University Housing COVID-19 Updates
Southern Oregon University is offering housing for the summer session, and we are planning to offer in-person services for the 2020-21 academic year, while continuing to prioritize safety and wellness.
All University Housing plans will align with Oregon Health Authority and local health authority guidance. More detailed information for campus-wide plans can be found on the university reopening website.
Increased efforts of sanitizing have been taking place in all of the SOU residence halls since March 2020.
High-touchpoint areas in residence halls are sanitized regularly and include:
- crash-bars on exit doors
- door knobs and handles
- faucet handles
- laundry machine handles/buttons
- elevator buttons
- soap dispenser levers
- paper towel dispenser controls
- light switches
- handrails in stairwells
For Fall 2020, The Hawk Dining Commons will remain open and provide essential services. Food stations will no longer be self-serve, but will be staffed with a server who will plate the food for all residents. Seating areas have also been reconfigured to allow for proper social distancing and will be sanitized regularly.
Additionally, extra hand-sanitizer stations have been added to The Hawk, along with designated social-distancing locations.
University Housing staff will ensure that residence halls are secure and promote a healthy environment for students to focus on their academics. Student-staff will complete nightly rounds through all of the buildings and,along with the full-time Professional Staff, are still on-call 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.
In observance of social distancing, we will be hosting small group in-person events/programs. Students should also expect small or digital engagement activities, and more personal interactions with their Resident Assistants. Students will also be texted from Housing staff as another way to meet their needs and stay in contact with them.
Residence Halls - Frequently Asked Questions
Will the residence halls be open for Fall 2020?
Yes, the residence halls will be open for Fall 2020. If there are changes, students will be notified via their SOU email.
Student Apartments & Family Housing - Frequently Asked Questions
Is rent being reduced or frozen?
No, rent for SAFH will not be reduced or frozen. However, our staff are happy to assist in the creation of a flexible payment plan to help individual students navigate the financial impact of COVID-19. University Housing will also not issue any late fees for the months of April and May of this year to support students changing needs.