What Resident Students Can Expect for Spring 2021
In alignment with recommendations from the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Education (DOE), ALL residential students must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test to Marywood Student Health Services 3-5 days prior to arriving on campus. Any student who does not fulfill this requirement must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival to Pennsylvania. During quarantine you may not report to classes, clinical sites, internships, athletic practices, or University sponsored events. You should plan to attend classes online and are encouraged to reach out to your faculty members to explain that you will be unable to attend any face-to-face class component, including studios, labs, etc. during that time. (In place of testing we will accept proof of a positive COVID-19 test result obtained from November 1, 2020 to date or completion of the vaccination series). Proof of COVID-19 entry/re-entry testing and/or completion of the COVID-19 vaccine must be uploaded electronically to the Student Health Portal. All documents must be legible and in English. To complete your Health Information Requirements please log into your Student Health Portal using your MU username and password and upload your required documents.
Whenever on campus, all students, guests, and staff are required to wear masks at all times 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.
All staff and students will be required to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when indoors, with the exception of their own residence hall room/apartment. This includes hallways, stairwells, elevators, classrooms, public restrooms, open office and common spaces, meeting rooms, libraries, theaters, and other indoor spaces. Face coverings are also required outdoors when six-foot physical distancing cannot be maintained.
Individuals who are unable to wear cloth face coverings due to a medical or behavioral condition or disability may wear an alternate face covering, such as a shield, and maintain a minimum six-foot physical distance at all times. Students who require accommodations must contact Student Disability Services (email@example.com) for next steps.
Cleaning in common areas of the residence halls will continue to 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.
Marywood University has configured the furniture to meet social distancing guidelines in multiple occupancy rooms. Students may not rearrange the furniture in multiple occupancy rooms.
Lounge space, game/theater rooms, and public kitchen areas within residence halls will continue to be closed until further notice.
Room changes for the Spring 2021 semester will only occur in situations deemed necessary by Housing and Residence Life staff. There will not be an open room change period after the second week of classes.
Housing and Residence Life policies and procedures are subject to change as a result of local, state, and/or federal mandates, recommendations, or guidance or if COVID-19 conditions worsen on-campus or within the local community.
Occupancy of the residence halls will remain consistent with the adjustments made prior to the Fall 2020 semester 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 were reduced are six quints, five-person living areas, which were 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 were 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 rooms to allow for the ability to maintain six feet of distance between occupants.
Regina Hall: The rooms will be majority singles with a total of six doubles, three doubles each on the 3rd and 4th floors. Regina 2nd floor will be all single rooms.
Woodland 4-person Apartments: These units have been reduced to 2-person apartments, 1 person per bedroom, as they are 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 bedrooms, kitchen, and living room – laundry is located in the 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 areas 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.
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 remain 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 and 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 & Isolation Protocols for Residential 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. Students required to quarantine due to a suspected exposure to COVID-19 will remain in their assigned room for the duration of the quarantine period. Refer to the section on Testing, Contact Tracing, and Quarantine for more detailed information.