Dear UNC Students,

We’ve seen a steady increase of COVID-19 cases at the state and local community levels. The pandemic continues to cause much uncertainty, and as noted in President Andy Feinstein’s message yesterday, November 12, 2020, the university has given careful consideration to course delivery post-Thanksgiving, from November 30 through December 11.

I’m writing to you to provide additional information regarding on-campus housing and dining services. In planning for the upcoming fall and winter breaks, leading into the spring semester, your RA will be contacting you about your intended plans. We hope the following information will provide flexible options for you and your family to discuss what is best for your situation during the evolving COVID-19 dial status. Our top priority is maintaining the health and safety of our campus community and we ask that students who are remaining in their on-campus housing continue to adhere to the public-health protocols.

REMAINING IN ON-CAMPUS HOUSING DURING BREAKS
UNC Housing and Dining Services will remain open throughout the upcoming breaks and continue to operate if the state’s COVID-19 dial status changes to Level Orange or Red. Students who are living in on-campus housing over the Thanksgiving break will have dining options. UNC's Dining Services will continue the delivery of meals to students who are in on-campus quarantine/isolation rooms.

If you would like to stay in your on-campus housing over the winter break, you will need to complete the Winter Break Housing Form before Friday, December 11, 2020, at 5 p.m. (MST).

Please note: In the event that Weld County’s COVID dial status changes, housing and dining will remain open and operational, though some practices may need to change.

THANKSGIVING BREAK INTENTIONS
The residence halls will remain open over the Thanksgiving Break and will remain open as planned through the end of the first semester. We know that some students may decide, after they hear from their faculty, to go home at Thanksgiving and stay home for the remainder of the semester. If you decide to stay home for the remainder of the semester, please bring what you need for the break, clean out your trash, take fish/approved animals, and clean out your refrigerator. We encourage students to bring their belongings that they need prior to leaving for Thanksgiving break to reduce foot traffic in the halls after the break during the Safer at Home status.

If you know you are not returning in the Spring Semester, it is essential that you completely move-out and follow our check-out procedures. Contact your RA or Neighborhood Coordinator for further instructions.

SPRING ON-CAMPUS HOUSING
We are anticipating spring 2021 courses to continue in-person, hybrid and online. If you are currently living on-campus and don’t plan to return to the residence halls in January because your entire course schedule will be online, you must complete a Petition for Release to be considered for release from your spring housing and dining contract.

Incomplete Petition for Release forms and forms received after April 9, 2021, will not be reviewed. It generally takes about one week to receive a decision on your petition for release and you will be notified via email.

If you choose this option and your petition for release is approved, you’re expected to check out of your residence hall and move completely out of your room by Wednesday, December 16, at 1 p.m. Remember to complete a checkout form and mail forwarding card at your neighborhood front desk.

You can make changes to your spring 2021 course registration until the add course deadline within Ursa. If you do not have all online courses selected by the deadline, you will be designated as attending classes on-campus and will be charged for room and board for the 2021 spring semester.

Our priority is the health and safety of our community of Bears, and we want you all to enjoy the winter break safely. We thank you for your continued COVID-19 prevention practices and appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work through these processes with you. We look forward to providing you with campus services and support whether you’re continuing online or in-person. 

Please continue to check UNC’s Coronavirus website for the most up-to-date information as well as the Campus Operations website. If you have housing questions, contact housing@unco.edu or 970-351-2721.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jenna Finley
Executive Director 
Housing & Residential Education and Dining Services
Division of Student Student Affairs 
unco.edu/living-on-campus
970-351-2721