For students who live on-campus, the residential experience will be different this academic year. In order to maintain a safer and healthy environment for everyone, there have been numerous changes to the layout and operations of the residence halls.
Some of the major changes to residence halls include:
- Each student will be provided their own bedroom, i.e., no roommates within a bedroom.
- Each student will share a bathroom with at most one other student.
- In the spring, students will live in South Hall, District House, FSKey Hall, Potomac House, 1959 E Street, and Shenkman.
- Affinity housing will have eight to 10 students assigned to each unit, depending on the corresponding number of bedrooms and bathrooms within the overall unit.
- Lounges and communal gathering spaces will have limited access or may be closed.
- Students will only have access to the residence hall they have been assigned.
- For the spring 2021 semester, there will be a no guest policy until further notice. Visitor and guest restrictions will be based on the university’s operating status and state of public health.
Isolation and Quarantine
During isolation, you must remain in your assigned living space unless seeking medical care or in the event of an emergency.
Most of the time, if you need to quarantine, you will do so in your living space. During quarantine, you must wear your mask at all times and limit your contact with others as much as possible. When you do need to contact others, for example, to pick up food deliveries, wear your mask, keep 6 feet of distance, and wash or sanitize your hands before and after.
Social Distancing Implications
Maintaining a healthy campus environment is the responsibility of all members of the university community. Students must wear a mask, maintain social distance and wash hands frequently both inside and outside the residence halls. In addition to individual responsibility, members of the community should foster accountability in the people around them and should address instances of non-compliance directly if they are comfortable and it is safe to do so.
The university will comply with the District’s requirements for group size at each phase of the District’s reopening plan as well as the request to limit student social gatherings to no more than 10 people. On-campus events that in the past may have had large groups in person are being held virtually.
Cleaning Policies and Procedures
During the first two weeks of the spring semester, your area coordinator or community director will help each suite develop a suitemate agreement to help define expectations and roles for each suitemate to create shared expectations to follow. Additionally during those first two weeks they will meet with each student virtually to talk discuss safety and being a part of the campus community.
Shared bathrooms must be cleaned on a regular schedule and personal items cannot be left in the bathroom.
Shared community kitchens will be available for preparing and cooking meals only. Each resident will be required to clean-up their prep and cooking area after they have finished. Eating and socializing together will not be permitted in the kitchens and residents will need to go back to their room to eat. Shared kitchens must be cleaned on a regular schedule and personal items should not be left in the sink or on the counter. Additional information regarding use of shared kitchens will be provided to students during their first two weeks on campus. Signage is also posted in the kitchens with helpful information.
Students need to wear a mask whenever doing laundry, and you must maintain social distancing in the laundry rooms. You should also wash your hands after using the facility.