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 wellbeing • COVID-19 • Health And Safety Inspections • 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 wellbeing 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, i.e. 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 suspended from the ceiling, including lights, canopies, flags, etc.
- Burning candles is violate housing policy, and will be documented
We encourage all students to access the University Health Center when they feel sick.
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.
|If medication has been prescribed to reduce your sensitivity, follow the instructions of your doctor and/or medical professional|
|Track the pollen count at pollen.com. On the days that the count is high, try to stay indoors as much as possible|
|Keep windows and exterior doors closed to reduce the number of allergens entering your apartment or residence hall room|
|Vacuum and dust regularly to reduce the number of allergens that may be on shoes or clothes|
|If you find you are extremely sensitive, you may want to invest in a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter vacuum to capture as many allergens as possible|
|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 also avoid introducing allergens to your bed linens|
|If you remain highly sensitive to allergens, you may consider investing in an air purifier for your room to remove as many allergens as possible from the air|
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,
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.