Fall Opening 2021 - Residential Life and Housing

 

The Office of Residential Life and Housing is considered an essential department, regardless of the stage of the pandemic. Thus, housing will remain in operation in all four stages.

In the fall, students will be housed in four residence halls: Penfield, Thorpe, Willard and Weber. This will allow for residents to connect with one another while resident numbers are at low capacity. We believe this will help ease their transition back to campus, improve mental well-being and create a stronger sense of community that is desperately in need of rebuilding.

Sweet Hall will be a primary quarantine and isolation space and undergo gradual repair and renovation. Browne Hall will serve as an extra triage center for Health Services (first floor). The top floors will be used as the Programming Office where new programming initiatives will be designed to increase enrollment both on campus and in the residence halls. Programming efforts will be made in collaboration with the Office of Admissions, Athletics and Commuter Student Services. If needed, Browne Hall could also serve as an additional back-up space for quarantine and isolation or to distance residents if the transmission level rises to Substantial (Orange).

Students requiring quarantine or isolation will be encouraged to remain on campus in Sweet Hall to avoid further spread to their homes. Residential Life staff will deliver student meals and work closely with Health & Wellness and the Dining Center.

Low (Blue) Transmission

In a Low (Blue) transmission scenario, almost all housing operations will resume as they were prior to COVID-19. Rebuilding the residential community will be priority number one.

  • Housing Placements: To err on the side of caution, all students will be housed in single rooms, but will live in suites up to full capacity.
  • Move-In: To err on the side of caution, students will move in over the course of three days. Guests will be permitted to help students move in and may remain without a time limitation.
  • Guest Policy: We will consider allowing two guests, which was the policy prior to COVID-19, in mid-October.
Moderate (Yellow) Transmission

In a Moderate (Yellow) transmission scenario, as if in a Low (Blue) transmission mode, but with heightened caution. Though re-building the residential community will still be our top priority, more consideration as to the safety of our residents will need to be considered in conjunction with Health Services (e.g. mask wearing).

  • Low (Blue) transmission, as caution is already being considered. Move-In will be the same as outlined in Low (Blue) transmission, but helpers will be limited to two people.
  • If transmission is greater than 10 in the residence halls, mitigation measures will be considered such as extra cleaning, transitioning to no outside guests and the use of Sweet Hall as a quarantine and isolation space.
  • Guest Policy: To err on the side of caution, we will allow only one registered, vaccinated guest at a time. Increasing guest capacity will not be considered.
  • In-person programming will continue but with recommended guidance from Health Services (e.g. mask wearing, three-feet distancing, etc.)
Substantial (Orange)/High (Red) Transmission

In a Substantial (Orange) transmission scenario, almost all housing operations will resume but in a mostly virtual format.

  • Housing placements will be the same as outlined in Low (Blue) transmission, as caution is already being considered. However, we will consider using our Programming Office in Browne Hall to densify the current residence hall assignments.
  • If high transmission is occurring in the residence halls, mitigations will be employed such as extra cleaning, no outside guests and the use of Sweet Hall as a quarantine and isolation space.
  • Guest Policy: No outside guests will be allowed
  • Most in-person programming will cease and virtual programming will begin.
Residential Life and Housing Low Transmission
Blue
 
Moderate Transmission
Yellow
 
Substantial Transmission
Orange
 
High Transmission
Red
 
Housing Capacity No capacity limitations 700 700 700, with the ability to densify
Guest Visitation Policy One vaccinated guest may visit the residence halls at one time. The guest must be registered. One vaccinated guest may visit the residence halls at one time. The guest must be registered. If the transmission rate is on the high end, we will transition to 0 guests. 0 outside guests 0 outside guests
Resident Assistant Duty Rounds of Buildings RAs may enter suites upon doing their nightly rounds of the buildings RAs may enter suites upon doing their nightly rounds of the buildings. If the transmission rate is on the high end in the halls, rounds will only be conducted in the hallways and common spaces. RAs will complete rounds in the building’s hallways and common spaces. RAs will complete rounds in the building’s hallways and common spaces.
Residential Life Programming All programming and floor meetings will be conducted in-person. All students are welcome to attend. Programming will be mostly in person, but with three-foot distancing. Only resident students will be allowed to attend. Some virtual programs will be offered. If the transmission rate is on the high end in the halls or on campus, larger-scale programs must be approved by the director of Health Services. All programming will be virtual, unless approved by the director of Health Services. All programming will be virtual, unless approved by the director of Health Services.