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Updated August 7
- Why are you requiring students living on campus to be tested?
- What test is required?
- When do I need to be tested?
- Why does it need to be within 5 days of my move-in appointment?
- Are there exemptions to testing?
- What if I am leaving for Colorado more than 5 days before move-in?
- Can I just wait to get tested until I arrive on campus?
- Who is eligible for the $100 credit?
- Can I still receive the credit if I don’t have my test results for my move-in appointment?
- How do I get tested?
- Where can I find testing locations in Colorado?
- What if I am not able to get a test because I don’t have symptoms?
- If a student tests positive prior to arriving on campus, can they still move in?
- What testing information do I need to bring to my move-in appointment?
- Will you accept an antibody test?
- How do I provide my test result?
- What if I get tested at home and am unable to get results back in time?
- What is the rapid surveillance test?
- Are there any special requirements for getting tested?
- What if I get tested during my move-in appointment and test positive?
- Are there things I can do to prepare in case I have to move to a temporary isolation location?
- What should I do if I feel ill the day of my move-in appointment?
- Do move-in guests have to have test results?
Testing allows for CU to identify potential outbreaks and helps inform control measures. The CDC recommends that colleges and universities consider testing all students who live in congregate housing such as residence halls.
Students are required to complete a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) PCR test.
Students are required to complete a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) PCR test within five days prior to arriving on campus.
Move in Date
Saturday, Aug. 15
Sunday, Aug. 16
Monday, Aug. 17
Tuesday, Aug. 18
Wednesday, Aug. 19
Thursday, Aug. 20
Friday, Aug. 21
Saturday, Aug. 22
Sunday, August 23
First possible date to be tested
Monday, Aug. 10
Tuesday, Aug. 11
Wednesday, Aug. 12
Thursday, Aug. 13
Friday, Aug. 14
Saturday, Aug. 15
Sunday, Aug. 16
Monday, Aug. 17
Tuesday, Aug. 18
The time from exposure to symptom onset (known as the incubation period) is thought to be three to 14 days, though symptoms typically appear within four or five days after exposure.
No, there are no exemptions. All students who are living in the residence halls and Bear Creek must be tested before they can move in.
If you are leaving more than five days before your move-in appointment, you should explore testing locations in Colorado. You will need to take a test within the five day window of your move-in appointment.
Yes, but this will cause a delay in the move-in process as we must confirm a negative test result before a student can move into their residence hall.
In order to expedite the move-in process and minimize the risk of students arriving on campus with a positive result we encourage students to get tested before they arrive.
Students who arrive at their move-in appointment with a physical copy of their negative SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) PCR test will receive a $100 credit. This credit will appear on your tuition and fee account up to 60 days after move-in.
Students who cannot provide a negative SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) PCR result at the time of their move-in appointment will not be eligible for the credit.
Call your primary care provider and check your state or local public health website, as some areas are offering free SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) PCR testing.
Contact your medical provider or visit 211colorado.org to search for testing locations in Colorado.
We encourage you to get tested before leaving your home state or area and to let your primary care provider know that it is a requirement for your university. If you still cannot get a test through your primary care provider or a testing service, tests will be available during move-in appointments. Waiting to be tested on campus should be your last choice.
- If a student receives a positive test result or they have symptoms of COVID-19 within 10 days of their move-in appointment they should stay home until they have been cleared from isolation.
- If a student tests positive and it has been more than 10 days since their symptoms first started, their symptoms are improving and they have had no fever for 24 hours student can attend their move-in appointment as scheduled and must bring a physical copy of their positive lab results. The student will not need to be re-tested.
- If a student received a positive test more than 12 weeks ago they will need to get a COVID-19 PCR test within five days of their move-in appointment or when they arrive on campus for their move-in appointment.
Please bring a physical copy of your negative SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) PCR test result. On the morning of your move-in appointment you will need to complete the Student Daily Health Form. When you arrive for your appointment you will show your Student Daily Health Form confirmation email on your phone before entering the appointment location.
An antibody test will not be accepted as your test result. There is currently not enough data yet to say whether someone is protected from reinfection if they have antibodies to the virus. The CDC states that antibody test results should not be used to group people together in settings such as schools and dormitories.
