1. What current safety precautions has Housing taken in response to COVID-19?
Student resident safety and welfare have been our highest priority since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. We feel fortunate to have been highly successful in our efforts to date.
Once campus closed and instruction transitioned to an online format, we encouraged students to return to their permanent residences to “shelter in place” in a more controllable environment. Housing fees were refunded, based on their departure dates.
For those residents who remained on campus, we instituted a number of changes designed to protect their health and safety, as well as the essential staff providing them services:
- Communal dining areas were closed, and food service transitioned to a take-out only format.
- Residents were relocated into one Residence Hall community, and given single-occupancy rooms, allowing them to live in an environment that is safer, less secluded, and closer to such campus resources as their Resident Services Office and dining venues.
- Facility amenities that naturally promote large gatherings and/or that could not be appropriately sanitized for continual, safe use —such as lounges, pool areas and computer labs — were temporarily closed.
- Public areas are cleaned daily by UCR’s Facilities Services team using CDC-approved cleaners.
- In partnership with the UCR Department of Environmental Health & Safety, we established appropriate housing spaces for residents who may get ill and need to be temporarily quarantined.
In addition, we have actively reinforced guidelines and mandates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the State of California, and the Riverside County Public Health Office including, but not limited to:
- Requiring the wearing of face coverings in public. (Reusable face coverings have been made available at our Resident Services Offices.)
- Maintaining a six-foot “social distance” from others
- Discouraging social gatherings and restricting guests
- Promoting frequent hand sanitizing
- Encouraging frequent cleaning of “high touch” areas
- Encouraging “self health” assessments and recommending various physical and mental health resources
Spring Quarter Activity Fees have been refunded for students who have remained in campus housing.
2. Is campus housing guaranteed for Fall, 2020?
Due to the uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to offer a housing guarantee for the 2020-21 academic year.
However, we ARE still accepting applications and contracts for all styles of campus housing, with the full intent of offering the same meaningful and integral part of the college experience that living on campus has always provided.
If due to health and safety concerns we are unable to offer you a campus housing space, rest assured that all pre-paid and future housing fees will be refunded in full.
3. Will the UCR Campus Apartments be open for Fall, 2020?
Transfer students, Graduate students and Continuing UCR students are all eligible to submit applications for the UCR Campus Apartments, which include Bannockburn Village, The Plaza, Falkirk, Glen Mor, International Village and Stonehaven. As in any year, the Campus Apartments are assigned from a first-come, first-served waiting list, and we expect these communities to be fully booked for 2020-21.
If instruction is delivered online for Fall (or any other quarter next year) and you wish to cancel your contract, your pre-paid and future housing fees will be refunded upon your departure without penalty.
Submit an application today at MyHousing.ucr.edu.
4. I renewed my current Campus Apartment contract for next year. Is it still going to be honored?
YES, OF COURSE!
The status of renewed Campus Apartment contracts (or requested relocations) for 2020-21 at Bannockburn Village, The Plaza, Falkirk, Glen Mor, International Village and Stonehaven are not affected by current campus conditions.
That said, if instruction is delivered online for Fall or any other quarter next year and you wish to cancel your contract, your housing fees will be refunded upon your departure without penalty.
5. I lived in the Residence Halls this year and submitted a Campus Apartment application for next year. When will I find out if I have secured an apartment space?
We continue to email Campus Apartment contract offers to Residence Hall residents daily, based on your application submission date. (You are welcome to contact us to check your status, but that shouldn’t be necessary.) Keep an eye on your UCR student email as contract offers expire after a limited time.
Remember, you can update your apartment preferences at Myhousing.ucr.edu at any time without affecting your place on the waiting list.
6. Are the Residence Halls going to be open for Fall 2020? And what about the new Dundee Residence Hall?
YES! AND YES!
We call our buildings Residence Halls — not dorms — because they are so much more than just a place to sleep. This is where incoming freshmen first bond with each other and with the university. We are committed to provide the full campus housing experience to the greatest extent possible.
That’s why we are working so diligently to adapt our buildings and procedures to provide this unique experience to as many students as possible, while protecting the health and safety of everyone who lives and works in these communities. And that includes opening our brand new, seven-story Dundee Residence Hall on schedule this Fall!
If for any reason we are unable to offer you a Residence Hall space — or if Fall instruction is offered online and you elect not to live on campus — we will cancel your contract and refund all housing fees without penalty.
Submit a Residence Hall Contract today at Myhousing.ucr.edu.