Coronavirus: Fall 2021 Updates

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.

Fall 2021 Updates

Welcome home! We're excited that you'll be living on campus with us for the 2021-2022 academic year. See below to learn more about how Housing & Residential Education is addressing and planning for impacts of the coronavirus this fall. This webpage will be updated throughout the summer.


  • Face Coverings
    • Face coverings are required on campus in public spaces, including residence halls and common areas, throughout fall semester.
  • Physical Distancing
    • Physical distancing will be required in classrooms and public spaces. Physical distancing means maintaining at least 6' distance between you and others who do not live in your residence hall bedroom or apartment.
  • Vaccinations
    • Beginning March 24, 2021, adults in Utah will be eligible to sign up for a vaccine appointment. Sign up will begin on March 22.
    • Getting the vaccine not only benefits yourself but the health of the greater community. You are strongly encouraged to get the vaccine, particularly as we work to offer more in-person classes in the fall.
    • The distribution will be through the county health department and local pharmacy locations. At this time, the university will not be receiving the COVID-19 vaccine to distribute. Learn more about Utah vaccine distribution below.

Vaccine Information

  • Testing
    • Asymptomatic testing will be available to students who are living on campus. HRE residents will be strongly encouraged to be tested regularly.
    • Symptomatic testing will be accessible through University of Utah Health for students who develop symptoms of COVID-19 or who are exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Classes
    • The University’s fall 2021 semester class schedule will be available online in March. Classes will begin on August 23, 2021.
    • Currently, it is projected that the majority of fall courses will be in an in-person format.


  • Housing Occupancy
    • Students will be able to reserve their room for 2021-2022 this spring. The rooms will allow for full capacity including roommates and four people to a Loft in Lassonde Studios.
  • Isolation and Quarantine Space
    • HRE will continue to hold spaces available in the on campus hotel, the University Guest House, for students who need to isolate or quarantine.

More Information

  • Guests in the Residence Halls
    • For fall 2021 semester, HRE expects to allow residents to have one guest at a time. In the fall 2019 semester, a new guest policy was developed. This included the following:
      • a. requirement of residents to register guests,
      • b. limited the number of overnight guests per semester, and
      • c. integrated an auto-email to others in the living area that there would be an overnight guest with instruction on what to do if they did not approve of the overnight guest.
    • This policy will return and be in place for the fall 2021 semester.

Guest Policy

  • Community Engagement
    • We know that a core reason to live on campus is the opportunity to connect with others. At this time, we are planning for fall events and gatherings to be focused on smaller groups (50 people or less) and events that will take place outside.
  • Dining
    • Dining Services will follow state health guidance in regards to dining on campus. If cases continue to decrease, seating will return to the dining rooms and outdoor seating areas.
    • To-Go boxes and in-person seating will be available.
    • BOOST, the online preordering app for pick-up and delivery will continue to be in place.

Dining Information

  • Move-in Week
    • Students will be assigned to a day to move in for the fall semester based on their housing location. This schedule will be posted so that residents can make plans.
    • Move-in Week for fall will span over August 17-19, 2021.

Move-In Information

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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