Fall 2020: November Update

If you have any questions or concerns, please call 801-626-7275 or email housing@weber.edu.

*If you are considering requesting termination of your spring 2021 housing agreement, you may be subject to termination fees. Learn more

Face Coverings and Social Distancing

MASK/Face Covering Mandate

The new emergency order includes a statewide face mask mandate. For the foreseeable future, you must wear a mask in public and anytime you are within six feet of anyone you don’t live with.

Incentives for wearing Face Coverings & Social Distancing

  • Thank You Tickets
    If staff spot you wearing your face covering and abiding by social distancing guidelines, you will receive a “Thank you” ticket which will enter you into a drawing for great prizes!
     
  • Mask Warning Notices
    If staff see you not wearing a face covering or breaking social distancing guidelines, you will be issued a warning. Multiple warnings may result in disciplinary action.

 COVID-19 Testing

Beginning Monday, Nov. 16, Weber State will begin weekly COVID-19 testing of all students who live, work or attend at least one class on campus. There will be no cost to you for this testing.

How Testing Will Work

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please fill out the self-reporting form. The university will continue to operate its COVID-19 testing resource for symptomatic individuals, Monday through Friday from noon to 2 p.m. in the Marriott Allied Health building.

Individuals who are symptom-free will fill out a separate form on the weber.edu/coronavirus page to select the day they will be tested. This form must be completed the day before getting tested. Walk up appointments will not be accepted. The test itself is a self-administered lower nasal swab, and will take only a few minutes to complete.

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be notified of their results via phone call; all others will be notified via email, usually on the same day they are tested.

Beginning Nov. 16, testing will be available in the Shepherd Union Ballroom C (third floor):

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 8 a.m. to Noon
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 1 to 5 p.m.

Due to limited supplies, individuals must have a current W# and are eligible to be tested once a week. 

If You Test Positive

When the Housing office is notified that a student living on campus has tested positive for COVID-19, or has been asked to quarantine due to possible exposure, we send an email follow up to the student. The email provides information about:

  • How to request meal delivery while in quarantine/self-isolation (if the student has a meal plan).
  • Confirming the anticipated dates in quarantine or self-isolation.
  • Moving to a self-isolation room (if applicable).
  • Daily check-in so that we can provide other support if needed. 

If you test positive for COVID-19, you do not need to get a weekly test for 90 days from the date you tested positive.

 Guests and Informal Social Gatherings Housing Areas

To help slow community spread in Housing, effective immediately we are making some interim changes to guest policies.

The following changes are in place through Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. If a decision is made to extend this date, we will send a follow up email notification. 

  • Please do not invite or host individuals who do not live on campus into the buildings.
  • Please do not invite guests into your room, suite or apartment.  Only individuals assigned to the room or apartment should be in the room or apartment.
  • Informal social gatherings are restricted to “household only” and should include only the people you share a room, suite or apartment with.

 Thanksgiving Holiday

Holiday Travel

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has some great information available if you are thinking about traveling during the upcoming holidays.

Thanksgiving Meal

If you are planning to stay on campus over the Thanksgiving Day holiday, we’d like to invite you to have a Thanksgiving Day meal on us!  Housing and Residence Life has made arrangements with Weber Dining to deliver a traditional Thanksgiving meal for students who will be here on Thursday, November 26. So that we can have enough meals available, we are asking students to respond to a reservation email that will go out in the next couple of days.  Please check your WSU email for more information. 

 Quarantine or Self-isolation Process

Housing apartment, suite and roommate pairs are considered “household units” since the students assigned to these units are going to be in close contact with others within the assigned suite or apartment on an ongoing basis.

Approximately 75% of our residents are in private / single rooms and can generally complete their isolation or quarantine in their rooms. Students who are in double rooms and have a roommate; or those students that are at higher risk, may be asked to move temporarily to a self-isolation room. Self-isolation rooms are empty suites / apartments that have been set aside in Wildcat and University Villages. These rooms have been prepared to temporarily house residents who need to move from their permanent assignment to complete isolation or to provide students with roommates a temporary place to isolate where they do not have to share a bedroom. We recognize that these situations are somewhat fluid and that there are other variables to consider. The decision about whether or not to move a student to an isolation room will be made on a case by case basis.

What happens when Housing if notified that a student has tested positive?

When the Housing office is notified that a student living on campus has been asked to quarantine or isolate, the Area Coordinator supervising the building where the resident lives will reach out to the resident by phone and email and provide the student information about quarantine / Isolation; meal delivery (if the student has a meal plan), set up daily follow up contact method, and determine if the resident needs any additional support or assistance. If the student needs to move to an isolation room, instructions will be given about completing the move.

