Housing & Dining
Spring 2021 Move in Dates
In order to maintain appropriate physical distancing, move-in and move-back for Spring Semester 2021 will be extended from January 6-24 in order to reduce the number of students/families in the residence halls at any given time.
After move-in is complete, residential activities (programs, hall and floor meetings, etc.) will occur online. Residents will not gather together for programming, floor meetings or other events. Resident Advisor (RA) training has already been shifted to an online format.
- Revised maximum occupancy per room may be required to adapt room setups and to foster improved cleaning procedures.
- UC Housing staff, University Health Services staff and Environmental Health & Safety staff have set and adapted room capacity based on health and safety protocols that optimize social distancing and a robust cleaning program.
- Students may request a single room. If room is a multiple-occupancy setup, there would be an increased cost, and the request would be subject to availability.
- Residence Halls with community bathrooms (Calhoun, Siddall, Dabney, Daniels) are receiving 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 (Marian Spencer, Morgens, Scioto, 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 these locations (UPA, 101 E. Corry, USquare, Edge, Deacon), residents are responsible for bathroom cleaning. The university provided an initial cleaning kit for each apartment, stocked with supplies, that can be refilled by university staff.
- Each suite/apartment has been equipped with an initial cleaning kit of paper towels and disinfectant spray.
- Residence Hall lobbies are augmenting the existing hand sanitizer supplies currently in place.
- Social distancing has required removal and revised arrangement of most lobby seating.
- Residence Hall public/floor kitchens are closed.
Residence hall guest policy
As a health and safety measure, University Housing modified the standard guest policy to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among residents.
We have adjusted 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.
Dining and food services
UC Food Services will focus on providing the best food and service experience possible, while adhering to health and safety protocols.
As such, dining procedures have been adjusted to promote socially distant dine-in activities as well as expanded take-out options.
- Operations are conducted in accordance with state and local guidelines.
- Service is a combination of carry-out and dine-in options and will be subject to change.
- For dine-in options on the Uptown Campus four traditional dining centers (MarketPointe@Siddall, CenterCourt, Stadium View Café and On the Green) are available as well as the Bleeker Street Café on the UC Blue Ash Campus. Density capacity is no more than 50% of normal occupancy with 6 feet between tables.
- Mick and Mack’s restaurant in Tangeman University Center has been converted to residential dining, primarily carry out.
- Varsity Club in Lindner Athletic Center will is available as a carry-out option only.
- Floor markings guide flow and queueing for all diners, whether carry out or dine in.
- Aramark completes a daily health assessment of staff as per company protocols.
- For dine-in operations, sanitization kits are available so that patrons may clean dining locales in addition to staff cleaning activity.
- TUC Food Court provides dining options like Chick-fil-A, MainStreet Pizza and TUC Tacos. Qdoba opened in Fall Semester. Panda Express is slated to open in spring 2021.
- Other retail locations that are providing service: SSLC Subway, CCM Starbucks, Quick Mick’s, Langsam SStarbucks, LCOB Starbucks, and Tim Hortons. Service at select college cafés is paused.
- All operations are conducted in accordance with state and local guidelines.
- Floor markings guide flow and queueing for all customers.
- Mobile ordering and payment platform are in place for high-demand locations. Cincy to Go (the mobile ordering app) has rolled out for retail eateries. Where available, guests are able to place and pay for orders via a mobile device and pick up at a designated time to minimize time spent waiting in lines.
- In-store seating is limited.
- Excess TUC food court seating has been relocated to Great Hall and TUC 400 in order to provide additional seating in support of food services and to offer students with a blended academic day of in-person and online classes with a place to go.
- Catskeller has ceased dine-in food and beverage operations, residential meal plan equivalency and the historic bar food offerings.
- Seating is available in a social distancing manner for TUC food court customers.
- Victory Parkway Café has been closed due to limited use as staff continue to work from home.
- UC Blue Ash and UC Clermont continue to maintain grab-n-go food options.
- All retail food locations have facial coverings available for sale.
- Services are offered, although limited primarily to box lunches.
- The catering kitchen is utilized to augment production for the Mick and Mack’s residential program.