Housing and Residence Life: Fall 2020
As you are undoubtedly aware, COVID-19 continues to spread in Nebraska and the Omaha community. UNO is committed to providing transparency in planning for fall, and we encourage all students to check www.unomaha.edu/fall-forward regularly for campus updates and information for fall. Housing and Residence Life (HRL) is hard at work planning ways to keep our residential community healthy and safe this fall. We have been working with partners and resources from across campus and the community to develop new procedures consistent with local, state, and federal health protocols in order to provide our residents with a positive on-campus living experience. These plans may change as we assess and respond to new or updated guidance from campus leadership, as well as local, state, and federal authorities.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is Housing and Residence Life open for the fall semester?
Why live on campus if most of my classes are being held online or remotely?
What is Housing and Residence Life doing to keep our residential community safe?
Will I still be allowed to have guests/visitors on campus?
Will I still be allowed to hang out with my friends and neighbors who live on campus?
Will food service and dining halls be available on campus?
What is move-in going to look like in August?
What if I want to cancel my housing contract and live off campus?
What should I do if I develop COVID-19 symptoms while living on campus?
What can I do if I have COVID-19 related accommodation requests?
Commitment to Inclusion
Recent and reoccurring instances of police brutality have rightfully brought the systemic discrimination experienced by people of color and marginalized identities, particularly Black individuals, more fully into our national consciousness. We recognize that these acts of discrimination and violence have always been true for the experience of people of color in the United States. Housing and Residence Life remains steadfast in our commitment to maintaining a culture of caring that uplifts all individuals.
We oppose racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and systematic divisions of society which oppress and harm. It is our priority to make the housing community a safe and inclusive place for everyone who lives in or visits our spaces.
Explore the options for what an on-campus living experience at UNO would look like.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! Since April, the University has planned for in-person operations across campus this fall. This includes residents living in our on-campus housing facilities who moved into housing in mid-August.
It’s no secret that this year will surely look very different on campus than in years past. We encourage students to make the living decision that’s best for them given the changes in classes and the campus community. With that being said, living on campus still offers you with the closest proximity to campus resources like the library, H&K, and opportunities for work-study. Our apartment-style residence halls offer a great deal of independence and autonomy while still providing a staff and community support structure that no off-campus landlord or residential management company can match. The mission of HRL is to provide a positive residential experience while supporting the evolving needs of our students. We are entirely focused on supporting you through a semester/year that is already shaping up to be unlike any we’ve had before.
UNO is unique in that most on-campus housing facilities on Dodge and Scott campuses are apartment- or suite style. This means that every resident has their own room in an apartment or suite of no more than four people. Most apartments have two bathrooms, so nearly all residents share bathroom space with only one other person. This setup limits the amount of shared spaces and surfaces each resident interacts with on a regular basis.
More broadly, HRL staff is actively working to keep our residents safe. We have taken steps to observe the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance related to COVID-19. This includes:
Implementing a cleaning plan for disinfecting high traffic areas and surfaces, including areas in our clubhouses, community spaces, and other points of contact between residents and staff.
Providing hand-sanitizing stations at building entrances.
Complying with campus-wide guidance encouraging the wearing of face-coverings on campus.
Encouraging physical distancing in shared residential and community spaces.
Developing procedures for providing quarantine housing for residents who have symptoms of or exposure to COVID-19.
Providing each apartment on Dodge and Scott Campuses with cleaning and wellness supplies and directions regarding best practices for cleaning/disinfecting high-contact and shared surfaces.
Distributing cloth face coverings to all residents.
Housing and Residence Life has continued to monitor developments related to COVID-19 on campus and in the Omaha community. In response to the increasing cases of COVID-19 on campus and in the community, it has been determined to be in the best interest of our residential community to initiate a “no guest mandate” effective Wednesday, Sept. 2. This mandate will be in effect until further notice. HRL will continually revisit this mandate and amend it if/when possible. UNO, like all colleges and universities across the nation, is working diligently to keep its community safe. Many schools have found it necessary to close their residence halls, but it is our hope that moving to a “no guest mandate” will help limit community spread of COVID-19 on-campus and allow for the continuance of on-campus living and learning opportunities.
