Welcome Huskies! I am delighted to welcome you to your Husky home on campus for the 2020-21 Academic Year. Over the past few months, we have all spent a lot of time hearing about things we cannot do. For some, it may have been not being able to watch their favorite sport. For others, it was not going to a special location because it was closed. COVID-19 has changed our way of life and will continue to do so in the months to come. We are a tenacious community, however, and will find new possibilities through these challenges. Together, we can create the Husky experience filled with friends that you will call home. We all have to do our part and make some adjustments, but if we all work together, we CAN reach the same outcomes we strive for every semester:
You will connect with a community of friends. No amount of physical distancing can keep you from making lifelong friends and reconnecting with those you haven’t seen for a while.
You will make some great memories. Face coverings won’t keep you from smiling and having some amazing experiences living on campus. Mac and cheese nights and spending time with the community can still continue with a little creativity and a positive attitude.
The Residence Education and Housing Services team will support you and make sure our communities create an inclusive experience for all. We are committed to making sure all voices are heard and respected. Don’t hesitate to express yourself and let your voice be heard. If things get tough and you need support, our team of student leaders and professional staff are here to help you through it. To do this, we need you to do your part to keep the community safe. As a reminder…
- Wear face coverings any time when you’re outside your room in the residence hall.
- Keep a physical distance from others of six feet or more at all times.
- Monitor your symptoms every day using the Daily Symptom Monitoring Form and let us know if you begin to feel sick so we can help.
- Sanitize your own space regularly to reduce the spread of germs.
- Be flexible and adapt to the Health and Safety Level conditions. Working together we can get to Level 1.
- Role model healthy behaviors for others and encourage others to do their part!
To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we’ve put together some additional precautions within the residence halls and we’re putting together safety guidelines that will adjust with the Health and Safety Levels. We anticipate opening at Level Three, where students should expect the following guidelines: Cleaning has been increased throughout the halls. Cleaning schedules have doubled and the Facilities team is working to ensure that high frequency touchpoints will be cleaned multiple times a day, seven days a week. Quad Core and saunas will be closed to start the year. Quad Core, our optional fitness centers available in the hall at an additional cost, will be closed at the start of the year. Assuming the year starts strong for all of us, our goal is to open Quad Core and the saunas in mid-October. Common areas will be open, but have capacity limits. We hope you will continue to use the multiple common spaces throughout campus, and we need everyone to honor the capacity limits that will allow for the necessary physical distancing. Common area availability may close depending on Health and Safety Levels, but we look to have as many as possible remain open. Kitchenettes will be available, but we are asking students not to store property or eat there. Visitation and guest privileges. A guest and visitation system is in place that all residents need to follow for the upcoming year that is determined by the Health and Safety Level. We anticipate starting at Level Three and will need all members of the community to follow the visitation guidelines that specify the number of individuals that can visit, who can visit, and the residence hall room capacity limit. Students can find the full visitation policies in the COVID-19 Health-Informed Policies section of the Living Guide.
Health and Safety Level Three
|Who can visit?||MTU guests. Visitation prohibited for non-MTU visitors|
|How many can visit a resident at a time?||Two MTU guests.|
|Are there limits to the number of individuals in a resident room?||Yes. No more than three individuals in a double and no more than two in a single (triples/quads are doubles)|
Front desks will limit what can be checked out. The front desks will continue to be a great information resource. Recreational items and kitchen equipment will not be able to be checked at the start of the year, but as Health and Safety Levels decrease more will be made available.
All triple and quad rooms have been reset to doubles. For the 2020-21 academic year, all rooms traditionally used for triples and quads have been converted to doubles. In McNair, this means the third set of furniture has been removed except for the dresser.
Pack an isolation bag just in case. We don’t want anyone to get sick, but in the event you do test positive for COVID-19, professional staff will talk you through our isolation and support plan to help you through the process. Staff will check with you daily and support you through your recovery. To play it safe, we encourage all students to prepare an isolation bag to account for the 14 days you may have to spend in an alternative room if you test positive for COVID-19.
While we all will have to make adjustments, COVID-19 won’t change the fact that this is still going to be a home where you can express yourself, make friends, and have amazing experiences. Our tenacity and creative thinking will overcome the obstacles COVID-19 has presented and create new opportunities in the process. We are excited to welcome you (back) to your Husky home for fall 2020.
Director of Housing Auxiliary Operations and Residence Education