Coronavirus: COVID-19 NEW

The University of Utah is actively monitoring the worldwide spread of the respiratory illness COVID-19. The University’s COVID-19 webpage is being updated regularly, and we encourage you to check it frequently for important updates. University of Utah Health also has a helpful webpage with FAQs, practical tips about how to protect yourself from COVID-19, and more.


Please use this self-report form if you: have COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), have been in contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19, or you have been tested for COVID-19 (excluding tests administered on move-in day.

2020-2021 Impacts

It will take everyone, working together, to support a safer community this academic year. Adhering to updated policies and guidelines is a responsibility of all residents to ensure the health and well-being of our overall community. Please review the following updates and information regarding living on campus in the era of COVID-19.

Addendum to the Resident Agreement

COVID-19 Testing

Asymptomatic Testing:

  • Leaving for Thanksgiving Break? Plan ahead and take a COVID-19 test before you leave! Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing is available on campus to all HRE residents. If you previously signed up for a testing appointment at the Officers Club for Nov. 16-18, that time slot has now changed and is no longer valid. Information about signing up for a COVID-19 test before Thanksgiving Break is coming soon. Test results will be processed in 2 to 3 days—please select a date at least 3 days before your departure date.
  • All residents will be required to take a COVID-19 test at the beginning of the Spring 2021 semester. More information about the mandatory spring semester testing process will be shared soon.

Symptomatic Testing: Students who are experiencing ANY symptoms should call (801) 587-0712 and indicate that they are a U of U student. Two symptomatic testing sites are located near campus:

  • Madsen Center parking lot: 555 Foothill Drive
  • NEW Rice Eccles Stadium parking lot
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Calendar Adjustments

  • All residence hall areas (Chapel Glen, Gateway Heights, Kahlert Village, Sage Point, and Officers Circle) will close on November 25 at 2 p.m. in accordance with the updated fall 2020 academic calendar. Residents in these areas are able to sign up for an extension to remain on campus, learn more here.
  • The spring 2021 academic calendar has been updated, and the first day of spring semester courses begins on Tuesday, January 19. Spring 2021 move-in day has been adjusted accordingly and is now on Friday, January 15. Housing and meal plan rates will be modified to reflect the new start date.

More information

Face Coverings

  • On November 8, Utah Governor Gary Herbert announced an Executive Order, which includes a statewide face covering mandate. Please click here for more information.
  • In addition to the statewide Executive Order, University policy requires face coverings to be worn in all common areas on campus. For on-campus residents, this means that face coverings should be worn in indoor areas outside of rooms/apartments. Face coverings are not required outdoors where 6ft physical distance is possible.
  • Cloth face coverings should be laundered after each use. See the CDC’s guidelines for washing and drying your face covering:

CDC Face Covering Guidelines

Guest Policy Updates

A guest is defined as anyone who is not contracted to live in an HRE space. No guests are permitted inside HRE rooms/apartments outside of moving in or moving out. Residents can host other HRE residents from other buildings in lounge areas if face coverings are work and physical distancing is observed. Visit our Resident Rights & Responsibilities page linked below to read the full guest policy.

Guest Policy

Travel Policy

HRE is highly discouraging residents from traveling during this time to limit the possibility of an outbreak of COVID-19. For more information and consideration on this updated travel advisory for HRE residents, please click the link below.

Travel Policy

Isolation Spaces

Rooms throughout all buildings on-campus are held as isolation rooms. Residents who become ill with the coronavirus may be temporarily moved to an isolation space while they recover in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you believe you are in need of an isolation space, please complete the HRE Self-Report Form and an HRE staff member will contact you directly.

Cleaning Buckets

Cleaning and sanitation supplies are available for residents to use. Cleaning buckets can be picked up in laundry rooms. Please return cleaning buckets after you use them so that our custodial team can keep supplies replenished. Buckets include:

  • Glass cleaner
  • All-purpose cleaner and disinfectant
  • Gloves
  • Towels

Cleaning Checklist In Your Room

HRE custodial team members will clean common areas and high traffic areas of campus. All residents should regularly clean their own bedroom and/or bathroom areas:

  • Wear reusable or disposable gloves for routine cleaning and disinfection.
  • Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant. Cleaning with soap and water reduces number of germs, dirt and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on the surfaces.
  • Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.

(Source: CDC)

The University’s COVID-19 webpage is being updated regularly, and we encourage you to check it frequently for important University-wide updates.

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