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If you think you have come into close contact (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) with a confirmed COVID-19 positive person, please complete our COVID-19 Reporting Form.  

Living in Shared Housing

Shared housing residents, including dorms, off-campus houses and apartments, often gather together closely for social, leisure, and recreational activities, shared dining, laundry facilities, stairwells, and elevators and may have challenges with social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Protect yourself

People at-risk

  • Keep up-to-date lists of medical conditions and medications, and periodically check to ensure you have a sufficient supply of your prescription and over-the-counter medications.
  • Contact your healthcare provider to ask about getting extra necessary medications to have on hand for a longer period of time, or to consider using a mail-order option for medications.
  • Be aware of serious symptoms of if you have underlying conditions, of COVID-19 symptoms, and know who to ask for help or when to call 911.
  • Extra steps to take if you are at-risk.

Know where to get information

  • If you live on campus make sure you know how your Hall Director and your Residential Advisor are going to communicate COVID-19 information to you. Additional information can be found at

The facility

  • COVID-19 prevention supplies should be provided in common areas, such as soap, alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol, tissues, and trash baskets.
  • Non-essential volunteers and visitors in shared areas should be limited or avoided.

Common spaces

Be flexible, rules may change in common areas. Maintain 6 feet of social (physical) distance between yourself and everyone that you do not live with. If you see people in areas that are small, like stairwells and elevators, consider going one at a time.

Shared kitchens, dining rooms, laundry rooms, bathrooms

  • Access should be available, but the number of people should be restricted so that everyone can stay at least 6 feet apart from one another.
  • Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, or eating utensils. Everything washed with dish soap and hot water or in a dishwasher.
  • Review the Guidelines for doing laundry such as washing instructions and handling of dirty laundry.