Health and Safety

COVID-19: Living in Community While Physical Distancing

All residents are required to exercise self leadership and mutual respect in their interactions with one another. Residents are expected to take active steps to promote and protect not only their own health and wellbeing, but that of others within the community as well. Therefore, residents must adhere strictly to physical distancing guidelines, enhanced personal hygiene practices, and other recommendations from the Student Health Center (SHC).

  • Residents must abide by the physical (“social”) distancing requirements found on the APU COVID-19 site. This includes (1) maintaining at least six feet of physical distance from individuals who are not part of the living unit; (2) frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol; (3) wearing a cloth face covering while out in public when in contact with others and prior to entering any interior or exterior university common area (see list in next bullet point); and (4) avoiding all social interaction outside the living unit when sick with fever, chills, aches, cough, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
  • Common areas include lobbies, hallways, elevators, stairwells, dining areas, laundry rooms, garages and parking lots, walkways, offices, class/meeting rooms, grass and other outdoor common areas, and mailrooms and other indoor common areas. Resident agrees to return home if recommended by the SHC, and if they are reasonably able.
  • Resident must comply with SHC recommendations regarding isolation or quarantine relocation. Anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 will be asked to isolate at home. If unable to return home, they will be asked to relocate to a specifically designated room on campus, where they will be monitored closely. When they are no longer considered to be contagious, they will be able to return to their original housing assignment. All rooms where someone previously resided who was diagnosed with COVID-19 will be cleaned by Facilities Management and then available to be utilized after a 24-48 hour period. Anyone who is a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19 but has not developed symptoms, will be asked to get tested for COVID-19 and then quarantine if the test is negative. This may be done either at home, in their original assigned room (if all of their roommates agree to it), or in a specially designated room on campus. SHC will provide daily monitoring for those in isolation or quarantine.
  • Resident agrees to abide by room occupancy limits and guest/visitation restrictions as determined by university officials.
  • Resident agrees that APU may release Resident’s medical information and other personal protected information as necessary to comply with public health or other government orders or guidance, or at the discretion of APU as it deems necessary to further the health and safety interests of APU students, faculty, and staff, visitors to the campus and the local community.
  • Failure to comply with university policy or physical distancing measures could result in interim or disciplinary action that may include reassignment or removal from student housing and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

Room Entry

The Residence Life staff has the right to enter student rooms/units to confirm assignments and room conditions, check furniture inventory, and respond to furniture work order requests.

Flammables

At no time may any flammable items be stored in or around living areas. This includes barbeques. In addition, open flame combustibles (candles, incense, oil-burning lamps, etc.) may not be burned in or around any residential unit. Motorized conveyances may not be stored in or around living areas. Also prohibited are live wreaths, Christmas trees and boughs, and large decorative Christmas lights. Posters, tapestries, etc., may not be hung or placed on ceilings or covering doorways.

Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms must not be tampered with in any way (e.g., removing the batteries, disconnecting, etc.). Any student found doing so will be subject to disciplinary action.

Appliances

The Residence Life staff member for each living area is the final authority on what appliances will be allowed in student living areas. For reasons related to fire safety and electrical loads, electrical appliance usage must be limited. In general, any appliance/device with an open flame or exposed heating element is prohibited, as are electrical appliances that draw significant electrical current. Prohibited appliances/devices may include, but are not limited to:

  • air conditioners/ceiling fans
  • broiler ovens
  • electric saucepans/skillets
  • microwaves (in the halls)
  • hot plates
  • oil popcorn poppers
  • space heaters
  • toasters (in the halls)
  • extension cords
  • or any appliance not clearly marked as UL-approved.

Acceptable electric appliances/devices (when used with proper care) include:

  • circuit-breaker-protected power bars
  • reading lamps
  • hot-air popcorn poppers
  • thermostatic hot pots
  • small dorm room refrigerators
  • sewing machines
  • clocks
  • lighted makeup mirrors
  • small hair dryers
  • curling irons/curlers
  • computers
  • fans
  • televisions
  • DVD players

Each appliance/device must be UL-approved and must not be left unattended when in use. Before usage, Residence Life must approve any appliance not included in these lists.

Animals

Students are not allowed to keep animals of any kind, though exceptions exist for students with accommodations granted through APU’s Accessibility Services. Feeding and temporarily keeping animals in or around living areas is also prohibited; residents who do so will be subject to a fine, cleaning and fumigation fees, and possible disciplinary action. Students are responsible for any damage done by approved or nonapproved animals in their unit.

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