Students must bring a physical copy of their test results to their move-in appointment. In addition to showing proof during their move-in appointment, students are encouraged to upload their test results to their MyCUHealth portal.
Students who received a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) PCR test within 5 days of their move-in appointment but do not have their results will be required to self-administer a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) PCR test and a rapid surveillance test. Please avoid eating and drinking at least 30 minutes prior to your move-in appointment.
The rapid surveillance tool is a saliva-based test that can return results within a few hours allowing us to isolate potentially positive students as quickly as possible. Results from this surveillance test will be available the same day and students who have a positive result will be contacted by medical staff and given further guidance.
All students will be required to wear a face covering while on campus. Students who do not have a COVID-19 PCR test result and students who have not been tested prior to arrival should not eat or drink for 30 minutes prior to their move-in appointment.
Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by Health and Wellness Services and given guidance on how to isolate. Students will be encouraged to isolate in their permanent residence if possible or they will be assigned to a temporary location for the duration of their isolation period.
You might consider packing a bag of essential items to have ready to take with you if you need to isolate with short notice. Items you may consider leaving in your “go bag” include, prescription or over the counter medications, thermometer, spare face mask, several changes of clothes, travel sized toiletries, phone charger, comfort foods, water bottle, spare sheets, a towel and hand sanitizer.
Students who feel ill on the day of their move-in appointment should call Medical Services at 303-492-5101 before arriving on campus for guidance and next steps. If you are unable to attend your move-in appointment you can call Residence Life at 303-492-7260.
No. However students are limited to 2 guests during move-in, and only 1 guest per student will be allowed to enter the residence hall at a time. Guests will be required to practice physical distancing and wear facial coverings.
Residential Hotel Housing
- How will students be transported to campus?
- In which hotels will students be living?
- How long will students be living in the hotel?
- How was placement in the hotel determined?
- Will students assigned to hotels take classes on campus or within the residential hotel location?
- How will students assigned to hotels receive a CU campus experience?
- Will students assigned to hotels receive a meal plan?
- What is the move-in process for residential hotel students?
- Will I have roommates?
- How is safety being considered?
Bus service is available to all students living in a residential hotel. To meet health and safety expectations, buses will be operating at reduced capacity. We encourage students to bring bikes or skateboards as alternate transportation methods. All CU students are provided with an ECO pass to use public transit throughout the Boulder/Denver metro area as well as to/from DIA!
CU Boulder will be working in partnership with local hotels that will provide a residential hotel living, dining and academic experience.
Any student who moves into the residential hotel will be living there for the duration of fall semester.
Phase 3 students were assigned to cohort space within the residence halls and then based on housing application date, students were assigned to the hotel. Any student who did not receive a residence hall assignment was assigned to a residential hotel cohort. As we receive cancellations, before move-in, students may be moved to a residence hall. Additionally, any available space in the residential hotels may be offered to Phase 4 students who are on the housing waitlist.
Residential hotel students may be taking classes on campus, in the residential hotel or online. It will vary based on the student’s schedule.There is limited classroom space available in the residential hotels.
We are committed to giving the students assigned to hotels a great residential experience. Only CU Boulder students will be staying in the hotel. It will have the same professional staff that is in the residence halls, and the experience will be the same as that offered to the residence hall students.
Students will be provided with breakfast (brunch on the weekends) and dinner at the residential hotel and they can choose any campus dining option for five swipes for lunch meals per week.
Students assigned to the residential hotel can sign up for a move-in time from July 28-30. We will assign students move-in appointments beginning July 31. The move-in information can be found on the website. Students in hotels will follow the same instructions as residence hall students.
Yes. All room assignments will be double with bath, and charged the roommate, community bath rate.
The residential hotels will be considered CU housing and will have the same security and cleaning standards of all campus housing.
- When is move-in?
- Will I be able to change my move-in appointment time after it’s scheduled?
- What should I expect at move-in this year?
- What are Drop Off Days?
- What resources will be available for the August Drop off Days?
- Can I ship things ahead of time?
- What should I bring with me to check-in?
- Can my parents help me move things to my room?
- What should I bring when I move in?
- If I have been traveling internationally, do I need to quarantine before I can move-in?
- I want to go shopping for some supplies after I finish moving in. Can my family or guest help carry these to my room?
- Will campus offices be open during move-in if I need to complete other business?
