July 2, 2020
We are looking forward to you living on campus this fall at UW-River Falls!
As you are aware, campus life will look and feel different because of COVID-19, but we are committed to working together to make your experience a positive one. Your commitment to the health and safety of our community is vital and every resident will need to adhere to new guidelines, including:
- Cleaning common areas (kitchens, study lounges) after use
- Not having guests in the hall or in your room
- Maintaining six feet of social distancing when possible
- Abiding by occupancy limits outlined for our various common spaces
- Allowing custodial staff to properly clean spaces during designated cleaning times
It will also be important to think about how you choose to socialize when away from the halls. It is especially critical to stay away from places that are crowded and to avoid mass gatherings. Your decisions may impact your ability and the ability of others to attend class, visit family, or maintain employment. If you have a roommate(s), it is strongly recommended that you discuss these topics prior to returning to campus and continue these conversations while on campus.
Our staff is committed to helping you have a successful year. We are reviewing various strategies to get everyone connected and engaged. We will be diligently checking in on your experience. As you continue to make decisions about your fall experience, please review the following:
Medical Single Room Request
A medical single room request lottery will be open from July 6, 2020 at noon until July 9, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. Single rooms are available on a limited basis with an established priority that emphasizes health and well-being. Students with COVID-19-related medical concerns can submit a request for a single room at the double room rate through the housing portal. Single rooms will continue to be available for students with ADA-related accessibility needs at the standard rate. Students who are approved for single rooms will be notified July 14, 2020.
Single Room Lottery
A single room lottery will be open July 6, 2020 at noon until July 9, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. Students who do not have a medical need for a single room but are interested in one can sign up for the single room lottery in the housing portal. If there are single rooms available after medical single room requests are met, we will use the lottery to determine single rooms. Students who are lottery approved for a single room will be notified on July 14, 2020. We will keep a lottery wait list and if a single room becomes available, we will contact you.
Roommate Request-Only available to students who do not have a room assigned for fall 2020
The roommate request section in the housing portal will be open from July 15, 2020 at noon until July 19, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. If you want to request a roommate or change a previously accepted roommate, you must do it during this time period. If you are searching for an upperclass student who has a room assignment for fall 2020 and can’t find them in the roommate search, contact Residence Life for assistance. After the section closes, no additional roommate requests or changes will be accepted. Rooms and roommate changes will not be possible after July 19, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
To verify your roommate request, visit the roommate search section in the housing portal. Your confirmed roommate request will be listed in that section.
Room Swap-Only is available to students who lived on campus spring 2020
If you would like to do a person-to-person swap or switch into a half open room, you must send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting access to the room swap section in the housing portal before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2020. You will NOT have access until you complete this step. Room swap will only be open in the housing portal from July 15, 2020 at noon through July 19, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Please plan accordingly. If you want to room with a student who doesn’t have a room assigned for fall 2020, you need to contact Residence Life for assistance.
Room assignments will be emailed to your UWRF email account the week of July 27, 2020. The room assignment email will contain the hall and room you are assigned to, as well as your roommate’s information if you were assigned a roommate.
Please visit our website and contact us with questions.
With Falcon pride,
Karla Thoennes, Ph.D.
Director of Residence Life