Campus Living Protocols

 

Residential Housekeeping Protocols

Health and Safety

Facilities

Social Interaction

Community Engagement

 

Fall Semester

  • Currently first semester the first day of classes will be August 31
  • Wildcat Days aimed at welcoming first year students will begin the evening of Thursday August 27.
  • During the 3-day arrival time for first year students there will be community building activities planned by Residence Hall Staff. 
  • We will maximize class time prior to the Thanksgiving holiday and, pending faculty senate approval, will cancel fall holidays (Mid semester break – October 12, Veteran’s Day – November 11, and Pre-Thanksgiving Day – November 25 will be used as instruction days.)
    • All residential buildings excluding UNH apartments (Gables and Woodside) will close Wednesday at 12 pm, November 25.  Students will not return to campus after Thanksgiving Break (pending Faculty Senate approval).
    • The last 10 days of classes and exams will be online (pending Faculty Senate approval).
  • 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 (www.unh.edu/parentportal).
  • 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.

On-Campus Living

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.
  • We encourage students to spend time together outside as this is a safer environment.

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.