Effective Sept. 2:
Guests are NOT allowed to visit residence half including, but not limited to apartments, lounges, lobbies, and workout spaces. To clarify, guests/visitors are defined as individuals, whether UNO students or not, who do not live in on-campus housing.
No guests can visit an individual apartment. This includes other residents.
The only people allowed in one’s apartment are the people assigned to that space, HRL staff, and university professionals engaged in their job responsibilities.
Lounges, lobbies, workout spaces, and other common areas have a capacity posted for how many residents can be in the space simultaneously. Residents are always expected to abide by these posted occupancies.
Any resident who has an ADA accommodation that necessitates a guest must register their support individual with the Accessibility Services Office.
Any resident who violates this mandate will be subject to disciplinary action which may include suspension from on-campus housing.
The dining facilities on Scott Campus are open and are working to provide healthy and safe dining options for all students and staff. Other dining facilities on campus are doing the same. These options may include pre-packaged meals, to-go options, and dining spaces that accommodate for physical distancing between diners. See the Scott Campus dining website for information on hours of operation for Scott Campus facilities and the UNO Building Access page for information on hours of operation for Dodge Campus facilities.
Dodge Campus move in is scheduled from August 14–17th. Scott Campus move-in is scheduled August 16-22nd. Specific directions regarding move-in will be communicates to all residents prior to move-in. Residents can expect to see a drive-thru check-in process when they arrive to campus. All residents will be asked to bring no more than two guests to campus with them to assist with the move-in process.
International Students will be able to move in beginning August 6, 2020 to allow two weeks for quarantine before they will attend in person classes.
Students who would like to cancel their contract should reach out to Housing and Residence Life at email@example.com. Information on HRL’s current policies regarding the cancellation of a housing contract can be found in the HRL Community Policies. The residence hall contract will allow for exceptions to the normal cancellation policy when related to COVID-19. If a resident must cancel their housing contract for reasons related to COVID-19, they should email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a cancellation form. COVID-19 related cancellations will need to be reviewed and approved by the Health Security Office (include HSO email) and/or Accessibility Services(email@example.com). Students approved for contract cancellation due to COVID-19 will be charged until they have cancellation approval and have officially moved out of their space and completed the check-out form.
Students are encouraged to complete a daily self-screening using the “1-Check UNO” app available via smartphone app or web browser, to assess and identify potential health risk factors.
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please do not visit the Nebraska Medicine-UNO Health Center.
Anyone who has reason to believe they may have contracted COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms should contact their primary health provider. If needed, the Douglas County Health Department can also be reached at 402.444.3400 to determine the proper next steps.
How do I know if I should quarantine, or if someone in my building has tested positive for COVID-19?
Once UNO’s Office of Health Security is notified of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, university protocol is initiated to mitigate further risk to our campus community. Individuals who are known to have had direct exposure to individuals with COVID-19 will be given timely notification and guidance. To be clear, unless contacted by UNO Health Security and/or Douglas County Health Department or are experiencing symptoms consistent with a COVID-19 infection, residents do not need to quarantine.
If you have academic concerns associated with COVID-19, please complete the Behavioral Review Team (BRT) form indicating a COVID-19 related concern. After completing this step, please proceed to the process below, if applicable.
Medical Supervision allows students to regain lost attendance points and make up assignments and exams that were missed during excused absences. Accessibility Services Center (ASC) requires a letter or other documentation from the treating provider that states the date(s) or date range(s) supporting the medical care and inability to attend classes. Medical supervision is retroactive, so if the treating provider notates absences for past dates, they can still be submitted to ASC.
*Students do not need to be registered with ASC to receive medical supervision.
Accessibility Services Center (ASC) works specifically with UNO students with documented disabilities, including students that are at an increased risk for severe illness due to certain underlying medical conditions as defined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). On receipt of valid documentation from a qualified healthcare provider, ASC will determine eligibility and appropriate COVID-19 related accommodations.
PLEASE NOTE: It will be necessary for most students to provide specific documentation from a qualified healthcare provider to assist in determination of eligibility for accommodations. Click Documentation Guidelines to learn about the specific information needed to assist in the determination of your eligibility for accommodations.
If you already work with ASC to access disability related accommodations, please contact us as soon as possible regarding your COVID-19 related concerns: