Message to Resident Students - March 12

The following message was sent to students living in University of Portland's residence halls on March 12, 2020, from Andrew Weingarten, director of residence life. 

Dear Resident Students, 

Today’s emails from Fr. Poorman and Fr. Donato require us as a residential community to take additional steps to provide appropriate cautions to limit the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic. 

As the University transitions to online learning, you have a critical decision to make regarding your health and safety. We ask you to consider this when making plans for the upcoming days and weeks. Please talk with your parents and/or guardians about it. 

In essence, we are closing the residential halls (including Haggerty & Tyson) until further notice in order to protect our most vulnerable members of our communities.  We do not know when all will be able to return during this semester.

If you feel that you have a compelling reason why you need to stay on campus then we will evaluate your request.  We know there are various reasons why a student may need to remain in their residence hall. To request approval from the Office of Residence Life (ORL) to stay beyond Tuesday, March 17, please complete the request for on-campus housing form. Approved students will receive written confirmation from ORL. There are specific reasons for which students will receive approval. These include, but are not limited to, nursing clinicals, education field work, international student status, and financial hardship. We may follow up with you, as necessary, if additional information is needed to evaluate a request.

All other students need to return home. Knowing that we are all unsure when we will be able to return to campus, we support you in your plans to pack up your belongings and move out. The following resources are available to you in this case of moving out: 

  • Hall Staff are making plans to open up trunk room space. Students who are living on-campus at UP next semester will have first priority for space. 
  • Hall Staff are also planning formal processes for check outs, move outs, and key returns. 
  • Large dumpsters will be delivered outside the residence halls over the next two days. 
  • UP’s housing contract states that proper move-out and check-out involve the removal of all personal items. It also states that spaces need to be left in clean condition. These will be important considerations for students looking for reimbursement of room charges. Hall Staff are arranging for extra cleaning supplies to be provided in residence hall lobbies.  

Please remember, your Hall Staff and Pastoral Residents are there to support you.  Do not hesitate to seek them out as you discern.


Andrew Weingarten
Director of Residence Life