• Maroon and Gold Sunrise Plan 2.0

The Maroon and Gold Sunrise Plan describes steps for students living in residence halls

University leaders will determine when to progress the Plan over the course of the semester guided by the on-campus positivity rates and those surrounding the campus. 

Carefully review the winter break and spring 2021 access information, dining requirements, and FAQs below. 

    • Step One

      "Stay Home"

      Live and learn almost exclusively within residence halls. Students may go to any in-person classes and use campus facilities (e.g. RecWell, student centers). Do not visit other residence halls, area businesses or any other residence off-campus. Grab-and-Go dining only at your assigned building.

      Doors are monitored after 10 pm.

    • Step Two

      Students will have increased access, including visiting all on-campus locations and the surrounding community.

      Seated dining is available at assigned building. Doors monitored after 12 am.

    • Step Three

      Students will have full access to campus and the surrounding community as they do in Step Two.

      There will be a midnight required return to residence halls ("back home" hours). 

    • Step Four

      “COVID Normal”

      As always, students are expected to wear masks, maintain physical distancing, and avoid large gatherings as they continue to have full access to on- and off-campus locations.

      Other on-campus student guests allowed.

Spring Access Outline

Below is a table outlining how we will operate during each step, followed by a series of Frequently Asked Questions.

Access Items Step One Step Two Step Three Step Four
Number of guests per assigned student in residence hall rooms 0 1 1 2
Guests from outside the building allowed No No No Yes
May visit on- and off-campus locations (see exceptions) On-campus only Yes Yes Yes
Students expected to be inside their assigned building ("back home") 10 pm 12 am 12 am n/a
Only leave the building for limited reasons  Yes Yes n/a n/a
Sign in and sign out after "back home" hours Yes Yes No n/a
Door monitoring start 10 pm 12 am n/a n/a
Consequences for violations of plan expectations Yes Yes Yes Yes
Common spaces and amenities available with occupancy limits Yes Yes Yes Yes
Residential Dining - assigned hall only Yes Yes Yes n/a
Residential Dining - any location No No No No
Residential Dining - Grab-and-Go Yes Yes Yes Yes
Residential Dining - seated meals No, Grab-and-Go only Yes Yes Yes

Limited Exceptions

Students will have access to use residence hall community space (e.g. lounges, tech labs, laundry, etc.) at any time, respecting posted occupancy and other requirements. There are limited reasons for students to leave their building outside of "back home" hours during Steps One and Two, provided they follow all face covering, physical distancing, and other public health guidelines.

During Step One, students may not visit other residence halls, area businesses or any other residence off-campus including family homes. 

5 am - Back Home start (see current step)
Back Home start (see current step)- 5 am
  • Attend in-person or blended classes
  • Visit your residence hall dining facility (students in Centennial, Frontier, and Territorial halls will be assigned to Pioneer Hall dining)
  • Use all campus facilities (e.g. student centers, retail dining, health centers, libraries, recreation and wellness facilities, etc.)
  • Be outdoors and physically distant
  • Participate in work study, other employment, or military service
  • Participate in documented official university business (e.g. clinical assignments for academic credit or intercollegiate sports competition)
  • Participate in work study, other employment or military service
  • Attend to a personal or family emergency
  • Participate in documented official university business (e.g. clinical assignments for academic credit or intercollegiate sports competition)


Residential Dining Requirements

One of the important measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 is for students to only visit their assigned dining center. Students must use the OpenTable reservation system whether dining in or taking their meal to go (depending on Step requirements). This system improves physical distancing, manages room occupancy, and decreases wait times.

When visiting your dining center, please ensure you are adhering to the following required safety guidelines. Also, consider adjusting your schedule to avoid peak dinner hours from 5:30 - 7:30 pm and order allergen-friendly meals online through GrubHub

During Grab-and-Go

  • All meals will be Grab and Go at this time
  • Students must use the OpenTable reservation system, and arrive within 10 minutes of their reserved time.
  • Follow all signage and stay at least six feet from others
  • Wear a face covering at all times.
  • Use clean to-go containers when revisiting the food stations. Dirty containers may be exchanged for a clean one at the dining entrance.

