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UIW is excited to welcome new and returning students who will be residing on campus this semester. UIW residence hall living is an important part of your university experience, and we are committed to ensuring that this experience still provides a positive living/learning relationship while adhering to new safety measures.

The Department of Residence Life and Housing Operations values the health and well-being of our residential community. We all must do our part to slow and reduce the spread of COVID-19. The University and our department has implemented several policies and procedures to create a healthy and safe residential community. UIW will monitor the current COVID-19 pandemic and make changes to our operating procedures as needed. 

Safety Policies

Face Mask Policy

In residential buildings, face masks are required prior to entering any common area. Common areas include:

  • Lobbies
  • Hallways
  • Elevators
  • Community kitchens
  • Community restrooms
  • Study rooms/activity rooms
  • Laundry rooms
  • Garages or parking lots
  • Breezeways

Residential living at UIW offers a variety of types of rooms that include singles, doubles, and apartment style living. Students sharing a bathroom or common living area will be considered a “family unit” and are highly encouraged to socialize within their unit. Residents are asked to avoid socialization outside of their "family unit," even among others living in the same residence hall. When in your family unit, you will not need to wear a mask.

Social Distancing

UIW Glass Shield in Office Area

Residence Life and Housing Operations is determining maximum occupancy levels for our community spaces to support social distancing measures. All rooms will have occupancy limits posted. Currently, our common space occupancy adjustments are as follows:

  • Laundry Rooms: For Agnese, Clement, Hillside, Joeris, St. Joseph’s, and Sky View, one resident is allowed in the room at any time. For Avoca and McComb’s, no more than two students are allowed in the laundry room at a time. Township and Watson Lofts are limited to only the occupants of the apartment.
  • Study Rooms: All study rooms in our residence halls will be limited to single occupancy.
    Activity Rooms: Depending on size, occupancy for activity rooms will vary from 2 to 3 occupants.
  • Elevators: Elevators are single occupancy at any time. 
  • Kitchens: Kitchens may only have one active occupant at any time.
  • Large Social Lounges: We ask that students utilizing large social lounges sit in unmarked spots. Staff have designated closed spots to facilitate safe social distancing in our halls.

Modified Guest Policy

The only occupants of a resident room should be the students assigned to that room. Students may visit each other within the building in community spaces, as long as safe practices are being followed (face mask, observing social distancing, etc.). Guests from outside the building are not allowed, including in breezeways of apartments, porches, etc.

Reporting Symptoms

If you are experiencing the following symptoms, please call Health Services at (210) 829-6017 (during business hours) or Campus Police at (210) 829-6030 (after hours and/or weekends).

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19

COVID-19 Exposure or Diagnosis

The University is taking steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus. As an enrolled student, you are also asked to do your part to prevent the spread by doing things like washing your hands, wearing a face mask and practicing social distancing. Even with safety measures in place, exposure to the virus is still possible. Click on each drop down below for information on how positive COVID-19 cases among UIW’s resident population will be addressed and managed.

If you receive a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 while residing on campus, please call Health Services at (210) 829-6017 (during business hours) or Campus Police at (210) 829-6030 (after hours and/or weekends). Please do not leave your room until you receive further instructions from the medical team or emergency responders.

For the safety of all students and community members, you will be relocated to a section of housing designated for necessary isolation. You will also have the choice to return to your off-campus home as soon as possible for the safety of our Cardinal Community, should you prefer to not be relocated within campus housing.

In the event someone you have had close contact with (friend, roommate, suitemate, etc.) has been diagnosed with COVID-19, please call Health Services at (210) 829-6017 (during business hours) or Campus Police at (210) 829-6030 (after hours and/or weekends). Please do not leave your room until you receive further instructions from the medical team or emergency responders.

If you were identified as a close contact through contact tracing, then you will be temporarily assigned to quarantine housing for observation and to limit further exposure to the campus community. You will have the choice to return to your off-campus home during your determined quarantine period if you prefer not to reside in the temporary housing assignment.

In the case of someone who is suspected to have contracted or been exposed to COVID-19, students will be required to quarantine or isolate for a period of 14 days.

Quarantine: Temporary housing assignment for student who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Isolation: Temporary housing assignment for student who has contracted COVID-19 or is having symptoms that could be evidence of exposure.

The Office of Residence Life and Housing, in coordination with Sodexo, will facilitate a contactless meal delivery service if a student is relocated to on-campus isolation or quarantine housing. Students are asked to comply with isolation and quarantine directives and not exit their assigned housing area unless medically necessary. Medical professionals will arrange necessary visits and students must follow all directives from University and health officials.

