2020-21 Hall Procedures & Safety

The 2020-2021 academic year saw many changes due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Among these changes, there were substantial changes to Housing and Residence Life policies for residents living on-campus. Overnight visitation was not allowed, nor was visitation from anyone who did not live on campus. These changes were made for the safety of residents and in hopes to do our part in slowing the spread of Covid-19.

In order to make sure residents were aware of these policy changes, HRL took great effort to educate students through signage in the halls, direct emails, floor meetings, and updated information on the HRL website. To make sure residents were aware of the changes, HRL distributed a survey to all on-campus residents. The survey was another effort to better inform residents, as any incorrect answers triggered a response in the survey to give residents the correct information.

A few brief highlights are included here:

  • When asked how many guests a UNCG resident can bring into their own residence hall, 93.64% of responses reflected either an accurate awareness of the guest policy (82.43% correctly answered with “one” guest) or a more restrictive perception of the updated guest policy (11.21% selected “None”).
  • When asked if residents were allowed to have overnight guests, 86.74% correctly selected “No.” Any incorrect responses of “Yes,” or “Yes, but only in Suite-and Apartment-style housing” were immediately prompted with the correct response as well as where to find more information on that policy change.

Round Report

Three times nightly (four times on the weekends), Resident Advisors are required to complete rounds of the community in which they are assigned. These rounds allow RAs to interact with residents, check on the physical condition of the hall, and address any policy violations, if needed. Reports of each round are filed electronically so that they can be reviewed by the hall supervisor and quantitative data (noise levels, number of interactions, etc.) can be tracked. During the 2019-2020 academic year, HRL noticed that many of these reports were not filed, or not filed in a timely fashion. Improvement in this area was a priority for residence life staff.

Here are a few brief highlights are included here:

  • Total round report completions rose from 76.5% in 2019-2020, to 88.6% in 2020-2021, with completion percentage in traditional halls rising from 74.8% in 2019-2020 to 89% in 2020-2021.
  • The length of the average round dropped from 37 minutes and three seconds on average in 2019-2020 to 32 minutes and 25 seconds in 2020-2021. This was somewhat expected with less residents in the hall, and also more residents staying in their rooms.