During Seated meals:

  • Follow all signage, decals noting where you may sit, and stay at least six feet from others, with the exception of dining with your roommate.
  • Do not move tables and chairs.
  • Wear a face covering and only remove it to eat or drink. Be sure to put your face covering on after you are done eating and as you exit the area.
  • Use clean to-go containers when revisiting the food stations. Dirty containers may be exchanged for a clean one at the dining entrance.
  • Limit your dining time at tables to 30 minutes. Exit as soon as you are done with your meal to free up space for other diners.
  • Do not wait for seating. If no seats are available, you will need to exit the dining center with your meal. 
  • Sit at a table with a green “clean” disk and flip the disk to “dirty” as you are leaving; this will signal to our staff that the table is ready for to be cleaned and sanitized

The University is continuing to consider dining alternatives to further ensure the dining experience meets necessary public health standards. Violations of a few students may have an impact on the dining experience for all.  

Frequently Asked Questions

I live in an on-campus apartment. Does the Maroon and Gold Sunrise Plan apply to me?

The Maroon and Gold Sunrise Plan is for students living in residence halls. For students living in on-campus apartments (i.e., Keeler, Radius, Wilkins, and Yudof), the University recommends that students minimize their on-campus movement and follow all public health guidance around wearing masks, physical distancing, and avoiding gatherings. This guidance is also applicable to students living in off-campus apartments.

In addition, the MTest program is available to all students. Any student experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should immediately seek testing and support. If isolation or quarantine is necessary, the University has designated isolation and quarantine spaces for students with University housing contracts, which includes those living in on-campus apartments. Learn more about the steps that students living on-campus will take with a confirmed or possible COVID-19 diagnosis.

How will these restrictions be enforced? 

We expect that students will actively work to keep themselves and others safe and healthy, with the understanding that there could be disciplinary action taken when expectations are not met.

Students who violate these expectations will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of their housing contract. Students are eligible for contract termination after two violations of Maroon and Gold Sunrise Plan expectations.

Concerns within the residential community should be directed to the CA on Duty for your building. The phone number for contacting the CA on Duty is posted at the front desk and in other prominent areas within your building. Concerns outside of the residential community may be reported to the Office for Community Standards.

Why aren’t there more exceptions to "back home" hours? 

We know that these requirements are different from any other year. This will be difficult, and by working together and supporting compliance, we can minimize transmission, settle into campus life in our new COVID-19 normal, and get to the other side of this pandemic faster. These limits are designed to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

Visiting off-campus communities (including family homes during Step One) increases risk for the student, their loved ones, those in neighboring communities, as well as the rest of their residential community upon their return. We expect students to follow the Maroon and Gold Sunrise Plan as the best way to keep themselves and others safe and healthy.  

When will the Campus Connector and Circulator run?

The Connector and Circulator will operate on the spring campus bus schedule beginning January 19.

  • From Monday, Dec. 28 to Friday, Jan. 15 (weekdays only): 121 - Connector runs 15-minute frequency (7 am to 6 pm).
  • On Sunday, Jan. 17: 121 - Connector runs 15-minute frequency (9 am to 9 pm).
  • On Monday, Jan. 18: 121 - Connector runs 15-minute frequency (9 am to 12:15 am).

Late-night Circulator service begins at Step Four of the Maroon and Gold Sunrise Plan.

How does the Maroon and Gold Sunrise Plan impact my meal plan?

Students will be expected to get their meals in their assigned dining facility. Students assigned to Territorial, Frontier, and Centennial halls will use the Pioneer dining hall. Students are not allowed to eat at other residence halls. Find hours and more at M Dining.

Will residential convenience stores & retail dining be open?

Residence Hall convenience stores in Sanford, Middlebrook and Centennial are closed during winter break and will reopen on January 19, 2021.

On-campus retail dining locations are closed Nov. 30, 2020 - January 19, 2021.

Will food deliveries from outside restaurants be allowed?

Yes. Students must meet the delivery person at the building entrance, following mask expectations. Note: different rules apply to students in isolation and quaratine housing as they should not leave those spaces to retrieve deliveries themselves.