The University Health Center provides integrated medical, wellness and counseling services. We encourage residents to take advantage of the services and support UHC provides through the student health fee.
Student well-being • COVID-19 • Health And Safety Inspections • Healthy Environments • Air Quality • Mold and Mildew Prevention
As part of the Division of Student Affairs 2025 strategic plan, University Housing is working to bring together expertise across the division to increase student engagement in well-being and success through integrated well-being resources and support for students.
The University of Georgia continues to work closely with the University Health Center, the University System of Georgia, and local and state public health officials to monitor COVID-19. The top priority in these uncertain times remains the health, safety and well-being of all members of our campus community.
Health and Safety Inspections
Health and safety inspections are completed at least once each semester to resolve any potential facility or sanitation problems. During a health and safety check, a resident assistant, skilled trades worker, building services worker, residence hall director and/or an assistant director will enter each unit to check the condition against the Room/Apartment Inventory Card (RIC) that was completed at move in.
Residents will receive advance notice of scheduled health and safety checks and do not need to be present in the space at the time of the inspection. If there are items that require resident action or follow up, residents will be given a designated amount of time to correct the condition. Failure to comply within the allotted time may result in an assessment of an administrative fee. Any damages noted in a unit may result in a charge to the resident for repairs and/or replacement.
Residents whose units do not pass the health and safety inspection will receive documentation in their unit with information on next steps. If a room does not pass the initial inspection, a follow-up inspection will occur. If a room fails the second inspection, residents may be charged for a cleaning service, which will vary based on what needs to be cleaned.
Here are some helpful hints:
East Campus Village, University Village and Health Sciences Campus:
- Clean the bathroom to get rid of any mildew that may be present. This includes the bathtub, toilet, showerhead and sink
- Remove bed risers, which violate housing policy
- Remove any trash from the space and take it to the dumpsters provided in the community
- If there is any university property (e.g., study lounge furniture) in the space, remove it immediately; removing these items from common areas is a violation of housing policy
- Do not inhibit the function of sprinkler heads, smoke detectors, or strobe lights. This includes but is not limited to hanging items on or from sprinkler heads and disabling or removing smoke detectors
- Do not suspend items from the ceiling, including lights, canopies, flags, etc.
- Burning candles violates housing policy and will be documented
Because the health and well-being of residents is a top priority for University Housing, we center our work on creating a healthy living-learning environment in our residence halls.
Since 2017, we have spent more than $100 million on renovations of major building systems including plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and heating and air systems to improve the student experience. Many of these renovations also included enhanced programming and study spaces within the residence halls. We plan to commit another $20 million to update our popular first-year, low-rise buildings (Boggs, Church, Hill, Lipscomb and Mell Halls) by 2025.
In addition to major renovations, we allocate approximately $6 million annually to conduct various improvements to life safety, security and other mission-critical components beyond just normal maintenance projects. Examples include fire alarm upgrades, building roof replacements, student furniture renewals, and carpet and other flooring replacements. We also have a preventative maintenance plan in place to ensure various building systems are always running optimally.
Along with our proactive facilities maintenance plan, the Georgia Residential Experience is a key component in our overall effort to support student well-being in our residence halls. The Georgia Residential Experience aims to equip students with essential skills focused on community building, interpersonal relationships, social awareness and responsibility, and wellness as part of a larger student success plan led by the Division of Student Affairs.
We encourage all students to access the University Health Center when they feel sick.
In 2018, University Housing began an annual air quality testing program in the residence halls. These regular tests conducted by an outside vendor are intended to alert us of any potential air quality issues, so we can address them proactively.
Our geographic location and outdoor environment can cause issues for those sensitive to pollen and other allergens and possibly those who have never suffered from allergies in the past. If you experience sensitivity, please seek the assistance of the University Health Center and/or your health care provider. Below are also some suggestions to help cope during the high pollen seasons in this area.
To limit the accumulation of allergens the Mayo clinic suggests:
- Bed and bedding
- Encase pillows, mattresses and box springs in dust-mite-proof covers. Wash sheets, pillowcases and blankets at least once a week in water heated to at least 130 F (54 C). Remove, wash or cover comforters. Replace wool or feather bedding with synthetic materials
- Avoid tossing your backpack or the clothes worn outside on your bed to prevent spreading allergens to your sleeping area
- Consider showering and washing your hair before going to bed to avoid introducing allergens to your bed linens
- Use washable area rugs with low-pile instead of high-pile carpeting and vacuum weekly with a vacuum cleaner that has a small-particle or high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. Shampoo the carpet frequently
- Windows, curtains and blinds
- Use washable curtains made of plain cotton or synthetic fabric
- Close windows and rely on air conditioning during pollen season. Clean mold and condensation from window frames and sills
- Choose easy-to-clean chairs furniture made of leather, wood, metal or plastic. Avoid upholstered furniture
- Remove items that collect dust, such as knickknacks, tabletop ornaments, books and magazines
- Weekly cleaning routine
- Damp-mop wood or linoleum flooring and vacuum carpeting. Use a vacuum cleaner with a small-particle or a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter
- Use a damp cloth to clean other surfaces, including the tops of doors, windowsills and window frames. If you have allergies, either wear a dust mask or get someone who doesn’t have allergies to do this job
Mold and Mildew prevention
At present, it is thought that there are upwards of 400,000 species of mold found all over the world. Not all species trigger allergic responses and/or cause allergies; only a few dozen do, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
We always respond when we receive reports of what may be mold. Our staff will visually assess the area, as well as measure the temperature, humidity and dewpoint with a digital thermohygrometer. Based on the results, staff may test or replace the climate control unit, provide a dehumidifier or recommend actions for residents such as raising or lowering the room temperature or simply removing catalysts for mold growth (e. g., essential oil diffusers, clothes drying racks, plants with exposed soil).
Hot, humid houses are breeding grounds for dust mites and mold. We suggest maintaining the temperature between 68 F (20 C) and 72 F (22 C).
Molds are a fact of life and present no real threat to any healthy individual. Often what are believed to be responses to mold are simply allergies to other things. Still, the effects are the same whether triggered by mold or some other allergen (pollen, pet dander, dust mites, etc.).
|To prevent mold and mildew:|
|Hang damp or wet towels, bathmats, clothing or other items immediately on racks and allow items to dry completely. Do not hang damp or wet items over the furniture in the room or closet doors|
|Keep windows and exterior doors closed when the air conditioner or heater is running to prevent condensation on vents|
|Set thermostats no lower than 70 degrees when cooling and no higher than 74 degrees when heating your room; fans should be set on low speed|
|Clean and dry any visible moisture on windows, walls and other surfaces immediately|
|Never allow water to sit on soft surfaces (carpets, towels, sheets, etc.) for long periods of time|
|If a bath exhaust fan is provided in your bathroom, be sure to turn the fan on when bathing or showering|
|Clean up after you eat, seal all food containers after use, and refrigerate perishable foods|
For a comprehensive guide to housing policies for resident rooms, please see the online Community Guide or reach out to your community office or residence hall director with any questions.