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Housing COVID-19 Response FAQS

When is the housing application for the 2021-2022 academic year going to open?

The 2021-2022 housing application is slated to open on April 1st at 10 am.

When is the 2021-2022 Housing Deadline?

The priority deadline to The priority deadline to apply for housing is April 30th.

Will housing spaces be restricted for 2021-2022 housing?

The amount of housing space we have available to students are determined by public health officials.

Which residential villages will be open in the fall?

All three of our residential villages, Hillside, Beachside and Parkside (including the new Parkside North building) at this time are planned to be open for Fall 2021.

How will housing be prioritized?

At this time housing will be prioritized on a first come first serve basis, based on when a student completes their housing application. Please be aware that due to Covid, students will be expected to be vaccinated by move in with proof of first vaccine submitted by june 15th.  Ath that point, students will be officially confirmed.. All class levels are welcome to apply, and no priority will be given to any particular class level as we know many new incoming students this academic year did not have the opportunity to stay on campus.

What if I do not get a confirmed space in housing? 

Students who are not confirmed a space in housing will be placed on a paid waitlist.

Will student who apply to housing but would like to cancel their housing application be able to receive their $275 service fee?

The service fee once paid is not refundable. If cancellations are made and reason warranted, the student can appeal to have it refunded. These will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Will confirmed housing students have roommates for the 2021-2022 academic year?

At this time, it is planned that confirmed housing students will have roommates unless placed in a single room. Housing & Residential Life is still working with the university and public health officials to take into consideration recommendations and requirements that may be needed. More information will be provided as soon as possible.

Will confirmed housing students get to select their roommates?

Due to the many challenges and ever evolving variables surrounding Covid, details such as these are still being worked out, but the tentative plan is for residents to be able to select roommates from the students who select the same thematic community or type of housing. Our office will share more information as soon as it is available.

Will confirmed housing students get to select their rooms?

Due to the many challenges and ever evolving variables surrounding Covid, details such as these are still being worked out. Our office will share more information as it is available.

Will students who are conditionally confirmed housing be required to get a Covid Vaccine?

Housing and Residential Life acknowledges that living in a congregate community increases the potential risk of covid-19 transmission just through the close quarters in which our students live. Due to this fact, and in an effort to do our part to end the pandemic for all, we are requiring all residential students to be vaccinated by the time of move in. Furthermore, if science and public policy would dictate a booster shot, a booster would also be required. We will provide vaccines if made available to the us through our campus resources.

Students will need to recieve at least one dose of the approved vaccines by June15, or if applicable, proceed with a medical exemption through your primary physician's office. Students will need to contact Student Health Services for questions about the medical exemption. Note: International students who are having difficulties receiving vaccines in their home country should contact HRL.

What on-campus services and resources will be available to me during the 2021-2022 semester (i.e., library, the bookstore, SRWC (rec center), the USU)?

For the most updated information regarding hours of operation and resources provided during the fall semester, please visit the Latest Updates on the One Beach website

What processes and procedures does HRL have in place to help sanitize and keep the residence halls clean?

  • Every residence hall restroom will be cleaned and sanitized once daily and sanitized a second time in the day as well.
  • All high touch spaces will be cleaned twice daily.
  • Disinfectant will be left in the restrooms for students to use between the two daily cleanings.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in high traffic areas.

What procedure should a student follow if they have been exposed to COVID-19 or test positive?

  1. If you think you may be or have been exposed or infected, you should call Student Health Services (SHS) at 562.985.4771. Telehealth Services available Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. The after-hours nurse advice line (nights, weekends, & holidays) is 1.800.240.7617. Every residence hall restroom will be cleaned and sanitized once daily and sanitized a second time in the day as well. 
  2. Do not leave your room until you have been given further instructions by Student Health Services & Housing.
  3. You should also inform the Housing & Residential Life staff who will work with SHS to see to your needs.
  4. Residents are encouraged to go home if they are exposed to COVID19, but if returning to your permanent home is not an option Housing & Residential Life will have quarantine spaces set aside.

What is the difference between ‘Quarantine’ and ‘Isolation’?

Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.

What procedures does Housing & Residential Life have in place if someone in my suite or building contracts or is exposed to COVID-19 in the fall semester?

  1. Housing, under the direction of Public Health, has set assigned allotted numbers of rooms to be used as quarantine areas.
  2. Should a student contract or have exposure to COVID-19, that student will need to move to a quarantine space. The student must take everything they may need for a 14-day quarantine period. The quarantine room will be stocked with linens, a micro-fridge, toilet paper, trash bags, and some bottled water. We have developed a quarantine packing list to assist students if/when this may occur. Please review this Quarantine Packing List.
  3. A student in quarantine will not be allowed back into their assigned space until they are cleared to return. No personal items will be retrieved for students after they have moved into the quarantine space. Therefore, students must double-check that all their daily personal, professional, and academic needs are met with the items they take into isolation. Dining hall food will be delivered to the room during this time.
  4. If a student has been approved to have a service animal or ESA that requires being let out, students will not be permitted to leave their room to walk their animal or have guests come to walk it for them. Staff will not walk the animal. They must have a pre-determined plan for someone off-campus to take their animals for the period of isolation or they must find an off-campus location to isolate with their ESA.

What happens if the University must shut down Housing because of COVID-19?

  • We require that all students provide their Personal Evacuation Plan (located in the header of the Housing Portal after you log in to the Housing Portal) in the event that a peak in transmission (or another factor, similar to Safer-at-Home orders in March 2020) required that students must vacate campus housing quickly (within five days). Students must plan to take all their belongings in a situation like this. Housing will not store items. All items left behind will be considered abandoned and will go to the campus discarded campus property process. 
  • Housing will have a plan to relocate if needed those who cannot go home in a manner that better isolates them from each other and the outside if needed, but this will be a last resort available to residents who meet the qualifications. 
  • If the campus cannot house anyone, HRL will work with students by providing resources to assist them in moving off campus.