Asymptomatic students who are suspected to have been exposed to an individual (e.g., a roommate) who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who is suspected of potential exposure to COVID-19 after travel to an identified area of significant community spread of COVID-19, will be required to quarantine.

If an exposed asymptomatic student is a resident and does not wish to quarantine off campus, the student will quarantine within a predetermined temporary housing assignment. If an asymptomatic student who is suspected of exposure to COVID-19 wishes, they may quarantine at their own permanent residence or off-campus site of their choosing. If residing on campus during the quarantine, the student must move temporarily to the required housing assignment and may not return to their permanent on-campus housing assignment until medically released.

In addition, classmates, teammates and other potential contacts of any students who test positive for COVID-19 will be encouraged to consider quarantining for a period of 14 days. The incubation period of COVID-19 can be up to 14 days, and the virus can be spread as soon as two days before the development of symptoms. Students who choose to quarantine on campus will adhere to the following protocols:

  • Students will check their temperature with a thermometer in the morning and in the afternoon, and inform UIW Health Services of their temperature.
  • Students will self-monitor for the development of any symptoms of COVID-19.

Residents in quarantine housing will be informed of when their temporary housing period ends in order to coordinate their return to permanent campus housing.

For students on the campus meal plan, UIW Dining Services will arrange food delivery in collaboration with Residence Life staff. They will arrange for the purchase of a campus meal plan or coordinate meal delivery for those students who have not purchased the campus meal plan. A team of designated Student Affairs and Campus Life staff will be appropriately trained and on call to assist students with their personal needs (medication pickup, delivery of hygiene supplies, etc.).

Students who are confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19, who are symptomatic and awaiting results of a COVID-19 test, or who have been identified as a close contact may choose to self-isolate or quarantine at their own permanent residence or off-campus site of their choosing. While self-isolating or recovering, the student should:

  • Stay home except to get medical care.
  • Separate from other members of your household. Staying in a room with a separate bathroom is best.
  • Monitor symptoms and contact a doctor if they get worse or if you develop pulmonary symptoms.
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor. Most offices have a specific protocol to limit potential exposure and spread.
  • Wear a mask or face covering over your nose and mouth.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a Kleenex or the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean your hands often and use hand sanitizer when hand washing is not possible.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items.
  • Disinfect all surfaces you touch daily.

Any individual who self-isolates off campus will not be permitted to return to campus for any reason until the following requirements are met:

  • At least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications); and
  • The individual has improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath); and
  • For COVID-19 positive students at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared; or
  • The student has been confirmed not to have COVID-19 by two negative tests in a row, at least 24 hours apart.

Any individual who self-quarantines off campus will not be permitted to return to campus for any reason until the date determined by Health Services based on contact tracing protocols.

In the event that students who have confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19 or identified through contact tracing are not able to self-isolate or quarantine off campus, they will inform UIW Health Services at (210) 829-6017.

Avoca A, B, & C have been reserved to provide quarantine and isolation housing in case students who are diagnosed with COVID-19 are unable to travel home.

UIW has coordinated quarantine and isolation housing which focuses on the health and care of the student, as well as the safety of the campus community.

For on-campus and off-campus self-isolating students, counseling services and/or campus ministry will be available remotely to students in isolation or quarantine as needed. If health permits, students will continue academic activities remotely or be provided with note takers.

It is important that everyone adhere to these policies for your own wellbeing and for the wellbeing of those around us. There are vulnerable people, in and outside our community, for whom COVID-19 may be severe or fatal. We all need to do our part, even when it is inconvenient.

Failure to comply with the expectations above will be considered a violation of the UIW Honor Code and will be referred for potential ramification. Remember, we all need to do our part. We have a shared responsibility to keep each other safe and well.


Our Residential Experience

Our department strives to deliver a positive and engaging experience while residing on campus. We have made a few changes to how we will create this experience while balancing the health and safety of our Cardinal Community.

Staff Interactions

Our staff is eager to get to know you, see how you are doing, and help you get connected. Our RAs will have open Zoom times (posted at their doors). Additionally, the Resident Assistant staff will be communicating with you through e-mail, Microsoft Teams, and phone. Make sure you take the time to stay in touch!

Community Gatherings

Our Residence Life department prides ourselves on the culture of community within the halls. This community is reinforced through our community gatherings. While we may not be able to have all our hallmates sitting in a lounge playing board games, our Resident Assistant staff will still be offering small, safe events! You’ll have the option to have game and activity supplies delivered to your door and join the activity via Zoom! There will also be opportunities to participate in outdoors activities, where we can safely accommodate a larger number of students. Whether face-to-face or via screen, we want to create a strong community with our students.

