COVID-19 Expectations


We know that this academic year is going to look different, but our staff is still planning to ensure that our residents have an enjoyable living experience with plenty of opportunities to get to know each other while also maintaining a safe and healthy living environment. To meet this goal, we have created the new policies listed below that all residents will be expected to follow.

Sanitation, Physical Distancing & Preventative Measures

All residents will be required to wear a mask upon entering the residence hall. Masks may be removed once the resident has entered their personal room. Hand sanitizer is available in all residence hall lobbies. Elevator suggested capacity signage will be placed at each elevator. Signage promoting physical distancing and other sanitation and preventative measures will be posted throughout the residence halls.

Room Change Week

To maintain the health and safety of all of our residents, Auburn University Housing will not be offering room change opportunities during the fall semester. If you are experiencing issues with your roommate, please contact your resident assistant (RA), graduate area coordinator (GAC) or area coordinator (AC). Our staff is trained to search for and create solutions to any problem you may be experiencing, and while our policy on room changes have been temporarily modified, our commitment to ensuring you have a positive residential experience has not changed.

Auburn University Housing is planning to offer a room change week at the beginning of the spring semester and will send residents more information regarding this process at a later date

Visitation Policy

Residents who live on campus will be able to visit other on-campus residence halls. Students who do not live on campus and non-students will not be allowed entry into the halls. Visitation policies may be revisited as new guidance is received from the ADPH and the CDC.

Common Spaces

Occupancy will be limited for all residence hall common spaces. Furniture will be reduced where applicable, and remaining furniture will be placed 6-10 feet apart. In areas where furniture cannot be removed, suggested capacity signage will be posted. Signage will be posted in all common areas encouraging physical distancing. Residents will be expected to follow all guidelines on posted signage.

All residents will be required to wear a mask while in the common areas. Common spaces such as study rooms and lounges that can be locked will be locked. Residents will be able to request access to study rooms and kitchens and will receive more information after move-in.

Updated Fire Drill Information

Within the first three weeks of classes, each residence hall will have a fire drill.

Your hall will have an unannounced fire drill during this time on a weekday (Monday-Thursday) in the evening. If you are in the residence hall when the fire alarm sounds, your participation is mandatory. Any student who does not evacuate the hall will be required to complete a fire safety course. When the alarm sounds you should immediately evacuate the residence hall.

During the drill, you will need to wear a face covering or mask. Staff will be on-hand to remind you to take your mask with you. As you evacuate, staff will guide you to the assembly area for your hall. This is the area you should go to any time the alarm sounds. While at the assembly area, you should continue to wear your mask and practice physical distancing. During the drill, staff will enter each residents' room to ensure that everyone has evacuated the hall.

Once the drill is complete staff will let you back into the residence hall. We ask that you practice physical distancing as you return to the hall. You should wear your mask until you return to your residence hall room. As you enter the hall we encourage you to use the provided hand sanitizer station or wash your hands once back in your room.

A healthier U

In addition to the policies listed above, all residents will be expected to follow all guidelines included in the A healthier U plan.

We take your safety very seriously, and we appreciate your cooperation with our COVID-19 preventative measures.

Last Updated: October 22, 2020