Frequently asked questions about Residential Life’s response to COVID-19
Residential Life’s Response to COVID-19
- What steps are UMBC Residential Life and Facilities staff taking to support the community’s safety, health, and well-being this fall?
- Are there plans to increase cleaning in public areas within the residence halls?
- What actions can students take to help keep themselves and their fellow community members safe and healthy this fall?
- How many students live in the residence halls?
- How will residence hall rooms be set up?
- Are the apartments reduced as well?
- What is the University doing to prepare in the event someone tests positive for COVID-19?
Safety, health, and well-being are top priorities in our on-campus residence communities and these priorities guide our decision making for fall semester. This includes educating students regarding campus expectations for social distancing, personal protective equipment (face coverings, sanitizer, etc.), and practices to support student health. Disinfectant as well as additional hand sanitizing stations will be readily available throughout the residential communities. Additionally, quarantine and isolation protocols are being developed to keep students and communities safe, in line with CDC and health professional guidelines.
Are there plans to increase cleaning in public areas within the residence halls?
Yes, staff will increase the cleaning frequency of community restrooms, laundry rooms and high touch point areas such as elevator buttons, water fountains, and door handles. Additionally, spray bottles with disinfectant and paper towels will be available for student use in common areas to assist with overall sanitation.
- If you are sick, stay home and do not go to class or work.
- Wear a face covering at all times indoors and outdoors when other people are nearby.
- Keep appropriate distance between you and others.
- Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Wipe down shared surfaces in your bathroom and shared living spaces.
How many students live in the residence halls?
Traditionally 4,000 students live on campus in a combination of triple, double, and single suites and apartments in Residential Life and Walker Avenue Apartments. We will be limiting on-campus housing to one student per bedroom, reducing to roughly 2,200 beds.
How will residence hall rooms be set up?
All rooms will remain set up as normal. For instance, a traditional shared bedroom will still have multiple sets of furniture even though only one resident will be assigned to the space. For images of room layouts, please visit reslife.umbc.edu/communities/.
Are the apartments reduced as well?
Yes, similar to the residential halls and suites the apartments will only house a maximum of 2 residents.
What is the University doing to prepare in the event someone tests positive for COVID-19?
Our goal is for all students, faculty, and staff to stay safe and well on campus this fall. For their part, students should follow good personal hygiene practices, make healthy choices, and follow the campus’s guidelines regarding hand washing, physical distancing, limiting large group gatherings, etc. Public health experts tell us that it is likely that we will have cases of COVID-19 on campus this fall. University experts, health professionals, faculty, and staff are working through extensive plans. The University will maintain a number of quarantine and isolation residential spaces available should an on-campus resident need to temporarily relocate during a quarantine or isolation period. Food delivery and academic accommodations are also being planned. We urge every student to have a plan for what they will do if they are exposed or become ill with COVID-19.