Coronavirus

USA Housing is continuing to monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). It is our priority to provide up-to-date information to our residents and their families. 

The University has detailed more information about reopening for the Academic Year 2020-2021 – including highlights, dates, FAQs, policies, resources for students, parents, or staff, and more. Please click one of the buttons below.

Reopening Information Coronavirus Updates 

 

USA Housing FAQs

▼   What items should I bring for living on campus during COVID-19?

You should bring the following: 

  • Thermometer
  • Face masks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • OTC medications like Tylenol
  • Disinfecting wipes and other cleaning supplies

A complete list of what items to bring can be found here.

▼   What is Housing doing about COVID-19?

This is an evolving situation and our students are our top priority. Therefore, Housing is continually monitoring this situation and is focused on the safety and education of our students. Housing is increasing the cleaning paradigm of high touch surfaces, adding hand sanitizer stations (as supplies are available) to all of the community buildings, and educating students to take the proper hygiene measures. Housing is also working with Student Health to assist students as needed.

▼   What if my roommate is sick?
  • The CDC recommends staying at least six feet away from others and from those who may be sick as the virus spreads through respiratory droplets.

  • If you or your roommate are sick and unable to self-isolate, please contact USA Housing and Student Health as soon as possible. If you have questions or are unsure what to do, call the Central Housing Office at 251-341-4663, if after 5:00 call your RA On-Duty.

▼   What if I am feeling sick, but need meals?
  • If you are sick and in self-isolation or quarantine, Housing will ensure meals are delivered to your room in a contactless fashion.

▼   Will I be notified if someone I share housing with tests positive for COVID-19?

If you or someone you have been in contact with tests positive, you will be notified by the Contact Tracing team, and/or Student Health, with further instructions.

▼   What will happen to me or my roommate if one of us tests positive for COVID-19?

In the event that a student tests positive for COVID-19, they may be required to be reassigned to another room on campus for the two week quarantine/isolation period. If a student is moved to quarantine/isolation, they will only be provided 30 minutes to move into their new room assignment. Therefore, all residential students are expected to have pre-prepared a bag with enough clothing, toiletries  and personal supplies for at least two weeks, including books, academic supplies, electronics (laptop, phone, chargers, etc.) and medications. Please remember that during the period of quarantine/isolation, students will not be allowed to leave their residence hall rooms; therefore, students will not have an opportunity to do their laundry until the quarantine/isolation period has ended. 

▼   Will there be an increase in single occupancy residence hall rooms?

Yes, nearly 50% of all rooms available for 2020-2021 are private bedrooms.

 

▼   March 2020 Updates

March 19, 2020 Update

Face to face classes will not resume on-campus this semester. Information will be provided soon regarding checkout and adjustment of housing and meal plan fees.

Housing is developing a plan to stagger residence hall checkout. Residents should wait to receive authorization from Housing before returning to campus to checkout. Please continue to visit this page for updates on specific check out instructions.

Unless you have been previously approved to remain on campus during the interim, students must not return to campus residence halls or Greek houses. 

Students who were approved to remain for the extended break are encouraged to check out of the residence halls as soon as possible. Housing office hours and facilities services will be limited during the interim.

In keeping with the CDC’s recommendation for further social distancing, a staggered plan to retrieve your belongings from the residence halls and the Greek houses is being developed and will be communicated to you via email at a later date. Students are not authorized to return to campus outside of this plan. Anyone who arrives to campus without authorization will not be accommodated. Access to campus and the residence halls will be extremely limited. Students who need immediate access to medicines or other critical necessities should call their community office.

Community Office Phone Numbers

  • Azalea Hall Office: (251) 460-7926
  • Beta/Gamma Community Office: (251) 460-6465
  • Camellia Hall Office: (251) 460-7943
  • Delta Community Office: (251) 460-6315
  • Epsilon Community Office: (251) 460-7870
  • Fraternity & Sorority Housing Community Office: (251) 460-7759
  • Stokes Hall Office: (251) 460-7921

Additional information regarding check-out or how housing/meal fees will be addressed will be posted to this site beginning Monday, March 23. 


 March 13, 2020 Update

In response to the serious public health threat from the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, the University of South Alabama residence halls are closed until on-campus classes resume. 

All students should vacate their residence hall rooms as soon as possible, but no later than Monday, March 16 at 5:00 p.m.

If you need to retrieve any necessary belongings from your room, please do so by Monday, March 16 at 5:00 p.m.

If you have extenuating circumstances and are not able to vacate or retrieve necessary belongings by the March 16 deadline and you need to request an extension, please email housing@southalabama.edu as soon as possible. Extensions will be reviewed on an individual basis. Staff will be monitoring email throughout the next few days, including this weekend.

If you have questions regarding vacating the residence halls, please contact us at housing@southalabama.edu.

Continue to check your email and the University website, https://www.southalabama.edu/coronavirus/ for ongoing updates.

Housing will also provide an update via email when students can return to the residence halls.

Should you have any questions or concerns about this process please contact housing@southalabama.edu.

Sincerely,

USA Housing

 

 

Last updated: July 30, 2020