All students will need sign-up for a move-in appointment by July 28. If an appointment isn’t scheduled we will schedule one for you and it will be included in the August 3 assignment email.
Yes. You may return to this website to change your appointment as many times as you’d like up to 8 a.m. on August 10. However, once an appointment time reaches capacity, you will no longer be able to select that time.
Move-in can be a very exciting time for students and families, but it’s ok to feel anxious, nervous, or a little overwhelmed, too. It’s often helpful for incoming students to talk about their feelings with their friends or family before arrival. Having a game plan on how you might manage unexpected emotions can help ease tension on move-in day.
Move-in day is filled with lots of activity. When you arrive at your designated parking lot, you will be greeted by a university staff member or volunteer. They will help you find a parking spot to unload. The student will proceed to a designated check-in location for their hall while any family members or guests begin to unload the vehicle. Once the student completes their check-in, they may choose to return to the vehicle with a luggage cart, at which point the student and a guest/family member may begin to move things into the student’s room. If there is more than one guest, the second guest may wish to remain at the vehicle to continue unpacking, or they may wish to visit the family hospitality tent.
While you’re on campus, be on the lookout for Chip, CU’s costumed mascot. But be careful: Chip is known to be a little mischievous.
Drop Off Days are an opportunity for students to drop belongings in their room prior to move in. Drop Off Days will be Aug. 5, 6 and 7. Students will still need to select a move-in appointment even if they participate in Drop Off Days.
Residence Life will have luggage carts available for students to use at both move-in and during the drop-off days.
Student mailing addresses (received on August 3) can be used for packages and mail arriving anytime after August 12. Any items sent prior to this date may be returned to the sender.
When you arrive to check in, you should have your Buff OneCard and a face mask. The process is simple, and moves pretty quickly.
We recognize the importance of move-in as a part of the student experience and we know that you may want to share that moment with your family. You are welcome to bring up to two family members or guests with you to campus on your move-in day, but it is important to note that only one guest or family member will be able to be present in your residence hall at a time. Family hospitality tents will be available around campus. Limiting guest traffic inside of residence halls helps to provide adequate distancing in spaces such as corridors.
We encourage students to pack minimally. This will help make the move-in and move-out processes more efficient. Check our prepping for move-in information for more on what to bring, what not to bring and what we provide
International Travelers: The U.S. government recommends that everyone stay at home or self-quarantine elsewhere for 14 days after entering the United States from other countries. This quarantine must be completed prior to arriving for your check-in appointment. Students traveling from overseas locations may be asked to provide proof of entry at the time of their check-in. Students will have to provide their own quarantine space off campus, please visit this list of hotels in the area.
Students will be issued one guest pass that is valid for two hours beginning at the time of arrival to the residence hall. Using your guest pass, your guests are able to come and go as many times as needed within that two hours; however, only one guest per student will be allowed in the building at a time. If you leave campus after you’ve moved in, your guests will be able to re-enter the parking lot to help you unload items into a moving cart but they will not be able to re-enter your residence hall.
Some campus offices will be open during move-in while others will continue to operate remotely. If you have pressing business with a specific office, we encourage you to check their website for specific hours, contact information and in-person service options.
- I am living in the residence halls - where can I eat in the fall?
- I am living in Bear Creek - where can I eat in the fall?
- I am living off-campus - where can I eat in the fall?
- I am living at Bear Creek - can I purchase a meal plan?
- I do not have a meal plan - can I still get food on campus?
- What forms of payment can I use to eat on campus?
- Will there be dine-in options in the dining centers?
- How can I order ahead from campus dining locations?
- Am I able to use a pre-purchased meal card?
- Can I purchase a block meal plan?
- Can I still visit a retail market in person?
- I have a board meal plan, how many swipes can I use in one visit?
- What campus dining facilities will be open this fall and what forms of payment will they be accepting?
- What health and safety measures are dining facilities taking?
Students with board meal plans will be able to get food from campus dining centers, Grab-n-Gos, restaurants, cafes and retail markets. Students will use meal swipes at campus dining centers and Grab-n-Gos and Munch Money at restaurants, cafes and retail markets. Starbucks will accept Campus Cash or credit cards.
At this time, board meal plans are only available to residence hall students. Bear Creek students can use Campus Cash or credit cards at restaurants, cafes and markets. Download the Nutrislice app to order food ahead of time.
