New Move-in Guidelines

Hello, Future Resident! 

 

We are so excited to welcome you to your new home away from home this August! This yearstudents will be moving into the residence halls over a span of two days. This is to decrease the amount of traffic on campus and allow everyone the space they need to move in while still observing campus social distancing guidelines. Assigned move in times will be as follows: 

 

Monday, August 10: 

  • 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.: Last names beginning with A – B 
  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Last names beginning with C – D 
  • 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.: Last names beginning with E – G 
  • 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Last names beginning with H – J 

 

Tuesday, August 11: 

  • 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.: Last names beginning with K – M 
  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Last names beginning with N – R 
  • 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.: Last names beginning with S – U 
  • 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Last names beginning with V  Z 

 

During the assigned times, residents and their families (limited to 2 family members/guests per resident) will be able to pick up packets from their residence hall front desk containing their key, parking pass, maps, and more(University Commons residents will check in at the Sidelines Sports Grill Lounge on the first floor of the University Suites.) Residents who cannot make their assigned time should check in on August 12, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Bausher Place, but we encourage all residents to try to make it to their designated time if at all possible to help with social distancing efforts on later days. 

 

Students can stay up to date by checking the Housing website and their UCO email. Both the Housing team and our friends in Student Engagement will be sending information about Welcome Week festivities as we get closer to the start of the fall semester. For any questions, contact UCO Housing at 405-974-2746 or housing@uco.edu 

 

See you soon! 

 

 

 

Covid-19 Updates

Dear Bronchos,

 

We are looking forward to welcoming our residents to campus housing this fall! The Housing & Residential Engagement staff is working hard to ensure our halls are a safe and welcoming home for our residents as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. This preparation also extends to dining services, as our partners at Chartwells implement a nationwide plan to protect students in all their dining locations.

 

We have put in place a set of protocols for the reopening of our facilities. These will be adjusted as needed to appropriately respond to changes brought on by COVID-19.

 

  • Transparent barriers have been installed at customer service locations in Bausher Place, residence halls, and dining locations.
  • All doorknobs to each residential unit will be disinfected daily.
  • All public doors and card swipes will be disinfected twice daily.
  • Bathrooms in Murdaugh Hall, West Hall and the Quad will be cleaned and disinfected twice daily.
  • Increased the availability of single room options
  • All soap dispensers in the halls will be converted to touchless dispensers.
  • Community spaces will have reduced occupancy limits to accommodate social distancing of at least 6 feet.
  • Smaller community activities and online activities will be planned to accommodate social distancing of at least 6 feet.
  • Increasing to-go option availability and removing self-serve options in dining facilities.

 

In addition, plans for a multi-day move in process are underway. Residents will receive information about individual move in times, best practices for social distancing while moving items into the halls, and other relevant information in the weeks to come.

 

We are continuing to work with university administration and health officials, as well as following the guidance of the Oklahoma Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as we navigate this pandemic together. Students are encouraged to read university email messages and check the housingand university coronavirus webpages for updates on services. The changes COVID-19 has brought to our daily lives are unprecedented, but we continue to strive to make campus housing at UCO a place to be engaged, secure and successful during your time with us.

 

See you soon!

 

Post-Thanksgiving Break Pro-Rated Credit Details

Due to the recently announced changes to the fall 2020 semester, Housing & Residential Engagement understands there are questions about living in residence halls after Thanksgiving Break. We want to reassure students they do not have to move out of their residence hall when the campus moves to alternative instruction for the final two weeks of the semester following Thanksgiving Break.

To Our UCO Housing Community

Thank you for the honesty and courage many of you have shown in sharing your perspectives and experiences involving questions of diversity and inclusion in our Housing community. Words and actions that do not support diversity and inclusion, nor the university’s values of Character, Community and Civility, will not be tolerated in our community. The open forum held June 9 is the beginning of thoughtful, purposeful action focused on diversity and inclusion in the UCO Housing Community.

