Health and Safety


The health and safety of our students living on campus is our priority. In consultation with the University Health Center and university leadership, we've established these procedures to provide students with a positive on-campus experience while abiding by all local, state and federal health protocols. These plans may change as we continue to monitor and respond to additional recommendations and guidelines from the appropriate authorities.

Freshman moving into his new dorm

Do I have to live on campus as a freshman if I have health concerns?

Students who feel they have a health issue that should warrant them not to live on campus will need to get an approved accommodation to live off campus through Services for Students with Disabilities and complete the On-Campus Residency Exemption Form.

What are my responsibilities as a resident living on-campus?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Keep your room clean.
  • We recommend wearing a face covering whenever you’re outside your room.
  • Practice physical distancing from others.
  • Remember that this is unusual time and you and/or others may feel anxious about what is going on.
  • Be kind to one another and remember we are all in this together.

Where can I get help if I am concerned or anxious about COVID-19?

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers some helpful tips for dealing with the disruption that COVID-19 brought to our lives. They also offer daily mindfulness sessions or individual counseling to help students take care of themselves. Additionally, students can sign up for a short weekly well-being check-in from Big Red Resilience and Well-being to help them navigate personal well-being.

What should students do if they show COVID-19 symptoms?

Students showing symptoms or concerned about possible exposure should immediately limit interactions with others and contact – by phone or email – the University Health Center or their primary provider.

Students should follow quarantine and isolation protocols as recommended by health care providers.

  • Community Living Guide - This guide includes healthy community safety procedures for the residence halls. Effective 9/15/20, all residents in University Housing, regardless of whether they have symptoms, are expected to adhere to the updated guest policies.
  • Bedroom occupancy - One or two students will be assigned per bedroom. Students who are at high risk because they have a disability may request an accommodation through Services for Students with Disabilities.
  • Enhanced cleaning - Traditional hall bathrooms will be cleaned twice daily. Common areas and high touch surfaces in all halls will be cleaned frequently throughout the day.
  • Physical distancing in rooms - All beds will be placed 6-feet apart, head-to-head, and need to remain in that location throughout the year. Bunked beds will not be permitted, but students may loft beds for storage.
  • Physical distancing in halls - Study rooms and lounges will have limited capacities. Floor decals will be placed in spaces where lines form. Plexiglass barriers will be installed to reduce contact at service desks.
  • Reduced contact - Suite- and apartment-style bathrooms will be cleaned monthly to reduce the potential spread of the virus.
  • Maintenance staff protocols - Staff responding to maintenance requests will be trained on health and safety protocols. They will wear face coverings when entering student rooms, follow appropriate PPE procedures and disinfect the work area before leaving the room.
  • Guests and visitors - Non-resident guests and visitors are asked to follow physical distancing protocols, wear face coverings, and frequently wash hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. More information on guest and visitor policies is available in the Community Living Guide.
  • Quarantine and isolation protocols - Students should not leave to quarantine at home with family or caregivers due to increased likelihood of spreading the virus. Instead, students should follow University Housing’s quarantine and isolation protocols.
  • Enhanced Takeout Options - Students may choose to dine in or takeout at dining centers. Mobile food ordering and late-night food options will be available. Students are required to wear face coverings when picking up items.
  • Reduced seating in dining centers - Zone seating will be in effect with seating capacities reduced by two-thirds. There will be a maximum of six per party at tables. Once seating is full, students will be asked to wait until others exit, and tables can be disinfected and sanitized. Social distancing floor decals will be placed in areas where lines form.
  • Simplified menu options - Dine in and takeout options will have a simplified selection and will include salads and desserts. Fresh entrees are also available in Herbie's Markets.
  • Serving stations - Instead of buffet-style options, students will follow a single-direction serving line and receive ample portions of items they select. Students are required to wear face coverings while in line.
  • Closures for cleaning - Dining centers will close between meal periods for cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Staff safety procedures - Dining Services staff will wear face coverings and follow Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department protocols.