What Resident Students Can Expect for Fall 2020
All residence halls will be cleaned and sanitized in accordance with CDC guidelines by August 1, 2020. Students are encouraged to drop-off belongings prior to the start of the semester, during a two-week period from August 3, 2020, through August 16, 2020.
To support public health guidelines and ensure physical distancing, students must make a drop-off appointment in advance, through the online reservation system. Students will receive further communication regarding this process from the Office of Housing and Residence Life. If distance from campus precludes a student from dropping off his or her belongings during the designated drop-off period, alternate arrangements must be made with Housing and Residence Life prior to August 1, 2020.
Students are allowed to bring one (1) guest to assist with the drop-off process. All students, guests, and staff are required to wear masks in public spaces on the University’s campus (buildings and grounds). This includes outdoors when a distance of six-feet cannot be maintained, with the exception of individuals who are members of the same household.
Should a student not be able to drop-off their belongings in person, a proxy may be designated to drop-off belongings. Students utilizing the proxy option will need to email Housing and Residence Life at firstname.lastname@example.org at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled drop-off date and time.
Volunteers will not be available this year to provide assistance with drop-off/move-in. This prevents crowding and enables compliance with physical distancing guidelines. Housing and Residence Life will have limited green moving bins available and will provide disinfectant to clean bins before and after use. Students are encouraged to bring their own hand trucks and dollies to assist with the drop-off/move-in process.
After the scheduled drop-off time, students and their guests must leave campus.
Students can return to campus on Sunday, August 23, 2020, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., with student-athletes returning on Friday, August 21, 2020.
As mentioned, students are encouraged to drop-off their belongings during the early August drop-off period then return on the designated date (student-athletes on Friday, August 21; all other students on Sunday, August 23). Refer to the “Move In” section above for details.
Once the comprehensive sanitizing of residence facilities is completed prior to August 1, cleaning in common areas of the residence halls will occur regularly, following recommended guidelines from the CDC. This includes community bathrooms; however, suited and private bathrooms – i.e. bathrooms shared with occupants between or within rooms - must be cleaned by room occupants.
The occupancy of residence halls has been adjusted so that appropriate physical distancing (six feet) can be maintained. Occupancy determinations for residence halls are as follows:
Madonna Hall: Rooms that were double rooms will remain double rooms, but the furniture set up in the rooms is being changed to allow for the ability to maintain six feet of distance between occupants. The only room types in Madonna Hall that are being reduced are six quints, five-person living areas, which are being reduced to quads, four-person living areas—going from a triple and a double room to two double rooms.
Loughran Hall: Singles remain singles; doubles have been converted to singles; triples went to doubles, and quads went to triples. The double rooms were converted to singles because the size of the rooms did not allow for six feet of physical distancing, no matter what the furniture configuration. The triple rooms (now doubles) and quads (now triples), will, like Madonna doubles, have furniture set up in the rooms to allow for the ability to maintain six feet of distance between occupants.
Regina Hall: This year, Regina Hall will house the overflow of first-year students on 3rd and 4th floors and a few upperclass students. The rooms will be a majority singles with a total of six doubles, three doubles each on the 3rd and 4th floors. Regina 2nd floor will house upperclass students and will be all single rooms.
Woodland 4-person Apartments: These units are being reduced to 2-person apartments, 1 person per bedroom, as they were too small to accommodate six feet of physical distancing space for more than one resident (plus the 1.5 bathrooms, kitchen, living room, and washer/dryer).
Woodland 5-Person Apartments: These units remain 5 people with 1 single room and two double rooms with a furniture set-up which allows for six feet of physical distance (plus the two bathrooms, kitchen, and living room - laundry is located in Woodlands Community Room).
Woodland 10-Person Apartments: These units remain 10 people with 5 double rooms with a furniture set-up which allows for six feet of physical distance (plus five bathrooms, kitchen, living room, dishwasher, and washer/dryer).
Resident students who will be living in a shared room, suite, or apartment will be considered a “family unit.” Within the “family unit,” students are not required, but are encouraged, to maintain six feet of physical distance.
Non-resident guests are prohibited until the pandemic is over, including residents of other buildings/apartments and family members, except in the lobby area of Loughran, Madonna, and Regina Halls.
All lobby guests must wear a mask or face covering and physically distance (six feet apart). Students are strongly encouraged to regularly wash hands after passing through public spaces, after using bathroom facilities, before and after eating, etc. In addition, each resident student will be provided with a welcome kit, which will include a mask, hand sanitizer, and other health-related items.
Resident students must bring sanitizing cleaning supplies to be utilized for cleaning within their individual rooms and bathrooms. A list of possible sanitizing cleaning supplies and other related items may be found on the “Suggested Items to Bring 2020-2021” document available through the Office of Housing & Residence Life website on the Resident Resources page.
Signage to remind students of expectations related to physical distancing, masks and/or face coverings, hand washing, and sanitizing protocols will be posted in each residence hall.
To minimize contact in the event that a staff member must enter a student room for maintenance-related purposes, students are advised to leave the room until the work is completed. In the event that a student cannot leave the room, all staff members and room occupants will wear masks and maintain a physical distance. In situations where Housing & Residence Life or Campus Safety staff would need to enter a student room, all staff members and room occupants will be expected to wear masks and maintain a physical distance.
Quarantine Protocols for Resident Students
Rooms have been set aside in the event that students are required to isolate. Students who are able to safely travel home are encouraged to do so. Students who need to isolate on campus will move to a designated location for the duration of the isolation period, and services such as meal delivery will be provided during this period. In some cases, students required to quarantine due to a suspected exposure to COVID-19 may also be moved to these designated locations for the duration of the quarantine period. Refer to the section on Testing, Contact Tracing, and Quarantine for more detailed information.