Union Where You Are: Plans for 2020-21

Student life FAQs

We will continue to update this list of FAQs. If you have a specific question that is not answered here you can contact an office directly or email us planning20-21@union.edu.

  • What will campus life be like?

    Campus life will look different this fall as we all commit to following the health and safety protocols outlined as part of our fall plans, including wearing our masks and social distancing to keep each other safe. While we adhere to these important protocols, we are committed to keeping students engaged through socially-distanced events and virtual programming.

  • Will social events take place on campus? Clubs? Greek life?

    Events and activities will continue throughout the fall – either virtually, in a socially distanced setting, or with a combination of both as guidelines permit. The Office of Student Activities, the Office of Minerva Programs and Residential Life are working together to ensure that there are plenty of engaging activities to participate in throughout the term.

  • What social opportunities will there be for those studying remotely?

    The Office of Student Activities, the Office of Minerva Programs and Residential Life are working together to ensure that there are plenty of engaging activities to participate in throughout the term including a variety of virtual events and activities.

  • Will the fitness center be open?

    Union will begin offering a number of fitness and recreational opportunities to our community in the Breazzano Fitness Center, the Viniar Athletic Center, Frank Bailey Field at Bertagna Stadium and the outdoor basketball and tennis courts. Please visit the athletic website for the most current hours and options, as these may change over the course of the term.

  • What will orientation look like?

    Orientation will take place in person at the start of the academic year. First-year students will receive additional information about orientation later in the summer.

  • Will I have access to my Minerva to cook, study or hang out?

    We are working on ways to allow students access to the first floor of their Minerva House to utilize the space in a safe way that abides by social distancing and local and state health department guidelines.

  • What will Minerva programming look like?

    There will be a mix of virtual and in-person programs offered through the Minerva Programs Office. We look forward to our incoming first year students getting involved and engaging in the exciting offerings in our community.

  • Will there be counseling services available for students?

    Yes, there will be counseling services available. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance in counseling encounters of being able to communicate without masks, the Counseling Center will deliver services remotely as the year begins, as they have since March. Once conditions make it possible to meet in the office, the Counseling Center will return to in-person services. There will be staff present at the Eppler-Wolff Counseling Center during the academic year for any instances where a face to face meeting is warranted.

  • Will students be able to volunteer off campus in the community?

    We are committed to providing community service opportunities to our students. We are in conversation with our community partners about the fall term and will have more information as the start of the term approaches.

  • Can students leave campus?

    We strongly encourage students to spend as much of their time as possible on campus. If a student needs to leave campus it is expected that all safety guidelines are followed.