Covid-19 Updates

Campus Living Protocols

Spring Semester

  • Currently spring semester first day of classes will be February 1
  • There will be a four-day arrival/move-in period, Jan 27 - 30.  Students will self-schedule their move-in appointment time, from 9am - 3pm, Jan 27-30.  An email with the link to schedule the appointment will be sent to students January 13.
  • Here is a link to the Academic Calendar for the Spring Semester academic schedule.
  • On-campus COVID-19 testing will be in place for students, faculty and staff prior to the start of classes, as well as regularly throughout the semester.
  • There will be comprehensive tracing in partnership with the NH Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Parents and students should monitor the UNH COVID-19 website for updates. 
  • Parents who have activated a Parent Portal account will receive email communications from the Housing Department. Students start this process in their Webcat account by adding a parent portal user (
  • Students will receive a series of communications from Housing/Residential Life/UNH outlining what is expected of them when they arrive to ensure student safety.
  • If a student has a pre-existing health condition they need to contact Health and Wellness to discuss whether or not they should live on campus.

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Health and Safety

  • Our goal is to identify and isolate infected individuals immediately if there is a positive test or presumptive COVID 19 decision by our Health and Wellness staff.
  • All students are expected to follow the UNH public health guidelines—including wearing a mask, physical distancing and restrictions on large gatherings—to support the health and safety of the university. Students are expected to bring 3 cloth face masks or more.
  • All students will have a COVID-19 test upon or prior to arriving to campus.
    • Students who test positive/or has a presumptive case of COVID-19, will need to return home immediately. On campus arrangements in a separate hall will be available if it is not possible to return to their permanent residence.
    • All students determined to be a close contact will need to self-isolate in the designated residence hall.
    • Two residence halls will be reserved for COVID-19 related spaces (Adams Tower West and Babcock Hall).
  • UNH has worked with student senate to update the Student Rights, Rules and Responsibilities. Living and learning on campus is a privilege. Students who do not adhere to these guidelines will lose the privilege to live on campus.
  • Students are required to wear a face covering in public spaces in the residence hall (hallways, lounges, laundry room, bathrooms).
    • If a medical condition prevents a student from wearing a face covering, we will work with medical professionals to identify a solution for their return to campus.
  • Frequent handwashing and proper hygiene is encouraged to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • If a student has a fever or is concerned about a friend at night, they may contact UNH Campus Police at 603-862-1427 for guidance.
  • The Town of Durham will adhere, where and when possible, to similar practices on distancing and masks.
  • Contact tracing will be performed in collaboration with state health officials.

Facility Management

  • Hand sanitizer will be available in every residential building.
  • All rooms will be thoroughly disinfected prior to students moving in.
  • There will be increased cleaning of public areas and high-touch surfaces during the year.
  • Community bathrooms will be thoroughly cleaned twice a day, 7 days a week.
  • All community kitchens will be closed, except for sink use.  
  • Residence hall lounges will have capacity signage.

Social Interaction

  • Students are encouraged not to travel away from campus.
  • All student and staff interaction will be done with physical distancing. Alternative practices will include virtual and outdoor gatherings and meetings.
  • Physical distancing protocols are to be maintained in all campus activities inside and outside.

Community Engagement

  • Residential Life and Housing will develop virtual as well as small in-person ways to build community with physical distancing.
  • All floors will create a community agreement about safety measures to take in their living environment.

Residential Housekeeping Protocols

The University of New Hampshire Department of Housing Residential Housekeeping strives to provide a clean and healthy environment within the residence halls that contributes to both the health and safety of our students and their positive living and learning environment.  This work is accomplished by our staff of dedicated building service workers who in addition to cleaning, provide additional security to our buildings, and most importantly, extra support to our students through the relationships they build.

The University of New Hampshire Department of Housing Residential Housekeeping works diligently to maintain standards of cleanliness established by APPA – APPA level 2.  APPA is a professional association that provides leadership in educational Facilities across the united states.  Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to maintaining APPA level 2 standards and in accordance with CDC guidelines, The University of New Hampshire Department of Housing Residential Housekeeping will:

  • Increase cleaning and disinfection of bathrooms to a minimum of twice a day
  • Clean and disinfect all high touch surfaces a minimum of twice a day.  These include but are not limited to:
    • Building entrance door push bars and handles
    • Light switches
    • Handrails
    • Countertops
    • Lounge tabletops and solid surface table chairs
    • Elevators
    • Hydration station bottle fills
    • Laundry equipment
  • Utilize an EPA registered disinfectant that meets the EPA’s criteria for use against pathogens stronger than and including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.  This product is EcoLab A-456 II Disinfectant Cleaner, EPA registration number 6836-78-1677
  • Review proper cleaning and disinfecting techniques with all current employees
  • Properly train all newly hired employees on cleaning and disinfecting techniques
  • Hire additional cleaning staff
  • Increase service to 7 days a week
  • Require all staff to wear face masks while in public areas of the building
  • Ensure soap dispensers and hand sanitizing dispensers are filled daily
  • Develop a mechanism for students to report any concerns on building cleanliness standards with an expectation of a transparent response back to the student and their community
  • Provide additional supervisory quality assurance inspections to ensure standards are being met
  • Expect students to help support and respect their living environment, fellow students, staff, and faculty.

Student Expectations

The CDC indicates, “Every American has been called upon to slow the spread of the virus through social distancing and prevention hygiene, such as frequently washing your hands and wearing face coverings.  Everyone also has a role in making sure our communities are as safe as possible to open and remain open.”  Now more than ever, the health and safety of our UNH community depends on everyone acting with real Wildcat Pride.  Let’s take care of each other.  Do your part to keep UNH safe, strong - and Open.  Here are ways Wildcats can do their part to take care of each other, the housekeepers, facilities technicians, and the Residence Life staff working and living in their community:

  • Wear a mask when in public spaces
  • Wash your hands – often.  Soap. Water. Scrub for at least 20 seconds
  • Bring personal cleaning supplies for your personal space including suite and apartment bathrooms
  • Regularly disinfect any surfaces in your room, suite, or apartment that get a lot of attention - like door handles, light switches, faucets, your cell phone, tablet, and computer (follow manufacturer guidelines), coffee mugs, and water bottles – often
  • In the suites and apartments, clean and disinfect the high touch points in your shared bathroom and kitchen too - often.  Remember – cleaning with soap and water removes the soilage to get to the germs and disinfecting kills the germs
  • Remove all your personal trash and recycling from the building – leaving it in bathrooms, lounges, and stairwells takes housekeepers away from doing the most important part of their job - keeping you safe
  • Clean up after yourself – for example, if you spill something in a lounge, please take care of the mess
  • In residence halls with shared bathrooms, find a different bathroom while yours is being cleaned by your housekeeper

Essential Personal cleaning supplies to bring with you:

  • Disposable gloves for cleaning
  • Sponges, washable rags, paper towels
  • Hand Soap AND dish soap (dish soap and water make an excellent cleaner)
  • EPA registered Disinfectant for use against COVID 19 (the EPA has approved Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist as two household products that are effective against COVID 19)
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Toilet bowl cleaner and Brush (if in suite/apartment)
  • Trash Bags

Optional Items

  • Hand vacuum
  • Swiffer/Mop
  • Broom and dustpan