2020-21 Housing Residential Plan

Updated Guest Policy Effective Mar 11, 2021

As promised, we continue to evaluate the current guest policy to ensure we are promoting health and safety while also supporting community building efforts.  

  • Each resident is allowed one guest. The guest does not have to be a resident of the same residence hall as the host. The host and guest must maintain proper social distance and wear facial coverings during the entirety of their visit.
  • Per UC’s Return to Campus Plan, gathering size is limited to 10 people.
    • In traditional style halls, one guest would be allowed per room resident host provided all maintain proper social distancing and wear facial covering requirements at all times.
    • In apartment/suite style halls, one guest would be allowed per apartment/suite resident host with a maximum of 10 total individuals in the entire living space at once provided all maintain proper social distancing and wear facial covering requirements at all times.

Spring Semester Overview

Quick Links

While the 2020-21 Housing Residential Plan is intended to provide operational details, there may be additional modifications needed as the year progresses and we track the impact of COVID-19 on our residential community and campus. As always, we will endeavor to update you with timely information about specific health and safety guidance important for our residential community.

Spring Room Assignments

To review your spring assignment and roommate list or meal plan selection, please log into the housing portal. Room and Board billing can be found on your Catalyst Account.  

Go to the Catalyst Student Portal on the "My Dashboard" or "My Finances" tab, then locate the "Account Summary" section in the middle of the page.

Move-in Process & Testing

All residence halls will open as scheduled in support of Spring Term classes beginning Monday, Jan. 11. To protect the health and safety of the campus community, reservations will be spread out over multiple days from January 6 - 24. Daily testing capacity is limited. If you do not see a desired date/time on the scheduler, it is not available.

Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 16, all residents will be able to make an appointment for move-in through the housing portal. In addition, you will need to make an appointment for free, on-campus COVID-19 testing, also through the portal. 

  • If you plan to move back into University Housing and stay from that point forward, then you must schedule your free, on-campus COVID-19 test for the same day as your move-in/move-back. You will then need to practice enhanced social distancing in your residence hall (with a COVID Check App 'Yellow Pass') until your test results are in.
  • Students may choose to come and get tested within 3 days of their scheduled move-in day and return home to await their COVID-19 test results. This option is strongly recommended as a comfortable option for students awaiting test results and one that mitigates the risk of exposure within residence halls.
  • Students/families may also choose to 'wait out' the 36-48 hour period for test results in hotels in close proximity to campus at their own expense.

Details about on-campus grab-n-go, carry-out options will be emailed to you and posted on the  Food Services website along with Spring Term dining center hours when those are confirmed.

Finally, if you are a student worker who is being asked to arrive prior to January 6, more information about your testing opportunity will be forthcoming from your sponsoring department.

If You Do Not Test

All students residing in University Housing will be required to complete an on-campus COVID-19 test at the time of their return to campus for the Spring Semester. Unless a student receives an exemption from required move-back testing, failure to obtain a test will result in a range of consequences, including a directive to quarantine until testing is completed. 

Travel Restrictions

More details about travel restrictions are available on the public health Testing page.

Ongoing Required COVID-19 Testing

Throughout the Spring Semester, students will be selected randomly for required testing as a measure to maintain the safety of the campus community. Please review what to expect and exemption protocol in detail on the Testing page

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms or have a known exposure to infected individuals, you may call 513-556-2564 for an appointment at University Health Services Testing Center.

Guest Policy on Arrival

While students await testing results and have a yellow pass status, they should practice enhanced social distancing, which means no guests. Once the pass turns green, then one guest per resident will be permitted. Any guest must also be a resident of the same hall as the host student. See the residence hall guest policy updated September 24 for more information.

International Student Arrival

We are excited about your arrival for the spring semester. As you know, the continued health and safety of the Bearcat community is our top priority. Students arriving to campus Dec. 24 - Jan. 4 from an international location should go directly to Schneider Hall for check-in. Most students will receive a temporary UC housing assignment to begin the quarantine process.   

  • Schneider Hall  
    60 West Daniels Street  
    Cincinnati, OH 45219
  • Upon arrival, staff will conduct a further assessment to determine if students are eligible to quarantine in their permanent housing assignment or remain in Schneider Hall.
  • Linens and food options will be available for students residing in a UC temporary assignment for the entire quarantine period.
  • 24-hour residential staff support is available at 513-208-7298
  • If you have trouble navigating campus or need urgent assistance, Public Safety can be reached at 513-556-1111.


Health and safety protocols remain fluid as the local environment changes. Check this website and International Student Services regularly for the latest updates. If you have questions regarding the arrival process, please contact our office UCHousing@uc.edu or via phone at 513-556-6461. The university will be closed for winter season days Dec. 24 - Jan. 3. Inquiries received during this time will responded to upon our return during the week of Jan 4. 


Continuing Plan Details

Have Your Plans Changed?

If your plans have changed and you no longer need University Housing, please log into the housing portal to submit a Housing cancellation request. (If you are no longer attending the university, this request does not cancel your admission, please contact Admissions to ensure your student records are updated.) 

Students residing outside a 50-mile radius of the Uptown Campus may request exemption from the University Housing requirement by completing the Freshman Exemption Form found in the housing portal under the “Forms” tab. An additional exemption category has been added for students enrolled in all online classes who wish to remain at their permanent residences. 

