Coronavirus Update for Residential Students

March 12, 2020

Greetings residential students,

This serves as a follow up to the most recent campus communication from President Dobkin regarding COVID-19 and the instructions for residential students to postpone returning to their residence halls.

Residence Hall Temporary Closure

Residence halls will be temporarily closed effective immediately and will remain closed until Friday, March 27. Students will have until 12 noon Saturday, March 14 to retrieve any necessary belongings. Residential student card access will be disabled during this period. All residents should make immediate alternative plans until the residence halls reopen. (Please know that this is subject to change.) Students do not need to move their belongings out of the residence halls at this time. However, we ask that students take all medications, medical devices, important documents, and anything you would need to continue remote learning from an alternate location. If you are currently with family or your support system (in-state or out-of-state), we ask that you stay with them.

If you are unable to relocate for two weeks because of extenuating circumstances, please email the Office of Residence Life directly at indicating:

  • Your most recent travel over Spring Break, if any.
  • The extenuating circumstance preventing you from leaving your campus residence.
  • A contact number that we can reach you directly.

Please allow 1-2 business days for us to follow up. All residential students will need to inform the Office of Residence Life to remain in the residence halls during this temporary closure.

Food services will be available; however, the hours will be limited similar to campus breaks. Bon Appetit will share specific updates to dining services and hours as they become available.

We will do our best to ensure equity in this process and as additional details are worked out, we will continue to update you. If you have specific questions regarding housing, email the Office of Residence Life at

Potential Exposure

Remember, do not come to campus if you have been or think you have been exposed to COVID-19 until further instructions are shared with you about the quarantine process.

Students should report potential exposure and any personal travel via cruise or to a CDC advisory level 2 (Japan) or level 3 (China, Iran, South Korea, and Italy) countries. Additionally, if you have been to an area in the country that has confirmed cases, we ask that you report potential exposure. If you believe you have had exposure to COVID-19 during your travels, please contact the State of Utah Coronavirus Hotline (1.800.456.7707) for an initial assessment.

After you have spoken with the coronavirus hotline, please contact Student Health Services at 801.832.2239 or so that we can provide support should a self-quarantine be required.

If you have specific questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Best Regards,
Karnell McConnell-Black
Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students

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