Updated: August 18, 2020 at 4:07PM

The University's plan is subject to change. Check this website often for the latest information.

Residence Hall Operations

Undergraduate residence halls will operate at standard occupancy, though significantly enhanced cleaning and other adjustments in our common life will be necessary to keep one another safe. As the medical situation changes, this phased approach will be re-evaluated accordingly. Adjustments to residence halls and their operations include:

  • Although students will not need to wear masks or observe physical distancing when they are in their assigned rooms, they must do so in all other areas, including hallways and common spaces.
  • Room capacities for all common spaces in residence halls will be adjusted for physical distancing and occupancy limits will be posted for the space.
  • Non-resident student guests may visit undergraduate students living in the residence halls and in Fischer Graduate Residences, but only in common spaces to start the semester. Guests must wear masks, observe physical distancing at all times and in all spaces, and be accompanied by a resident.
  • The total number of people gathered in a common space at any one time cannot exceed the occupancy limits posted for the space, and no guests may stay overnight.
  • In order to protect student rooms as private spaces where masks and physical distancing are not required, only those students assigned to a residence hall room will be in the space to start the fall semester, and assigned roommates will be considered a “household” for purposes of contact tracing. During these early weeks of the fall semester, students should gather in hall common spaces with other students who are not their assigned roommates.
  • Similar to the practice utilized on all University breaks, midnight parietals will be in effect in the undergraduate residence halls for at least the first three weeks of the academic year. Guests of the opposite sex may visit in all residence hall common spaces only between the hours of 9 a.m. and midnight any day of the week, but they are always welcome in designated 24-hours spaces; same sex guests are always welcome in all hall common spaces. Undergraduate students living at our co-ed Fischer Graduate Residences may visit with guests at the Fischer Community Center during regular hours of operation. 
  • Building Services will now clean the halls seven days a week instead of five, and disinfect high touch surfaces multiple times a day.
  • Shared kitchens and hall fitness rooms will be made available by appointments during limited hours to allow for increased cleaning and sanitizing.
  • Food sales cannot be offered safely this semester, though those kitchens may be open for individual use by appointment. 
  • Residence hall laundry facilities will be free this fall as planned. 
  • Chapels will remain open for individual prayer and hall Masses.
  • Students should use bathrooms and shower rooms only within their sections, and each student should restrict usage to the same 1-3 toilets and showers, which will aid contact tracing.
  • Single-user bathrooms will remain open for guests visiting residence halls.
  • Students are encouraged to use the private sinks in their rooms whenever possible, though sinks in the section bathrooms will remain operable to encourage frequent hand washing, and everyone will be expected to use disposable paper towels.
  • The University's facilities team has developed recommendations for managing potential warm conditions in the halls. These recommendations, along with a comprehensive list of Residential Life policies, are available on the Residential Life website.