You will not be able to get meals from campus dining centers without a board meal plan. Board meals are only available to students living in the residence halls.
- Res Hall residents - Meal plans, Munch Money, Campus Cash, credit cards
- Bear Creek residents - Campus Cash and credit cards
- Off-campus students, faculty, staff - Campus Cash and credit cards
Dining centers will provide grab-n-go/order ahead options only. We are following health guidelines to determine if we can offer dine-in reservations after the start of the semester. Order online at colorado-diningmenus.nutrislice.com or download the Nutrislice app to order food ahead of time.
We will not be selling meal cards at this time. Meal cards that were previously purchased will remotely have their expiration removed. No action is needed on your part. Call Campus Dining Services for questions at 303-492-6325.
At this time, we are not offering block meal plans for fall semester. Board meal plans will be offered to students living in the residence halls. Students, faculty and staff are able to use Campus Cash and credit cards at restaurants, cafes and markets.
To limit physical interaction in spaces not able to provide the optimal 6 feet of social distancing, almost all of our retail markets will be for ordering ahead and pick up only. We are still offering all of the essential items and favorites.
Students living in the residence halls will be able to use up to four swipes per visit at campus dining centers and Grab-n-Gos. At campus dining centers, one swipe will equal one entree and two sides (not including a drink). At Grab-n-Gos, one swipe will equal one entree and two sides (including a drink).
Campus Dining Centers (only open to residence hall students)
- Alferd Packer Grill (Meal Plan only - Grab-n-Go)
- Center for Community (Meal Plan only - Grab-n-Go)
- Sewall Dining Center (Meal Plan only - Order ahead and Grab-n-Go)
- Village Center Dining (Meal Plan only Grab-n-Go)
Retail Markets (open to all students, staff and faculty
- Farrand Market (Munch Money, Campus Cash, Credit Card)
- Village Market (We Proudly Serve Starbucks) (Munch Money, Campus Cash, Credit Card)
- UMC Market (Munch Money, Campus Cash, Credit Card)
Restaurants and Cafes (open to all students, staff and faculty)
- The Bakery (Munch Money, Campus Cash, Credit Card)
- The Grotto (Munch Money, Campus Cash, Credit Card - Order ahead only)
- Starbucks (Campus Cash and Credit Card)
- SEEC Cafe (Munch Money, Campus Cash, Credit Card, Meal Plan - Order ahead only)
- WeatherTech Cafe (Kittredge Market now located in WTC) (Munch Money, Campus Cash, Credit Card)
Grab-n-Gos (only open to residence hall students)
- The Alley (Meal Plan only - Order ahead and Grab-n-Go)
- CU on the Run (Meal Plan only - Order ahead and Grab-n-Go)
- We will enforce 6 feet physical distancing measures for lines, food prep and pick-up.
- All food will be served by staff; there will be no self-served items available.
- Dining employees are increasing handwashing frequency on top of current health department guidelines to washing hands every 30 minutes.
- All food is served by a staff member using gloves.
- All staff are required to complete a health assessment questionnaire each day before arriving at work.
- Campus Dining Services uses both a Multi-Quat and Peroxide cleaning and sanitizing solution to clean surfaces.
- Increased cleaning of high contact areas.
- Foam hand sanitizer stations are located at the entrances to all of our dining halls.
- Plexiglas barriers have been placed where a distance of 6 feet may not be possible.
- All staff are required to wear face masks and gloves when serving food and maintain proper social distancing guidelines.
- All dining locations will provide either compostable or recyclable plastic to-go containers or utensils.
Housing Process, Assignments and Roommates
- How will the housing change process be affected?
- Will my housing change if I was already assigned housing during Phase 1?
- How has the housing waitlist been impacted?
- What is the process for housing after Nov. 25, when students move to remote learning?
- How will the spring semester impact housing?
- I was originally assigned to a different building in the original Phase 1 assignments, why has my assignment now changed?
- I am a returning student who had an original assignment on central campus, and I am now assigned to Williams Village. Can I be reassigned to where I was before?
- We received the housing letter and do not understand what “housing density” means. Can you please explain?
- When will I find out my room assignment?
