Updated COVID-19 Housing Requirements and Guidelines
Revised March, 2022
UAMS is closely monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 situation and taking action to protect the health and wellbeing of UAMS students, faculty, and staff, as well as our neighboring communities. We understand that this is a very difficult and stressful time, but working together collaboratively to implement several CDC-recommended strategies is the most immediate and practical means of slowing and reducing the community spread of COVID-19 through person-to-person contact. Below are new on-campus residential living directives related to the public health and safety during the COVID-19 health crisis.
UAMS will continue to make policy adjustments and implement additional measures as necessary. Any updates to housing policies will be posted on the Campus Life webpage.
Face coverings required in common areas & public spaces
In residential buildings, face coverings are required prior to entering any common area, including those listed below. Violators risk jeopardizing their housing status, which could result in immediate removal from campus housing.
- Laundry rooms
- Parking lots
- Outdoor common areas
- Mailrooms and other indoor common areas.
Physical distancing in effect for all residence hall buildings
- Minimize close contact with others. UAMS advises all community members to maintain good hygiene habits and to practice physical distancing.
- Visitors. Revised 3/2022 Before entry into the Residence Hall, visitors must follow the steps below:
- Complete the visitor screening questionnaire and adhere to all UAMS Infection Prevention and Student and Employee Health COVID-19 restrictions and recommendations.
- Only TWO visitors at a time, per resident. Residents must accompany their guest at all times while in the facility.
- The only exception is listed below.
- Friends or family members who are helping a student move in or out of the Residence Hall. Limit 4 per resident after each member completes the QR health screening questionnaire.
- Social Events. Social gatherings must follow current campus guidelines. https://events.apps.uams.edu/CovidAlert
- Common Areas. Small groups of students may gather in common areas, masks required.
- Community Kitchens. Residents should ensure that surfaces are wiped down and properly cleaned with suitable cleaning agents before and after using the kitchens. Masks required.
Rent Obligation. As long as the Residence Hall remains open, residents are obligated to the contractual period documented on individual semester or monthly contracts.
Provide emergency contact information
- Each resident must verify the emergency contact information they provided at check-in. Also, please review and edit your emergency contact information on your GUS account.
- Update your personal contact information on your GUS account to ensure that you receive critical notifications from your college, program, or department.
What to do if you are experiencing symptoms
Anyone with COVID symptoms, possible exposures, or positive test results should immediately contact your college or assigned program coordinator. You must also contact Student and Employee Health Services (SEHS) at 501-686-6565.
Contact SEHS immediately. A hotline was established for screenings or general questions regarding COVID-19. The phone number is 800-632-4502.
Shared responsibility & support services
- Each resident should take steps to protect their health, which also helps safeguard their neighbors’ well-being. For information on mental and physical health, nutrition and well-being, please refer to the COVID-19 Wellness Resources page.
- For other personal health and support services, visit Student and Employee Health Services.
- Well-being Checklist Poster
What happens if you do not comply
It is important that everyone adhere to these directives for your own wellbeing and for the wellbeing of those around us–other students, faculty, and staff, and our community area neighbors, especially those who are elderly, immune-compromised, or otherwise vulnerable to COVID-19. Failure to comply with the expectations above may result in a disciplinary referral to your college, program, or department—including immediate removal from campus housing.
For questions relating to campus housing or student life, please call 501-686-5850.