Shared Bathroom Space
DU has implemented specific health and safety measures to support limited occupancy, social distancing, and assigned fixtures for students living on-campus and sharing a communal bathroom. Students will receive more information on these measures closer to their move-in date. As outlined above, the University has increased disinfection and cleaning of these shared spaces to three times every 24 hours.
Housing Following Illness or Possible COVID-19 Exposure
The public health practice to contain the spread of COVID-19 is to identify individual(s) who may have been exposed to those who have contracted COVID-19. The University will assist state and local public health officials working with DU community members who test positive for COVID-19 to identify the individuals who they may have exposed to the virus. The University (and the public health officials) will not share the names of DU community members who test positive for COVID-19. However, those who are informed that they have been exposed to the virus must isolate and monitor symptoms for 14 days. As described below, the University has reserved an entire on-campus apartment building to isolate and/or quarantine students with a valid HRE housing contract. Hilltop has six quadrants which will be allocated according to student status (positive and symptomatic, positive and asymptomatic, exposed). Students must comply with University officials’ directives regarding isolation and quarantine (for more information about contact tracing, please visit the CDC website).
Isolation Spaces for Students
The University will use the entire Hilltop Apartments on campus as necessary to isolate or quarantine students with a valid HRE housing contract for the 2020-2021 academic year. In addition, the University is researching available third-party disinfection services that students who live in University contracted off-campus properties can contract with in the event of exposure to COVID-19 in those facilities.
Students who have independently found housing off-campus (who do not have a valid HRE housing contract) are responsible for locating and paying for any isolation or quarantine space as needed. To assist students with this effort, the University is trying to identify and negotiate reduced rates with certain off-campus lodging options. The University will provide more information on the off-campus housing website found here.