Housing Physical Distancing Changes for Fall 2020

Posted on 5/22/2020 3:25:58 PM

To best serve students and inform them of social distances changes in housing for Fall 2020 we have compiled a Housing Physical Distancing FAQ

How will the Office of Housing implement physical distancing in the residence halls?

Ultimately, our goal is to create a welcoming community within on-campus housing while maintaining physical distancing guidelines set forth by various organizations. To that end, here are a few ways that we will be promoting physical distancing:

  • No residents will be sharing a bedroom.
  • Residents will share a bathroom with no more than one other student.
  • Common areas, such as hall offices, lobbies, elevators, and bathrooms, will be cleaned and sanitized routinely.
  • Common areas will be arranged so that students will not be able to gather in groups larger than 10.
  • Offices will have hand sanitizer for residents and staff and extra barriers to limit the potential risk for exposure.
  • As we develop new guidelines, we will keep you updated and in the loop.

Is there enough space for everyone to have their own bedroom?

  • Ultimately, yes, there is. It requires some puzzle-solving on our end as we look at each student’s assignment, selected communities, and room/suitemates, but no one who has currently signed up for on-campus housing will be forced off-campus.

I signed up for a shared bedroom space, do I need to contact the Housing Office in order to meet this new requirement?

  • No, we will contact you with your new assignment. Please check out the timeline listed below.
  • However, you are always welcome to contact us if you have any questions.

I signed up to live in the Cook Honors college housing within Whitmyre Hall.  How will this affect me?

  • Unfortunately, the community bathroom set-up of Whitmyre Hall does not allow for optimal physical distancing; as such, there will be no residential housing within Whitmyre Hall for the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Cook Honors College students who signed up to live in Whitmyre Hall will remain together as a community on the 4th floor of Stephenson Hall.

Will I get the room that I signed up for?

  • If you selected a housing style with a private bedroom, your housing assignment will not change.
  • If you selected a housing style with a shared bedroom, we will make every effort to reassign you within the same building; however, some students will be relocated to the next closest building available.

Will I have to pay more because of the reassignment?

  • No, students will not be penalized for the changes. In the event your room type is changed to a more expensive suite-style, your housing bill will not increase.

I signed up to live a 4-person shared suite with my friends, will we all still get to live together?

  • Students who signed up for a 4-person shared suite will be contacted by Housing to set up a zoom conversation to discuss your housing options and roommate pairings, as necessary.
  • Every effort will be made to keep your new assignments close to one another.

When will I know if I have been reassigned?

Notification Timeline

June 1-June 6

  • Students who selected living arrangements within specialty communities will be notified of their new room assignments. This includes the following student groups:
    • Whitmyre Honors College Students
    • Promising Scholars
    • Student-Athletes
    • LL Certificate Programs
    • Business Community
    • Pet-Friendly
    • Upper Division Communities
  • Students and their suitemates who signed up for 4 person shared suites will be contacted to schedule a zoom call with Housing in order to discuss their options.

June 8-19

  • Students who selected a space with a shared bedroom will be contacted and notified of their new housing assignment .
  • Students and their suitemates who signed up for 4 person shared suites will have finalized new housing assignments.