- I received my letter and it said I was assigned to Williams Village. When will I learn my actual building assignment? Why wasn’t that shared yet?
- Will there be another roommate selection process?
- Can I choose a roommate from a different college?
- How will roommate selection be affected?
- I requested a mutual roommate, why did I not receive them?
- Why do I have a roommate, shouldn't there be fewer students per room to follow social distancing practices?
- Will there be another roommate selection process?
- How can you request a change if you prefer another housing assignment?
- What is the plan for changing rooms if roommate disputes arise?
- Is there a way for first-year students to get connected with other first-year students living off campus and searching for roommates?
In an effort to align with the new cohort model, we will be unable to offer any assignment changes before move-in. Please refer to the updated timeline for the dates assignment information will be communicated. At this time, room change options after move-in have not been determined.
In an effort to align with the new cohort model, some Phase 1 students will be reassigned. We will maintain previously communicated assignments to the best of our ability, but will not be able to guarantee a previously communicated assignment.
Due to the need for health and safety measures, housing density has been impacted. We strongly encourage students on the waitlist to consider alternative housing options. Waitlist status will be determined by space and cohort eligibility. Wait time will be difficult to determine. As space becomes available, it is likely that students will initially receive a temporary assignment until a permanent assignment can be made.
We are currently working with and taking advice from state government and local health officials to determine the best way to support a safe living environment. We understand there is a need for planning, making travel and living arrangements. We are working to provide information to you in as timely a manner as we can in an ongoing, changing health climate. As soon as we are able to finalize the plan for transitioning to the remote learning and spring semester, we will communicate with you. Students will have the option to keep belongings in their room throughout the remainder of fall semester.
Decisions regarding the spring 2021 semester are still being determined. We are working to provide information to you in as timely a manner as we can, in an ongoing, changing health climate. When we have finalized the spring move-in plan, we will post it to our website and communicate with you.
Your building assignment has changed because we are now assigning students by college within the residence halls. This change in assignment process also made it difficult, in some cases, to consider housing preferences submitted with the application. This is in support of the Road Map to Fall 2020 plan to ensure students are grouped together in on-campus housing by college and are provided a first-year academic experience (FYAE) no matter where they live.
In support of the Road Map to Fall 2020 plan, all first-year students will be placed in an academic cohort. We will also be cohorting many of our returning students together within Williams Village for fall 2020. Whenever possible we have worked to assign you to a room type comparable to that of your original assignment.
For the fall 2020 semester, it will be important that we decrease housing density within our residence halls. This means that we will house fewer students within our buildings and not assign all of our spaces to ensure lower student ratios to assist with better social distancing and COVID-19 safety measures.
All room assignments, roommate information and mailing addresses will be sent on or before August 3, 2020.
Williams Village is our housing community that is home to six residence halls, Bear Creek and more than 3,000 students. Housing is currently working with academic colleges to make final academic cohorting decisions for building placement in our Williams Village community, and we just want to make sure this information is correct as possible. You can expect to receive your building assignment on or before June 29, and in all instances we will be working to cohort by college.
We planned to offer a roommate selection process. Unfortunately, we are limited due to academic cohort size and restrictions, and the roommate selection process will no longer be available.
Students will be assigned to cohorts based on college of acceptance, so they will not be able to room with students from a different college, school or program. When possible, we are also trying to match students with similar majors who submitted a mutual roommate request June 2-7.
We have added a mutual roommate request. June 2-7, Phase 1 and 2 students can submit mutual roommate requests. We are no longer able to offer the roommate selection process. Roommates will be assigned using lifestyle preferences and communicated in the assignment email sent on or before August 3.
Housing has worked to accommodate any requests submitted during the mutual roommate request process. Requests will continue to be evaluated as room assignments are finalized. If it becomes possible to assign mutual requests together, notification will be sent in the final assignment email and possibly after. Some colleges are broken down by major or within specialty groups, which impacted the ability to assign roommates.
We are working closely with our health professionals to ensure multiple safety and health measures are put into place within the residence halls. These will include additional cleaning of high-touch surfaces, decrease of student density within each building, student expectations regarding safer and healthier choices and support within the campus and classroom environment to ensure smaller academic cohorts. For more information, please review the Road Map to Fall 2020 plan.
We planned to offer a roommate selection process. Unfortunately, we are limited due to academic cohort size and restrictions, and the roommate selection process will no longer be available.
