Residents at some university student housing directed to vacate lodging

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The University of Alaska Fairbanks is encouraging students to leave their resident housing to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Students are directed to vacate campus by March 17 (Alex Bengel/KTVF)

Students who have traveled for spring break are asked to remain off-campus, and the university has advised students living in single-student housing to vacate their residences by Tuesday, March 17.

Brittany Van Eck, the Acting Associate Director of Resident Life on campus, said the directive does not apply to residents of family, graduate or employee housing.

According to Van Eck, students who are unable to leave their housing on campus may apply for an exception. These applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

The Resident Life (RL) office will be available from 8:00am to 5:00pm for assistance. For RL employees, word came of this effort on Thursday, March 12. Since then, Van Eck said, the process has been “surreal.”

“We’re still trying to sort through what this looks like,” she said.

Van Eck went on to say, “I've been so impressed and encouraged by all the staff who have the students' interests at the forefront of the planning, and are really trying to make that as easy as possible. I also have been really impressed by our students who are getting news that is absolutely changing their academic career... their life. It's definitely a disruption that they didn't expect, and so I've been really impressed by their resilience to that too.”

Van Eck said students who are extending their time away from the university, or leaving in the next week, will receive pro-rated housing refunds.

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