Meals will be delivered using a no-contact “knock and leave” process according to a predetermined schedule.

If a student needs to move to a designated isolation room, the Area Coordinator will contact the student and information and procedures to complete the no-contact move process. Students are asked to complete their move to the temporary isolation space within an hour in order to help limit exposure to others. Students are asked to complete this move in one trip to limit exposure to others. This is not a permanent move, so students are asked to only bring essential items such as personal care products, clothing, school supplies, and entertainment and/or comfort items.

If needed, we can provide: Disposable sheets, trash can, hand soap, disinfecting wipes and help arrange meal delivery (for students on meal plans).

Students are asked to notify the Housing office if they are directed to extend their quarantine or isolation period so that we continue with follow up services.

What is Quarantine?

For people who have been determined to have been in “close contact” with someone who has tested positive or someone who is showing symptoms but is pending test results. The person may or may not have symptoms of to COVID. “Close contact” is generally defined as longer than 15 minutes, closer than 6 feet, no mask.

What should I do if I am asked to quarantine?

  • Complete the WSU self-report form. (If you haven’t already)
  • Complete full 14 day quarantine.
  • Stay in your room unless you have to leave to seek medical care or other emergency needs. Wear a mask, even while in your room / suite / apartment. Practice heightened personal hygiene.
  • Please don’t leave your room unless you need to in order to seek medical care. If you have to go out or be around others, wear a mask and gloves. Adopt more thorough hygiene precautions. We can provide some disinfecting wipes and cleaning products if you need them.
  • Notify your professors or employer that you have been asked to quarantine.
  • Monitor your symptoms.
  • Get tested for COVID-19
    • Continue to quarantine even if test is negative
  • Follow instructions provided by Contact Tracers and/or Medical Professional

What is “Self-isolation?”

For people who have tested positive for COVID.

What should I do if I am asked to be in isolation?

  • Complete the WSU self-report form (if you haven’t already done so).
  • Complete number of days in isolation as directed by contact tracing or medical advice. If symptomatic, isolate for full 10 days + 24 hours symptom free without the aid of medicines. Some people may have to remain in isolation longer to be free of symptoms.
  • If you have a roommate or cannot self-isolate in your room/suite/apartment, you may be temporarily moved to an isolation space. In some cases, it is the roommate who is “negative” or who may be at higher risk, who is offered a temporary isolation room.
    • If moved, this is a temporary move. Please pack and take only what you need for the days you expect to be in isolation.
    • Disposable sheets and pillowcase and cleaning supplies will be provided.
    • Coordinate any other needs / assistance with staff.
  • Refrain from contact with others. Wear a mask even inside your room/suite/apartment. Do not leave your room unless you must for medical attention or other emergency needs. If you have to leave, wear a mask, gloves. Wash hands frequently and practice heightened hygiene.
  • Notify your professors or employer that you have been asked to self-isolate.
  • If you have a meal plan, complete the meal delivery request form that was emailed to you. Meals will be delivered (no contact delivery).
  • Respond to contacts from the staff: Meal delivery assistance? Medical care if needed? Daily condition check-in?
  • Monitor symptoms
  • Take additional hygiene precautions
  • Follow instructions provided by Contact Tracers and/or Medical Professional

 Cleaning & Safety Procedures

Custodial Staff Professional Cleaning

  • Our custodial staff has continued with the enhanced COVID-19 cleaning protocols and frequencies and use of approved disinfectants in all common areas and high touch surfaces.
  • We deep cleaned and sanitized all of our buildings and individual student rooms over the summer. 

Student Expectations

  • Hand sanitizer and approved cleaning supplies will be available in lounges, large common areas, near building entries and elevators.
  • Student are encouraged to wipe down areas that they use before they use them and when they are done using them.

Planning

  • We encourage students to have a plan in place if possible, of where they may go if it becomes necessary to close buildings in the direction of Weber County Health Department or University COVID-19 task force. 
  • We anticipate that just like in the spring, we will have students who are unable to leave or who don't have another safe housing option. We anticipate that we would continue to house students who do not have other options, but we reserve the right to move the student to a different room, building or floor, or cancel housing contracts if the health department or university feels it is in the best interests of health and safety to do so. If students are asked to leave housing as a result of COVID-19, there will be a refund process.
  • Students who identify as being "at higher risk" for COVID-19, are encouraged to think about delaying checking in to housing until they feel more comfortable with the risk level. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office: 801-626-7275 or via email at housing@weber.edu.