Academic cohorts have been developed to help minimize movement of students, and to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We will not be accepting requests or offering a change process prior to move-in. We are continuously evaluating the ongoing updates of safety guidelines provided by state and local health officials to determine if we will be able to continue with the room change waitlist typically available starting the first week of classes.
Students will complete a roommate agreement during their first week on campus to assist with setting expectations and assist with future communication. Should disagreements arise, staff will lead a conversation between roommates about their expectations. Professional live-in staff members and the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution will also be available to support students if the need arises.
First-year students living off campus can use the roommate function on Ralphie’s List, CU Boulder’s online rental database, to search for other students also searching for roommates. Here, students can search for roommates by class year and a variety of other lifestyle preferences. First-year, off-campus students will also be assigned to the Commuting Buffs program.
- What is the housing plan for fall 2020 cohorts?
- Are students only assigned to 10 people per cohort?
- Why are students being placed into cohorts by college?
- My student doesn't want to live in a cohort with people from the same college.
- How will students be moved if they are placed in the wrong academic cohort due to a major change?
- If a student changes colleges/majors, will this affect their housing?
- Are students allowed to only socialize with peers in their academic cohort?
To support safety and reduce the number of people each student comes into contact with, we will be housing students based on their academic college. This will allow students to live and take classes with the same small group. Our new cohorts will support student interaction, connection and safety due to their intentional “community within a community” design. First-year students can safely live and learn together in their college, no matter where they reside on campus.
Cohort size will depend on the type of class, classroom size and academic need. The smallest in-person cohorts may be as small as 10 students, however remote classes can have much larger cohort sizes.
In-person classes were one of the top priorities for the university as we planned for fall. Housing students based on their academic college supports student safety and reduces the number of people each student comes into contact with. In working with our health experts at CU, local and at the state levels, a cohort model was recommended and will help with contact tracing.
CU Boulder Housing remains committed to providing housing for our students while ensuring health and safety. The cohort model is the most effective way for us to manage health and safety, reduce the number of people each student comes into contact with and ensure adequate contact tracing. Should your student prefer to live at home, they may petition for release from their housing contract.
If a change is necessary, we will use vacated spaces and make adjustments. It will be important to note that changes to an assignment can occur after the final assignment email in August.
Housing is currently working with academic colleges to determine a safe and timely process for student major changes both before students arrive and throughout the fall 2020 semester.
The ways in which students build connections will vary. Some students prefer to connect with clubs, organizations and other students exclusively through digital platforms. On-campus, in-person gatherings will occur with appropriate social distancing, and the size of the gatherings will be limited by city, county and state guidelines. Work is underway to revise residence hall guest policies, which may limit the ability for nonresidents to visit residence halls, and for residents to visit friends in halls that are not their own.
Room and Board Rates
Room and Board charges are determined as an annual rate, and charged by the semester. This rate includes the room, meals (board) and operational costs to maintain the residence halls. The charged amount for fall semester is from move-in to November 25. If a student does not return for spring semester, they will not be charged the second half of the annual rate.
We are working to provide information to you in as timely a manner as we can, in an ongoing, changing health climate. We are still determining the spring 2021 living experience, and this impacts decisions related to housing options while students are fully learning remotely after November 25. We will email you as soon as the plan and rates are finalized.
Starting August 1, we will no longer be waiving the application fee. Any cancellations received will no longer be refunded the $50 application fee.
Residence Hall Experience and Meal Plans
- What will the Will Vill experience be like?
- Will there be housing accommodations for students with pre-existing health conditions that may put them more at risk than the general student population?
- How will students use community bathrooms safely?
- What specific social distancing practices will be implemented in the residence halls?
- Will there be specific quarantine areas?
- How will students be prevented or discouraged from going out/mingling with each other on The Hill?
- How will the residence halls be impacted to support social distancing?
- Will students be able to travel between areas of campus, such as from Williams Village to Central Campus?
- How will RAP programs be restructured within the residence halls? Will there still be RAP classes?
- Will I still be able to be in a Living Learning Community (LLC)?
- Will Bear Creek residents still be able to buy block Meal Plans?
- Will off-campus students be able to have a meal plan?
