.

The isolation and quarantine procedure applies only to residential students. UD will not provide isolation or quarantine housing to non-residential students. Non-residential students are to isolate or quarantine in their off-campus housing.

Isolation
Isolation is used to separate people infected with the COVID-19 virus from those who are not infected. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance states individuals should stay in isolation for 10 days since symptoms first appeared and be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.

Student safety is our number one priority. We want to ensure students have a safe and secure space in which to isolate if they test positive. Because of the fluctuating numbers of positive cases, the availability of isolation spaces for residential students varies as well. There are three possible isolation options for our residential students:

  1. On Campus: We have designated spaces on campus for isolation. If one of those spaces is available, that is our first option for isolating residential students who test positive.
  2. In Dubuque: We have secured a limited number of safe off-campus spaces for isolation. If no isolation spaces are available on campus and an off-campus space is open, that is our second option for isolating residential students who test positive.
  3. At Home: If we are unable to offer a safe and secure isolation space on or off campus, we will work with the student and their family to return the student home to isolate.

The Office of Residence Life will contact residential students who need to isolate with information on topics such as where they will be temporarily housed, how to access meals, and how to participate in classes remotely. Students are expected to attend their classes remotely.

Students will be monitored throughout their isolation. A member of the UD Cares Team will reach out frequently to students in isolation to help address any concerns students might have.

For a list of who to contact if you are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 and/or have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 Health Contact Information Page.

Quarantine
Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Iowa Department of Public Health provided additional options in December to shorten the length of quarantine in some situations. Under the new options, quarantine may end:

  1. After 10 days without a COVID-19 test AND if the person has experienced NO symptoms during the 10-day period.
  2. After 7 days with a negative COVID-19 test conducted no earlier than Day 5 from the last exposure AND if the person has experienced NO symptoms during the 7-day period.

The best way to protect yourself and others is to stay home for 14 days if you think you’ve been exposed to someone who has COVID-19.

To work through quarantine options, main campus students must contact the Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center at 563.589.3360 or StudentHealthCenter@dbq.edu and student-athletes must contact Erin Barsema, athletics health care administrator, at 563.589.3857 or EBarsema@dbq.edu.

Residential students who are exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will have the option to return home if they are able to travel safely or stay in their assigned rooms/units.

The Office of Residence Life will contact residential students who need to quarantine with information on topics such as how to access meals and participate in classes remotely. Students are expected to attend their classes remotely. Since each floor of a traditional residence hall is considered a family unit, students in quarantine will be able to use the restrooms as they usually would. However, they should wear a face covering anytime they leave their room and clean the bathroom area after every use.

Students will be monitored throughout their quarantine. A member of the UD Cares Team will reach out frequently to students in quarantine to help address any concerns students might have.

For a list of who to contact if you are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 and/or have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 Health Contact Information Page

Questions

For more information, contact the Office of Residence Life at 563.589.3163 or ResidenceLife@dbq.edu.