Updated September 14, 2020

 | Room Assignments | Living on Campus


Room Assignments

Will students living on campus receive new room assignments?

Not all residence halls will be open for the fall semester. Depending on the location of their original assignment, students may be re-assigned for the Fall semester. Housing assignments will be confirmed the week of Aug. 3.

Will each student living on campus be in a single room?

Yes. All students living in the residence halls will be assigned to single rooms.

Will students have to move out at the end of the fall semester?

Yes. Any student living on campus for the fall semester must leave campus following the end of classes (by Nov. 22), unless individually approved for extended occupancy. Students who were re-assigned for the fall semester, will be required to move out all belongings at that time so the room can be prepared for the spring (original) occupant.  

What is the status of students living in the McCartney Street Residences or private off-campus housing?

Students who have private leases with McCartney North and South, or other off-campus landlords, will be allowed on campus. Students with private leases who plan to learn from home instead of living in Easton will be asked to confirm their enrollment plans by July 29.

What is the status of students living in privately managed fraternity houses?

Students who are assigned to live in private fraternity houses will be allowed on campus if their fraternity house elects to remain open. Students who plan to learn from home instead of living in their private fraternity houses will be asked to confirm their enrollment plans by July 29.

Can I just rent a private apartment and not live in college housing?

The College’s decision to move to an online semester is meant to keep students at home. Students are not permitted to rent private apartments unless already given permission to do so by the Residence Life Office. This is not solely due to our four-year residency requirement, but also to help protect the College Hill community. Students who are not already approved to rent privately will be required to reside in college housing when they return for the spring semester. As a reminder, students who are not approved to access campus and do so will face significant disciplinary consequences, including suspension from the College.

Will I keep my original housing assignment for the spring semester?

We anticipate that upper-level students who are learning from home or who were re-assigned housing on campus for the fall will retain their original room assignments for the spring semester unless they request a different assignment during the mid-year room change process. Information about spring housing assignments will be released before the end of the fall semester.

When will first-year students receive their spring housing assignments?

Information about spring housing assignments will be released before the end of the fall semester. Incoming students will have an opportunity to revisit their housing application to update their living preferences and roommate requests.

Will students be able to live on campus between the fall and spring semesters?

Students who are unable to leave campus at the conclusion of the fall semester may request permission to remain on campus. Information about winter housing will be released before the end of the fall semester.


Living on Campus

Do I have to wear a mask in my residence hall?

Within their own residence hall, students are not expected to wear masks in their bedroom or designated bathroom. In all other areas in the residence hall, students should wear masks as often as possible, especially when social distancing may be difficult to maintain and in the presence of anyone who is not part of their residential cohort (e.g student guests, College employees). There are some common areas designated as spaces where masks are required due to the size of the space and/or the inability to social distance. Signs are posted in areas with specific expectations.

What are the expectations for social distancing in the residence halls?

Students should follow guidance about the size of group gatherings and the recommended space between self and others, especially in building lounges and common areas. There will be some common spaces in the halls where use will be limited to one person at a time due to the size of the space and the inability to social distance within them (e.g., elevators, small laundry rooms, small kitchens). Signs will be posted in areas with specific expectations.  

What is the arrangement for bathrooms?

Specific bathrooms are designated for use by each residential cohort. Similar to a household, limiting the individuals in this space reduces risk of infection to/from students. In addition, based on the size of the residential cohort and restroom configuration, occupancy in bathrooms may be limited. Signs are posted with specific expectations.

Will I be able to visit friends in other buildings?

Students who are approved to access campus may visit friends in other buildings as escorted guests.  Face masks for guests are required in building common areas.  Residential students only have checkpoint (fob) access to their own hall.  

Will I be able to have guests in my room/suite/apartment?

With the permission of their roommate (if applicable), students may invite other students who live in their building into their bedrooms/suite/apartment. The number of guests should be limited to enable adherence to social distancing guidelines.
Students may host student guests from other buildings under the following conditions:

  • The hosting student has no more than 2 guests at any one time.
  • The hosting student remains with the guest(s) for the duration of their visit.
  • Student guests must wear masks in building common areas.  
  • In multi-person units (e.g. suites, apartments), hosting is contingent on agreement between roommates. 

Residential students are not permitted to host non-student guests or students who are not approved to access campus (and are not part of the College’s testing protocol).  


How will the residence halls be cleaned?

The custodial team will clean residential common spaces on a scheduled basis consistent with CDC and other public health guidelines. Common spaces include hall bathrooms, building kitchens, lounges, hallways, stairwells, and elevators. Unchanged is students’ responsibility for cleaning their own bedrooms, apartments, en-suite bathrooms, and other private spaces. Students are responsible for bringing appropriate cleaning supplies. It is recommended that roommates/suitemates devise a plan for cleaning/sanitizing.

What are the expectations for students living in off-campus houses?

The COVID related addendum and the Student Handbook include policies for both private and College-owned off-campus houses.

Are there other new policies for Fall 2020?

The COVID related addendum to the Student Handbook includes policies for the entire campus, including the residential areas.