Williams Village is a beautiful area of campus living space that is home to six residence halls, Bear Creek and around 3,000 students. It includes a variety of outdoor recreational activities including its own rec center. Additionally, the UPS store, Wardenburg Health Center, Counseling and Psychological Services and ASAP tutoring are located right in the Village Center. Will Vill, as it is affectionately called, is often a tight-knit community, where students develop close connections. Through the use of academic cohorts, students will continue to build strong connections in new ways, as they will attend classes within Will Vill. Our campus shuttle, the Buff Bus, will have reduced capacity to provide needed social distancing, and will continue to provide service from Will Vill to other areas of campus throughout the day.
Students with medical conditions or disabilities should request accommodations via the housing disability accommodations process. Additionally, if students are concerned about their health and community living, they can request an exemption to the live-on policy.
For the safety of our communities, the number of students will be decreased across residence halls as a whole. This will also decrease the number of students using a community bathroom. Our halls also offer a number of individual private baths, both to the community and in-room. Additionally, high-touch surfaces such as those within bathrooms will be on an increased daily cleaning schedule.
We are still determining many social distancing practices. These include reducing density within our halls to ensure smaller student-to-student ratios, safe enter and exit practices from buildings, community center check in and desk operations, creating hallways to be one way to ensure safe distance between students, reviewing common area space capacity and usage and ensuring classes are spread out so that students are not returning to the residence halls all at one time. In all instances, our residence life and housing teams are working to ensure student safety related to COVID-19, and will be communicating student expectations before move-in.
We are reducing the density of students within all of our residence halls and adding self-isolation and quarantine space for the students living in the halls.
We encourage all families to review the student handbook together and have a discussion regarding expectations for personal health and additional safety decisions. Clubs and student organizations will continue to meet virtually or in small groups, and campus departments will continue to plan small gatherings for students. While self-regulation will be the most effective tool to manage the spread of COVID-19, the Student Code of Conduct is being revised to provide additional support in enforcing health directives.
Spaces have been identified in each of our halls that will not be assigned in an effort to support social distancing and other health and safety needs.
Certainly. Through the use of academic cohorts, students may find that many of their classes will be located in, or near, the building where they live. Not only will this help minimize the spread of COVID-19, it is also very convenient and will also allow students to build strong connections with people who have similar academic interests. We anticipate students will be able to eat in dining locations elsewhere on campus, and will be able to use facilities such as Norlin Library and the Rec Center.
All residence halls have moved to a first-year experience model. We are no longer charging a RAP fee and all students will be living and learning with the students from their academic cohort.
We are excited to continue to offer the identity-based Living Learning Communities (LLCs) in Hallett Hall and you will continue to stay within this cohort. Now more than ever, it is critical that we support the needs of all of our students, especially students of color, LGBTQIA students and students committed to social justice.
As a result of a need for increased social distancing within the dining facilities, Campus Dining Services will be unable to provide meal plans to Bear Creek students. We anticipate that some take-out food service will continue to be available using campus cash.
As a result of a need for increased social distancing within the dining facilities, Campus Dining Services will be unable to provide meal plans to non-residence hall students. We anticipate that some take-out food service will continue to be available from the WeatherTech Cafe, The Bakery in the C4C and from UMC vendors. As City of Boulder, county, and state regulations change, Campus Dining Services will continue to evaluate opportunities to serve other members of the CU community from dining halls.
Fall 2020 Frequently Asked Questions
- Can students choose to be fully remote for fall? How will this affect housing?
- If a student decides to defer, how does that affect their housing for spring 2021?
- If a student decides to defer, how does that affect their housing for fall 2021?
- If my student doesn’t maintain six credit hours, will they be allowed to remain in housing?
- After the first 12 weeks in person, will students be required to vacate the residence halls for the rest of the semester? Or are you allowed to come back to campus after Thanksgiving break?
- How will social distancing be implemented during Fall Welcome?
As part of the Roadmap to CU 2020 plan, first-year students will have both in-person and online class components to their fall 2020 semester. Larger classes will be conducted online, and cohorts for in-person classes will be carefully designed to ensure safe and healthy practices for COVID-19. For students who may be considered vulnerable due to health and safety, as it relates to COVID-19, we offer suggestions to best support your needs. Please consider completing the housing accommodations process. To request alternate housing arrangements, and if you meet the first-year live-on exemption policy, please complete the first-year release. CU Boulder will provide support services and community building opportunities for all commuting first-year students through our Commuting Buffs program.
