July 9, 2020
For important updates on UC Santa Barbara campus safety precautions and associated information from county, state, and federal public health officials, please visit UCSB's COVID-19 information page and the CDC's COVID-19 website.
We are partnering with health officials and the campus to determine how many students we can safely house in each of our residences this Fall. This process is ongoing and evolving as we learn more about COVID-19 and adjust our response accordingly. Student safety is of paramount concern to us as we continue developing protocols that are aligned with local, state and national health guidelines and reflect best practices.
For more information about our COVID housing initiatives, please see below. For information about the housing contract process, please visit https://www.housing.ucsb.edu/covid-19-information. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.
- Extend move in process over longer time, with only 5-11 families arriving per hour
- Have a self-serve move-in process
- Issue every resident a cloth facial covering at move-in
- Require residents to wear a facial covering when outside their room
- Provide extra paper masks at the front desk of residence halls
- Have touchless thermometers available at front desk of residence halls
- Require all residents to use the hand sanitizer when entering the residence halls
- Reduce lounge occupancy significantly, space furniture out for social distancing
- Open window in lounges for more air flow
- Install touchless faucets in all bathrooms
- Clean bathrooms four times a day
- Have occupancy limits in community bathrooms
- Reduce occupancy of elevators
- Provide COVID community living standards/expectations to all residents in advance - a guide which outlines expectations and rules around social distancing, etc.
- Ask students to bring lawn chairs, for occasional hall meetings held outside
- Create social distancing squares on the large meeting lawns around the residence halls
- Have available space for immediate self-isolation for students who test positive for COVID
- Require residents to follow all directions of health officials
- Have testing available for residents
- Provide drop off meal service for students in isolation
- Provide sack meals for students with underlying health concerns
- Strictly limit seating in the dining hall for social distancing
- No self-service of food in dining hall
- Increased sanitizing of dining hall
- Increase meal hours to spread out diners over a longer time frame
- Hold on-line meetings with students, and on-line student government meetings
- Install plexiglass partitions for front desks and offices