With student well-being at the forefront of consideration and in alignment with public health guidance, HFS intends to deploy a housing strategy for autumn quarter with appropriate COVID-19 mitigation elements in place. We will maintain all room density at two students or less in each residence hall room, which currently is adequate to guarantee housing to all applicants.
All rooms will be charged at their original rate, regardless of the number of residents during autumn quarter. So, for example, two students living in a triple room without a third person will each be charged the triple room rate.
This housing strategy aligns with the UW Back to School plan, the State of Washington Safe Start Plan, and guidance from UW Environmental Health & Safety, the UW Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases, and university leadership. It is in alignment with Public Health – Seattle & King County Guidance for Student Housing at Higher Education Institutions and the State of Washington Campus Reopening Guide.
The plan also relies on guidance and collaboration from the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International, American College Health Association, King County COVID-19 Response for Higher Education Institutions housing subgroup, and the Pac-12 senior housing officer group.
The primary recommended mitigation per these resources is de-densification of housing. The following housing de-densification measures will be put in place:
- All residence halls with in-unit bathrooms will be designated as 2-person occupancy regardless of design capacity or previous assignment as a triple (2 students per bathroom)
- Hansee Hall will remain as single rooms (8 students per bathroom)
- Apartment-style housing will remain at the current operating capacity for 2- to 6-bedroom apartments with single bedrooms (2 to 4 students per bathroom)
For the duration of their cohabitation, roommates are considered household members from a public health perspective.
HFS has appropriate worksite safety plans in place to ensure that residential programs can be delivered and the public health implications of COVID-19 can be effectively managed.
An on-campus living experience is important to many students. The University endeavors to continue providing that option, in as safe a manner as possible, to help students form the lasting and strong bonds, between themselves and their fellow students and the University community, that come from living on campus.