Fall 2020 Housing Information - update 4
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
It's Almost Time!
The Residence Life staff has worked hard to determine how WSU's residence halls may be best configured to support students who want to live on campus within the guidance and direction received through development of the University’s plans to repopulate our campus. Assuming we are able to proceed within the Commonwealth’s reopening plan, we do anticipate operating with a slightly reduced residence hall capacity for Fall 2020, but please understand we are maintaining a Waiting List of interested residents should we have space become available.
ROOM CHANGES - Due to the need to de-densify halls as well as reserve apartments for quarantine and isolation space, we will not be able to accomodate room changes throughout the semester, unless in an emergency. Your safety and the health and wellness of our community are first priorty. We will work with roommates to communicate a living arrangement that works for both residents.
CLASSES & LIVING ON CAMPUS- We know there may be factors which might impact your continued interest in on-campus housing. We have heard from students that the number of your classes meeting in person on campus, hybrid, or remotely may be an important factor. Regardless of course designation you are more than welcome to continue your on-campus housing for fall 2020.
EARLY ARRIVALS- We will not be inviting early arrivals to the halls this year. Check In for our our 1st year residents will be Monday, August 31st and for our returning residents on Tuesday, September 1st. More information will be forthcoming regarding assigned arrival times for these check in days.
SHARING INFORMATION - We are asking that you share this newsletter with your family and friends. It is important that they understand what is being asked so that you can make an informed decision about your fall semester.
Given the evolving and uncertain nature of this crisis, we recognize that we don’t have all the answers at this time, but we are working diligently and continuously toward solutions and will supply the community with the most updated information possible.
Fall 2020 PLans changed?
We would like for you to consider all factors and make the best decision for you and your family under these challenging circumstances.
If you are a new student, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to withdraw from housing.
If you have any questions please email email@example.com.
Move In Days
The new safety precautions begin with Move-In days. Each resident was assigned a week between August 3 - August 21st to move their belongings into their fall room assignment. To allow all students and staff to maintain a safe physical distance, students will select a specific Move-In date and time using the MyHousing portal. Move-In during these weeks is mandatory as it will allow a safe and physically distant option to move all residents into the halls.
If you are unable to move into the halls during your assigned week, please log into MyHousing and complete the Fall 2020 New Move-In Date form under applications. We will be in contact with your adjusted move in week.
Students may not return to campus without a scheduled appointment for Move-In. We will send detailed guidelines regarding Move In procedures and expectations for arriving to campus, the week of July 27th.
Students should be prepared to select an alternative date and time, should their first choice not be available.
This year is different. We strongly recommend only bringing what you are able to move in/out in a single trip with 1 vehicle. If we have to change course during the semester, and move to remote learning, it is imperative that you be able to move out quickly and with all of your belongings. Please plan accordingly.
14 Day Self-Quarantine - Out of State Students
At this time, Massachusetts is requiring a 14 day self quarantine for any travelers to Massachusetts with the exemption of New England states (Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island) New York and New Jersey.
Please review the Massachusetts guidelines:
Due to this requirement from Massachusetts, all travelers arriving to Massachusetts - including Massachusetts residents returning home from summer travel - will need to plan to arrive in Massachusetts by August 19, 2020. This will allow for the necessary 14 day self-quarantine before classes begin on Wednesday, September 2nd.
We will be reaching out to all residents from out of state soon, with details pertaining to this self-quarantine.
Resident Student Parking
To park in a designated space for residents, you must first apply for a decal.
The deadline for Resident Student Parking Permit Applications is July 31st 2020. Applications received prior to this deadline will be decided by the number of academic credit hours completed. Anyone who applies after the July 31st deadline, will be placed on a wait list and this list will be reviewed once parking spaces have become available.
You will be notified if you have been approved after the July 31st deadline, by email sent to your Worcester State University assigned email address.
What Safety Protocols are Being Taken in the Halls?
It is important to recognize that there are health and safety risks associated with interacting with others during the COVID-19 pandemic. While we cannot anticipate, much less eliminate all risks, a number of residence hall policies and adaptations are planned to support public health and reduce risks. At this time, these include but are not limited to:
- The required use of face coverings in all residence hall public areas.
- Mandatory weekly asymptomatic testing, surveillance as well as contact tracing.
- There is a no guest policy in the residence halls to limit the number of people entering each hall. This includes all off-campus visitors.
- Elevator occupancy limits will be in place. Use of stairwells will be strongly encouraged for residents medically able to use stairs.
- Social distancing guidelines will be in place, and there will be limitations on gatherings.
- A reduction in the number of residents in areas with shared community bathrooms.
- Front desks will implement a no-touch self-scan process and plexiglass will be placed between Desk Assistants and scanners.
- Cleaning supplies will be supplied to each bedroom with refills to all supplies available on Tuesdays.
- Certain common areas and stairwells will have directional indicators directing foot traffic.
- Residents may be asked to provide travel plans and off-campus treatment and isolation plans in case the halls are required to close or in case of illness or medically recommended self-quarantine.
- The maximum number of persons allowed to be present in any residence hall bedroom will be limited to the number of occupants plus 1 person. Suites will be limited to the number of occupants plus 2 additional persons.
- Community bathroom use will be restricted to a designated number of users at any given time and use will be limited to floor members. In some areas schedules will be created to help provide predictable shower access given lower occupancy limits.
- In order to reduce density and maintain safe physical distancing, students, faculty and staff may be assigned times when they can enjoy meals in the dining hall or WSU may provide take out options only.