Students who choose to defer for the fall 2020 semester and instead come to CU for spring 2021 should apply for campus housing when the spring housing process is anticipated to open in mid to late fall.
If a student chooses to defer, take classes elsewhere and then transfer into CU for fall 2021, the increased number of credits may impact a student’s first-year student status. This may mean that campus housing options are limited. In those instances, students should plan to live off campus. Our off-campus community is robust and nestled along the campus borders and the Off-Campus Housing and Neighborhood Relations office is also happy to assist. Students who take a gap year and do not transfer in any credits, can apply to housing as a traditional first-year student, and may meet qualifications to petition to live at Bear Creek or off campus with peers.
Students who fall below our six credit hour minimum will need to speak with their hall director regarding their individual circumstances and determine what support is the best course of action for the overall success of the student.
The in-person portion of the semester ends on November 25 and students will be expected to vacate the residence halls at that time for the duration of the winter break. We anticipate being able to welcome students back to their residence hall for the spring semester. As we finalize decisions, there will be more information for students who do not have a place to go during the timeframe between semesters. More information will also be provided regarding options for leaving things in your room over the break.
The university is implementing many measures to support students, faculty and staff with social distancing. Some of the larger traditional welcome events are being reimagined in a virtual format, or in ways that allow students to enjoy them in small groups. Additionally, the use of outdoor space allows students to spread out for events that have traditionally been hosted indoors. More broadly, campus is evaluating many additional measures that will allow for more space on sidewalks, in gathering locations and on-campus transportation.
- How do I move out if I choose to leave the residence halls early?
- Will I get a housing credit if I decide to move out?
- I moved out of the residence hall before March 17, do I still get a credit?
- I am a senior moving out of a Res Hall or Bear Creek, am I eligible for a prorated credit?
- I have a block meal plan, but am moving away, can I get a refund?
- You can pick up an express checkout form from your hall’s community center front desk. Completed forms should be returned to your community center front desk before you depart.
If you are electing to depart at any point before your contract end date, please remove all of your personal effects from your space. This includes cleaning the space, removing all perishable items and finding suitable off-campus storage for your bike. Please contact the Environmental Center for more information about bike storage.
To avoid additional charges, mailbox keys must be returned to your designated UPS store.
We encourage you to let your RA and your roommate know that you are departing for the semester.
Once you check out, you will no longer have access to your residential space.
Because we are now asking all residential students to move back to permanent homes if they are able, the campus Housing Administration is offering a credit to your student tuition and fees account.
You will receive a credit of 100% of your remaining room and board from the day you check out through the end of the semester. This credit will appear on your tuition and fee account, minus any outstanding charges.
As long as items remain in your room, the room is considered occupied. A credit will not be issued if your room is still occupied. Students needing to claim items should email firstname.lastname@example.org. If your university bill is paid in full, any remaining credit will be applied to the next term’s charges.
Any fees assessed for additional cleaning, damage and improper checkout may impact the final credit disbursement amount.
Yes, you are still eligible for a credit to your student tuition and fees account.
If you completed an express check out form before March 17, you will receive a credit of 100% of your remaining room and board from March 17 through the end of the semester. This credit will appear on your account, minus any outstanding charges.
Once you submit your express checkout form and you have removed all belongings from your room—you are officially checked out.
As long as items remain in your room, the room is considered occupied. A credit will not be issued if your room is still occupied. Students needing to claim items should email email@example.com.
If your university bill is paid in full, any remaining credit will be refunded to you.
Any fees assessed for additional cleaning, damage and improper checkout may impact the final credit disbursement amount.
Yes, you will receive a credit. It will be applied to your tuition and fees account. If your university bill is paid in full, any remaining credit will be refunded to you.
Campus Dining Services will be converting your unused Block Meal Plan balance into Campus Cash. Your account conversion will be based on the remaining meal balance at the end of spring semester. This Campus Cash balance will carry over to the next academic year and will be usable anywhere Campus Cash is accepted. Graduating seniors will get a credit for unused meals. For graduating seniors, if your university bill is paid in full at the end of the term, any remaining credit will be refunded.