Opportunities to Grow

Our Resident Assistants will continue to provide updates through bulletin boards and newsletters within the residence halls. There will be many opportunities for new ways to pause and reflect on your goals, the UIW Mission, and stay engaged on campus.

Residence Hall Programs

We are eager to invite residents to different events sponsored by our department. In all our events, we are taking extra steps to promote safe social distancing and supporting a healthy Cardinal Community. Food, a very popular program staple, will take the form of single serving or pre-packaged offerings, served by a staff member. We will indicate where to form lines and maintain proper distancing between each person. Activities will occur in venues that will allow ample social distancing. In addition, we will be sanitizing materials between uses and/or providing individual activity kits for our students. Each event will also provide opportunities for residents to participate remotely.

Personal Wellness

We encourage you to bring items such as board games, card games, ping pong paddles and balls, puzzles, etc. that you and your roommates/suitemates can make fun memories with. Our residence halls have a 10-gigabyte wireless network, able to support you and your hallmates playing together online. The great outdoors is also a wonderful venue to explore. UIW has an extensive set of trails that are almost entirely shaded.


Spring 2021 Move-In Dates

Spring semester move-in will begin the week of January 4, 2020. Students moving into a Residence Hall for the Spring semester will receive communication from the Office of Residence Life with detailed instructions of both the process and the date they have been assigned. Please note that move-in dates are being staggered and scheduled for all resident students so as to provide a safe move-in experience to include COVID-19 testing, social distancing, and coordination of campus services.


Residence Halls

“Family Unit” Housing Precautions

Residential living at UIW offers a variety of types of rooms to include singles, doubles, and apartment style living.  Students sharing a bathroom or common living area will be considered a “family unit” and are highly encouraged to socialize within their unit and avoid, or significantly limit, socializing with others.

  • Agnese Hall: Suites in Agnese are two double rooms with a shared living space, with most rooms containing one restroom (one restroom per four students).  A small number of units contain a restroom in each double room (one restroom per two students). There is sufficient space within rooms/units to practice social distancing.
  • Clement Hall: All rooms in Clement Hall are suited doubles, with two doubles sharing a suited restroom (one restroom per four students).  There is sufficient space within the room to practice social distancing.
  • Sky View Hall: Most rooms in Sky View Hall are suited doubles, with two doubles sharing a restroom (one restroom per four students). There are few double rooms with a private bath and singles with a private bath. In all rooms, there is sufficient space to practice social distancing
  • Joeris Hall (4th floor): Rooms on Joeris Hall's 4th floor are suited singles, with two singles sharing a restroom (one restroom per two students). 
  • Joeris Hall (5th floor): Rooms in Joeris Hall's 5th floor are doubles with one restroom (one restroom per two students). There are limited singles with private restrooms (one restroom per student). There is sufficient space within the room to practice social distancing.

  • Avoca (B thru E): Apartment style living consisting of two doubles with suited restroom, a shared kitchen, and living space (one restroom per four students). There is sufficient space to practice social distancing within the apartment. 
  • Hillside: Single rooms with private restroom (one restroom per student).
  • Joeris (2nd-3rd floors): Rooms in Joeris Halls 2nd-3rd floors are suited singles, with two singles sharing a suited restroom (one restroom per two students). 
  • McComb’s: Apartment style living consisting, in most units, of 4-6 single bedroom units, with two in-room restrooms and a shared kitchen and living space (one restroom per three to four students).  Some units contain a double in place of two singles, while very few units are two double rooms with restrooms in the bedroom and a small living space (one restroom per two students). There is sufficient space to practice social distancing within the apartment.
  • St. Joseph’s (3rd floor): Rooms on St. Joseph’s 3rd floor are suited singles, with two singles sharing a toilet and sink (one per two students).  A community restroom containing four showers is available in the hall (approximately one shower per eight students).
  • St. Josephs (4th floor):  Rooms on St. Joseph’s 4th floor are suited singles, with two singles sharing a toilet and sink (one per two students).  A community restroom containing four showers is present in the hall (approximately one shower per eight students).
  • Township: Apartment style living consisting of different living arrangements. One-bedroom units consist of a double bedroom with adjoining restroom, with shared kitchen and living space (one restroom per two students). Two-bedroom units consist of two double bedrooms with a restroom in each bedroom, and shared kitchen and living space (one restroom per two students). Three-bedroom units consist of two double bedrooms with one double room containing a private bath (one restroom per two students), and one double room containing a shared bath with a single room (one restroom per three students).  There is sufficient space to practice social distancing within the apartment.
  • Watson Lofts: Apartment style living consisting of two doubles with suited restroom and a shared kitchen and living space (one restroom per four students).  There is sufficient space to practice social distancing within the apartment.  
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