• Maroon and Gold Sunrise Plan & Housing

The Maroon and Gold Sunrise Plan describes the steps that students living in residence halls will follow as they return to campus. 

University leaders will determine when to progress the Plan over the following weeks with increasing levels of openness until we reach the final step, which has no restrictions. 

Step Three is currently in effect. Two guests per assigned resident are allowed in your room at this time. No guests from outside your building community are allowed. Carefully review the access information, dining requirements, and FAQs below. 


    • Step One

      "Stay Home"

      Students will live and learn almost exclusively within residence halls for at least 10 days. Do not visit other residence halls, nor businesses or residences off-campus.

      Doors are monitored after 9pm.

    • Step Two

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

      There will be a 9pm required return to residence halls ("back home") for approximately two weeks.

    • 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") for approximately two weeks. 

    • 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. There are no “back home” time constraints.

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 2 2
Guests from outside the building allowed No No No Yes
May visit on- and off-campus locations (see exceptions) No Yes Yes Yes
Students expected to be inside their assigned building ("back home") 9 pm 9 pm 12 am n/a
Only leave the building for limited reasons  Yes Yes Yes n/a
Sign in and sign out after "back home" hours Yes Yes Yes n/a
Door monitoring 9 pm -
5 am
9 pm -
5 am
12 am -
5 am
Consequences for violations of "back home" hours and plan expectations Yes Yes Yes n/a
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 Yes
Residential Dining - grab and go Yes* Yes Yes Yes
Residential Dining - seated meals Yes* Yes Yes Yes
* Residential dining is not available to students with Voluntary Meal Plans during Step One.

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, provided they follow all face covering, physical distancing, and other public health guidelines.

5 am - 12 am
12 am - 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 unions, retail dining, health centers, libraries, recreation and wellness facilities, etc.)
  • Participate in work study, other employment, or military service
  • Be outdoors and physically distant
  • Visit surrounding community locations
  • Participate in work study, other employment or military service
  • Attend to a personal or family emergency


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. 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:

  • 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 only. 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 regardless of where they live. 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? What happens to students if they don’t comply with the “stay home” hours?

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 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 fall campus bus schedule beginning Sept. 21. 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 the dining hall located in their residence hall during Steps 1, 2, and 3. Students assigned to Territorial, Frontier, and Centennial halls will use the Pioneer dining hall. Students are not allowed to eat at other residence halls until Step Four. 

For current residential dining hours, please visit M Dining.

Will residential convenience stores be open?

Yes, the convenience stores in Sanford, Middlebrook, and Centennial halls will be open 5 pm - 12 am, seven days a week starting September 16. These convenience stores are not open for students outside of these three residence halls during Step 1.

Will food deliveries from outside restaurants be allowed to the residence halls?

Yes. Students need to meet the delivery person at the building entrance.