An initial outline of a three-pronged plan has been committed to by the Housing Department and includes:

Processes

  • Complete a review of current policies related to operations, conduct, and hiring, with subsequent recommendations and implementation plans by the start of the fall 2020 semester.
  • Establish a new position dedicated to diversity and inclusion practices within the Housing department.
  • Create an anonymous reporting platform to be implemented by the start of the fall 2020 semester.
  • Develop standardized hiring rubric for all housing positions that includes diversity and inclusion criteria.
  • Implement additional documentation in the employee conduct review process.

Training

  • Supplement current bystander and ally training with implicit bias and diversity training for Housing administration, staff and residents.
  • Annual training about university retaliation policies.

Programming

  • One to two Town Halls each semester by Housing administration and Resident Assistants to inform the community about progress, current services and policies and to allow opportunities for feedback.
  • Increased outreach to identify and encourage diversity in the Resident Assistant application pool.

We are interested in your feedback and suggestions on our action plan as we progress. This is an ongoing conversation and learning process. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at smonetti@uco.edu or 405-974-3636.

Additionally, much of the current criticism and frustration has surrounded the appointment of a specific Residence Hall Director. This individual is no longer employed at the university. Due to privacy and employment laws, we cannot share further details.

Again, thank you. Your passion in the pursuit of social justice and accountability is a testament to your care and concern for your fellow students and the university as a whole. Working together, we are a stronger, more connected community.

Scott Monetti

Director of Housing & Residential Engagement

The Residents COVID-19 Resource Guide

For the last few weeks, daily schedules have been interrupted and hours of operation has changed drastically for most businesses. As students, these changing times can be overwhelming and maybe a little confusing too. We’ve done the work for you to compile a list of resources and businesses in and around campus that are providing support for students.  

Remember that the CDC and the City of Edmond have put in place guidelines to follow to insure the health and safety of you and your neighbors. If you are unclear what this entails, visit the City of Edmond’s website for information about COVID-19 guidelines in the city. 

For updates on Housing processes, resources, and tips during this time, visit the Housing Coronavirus Response page.  

Information about campus updates and resources are maintained at the University Coronavirus Response page.  

How to succeed while studying at home

It’s all over the news, social media, and everywhere in-between: social distancing. Yes, this does mean that businesses that are usually open have closed their doors temporarily, universities have moved online, and toilet paper is now a rare commodity. What does this mean for studying? Old habits die hard, and a lot of students are used to going to the library to work on homework or hunkering down at a local coffee shop for a project. To help with the changes taking place, here are different ways to make studying at home more effective, engaging, and successful and help ease some of the stress of our new homebound realities.   

Holiday Gift Ideas that Won’t Break the (College) Bank   

The holiday season is “the most wonderful time of the year” across the campus community. Among these wonderful times is delicious food, themed events, quality time with loved ones, and a much-needed break from classes. However, one aspect of the holidays can often be a source of stress for many: gift-giving. It seems that every year the task of buying gifts is more overwhelming than the last, and the expectation to top last year looms large. Here are a few fun and creative suggestions for gift-giving that won’t overwhelm your bank account.   

Order Up! Ayers Kitchen Soon to Be on the Menu

2019 has been a year for change across the UCO campus. President Patti Neuhold-Ravikumar began her journey as the twenty-first president of the University of Central Oklahoma and promised that she was “committed to joining UCO in investing in the future.” As part of making sure each student has a great experience on campus, campus departments and contractors have been hard at work getting the brand-new dining hall ready for its spring 2020 opening.  

Happy HALLidays All Across Campus! 

 With the holiday season quickly approaching, locations across campus are getting in the seasonal spirit! Decorations are popping up in the residence halls, Thanksgiving is this week, and the semester is practically flying by. One of the best things about the holiday season is the food, and campus has plenty of opportunities to share a meal and a sense of belonging around the community table. A variety of great events and special meals have been prepared over the next month to help contribute to the spirit of the holidays here at Central.  

Getting Involved While Living on Campus

With the fall semester already half over, chances are students have settled into a routine on campus. Classes are going well, studying has become second nature, and students have found a group with which to spend their free time. If you don’t feel overwhelmed with the obligations of college, getting involved with an organization on campus is the next step! There are some great options for getting involved at UCO right within your residence hall, and can be a great way to earn extra volunteer hours as well.