Occupancy - New Spring Residents

Bedrooms/sleeping quarters in suites and traditional halls are modified for the upcoming academic year. The greatest impact is in traditional halls (Dabney, Siddall and Calhoun) where quad rooms (4-person unit) are adjusted to only accommodate three (3) residents; Daniels quad rooms (4-person units) are adjusted to accommodate two (2) residents; and triple rooms (3-person unit) now only accommodate two (2) residents.

How Does this Change in Occupancy Affect Me?

If you have a roommate group of greater than two people, you will need to have a conversation amongst your group to decide how or if the group will be split. There are other resident hall options that can accommodate groups greater than two, however availability may be limited. We recommend you assign group leader privileges to the roommate with the earliest time slot. 

Your new group(s) can plan to select adjacent rooms, rooms across the hall from one another, or rooms on the same floor, etc. We in University Housing will do all we can to accommodate roommate groups. We do advise you to make backup selections in case your first choices are not available.

If a student desires a single room, we will work to accommodate the request, first with our existing inventory of single rooms. If nothing is available we are open to modifying a two-bed room into a single, at a modified rate, and subject to availability. Interested students are encouraged to contact our office if no single spaces are available during the self-assignment process.  

Quarantine & Isolation

If students residing in University Housing become symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19, the university has retained vacant, single-occupancy rooms with private bathrooms to allow for quarantine and isolation. University Housing, Student Affairs and University Health Services collaborate on providing isolation/quarantine, meal delivery, medical care and other support services; however, depending on the size and scope of a surge, University Housing may not be available for all quarantined or isolated students.

In order to encourage social distancing and manage the need for living space, the university may convert some communal/common spaces in the residence halls into residential rooms for students.

Bearcat Residential Experience

Protect Yourself & Fellow Residents

All students should work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the Bearcat community by following all federal, state, and local guidelines. Residents are expected to also follow guidelines outlined in the Guide to Living On-Campus.

  • Facial Coverings must be worn in common areas. When you leave your residence hall space, it is required that you always wear a facial covering regardless of how long you plan to be outside your room.
  • Students are encouraged to maintain good hygiene, including washing their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after visiting a public place, using the restroom, blowing their nose, coughing, sneezing or touching their face. If soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol should be used.  
  • Practice Physical Distancing  
    • Lounge spaces - smaller lounges and common areas will be closed to group gatherings; in large open lounges, furniture will be arranged to allow proper distancing
    • Elevators - 2 person maximum 
    • Resident rooms - maintain distancing among roommates and guests

Guest Policy with Green Pass

Originally effective September 24, 2020  

As a health and safety measure, University Housing modified the standard guest policy this fall to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among residents. The modified guest policy prohibited residents from entering other students’ rooms. Over the past several weeks, we have observed a strong commitment to taking care of each other and a high level of compliance with UC’s COVID-19 safety measures. We understand that living on campus and building community with your peers is important. As promised, we have and will continue to reassess the modified guest policy to support community building efforts while ensuring we are promoting the safety and well-being of residents.

Effective immediately (Sept. 24), we are adjusting the policy to allow one guest per one resident as follows:

  • Any guest must also be a resident of the same residence hall as the host student.
  • You and your guest must maintain proper social distance and wear facial coverings during the entirety of their visit.
  • Per UC’s Return to Campus Plan, gathering size is limited to 10 people.
  • In traditional style halls, one guest would be allowed per room resident ​host provided all maintain proper social distancing and wear facial covering requirements at all times.
  • In apartment/suite style halls, one guest would be allowed per apartment/suite resident host with a maximum of 10 total individuals in the entire living space at once provided all maintain proper social distancing and wear facial covering requirements at all times.

Your continued compliance is necessary to ensure this new guest policy will remain in place. We appreciate your commitment to upholding the Bearcat Bond and helping us to meet health and safety needs and requirements.



Residence Halls with community bathrooms (Cal­houn, Siddall, Dabney, Daniels) will receive enhanced cleaning to ensure bathrooms are cleaned every-other-hour between 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., with a deep clean overnight.

Residence Halls with individual or shared bathrooms for the suite/apartment (CRC, Marian Spencer, Mor­gens, Scioto, Schneider,Turner, Stratford): The univer­sity will continue to clean the in-unit bathroom once every two weeks. The university will provide an initial cleaning kit (one per bathroom) that university staff can refill on behalf of occupants.

In block lease apartments (UPA, 101 E. Corry, USquare, University Edge, Deacon), residents will be responsible for bathroom cleaning. The university will provide an initial cleaning kit for each apartment, stocked with supplies, that can be refilled by university staff.

Common Areas

  • Residence hall lobbies will be augmenting the existing hand sanitizer supplies currently in place.
  • Social distancing will require removal and revised arrangement of most lobby seating.
  • Residence hall public/floor kitchens will be closed for the academic year.

General Topics

Bed lofting requests will not be taken. Beds will be pre-set to Junior Height.

Room swaps There will be no general room swap options. Room swap will be limited to extenuating circumstances and administrative moves only.

Residential activities (programs, hall meetings, etc.) for the Bearcat Experience will be virtual or grab-and-go only; no in-person programs will be planned.

Outside food delivery will be limited to the residence hall lobbies only; residents must be present to meet driver and accept delivery.